TEN4SE7EN: Episode 3

After being quite resistant to everything Apple for many years I’ve embraced iTunes and also purchased an iPhone (Both of which I love).  Carefully uploading the correct sleeve art for all The Rolling Stones UK singles and albums from the 60’s and 70’s was shear joy for the music nerd in me.  It also makes keeping track of all the thousands of downloads, albums and singles sooo much easier… well duh!  Here are ten more tracks I’ve imported into my library in the past seven days.

Akira The Don’s latest mixtape ‘ATD16’ is imminent and he’s being generous with the sampler tracks.  One of the highlights has to be the Harvey Pekar sampling gem, ‘My Life’.

‘My Rock ‘n’ Roll’ by the brilliantly named Dinosaur Pile-Up has all the best elements of Queens Of The Stone Age, Weezer, and Nirvana.  It’s a little bit creepy, a little bit Pop and totally Raawwkk!  But this is just the demo, expect this monster to topple buildings when it gets the studio treatment.

Esau Mwamwaya clearly has good taste in guest appearances.  ‘Get It Up’ not only features Santogold but M.I.A. too.  I’d call it Electronic, I’d call it Hip-Hop and I’d also call it World-Music… if only to piss Damon Albarn off.

‘Ever So Shy’ is a finely crafted Power-Pop Indie single from the latest gang in town, General Fiasco.  It reminds me of superb Rough Trade band Eastern Lane and not just because of the yelping vocals.

Manic Hip-Hop-Heroes Plastic Little Vs. M.J’s ‘Thriller’ was always going to be good.  But Producer/DJ Hervé manages to make a track even better than I’d expected.  I bow down to his genius, behold ‘Cheap Thrills’.

Kings Of Leon entered the music scene dubbed as “The southern Strokes”.  The Strokes never managed to build on that great debut but KOL have quickly and with little fuss released killer album after killer single.  ‘Sex On Fire’ is their latest offering featuring Caleb Followill’s typically impassioned vocals.

Ladyhawke’s ‘Paris Is Burning‘ is almost too retro-80’s-cool for my tastes but Alex Gopher manages to squeeze every last bit of excitement out on his Remix.  Just listen to the awesome sounds at 1.34 before it builds towards a full-on Dance climax.

Nickel Eye is the solo project of The Stokes’ Nicolai Fraiture (Giddit?).  Most of it sounds like a morbid version of Leonard Cohen (Not that I’m complaining) but ‘Brandy Of The Damned’ has a bit of added Funk spice to it.

The Cool Kids’ album is getting mentioned everywhere, with good reason.  ‘What Up Man’ is my favourite cut, it’s Rap in the Spank Rock/Plastic Little vein.

Ty’s peaceful sigh at the start of ‘The Scheme Of Things’ sets the scene for this dreamy bit of Brit-Hop.  It could be a sequel to 2003’s ‘Keep On’ and it’s just as good as that classic single.

CLICK HERE TO DOWNLOAD THE ZIP FILE.

Akira The Don MySpace / Purchase
Dinosaur Pile-Up MySpace / Purchase
Esau Mwamwaya MySpace / Interview
General Fiasco MySpace / Purchase
Hervé MySpace / Purchase
Kings Of Leon MySpace / Purchase
Ladyhawke MySpace / Purchase
Nickel Eye MySpace
The Cool Kids MySpace / Purchase
Ty MySpace / Purchase

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