Sunday, 12 February 2012

TRACKS OF THE WEEK - 12/02/12 - Blawan, The Ting Tings, Tindersticks, William Fitzsimmons

Four tracks that were just the business this week!

Blawan - 'Get me Down' (2011)

Huge tune!!! I was catching up on some dance tracks and this one just hit me unexpectedly from way out, it's been on heavy rotation all week, it's great when music does that. Better late than never I say, as Blawan's (DJ/Drummer from Yorkshire), 'Get me Down', was released last May but I love it and just had to share, so there! I wasn't sure of it at first but it just draws you in the further you listen, with a Garage beat that sounds like someone banging on an industrial sized cow bell and a warped bassline like you were stepping on a very angry frog, f*&%ked up and absolutely brilliant. I also never thought I'd be getting down to Brandy but the clever use of a voice sample from her track 'I wanna be Down' just clinches it for me and makes this track so unique and compelling! There's still time to get my dance pants on!

Old Pa's :-
Tindersticks - This Fire of Autumn (2012)

This is a track from the Tindersticks new Album  'The Something Rain' I have listened to the album  once and this definitely got me right away. After a second and third hearing I am shouting 'it is a big return to form'. I always get excited by anything that Stuart Staples does, he has one of these great dark Leonard Cohen /Ian Curtis type voices which immediately has you thinking, melancholy, sad or a touch of menace.I think I am going to like this one...can't wait to hear that first track again 'Chocolate' that was good as well.!

The Something rain - Cover of the new album

SFW:- William Fitzsimmons - 'Beautiful Girl' (2011)

I've been a fan of William Fitzsimmons for a few years now and he's an artist that seems to consistently release good material. I always think he sounds like Iron & Wine, Surfjan Stevens, and his calming style of music is has a real honesty to it. He's released over 6 albums and if you want to get hold of 'beautiful girl', it features on his 'Gold in the shadow' album, which is available free through the Noisetrade sampler link below.

Shell Hunter:-
The Ting Tings - 'Hang It Up' (2012)

Here's a little bit of marmite for your sarnie! The Ting Tings' new single is getting mixed press. You'll either love it or hate it. I myself love it, although I'm beginning to find Katie White's style of "little girl saying nahnahnahnahnahnah in the playground" a little grating. Saying that, the use of cowbell and Jules De Martino's delivery is a breath of fresh air on the radio at the moment. They're single 'Hands' from 2010 was excellent and I'm sure I'll find a few more gems on their new album 'Sounds From Nowheresville', due out at the end of the month albeit in small doses!

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13 February 2012 at 10:46

Flycasual: I think my kids would say that it's far too laste for me to be getting out my dance pants (if I ever had any...mine are stored in my head somewhere) but I know what you mean about this tune - great stuff! When I first read your post I thought you said something about banging on an industrial sized cow...which would have been even better! Top marks.

Old Pa: Tindersticks are back and groovin'! Must add this to the collection when Mrs. Bear allows me some more pocket money. Great voice on the man.

SFW: Thank you for introducing me to William Fitzsimmons. I shall explore further. Very cool.

Shell Hunter: My God, it's taken them forever to come up with a new album. I think I could easily embarrass the cubs with some dad dancing to this. Nice.

16 February 2012 at 12:26

Good stuff as always, my pick would have to be the Ting Tings, I heard this on a Show on New Years Eve and thought it was great but I forgot about it. Channelling early Beastie boys/Rick Rubin with that beat and her whine but I like that 'little girl saying nahnahnahnahnahnah in the playground' ting anyway. Good video too, Skaters in Alicante!!

16 February 2012 at 12:28

SB, never too late to wear your dance pants and you right, banging on an industrial sized cow would have been better but a different sound altogether!

17 February 2012 at 10:55

SH - My fave also, Skating in a video always wins, but I'm with you on the playground singing style
Flycasual - Puts a party in my pants
Tindersticks - Sunday morning misery