‘Dear God 2.0’ is the lead single from The Roots eagerly anticipated 9th studio album How I Got Over. The track re-imagines the Monsters Of Folk original and features Yim Yames from My Morning Jacket, Conor Oberst and Mike Mogis from Bright Eyes and M. Ward. The last album was absolutely fantastic and this has the appetite well and truly whet.
Big fan of With Love And Squalor in 2005, less a fan of follow-up Brain Thrust Mastery, do you see where this is going? Actually the first taster from their new album is pretty good and has renewed my interest somewhat even it does sound a little like Inspiral Carpets.
Your Future Our Clutter is what seems like The Fall’s millionth album (actually 28th). The amazing part is they still sound fresh and never fail to impress under the stewardship of lead man Mark E Smith and this track falls soundly into that category. The late great John Peel’s description of them being “always different, always the same” is certainly apt.
‘The Roamer’ is the first single from Be It Right Or Wrong, the follow-up to RSAG’s Organic Sampler, again instituted is Kilkenny man Jeremy Hickey’s DIY ethic which sees him perform entirely by himself. On this evidence there has been a minor change of tact to a softer less abrasive sound.
Akala’s third studio album DoubleThink reaffirms his position as one of the most articulate, intelligent and talented MC’s on the planet tackling racism, sexism, religion, the futility of ‘celebrity’ without missing a beat; offering an alternative to the macho gun and bling orientated mainstream of Hip-Hop. This album is more experimental and forward thinking than previous releases with the concept inspired by novels like George Orwell’s ‘1984’, as a result many of the songs deliver a dystopian vision of the future.
What makes this album so significant and important is the lyrics and perfect delivery, Akala utilises every breath to sound his insightful and meaningful message, sometimes agitated, angry, hopeful but always passionate, clear and brutally honest. Musically he continue to plough his own furrow refusing to be pigeonholed strictly within the grime genre successfully fusing it with electro and rock, no mean feat as many an artist has failed to blend these utterly different styles, all adding purveyed self belief that he can overcome any obstacle or societal oppression.
Akala is a refreshing and thought-provoking voice, let’s hope he’s not the only one.
I’m thrilled to bring you the first ever mix specially crafted for the readers of barrygruff. The mix comes straight from the hands of my good mate Gavin Elsted of SEBP fame (see I know people) and is the result of a chat over a few pints in our local watering hole in Newbridge when I began this blogging malarky, there’s a wee bit of added hometown pride with this too.
It clocks in at a cool 39 minutes loaded with super fantastic tunes including personal favourites, Alex Metric’s remix of ‘Stylo’ oh yeah. It’s been playing here all day and I’m really, really getting a buzz from this – shame on me for forgetting how brilliant Kill Bill Vol. 4 is, just the thing to brighten up your Sunday!
I Want You – Gary Low
Stylo (Alex Metric Remix) – Gorillaz
NASA – Futurecop
Parisian Goldfish – Flying Lotus
Fancy Footwork – Chromeo
Kill Bill Vol. 4 – Modeselektor
Tenderoni (MSTRKRFT Remix) – Chromeo
Standing in the Way of Control (Soulwax remix) – The Gossip
Battlestations (Jape Edit) – Fight Like Apes
Heartbreaker – MSTRKRFT
Diana Won’t – Dimlite
Belfast’s Not Squares are certainly a band on the rise. Freshly signed to The Richter Collective, probably the most exciting and interesting label in Ireland at the minute, they released the single Asylum earlier in the year. So with a Glastonbury appearence in the bag this week they have gone one better again with ‘Release the Bees’, simply a 7.59 monstourous shuddering beast of a track – the video is pretty ‘epic’ stuff too. More please.
I wouldn’t be a big fan of either Radiohead or Jay-Z but mash them together and add a dash of brilliance from producer Max Tannone, the man behind Mos Dub, and you have yourself a winner. The album came out last year but this excellent and stylish video produced and directed by Jason Cacioppo has just been released. If you like what you hear you can pick up the full mash-up album Jaydiohead for free.
I first became aware of Mondkopf via Nialler9 who aptly proclaimed him the “bastard child of Moderat and M83′, I’d be inclined to agree. The 23 year-old French producer is certainly a rising star and last years impressive Galaxy of Nowhere cemented his status, with a new EP on the way for release in July it’s likely you will be hear lots more about this guy.
The EP is full of crunchy beats and complex orchestrations and you can here it below, any odds on an Electric Picnic performance?
Arcade Fire need little introduction, I loved Funeral but had more mixed relationship with Neon Bible which was probably more to do with me rather than them. Anyway Zane Lowe debuted two songs from forthcoming 12″(he’s making a habit of this sort of thing) while it’s also been announced via their website third album The Suburbs will be released on August 2nd.
‘The Suburbs’ is pretty much what we’ve come to expect from them with really catchy piano lead, it will be running around your head all day. ‘Month of May’ meanwhile is much more intriguing with its uncharacteristic urgent punk vibe, it even has the 1,2,3,4’s, a la Rodney Trotters attempts at music with Mental Mickey. It’s certainly different but I’m liking it!
Third album The Suburbs will be released on August 2nd (UK) /3rd (US). You can pre-order it here.