Four tracks that helped us recover from the festive fiscal cliff!
Ultraista - Small Talk (2012)
I only recently found out about Ultraista after reading about them last month, stating they came together through a mutual love of Afrobeat and electronic music. Wow, for me that's a perfect combination, a bit like being indefinitely fed houmous by harem of scantily clad exotic women. Yes, anyway, the London based group have Nigel Godrich (Radiohead producer) at the helm, along with singer Laura Bettinson and one time Beck drummer Joey Waronker and Small Talk is the latest single to be taken from their self titled debut album, out last October.
I wish small talk was always this enjoyable...check their website here.
Foals - 'Inhaler' (2012)
When I first heard this on the radio a couple weeks ago, I thought it was The Charlatans. The high pitched voice also reminded me of the part in Eddie Murphy's stand up video Raw when he pretended to be Michael Jackson having a fight in a club! Anyway, this track shows great potential for what we can expect from Foals' third album Holy Fire due out in February. Its got a funky but subtle backing but then it hits you with a wall of noise, how delightful! www.foals.co.uk
One of Britain's best singer/songwriters is back with new material from his upcoming album 'Back Into The Woods'. The album was recorded at the legendary Abbey Road Studios in under six hours and it has been quoted that it's an album riddled with remorse but there’s also a playfulness to these redemption songs. Don't worry Ed, we haven't forgotten! Ed also dropped by the BBC to play a couple of tracks from the Beck Song Reader sheet music album on the BBC World Service’s show The Strand, if you are a fan of Ed Harcourt or Beck it's worth a listen!
Old Pa's Corner :-
Bob Dylan - Black Cross
The track I have chosen has always been one of my favourite Dylan Bootleg tracks. It is called Black Cross and is not a Bob original. It was recorded Live in the famous Gaslight Cafe New York in 1962 (hey! thats before you were born kiddo!) The delivery and the subject matter is just 'a must hear'. This is not the full version. That is even better. I think this should therefore qualify for a new release. Don't you think so?.
Looks to me as if there will be a few more of these releases over the next year or so.