Archive for April 15th, 2007

April 15, 2007

KLAXONS – Gravity’s Rainbow (Re-Issue CD Single)

Polydor/Rinse RINSE003CD: 9th April 2007
Gravity’s Rainbow (Original / Soulwax Remix)
“Come ride with me through ruined lip-lock, across Tangian deserts we’ll flock, madcap Medusa, flank my foghorn, we’ll change four seasons with our first born”

It’s often been mentioned that Klaxon’s are a bit short of tunes, but they do have a couple of gems and ‘Gravity’s Rainbow’ is definitely one of them.  It was their first release for A.R.C, then it came out on Kitsuné records and now this is the third for Polydor.  It’s the usual unstoppable mix of House Pianos, grinding Bass, mental nonsense lyrics and frenetic Drums, but any single with a euphoric chorus of “Come with me, come with me, we’ll travel to infinity!” is always going to work.  The always-reliable Soulwax have turned in something very special on the B-side.  They’ve extended ‘Gravity’s Rainbow’ to six minutes and made it even more danceable… and I thought that would’ve been impossible!

Click here to buy the single from 7Digital.

Click here to watch the original video for ‘Gravity’s Rainbow’ on YouTube.

Click here to buy the ‘Myths Of The Near Future’ album from HMV for only £6.99.

Klaxons Website / Klaxons MySpace / Soulwax Website / Soulwax MySpace

April 15, 2007

PATRICK WOLF – The Magic Position (CD, 2x 7″s & Download Single)

Polydor 1726001 / 1725995 / 1726000: 9th April 2007
1. The Magic Position
“‘Cause out of all the people I’ve known, the places I’ve been, the songs I have sung, the wonders I’ve seen, now that the dreams are all coming true, who is the one that leads me on through… it’s you!”
2. The Marriage
“Falling further into marriage, this love that need not shout it’s name”
3. Augustin
“Oh, du lieber Augustin, Augustin, Augustin, oh, du lieber Augustin, alles ist hin”
4. Secret Garden (II)
“Picking the scab, over and over, feral in my fears, crying let me in the garden”
5. Luna / The Libertine (Live)
“All our heroes lack any conviction, they shout through the bars of cliché and addiction”
6. On Sussex Downs
“I carried on forever, my feet were idle lovers together”

How times have changed, I remember walking crest fallen out of my local record shop because the release date of Patrick Wolf’s debut album had been set back due to distribution problems. No such thing anymore, he’s signed to a major, every magazine is carrying adoring articles and he finally seems to be getting the attention he has so richly deserved for so long.

I’ve been playing ‘The Magic Position’ to death since I got my hands a promo of his new album in January. But as the days get warmer and the sun gets brighter, the track’s unbridled joy is more in tune with the season. To fully appreciate the infectious sprit of the single you’ve got to do the hand claps “Clap! Clap! Magic position”. ‘The Magic Position’ brings to mind Brian Wilson producing a cover of ‘Come On Eileen’ with Morrissey on vocals… so it’s everything that’s great about intelligent, poetic, celebratory Pop music.

‘The Marriage’ is a powerful song as glitchy and abrasive as it is sweet and soothing. ‘Augustin’ (Not to be confused with ‘Augustine’ from the new album) is a brief Lo-Fi recording of a 17th century Viennese folk song. ‘Secret Garden (II)’ is an alternate version of a track from Patrick’s latest album. Instead of ending in a cacophony of noise it now builds towards a beautiful summit with Patrick chanting “The sun, the sun”. ‘Luna / The Libertine (Live)’ is an intense and intimate version of his protest against clichéd Rock music (‘Luna’ is a short instrumental prelude). Last but not least, is a gorgeous cover of Larrikin Love‘s ‘On Sussex Downs’ (His second cover of the band, after ‘Happy As Annie’). Edward Larrikin and Patrick Wolf are regular collaborators and kindred spirits (Patrick played Viola on the original version of ‘On Sussex Downs’).

Click here to watch the spectacular video for ‘The Magic Position’ on YouTube.

I recorded Patrick’s appearance on the sporadically brilliant ‘Charlotte Church Show’ the other week. He performed a special cover of Prince‘s ‘When Doves Cry’ with Miss Church but it’s slightly spoilt by the stupid audience clapping all the way through (Click here for a YouTube clip). So here it is and also here’s Patti Smith‘s superior version:

Patrick Wolf & Charlotte Church – When Doves Cry (Live) mp3
Patti Smith – When Doves Cry mp3

Click here to download ‘On Sussex Downs’ exclusively from 7Digital for just 77p.

Click here to buy Patrick Wolf’s albums from HMV for as little as £7.99.

