Monday, May 10, 2010

MP3 blog 2010/05/10

blog 2010/05/10 - oh man, it's been a while!

So sorry for being so absent.  What's it been?  Months?  years?  Well there's no real way of telling.
All that's important is that I'm back.  Did you miss me?
Let's get down to business.
Funky business.

Ghostape - Many Stars (Ste Mix)
Nuuro - Avila:  As has been the habit for a bit, let's start with some gems from a compilation and sneak them in at the top of the playlist.
"You Will Know Us By the Trail Of Avant Pop" has to be the best comp title in a while!  The Ste remix here is a sweet pop chopup number.  And Nuuro rocks the autotune for it's appropriate robo purposes.

Awol One and Factor - Stand Up ft Myka 9 & Aesop Rock:  From the album "Owl Hours", a great chorus and even an Aesop Rock verse.  I haven't been feeling much Awol One in the past few years, but this track is hot.
Kosheen - Guilty (Plastician Remix):  I was a bit shocked to enjoy the latest Kosheen, but lo', the vox are damn sexy and reminiscent of 15-year-old Portishead.  The slick Plastician beat acts as a perfect mood-setter.

LCD Soundsystem - Dance Yrself Clean
LCD Soundsystem - Home:  Big news in the rock dance scene!  The new LCD Soundsystem is called "This Is Happening" and many of you will be very excited.  OK, point of warning:  Average song length is somewhere between 7 and 8 minutes.   That means if there's a clunker that's getting fuddy-duddy on your mojo, you have a long way to go until it departs.
For me, there's only a few amazing tracks on here.  And I crazy excited for the inevitable remix goodness that will result from this, the deft dancefloor mavens editing down the sprawling prog-dance marathons in to more digestible pop nuggets.
But these two tracks here are pretty fabulous, and if you've ever like an entire LCD Soundsystem album in the past, this is definitely something you HAVE to check out.

Mexicans With Guns - Me Gustó:  HOTNESS!  After seeing the awesome trailer for MACHETE and watching the Vice Guide to Films episode on Narco Cinema, I hereby declare this the coolest new band name.

Mulatu Astatke & The Heliocentrics - Masenqo:  Now this is sex.  A fabulous and enchanting jazz number from the album "Inspiration Information 3".  So sweet!

Richard Skelton - Remaindered
Richard Skelton - The Shape Leaves:  Landings is the new album for 2010, and it just fills me with shivers of delight.  The soundscapes are lush and have the depth of an enchanted forest.  Fans of Ben Frost should fall in love with this, but there's none of the menace that Frost's album portrays. 
Landings takes me in to a private world of mystery and trepidation, but you are curious and vulnerable, not filled with abject terror.  This album is HIGHLY RECOMMENDED, and will have a profound effect on your psychological space.

Samantha James - Waves Of Change:   Ms. James has dropped some sexy vocals over some of hottest vocal jazzy house tracks over the years.  Some might instantly doubt because of yes, she does have the sheen and glow of a happy hardcore vocalist, and could easily pump out some raver singles.  But despite the sheen, despite the autotune, there is a fabulously little sexy song here.

Sun Kil Moon - Si Paloma:  This one goes back to 2003 and the album "Ghosts of the Great Highway", this is an instrumental number that should appeal to fans of The Dirty Three and Jose Gonzalez equally.

The National - Bloodbuzz Ohio
The National - Vanderlyle Crybaby Geeks:  Back with more from The National's High Violet!  You'll be hearing much more about this album as the year chugs on...

The Tallest Man On Earth
- I Won't Be Found (Daytrotter Session):   And we'll end it on this fabulous cut!  One of TTMOE's best songs ever, reworked for piano.  SO. DAMN. GOOD.


Awol One and Factor - Stand Up ft Myka 9 & Aesop Rock
Ghostape - Many Stars (Ste Mix)
Kosheen - Guilty (Plastician Remix)
LCD Soundsystem - Dance Yrself Clean
LCD Soundsystem - Home
Mexicans With Guns - Me Gustó
Mulatu Astatke & The Heliocentrics - Masenqo
Nuuro - Avila
Richard Skelton - Remaindered
Richard Skelton - The Shape Leaves
Samantha James - Waves Of Change
Sun Kil Moon - Si Paloma
The National - Bloodbuzz Ohio
The National - Vanderlyle Crybaby Geeks
The Tallest Man On Earth - I Won't Be Found (Daytrotter Session)

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