I was listening to a radio show where no less than John Peel (what a hero) suggested these guys were the best live act he had ever seen. Wow! High praise indeed, and who am I to argue? They certainly are very pleasing on the ear.
They hail from Zimbabwe and remind me a little of my boysNguuni Lovers Lovers (still the BEST video of the year), possessing that classic African sound – a little tinny, a lot joyous.
Common featuring Joy Denalane – Go!
This is taken from one of my favourite hip hop albums of recent years, Common’s Be. This is a remix of the most prominent single off the album and features the German singer Joy Denalane. The song is smooth and funky.
Common is rapper who has made a lot of music I like. He tends to have something clever and interesting to say (even if that isn’t all that obvious here) on records which are full of great beats.
I spent a very enjoyable evening in my brother’s company last night at RMA Sandurst. As such, I wanted to post a song containing a clever pun. Alas I had already posted Elvis Costello, The Jam and Bjork ruling out Oliver’s Army, The Eton Rifles and Army of me and I couldn’t come up with anything else. Feel free to help me out.
I will have to make do with this in stead. I have been very much enjoying it all week after stumbling across it whilst surfing on youtube. I knew nothing about the band, but I love the track – slow-burning and quiet yet compelling.
This is the second cover version I have posted this week. This also takes a song from a different era and completely turns it on it’s head. The original actually has a certain cheesy charm (the video is certainly pretty awesome) but I like the stripped back quality of this version. It sounds heartfelt and honest.
Also, how Irish does this geezer look?
The Steelers – Get it from the bottom
This is again going some way to redressing the relative lack of soul music I have posted recently. It is classic Chicago soul, and everything I want from this type of record – pure, both in melody and theme, funky and energetic.
But I decided on this for it’s energy and for nostalgia’s sake. The only slight knock is the slightly self-indulgent instrumental interlude, but otherwise it is a triumph. It is a classic cover version in that it takes a song, gives it a completely different slant and breathes new life into it. I can’t imagine there would have been too many Stranglers fans digging Burt Bacharach prior to this!
Al Green – Tired of being alone
I have been thinking I need to put some more soul music up here. Had a long chat about all things soul on Saturday night and it made me realise I had been neglecting the genre of late.
The Reverend Al Green is a beast! He has led an interesting life and still found time to make some amazing music. This is silky smooth and a big favourite of mine.
Many moons ago when I was in Memphis (dream come true) I visited the church where Al Green is pastor (yes, that is a moustache).
For me,this is one of the finest examples of the genre. Catchy and energetic, it is typical of Blur who served as a lighter contrast to the more moody and energetic music coming out of the north at the same time. The opening line is an all time great.
Streets like a jungle so call the police…
I was reminded of how awesome the video is when I saw it on TV recently, it works with the song perfectly. Also, Damon Albarn looks impossible young and impish in it.
Minnie Ripperton – Inside my love
This is silky smooth and sultry. It is just what I need to soothe me this evening as I try to regain some equilibrium after the weekend’s excesses.
Wilco – I might
This is taken from Wilco’s latest album The Whole Love. It has infected my brain for the past few days. It is just a school old school classic rock’n’roll song.
The album cover of their record Yankee Hotel Foxtrot adorned my roommate’s wall when I was in Berkeley. I subsequently got to the see building in Chicago. It’s a pretty cool sleeve: