Sunday, 19 August 2012

TRACKS OF THE WEEK - 19/08/12 - The Royal Concept, Oh No, 2:54, Theme Park


Oh No - 'Dues and Dont's' feat Phife Dawg and Jose James (2012)

Oh yes! This is fabulous laid back, Jazz infused, head bobbing Hip Hop and for me the stand out track from Hip Hop producer, Oh No's (real name Micheal Jackson, chamon!) release, Ohnomite. Maybe I'm biased, as it features Hip Hop legend Phife Dawg of A Tribe Called Quest flawlessly delivering a trademark rhyme. Perfect for all ageing and nostalgic B-boys yearning for new material from ATCQ. The album features samples to the soundtrack of Blaxploitation movie, Dolemite, so as well as some cool as funk snippets, you also get to hear his amusing potty mouthed rants!

Old Pa's Corner:-
2:54 - You're Early(2012)

Who are the strangely named 2.54, well they are two girls from London Town.  It seems to be a bit of a fad theses days coming up with odd names , Alt-J for example. I have been listening to their self titled album constantly since I heard this track from the album a few days ago. I could have as easily chosen any of the tracks, they are all good. A very consistent album. There are so many influences there and all are easy to spot, Suzie and the Banshees, Garbage, early Cure and inevitably Joy Division to name but a few. I love this type of music, dark, haunting  mysterious. Here is a Band with a future.This album is worth checking out.

Shell Hunter:-
Theme Park - 'Jamaica' (2012)

I've been humming this track for the last week, it's totally got me hypnotised. I know we often mention the weather when explaining the reasons for our tracks of the week choices, but this has a fantastic feel, driving home from work with the sun on your face, windows down with that warm breeze. You can't help but smile! The Guardian compares them to Talking heads or Vampire Weekend but from this single I get a hint of Friendly Fires and Bombay Bicycle Club. All of those can't be bad at all. The London guys are touring in October but good luck getting a ticket, it looks like they are all but sold out! The London gig is in Hoxton Bar and Kitchen (great intimate venue and top burgers) and there are still a couple of tickets going, click here to buy. I will definitely be checking out Theme Park's other singles to keep me going until their album comes out. Jamaica is out on 23rd August, just in time for the bank holiday weekend. Check out the band's blog to sign up for the latest news!

The Royal Conept - Naked & Dumb (2012)

I've wanted some new Indie-pop in my life and I was delighted to find The Royal Concept.  Naked & Dumb is a cross between Phoenix, The Strokes, and Two Door Cinema Club, all of which can get me wanted to put on my converse and (try) to be a cool kid.

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TRACKS OF THE WEEK - 19/08/12 - The Royal Concept, Oh No, 2:54, Theme Park
4/ 5


19 August 2012 at 16:22

FC - quite like this
SH - could be a grower
Cool Kid - Indie Pop at it's best

My fav CK gets the nod

22 August 2012 at 20:48

FC - Really like this. Late night Hip Hop Jazz fusion... pour me some liquor!

Old Pa - This is bloody good! Dark, Haunting. Tidy mun!

SH - It hit me how much he sounds like Michael Hutchence...and everybody knows how much I liked that dirty dog.

Another successful week!

22 August 2012 at 23:08

Pa - I like this a lot but it's lacking a bit of pizzazz, any punchier tracks?
Fly - great track, love the jazz influence, right up my street at the moment!
Sfw - bloody hell, I would've definitely said Phoenix or Two Door Cinema Club! You can't argue with that sound, nice feel

22 August 2012 at 23:59

SH - Try Sugar you will find in on Youtube....shud fit the bill

23 August 2012 at 23:56

Great choices!

But Sfw, you are a cool kid! Nice indie pop like you say, def hear Phoenix in there.

Old Pa, I listened to 2:54's album like a month ago but wasn't very impressed. Looks like I need to pay that album another visit. This is good.

SH, Ace Collection! Love this, makes me want to wear a shocking pink shirt and espadrilles the next time a beach it. Will most def be checking their stuff out. Some good remixes on Spotify.