TRACKS OF THE WEEK - 14/04/13 - Tricky, Houses, Noah and the Whale, June Tabor, Iain Ballamy and Huw Warren, Jakwob

Five tracks this week that most definitely weren't for turning...



Flycasual:-
Tricky - 'Nothing's Changed' (2013)


Bristol's finest and one of the standard bearers of UK dance music is back after a 3 year hiatus, someone give him the freedom to the city. The brilliantly sombre, 'Nothing's Changed', is taken from the forthcoming album 'False Idols' out in May. According to Tricky, he has been lost for years and in retrospect, hasn't been happy with some of his previous work. He's now owns his own record label and has been able to do what he has wanted to do, claiming that this record contains some of the strongest material since his seminal debut, Maxinquaye. I've been a big fan of Tricky and yes some of his stuff may have been a bit hit and miss but I have enjoyed the majority of his stuff, he'll have my custom fo sho'.
Shell Hunter:-
Jakwob - 'Fade ft. Maiday' (2013)


Due to the fact I have done nothing but live and breathe Steve Mason for the last few weeks, I haven't devoted any of my time to anything else (the gig at Village Underground was amazing, full review to follow). Whilst vegging out on the sofa watching weekly TV magazine Sunday Brunch with great partnership Tim Lovejoy and Simon Rimmer, one of the songs on their playlist caught not only my ear but my eye. The beat is again reminiscent of the 90's and very similar to other dance faves of mine, Kosheen. The piano hook and heartfelt vocals from singer/songwriter Maiday woke me from my catatonic lazy stupor. After looking into who Jakwob was I discovered it stands for James Edward Jacob who is British music producer and DJ. He's been in the music biz since he was about 10 and his style has been "transcending all genres" which is right up my alley.

London Scouser:-
Noah and the Whale - 'There Will Come A Time' (2013)


I know it was catchy and that's not always a good thing but I really liked L.I.F.E.G.O.E.S.O.N. when it was released a couple of years back. The band from Twickenham have now released a couple of albums which have had regular airplay on my headphones. They have a new album out soon and this is the first release off of it. Once again they have produced a great pop song, with a nice electro backing and good sing along lyrics.

Old Pa's Corner :-
June Tabor, Iain Ballamy & Huw Warren - 'The Lads in their Hundreds' (2013)


This is a track from the album Quercus (2013) it is a collaberation between June Tabor, Iain Ballamy & Huw Warren and is an utterly gorgeous piece of music. If this does not get the chicken skin going then nothing will. The Lads in their Hundreds is an adaptation of a poem about the lads who fought and died in the first World War.

It is a sad reflection of the tragedy of War and loss of life.

There is some really tasty Sax by Iain Ballamy and excellent piano playing by Huw Warren which complement  June Tabor's voice. A beautiful recording all round.  

Sfw:-
Houses - Beginnings (2013)


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Melancholic, indie pop from Chicago based Houses, this track features on their new album, A Quiet Darkness, which is released on Downtown Records. #sadmusicthatmakesyouhappy





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6 comments:

sfw said...

FC - Outstanding
SH - Love this
LS - Good pop tune
OP - Like it

The winner is Tricky!

flycasual said...

SH, This ain't bad I can't seem to make my mind up about it though. As you say, it definitely has that 90's beat synonymous with a lot of dance acts from that era. Reminded me of Olive.

LS, catchy hook, I'm not really a fan but this is pretty good.

Old Pa, Brilliant song, tragic sentiment but beautiful as you say...doesn't get much better than this and there's a sax!

Sfw, decent miserable shoegaze stuff with hints of Pink Floyd.

The Swede said...

My favourite this week is Tricky. Instantly recognisable and up there with his best stuff. Looking forward to the new album.

FC - this is a top track - instant download
SH - another good one - download again
LS - a catchy little number bit like Pulp (not a bad thing)
SFW - 4 out of 4 this week liked them
all

FC - Love it from the get go, very Massive like. The kid has still got it.
SH - Oh the 90's, why did they have to end... Loving this too, reminds me of Let Me Be Your Fantasy (which had a few good points in the video !!)
OP - Not quite chicken skin for me, but it's not horrible to listen to
SFW - I like this one, it builds really well. Agree with you hashtag too

And the winner is.... Tricky (3 weeks running FC)

Having listened to my track a few times, I'm loving it more. It reminds me a lot of LCD's All My Friends (the Alex Kapranos version) which is damn good in my book

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