In 2011 I went through a real phase of discovering Australian music that got me excited. I was reminded of this fact while sitting beside two scary members of the Aussie boxing team on a flight from Istanbul to Dublin yesterday. Also, it got me thinking that I haven’t heard anything from Down Under in ages that moved me.
This isn’t new but I really liked it at the time and never got around to posting it. The Bamboos are from Melbourne and this is taken from their excellent 2010 album 4.
I was reminded of this great soul track today and finding the awesome video (how fresh are those matching jackets?) was simply a bonus. The album version is here. The Persuaders were from New York City and were Atlantic Records stalwarts.
This is one of my favourite hip hip tracks. I can remember recording it onto a cassette from the radio and being utterly beguiled by it’s mellow, hypnotic sounds. Still to this day if I am feeling a little agitated (which is more often than I would like) it is one of the first tracks I think of to put me back on an even keel.
I have been meaning to post it for ages but especially since posting Mos Def a few weeks back. It is taken from his excellent 1999 debut album Black on Both Sides.
Mos Def – Black on Both Sides:
I don’t know too much about these guys but I heard this track on the radio recently and it knocked me out. I loved the upbeat, dreamy sound.
From what I can tell Tree! are an multimedia art collective (whatever that means) from San Francisco and this track is taken from their recently released Demons EP which is a collaboration with Beat Culture.
Tree – Demons:
My guilty pleasures really seem to revolve around late-70’s/early -80’s funk at the moment. I guess it’s a rich era in which to delve.
This gem is taken from girl group High Inergy’s 1977 debut album Turnin’ On.
I stumbled across this track while meandering through YouTube links earlier in the week. It is taken from Parisian DJ (or “Synth Magician” accoring to RA) dÉbruit’s 2009 EP Spatio Temporel.
I really love it’s contemporary take on that classic world music sound.
CjK Guest Post – Summer Cover #12
When you think about ‘Black Magic Woman’ I suspect you do not think about Fleetwood Mac. This song was written by Peter Green that first appeared as a Fleetwood Mac single in various countries in 1968. In 1970, it became a classic hit by Santana, as sung by Gregg Rolie, on their Abraxas album. The outstanding guitar work and slinky vocals on this make it everyone’s go to version.
I was reminded of this track over the weekend and I was surprised to find that I hadn’t already featured it, having focusing my previous Bobby Womack post on his excellent 2012 album The Bravest Man in the Universe.
This was a track that I discovered during while binging on Hip Hop over the weekend. I hadn’t hear of the band before but I really enjoyed it’s simple hook and languid rhymes.
Shadez of Brooklyn:
This track, from North Carolina native Lee Fields, has been running about my mind for the past couple of weeks. Given that it is taken from Faithful Man, which was released last year, I really enjoyed it’s classic soul sound. It could easily have been recorded in Hitsville USA in it’s pomp.