Archive for September, 2007

September 20, 2007

THE RUMBLE STRIPS – Girls & Boys In Love (CD & 12″ Singles)

Fallout 1745159/1745161: 3rd September 2007
1. Girls & Boys In Love (Original / Hot Chip Remix / Devil’s Gun Remix / David E. Sugar ‘Shameless Mix’ / MarC Leaf Remix)
“Move to the city, loose all your heart, she weren’t that pretty, you ain’t too smart”
2. The Boys Are Back In Town
“Every Friday they’d be dressed to kill, down at Dino’s bar and grill, the drink will flow and blood will spill”

The melody and Piano line of ‘Girls & Boys In Love’ is so distinctive and summery you’ll be nodding your head and whistling along.  It’s just another classic single to add to The Rumble Strips’ near faultless discography.  Unfortunately the Remixes don’t attain the same effortless heights of Pop perfection.  Hot Chip go for a pleasant enough slow Dub sound, Devil’s Gun cut the song up in a really annoying way and MarC Leaf’s version is too repetitive.  David E. Sugar’s Mix is the best of the four, layering on scuzzy beats but retaining that great Piano sound.

It’s the cover of ‘The Boys Are Back In Town’ that makes this release really worth buying.  They’ve replaced all the Guitars with Brass, sounding like vintage Dexys.  The Rumble Strips have managed to inject something fresh into a great song, that’s grown stale from overexposure.  I love the way Charlie Waller sings “Red hot” and just listen to the electrifying wail he does at the end.

Click here to buy the new earth-shatteringly awesome ‘Girls & Weather’ album from HMV for a mere £8.99.

Here are two essential B-sides that didn’t make it on to the new album:

The Rumble Strips – High Street Heaven mp3
The Rumble Strips – My Oh My mp3

Click here to watch the zombietastic video for ‘Girls & Boys In Love’ on YouTube.

The Rumble Strips Website / The Rumble Strips MySpace

September 17, 2007

MP3 OF THE WEEK: Smith – Baby It’s You mp3

“It’s not the way you smile that touched my heart, it’s not the way you kiss that tears me apart, many, many, many nights go by, I sit alone at home and I cry over you, what can I do, don’t want nobody, nobody, ’cause baby, it’s you”

‘Baby It’s You’ is a cover of the classic Burt Bacharach number, perhaps most famously recorded by The Beatles. Smith’s version is most easily described as Dusty Springfield backed by a scorching Psych-Funk outfit. Just listen to the roar of Gayle McCormick’s vocals towards the end. ‘Baby It’s You’ can be found on Smith’s 1969 album ‘A Group Called Smith’ but I heard it on the typically essential soundtrack to Tarantino’s new flick ‘Death Proof’. It’s about time Tarantino had a greatest hits album!

Smith – Baby It’s You mp3

Click here to buy ‘A Group Called Smith’ from Amazon for £9.49.

Click here to view a Clip of Smith on YouTube.

Click here to buy the soundtrack to ‘Death Proof’ from HMV for £11.99.

Gayle McCormick Fansite

September 15, 2007

THE HAT – Less Of A Lover (7″ Single)

Sunday Best SBESTS48: 3rd September 2007
1. Less Of A Lover
“I cry in anger, for it’s the closest I got to reaching within, it’s like I’m danglin’ over the precipice, unsure of whether or not to fall in”
2. Wolves
“See I was cooking up some tracks in my laboratory, cutting up Beethoven’s ninth with The Beatles’ ‘Let It Be'”

This is another satisfyingly odd 7″ to follow up June’s ‘Open Hearts’ single but this couldn’t sound more different. The spoken vocal on ‘Less Of A Lover’ is laid back to the pint of being catatonic. The intense finish is like Scroobius Pip channeling the ghost of Jeff Buckley with shades of everyone from Bjork to Led Zeppelin. ‘Wolves’ is just as good, starting off as creepy Jazz then morphing into bizarre Folk-Funk-Hip-Hop and topping it off with some rarely heard skat singing. God knows what the next single from The Hat will sound like but I’ll be buying it anyway.

Click here to download the single from TuneTribe.

Click here to buy the 7″ from RoughTrade.

Click here to watch a live performance of ‘Less Of A Lover’ on YouTube.