Patrick Wolf Website / Patrick Wolf MySpace / Spanish Fansite

April 15, 2007

BLOC PARTY – I Still Remember (CD & 2x 7″ Singles)

Wichita WEBB125SCD / WEBB125S / WEBB125SX: 9th April 2007
1. I Still Remember (Original / Music Box & Tears Mix)
“And our love could have soared over playgrounds and rooftops, every park bench screams your name, I kept your tie, I’d have gone wherever you wanted, I still remember”
2. Selfish Son
“Typical me, typical Libra, spit the dummy, typical me, typical Libra, the grass is always green”
3. Atonement
“And we can make a raft from all the dead trees, and set sail for better times, to a time when this love was not poisoned, I was kind and I was kind”
4. Cain Said To Abel
“This self-obsessed sinner, I hear he loves to drink, this self-obsessed sinner, I hear he likes a fight”

So far, I’ve been a bit disappointed by Bloc Party’s new album (I haven’t devoted as much time to it as perhaps I should though) but ‘I Still Remember’ stood out as a classic straight away. It’s easily the most thrilling single since ‘Little Thoughts’ and shares that song’s propulsive beat. ‘Music Box & Tears Mix’ remakes the song as a lushly orchestrated, almost syrupy ballad which perfectly fits the sepia-tinged tones of the lyrics.

‘Selfish Son’, ‘Atonement’ and ‘Cain Said To Abel’ are all brilliant B-sides. In contrast to the treasured memories of ‘I Still Remember’, the B-sides all concern themes of regret and self-flagellation. With b-sides of this quality, it’s a shame they’re spread across three formats, fingers crossed for a Japanese EP.

Click here to buy ‘A Weekend In The City’ from HMV for an unbelievable £5.99!

Click here to buy the single as mp3s from Rough Trade Digital.

Bloc Party – Skeleton mp3 (B-side from ‘Helicopter’ Single)

Click here to watch the incredible video for ‘I Still Remember’ on YouTube.

Bloc Party Website / Bloc Party MySpace / Bloc Party Fansite

April 15, 2007

MARK RONSON (FEAT. DANIEL MERRIWEATHER) – Stop Me (CD EP)

Columbia 88697078762: 9th April 2007
1. Stop Me (Original / A Chicken Lips Malfunction / Dirty South Remix)
“I crashed down on the crossbar, and the pain was enough to make a shy, bald Buddhist reflect, and plan a mass-murder”
2. No One Knows (Feat. Domino)
“We get these pills to swallow, how they stick in your throat, taste like gold, oh what you do to me, no one knows”

‘Stop Me’ is the second single from super Producer Mark Ronson’s new ‘Version’ album. It’s a principally a cover of The Smiths‘ ‘Stop Me If You Think You’ve Heard This One Before’ (The track that named this blog) with a bit of The Supremes‘ ‘You Keep Me Hangin’ On’ thrown in at the end. Daniel Merriweather’s luscious Soul vocals, the melodramatic Strings, the funky Brass and of course Ronson’s trademark Drums add up to an intense production. However, I can’t help feeling that some of the devilish wit of the chorus is somewhat lost in the delivery, “I still love you, only slightly less than I used to” just doesn’t bring the same grin to my face as when Morrissey crooned it.

Chicken Lips’ Remix is like an Industrial/Electronic take on the theme from Knight Rider and Dirty South’s version is an extended crunching House mix. Last track ‘No One Knows’ is a cover of Queens Of The Stone Age. Domino’s vocals resemble PJ Harvey, which is very appropriate given Josh Homme’s collaborations with Harvey. I don’t think it quite escapes the clutches of the original, unlike the cover of ‘Stop Me’. Perhaps with more listens I’ll forget it’s a cover and besides the Funk-Guitar break at the end undeniably sizzles.

Click here to watch the video for ‘Stop Me’ on YouTube.

Click here to buy ‘Version’ from HMV for only £8.99.

Mark Ronson Website / Mark Ronson MySpace
Daniel Merriweather MySpace / Domino MySpace

April 15, 2007

MP3 OF THE WEEK: The Bamboos (Feat. Ohmega Watts) – Get In The Scene

“We’re all in together now ha, let’s make it happen, from the project blocks, to estates out in the Hamptons”

‘Get In The Scene’ is the second ‘Mp3 Of The Week’ in a row to feature a track from the wonderful Tru Thoughts label. Last time it was from Freddie Cruger and Linn, this time it’s from Australian Funk instrumentalists The Bamboos with added guest rhymes from Ohmega Watts who hails from the state of Oregon in the US of A.

I picked up the ‘Get In The Scene’ 45 from Piccadilly records and I’ve been playing it non-stop since (The b-side is an instrumental version of the A-side). The Bamboos lay down a Funky groove with shades of James Brown, Curtis Mayfield and Jimmy Smith while Ohmega Watts spits J5 style rhymes over the top. He re-uses The Beastie Boys‘ “If you, wanna know, wanna know, the real deal…” chorus from ‘Triple Trouble’ but the Beastie’s probably lifted that from someone else anyway. ‘Get In The Scene’ is near perfect summer-infused Hip-Pop. Enjoy!

The Bamboos (Feat. Ohmega Watts) – Get In The Scene mp3

Click here to buy The Bamboos’ last album ‘Step It Up’ from HMV for £8.99.

And click here to buy Ohmega Watts’s ‘The Find’ album from HMV for £9.99.

The Bamboos Website / The Bamboos MySpace / Ohmega Watts Website
Ohmega Watts MySpace / Tru Thoughts Website / Tru Thoughts MySpace