Alabama Shakes - 'Hold On' (2012)
What a great feel this song has! If I shut my eyes tightly, I can picture myself in one of those massive rusty convertible American cars, rolling down Route 66 with the sun on my face! A friend of mine from work pointed this song out to me a couple weeks ago when it came on the radio. I found it on Youtube and was surprised it was a woman singing, Oops! Now that I know, I can hear a great similarity in passion to gospel singer, Mavis Staples. Lead singer, Brittany Howard has certainly got fire in her belly! That coupled with the laid back countryfied guitar makes for a perfect combo. A fresh new sound from down south that I haven't heard since Kings Of Leon. Their album was out April 12th and if you aren't totally convinced with 'Hold On' go to their website www.alabamashakes.com to sign up for a free download of a track called 'Heavy Chevy' for free!
James Curd - Guide Me (Gigamesh Remix)
I wouldn't usually pick something so upbeat, but this puts a party in my pants. Gigamesh's remix of James Curd's "Guide Me" has turned it into a Roller-glitterball-disco-tastic monster. Perfect for sunny days and Saturday nights it makes you want to put on the glad-rags and bust some moves - a club classic!
Old Pa's Corner :-
Dandy Warhols - Sad Vacation(2012)
This is my new favourite album 'This Machine' and I just love the title track 'Sad Vaction'. I have not listened to too much Dandys in the past and I can not for the life of me understand why. This is just up my street. This album sounds very tripy, groovey, if you understand where I am at and definately grows and grows with repeated listens.
THEESatisfaction - QueenS (2012)
Despite their poor use of capital letters, THEESastisfaction's awE naturalE is unquestionably my album of the moment. At just over 30 minutes long it's short but sweet and perfect for that daily commute, or when she's watching Eastenders. Giving themselves the appropriate title of 'Queens of the Stoned Age', the duo first appeared on last year's excellent 'Black Up' by fellow Seattle Rappers, Shabazz Palaces, who also return the favour here by appearing on several songs on the album. It's an electric, eclectic mix of Jazz, Soul and Hip Hop and there are some real memorable moments on it, perfect for the ageing B Boy in me. The psychedelic Soul of QueenS is a particular highlight with its entrancing beat and hypnotising vocals that give it a unique sound, certainly a theme which can be found throughout, making it so appealing.
Download the QueenS mp3 free at the Sub Pop website...THEESatisfaction guaranteed!! ehm..sorry!
TOTW 06/05/2012 - Alabama Shakes, James Curd, The Dandy Warhols, THEESatisfaction
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