The Hat MySpace

September 14, 2007

EXAMPLE – So Many Roads (2x CD & 7″ Singles)

The Beats BEATS52/BEATS53/BEATS51: 3rd September 2007
1. So Many Roads (Original / Herve Remix / So Much Of Life Ahead Remix /
Jars & Ruski Toilet Party Remix / Baseball Furies Remix)

“Up bright and early, I head first into the calm breeze, it’s just me and my true geez, he play percussion and I scribble on oak trees”
2. Take What I Want
“This ain’t cheap sex, it’s something fresha, one off payment for ‘Lucious Lorreta’, fellas let’s get your shit together, blow up ladies are getting better”

The latest irresistible single from Example is built around a gloriously cheesy Carpenters’ sample. ‘So Many Roads’ is a song of self belief about Example and his producer Rusher against the world featuring some typically priceless rhymes.

‘So Many Roads’ has inspired some great reworks. Herve’s Remix is a Rave monster and the repetitive “J-J-J-Jackin’ all those samples” bit will burrow deep down into your brain and make you go crazy. Brutal Deluxe’s ‘So Much Of Life Ahead’ Remix retains little of the original but is still an absolutely essential head-bangin’ tune. The ‘Jars & Ruski Toilet Party Remix’ is even more unrecognisable but this thudding Industrial rework gets tiresome at points. The ‘Baseball Furies Remix’ is a big sleazy masterpiece that almost beats the A-side version and makes the vocals sound harder, sharper and wittier.

‘Take What I Want’ is the best song about blowup sex dolls since Roxy Music’s ‘In Every Dream Home A Heartache’. It’s a great sign for Example’s immanent debut album (Second album, if you count ‘We Didn’t Invent The Remix’) that he’s casting away gems like this on the B-side.

Click here to pre-order the ‘What We Made’ album from HMV for just £7.99.

Example – Take What I Want mp3 (Should be an A-side)
Example – You Can’t Rap mp3 (Another great Example single and uncut)
Example – One Night mp3 (Incredible Jose Gonzalez sampling tune)

Click here to buy Example’s records and T-shirts from Puregroove records.

Here’s a link to the video for ‘So many Roads’ on YouTube.

Example Website / Example MySpace

September 10, 2007

MP3 OF THE WEEK: Sonny Jim – Can’t Stop Moving mp3

“Feel something movin’ all over me, whatever it is, no man can see, from the crown of my head, to the soul of my feet, spirit is movin’, spirit is movin’, spirit is movin’ all over me”

After searching around the web I was unable to track down what songs ‘Can’t Stop Moving’ samples but it sounds like a Jackson 5 vocal (Although I understand it isn’t, somebody clear it up for the love of god?!).  It’s one of those insanely catchy and almost-cheesy Disco-Pop singles that you’ll sicken yourself on like too many Skittles.  ‘Are You Ready For Love?’ was one, ‘Move Your Feet’ was another and now we’ve got Sonny Jim’s (aka Sonny J) sublime ‘Can’t Stop Moving’.  If you listen to it once, you’ll listen to it a hundred times.

Sonny Jim – Can’t Stop Moving mp3

Here are links to the official dance vid or to the superior Jackson 5 based fan video on YouTube.

I’ve spent the last few days without an Internet connection, allowing me to experience what it must have been like in the middle ages.  To celebrate my return to the 21st century, here are three bonus tracks that deserve to be Mp3s of the week too.

In 1994 Beastie Boys sampled Jimmy Smith’s sizzling ‘Root Down (And Get It)’ and now they give something back by creating an equally funky instrumental for future generations to sample.

Beastie Boys – Electric Worm mp3

When this Remix of Klaxons came out in April it sounded fantastic but suddenly this week I decided it was one of the greatest six minutes ever recorded.

Klaxons – Gravity’s Rainbow (Soulwax Remix) mp3

I haven’t got round to delving into the discography of respected 70s Folkie Linda Thompson but when I heard the title track from her new solo album I was bowled over.  A curious mix of lushly produced Country, fine songwriting and a coal-miner’s Brass-band.

Linda Thompson – Versatile Heart mp3

Sonny Jim MySpace

September 8, 2007

BATTLE – Paper Street (CD & 7″ Singles)

Transgressive TRANS054CD / TRANS054: 27th August 2007
1. Paper Street
“I’ve been waiting here for ages, when we holler, you say that you don’t hear a thing, we’re panicking, I wonder if there’d be some calm, when every star and asteroid has carried on, despite the residents here on paper street”
2. North Sea (Russell Lissack Remix)
“Oh my darling, I could sell my soul gladly, I could tell you all the things, you never thought to ask”
3. Stop
“The holidays never felt so long, been spending whole days wondering if you’ve changed, changed your hair, bought a car, cooked a meal from scratch”

I’m not entirely certain which address ‘Paper Street’ is referencing, Wallstreet or Fleetstreet but the lyric works equally well for both. Jason Bavanandan’s vocal is another graceful evocation of Robert Smith but the music something different. It reminds me more of the finely crafted Pop-Rock of Coldplay, U2 or even Keane, rather than the angular sounds of Bloc Party or Gang Of Four. This more laid-back acoustic sound compliments the unspoken anger of the words, producing one of Battle’s best ever songs.

On the B-side Russell Lissack from Bloc Party has turned in one hell of a Remix with a funky Indie-Dance rhythm. The vocals float Moz-like over the top and there’s also a tranquil chillout bit in the middle, complete with backwards tape-loops and seagull sound effects. ‘Stop’ is a song criticising married life but when Jason can sing “Marry me” so beautifully he’s probably destined to have everybody want to drag him to the alter. Again it’s one of the best things that Battle have produced, so perhaps they’re finally living up to the potential that they showed on the ‘Demons’ single… just in time for the new album!

Click here to buy Battle’s new ‘Break The Banks’ album from HMV for just £7.99.

Here are three superb Battle rarities:

Battle – Children (Union Of Knives Remix) mp3
Battle – I Am The Driver mp3
Battle – One More Night mp3

Click here to visit Battle’s YouTube channel.

Battle Website / Battle MySpace

September 3, 2007

MP3 OF THE WEEK: Mr Benn (Feat. MC Souls Liberation) – The Jump mp3

“We entertain wid unity, love and da peace, so the vibes that we carry, shall surely increase, give thanks and praises to the most high and we sing this-a song while we look up to the sky”

I loved Mr Benn’s ‘A Message To ODB’ mashup (Under his Mr Blennd moniker) but I’m just hearing ‘The Jump’ (It was included on an EP from last year) after finding it on a recent Leisure Recordings label-sampler CD. ‘The Jump’ mixes and scratches up a summery blend of Latin Guitar, New-Orleans house-party Piano, Dub, Hip-Hop, Punk-Funk Bass, sexy Brass, Rave whistles and even eastern strings. If you listen hard enough you can almost hear every record in there. Over the top, MC Souls Liberation shouts out an irresistible call and response of “I say yes, you say yes”.

Mr Benn (Feat. MC Souls Liberation) – The Jump mp3

Click here to buy the Leisure Recordings sampler from Juno Records.

Click here to download a few Mr Benn mixes.

Click here to download the EP that ‘The Jump’ came from.

Leisure Recordings Website / Leisure Recordings MySpace / Mr Benn MySpace

September 3, 2007

EUGENE FRANCIS JNR – Poor Me (7″ Single)

Legion Presents LEGION001: 23rd July 2007
1. Poor Me
“It’s not the gravity that’s pulling you down, more like the demons living underground, may your light shine, liberate minds, I favour tigers but I celebrate cowards, don’t want a world where religion is power”
2. Kites
“I’ll touch on the ideals which you’ve always meant, but without your air of fragrance there’s no scent… and my kite comes down”

‘Poor Me’ is where the uplifting Orchestral Pop of The Polyphonic Spree meets the Laptronic beauty of Get Cape. Wear Cape. Fly.  ‘Kites’ is closer to a Traditional Folk sound than the A-side, recalling Jeff Buckley and Bright Eyes.  Both songs touch on the problems that beset our world but leave you feeling that they can all be overcome.

Click here to download the single from 7Digital or click here to buy the 7″ from RoughTrade.

Eugene Francis Jnr – Kites mp3

Here are links to videos for ‘Poor Me’ and ‘Kites’ on YouTube.

Eugene Francis Jnr MySpace