Wednesday, 29 September 2010

Midweek misc.


Here's a couple of bits n bobs that the week's so far throw at me.

Twin Shadow - I Can't Wait
Like the world needs another Indie/New Wave artist making tracks of the nostalgic, 80's-influenced variety. Well actually, when it's this good, it does. And judging by what I've heard from Brookyln's George Lewis Jr. aka Twin Shadow, I Can't Wait is no fluke either. His debut album, Forget, was released yesterday and, unless that's when you were born, you've probably heard enough of him by now to know it's certainly worth picking up.

Foals - One (Your Name) [Swedish House Mafia Cover]
I featured the Bar9 remix of Foals' Spanish Sahara a week or 2 ago, and now it's the Oxford mathy tech-sters' turn to putting their own Indie/Tropical twist on arguably the electro hit of the summer - Swedish House Mafia's One (Your Name). Taken from BBC's Live Lounge, they do a cracking job with this, maintaining the hook that made the song such a hit in the first place in the form of a guitar riff, while also injection some of their trademark percussion and beats. Up there with Cee-Lo Green's re-working of Band of Horses as cover of the year I reckon.

Chiddy Bang - The Good Life
Extending Kanye's influence from their music to the song title's, The Good Life is also a big feel-good hit set to build upon the 'swell' that Chiddy Bang's caused earlier this year. Another song about how much better his life is than yours, I should hate this dude but with tunes this catchy it makes it hella difficult to.

Nightlands - Suzerain (A Letter to the Judge)
If the last track jolted you awake, then let this number drift you back into that state of relaxation. Nightlands is Philadelphia multi-instrumentalist David Hartley, who started the project as a means of remembering dreams - with the help of a bedside tape recorder. Using spectacular vocal harmonies and thick layers of instrumentation, the track bodes real well ahead of his upcoming debut full-length Forget The Mantra - released on November 8th through the brilliant Secretly Canadian.

Local Natives - Who Knows Who Cares (bretonLABS Remix)
I'm always a little dubious upon hearing remixes of songs that I love, but it was clear within the first minute of this reworking that there was nothing to be worried about. Breton, under their remix moniker bretonLABS have injected a dose of technicality into Local Natives' Who Knows, Who Cares not often associated with Electronic music, while exploring a remarkably broad spectrum of the genre in just 5 minutes. I'm looking forward to hearing more from this lot.

Good job, week.

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