I’ve been listening to The XX for a couple of weeks now, since their second album ‘Coexist’ dropped. The album led me back to their self titled debut – ‘The XX’ and this gem – Infinity.
The XX – Infinity
Every time I listen to it, I get a throwback to Chris Isaak’s 1989 slow burner ‘Wicked Game.’ While Infinity is a decidely less energetic affair, it has the same air of melancholy and resignation, all the more so because of it’s stripped down nature. A very similar Dobro slide is also found on both releases.
I had originally wanted to use this for Cover Version Friday, but since it’s more of a remix, it made more sense to drop it as this week’s Tune Of The Week. And what a tune it is…
For the last couple of weeks, I’m been dipping in to the slow, solid grooves of Nu Disco and Indie Dance. One of the stand out tracks that has turned up after lots of digging is this Aaliyah remix from Finnebassen. Finnebassen If You Only Knew is dead sexy and the b line is catchy and groovy. I dropped this in a mix (along with another Finnebassen remix) and I think it may be my favourite part of the mix. I’m working on an edit now, with a snippet of the original 1996 classic playing in the track.
I know Karate. I know Jujitsu. I drive like a gangsta when I’m coming to see you. So says Kennedy in this week’s Tune Of The Week. It’s a fun, disco inspired track that really takes me back to Room 5’s remix of Make Luv.
Today is a day for The Roots. The playlist is ready, the volume is cranked and I’ve prepped my spine for some serious head nodding. With that in mind, today’s Tune Of The Week is a classic from the Legendary Roots Crew’s golden era – circa 1999 – off one of my favourite long players: Things Fall Apart.
The Next Movement features ?uesto on the stix, Hub on the bass and Dj Jazzy Jeff on turntable duties and of course Black Thought on the mic. The outcome is what I consider to be one of the greatest hip hop singles to date.
The Roots – The Next Movement
Taken off the 1999 album “Things Fall Apart”
Bonus – Two More Killer Tracks from “Things Fall Apart”
It’s Thursday, which means two things: 1) Yesterday was Wednesday. 2) Tomorrow is Friday. It also means it’s time for this week’s edition of Tune Of The Week.
This week’s tune is The Monkey Song from The Jungle Book. Well, technnically it’s three versions of the Monkey song. I’ve always loved the Jungle Book, both the book by Kipling and the original animated movie. One of the things I especially loved about the movie was the music.
The Monkey Song (which most people just call the Jungle Book Song) is a fun little number that’s even more fun when it gets messed with.
The Jungle Book Song
I can’t watch this and not think back to the first time I saw this as a little boy. I think it was at the public library on one of those TVs on wheels numbers when you had to sit on the floor to watch. Good times
The Krushed and Sorted Jungle Remix
I used to hear this at parties back in CPT whenever Fletcher or Roach or any of the boys from African Dope would spin. Still love it.
The James Copeland Remix
This is the latest remox (at the time of writing) and the one I like the most. I heard it when James Copeland mixed a set for the Ultimix on 5FM and it stuck with me.
Which Jungle Book remix do you like best?
Drum and Bass Remix
I’ve labelled this one as a bonus because I have no idea who to attribute it to, so I almost left it off the list, but at the last second I decided to add it on. This is the remix I’m most likely to get a speeding ticket to.
Today’s Tune Of the Week is a triple play from Mr A to the Z Jason Mraz. I tried to pick just one to list for today, but the choice proved too hard to make. All three of these songs make me feel good any- and every time I hear them. Part folk, part rap with a twist of ’80s 8-bit synthesis in there somewhere too, this is quality music, even if the lyrics are completely goofy.
The Tune Of The Week segment of my blog really is one of my favourites. This week I was feeling a little disco when I went digging for some new music. The choice however, was an impossible one to make; so I didn’t make it.
First up is Dutch Rhythm Combo ft Joe Dukie (from Fat Freddy’s Drop) on a track calle Venom. The bass line, the strings, the choppy little guitar – they all do it for me on this Dr Rubberfunk Remix. I can practically feel my sideburns grow as I listen to this. Quality Tune
Dutch Rhythm Combo – Venom (Dr. Rubberfunk Club Mix)
The second Tune for this week is Jamiroquai’s “White Knuckle Ride.” The single is taken off their seventh album ‘Rock Dust Light Star’ (I blogged about it last week, you can listen to the whole album for free here). This video has Jay K’s fun vocal performance, a helicopter and a 1980’s Porsche Carrera doing silly things in the desert. I’m not sure there’s much more I could ask for.
