I can highly recommend two new charity albums from Warchild and 4AD. They’re packed with essential covers and exclusive recordings but posting mp3s of two charity records would be like stealing from a collection tin, so click here and here to buy them. Luckily this week has overflowed with many other excellent songs and here’s the best ten:
Alif Tree’s ‘Way Down South’ is an atmospheric Blues cut featuring the rumbling vocal-chords of Tony Joe White. Maybe if Rick Rubin could bring Elvis back from the grave, they might make a comeback record a bit like this.
Quirky artist Esser’s Jazzy ‘Satisfied’ gets all messed up by Toddla T and Ross Orton on their Remix. They bring in Dubstep, Grime and Ska elements for their radically different backing to Esser’s Robert Wyatt style vocals.
KiD CuDi’s ‘Day ‘N’ Nite’ didn’t grab me when I first gave it a quick listen last year but having just watched the new very clever video (See below) it absolutely grabbed me this week. The woozy rhythm and chilled rhymes work so perfectly together.
M. Ward’s ‘Never Had Nobody Like You’ combines elements of early Folk/Country Marc Bolan and latter day Glam T. Rex in one nice package. It’s also got a gorgeous celebratory Gospel undercurrent running through it.
The guest list on N.A.S.A’s new LP is ridiculously large featuring luminaries like Chuck D, Chali 2na, KRS-One and Spank Rock from the world of Hip-Hop, while artists like Karen O, George Clinton, David Bryne and Seu Jorge bring in other genres (These are but the tip of the Iceberg by the way!). However, ‘Spacious Thoughts’ features rasping experimental Jazzman Tom Waits and acclaimed rapper Kool Keith trading lines in what must be a unique and wonderful entry in the annals of Hip-Hop.
‘Here Come The Popes (Part 3)’ is the third in a series of songs charting the chequered history of the Papal reign. Their various misdemeanors are recounted over a sprightly carnival groove supplied by Sergeant Buzfuz.
‘Talk To Me’ is a crunching synth-heavy John-Carpenter-style Dubstep meets Dancehall tune from Solo Banton. If Kurt Russell was up for reprising his role as Snake Plissken, this could easily be the theme tune for ‘Escape From Jamaica’!
William Elliot Whitmore delivers a sea-salt seasoned marching-drum Blues shanty called ‘Mutiny’. Although, I don’t quite remember any of the traditional sea-shanties having shouts of “Let the muthafucka burn!”.
‘Zero’ is the new single from Yeah Yeah Yeahs’ immanent new LP ‘It’s Blitz!’. Dropping his electric (and electrifying) Guitar, Nick Zinner tears through a machine-gun Synth line, while Karen O gives one of her finest squealing and purring vocal performances.
Perennial Stop Me favourite, David Shah releases his latest download and this time it’s a split single from both of his bands. One is an excellent tune by The Soft Close-Ups but the best of the two is ‘Souvenir’ by The Melting Ice Caps. If you’re familiar with his work, you’re gonna love this track, with it’s spoken word passage à la ‘Making Progress’.
Alif Tree MySpace / Purchase
Esser MySpace / Purchase
KiD CuDi MySpace / Purchase
M. Ward MySpace / Purchase
N.A.S.A. MySpace / Purchase
Sergeant Buzfuz MySpace / Purchase
Solo Banton MySpace / Purchase
The Melting Ice Caps MySpace / Download
William Elliot Whitmore MySpace / Purchase
Yeah Yeah Yeahs MySpace / Purchase
Here’s the sensational new video for KiD CuDi’s ‘Day ‘N’ Nite’ (You could watch it all day and keep spotting new bits):