I clearly have no idea what Dubstep music is. Can anyone enlighten me? This, apparently, is dubstep. I image it to be significantly more energetic and raucous than this. But you live and learn. Clearly I am nowhere near hip enough to get it.
Anyway, labels matter little to me. All that matters is that I really like it. SBTRKT (like subtract I think), apparently performs in the mask he is sporting in the video above.
This is a little bit bubblegum but it is infectious and hard to dislike. It is a favourite party song, being relentlessly upbeat and catchy. It also has a purity that is sadly missing in more recent music.
Yuck – Get Away
This serves as an interesting contrast with yesterday’s post. I really liked it because it had a completely fresh sound. This is also a new song that I have been enjoying by new (by me anyway) band. But what I like about this is it’s familiar feel. It reminds me of Ash, The Smashing Pumpkins and being a teenager. Hearing a new song I love is always thrilling but it can be stimulating in many different ways.
One thing I don’t like however is the band’s name. Yuck? What the hell kind of name is that? GET A REAL NAME.
This is just fresh. I haven’t been so excited by a song for a while. It is energetic, rich and textured, and I think the video is great. It kind of reminds me of Jai Paul, in that the sound is so bold and brimming with modernity.
I hope you enjoy it as much as I have been over the past few days (while not distracted by Glastonbuty).
Eels – Susan’s House
The last of my 3 Glastonbury posts, Eels are playing tonight. They are a bit of blast from the past for me. Susan’s House is taken from Beautiful Freak, which was one of the very first records I ever bought. I loved this track, it is so mellow and filled with strange and meandering lyrics, I found it captivating.
People say that back then, she really wasn’t that crazy.
Primal Scream – Loaded
Another Glastonbury post. These guys TORE IT UP last night on the other stage. I wish I had been there (maybe without the mud).
Taken from the seminal Screamadelica album. Emerging from the Acid House scene of the late 80’s these guys were one of the bands that paved the way for Britpop bands that were to follow. This, however, is much richer than much of the music that produced era produced.
DJ Shadow – Midnight in a perfect world
Glastonbury Festival is on this weekend so I thought I would post 3 songs by artists playing there. DJ Shadow is a pioneer of this genre of music and I found Endtroducing to be captivating when I discovered it a few years after it’s release. It is otherworldly and rich – a very rewarding listen.
The Source featuring Candi Staton – You’ve got the love
My fad for Britpop has moved into a fixation with club classics. This tune is ALL TIME. The vocal is stunning, making the hairs on the back of my neck stand on end whenever I hear it.
Dennis Brown – Money in my pocket
Classic tune from the crown prince of reggae. It may be my favourite reggae tune of all time. I love how mellow it is, it always puts me in a relaxed mood.
Herman Dune – Tell me something I don’t know
I wanted to post something fresh today after a few days of classic tunes. This song is interesting for having style icon Don Draper (Jon Hamm) in the video. I wish I could be 1% as cool as him.
I also always find something quaint and charming about the slightly stilted way that foreign (Herman Dune are French) bands sing in English. For this phenomenon, also see Phoenix and Napoleon.