TEN4SE7EN: Episode 4

Hurray! This week Elbow won the Mercury (Couldn’t have happened to a nicer bunch of lads) although for my money their last album was superior (Buy ‘Leaders Of The Free World’).  New sounds wise, I’m spoilt for choice, there are so many great things I’m hearing.  Here are the ten best:

You’ve probably read about the ‘Large Hadron Collider’ in the papers and the supposed way it’s gonna destroy the world (That’s if you believe tabloid hacks with all the scientific acumen of a toasted marshmallow). So in a bold attempt to inform the public, ‘The Large Hadron Rap’ was recorded.  AlpineKat (aka science writer Katherine McAlpine) drops some rhymes at least as good as anything Chicks On Speed have released.  Comedy Rap isn’t supposed to be this good.

Bumblebeez have me groovin’ every time to the addictive Funky-Dance-Carnival-Sounds of ‘Rio’.  It’s just one oddity to enjoy from their new eccentrically titled ‘Prince Umberto & The Sister Of Ill’ album.  Unless I’m mistaken it’s got a sample of Harpo Marx whistling (Or it might just be your average rave whistle, which would be a shame as the image of Harpo “Giving it large” to this tune is quite pleasing).

‘In Search Of The Youth Crew’ is relentless, energized, fast-paced Rap from Cadence Weapon.  The repetitive chorus of “The youth crew’s back” is the best bit on this brilliant bit of danceable Hip-Hop.

Capitol K’s ‘Libertania’ is quirky Pop that’s so very, very catchy.  It’s like the Postal Service after too many Smarties and a quick decision to get Bryan Ferry in for vocal duties.

Every now and again Conor Oberst brings out a song I absolutely adore and ‘Souled Out!!!’ is one of them.  It seems like one glorious drawn out mewling Guitar solo with Conor’s Dylanesque lyrics riding over the top.

Craig Charles asked his 6Music listeners to help him compile a fantasy-funk-band and in response DJ superstars Diesler, Dr. Rubberfunk and Smoove made their own special mash-ups.  The best of the three is ‘Dr. Rubberfunk’s Fantasy Funk Band’ (Just out on 45) featuring the vocal talents of James Brown & Nina Simone with contributions from Bootsy Collins, The Temptations and others.    It sounds like a superb Dr. Dre production but without the references to guns ‘n’ bitches.

Emiliana Torrini’s ‘Gun’ sounds allot like Benjamin Prosser’s outstanding track ‘Below The Plough’ (One of my favourite tracks of last year).  It’s got the same sinister air, and expansive echoey sound.

‘Took My Lady To Dinner’ combines 60s Garage-Rock, Soul, and Funk without sounding anything like Ocean Colour Scene.  It’s from King Khan & The Shrines’ brilliant new compilation and if you like Sacramento band Cake, this is gonna be right up your street.  However singing an ode to your beloved with a chorus of “She’s fat and she’s ugly, but I love her” might not have the desired effect.

Sebastien Tellier’s delightfully mellow Remix of Low Motion Disco’s ‘Things Are Gonna Get Easier’ is like that melancholic song you hear in an Eighties teen film, about two thirds through, when the protagonists best friend at school has committed suicide (Or did I imagine that one?).  Drift away on sighing waves of sound and bask in the beautifully subtle Claptonesque Guitar solo.

‘Only Loved At Night’ has that powerful Patti Smith poetic atmosphere combined with the Icy vocals of Nico.  The tinkling Xylophone is magical, although the band’s name, Softboiled Eggies, is less so (But no worse than Arctic Monkeys!).


AlpineKat YouTube
Bumblebeez MySpace / Purchase
Cadence Weapon MySpace / Purchase
Capitol K MySpace / Purchase
Conor Oberst MySpace / Purchase
Dr. Rubberfunk MySpace / Purchase
Emiliana Torrini MySpace / Purchase
King Khan & The Shrines MySpace / Purchase
Low Motion Disco MySpace / Purchase
Softboiled Eggies MySpace

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