Sunday, 5 May 2013

TRACKS OF THE WEEK - 05/05/13- Terry Allen, Daft Punk, Major Lazer,Bibio, Macklemore and Ryan Lewis

Five tracks that made us go all Wookie!

Major Lazer - 'Jessica' feat Ezra Koenig

"Some girls call all the shots, my nessica, my essica"

I've been listening to a lot of Reggae recently and it's nothing to do with the sunny weather of late. I find it a good way to reboot, a ctrl-alt-delete for the soul if you like, especially it being Spring and all that. Anyway this is great stuff, perhaps not Reggae per se but Major Lazer's (aka DJ to the stars, Diplo) brand of electro-dancehall is pretty infectious. I just love Ezra Koenig's (who incidentally is a big fan of Reggae and Dub) voice anyway and he provides it here for 'Jessica' which, apart from 'Get Free', are probably the best songs on the Free the Universe album. Vampire Weekend also release an album this month and being big fans we'll no doubt feature a track on our TOTW soon. I once knew a Jessica.

Check out Major Lazer's interesting blog here...
or if Vampires are your thing see the website here...

Old Pa's Corner:-
Terry Allen - Emergency Human Blood Courier (2013)

Here is a strange one for all you Leonard Cohen, Nick Cave Lovers, it is by 69 year old,  70 next week Terry Allen and is from his first album in 14 years called  'Botton of the World' (2013) (talk about writers block). I like this, it is a dark tale of murder and death. The album version is above and I have also found this live take which is pretty good. Well, that is if you can reject the stupid laughter from some of the audience who seem to think it is a funny song and they are meant to laugh.  'Hey guys! this is serious stuff, blood transfusions, murder and all that'. Just right for a Sunday morning. Pass that toast Maud!   


London Scouser
Macklemore & Ryan Lewis (Feat Wanz) - Thrift Shop (2013)

Ok, so he's white, a little bit strawberry blonde, and a mass-eeev lookie-likie for Boris Becker. Oh and he can pull off a catchy and pretty damned good rap/hip-hop song.

I forgot to mention that the guy loves a bargain, he can do no wrong in my eyes.

I heard this song courtesy of Scroobius Pip via his first show on XFM. I urge y'all to check the show out btw like I did on the Mixcloud app on my phone. 

Game, Set & Match

Shell Hunter:-
Daft Punk - 'Get Lucky' (2013)

When I heard Daft Punk's single had hit number one in the charts, I was surprised I hadn't heard it yet and was a little worried. I don't pay much attention to "charty" music anymore and I usually turn my nose up to whats popular. Despite all that, I finally listened to it the other day and its the best dance track I've heard in a very long while! You can really hear the 70s disco influence of Nile Rodgers from Chic! That coupled with the combination of Pharrell's saucy conquest lyrics and Daft Punk's electro computer talk makes the perfect song to sip margeritas after mowing the lawn! Its a bold statement but I'm pretty sure its going to be in my top 10 for 2013 and can see it being on my summer holiday playlist. All we need now is a heatwave...oh hello sun!

Daft Punk's fourth album called Random Access Memories is due out May 17th and if this is anything to go by, I will be drinking a lot of margeritas!

Bibio - À tout à l'heure (2013)

Stephen Wilkinson, aka Bibio, is a English music producer from Wolvehampton and this track features on his latest and 7th album, Silver Wilkinson. Wilkinson adopted the alias Bibio from the name of a small black and red fly his father used on childhood fishing trips in Wales.

I may sound like a musical Wine Taster, but there are elements of Avalanches, a hint of Lemon Jelly and Jose Gonzalez.

He is a recent music discovery for me but À tout à l'heure makes me want to put on some shorts, pull out the BBQ and drink Pimms! Thanks to this, summer is on the way!

Download À tout à l'heure from Warp Records here

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5 May 2013 at 14:15

FC- Perfect on a sunny day
OP - makes the sun go away
LS - cloudy
SH - so good I've put on some Hawaiin Tropic

7 May 2013 at 14:02

FC - i think i like are right i was listening the new VW today
LS - not sure about this one...don't like that Becker guy..ponce!
SH - dance don't get better than can get the Chic!..MF
SFW - makes me want to put my shorts on get the BBQ out and drink a 6 pack of special brew

10 May 2013 at 12:01

Flycasual. Reggae as ctrl-alt-delete for the soul - spot on. Not a Major Lazer fan, but I like Vampire Weekend a lot and this is very good.

OPC. Terry Allen's humour can be very, very dark. I've got four of his earlier albums in my collection and I didn't realise that he'd been away so long. This is excellent stuff.

LS. Humorous hip-hop - we have a new genre! I'm not sure that I'd ever need to hear this again, but the song and video made me laugh out loud. Job done.

SH. 6Music have been hammering this for so long that I think they must have shares in Daft Punk. Great tune, but I fear that I may become a bit sick of it before the summer is over.

SFW. 7th album? Blimey, I've missed a few then. I've got two and I assumed this was the third. Another one that's getting a lot of 6Music airplay and deservedly so - great stuff.

13 May 2013 at 16:55

LS, not one for a gimmick but this ain't bad. Pretty funny and I agree with his sentiment. The boy can spit too.

SH, this shit be dope. Love Pharell's voice, song of the summer even though we haven't had yet. Shame about the rubbish video.

Old Pa, this I like in a bizarre way which is good. A lot of blood been spilt in Mexico send in the Courier. Very dark and I can see why you say Nick Cave and Cohen.

Sfw, this started out well but then I got a bit fed up with it. His pronunciation of Toute a L'heure was spot on though.