Hey, yo, you, you heard this? If you haven’t then you’re an idiot and if you have you’re pretentious. #damnedifyoudo
This song is really good. It doesn’t seem like it is straight away, but then you’re like “Woah, this is good.” and then by the end it seems hard to comprehend that it wasn’t amazing from the start. It’s got a really nice pace to it, the vocal is pretty cool. The pounding drums are a nice touch too I reckon.
My “writing” is really suffering today.
“It’s a shame about all them spaces in the name.” – Jimi Hendrix
Anyway, you know when you’re in those good moods and actually you can allow anything to make you happy? I just watched the most heinous cover of a Macklemore song and was like “This dude ain’t bad!” But he was.
Anyway, that is irrelevant to this new JUNGLE. track. It’s huge. DAT G-Funk synth, DAT bass, DAT vaguely audible woodblock. It’s huge. I’m trying to figure out what it reminds me of. Kind of Toto & MJ at the same time. Who knows?
Anyway, stick it in your ears. It’s a beaut for sure.
Just like in the days of yore (90′s), there has been an RnB transition from the club to the bedroom. There’s a lot of talk of these silky smooth male vocalist singing over electronic beats and that, so I thought it might be good to do a bit of a recap of what’s on offer…if you like that kinda thing. Which I do.
So coming from a WAYYYSS back (2012) in the days of Sbtrkt‘s first album, Sampha epitomises the RnB crooner. It’s creamy, it’s thick and it’s borderline self-indulgent. Featuring on Drake‘s 2013 album Nothing Was The Same and gaining interest in both UK and US, especially after following up with his piano ballad version (below).
Think R Kelly with a dry throat.
Sampha – Too Much
Following that there is Sam Smith, most commonly remembered for his feature on Disclosure‘s Latch. Sam Smith recently won the BBC Sound Poll after releasing B4NG3RZ Nirvana & Money On My Mind.
Think Heather Small after a helium balloon.
Sam Smith – Money On My Mind
Raleigh Ritchie was a HUGE hype act from 2013 and signed a pretty delicious deal with Columbia Records. His first EP The Middle Child, was pretty much nice. The new EP Black And Blue however, has a couple of amazing stand outs and I’m struggling to take Bloodsport off repeat.
Think Massive Attack doing bubblegum pop.
Raleigh Ritchie – Bloodsport
Last but certainly not least is Kwabs. I posted about this yesterday so I’m not gonna labour it. Kwabs has a wonderful croon. Think a cement mixer full of double cream. Wrong or Right will undoubtedly remain a favourite of the year for me until the new Portishead record surfaces.
Think John Legend playing vocal samples on his grand piano.
After all there’s only NINE more sleeps ’til Christmas
Thought I’d ease you into today’s song with a lovely little ditty, originally from the great green legend himself – Kermit the frog.
Anyway! Today’s track of the day comes from Finland based Mew. I first came across these guys at the (not so) tender age of 15. At first, I was merely intruiged as the singer has a ridiculously high voice and I thought it all a bit of a joke in all honesty. But this intrigue lead to curiosity, and I found myself scouring their entire catalogue to subsequently become hooked. Mew manage to deliver a brand of music that is tender, dark, epic and incredibly endearing. I’ve been lucky enough to see them once when I was about 18, but memories are marred by having to leave early, getting a light bollocking from my sister for doing so (who is also a massive fan), and paying £17 for 2 hours parking.
They’ve stayed off the radar for the past year or two, holed up in the studio creating heavenly and intricate sounds. Making Friends was made available as a free download last week as a precursor to a new album, and has been playing on repeat ever since. Mew’s latest offering is groovy, sweet and delicate with just enough dynamics to keep you reeled in. The tender vocals are instantly reminiscent of the late, great MJ, (and dare I say, Peter Andre!?) but the core Mew sound is still there and it is evident there is still an abundance of creativity still pouring out of Bjerre’s bizarre little brain. Desperate to hear what is next.
