I’ve spent most of this week listening to MJ spurred on by the surprisingly good Memorial Concert that served to remind me how truly magic his songs were (It was only spoiled by talent show reject Shaheen Jafargholi’s average and cheesy version of ‘Who’s Lovin’ You’). It hasn’t all been nostalgia though, I’ve still come up with ten fresh tunes for this week’s post:
Chambers twang out atmospheric Guitar sounds on the slow building epic ‘Sea Mistress’. It’s the powerful conclusion to their new ‘A Slow Decay’ EP which is totally free to download (You lucky people!).
Cookin’ On 3 Burners’ new single is blessed with the silky vocals of soulstress Kylie Auldist. The music production on ‘This Girl’ envelopes your ears in a rich golden Soul sound. Sheer joy.
Dances With White Girls remixes Cubic Zirconia’s already superb ‘Fuck Work’ and makes it even better. He beefs it up, zaps it with Electro prongs and even lays on an extra Rap break.
‘I’m A Pilot’ is the gorgeous opening track to Fanfarlo’s ‘Reservoir’ LP. Comparisons to Arcade Fire are inevitable but with tracks this good who cares?
The sweet acoustic Guitars and Ukulele of GaBLé’s ‘I’m Ok’ make an appropriately strange accompaniment to the deranged lyrics. You’ll be singing along and shouting out bits like “Head cut-ting wi-re” like it was some mad nursery rhyme.
It’s taken a good few months but suddenly this week I decided that The Gaslight Anthem’s ‘The ’59 Sound’ is one of the songs of the year. Maybe it’s the way the Drums explode at 0.49, or the yelps of “Young boys, young girls” or it could have been The Boss’ recent seal of approval.
I’m totally diggin’ the groove on Greg Wilson’s ‘I Was A Teenage DJ Pt 1 (Extended Mix)’. He’s looped up about 20 seconds from the intro to KC & The Sunshine Band’s ‘I’m Your Boogie Man’, layered on some samples and crafted a Funk workout so good you won’t be able to stay still.
‘NW5’ is from Madness’ excellent new album ‘The Liberty Of Norton Folgate’. Within one listen you’ll be ranking it amongst their finest Pop hits from back in the day (For solid-gold hit-makers like Madness, that’s saying something!).
I already loved Sarantis and Warrior Queen’s ‘Retaliate’ but then Dubstep genius King Cannibal remixed it. With a bass sound that could level skyscrapers, I can’t get enough.
Seb Roberts’ new EP ‘Breeds With Anything’ is available for free so check it out. Every track is an exhilarating Garage assault but my pick is ‘A Pretty Good Game’ which brings in shades of LCD Soundsystem and Pixies (‘Big Woman Come On’ was a close second).
Chambers MySpace / Download
Cookin’ On 3 Burners MySpace / Purchase
Cubic Zirconia MySpace / Purchase
Fanfarlo MySpace / Purchase
GaBLé MySpace / Purchase
Greg Wilson MySpace / Purchase
Madness MySpace / Purchase
Sarantis MySpace / Purchase
Seb Roberts MySpace / Download
The Gaslight Anthem MySpace / Purchase
Here is an electrifying video of Bruce and The Gaslight Anthem performing ‘The ’59 Sound’ (If only all fan concert vids were as good as this):
Here is my highlight of the Jackson Memorial, Jennifer Hudson doing 'Will You Be There?'. When she sings the line 'Hold me, like the river of Jordan' in her Gospel voice I was in heaven: