Premiered on Abiano, and featured all over the place since, it’s future star Kid Krule (aka Archy Marshall, formerly Zoo Kid) remixing The Street’s classic for the tenth anniversary of the release of Original Pirate Material.
A beautiful understated, floating effort that loses none of the frustrated energy that made Mike Skinner great at his best.
….and this is why you need to hear Kid Krule. Whether it’s your thing or not, it’s certainly an interesting sound.King Krule- The Noose of Jah City by truepanther
…and in further name change news, Krule’s buddy Lecs Luther has had his claim to the name challenged and is now going under Reggie Snow, check the facebook.
The kinda weekly-ish post of the best few tracks around.
Hip-hop and disco-house heavy today, as it has been of late. Gearing up for a hot-ass summer in the city, chillin’ by day and dancing by night. For reals like, and all that.
The rainy rural west of Ireland isn’t known for it’s cosmopolitan disco but a few brave souls have been flying the flag over the years, Disconauts and the lads at 110th St. in particular, and now, one half of the Street, Cyric Briscoe has arrived with his debut production, along with Aisling Kelly. This deep and satisfying slow jam has me hungry to hear more. Free download on the bandcamp.
I must give props to my friend Byron for turning me on to a lot of this new disco, house kinda stuff. I’ve been raiding his facebook page of late for quality electronics. Maxxi is a Brighton based producer who’s taking the 808 sound to new levels. Can you feel it??!B1. There’s No Love by Maxxi Soundsystem
A 35-member collective of likeminded folk based around three main players, Fuzzface aka Portishead’s Geoff Barrows, 7-Stu-7 (producer and engineer at Invada Records) and Katalyst (partner at Invada).
Quakers, their debut is out March 27th and features a ridiculously talented cast. Read more over at Stones Throw.Quakers - Smoke feat. Jonwayne by Stones Throw Records
The very idea of Irish hip-hop is often disparaged in Ireland, perhaps down to an expectation of glamourised faraway ghettos, not the bad areas of cities we know. People say they “can’t take the accents seriously”, possibly because what the media portrays from inner cities are toothless junkies, maniac gangland criminals and woeful caricatures, not articulate people with ears for quality sounds. Have a listen to Costello and Lethal Dialect and make your own mind up.
Oh oh oh, summertime laxidazy hip-hopping from Cities Aviv. Digital Lows is of the releases of recent times.
I’ve only recently come around to Spiritualized, but this 9 minute jangle epic and the harrowing video that accompanies it has me on the edge of my seat and wide awake.
Sweet Heart, Sweet Light out April 16th on Double Six.
Video Directed by AG Rojas, starring Tyra Sanchez.Spiritualized ‘Hey Jane’ by Spiritualized
There’s a super blog post on the way, with Scottish electronic indie, some lovely noise rock and some west of Ireland disco.
For the moment, there’s Rollerskate Skinny. If you don’t know this band, you do now.
Pretty reader, Rollerskate Skinny. Rollerskate Skinny, pretty reader.
It goes on and on, yet another beautiful remix of a track from the mighty Azari & III’s debut album.Azari & III — Reckless With Your Love (AXXE Irresponsible Karaoke Edit) by AXXE
Every day I need a “don’t you fucking dare whine” story. Today I got two.
The first, an abridged story, printed in The Guardian about the only man ever to escape a North Korean prison camp.
The other, an upcoming documentary about “Tempt” aka Tony Kwan, an LA graffiti artist with Lou Gehrigs disease (Amyotrophic lateral sclerosis). Though rendered completely paralyzed, he has begun to write and paint again, thanks to pioneering new technology.
Another playlist time!!!
If anyone’s about London town tomorrow night and fancies hearing some of this kinda thing along with pepperings of Talking Heads, Husker Du, Chic and De La Soul, come along to Catch in Shoreditch, I’ll be behind the ones and twos trying to impress the beautiful folk behind the bar, and maybe you too, if you’re lucky ;)
Here’s the latest, click through to youtube for the full fiddy in a row:
10 Damu the Fudgemunk Hole Up feat Raw Poetic by Le.Lavomatik
Lecs Luther[Alex Chiedu] - Dia Dhuit by FirstSecond Label
Off My Mind by Moon Boots
THEESatisfaction - QueenS by subpop
And here are some of the tracks included:
And here’s the latest mix, I likes it a lot:thediscohousehopmix by Josh Clarke
….hope you enjoy the tunes, and if you’re about hope you make it along tomorrow x
The State of Pop address from Bruce.
“There is no right way, no pure way of doing it. There is just doing it,” he said. “We live in a post-authentic world. Today authenticity is a house of mirrors. It’s all just what you are bringing when the lights go down, its your teachers, your influences, your personal history. At the end of the day it’s the power and the purpose of your music that still matters.”
Londoneures. Irish in Britain. Followers of fun. Lovers of good music. Fans of the sup. Weekend warriors. Devotees of St. Patrick. Hear me now!
Werewolf Promotions have compiled a weekend o’ fun for St. Patrick’s Weekend in London. Here’s how it breaks down:
FRIDAY, MARCH 16th (with London Irish Centre)
£8 (tickets) (UPDATE!! Just as I posted this we sold our last ticket. Friday for Whipping Boy is SOLD OUT!)
Whipping Boy are Irish legends. You will often find their 1995 release Heartworm feature in top Irish albums of all time lists.
Dead School, hard-as-nails rock n’ roll from Cork.
Tieranniesaur are the funkiest band ever to come out of Ireland. Their debut was nominated for Choice Music album of the year and deservedly so.tieranniesaur by tieranniesaur
The Old Queens Head, Islington
Free in, all dayer (1pm - 6pm)
A medley of wonderful Irish pop music with …
… the aforementioned Tieranniesaur
… and the superb Grand Pocket Orchestra whose latest album, Ronald and Sylma is a treat for the ears.
The Old Blue Last, Shoreditch
Free in, 8 til late.
Dead School, Tieranniesaur and Grand Pocket Orchestra back again, along with …
… the unsettling menace that is The Brownies.03 The Brownies by Secret Underneath Tendril
…and the gutter pop punk sounds of Ill Murray!
As the lads in the ad say, this is gonna be great! I’ll be DJing at the Saturday show, do pop up and say hello! x
If, like me, you missed “You Ain’t Seen Nothing Yet”, “Owner Of A Lonely Heart”, “Since You’ve Been Gone” or any of the myriad of cleanly overdriven powerpop gems from the late 70’s and 80’s, well my friend, our time as come.
As I write, dawn is breaking in London, I’m about to get on the train for another day at work. This kind of sugary positivity is just what I needed.
First sound of Free Energy since their blistering debut Stuck On Nothing, in 2010.
Love Sign is their new one, coming soon. Check em out at SXSW (if you’re going, you lucky sod)
“Sounds like: Everybody high fiving everybody”, from their myspace back when still gives me a chuckle. They were immense live at Electric Picnic 2010 too.
Space-age sex music. Musically, vocally and production-wise the sounds coming from this Cardiff guy are spot on. More please!
It looks like a Channel 4 indent on industrial grade hallucinogenics. It premiered on NPR today. Amazonico Gravitante is the Argentinian’s debut. I’m told it is a textured mix of dance music and Latin styles. Going on this I’m going to get myself a copy right away.
Finally, a meandering space-disco epic from this Norwegian four-piece. Another track I’ve been unable to ignore of late. Hear the track, then listen to their entire second album, 120 Days II as a continuous piece. Released last week it’s further testament to the quality of dance music as a whole at the moment. Roll on summertime.
Lest we forget how great The Boss is.