On the September 8th the wonderful and enigmatic Karen O of the Yeah Yeah Yeahs will release her debut solo album with Crush Songs. This first track from this is ‘Rapt’. A little taste of what is to come in September at just under two minutes. In those two minutes, the song is a single strung out and muted and in a gentle affair with a subtle riff. Over this is Karen’s highly distinguishable vocal which conveys intimacy, narration and distant ecstasy. A simple and basic track that is a small window into what Karen and the new album is capable of.
Karen O – Rapt
Lily Allen – As Long As I Got You
The Gaslight Anthem – Get Hurt
The Drums – Magic Mountain
Bleached – Poison Ivy
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Tagged As long as i got you, Bleached, Get Hurt, Karen O, Lily Allen, Magic Mountain, Music Video, Poison Ivy, Rapt, The Drums, The Gaslight Anthem, Yeah Yeah Yeahs
In 1977 there was a guy wondering around the streets of Islington and other parts of London, who went under the name of Elvis… Costello. Not only did such a bold name choice draw attention to Declan MacManus but at that time, such a name may have got you in trouble with all of the Rotten’s and Vicious’ hanging about. He wasn’t Punk and he wasn’t Disco so of course he was part of the New Wave and ‘Watching the Detectives’ from his debut album My Aim is True is encapsulates the musical edge the genre had at the time. This track is built around a reggae bass line and main stop/start riff. This is emphasised by the occasional bursts of New Wave vigour at the end of the chorus before sliding back into it’s darker tones. The isolated and haunting backing vocals and set behind Costello’s sinister and sort of blasé delivery of what are quite sinister and dark lyrics. At the it’s most uneasy moments, the song is more bare on instrumentals parts and is left with deliberate empty spaces to just hammer the pint home and heighten the senses of what you have left. A living and breathing track from one of the great British albums and artists.
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Tagged 1977, Elvis Costello, Islington, London, My Aim Is True, New Wave, Paddington, Punk, Reggae, The Attractions, Watching the Detectives
alt – J – Hunger of the Pine
Jenny Lewis – Just One of the Guys
Spoon – Do You
Lykke Li – Gunshot
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Tagged Alt J, Anne Hathaway, Do You, Gunshot, Hunger of the Pine, Jenny Lewis, Just one of the guys, Kritsten Stewart, Lykke Li, Music Video, Spoon
AMP Live is a producer from the acclaimed hip hop group Zion I, who is already known for being a highly accomplished programmer, producer and arranger. He’s releasing he debut UK album in Headphone Concerto on August 4th and in anticipation of this he has released the single ‘Run Back’ from the album which features Saint Tiimbre. The close and trembling string samples open the track to be joined by the small rotation of the tracks guitar loops and then the click beat to tie it all up. Once the instrumentals are tied down then the they can expand and change their form as they do along with the sweeping and airy vocal too, that is rotated itself next to the drowned out and dragged out vocal behind it. A refined and laid back track that is more intricate than you think.