In edition of Tune of the week takes things down a notch and brings you some latin inspired chill out music from The Wolf Myer Orchestra featuring Lilith with a record entitled “Soulgate.”
A fusion between breakbeats and jazz, this is a great record. The track has a splash of Nightmares On Wax (the organ), a dash of Koop (the woodwinds) and a hefty dose of great vocals – all very good ingredients. This track is taken off the album “Femme Fatale” which is produced by Parov Stelar, so the vintage influences come as no surprise.
I’m also convinced that the producer is sampling Reflejo de Luna, another favorite from one of my Putumayo albums.
Distorted, repititve piano befitting a Beatles record starts proceedings off on an appropriately melachonic note. The big, bold and crunchy drums add tension, complemented by well spaced strings, so that when the Turrel’s soulful vocal finally debuts, the sonic bed has been made, if you will.
I don’t think I should say too much about this release, you really should just listen to it.
I’ve been a fan of Smoove for a long time, so it’s only makes sense that I love this new project, a sound they have appropriately labelled ‘Antique Soul.’
I have been fortunate in that I get exposed to large amounts of high quality music. Sometimes I forget that not everyone has been this lucky, and what might seem like an old track to me will still be fresh and wonderful to lots of others.
With that in mind, this week’s Tune Of The Week is a reggae/ ska/ sould number from my favourite New Zealand band, Fat Freddy’s Drop. I got introduced to this track at a party a couple of years back by DJ Low from sShadoworks and I’ve been bumping it eversince
This week’s tune snuck up on me. I’ve never heard of Electric Guest, had no clue they existed. Then, this morning while trolling the webs on my daily train commute, I caught a whiff of a new Danger Mouse project…
It sort of sounds like what would happen if you put Benny Sings, Norah Jones and a 70s train station busker in a blender with a shot of bourbon.
I’m a big fan of the funky rodent, and his prints can be heard all over the band’s first two records, but especially on This Head I Hold. It’s a little vintage, a little pop, a little soul and a lot catchy cool. If you’re a fan of the Amy Winehouse sound, then this should be right up your alley.
Having Danger Mouse on board to handle the production duties certainly won’t hurt the band, but the melodies and riffs are all solid enough to convince me that these guys are more than just the standard tag along affair. The Electric Guest sound is indie folk tangled with some 70s textures and very simple, sticky melodies. It sort of sound like what would happen if you put Benny Sings, Norah Jones and a 70s train station busker in a blender with a shot of bourbon.
‘This Head I Hold’ is taken off the Electric Guest’s debut album “Mondo.” I’ll be getting myself a copy sharpish to see if the rest is as good as this.
This week’s tune of the week is actually last week’s tune, but I didn’t have enough time to post it. The track’s name is “Lick It” and f*ck me if the result isn’t tasty. Taken off Kaskade’s ‘Fire and Ice’ album.
House veteran Kaskade teams up with the new school king Skrillex to make something that sounds like Junior Jack and Kid Creme on speed.This is a very, very good thing. The track was actually released about 6 months ago, and I have absolutely no idea why it took me so long to find it.
This week’s tune follows on where I last week left off. Last week I started listening to Portishead’s Roseland NYC Live show again and it reminded me of this cover version, which I heard on the soundtrack to Colombiana.
John Martyn sounds at once heartbroken, despondent and drunk on this cover of Portishead’s class track Glory Box.
The original is here (live version) for those interested
P.S. For those interested, the sample used in the Portishead original is from “Ike’s Rap” by Isaac Hayes
Sometimes the oldies really are the goodies. I’ve been listening to Portishead’s Roseland NYC Live show again (for the millionth time) and this track – Half Day Closing – has caught my ear. It wasn’t one of my instant favourites like Humming or Sour Times, but the track has slowly seeped in to my brain. I like it, I like it a lot.