Sorry about the big delay since the last update, I started a new job and have been pretty busy, but I've plenty of new tracks to get stuck into over the next few weeks so check back soon!
The Quantic Soul Orchestra - Pushin' On
This good looking chap is a lad called Will Holland who is also known as Quantic and The Quantic Soul Orchestra and he makes some of the most amazing funk, I don't know how does it, but he manages to get it sounding like it was made 50 years ago (in a good way!) He mixes loads of styles but mainly Soul/Funk and Jazz with some of the best sounding drums I've ever heard on a track. Check out all of his stuff.
Midlake - Roscoe
This is the first track taken from Midlakes amazing 2006 album "The Trials of Van Occupanther." I never really got into it till around the end of 2007 for some reason but after 2/3 listens it just grew and grew and got better each time and I think we all know that's the sign of a great album.... well worth catching.
The Notorious B.I.G. - Juicy
"Fuck all you ho's......" One of the best hip-hop tracks ever.
Bill Withers - Grandma's Hand
Old Bill here is undoubtedly one of the best and most recognisable soul singers of the last 40 years but this amazing song sometimes gets over looked by some people but as soon as they hear it they know they have heard it before...... No Diggity by Blackstreet.
The Clash - Straight To Hell
While we are on the subject of songs being covered, sampled or whatever, see if you can recognise which popular Sri Lankan refugee took the opening riff from this great Clash track and pretty much used it for the basis of her current huge hit?
The Stone Roses - I Wanna be Adored
One of my all time favorite albums is The Store Roses self titled debut. If you ask me to pick my favorite track from it, your going to probably get a different answer depending on my mood because pretty much everyone is ace.
While we are at it you may as well check out Ian Browns new single "Stellify" from his upcoming album "My Way" I'm really digging this track and I just hope his album as good!
Rush - A Passage to Bangkok
I'm going to be totally honest here and say I have not listened to Rush since I was about 14, when I had a little prog rock fad, but I was reminded of them last week when I watched a film called "I Love you, Man" and they pretty much talk about Rush the whole way through the film and it brought it all back. This is not one of their best known tracks but I love it to pieces and I think I may even have it on tape somewhere.
Lisa Mitchell - Neopolitan Dreams
What's this? A runner up of one of those awful pop idol type shows (Australian Idol I'm told) on this overly snobish music blog? Yup, and this is one of the best pop songs I've heard in the last 12 months, no joking. Amazing. Oh and she's a total sell out too as this was used in a washing Detergent advert..... (I truly wish I was good enough at something to sell out...... one day maybe?)
Pixies - Where Is My Mind!
It seems like I pissed a few people off with my (somewhat) blasphemous talk of Husker Du being the start of Grunge in the last update, well just to calm the waters (You're wrong by the way) here is one of the Pixies best tracks, you know the one that's used in that epic final scene from Fight Club. Probably one of the best uses of music in a modern movie.
Massive Attack - Dissolved Girl
There are a few bands that to me remind me of a certain time in my life and remind me of certain events both good and bad, but with Massive Attack they are all good. They are playing here in Dublin in October and I can't wait to see them again. I still think the first time I saw them was almost like a religious experience, I was kinda worried they would be a disappointment as they have such a complex and heavy sound but how wrong I was...... both shows are now sold out, but if you have never seen them live put it on the must-do list.
The New Pornographers - Mass Romantic
I don't really know a huge amount about these guys (and gal I think?) but with a name like that I just had to have a little listen and this song really stood out, the opening riff is a little harsh but the song is very much like a mix of cheap trick, beck and the Pixies which can only be a good thing.
That is Larry Heard (Mr. Fingers) playing in Dublin a while back and I'll be sticking up a few photos from that amazing gig in the next update. I think there may even be an interview floating round as well.
I also wanted to give a shout out to a very cool guy called Tristan who I met recently who has a burgeoning music blog http://tristan-beatsandpieces.blogspot.com/ - check it out and tell him I sent ya!