Archive for ‘TEN4SE7EN’

July 4, 2009

TEN4SE7EN: Episode 42

Still recovering from the heatwave? Still reeling from Murray’s defeat?  Well no matter, because here are ten more tunes to soothe those summertime blues:

Apostle Of Hustle has to be one of the best band names ever and luckily they’ve got the music to back it up.  ‘Eazy Speaks’ is frenetic catchy Indie with plenty of sharp lyrics like “Keep your friends close, enemy closer, kiss on the cheek from a punk ass poser”.

Chicks On Speed are back again with brand new album ‘Cutting The Edge’.  ‘Art Rules’ features their trademark witty rapping with a shiny Dance-Pop production worthy of Chris Lowe.

‘Helpmesaveme’ is from Father Abraham’s excellent and totally free to download ‘I Am Not A Sailor I Am The Captain’ LP.  It was a toss up between this and ‘Spacemarch’ but really the whole album is genius (Thanks to MusicLikeDirt for the tip).

Generationals have cunningly blended Arcade Fire style Epic Indie with a glorious Motown-esque production sound.  ‘When They Fight They Fight’ is drenched with Brass, Bass-Guitar, hand-claps and sunshine.

The Grizzly Owls have kindly made their new ‘I Am A Shootist’ EP available for free.  All four tracks feature shimmering, beautiful, Americana-Folk but for me, the title track is the best one.

‘Sixteen’ is the latest track I’m hearing from The Heavy’s eagerly anticipated new album.  It combines the raw Soul power of the vocals with a darkly Funky fairground waltz.

After thirty-odd years, Nashville singer Larry Jon Wilson has just made the album of his career, and has appropriately called it simply ‘Larry Jon Wilson’.  The majestic ‘Shoulders’ is so intimate and quietly powerful that your lip may be wobbling by the end.

The Lemonheads ninth album is a collection of covers called ‘Varshons’.  They deliver a cracking version of Townes Van Zandt’s mournful Country-Blues song ‘Waiting Around To Die’.

‘Cotopaxi’ is from The Mars Volta’s fifth and possibly best LP ‘Octahedron’.  Refreshingly, it’s tighter and rocks allot harder than some of their indulgent “Jazz-Odyssey” material while retaining their superb apocalyptic lyrics.

Southside Steppers new double A-side single is the latest essential release on Soul Jazz.  The second cut ‘Super Storm Decay’ is like the best thing Tricky never made.  It has to be my tune of the week.

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Apostle Of Hustle MySpace / Purchase
Chicks On Speed MySpace / Purchase
Father Abraham MySpace / Download
Generationals MySpace / Purchase
Larry Jon Wilson MySpace / Purchase
Southside Steppers MySpace / Purchase
The Grizzly Owls MySpace / Download
The Heavy MySpace / Purchase
The Lemonheads MySpace / Purchase
The Mars Volta MySpace / Purchase

Here is the video for The Heavy’s ‘Sixteen’:

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June 29, 2009

TEN4SE7EN: Episode 41

I’ve spent every minute I could spare this weekend either watching Wimbledon, watching Glastonbury or indulging in the odd glass of ice-cold Pimms.  From my armchair, the highlights of the festival seemed to be every second of Florence & The Machine’s set, Springsteen’s surprise appearance with The Gaslight Anthem, Lady Gaga’s smashed-mirror-dress-Glam-Pop-extravaganza and Dizzee Rascal sending the crowd literally ‘Bonkers’.

There probably aren’t many bands that would think of writing a delightful Pop-Folk song touching on the subject of cum (Except maybe The Hidden Cameras).  Well, Avi Buffalo did and ‘Summer Cum’ is a music box ditty with some truly strange yet charming lyrics.

‘Dimestore Diamond’ is the explosive opener to Gossip’s superb new ‘Music For Men’ LP.  It’s got the meaty power of an Ali right-hook with sizzling Bass and Beth Ditto’s vocals are like velvet.

One of the best things I saw on this weekend’s Glasto coverage was Jason Mraz’s performance of ‘I’m Yours’.  It’s a Pop song filled to the brim with good vibes and sunshine

‘International Broadcaster’ is from Lee ‘Scratch’ Perry’s latest album.  It brings to mind a Hip-Hop remix of The Special’s ‘Ghost Town’ with Roots Manuva and L.S.K contributing fantastic guest spots.

Lord Cut-Glass’ Folk delight ‘Holy Fuck’ features sublime lines like “The truth to me seems fair, a Faustian despair, that I love you much more than you can bare”.  It’s like a beautiful summer meadow…  with razorblades hidden in the grass.

The Patrick Alavi Remix of ‘Faites Vos Jeux’ ditches the Electronica of Modernaire’s original in favour of distinctive Tribal minimalism.  It retains the incredible Indie-Rap vocal which features some of the best sounding lyrics I’ve heard all year. like “Apparently murder is out of fashion, so I got put away for a crime of passion”.

Naomi Shelton & The Gospel Queens deliver pure vintage Gospel on the Daptone label.  You can hear the church Organ, see the pulpit and smell the prayer books on their heavenly version of The Swan Silvertones’ ‘Trouble In My Way’.

Regina Spektor keeps coming up with goods year after year.  Her own brand of quirky and thoughful Piano ballads just keep getting better and ‘Laughing With’ is no exception.

Robert Pollard featured in last week’s TEN4SE7EN with his Cosmos project.  This week I’m adoring a solo cut called ‘It’s Easy’ that channels the best of sun drenched 60s Psychedelic Pop.

‘Don’t Know What Love Is’ is the first thing I’ve heard by We Rock Like Girls Don’t since the legendary sonic assault of 2005 single ‘I Just Wanna Stick My Head In The Bass Drum’.  It’s got the same Grunge fury and sneering feline vocals that I loved in the first place.

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Avi Buffalo MySpace
Gossip MySpace / Purchase
Jason Mraz MySpace / Purchase
Lee ‘Scratch’ Perry MySpace / Purchase
Lord Cut-Glass MySpace / Purchase
Modernaire MySpace / Purchase
Naomi Shelton & The Gospel Queens MySpace / Purchase
Regina Spektor MySpace / Purchase
Robert Pollard MySpace / Purchase
We Rock Like Girls Don’t MySpace / Purchase

Here is a great live video of Jason Mraz performing ‘I’m Yours’ (His Glasto version was better but I can’t find it yet):

Also, here is the wonderful video for Regina Spektor’s ‘Laughing With’:

June 22, 2009

TEN4SE7EN: Episode 40

I seem to have gone mad this week and bought nine or ten albums (And a few singles).  Dammit, there is just too much great music out there.  Here is yet more evidence:

Alela Diane’s voice is like Joni Mitchell singing a lament from a porch on the prairie in the chill of the moonlight.  The powerful strings on ‘White As Diamonds’ underline the graceful clarity of the vocals.

‘Time I Was Gone’ is as intimate and warm as the reassuring sibling’s shoulder that the lyrics describe.  Antony Harding (aka Ant) is like a wonderful Swedish version of Stickboy.

Bloc Party’s last album ‘Intimacy’ was too clinical for my tastes and it never really grabbed my attention.  New single ‘One More Chance’ is the polar opposite, employing a super danceable House Piano line to not only grab my attention, but to wrestle me onto the Indie dance floor.

Cosmos’ ‘Nude Metropolis’ has a trippy Prog vibe cunningly tempered with an irresistible Pop beat.  Cosmos is just the latest band featuring Robert Pollard of Guided by Voices and Boston Spaceships.

The Duckworth Lewis Method is the new cricket based project from Neil Hannon and Thomas Walsh.  If you are a fan of The Divine Comedy and The Real Tuesday Weld (So basically if you enjoy music full stop!) then like me, you’re gonna have ‘The Age Of Revolution’ on a loop.  Quite why the subject of Cricket should inspire a mix of skankin’ Hip-Hop and 20’s Jazz… I don’t know.

