Following on from Jamies last Cut Copy post, another sneak preview of the new album Zonoscope has made its way across the web over the last couple of days. It's an improvement on the last teaser, so fingers crossed they can at least match the quality of In Ghost Colours. Take a listen to Take Me Over below...
Cut Copy - "Take Me Over" (Radio Edit) Premiere by modularpeople
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Myspace here, official here.
John Legend and the Roots - Hard Times (feat. Black Thought) by throw parties not knives
goldfrapp - believer (little loud remix) by little loud
health - nice girls (little loud mix) by little loud
memory tapes - bicycle (little loud remix) by little loud
yeasayer - madder red (little loud remix) by little loud
It's been a year since Brian first posted about Duck Sauce (Armand van Helden and A-Trak) and now they're back. They're new single is inexplicably called 'Barbara Streisand' and is a throw back to the late 90's club house bangers that made Van Helden famous. The video is by Justice and Kanye colaborator So-Me and features a huge roll call of famous faces (Kanye, Pharrell, Santigold, Chromeo...) amid some raucous New York party footage.
'Home' is a useful introduction to her sound, progressing from a tumbling child-like rhythm in the beginning to a glorious wave of synths, strings and aching vocals.
Download: Glasser - 'Home' (via Pitchfork.com)
Buy the album Ring here.
I Crave Paris by Aeroplane (Official)
Jon Hopkins - Vessel (Four Tet remix) by Four Tet
Angel Echoes (Jon Hopkins remix) by Four Tet
An anonymous Broken Social Scene fan recently sent this video to the band which he/she made for their song Meet Me In The Basement. In a recent interview with Pitchfork.com, BSS front man Keven Drew offered this assessment on the state of society in 2010 - "It's getting worse. Every day. It's actually coming to a head and it's going to be very, very, very, very, very bad. Thus the need for all the distractions".
The fan in question seems to agree and the video is a frantic mashup of footage from riots at this year's G20 in Toronto with the 'distractions' of pop culture that Drew alludes to.
Even if you don't buy into all that, it's still a pretty awesome video.
Notable contributions come from Joanna Newsom and John Legend but the real highpoint is the title track. The Roots know their way around a catchy hook or two by now and the organ and drum arrangement give it the uplifting feel of an old Curtis Mayfield song.
Buy the album here
Download: The Roots - How I Got Over (feat. Dice Raw)
Broken Social Scene on Jimmy Fallon's TV show on tuesday night. It's insane how many great bands they get on that show. BSS play 'Texico Bitches' and a bit of 'Meet Me in the Basement' off the fantastic new album Forgiveness Rock Record.
Download: Jay-Z vs Javelin - Roc Boys (Dave Wrangler mashup)
Elliot Gleave (E.G. = for example = Example) has been causing a bit of a stir so far this year with Won't Go Quietly and Watch The Sun Come Up both breaking into the top 20 for a few weeks or so. A new album is on the way later this month, but prior to its release, another single is out next week. Dreamy synths, catchy hooks alongside Examples light-hearted and likeable personality makes me wonder will he be filling Dizzee and Calvins shoes this summer?
Example - Kickstart
Most of our posts are usually pretty full-on so here are a trio of some of the more laidback numbers I've been listening to of late...
This very short song is from New Yorkers The Duke and The King. I was lucky enough to catch them twice in my hometown a few weeks ago as they arrived for the Kilkenny Rhythm and Roots festival. I don't know too much about Americana, but I know I like these guys. If you're looking for something different that bridges the gaps between Dylan, Fleetwood Mac and Sly and The Family Stone, then try catch them on tour.
The Duke and The King - I've Been Bad
Next up is from one of my all-time favourite duos - Bent. They are possibly the finest chill-out producers going, and in my mind, are only really rivalled by Air. Unfortunately, they've only ever had an underground following, with no real mainstream success apart from soundtracking ads for drinks companies. Sample some of their unique and quirky music videos here and buy the 'Best Of'...
Bent - Always
And one more for the mini-playlist... Boardwalk Theme by Desolation Wilderness. A bit of an unknown band here, and this type of surfer-psychedelic rock might not be everyones cup of green tea, but picture yourself soaking up the sun on the US west coast, brewsky in one hand, beautiful babe in another and sand crackled speakers pumping out this reverb-heavy melody...
Desolation Wilderness - Boardwalk Theme
Following the underground and mainstream successes of Danger Mouses Grey Album and Linkin Parks Collision Course, there has seemed to be a neverending stream of mash-ups using acapellas from Jay-Z's Black Album over the past few years. I usually try to steer clear of most of them, but this one put together by Dutchman Don Diablo is a real gem.
