Tuesday, April 15, 2014

Wild Beasts - Wanderlust

This is another album almost certain to be found on my best of list come December. Sure, they're indie, which isn't usually my thing, but they've got a darker edge and this album has some really interesting production that suits them nicely. Definitely check it out.

Tensnake - Love Sublime

One of my favorite discs of this year is from Marco Niemerski out of Hamburg. Lots of sweet disco soul and you can never go wrong with Nile Rodgers on your side.

Sir Sly - Where I'm Going

I know basically nothing about these guys except they're from LA. Not much going on in this video either but the track is pretty cool, so have a listen and be impressed.

Monday, April 14, 2014

Postmodern Jukebox - Game Of Thrones Theme

I've seen countless covers of the Game of Thrones theme, most of them utterly dull and pointless. Uber-gothic singers and string ensembles just trying to grab some clicks. It's probably working for them, but how about a little originality? 

Leave it to Scott Bradlee to freshen things up. He was the man behind that killer Lorde cover with Puddles a while back, and this time he's recruited the brilliant Dave Koz on the saxophone to rip out some jazz-tacular variations. Can just imagine sitting at some ritzy cafe in the streets of Montreux and hearing this from the house band. Long live the king.

Robson & Jerome - Up On The Roof

Everyone's favorite killer-for-hire Ser Bronn of Blackwater is known for his skill with a blade, but his alter ego, Jerome Flynn, was once a famous crooner in the UK in this sappy duo. Have to say I much prefer his new ventures to the old...

Wilko Johnson - She Does It Right

So March wasn't a very good month, was it? April's been off to a slow start too. I'll blame it on seasonal depression. The sun's out today so it's time to get some fresh air and get everything back on track. Seems I've been saying that a lot lately... 

Anyway Game of Thrones is back on and it's kicking ass and everyone loves it so today we'll do a little tribute. The first is from Ser Ilyn Payne, otherwise known as Wilko of Dr. Feelgood fame. In real life he still has his tongue, though sadly he's been diagnosed with inoperable pancreatic cancer. That said he's supposed to have been dead by now and instead he's recorded a new album with Roger Daltrey and has been doing some touring of late. Remarkable man. 

Monday, March 24, 2014

Jungle - Busy Earnin'

Meant to post this the moment it came out. Of course I didn't... I digress. These guys dropped my favourite EP of 2013 and I can't wait to hear their new album due out later this summer. Early reviews of their live act have been overwhelmingly funk-tacular...

IIRIS - Tigerhead

Weird Finnish pop. Surprisingly well done. Shocking good really. Makes no sense.

Aloe Blacc - The Man

Good grief I hadn't realised it had been so long since I posted. Deplorable. It's been a loooong month and I have a huge list of songs to post so let's get this back on track shall we?

I wasn't hugely impressed with Aloe Blacc's new album, I felt it was overproduced, and I include this song in that bracket. The original is ok but this is a better rendition.

Friday, February 28, 2014

The Souljazz Orchestra - Celestial Blues

I absolutely loved their last album, so I'm pumped to check out the new one in a little bit. This track is a cover of an Andy Bey track from way back in '71. Great way to start your Friday night.

Black Milk - Sunday's Best / Monday's Worst

One of the better hip-hop albums to come out last year, reminds me a lot of The Roots, and it's unsurprising to see Black Thought make a cameo on another track.

Shad & Skratch Bastid - Outta My Head

There isn't an official video for this one, or any of the tracks from that great EP that these two did together, which is really a shame since it's a great disc. So here's a random video of some dude's afternoon walking around New York. It'll have to do.

Tuesday, February 25, 2014

Röyksopp - Something In My Heart

This is actually a b-side off the "Running To The Sea" single, which is funny because this is a vastly superior track. I know I know, subjectivity and all that, but seriously. If you had to choose between the two, which would you pick?

Cashmere Cat - Wedding Bells

I have no idea what this is about. Kinda reminds me of Lapalux. I'm not even sure if I like it... I mean it's cool, but it might be a little too crazy, if that's a thing. Check it anyway.

Paper Tiger - Irresistible

Let's go in a completely different direction today, because it's more fun that way.