Sunday, 7 October 2012

TRACKS OF THE WEEK - 07/10/12 - Bettye LaVette, The Busy Twist, Keaton Henson, The Other Tribe

Four tracks that were our sausages and mash with extra gravy this week! What were yours?

Old Pa's Corner :-
Bettye LaVette - Dirty Old Town(2012)
Bettye LaVette has been making records since the sixties, she is gifted with a superb voice and it is very surprising that it is only in the past few years she has achieved recognition due to some superior albums. Her latest album Thankful 'N Thoughtful (2012) continues her high quality and there are some great songs here. I have chosen her take on Dirty Old Town,  the Ewan McColl classic. (The Pogues, The Dubliners)

She gives it a modern American twist. But I find it totally irresistible and can't stop listening to it. There is also a longer,  much slower version of the song on the album.

Check out Time! I think!

'Where.s my axe!'

I love this!

It is is completely coincidental that this weeks Wednesday Club Post features Mr McColl.

The Busy Twist - 'Friday Night' (2012)

With this song, Friday night is every night! Even if it's not Friday night. Especially for shift workers like myself who's Friday nights are on a Tuesday night, we can play this to make it feel like Friday night and not miss out. 'Friday Night', is taken from the EP of the same name by London duo, The Busy Twist, who travelled to Ghana to record it. It was a stop everything moment when I heard it on the radio last week, it's a wonderfully uplifting piece of modern Ghanaian Highlife with an electronic twist, especially uplifting if you're as miserable as I am. Quite a good video too, as the boys recorded it as they went around the area of Accra where they produced it, capturing a snippet of the local street life. 

Soundway Records

Keaton Henson - Kronos

I know I am a fan of Keaton Henson, but this track shows a different side to the singer/songwriter/artist/film maker.   It features on his latest E.P. "Sweetheart, What Have You Done to Us" and is the first release from his second album.  It was Produced by Joe Chiccarelli (White Stripes, The Shins, The Strokes) in L.A. and features former Pearl Jam member Matt Chamberlain on drums.  Other tracks on the E.P. feature Band of Horses, The Raveonettes and Alberta Cross.  The video is great also!
Shell Hunter:-
The Other Tribe - 'Skirts' (2012)

I wish I heard this earlier in the year, its a perfect summer track! Bristol based The Other Tribe bridge the musical gap between KISS FM and XFM in my opinion and that's a good thing. Its great indie-electro dance music plain and simple. Throw in a 'Last Of The Mohicans' look and I'm sure you've got a successful combination. The Skirts EP was released on 23rd September and is reminiscent of my favourite 90's clubbing music which is guaranteed to fill up dance floors anywhere and there are a few remixes to check out too. I think there will definitely be a place for this tribe and I promise you, "No matter how long it takes, no matter how far, they will find you!"

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TRACKS OF THE WEEK - 07/10/12 - Bettye LaVette, The Busy Twist, Keaton Henson, The Other Tribe
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7 October 2012 at 13:34

It's a dead-heat for me this week between the very fine Bettye LaVette interpretation of 'Dirty Old Town' and the tremendously uplifting Busy Twist tune - I can see why it makes any night feel like 'Friday Night' flycasual. Great clip too - if those kids dancin' don't get you smilin', you got no soul!

11 October 2012 at 13:44

Great choices..all good!

Great take on the Pogues classic, The slow soulful take works so well, Fantastic voice!

Kronos, is brilliant. Good 'Blair Witch' style vid agreed but it's the heavier side of Keaton Henson that's a nice surprise..

Nice write up on the Other Tribe, it...oooh raunchy undertones!