Archive for August, 2008

August 31, 2008

TEN4SE7EN: Episode 2

This week, I depressingly discovered that the whole music department in my local HMV has been reduced to the size of the small corner at the back that they’d previously devoted to Non-Rock’n’Pop music genres (i.e. music produced by people with a skin colour other than white).  It looks like the simple pleasure of idling away half an hour thumbing through racks in a real shop is on the way out.  On the bright side there are a myriad of delights to be discovered on the internet.  Here are 10 such fantastic mp3s that you can get in a WinRar file at the bottom of this post.  If you like them, go down to your record store and pick up the albums (If you can).

‘Mastered’ is part of a Mixtape made by A-Trak designed to enjoy while jogging.  Lupe Fiasco’s rhymes are predictably sensational odes to his running shoes and A-Trak’s production is refreshingly unlike anything else Lupe has released before.

City Reverb’s ‘City of Light’s is all tranquil ‘OK Computer’ style electronics and graceful vocals.  A bit like a fine lost track from ‘Air’.  So very hummable.

Groove Corporation’s Remix of Dillinger’s ‘Cocaine In My Brain’ is hardly new but I’ve been absolutely hammering this all week.  It’s great when the Drums kick in, but when the chorus arrives I’m in heaven.

‘Da Encore’ is an inspired classic Mash-Up of Jay-Z’s ‘Encore’ and Daft Punk’s ‘Da Funk’.  I know your salivating already so get ready for when it explodes out of your speakers at 0.52.

The drumtastic ‘Rock That Beat’ is the first thing I’m hearing from Freddie Cruger’s (aka Red Astaire) forthcoming new album.  If he can top the last LP it’ll be something very special, and undoubtedly a wonderfully eclectic mix of Hip-Hop and Soul.

I know I mentioned Fujiya & Miyagi last week with a track from their last album, but ‘Knickerbocker’ is the brand new single and it’s sensational.  ‘Knickerbocker’ is a Punk-Funk gem to equal the best that James Murphy can offer.

‘Ultra 10’ is the B-side to a single by the brilliantly named Lillica Libertine.  It”s the kind of punishing Electronica that Beethoven might have made if someone had handed him a Synth.

‘J’ai Perdu 15 Cents Dans Le Nez Froid D’un Ange Bronzé’ is an awesome slice of vintage French Psychedelia from L’Infonie.  No doubt Andy Votel has probably sampled this a thousand times.

Australian DJ Sampology gives us a delicious mix of Bass, Breaks and vocal samples called ‘Back On The Drums’.  Simple and effective.

This isn’t a cover of the catchy Brendan Benson single, ‘Spit It Out’ infact addresses the thorny subject of immigration to coincide with the 50th anniversary of the Notting Hill riots.  Icy vocals and bleepy electonics combine with archive voxpop samples on this disturbing single from Warning! Heat Ray!.


Lupe Fiasco MySpace / Purchase
City Reverb MySpace / Purchase
Groove Corporation MySpace / Purchase
Jay-Z MySpace / Purchase
Freddie Cruger MySpace / Purchase
Fujiya & Miyagi MySpace / Purchase
Lillica Libertine MySpace / Purchase
L’Infonie AMG / Purchase
Sampology MySpace / Purchase
Warning! Heat Ray! MySpace / Purchase

August 22, 2008

TEN4SE7EN: Episode 1

Hello, I’m not dead or anything! (I just went off the blogging thang for a while).  So here’s the first in what should be a weekly post, featuring ten new (Or possibly not so new) songs that’ve made my ears prick up in the last seven days.

First up, is a track from 80-summit legend Andre Williams and his new band The New Orleans Hellhounds (You’ll have probably heard the essential 7″ he did with Jack White and Dan Millar).  ‘Can You Deal With It?’ is Rock ‘n’ Roll that’s louder and dirtier than anyone of his age has any right to produce.

‘Idea For A Story’ is sadly the only new B-side on Bloc Party’s latest single ‘Mercury’.  The awesome beats are like Radiohead remixing the London Philharmonic.

‘Kiss With A Fist’ is the first thing I’m hearing by Florence & The Machine.  It’s a bit like Kate Nash… but good! (Sorry Kate Nash fans).

Fujiya & Miyagi’s ‘Collarbone’ is from their 2006 album ‘Transparent Things’.  Not so new, but new to me.  They give good Punk-Funk.

Every now and again I fall in love with a Jens Lekman track.  The magical musicbox song ‘A Little Lost’ is from the new Arthur Russell covers EP.

I despise John Legend and all his middle-of-the-road-jamming-with-jools-holland-poor-mans-stevie-wonder-crap (Also anyone who chooses a stagename like that is a prime toss bag in my book) but thanks to the genuine talents of Andre 3000 and MSTRKRFT, he’s managed to release one track I like.  I’m guessing the original ‘Green Light’ sounds nothing like MSTRKRFT’s fantabulous Electro Remix and I don’t intend on finding out anyway.

Ahh the return of LCD Soundsystem will always be welcome.  As if the quality A-side wasn’t enough Babytalk have turned in a scintillatingly Funky remix of ‘Big Ideas’.

‘Soundsystem’ is just one great track from Michael Franti’s new album ‘All Rebel Rockers’.  Go on, shout along “Soundsystem… soundsystem!”, you’ll love it.

‘True Love Will Find You In The End’ is a gorgeous cover of the Daniel Johnston classic from the B-side of Richard Walters’ new single ‘Brittle Bones’.  It’s better than Beck’s cover, which was already a favourite of mine.

I could have picked any number of tracks from The Week That Was’ great Indie debut album but ‘The Good Life’ sounds the best to my ears.

I’ll be back with ten more tunes next week!


Andre Williams MySpace / Purchase
Bloc Party MySpace / Purchase
Florence & The Machine MySpace / Purchase
Fujiya & Miyagi MySpace / Purchase
Jens Lekman MySpace / Purchase
MSTRKRFT MySpace / Download
LCD Soundsystem MySpace / Purchase
Michael Franti MySpace / Purchase
Richard Walters MySpace / Purchase
The Week That Was MySpace / Purchase