Monthly Archives: March 2013

Birds of Tokyo* – This Fire

I enjoyed the energy here. There is something youthful and vigorous that grabbed me even though it probably isn’t the typical sort of thing that I like.

This fire, this fire, this fire. We lit it…

Birds of Tokyo are from Western Australia and this is taken from their recently released album March Fires.

Birds of Tokyo:

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*Artist #625

Cornershop* – Brimful Of Asha (Norman Cook Mix) | (GPF)

This is just so ’97! The intro is still one of the most infectious I can think of and within a few bars I am always transported back to happy schooldays trying to workout what a “Brimful of Asha” was. (Apparently it is a tribute to Indian singer Asha Bhosle.)

Have a great weekend. I am off to see Homeboy Sandman tomorrow night at The Sugar Club. Should be a fun night, I’ll let you know how I get on. March is proving to be quite a musical month so far.

Brimful of Asha:

Brimful of Asha/RjK

*Artist #623

Laura Mvula* – Green Garden | (NAT)

A friend sent me this earlier in the week. Initially, I dismissed it as not my kind of thing but slowly its infectious beat has crept into my brain. Also, it has a rather hypnotic video to match. All in all it rather reminds me of the Solange track I was (guiltily) obsessed by last year.

Laura Mvula is British singer, who is originally from Birmingham. This track is taken from her debut album Sing to the Moon which was released a few days ago.

Laura Mvula:

Laura Mvula/RjK

*Artist #622

Glen Hansard and Markéta Irglová* – Falling Slowly

I went to see Once last night at the Gaiety (it has been a rather musical few days for me). and enjoyed it. As ever, doing something cultural was good for my soul.

This song is taken from the film version which was released about five years ago. It wouldn’t usually be the kind of thing that moves me but I enjoyed it in the context of the musical. This would probably be a fair summary of my take on it – greater than the sum of its parts.


*Artist #621

Linnea Olsson* – Dinosaur

An old friend was in Dublin over the weekend. Given that he is a fellow musical obsessive I wanted to take him to see a gig. I consulted The Nialler9 Gig Guide and spotted this lady was playing. When I read her description as a “Swedish fantasy-pop cellist” you might say I was rather intrigued.

Despite a healthy dose of skepticism on both our parts I have to say it was rather great. There was perhaps the largest difference between expectation and reality for any gig I can remember. She really brought it! One particular highlight was an excellent cover version of Unfinished Sympathy by Massive Attack.

Interesting video here, it has a little of Darwin Deez about it.

Linnea Olsson:

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*Artist #620

Julianna Barwick* – Pacing

This is perfect for a Monday morning. I had a great weekend which was filled with excellent music (more of that later in the week). This is helping me to recover from those endeavours and soothing my racing mind.

Julianna Barwick is a Brooklyn-based artist with an ambient, experimental sound that reminds me a bit of other blog favourites Grouper or tUnE-yArDs which is pretty solid sonic company to keep.

Julianna Barwick:

Julianna Barwick


*Artist #619

Russ Chimes* – Midnight Club EP (Part 2: Tertre Rouge)

Guest Blogger Dom Ayliffe has his finger on the pulse of the dance scene…

Russ Chimes is one of my favourite music producers. I’ve seen him bring his brand of 80’s inspired up-tempo electro dance to grateful club revellers on dance floors large and small, from London to Ibiza. He’s a guy who really knows how to use the tools in his belt to work a beat under your skin and get you moving. A master craftsman of the remix and second to none, in my opinion, at working up to a multi-layered, high-energy ‘drop’ that makes you feel as if you’re dancing on the wings of an aircraft taking off.

I also think this video has a really cinematic and creative vibe about it. ‘Memento’ meets ‘Drive’. This is part 2 of 3 – check out 1 and 3 if you like what you see and hear.

Russ Chimes:

Russ Chimes


*Artist #618