Major Lazer’s ‘Hold The Line’ is another of those partly annoying records that samples phone sounds, but is once again so damn good that you love it anyway.  Mr. Lexx’s deep Dancehall vocals are complemented by Santigold’s backing lines.

‘Box ‘n’ Locks’ employs a timeless sample of the riff from Martha & the Muffins’ ‘Echo Beach’.  Just by creating a new mix with that sample would be enough for me to certify this track as genius but then you’ve got MPHO’s superb vocals and lyrics too.

Since the sad demise of Larrikin Love, Edward Larrikin has been busy creating music under the new title The Pan I Am (I had an early demo on this site back in 2007). After much anticipation his debut release proper is a double A-side single of brilliant Indie/Electronica/Folk for fans of Patrick Wolf.  My pick has to be the second cut ‘O.R.L.D’.

Thecocknbullkid’s ‘I’m Not Sorry’ is a delightful mix of Soul and Eghties Synth-Pop.  Thecocknbullkid is London’s Anita Blay and her debut single ‘On My Own’ is also available.

Willie Isz is a Rap duo comprised of Jneiro Jarel and Goodie Mob’s Khujo Goodie.  ‘Gawn Jet’ fuses fuzz Guitars, pounding beats, crunching Synths and fantastic rhymes.

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Alela Diane MySpace / Purchase
Ant MySpace / Purchase
Bloc Party MySpace / Purchase
Robert Pollard MySpace / Purchase
Major Lazer MySpace / Purchase
MPHO MySpace / Purchase
The Duckworth Lewis Method MySpace / Purchase
The Pan I Am MySpace / Purchase
Thecocknbullkid MySpace / Purchase
Willie Isz MySpace / Purchase

Here is the video for Alela Diane’s ‘White As Diamonds’:

June 12, 2009

TEN4SE7EN: Episode 39

After a months break I feel refreshed and ready to bring you another TEN4SE7EN.  By the way, if you’re a Simon & Garfunkel fan, HMV are currently selling a boxed set featuring their entire recorded output (That’s 71 tracks across 5 albums) in Deluxe-Vinyl-Replicas plus a live DVD for just £8!!!  Truly music has no value anymore, I’m trying not to think too hard (It makes my head hurt) about whether I’m contributing to that situation or helping to promote artists.  As usual you’ll find links at the bottom to buy music from this weeks artists because they need your support to keep producing music of this calibre:

Claire Hux is not a lady but a trio who’ve scored big by getting none other than Thom Yorke to produce and guest on their new track.  ‘Fucked Up’ sounds like a classic Soul tune, it also sounds like a classic Radiohead song… not sure how it manages to be both at the same time.

After hearing a less than impressive free demo called ‘Fire Fire’ that Jamie T recently made available, I was worried about his new album.  So I breathed a sigh of relief when I heard ‘Sticks ‘n’ Stones’, the title track from his new EP.  It already sounds just as catchy and lyrically tricksy as anything off his wonderful debut LP (I adore the acapella bit in the middle).

Naturally I loved 2004’s ‘Float On’ and it’s parent album but that’s as far as I’ve gone into Modest Moue’s discography.  The manic vocals of their brand new single ‘Satellite Skin’ reminds me why I loved that album (I’m digging it out now).

‘Supernova’ is the latest track I’m hearing from Mr. Hudson’s eagerly anticipated second album.  Kanye West is producing and he even steps up to the mike for a verse on this magnificent Robo-Soul cut.

Rachelle Garniez’s ‘My House Of Peace’ has the honour of being one of the first four releases on Jack White’s highly collectible Third Man Records label (Jack’s also producing).  It’s a bit like Patti Smith covering Cockney Rebel which of course means it’s amazing.

