Archive for April, 2007

April 17, 2007

HOT CLUB DE PARIS – Shipwreck / Your Face Looks All Wrong: Remixes (7″ Single)

Moshi Moshi MOSHI48: 16th April 2007
1. Shipwreck (Jamie T & Ben Bones’ Stormy Weather Mix)
“Drowning Bitter, despite of all the late nights, drug abuse, lost times, swear man she just gets fitter”
2. Your Face Looks All Wrong (Lo-Fi-Fnk’s Scouse House Mix)
“Your, your, your face looks all wrong”

Ben Bones and Jamie T (Creator of 2007’s best album so far) have waved a production wand over Hot Club De Paris’ last single ‘Shipwreck’. Jamie’s remix of Gorillaz‘s ‘Kids With Guns’ was nothing short of genius so I expect a lot. I’m not disappointed by Jamie’s insane mix of Folk, Jazz, Ska, messed up Laptronic Bangra (If there is such a thing) and brand new lyrics delivered at almost incomprehensible speeds. With Hot Club De Paris’ shouts of “Stormy weather” it comes across like some mad drunken sing-along on board a fishing trawler.

Any remixer is going to be the underdog when they’re pared up with Jamie T, but Sweden’s Lo-Fi-Fnk rises to the challenge. He’s turned in an hilariously named ‘Scouse House’ remix of ‘Your Face Looks All Wrong’ that comes off like a swarm of killer Bees fighting to the death with a bunch of Ducks while trapped in a Synthesiser!

Check out the original versions of the two tracks if you like your Indie Guitar music to be as mad as Phil Spector.

Shipwreck (Jamie T & Ben Bones’ Stormy Weather Mix) mp3
Your Face Looks All Wrong (Lo-Fi-Fnk’s Scouse House Mix) mp3

Click here to buy Hot Club De Paris’ brilliantly titled ‘Drop It Till It Pops’ album from HMV for £9.99.

Click here to buy Jamie T’s essential debut album from HMV for £8.99.

Click here to buy Lo-Fi-Fnk’s ‘Boylife’ album from HMV for £9.99.

Click here to watch the fantastic nautical video for ‘Shipwreck’ on YouTube.

Hot Club De Paris MySpace / Jamie T Website / Jamie T MySpace
Lo-Fi-Fnk Website / Lo-Fi-Fnk MySpace / Moshi Moshi Website

April 17, 2007

THE RUMBLE STRIPS / AMY WINEHOUSE – Back To Black (Split 7″ Promo)

Fallout Records FALLOUT10: 9th April 2007
1. The Rumble Strips – Back To Black
“I love too much, but it wasn’t enough, you love blow, and I hate that stuff”
2. Amy Winehouse – Back To Black (The Rumble Strips Remix)
“I love you much, it’s not enough, you love blow, and I love puff”

Joy! Two of my favourite artists coming together on one 7″. The first track is a cover of the title song from Amy Winehouse’s superb ‘Back To Black’ album by 2007-heroes-in-waiting The Rumble Strips. They’ve upped the tempo and recorded it in their now familiar Kevin Rowland meets Rock-a-billy style. It’s got oodles of Ennio Morricone atmosphere and if 2.15-2.51 isn’t the standoff bit from a Sergio Leone film, I don’t know what is. On the second track The Rumble Strips have created an entirely new backing track for Amy’s vocal. Instead of Mark Ronson‘s vibrant Supremes referencing production they’ve gone for a more subtle early Dexys style. It’s a far better match to Amy’s melancholy lyrics than the original and could be Remix of the year.

‘The Rumble Strips Remix’ will be included as a B-side on Amy’s single later this month and the cover will probably be available on The Rumble Strips’ next single ‘Motorcycle’, but I don’t actually know, so it could only be available here.

Click here to buy Amy’s ‘Back To Black’ album from HMV for £8.99. But surely you’ve already got it, unless you’ve got some grudge against your ears.

The Rumble Strips – Back To Black mp3
Amy Winehouse – Back To Black (The Rumble Strips Remix) mp3

Amy Winehouse – Love Is A Losing Game (Acoustic) mp3
(Heart-breaking stuff)

As of this moment you can still pre-order the 7″ from Rough Trade by clicking here.

Click here to watch the video for ‘Back To Black’ on YouTube.