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There has been to a few too many Christmas parties this week and by golly gosh am I tired now, tonight will be takeaway Chinese and Breaking Bad! Anyone else into season 5 must be sharing my thoughts and thinking how and WHY GOD WHYYYYYYY DOES THIS HAVE TO END! Anyway I’m feeling shit and I’m too near the end of one of my favorite series ever and I’m not too happy about it and now it’s time to write a blog post and I think to myself there had better be a good track out there to talk about or else I’m guna slate something in the most vile and despicable way possible! Fortunately for one band – after listening to 3 mins of piss, UNADULTERATED SHITE! – I was sent a lovely track by a good friend of mine, and now all is at ease. Groves demo track Encore is a beautiful 6 minute track that will lull the crap out of you, ease those aches and pains, massage you and bring you a nice mug of warm milk whilst you lay on your sofa wrapped up in a blanket…I think you’ve probably caught on to the drift of what I’m saying here but don’t take my word for it, listen yourself…
Merry Monday to you all! Without wasting any time I introduce you to Brighton neo-legends Tesla’s Wish. Singer Grey Nunn has been knocking around in various bands for around 5 years, giving him plenty of time to hone his song writing and playing skills. His most recent incarnation Tesla’s Wish is somewhat of an intricate affair – tender vocals layered with delicate chords only to be bombarded with groovy riffs and stomping dynamics.
If you find yourself at a loose end tomorrow (the 10th of December) and you are in Sussex then head down to the Prince Albert in Brighton to hear the lads’ debut show.
Looking forward to hear what direction these guys go in, they are sure to light up the blogosphere in 2014.
Merry Wednesday to you all! I gather there was mass hysteria over my absence for yesterday’s track of the day, and for this, I profusely apologise. Of course when I say mass hysteria, I actually mean no one actually noticed apart from my mum. Cheers guys.
Over the weekend myself and JST BCS’s C got involved with the Independent Record Fair at Spitalfields with Killing Moon. All labels involved are amazing and the musical choice there was absolute heaven. Too bad we were stuck behind a stall without a chair for the best part of 8 hours! Don’t fret for us though, plenty of freebies were nabbed and a few mulled somethingorothers were consumed.
Moving swiftly on, today’s beautiful piece of music comes from the delightful Son Little. To be honest, not much is known on this dude at all, apart from the fact he’s on Anti Records and comes from the US. Embarrassingly, this Cross My Heart has been available since early November and has seemingly slipped under our radar. Although, it seems this has happened to the majority of other people as it definitely hasn’t been receiving the love it deserves!
So so so many electronic bands coming out each week that they all begin to sound vaguely similar, to the point where you can’t tell one from the other. Never fear! That trend has been broken this week as I stumbled across London’s electronic 3 piece Knocking Ghost made up of Rob Taylor on vocals, synths and guitar, Andy Hobson on drums / percussion and an especially handsome Neil Quinlan on synths and guitars. The production on this track is masterfully slick without being too crisp or over-produced. Rob Taylor’s vocals fall over the track effortlessly and it builds and builds smoothly into a huge crescendo with layers and layers of synth and beats taking us away and leaving us wanting for more! One to watch out for in the coming new year!
Merry Tuesday to you all! I hope everyone’s week has been productive and you’ve all been beating the Xmas rush to get all you presents! In case you didn’t know, its definitely Christmas now. Every London high street is absolutely chocka on a daily basis, every shop is now crammed with useless Christmas novelties and the most important indication of all – the Coke advert has aired. While we’re on the subject of ads, I know the John Lewis one is endearing and all that, but I’ve already seen it about 400 times, so to say Lily’s little tender voice is beginning to grate is a little of an understatement. Oh yeah, and its completely unrealistic, the bear would have the hare’s head off in seconds.
ANYWAY, I found myself on the tube this morning enjoying Bowie’s dulcet tones and decided I’ve had enough of people saying they are a fan when only hearing one or two songs or a ‘best of’. Not only that, I’ve grown tired of people’s remarks such as “He’s something my dad would listen to”. If that’s the case, then your dad is an absolute legend.
David Bowie is an absolute lynchpin in music and cultural history. Alongside Marc Bolan, he bought down barriers with his androgyny and groundbreaking live shows and carved the way for many musicians today. He’s spanned decades, spanned genres, and although I hate the cliché coining of ‘a musical chameleon’, there really isn’t a more apt way to describe him.
Therefore, in celebration of the genius that is David Bowie (and its boe-ee like bow and arrow, not bow-ey), I’ve compiled a little list of 10 Bowie tracks dedicated to all those ‘best of’ culprits and those uninitiated in the art of further Bowie appreciation. Hopefully you’ll enjoy some gems that have been forgotten and overlooked, apart from those deluded, sad, loyal, dedicated fans that take the time to appreciate artists in their entirety.
Unwashed And Somewhat Slightly Dazed – Space Oddity (1969)
All The Madmen – The Man Who Sold The World (1970)
Lady Grinning Soul – Aladdin Sane (1973)
Sweet Thing – Diamond Dogs (1974)
Win – Young Americans (1975)
Word On A Wing – Station To Station (1976)
Up The Hill Backwards – Scary Monsters (And Super Creeps) (1980)