Sunday, 15 January 2012

TRACKS OF THE WEEK - Azealia Banks, Lazarus and the Plane Crash, LostProphets, Trent Reznor 15/01/12

Four tracks that gave us the treatment this week!!

Azealia Banks - 212 (2011)

She's rude, she's hot, she came third in the BBC's sound of 2012, it's Harlem's Azealia Banks. Female MC's are few and far between so it's welcoming to see one as talented as Azealia on the scene, I can see why she was nominated. Her confident flow, style and potty mouth rhymes remind me of fellow MC's Missy Elliot and Amanda Blank but it's also her versatility which sets her apart as her cover of Interpol's 'Slow Hands' (see it here) shows. But it's '212' with it's blend of Electro, Hip Hop and House which made people take notice, I heard it last week on BBC 6 music and it left me wanting more. It'll be interesting to see where she goes as she definitely has the potential to be huge, with established artists already jostling for collaborations, it could be a big year for her.

It's Radox time mu*******as!
download '212' and ting from online music mag, 'Self-titled' here... and another from here

Old Pa's :-
Lazarus and the Plane Crash - 'King of the Village Fete' (2012)

I was finding it a bit difficult to find something that is released in 2012 when I came across this little Gem. Interesting name I thought and I loved the sound. If you are aware of 'Captain Beefheart' then this must definitely be the Son of the Captain. It sounds a little disjointed and the voices seem to scream rather than sing and then much like Beefhearts music it suddenly clicks and it all falls into place. I have listened to another track and it is just as good. I will be getting this one and sharpish. The album is called 'Horeseplay'.

Voodoo Child
SFW :- 
LostProphets "Better Off Dead" (2012)
LostProphets are a fantastic band from my home town of Pontypridd and this is a free track that is available from their website which will feature on their 5th Album "Weapons". If you ever get the chance you should watch them live as it's a cauldron of riffs, hits & energy - even if this genre is not your thing, when you watch them, you'll be swayed. They've been an inspiration for Welsh musicians, as they'll often take undiscovered bands on tour and give them a chance to perform in packed venues & arenas.  I've had the privilege of going on tour with them and being "one of those people on the side of the stage", but not only that, you'd also find me sneaking on and end up singing - and no - I am not the bloke that Ian brought on - that's Seth. 

Shell Hunter:-
Trent Reznor, Atticus Ross & Karen O - 'Immigrant song' (2011)

This quite literally knocked me off my seat and made me spill my mum's popcorn everywhere. What a fantastic start to what turned out to be a great film! To have one of my favourite Led Zeppelin songs covered in Mr. Reznor's excellently dark and industrial style was a real treat especially with the full cinematic experience! I recognized the female voice in the cinema but was too mesmerised with the opening credits to think straight. Ah the great Karen O from the Yeah, Yeah, Yeahs! Of course it was! I hadn't got round to listening to The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo's epic 3 hour long soundtrack but this song gave me the kick I needed to put in the time!
Here's a link to a site where you can download a free 6 track sampler of The soundtrack! Bonus!

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TRACKS OF THE WEEK - Azealia Banks, Lazarus and the Plane Crash, LostProphets, Trent Reznor 15/01/12
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15 January 2012 at 21:22

FC - This could be sat Night Juke Box ....but she is a babe!!!
SFW - bit noisy for me but ok! the fact they are giving somthing back is should be you Chris there is more than enough time?
SH - It got my attention reminds me when we saw interview by Trent and it was a shock...he was together, articulate total respect for the guy!

20 January 2012 at 11:09

I'm not a big fan of the Lost Prophets and this track probably won't change my opinion, if there's a positive, however, is that they sound like Faith No More. Lazarus, bonkers song and video, I dig the double bass and there are some good lines...'I am the cardinal of....'. As for 'Immigrant Song', it's a fabulous cover but far too short, I need more.

24 January 2012 at 10:59

Fly - absolutely love this phat tune!! Not often can a song shock me! Swearing's cool.
Pa - what a find! It's like Talking Heads meets Beck!
Sfw - LP are a bit of a guilty pleasure of mine. They remind me if a time when I used to buy Kerrang every week and follow my fave group Terrorvision everywhere they went...ok just Guildford and Charring Cross.