Archive for May, 2009

May 12, 2009

TEN4SE7EN: Episode 38

My apologies, as this week’s TEN4SE7EN is so late, it’s in danger of becoming next week’s:

The Bewitched Hands On The Top Of Our Heads is the long winded name of the latest addition to April 77 Record’s roster.  ‘Work’ is wonderfully hummable and as good as anything Arcade Fire have done.

‘The DJ’ is the best track on DJ Hell’s new ‘Teufelswerk’ LP and it sounds like a lost House-Music classic.  It’s got none other than P. Diddy laying down one of those “This is my house…” style vocals declaring things like “This goes out to all the muthafucka’s who like 15-20 minute versions of a motherfuckin’ record!”.  If you don’t jump out of your seat and start jacking your body about 8 seconds into this record, then there is clearly something wrong.

‘Oh No! Not You Again!’ is from The Heavy’s forthcoming new album and channels the recently departed ghost of Lux Interior to stunning effect.  If you’re wondering where the ace schlock vocal sample is from, it’s taken from a trailer for 1980’s Horror movie ‘Don’t Go in the House’.

Mr Day manages to bring two previous stars of TEN4SE7EN together on the Remix of his new single ‘If I Can’t Love You’DJ Vadim maximises the sweet Soul vibes on the Remix while Yarah Bravo sings some equally sweet backing vocals.

New York Dolls are back for their second record since their re-formation, employing original producer Todd Rundgren.  Title track ”Cause I Sez So’ is as sneery and glam as anything they recorded back in the day.

The Paper Chase’s new ‘Someday This Could All Be Yours Vol.1’ LP is a mysterious, meandering and wonderful record.  My highlight has to be ‘I’m Going To Heaven With Or Without You (The Forest Fire)’, sounding like Modest Mouse at their best.

The return of Peaches is always a cause for celebration especially when her new LP includes tracks as good as ‘Billionaire’.  Over head-crunching Synths Peaches drops some superb Raps and Shunda K’s (From Yo Majesty) guest rhymes are the cherry on the top.

I really liked Rye Rye’s 2008 single ‘Hardcore Girls’ but I absolutely adore her new track ‘Bang’.  It features the ubiquitous talents of M.I.A. and the music isn’t dissimilar from her own work.

The Wave Pictures’ ‘Canary Wharf’ starts of like a delicate Herman Dune song and then goes all rolling Country half way through.  Check out the rest of their new ‘If You Leave It Alone’ album for more tracks just as good.

S.M.O.V’s (aka Smoove) latest slick mashup on his own Wack Records label is called ‘Devil’s Cat’.  It seamlessly blends the vocal from D’Angelo’s ‘Devil’s Pie’ with the music from The Cure’s ‘Love Cats’ and spices it up with some extra Bossa-Nova Drums.

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DJ Hell MySpace / Purchase
Mr Day MySpace / Purchase
New York Dolls MySpace / Purchase
Peaches MySpace / Purchase
Rye Rye MySpace / Purchase
S.M.O.V MySpace / Purchase
The Bewitched Hands On The Top Of Our Heads MySpace / Purchase
The Heavy MySpace / Purchase
The Paper Chase MySpace / Purchase
The Wave Pictures MySpace / Purchase

Here is a Live clip proving that New York Dolls still totally Raaawwwk!!! after all these years:

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May 4, 2009

TEN4SE7EN: Episode 37

In between enjoying all my birthday presents I’ve found ten more wonderful cuts to entertain you for another seven days:

To kick off, here is a far-too-short and appropriately-titled track called ‘A Minute’Alex Gladwell’s free to download ‘Fantasia’ album is one of the weirdest (In a good way) I’ve heard in a while, so check out it’s combination of Hip-Hop, Indie and Jazz.

Chain & The Gang’s new album is already one of my favourite so far this year.  It rudely mashes together some of my favourite genres like Rock ‘a’ Billy, Hip-Hop and Garage into one whole than sounds nothing like anything I’ve ever heard before.  However, ‘Chain Gang Theme (I See Progress)’ is closest to sounding like Dan Sartain (Who I adore)… only even crazier!

Thanks go to MusicLikeDirt, who just sent me a link to Curtis Plum’s MySpace.  I love the jerky Hip-Hop of ‘Call My Cellphone’, which reminds me of a strange David Byrne Rap experiment.

Again thanks to MusicLikeDirt (And my birthday!), I’ve finally got my hands on Jack White’s new 7″ to add to my ever expanding collection.  The Dead Weather features Jack on producing and drumming duties, while Alison Mosshart (Of The Kills) is on the vocals.  Here is their skull-crushingly powerful Blues take on Tubeway Army’s classic ‘Are Friends Electric?’.

Depeche Mode are back and still creating some awesome dark Electronic cuts.  ‘Oh Well’ has the ominous Synth feel of a John Carpenter score.

Ilija Rudman’s ‘Two Faced Love (Extended Mix)’ is driven by some delectably retro Slap-Bass.  It’s like Trevor Horn or Nile Rodgers at their best with every instrument coming over clear and funky in the mix.

If you can’t wait patiently for a new LCD Soundsystem album then The Juan MacLean might have just saved the day.  ‘One Day’ from their new ‘The Future Will Come’ album is all minimal Beats, Strings and icy vocals.

God bless Nathan Haines for giving Ty a guest spot on his ‘Right Now’ LP.  Every time Ty steps up to the mike magic happens and ‘Pick It Up’ is no exception, blending his wonderful rhymes with smooth Jazzy Hip-Hop.

For some reason, I wasn’t totally convinced by The Prodigy’s ‘Warrior’s Dance’ (It wouldn’t have been their first duff record!) when I first heard it a while back.  But the radio has been playing it on a loop and now I love it’s violent beats and retro Acid-House stylings.  It’s got the feel (And pedigree) of their earliest material.

To me, ‘Keep The Lights On’ sounds like; if the newly reformed Police had decided to take their new material in a new Avant-Garde/Electro/Disco direction.  Wave Machines have created a brilliant Pop track that delights the senses.

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Alex Gladwell Website & Album Download
Chain & The Gang MySpace / Purchase
Curtis Plum MySpace / Website
Depeche Mode MySpace / Purchase
Ilija Rudman MySpace / Purchase
Nathan Haines MySpace / Purchase
The Dead Weather Website / Purchase
The Juan MacLean MySpace / Purchase
The Prodigy MySpace / Purchase
Wave Machines MySpace / Purchase

Here is the video for The Juan MacLean’s ‘One Day’:

As a bonus, here is a legendary live performance of ‘Are Friends Electric?’ from The Old Grey Whistle Test circa 1979 (Tip = Turn your Bass way up!):