Amy Winehouse Website / Amy Winehouse MySpace
The Rumble Strips Website / The Rumble Strips MySpace

April 16, 2007

KID ACNE – Eddy Fresh / Oh No You Didn’t (7″ Single)

Lex Records LEX008SVN: 9th April 2007
1. Eddy Fresh
“Enough men be so short sighted, you say up norf, and they think High Barnet”
2. Oh No You Didn’t
“Eddy Fresh will introduce you, to a style you ain’t used to, fresh, fly, wild and brutal, missing link from old to new skool”

Double A-side ‘Eddy Fresh / Oh No You Didn’t’ is the most fun, insane, non-stop Hip-Hop 7″ since The Beastie Boys‘ last single. But this isn’t from NY, it’s unmistakably British, due to references to things like “Cillit Bang” and the use of the term “Nincompoops”. The backing track of ‘Eddy Fresh’ had me imagining Ian Dury & The Blockheads exploring the possibilities of the turntable and ‘Oh No You Didn’t’ is a careening mix of Klaxons Electro-Punk with a bit of Motörhead thrown in. If Shaun Ryder had considered a career as a Rap star it would’ve probably sounded a little like this.

Click here to watch the sidesplitting video for ‘Reality Raps’ on YouTube.

Click here to buy the single from Rough Trade or click here to buy various Kid Acne related releases.

Kid Acne Website / Kid Acne MySpace
Lex Records Website / Lex Records MySpace

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

April 12, 2007

MALCOLM MIDDLETON – Beep Beep, I Love You (7″ Single)

Full Time Hobby FTH034S: 2nd April 2007
1. Beep Beep, I Love You
“I love you, there you go, three little words on a mobile phone, when are you coming home?”
2. Pick Me Up
“I write things to do today, then I’ll scratch them away, then it’s over to talk to the post box, I’ll pick me up”

‘Beep Beep, I Love You’ is a radio friendly version of ‘Fuck It, I Love You’ from Malcolm’s ‘A Brighter Beat’ album, although the swearing seems superfluous in this case.  It’s a dreamy Folk-Pop tune that bounces along with a Xylophone twinkling over the top until half way through, when unexpectedly huge Guitars explode.  This ‘Loneliness of the long distance texter’ song is a fine follow up to January’s brilliant ‘A Brighter Beat’ single.  ‘Pick Me Up’ is a fantastic B-side with words of determined self-belief (In the face of determined self-disbelief) backed by gorgeous uplifting Strings.

Click here to buy the ‘A Brighter Beat’ album from HMV for £9.99.

A Moaning Shite mp3

Malcolm Middleton Website / Malcolm Middleton MySpace
Full Time Hobby Website / Full Time Hobby MySpace

April 12, 2007

ARCADE FIRE – Keep The Car Running (7″ Single)

Mercury 1726840: 2nd April 2007
1. Keep The Car Running
“There’s a fear I keep so deep, knew it’s name just before I could speak”
2. Broken Window
“I gained the world, but I lost your trust, they throw their money at ya, it ain’t easy to adjust”

This is the first physical single from Arcade Fire’s new album (Released a month ago) and perhaps I’m old fashioned, but I don’t think a record’s really “Out” until you can hold it in your hands. That said, the plain packaging of this 7″ is a little disappointing in comparison to my other treasured Arcade Fire releases that seemed to strive to create tactile multi-textured artefacts.

‘Keep The Car Running’ is repetitive by the usual Arcade Fire standards, there’s no quiet first half and no loud second half. It simply builds in intensity until it reaches an almost unbearable bursting point and then suddenly stops. It’s shockingly abrupt and had me reaching for the replay button instantly. It’s got the usual delirious mixture of instruments all adding up to a powerful whole and Win’s piercing voice floats over the top singing words of nervous paranoia. B-side ‘Broken Window’ has ominous rumbling Organs like the humming of engines and the lyrics seem to be lamenting the secret abduction of an man by the authorities and the anger this engenders in his loved ones.

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

Here are two rare Arcade Fire mp3s, the first is a song that didn’t make it onto the new album and the second is (In my opinion anyway) one of the greatest covers ever recorded:

Arcade Fire – Burning Bridges Breaking Hearts (Live) mp3
Arcade Fire – Born On A Train (Live On KCRW) mp3

Arcade Fire Website / Arcade Fire MySpace / Us Kids Know Fansite