Natalie Imbruglia and Portishead – Leave Me Alone – Tune Of The Week

The mathematics of this song make sense to me.

1. I don’t like Natalie Imbruglia very much
2. I love Portishead

Because P>NI, I wound up enjoying this track.

Imburglia’s vocal is sampled by Geof Barrow and dropped a over dense, lofi Portishead groove. The strings and horns give it a bit of a Handsome Boy Modelling School feel. (huh?)

John Martyn – Glory Box – Tune Of The Week

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

Portishead – Half Day Closing – Tune Of The Week

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.

Check the track in the vid below or you can watch the whole show here