Sunday, 9 September 2012

TRACKS OF THE WEEK - 09/09/12 - The Orb, Lee 'Scratch' Perry, Beat Connection, The Vaccines, Totally Enormous Extinct Dinosaurs

Four tracks that took our fancy this week ...What were yours?

The Orb & Lee 'Scratch' Perry - 'Golden Clouds' (2012)

I can't help but think each time I hear a new Lee 'Scratch' Perry tune, it's like listening to the tired ramblings of an old man. A bit like the mumbling tramp at Slough bus station, I so often tried to frantically avoid after school. But hold on maybe that's the whole point, we want to hear his bizarre incantations!!! Wash your mouth out flycasual!!!....this is Roots Reggae legend Lee Perry you are talking about. This time around it's an album collaboration with the lazy, electro dub duo and equally eccentric, The Orb, it's what dub fans have probably always wanted, I know I was particularly excited. There are no doubt some great, if a little peculiar, tracks on the album but I've chosen 'Golden Clouds', a reworking of the Orb classic 'Little Fluffy Clouds'. Lovely!

I recently got back in to Lee 'Scratch' Perry through a blog we follow called Unthought, of though, somehow, so check out it's dedicated Saturday Scratch for some Perry Perry sauce!!??

Pick up a free track too, 'Hold Me Upsetter' from The Orb's website too...

Shell Hunter:-
Beat Connection - 'Further Out' (2012)

I'm loving this track by Seattle group Beat Connection. I was wondering when another electro group were going to grab me with their use of steel drums. From what I gather they started out recording stuff on GarageBand (music and podcast recording software made by Apple for us non music makers) and then worked as DJs. I've also heard that they use handclaps in a track or two and quite frankly there aren't enough songs out there now with those in my opinion! I've read quite a few positive reviews of their latest release, 'The Palace Garden' and most mentioning the "sunny" and "uplifting" nature of their album, not to mention how clever and complex their compositions are. I shall be popping this on in the car on the way to work, anything to ease the pain of going in on a scorching hot Sunday afternoon! Check out more info from their website here

Totally Enormous Extinct Dinosaurs - Household Goods

I know I am getting old, and although I'm not quite at the mid-life crisis stage yet, I'm getting there.  I'm not a fan of this DJ's name but this track combines the styles of 3 artists that make me tap my Cons. Call it a musical Curry, Chips & Rice, albeit, Hot Chip meets Calvin Harris meets Deadmau5.  Totally Enormous Extinct Dinosaurs (TEED) has already remixed tracks by Lady Gaga, Katy Perry & Professor Green and features on Nick Grimshaw & Annie Mac's shows. It's one for a Saturday Night, but listen carefully - it's pretty dark stuff!!

Old Pa's Corner : -
The Vaccines - I always new(2012)
I quite liked a few of the tracks on the Vaccines first album 'What did you expect from the Vaccines' (2011) especially 'Post Break-up Sex'. This track 'I always new' is from their new Album 'Come of Age' and is a bit of a throw back to the sixties, whether that is intentional or not. It has a good melody and a chorus that will have you singing along to.  Well, as the Good Tune Doctor says 'lets go to bed' take the vaccines and you will feel much better for it!

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9 September 2012 at 17:47

FC - I know what you mean about the 'rambling old man'. He's Brilliant...but bloody bonkers!
SH - Need to give this a few more listens
Old Pa - Saw the Vaccines in Hackney, great band. Perfect Indie Rock.

10 September 2012 at 07:42

Old tramp or not? Madman or genius? Old Lee adds something indefinable to the Orb on this track. Nice.

10 September 2012 at 12:01

FC - I was also going to use a track from this album....the more Reggae influenced tracks are the best....great stuff
SH - quite like this one and of course I'm a sucker for them steel drums
SFW - I found this a bit messy, not my thang i'm afraid

10 September 2012 at 20:58

The tired ramblings of an old man? That's exactly the phrase Mrs S uses to describe Bob Dylan....and me come to that! Thanks for the plug and long may we all ramble!

15 September 2012 at 21:37

SH, it took me about 3 or 4 goes for this track to finally come through, just found it compelling but wasn't sure why?

Sfw,I like it messy and this is good. He also worked with Damon Albarn on the DRC project.

Old Pa, can't beat the Vaccines, I loved their last album and I read the new one is even better. Can't wait for my injection!

23 September 2012 at 13:53

Fly- I absolutely adore this track including the random ramblings from the old reggae tramp! Made me play the original 'Little fluffy Clouds' a few times too. Brill!
sfw- I wasn't sure at first, I think the name put me off but it's really grown on me. Youre right about all the influences too.
Pa- Nothing has hit me yet from their new stuff, but don't get me wrong, they are a talent! Nice 60's feel.