I’ve no idea how I’ve got this far without hearing the undeniable talent of future star MC Skilf ‘Slow Me Down’ has the funky beats of Run-DMC, soulful guest vocals from Michelle Ericsson and so many great rhymes you’ll still be spotting them after after a dozen listens.  Go check out his two MySpace pages ’cause I swear every track is genius.

I adore the dreamy Jazz sound and fruity Oboes of Speech Debelle’s ‘The Key’.  It’s Hip-Hop like the last rays on a summers evening from the ever reliable Big Dada Label.  I could listen all day to the way she sings “Your need for attention, makes you attract the beef”.  My tune of the week!

David Shah is giving away another double A-side single under his The Melting Ice Caps moniker and guess what… it’s a sublime Indie ballad (What else did you expect?).  ‘Night School’ is my pick of the two but you can get both (And much more) by clicking here.

Rap/Dance star Tittsworth featured on TEN4SE7EN back in January with his brilliant ‘WTF’ single.  Now he’s back, enhanced with rhymes from The Federation and more bad-language-choruses on new track ‘Drunk As Fuck’.  Check out all the mixes, but my fave is the hard biting Funk of Meterhead’s Dark Disco Mix.

While Absentee’s Dan Michaelson has been doing his own solo thing the rest of the band have released their ‘It Rots’ album under the name ‘Wet Paint’.  The title track has the charm of both The Vaselines and those early singles by The Cribs.

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Claire Hux MySpace / Mixtape
Jamie T MySpace / Pre-Order
Modest Mouse MySpace / Purchase
Mr. Hudson MySpace / Pre-Order
Rachelle Garniez MySpace / Purchase
Skilf MySpace / Purchase
Speech Debelle MySpace / Purchase
The Melting Ice Caps MySpace / Download
Tittsworth MySpace / Purchase
Wet Paint MySpace / Purchase

There are two Videos this week ’cause I just couldn’t pick which I liked more:

The first is an infectiously high energy promo for Jamie T’s ‘Sticks ‘n’ Stones’.

The second is a video of Speech Debelle and her magnificent band doing an even more chilled version of ‘The Key’.

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:

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!):

April 28, 2009

TEN4SE7EN: Episode 36

Better late than never, here are my ten favourite tracks from this week:

The Broken Family Band’s vocals have tinges of Bowie in the way they pronounce “We could drink booze or Tea” and have the good humour to rhyme it with “Eat cake on your Settee”.  It’s the combination of this great way with a rhyme and the invitingly chilled Rock sound that makes ‘Mimi’ such a great record.

All three songs on DJ Vadim’s new ‘Hidden Treasure’ EP are essential and stylistically varied.  But I had to pick one, so I went for the lightning-fast Rap and soothing beats of ‘Soldier’ featuring Big Red and 5Nizza.

Those endearing Rock-‘n’-Roll-throwback-Aussies Jet have got a new album called ‘Shaka Rock’ on the way later in the year.  The hard rockin’ sonic-assault of ‘K.I.A. (Killed In Action)’ makes for a tantalising taste with it’s marching Drums and waves of squealing feedback.  Unlike Oasis before them, they are three albums in and can still remember why we liked them in the first place.

‘Nothing Rings True’ is a mournful cut from King Creosote’s predictably excellent new album.  The ghostly samples swirling round the central acoustic performance create a gorgeous dream like atmosphere.

It’s the Harpsichord that I love on Rohan Lee’s ‘No Easy Way Out’.  It makes a dainty counterpoint to the hazy Dub sounds.

If you follow his blog you’d have noticed that I’m a big fan of producer Smoove (aka Smov).  I’ve been meaning to put Smoove & Turrell’s ‘I Can’t Give You Up’ in a TEN4SE7EN for ages now… I can’t explain why, because it’s a flavoursome Soul cut that any sane person would have been shouting about from the first second they heard it.

Again I’ve liked The Sweet Vandals’ ‘Too Much’ for a long while and it’s only this week I’ve decided that I truly love it.  If you dig The Bellrays raucous take on Soul (And who doesn’t?) then you’ll adore it.

