Sunday, 17 November 2013

TRACKS OF THE WEEK - 17/11/2013 - Ry X, The Wombats, Scroobius Pip Vs Dan Le Sac, Howe Gelb, Cecile McLorin Salvant

Five tracks that put the power in our slacks!

Old Pa's Corner:-
Howe Gelb - Vortexes (2013)

'Welcome to the Desert'

Says Howe Gelb, better known as the main man of Giant Sand. This is his second album this year. I don't know what they are doing out there in the desert but it seams to be working. This is the first track from his new album The Coincidentalist (2013) which just been released.

Howe has another one of these distintive voices and this is a smooth cool evening breeze of a track after a hot burning scorching day in the desert heat. Or even just relaxing after a hard day at the Office.

Shell Hunter:-
The Wombats - 'Your Body Is A Weapon' (2013)

Now I'm pretty sure this is not everyones cup of char, but I have to acknowledge the fact it makes me smile. It is good old indie disco plain and simple and the tinges of 80s synthesisers just make it. I've always had a soft spot for The Wombats, they don't take themselves too seriously and you can't deny they've got a knack for a catchy chorus (some may mistaken that for annoying, but not me). The line that tickles me and is a nod to all of us 80s kids out there is 'my body is a Temple Of Doom'. Any reference to Indiana Jones is alright in my book! Oh and I also like the fact he sings casual, calling the woman in question 'Love'. Cheeky bugger!
RY X - Berlin (2013)

My wifey came home from work (always a good thing) and said "I have a song that is right up your street". "It's by RY X, do you know of him..." My blank impression gave it away. He is an Australian born, LA Based musician who has just released an EP that has got me all excited. Atmospheric, Melancholic & Emotive, it certainly hit the spot. I guess the missus knows me too well

Cecile Mclorin Salvant - 'Nobody' (2013)

The great thing about watching Later with Jools Holland is that one minute you're watching some electronica from Minneapolis and the next you have a captivating performance from Florida's Francophile Jazz singer, Cecile McLorin Salvant. 'Nobody' is one of those songs that must have caught me at the right moment, as it made me stop and listen, enthralled. I thought it was unique, a bit bonkers, a bit Billie Holiday, perhaps a little more acid tinged but what an incredible voice. And accompanied by an equally impressive trio of double bass, piano and percussion and you've got a winning formula.

In 2010, Cecile won the prestigious Thelonious Monk vocal Jazz competition and 'Nobody' is taken from her second album, WomanChild, out earlier this year.

London Scouser:-

Dan Le Sac vs Scroobius Pip & Flux Pavilion - 'Gold Teeth' (2013)

I won't make any excuses for selecting another Scroobius Pip track. Its a great song full of his clever lyrics (on this occasion he's dissing some of his fellow rappers and their penchant for the bling), with a great backing and to cap it all off it has a great video. 'Nuff said.

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TRACKS OF THE WEEK - 17/11/2013 - Ry X, The Wombats, Scroobius Pip Vs Dan Le Sac, Howe Gelb, Cecile McLorin Salvant
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17 November 2013 at 12:37

Howe Gelb - ever reliable and this is rather lovely.

Wombats - not for me but pretty solid and fun.

Ry X - isn't this on a telly advert or are my ears deceiving me? that kind of 'Oooo-oooo-oooo' is pretty popular these days. Rather nice.

Cecile - not heard of her before but fine voice and nice jazz touch.

Dan Le Sac etc - a rapper who looks like a backwoodsman? Nice.

17 November 2013 at 21:09

SH - i like the fact you have gone deep into the lyrics...but it is pretty crap!
SFW - weird! she probably got this right....FC has inroduced me to a couple of artist and got it right...scary...I'm too easy!
LS - this is ok ...but not catching all the words...i'm having a beer...loving Sirens by the way
FC - Thanks to SB I heard some TM this week ...there is so much to is a joy to even think you want to climb Kilimanjarro with me...that was forgettable by the way.

24 November 2013 at 11:09

OP - Nice
SH - Sorry, not a fan
LS - Haven't got into him
FC - I like

29 November 2013 at 13:21

OP, I can't play your video but I'm sure Giant Sand's frontman won't disappoint.

SH, not my bag baby, not even with the Indiana Jones reference.

Sfw, beard, gutted etc, there's even a bit of's a good one. Always good when the wife surprises you like that.

LS, another great track, will get the album sentiments exactly, he's a talented lyricist fo sho'. I think there was a bit of boob there too.