Don Diable vs Phoenix vs Jay-Z - 99 Fences
Just a quickie post again. This little ditty is from Californian Aloe Blacc, and slightly reminiscent of Gill Scott Heron. It has gained quite a lot of airplay in the US due to the fact it's the theme song to HBO's How To Make It In America, however it's not actually released until June. Thought it was an apt choice considering I've three days left in work.
Myspace here, official site here, pre-order here
Download: Aloe Blacc - I Need A Dollar
This cover is from last weeks BBC Radio 1 live lounge sessions. There are subtle differences between this and the original and it's not so much that Hot Chip make it their own, but it sounds like it could actually be one of their own. On another note, this photo of them from the recording looks pretty awkward.
Hot Chip - She Wolf
It's been a long 3 years since the release of Fantastic Playroom, but thankfully New Young Pony Club decided to get back in the studio and record a new album. The Optimist was released on the 8th of this month, and though it may not be as consistent as their debut, it still warrants a listen, especially if you're a fan of the quartet.
I went to see them play in Newcastle last night, and though I probably say this about every band, but this bunch of guys and gals put on an immense display. They are playing the following dates in Ireland:
Cork - Cyprus Avenue - May 28th
Dublin - Button Factory - May 29th
Belfast - Stiff Kitten - May 31st
Please go see them, you won't regret it.
Myspace here, Official site here, Buy The Optimist here
The following is my fave from the new album:
New Young Pony Club - We Want To
A bit late off the mark, but I've been listening to Delphic's debut long player over the last couple of weeks and am beginning to understand why it has been tipped to make many critics 'Albums of 2010' list. From start the end, this 10 track wonder reeks of electronica not far off Leftfield, with catchy choruses and riffs not far off Klaxons (except these Mancunians are actually talented). Catch them while on tour and at many a summer festival this year.
Buy their album here, myspace here, official site here
Delphic - Halcyon
Delphic - Remain
This Norwegian outfit have been knocking about for the last year or so and are on the books at London based Moshi Moshi records (which boasts an impressive roster of Florence + The Machine, Hot Chip, Bloc Party and Friendly Fires). They're currently touring with Hot Chip so if you have tickets for any of their dates, make sure you get there early to catch the warm-up act. Their live show is extremely infectious, with each member rotating and doing the rounds on each others instruments. Expect twinkles, synth progressions and lots and lots of cowbells.
Below is by far my favourite, and like some of their other non-instrumental tracks, it's sung in Norwegian. Fantastiske ting!
Opening track 'Vibrationz' is 2 minutes of wobbly electro-funk that gives a small hint of Javelin's eclectic sound.
Download: Javelin - Vibrationz
After popping up for a few DJ dates here and there over the last while and compiling the cover CD for this month’s edition of Mixmag, maybe this year will mark the return of Myles MacInnes.
Check out this tumble dryer of chopped pianos, hi-hats and gulping bassline which irons out into an absolute stomper. Unfortunately Annie Macs voiceover slightly ruins the ending so hopefully it will feature in its entirety on the album, whenever, if ever, it gets released.
Mylo - I'm Back
View his myspace here and buy his music here.
Supporting Miike Snow was Ali Love. This is another act who had fallen off the radar since his first release back in 2006. I checked out some of his new material before hitting the concert, but there was a lot to be desired. It's mediocre, whiney electro-pop that really only has something to offer when played live. So if I were you, don't bother checking out his new stuff unless you are planning on catching him live.
So why mention him? Well, before being dropped by Columbia Records and resorting to these self-pity ditties, Ali produced some very slick pop tunes that would have given Calvin Harris a run for his money. Unfortunately they didn't perform too well on the charts, which resulted in him losing his record deal and subsequently, his way.
However don't let the bland aftertaste of his latter work stop you from appreciating some his more sumptuous produce from two years back.
Ali Love - Secret Sunday Lover
Ali Love - Late Night Session (The Phones Filter Fromage Edit)
Every now and again, an Irish act emerges outside of the boring and generic singer/songwriter scene that Irish music has been synonymous with over the past decade. Unfortunately, a lot of them fail to live up to the hype and fade into oblivion (Humanzi, Director and Star Little Thing to name a few).
Two Door Cinema Club are a bunch of Bangor boys hoping to break the mould in 2010. From what I’ve heard, their sound is a cross between Foals and early Bloc Party, combined with the amicable and candid nature of Vampire Weekend.
The French have certainly taken a shine to them; they are currently signed to Kitsune, Philippe Zdar of Cassius is part of their album's production team and they have already remixed Phoenix’s ‘Lasoo’ and are due to support them on some of their European dates.
Checkout their myspace here