The Tallest Man On Earth’s wonderfully intimate ‘Shallow Grave’ album is pure Lo-Fi-Acoustic magic from start to finish.  I could’ve picked any track to recommend but I went for the Country tinged sorrow of ‘Pistol Dreams’.

With the bouncy rhythm provided by a nice chunky Bassline ‘Angel Of Death’ could be a huge Indie/Pop single.   Slow Down Tallahassee have all the charm of late-Eighties Lo-Fi Popsters The Vaselines.

Alasdair Roberts’ ‘You Muses Assist’ features the delightful couplet of “You muses, you muses assist, all down-trodden spirits uplift”.  This is beautiful Scottish Folk adorned with ‘Bryter Layter’ style production flourishes.

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Alasdair Roberts MySpace / Purchase
DJ Vadim MySpace / Purchase
Jet MySpace / Purchase
King Creosote MySpace / Purchase
Rohan Lee MySpace / Purchase
Slow Down Tallahassee MySpace / Purchase
Smoove & Turrell MySpace / Purchase
The Broken Family Band MySpace / Purchase
The Sweet Vandals MySpace / Purchase
The Tallest Man On Earth MySpace / Purchase

Here’s a fan-video for Smoove & Turrell’s ‘I Can’t Give You Up’ featuring Brains from Thunderbirds pulling some serious Northern-Soul shapes:

April 20, 2009

TEN4SE7EN: Episode 35

I’ve been feeling dreadful for most of the weekend but luckily I’ve had plenty of awesome music to cheer me up.  Here are the ten best things I’ve been listening to:

Ben Kweller’s latest album ‘Changing Horses’ is a gorgeously warm Country affair.  ‘Gypsy Rose’ is like a brilliant outtake from ‘The White Album’ recorded in Nashville (Cos Abbey Road was all booked up!).

If you like Lambchop or Magnolia Electric Co. it’s a cert that you’re gonna fall head-over-heals in love with Bill Callahan’s ‘Sometimes I Wish We Were An Eagle’ LP.  ‘Jim Cain’ has a vocal so deep and rich that Bill Gates’ pocket’s ain’t got nothing on it!

Searing Lo-Fi Bluesman Billy Childish’s band The Chatham Singers make searing Lo-Fi Blues (No surprise there).  The title track from their latest album ‘Juju Claudius’ wails like a Hurricane ripping through the Mississippi Delta.

Provocatively named Fagget Fairys are (To quote their profile) “An explosive cocktail of Islam, lesbianism, true love, and relentless beats!” and really I couldn’t say it any better.  The chorus of incredible pounding Electro cut ‘Feed The Horse (Extended Dub)’ sounds hilariously like “Feed the whores, yum yum” (Which I suspect is no accident).

You might be forgiven for being unaware that Mike Skinner ever released last year’s super low-key ‘Everything Is Borrowed’ LP.  But anyway, The Streets are back with three new harder edged productions delivered free (With more on the way).  My pick has to be the modern-life-destructing ‘Trust Me’ which brilliantly employs a sample of Giuseppe Verdi’s ‘Dies Irae’.

The latest in a series of covers by Their Hearts Were Full Of Spring is The Pogues’ ‘Lullaby Of London’.  They turn Shane MacGowan’s sozzled barroom lament into a delicate Indie gem.

Apart from the sensational music, I was always gonna love Brooklyn MC Theophilus London’s new mixtape because of it’s brilliantly executed Elvis Costello tribute artwork.  The whole thing is utter genius but I picked the all to brief ‘Hum Drum Town’ as the best cut.  The rest of the Mix takes in samples of Kraftwerk, Amadou & Miriam, Whitney Houston and Bill Withers and it ends with a celebratory rendition of The Edwin Hawkins Singers’ Gospel classic ‘Oh Happy Day’.

