Sunday, 5 October 2014

TRACKS OF THE WEEK 05/10/14 - Tony Allen & Damon Albarn, Hot Chip, The Fauns, Marianne Faithfull, Kongos

Five spiders that were in the 'house' for us this week!

The Fauns - 4am (2014)

Whispery vocals with an infectious melody - whats not to like? 4am has been seductively waking me up on my drive to work this week. It perfectly matches the tiredness and dreamlike state that I seem to find myself before the birds get out of bed. The Fauns are from Bristol and have released their debut album Lights on Invada, the record label run by Portishead's Geoff Barrow. Nice

Old Pa's Corner:-
Marianne Faithfull - Late Victorian Holocaust (2014)

No prizes for guessing who was involved in this song. You guessed Nick Cave.

Marianne Faithfull’s album Give My Love to London (2014) is a cracker and no wonder when you see the list of names who have contributed.. Her band includes Portishead's Adrian Utley (guitars), Ed Harcourt (keyboards), Rob Ellis (drums), Dimitri Tikovoi (bass) + string quartet, and special guests Warren Ellis and Jim Sclavunos (Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds). Marianne has written most of the lyrics and the music was written by Nick Cave, Anna Calvi, Roger Waters, Pat Leonard, Tom McRae, Steve Earle

This track is suitably dark and just up my Victorian Alley. Sweet little sleep to you all.

Shell Hunter:-
Kongos - 'Come With Me Now' (2014)

When I hear this track with the accordion, it makes me imagine I'm in a hillbilly's house party, probably a wooden shack somewhere by a river, with the whole place bumping with music and good vibes. God knows why because this group of 4 brothers are South African! It's got to be more Biltong than Beaver for the snacks thankfully. However, they've been living and recording in Phoenix for a long while though which has obviously helped them get their alternative rock/ Kwaito voices heard. They've got a couple of albums under their belt so far entitled Kongos and Lunatic which was originally released in 2012. Thankfully it's had a re-release this year otherwise we might have missed out!

London Scouser:-
Hot Chip - 'Go Bang' (2014)

Only last week I stated that I was waiting to hear something new from Hot Chip, so I googled and I found out that they had recorded a cover of a song by Arthur Russell for an upcoming tribute album. According to Wikipedia,  Arthur Russell was a musician who spanned 4 decades and many more genres but who found most of his success in the disco scene. He died in 1992 from Aids and the tribute album 'Master Mix - Red Hot + Arthur Russell' which is released on October 21st will raise money for the Red Hot Foundation.
This track is 11 minutes long and definitely a disco hit and could have been written for them specifically, it will definitely give me my cravings for Hot Chip's until their next album.

Tony Allen - Go Back (feat Damon Albarn) (2014)

A superb, yet sobering track from Afro Beat drummer extraordinaire, Tony Allen, the one time member of Fela Kuti's legendary band Africa 70. 'Go Back' tells the plight of the African refugees who have ended up on the Italian island of Lampedusa and features long time collaborator (The Good, The Bad and The Queen, Rocket Juice and The Moon and Africa Express), Damon Albarn on vocals and keys. Taken from Tony's new album, Film of Life out later this month. If anything for the keyboard that sounds like a hotel lobby band, brilliant!

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TRACKS OF THE WEEK 05/10/14 - Tony Allen & Damon Albarn, Hot Chip, The Fauns, Marianne Faithfull, Kongos
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7 October 2014 at 17:15

Sfw. New to me, but anything with Geoff Barrow's involvement is always worth a listen. Really good, loved that insistent, encroaching riff. Splendid.

Old Pa. I've heard a few bits off the album, interesting stuff. The tune featuring Anna Calvi was blinding.

Shell Hunter. Catchy as hell, if a little over produced for my ears. Probably stonking live though.

London Scouser. I'm not the world's biggest Hot Chip fan, but those guy have great taste in side projects and this is terrific.

Flycasual. This is great too! A fine selection this week, from the Tune Doctor posse

9 October 2014 at 13:43

Sfw, 4am I hear you pal, I hear's a time in the morning where you are strangely perceptive to music, this fits the bill. Great track.

Old Pa, a second track which has Portishead connections. That's some lineup. Yes suitably dark and wouldn't go amiss in Dickensian musical!

SH, dance lil' piggy! Not a bad footstomper!

LS, a cracker! Very LCD Soundsystem. My pick of the pops!