I don’t know too much about Portland band Shy Girls having discovered them very recently but I have very much enjoyed their smooth 90’s R’n’B influenced sound.
This was a track that I randomly stumbled across on YouTube. I couldn’t help but click on the link once I spotted the band’s name. I literally know nothing about them. Can anyone help?
Anyway, it feels like a suitably smooth way to kick off the week.
I am still utterly infatuated with the beguiling Slow Machete who I posted a couple of weeks ago. This is taken from the 2012 album Evening Dust Choir.
My musical fads seem to come in three forms of late: Soul, Hip Hop or African. Recently I definitely seem to have been captivated by the latter and I haven’t felt so invigorated in a while. There is something really fresh and raw about world music.
Malawi Mouse Boys must be the best band name I have heard in a long time. This track is taken from their debut album He is #1, which was released last year. It is every bit as joyous as I could hope and with a great video to match.
Malawi Mouse Boys – He is #1:
Classic 80’s track from Liverpool band A Flock of Seagulls (what a great name!). There is some pretty special style on display in the video too.
A Flock of Seagulls:
Classic early-70’s track from funk heroes Sly and The Family Stone. It’s so smooth I almost can’t bear it!
Sly and The Family Stone:
Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic Zeros playing a live version of Man on Fire from their 2012 record Here. It is taken from the Bloody Sunday Sessions which is a New Orleans based series of musical performances.
Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic Zeros:
Having posted Jay-Z earlier in the week, it seems fitting to post Destiny’s Child who featured Beyoncé AKA Mrs.Carter his better half.
The other reason they have been on my mind is that they LIT IT UP at halftime during the Super Bowl on Sunday night. In small doses I am an utter sucker for razzmatazz. It feels really strange to say this but I was struck by how it is of “my time” which made me feel properly old.
My final point is that Destiny’s Child must be right up there with TLC as one of the best all time names for group of this (or perhaps any) genre.
If you ain’t runnin’ game say my name, say my name…
Naught by nature* – Hip hop hooray (GPF)
This isn’t too substantial but it is an old fashioned party tune. A hip hop banger from New Jersey’s Naughty by nature, which I think is a pretty amazing name for a band.