22 October 2014

stornoway - 'i saw you blink'

Here's a great hit from a superb album of a few years back. Stornoway really were a breath of fresh air when I first heard them. They still sound great.

j mascis - 'trailing off'

The world's a crazy place for sure. Thank God for great music.

hymnalaya - 'colt for a king'

Icelandic folk outfit, Hymnalaya have a great sound, crisp, clean vocals, tight musical arrangements and beautiful tunes.

caribou - 'our love'

Taking a huge nod from Inner City's 'Good Life' is the lead track form Caribou's new album and one I'm still getting to grips with. It's very good in parts but there are a few album fillers that don't go anywhere that let the album down in my opinion. That said, the tunes that are good, 'Can't Do Without You' for instance, are absolute belters.

emiliana torrini - 'nightfall'

This is from the 'Men, Women and Children' soundtrack. I can't say I'd heard of the film until now but will definitely look out for it if only for a chance to hear this beautiful tune.

eternal summers - 'gouge'

There's nothing better to pick me up after yet another disrupted commute into London than listening loudly to music whilst walking. It's extremely therapeutic, for me anyway. Here's some honest to God, great guitar pop that was one of the tunes that provided therapy.

21 October 2014

todd terje - 'delorean dynamite (for sale)'

This is a very cheeky little video. Not only is it a music video for the track from his latest album but it's also an ad for a rare Delorean Dynamite where, for the right money, you could buy the actual car. 

paul hartnoll - '8:58'

With the announcement that Orbital have announced they have split and gone their separate ways. Paul Hartnoll has wasted no time with his new project 8:58, the track and video of the same name released today.

neat beats - 'cosmic surgery'

A lovely bit of downtempo trip-hop all the way from San Diego. I'm wallowing in self-pity as I listen to another frustrating Brighton and Hove Albion performance so this is the perfect back ground music to my evening. 

depeche mode - 'useless'

I meant to blog about this classic Depeche Mode tune yesterday but forgot...It's 17 years (and a day) since 'Useless' was released from the Ultra album. I've no idea where the time goes but it's scary to think how old these tunes are. Anyway, enough about my mortality and back to the music:

john holt 1947 - 2014

One of the sweetest voices in reggae has died, John Holt recorded the original 'Tide Is High' that Blondie took to great success. Ironically, his only big UK success was a cover version itself: Kris Kristofferson's 'Help Me Make It Through The Night'. I have a big soft spot for that song too so have plumped for this track.

20 October 2014

eva bowan - 'hyperspectacle ep'

Polish-born and Brighton-based (yay!), Eva Bowan has released an EP of psychedelic electronica that deserves serious attention. Listening to this is a great way to spend a Monday lunchtime.

ásgeir - 'it will rain'

Here's a previously unreleased track from the Icelandic wunderkind and will feature on the upcoming deluxe version of his new album.

the charlatans - 'so oh'

This is their new single scheduled for release on 1st December and will feature on the album 'Modern Nature' earmarked for release early next year. First thoughts are that it's okay, good even but lacks a bit of bite. It's desperately missing an essential ingredient; the chorus is a little too flat, a little too MOR. I do like the guitar work through the song though and it ends very nicely. 6/10.

john costello - 'blanket expression'

The original was a track by Test Card F, an obscure Norwich electro band who recorded the track for a Peel Session in 1982.  picked up this superb cover by John Costello randomly on Soundcloud some time back.

jagwar ma - 'uncertainty (time and space machine dub)'

Monday mornings, eh? This might wash away those blues.

19 October 2014

lily the kid - 'breathe'

The Reykjavik music scene is still producing great new talent. Check out this very clean and exquisite track.

saint saviour - 'a word (peckham safe house session)'

Saint Saviour never fails to deliver, even with acoustic guitar songs. Fantastic stuff.

strawberry switchblade - 'since yesterday'

On a scale of one to ten of how much I love this record, I'd probably be at eleven. Top, top 80s classic.

18 October 2014

soley - 'pretty face (egokind rmx)'

It looks like it's Remix Saturday with this choice track. Her album 'We Sink' was my album of the year a few years back, it's that good.

easy star all-stars - 'us and them (dreadzone remix)'

Just time to sneak this tune onto my blog before we head out to watch Brighton play Middlesbrough. Come on you Seagulls!

saint etienne - 'nothing can stop us (richard x remix)'

From the Richard X remix album 'Foxbase Beta'. It doesn't get much better than this, you know.

vampire weekend - 'contramelt b (toy selectah remix)'

This song comes courtesy of my 12 year old today, who has loved this remix for a fair, few years now.

17 October 2014

the narcissists - 'planet euthanasia'

One of the great forgotten hip-hop albums of  recent years that simply does not get the justice that it deserves.

art department presents martina topley-bird and mark lanegan - 'crystalised'

Yep. It's the XX covered by Martina, Mark and Art Department. What a collaboration!

blank realm - 'bulldozer love'

If you're after a ramshackle tune, the type that has everything but the kitchen sink thrown into it then this is what you're after. Great guitar riffs, a silly chorus that just won't quit and Ramones-esque deliveries. A great way to start a Friday.