It’s not the first time I’ve featured Thunderheist on TEN4SE7EN, but their brand new album is so magnificent I thought they were worth mentioning again.  ‘Sweet 16’ is Electronic Hip-Hop that’s so sleazy it should come endorsed by Gorden Brown’s cabinet.

The Weight’s new album is full of straight up Rockin’ tunes and should delight fans of The Hold Steady.  ‘Had It Made’ has all the reckless Pop abandon of a lost Chuck Berry single.

Yo Majesty have the spirit of Late Eighties Lady Hip-Hoppers like Queen Latifah or Salt-n-Pepa.  ‘Don’t Let Go’ is a highlight from their superb ‘Futuristically Speaking… Never Be Afraid’ LP.

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Ben Kweller MySpace / Purchase
Bill Callahan MySpace / Purchase
Fagget Fairys MySpace / Purchase
The Chatham Singers MySpace / Purchase
The Streets MySpace / Purchase
The Weight MySpace / Purchase
Their Hearts Were Full Of Spring MySpace / Download
Theophilus London MySpace / Purchase
Thunderheist MySpace / Purchase
Yo Majesty MySpace / Purchase

Here is the eye popping video for Yo Majesty’s ‘Don’t Let Go’:

April 13, 2009

TEN4SE7EN: Episode 34

This week, as far as printed material goes, I can highly recommend two titles I’m currently reading; Frank Miller’s ‘Batman: Year One’ (It’s got a great deal more subtlety than I’d expected) and Über-Genius Alan Moore’s ‘Tom Strong’.  As far as recorded material goes, I heartily recommend the following ten tunes:

Akron/Family’s ‘River’ is like a gorgeous response to the Neo-Prog of Manchester’s Elbow from the other side of the Atlantic.  The plethora of odd instrumentation, military Drums, distinctive lyrics and it’s Jazzy air make for something refreshingly new.

Mark Everett has been firing out books, documentaries, live albums and compilations since his last magnificent opus ‘Blinking Lights & Other Revelations’.  But ‘Fresh Blood’ (From his new LP ‘Hombre Lobo : 12 Songs Of Desire’) is his first new material under his celebrated Eels moniker in four years.  It’s unmistakably Eels yet also unlike anything he’s done yet, combining head crushing Drums and sinister Bass Guitar.

The excitingly named Ezra Bang & Hot Machine!!! bring a bit of schizophrenic Rap called ‘We On Top Of This’.  They chuck a load of Public Enemy and Simian samples in a blender while Ezra spits political fury.

Nashville MC Future’s new ‘The Sci Fly EP’ is great from start to finish.  But I had to pick one track, so I plumed for the catchy and witty rhymes of ‘Cleaning Out My Hard Drive’.  It’s an ode to the little ways that all these modern life-enhancing devices and websites actually make all our lives impossibly complicated.

Kasabian kindly made new track ‘Vlad The Impaler’ available for free as a taster of their bizarrely titled new album ‘West Ryder Pauper Lunatic Asylum’.  It’s got all the elements you’d expect; crunching Electronics and pounding Drums, delivered with all the aggression of the Gallagher brothers declaring war on Transylvania.

The news that Manic Street Preachers’ forthcoming album would be entirely based on left-over lyrics by Richie had me (And probably the rest of the world) apoplectic with excitement.  So it’s a massive relief that the first track I’m hearing ‘Jackie Collins Existential Question Time’ is an exhilarating slice of them at their vitriolic best.

Neil Young’s latest superb album ‘Fork In The Road’ has an overarching automotive theme.  The title track is a swampy highlight, spitting fiery Blues at the Politicians and the Bankers.  I’m duty bound to love the line “Keep on bloging ’til the power goes out, the batteries dead… twist and shout!”.

Portal’s ‘Options’ brings to mind New Order at their melancholy best.  The lyrics are full of superb ear-pricking lines like “All I want is a place to dream, a velvet rope round my self-esteem”.

‘Black Star’ is the best cut from Tokyo Black Star’s new ‘Black Ships’ album (That’s allot o’ black!).  The addition of Rich Medina’s vocals make for a song not unlike Barry White getting all spiritual over a hypnotic House track.

Tom Middleton’s ‘Return To Atlantis’ is a big, bold, cinematic Instrumental.  The sound-effects, tranquil Strings and humming Bass are truly intoxicating.  I’d love to hear somebody like Ty lay some rhymes over the top.

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Akron/Family MySpace / Purchase
Eels MySpace / Purchase
Ezra Bang & Hot Machine!!! MySpace / Purchase
Future MySpace / Download
Kasabian MySpace / Purchase
Manic Street Preachers MySpace / Purchase
Neil Young MySpace / Purchase
Portal MySpace / Purchase
Tokyo Black Star MySpace / Purchase
Tom Middleton MySpace / Purchase

Here is Kasabian’s video for ‘Vlad The Impaler’.  Watch as Noel Fielding goes all Vincent-Price and terrorises a bunch of horror-movie dames with his massive rod!:

April 5, 2009

TEN4SE7EN: Episode 33

I’m spending this weekend building a new faster Computer with hard-drives big enough to store all my music (Well probably anyway!).  While not doing that, I’ve found the time to bring you another ten essential tracks:

First off, Bitter:Sweet deliver a slinky Electronic Soul cut called ‘Waking Up’.  It’s got hints of Moloko and Portishead all wrapped up in velvet and gorgeous strings.

‘Beyond Here Lies Nothin” is the first track I’ve heard off Bob Dylan’s latest album (He gave it away gratis from his website!).  If it’s anything to go by, the new LP is going to be another fantastic entry in his recent chain of great records going back to 1997’s ‘Time Out Of Mind’.

‘Moonage Daydream (Leo Zero Electric Eye Dub)’ is from Leo Zero’s new ‘Dub Psychedelic Series’ and it is of course a reworking of David Bowie’s 1971 single.  As it says on the tin, Leo Zero takes the Glam original into fabulous cosmic Psychedelic and hazy Dub territories.

Check out Found’s new EP ‘The Fidelities’ to delight in six tracks, with six different sounds, from Electro to Punk-Funk and Folk to country.  My pick is the smooth Eighties-Electro-Funk of ‘Now We’ll Never Make The Playlist’ which sounds not unlike StopMe favourite Malcolm Middleton.

Golden Silvers’ ‘True Romance (True No. 9 Blues)’ is Beat-Psychedelia seen through the prism of Eighties-Funk.  The twisty half-rapped vocals add that extra dimension to this great track.

Although I’m well aware of them, Gomez are a band who’ve I’ve never actually listened to.  Based on the sexy Double-Bass and catchy rhythms of new track ‘If I Ask You Nicely’ this is an oversight I should probably correct in the near future.

‘A Sucker For Your Sound’ has a wonderfully disconcerting merry-go-round vibe.  I Monster mix in all the weird sounds you’d expect to create some more of their awesome brand of bizarro Pop.

I imagine Peter Bjorn & John will never be able to top ‘Young Folks’ but then again (To paraphrase Joseph Heller) neither will anyone else.  That aside, ‘Just The Past’ is a mournful, yet richly romantic track from their brand new LP ‘Living Thing’.

You can probably guess from the title that ‘Hip Rave Anthem’ is a gloriously retro Dance cut.  Rico Tubbs mixes in all those tried and tested Rave staples for a track that can’t fail to brighten your day.

‘Gravity’ is just one of the many reasons to buy The Whitest Boy Alive’s second album.  As always, Erlend Øye’s dreamy vocals are naturally superb and the music envelopes your ears with rich Bass and beautiful Guitars.

CLICK HERE TO DOWNLOAD A ZIP CONTAINING ALL TEN MP3s

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Here is the video for Golden Silvers’ ‘True Romance (True No. 9 Blues)’.  It’s like a love letter to cheesy (But brilliant) music-TV of the last few decades: