Archive for October 22nd, 2007

October 22, 2007

DIESLER – When She Was Bad / Restless (12″ EP)

Freestyle FSR053: 1st October 2007
1. When She Was Bad
“Instrumental”
2. Restless Feat. Testament (Original / Lack Of Afro Remix / Acapella)
“Start to finish, I’ll be rippin’ it well, hit you with my old English, like the Canterbury Tales”

‘When She Was Bad’ starts off as a vibrant Latin groove before being set upon by B-boys a minute in.

‘Restless’ is blessed with an irrestisable Piano sound like a 30s house band getting it on. Restless’ has got witty rhymes to rival Roots Manuva and the flow of Akala. If the original isn’t funky enough for ya, then check out the smokin’ Remix from my new favourite purveyors of the Funk, Lack Of Afro. You won’t regret picking up a copy of this EP.

Click here to buy Diesler’s new ‘The Rhythm Station’ album from HMV.

Diesler (Feat. Carla Alexandra) – Into The Woods mp3

Click here to download the EP from Dancetracks Digital.

Diesler Website / Diesler MySpace / Testament MySpace / Lack Of Afro MySpace

October 22, 2007

MANIC STREET PREACHERS – Indian Summer (2x CD & 7″ Singles)

Columbia 88697159332/88697159322/88697159347: 1st October 2007
1. Indian Summer
“If God persists, persists in saying yes, I guess we’ll have, we’ll have to test ourselves, maybe the Summer, will come and clear our minds, and find the impulse, to love the sunshine”
2. Anorexic Rodin
“You re-ignite the Tet Offensive, it’s why you went, it’s so defensive, perfect echoes of your youth, like an anorexic Rodin”
3. Heyday Of The Blood
“We must be so indicted, so detached from all we see, so detached from all we see, in the heyday of the blood, you’re so convinced of your own worth”
4. Foggy Eyes
“I don’t know why we make each other cry, don’t know why we all got foggy eyes, I think about all the things I never do, how I’m such a disappointment to you”
5. Lady Lazarus
“You said so much more than you denied, you secretly wish to be crucified”
6. You Know It’s Going To Hurt
“Instrumental”

The singles from Manic Street Preacher’s new album ‘Send Away The Tigers’ have a tendency to sneak up on you and slowly embroider themselves on your heart. So it proves with ‘Indian Summer’ which didn’t grab me on first listen but by the 5th or 6th had totally convinced me. The chugging rhythm, crashing Drums and shimmering Guitars mix with a wonderfully carefree spirit in the vocals.

‘Indian Summer’ is backed by another generous collection of quality B-sides. ‘Anorexic Rodin’ is a tight little Guns ‘n’ Roses style rocker and ‘Heyday Of The Blood’ sounds like a cousin of classic B-side ‘Patrick Bateman’ but recorded at Sun Studios. ‘Foggy Eyes’ is a cover of a Beat Happening song (Who not un-coincidentally, also have a song called ‘Indian Summer’) and one of MSP’s best ever B-sides, which is mainly down to the fantastic twanging Guitar riff. Nicky Wire’s lead vocals are becoming a familar and welcome event, he may not have the power or frankly, the ability of James but you can truly feel the passion in his voice on ‘Lady Lazarus’. ‘You Know It’s Going To Hurt’ is a haunting and magical instrumental and not unlike the best work of iLiKETRAiNS.

Click here to buy ‘Indian Summer’ from HMV.

Click here to watch the video for ‘Indian Summer’ on YouTube.

Here are three incredible rarities from recent releases to underline how good the Manics are at the moment:

Manic Street Preachers – 1404 mp3
Manic Street Preachers – Fearless Punk Ballad mp3
Manic Street Preachers – Morning Comrades mp3

Click here to buy the new ‘Send Away The Tigers’ album from HMV for only £8.99.

Lastly, here’s the original version of ‘Foggy Eyes’:

Beat Happening – Foggy Eyes mp3

Manic Street Preachers Website / Manic Street Preachers MySpace

October 22, 2007

MP3 OF THE WEEK: The First Class – Beach Baby mp3

“I never thought that it would end, and I was everybody’s friend, long hot days, cool sea haze, Jukebox plays, but now it’s fading away”

I’ve been hearing this track on the radio allot where I work and I’ve totally fallen in love with it. ‘Beach Baby’ has a sweeping, rich, Beach Boys production (With a hint of Simon & Garfunkel) but it’s when everything else drops out and the horns come in for the instrumental brake at 3.05, that it really gives me the goose bumps. It’s like the whole reason for Jason Pierce’s existence. This 1974 single was apparently The First Class’ only hit but I’ll definitely have to check out the rest of their discography.

The First Class – Beach Baby mp3

Click here to buy a best of compilation called ‘Summer Sound Sensations’ from HMV.

Click here to watch ‘Beach Baby’ on YouTube (Sadly without the Instrumental bit).

The First Class Website