Archive for July 5th, 2007

July 5, 2007

MUSIC IS ART: Song/Context/Result

A while ago I was asked to contribute to a wonderful blog called ‘Music Is Art’ as part of a superb feature called “Song/Context/Result”.  I choose a favourite song, I described the context in which I heard it and finally the result of me hearing it.

Click here to read the article, download some music (Including my selection ‘The Fool On The Hill’ and Eels’ masterpiece ‘Fresh Feeling’) and to see some gorgeous artwork!

July 5, 2007

EDITORS – Smokers Outside The Hospital Doors (CD & 2x 7″ Singles)

Kitchenware Records SKCD93 / SKX93 / SKX932: 18th June 2007
1. Smokers Outside The Hospital Doors
“I can’t shake this feeling I’ve got, my dirty hands, have I been in the wars, the saddest thing that I’d ever seen, was smokers outside the hospital doors”
2. An Eye For An Eye
“Sing to me one more time, touch this tired face of mine”
3. The Picture
“You look back at the picture, and realise things then were different, it’s not who you know, it’s why you know”
4. Some Kind Of Spark
“Run to the hills, live somewhere else, what kind of storm could flood a town, from where we are here, we can only look down”

‘Smokers Outside The Hospital Doors’ has got all the usual Editors elements, the shimmering Guitars, the Ian-Curtis-but-with-warmth vocals and of course a menacing Bass line. It’s perhaps nothing startlingly new but it is the best single that Editors have released to date.

The reason I’ve always loved Editors is for the quality of their B-sides (The two below are a couple of the best songs ever). Previous B-sides were so good that the selection of songs for the last album seemed insane. These three aren’t quite in the same league but they are still well worth having. ‘An Eye For An Eye’ features dark brooding Guitars and builds almost imperceptibly towards a dramatic conclusion while Tom Smith’s rich Baritone sounds almost operatic. ‘The Picture’ is a beautiful, echoing, and hymnal piece, while ‘Some Kind Of Spark’ is good but a little too close to Coldplay‘s ‘Talk’.

Click here to buy the single from HMV or click here to download the three B-sides from 7Digital for only £1.77.

Click here to watch Editors intense performance of ‘Smokers Outside The Hospital Doors’ on Later via YouTube.

Editors – Forest Fire mp3
Editors – Time To Slow Down mp3

Click here to buy the brilliant new album ‘An End Has A Start’ from HMV for only £8.99.

Editors Website / Editors MySpace

July 5, 2007

KID ACNE – Worst Luck (12″ EP)

Lex ELEX045EP: 18th June 2007
1. Worst Luck
“I must confess, when I’ve ‘ad a sup, I’m a right text pest, I went SMS… to XS”
2. Swear Down
“If you’s out joggin’, or at home knittin’, tune in, ’cause the shit be kickin'”
3. Split Heads (Feat. Infinite Lives)
“Look fresh in a pair of Speedo, go to the pictures searchin’ for Nemo”

The music on this EP isn’t as immediate as Kid Acne’s last release ‘Eddy Fresh’ but the lyrics are just as funny, and just as obsessed with the little details of life.  ‘Worst Luck’ finds Kid Acne eschewing the usual Cristal and Gucci namedropping of his Hip-Hop brethren, in favour of a more refined selection of products like Fray Bentos pies and Smash potatoes.  ‘Swear Down’ is the traditional Rap declaration of superiority but delivered in Kid Acne’s unique style, because he’s “Well more better!”.  Lastly, ‘Split Heads’ features an incredible guest appearance from Infinite Lives.

Here are links to watch videos for ‘Worst Luck’ and ‘Reality Raps’ on YouTube.

Kid Acne – Eddy Fresh mp3

Kid Acne Website / Kid Acne MySpace / Infinite Lives Website
Infinite Lives MySpace / Lex Records Website / Lex Records MySpace

July 5, 2007

S.M.O.V. – Wack EP-W2 (12″ EP)

Wack Records WACKEPW2: 18th June 2007
1. Quality Soul
“While underground doesn’t like you, the media might, but we the elite will change that, as we bridge gaps in this lyrical grudge match, brothers we slug back”
2. Wack Edits
“They got a wacky-wack record, with a wacky-wack crew, yo what about the lyrics, that shit’s wacky-wack too”
3. Barrell House Funk
“I got a brown eyed woman, stays drunk all the time”
4. Cold Romeo
“Rhyme scholar from the school of the hooligan”

S.M.O.V’s (aka Smoove) first EP was one of my favourite records of last year and this a worthy follow up.  ‘Quality Soul’ layers the vocal from Jurassic 5’s ‘Quality Control’ over Gloria Jones’ eternal classic ‘Tainted Love’.  ‘Wack Edits’ cuts together loads of samples of the word “Wack” like a sequel to De La Soul’s ‘Cool Breeze On The Rocks’.  ‘Barrell House Funk’ is probably a mashup of a brilliant late 60s Funk tune and a 50s Blues legend but I can’t identify either (Tell me if you know readers?).  ‘Cold Romeo’ samples the ‘Montagues and Capulets’ from Prokofiev’s famous 1930s ballet (Which I always remember as the theme tune to a captivating TV series about Greek myths that I watched at primary school) and adds Roots Manuva’s vocal from ‘Too Cold’.  Once again this release demonstrates that S.M.O.V. is a cut above the rest of the bootleggers.  His first EP caused quite a stir and because of it’s limited release many were disappointed not to get a copy… so act fast if you want this record.

Click here to visit Piccadilly records who currently still have some in stock!

Here are mp3s from the first EP:

S.M.O.V. – Big Love mp3
S.M.O.V. – Jazz Trap mp3
S.M.O.V. – Kool Blues mp3

Smoove Website / Smoove MySpace / Wack Records MySpace