March 1, 2007
Friday Mix: Never stop the action
Four songs that create a mini-mix to take you into your weekend: 2 classics (according to moi), a sweet remix and an edgy new bside.
Bryan Ferry The Right Stuff expired
I bought this album, Bête Noire, when it came out in 1987 - the cover is fantastic. There is something very world music-y about this song, but I can't break it down into elements that would lead to that description. Bryan is the sultan of swing, the king of cool, but I only really like certain songs by him.
Charlotte Gainsbourg Set Yourself On Fire expired
CG is the ultimate Parisian girl. This track is an outtake from her uber-moderne 5:55 album with Air. He burnt his bridges, she burnt her bra...
Grace Jones Slave To The Rhythm expired
In the 70's and early 80's, Grace was vogue. This Trevor Horn collaboration, with a gravitas laden introduction by Ian McShane and bio by Jean Paul Goude, is one of my top ten favorite songs of the 80's. It's 8-and-a-half minutes of glamour packed with a booming male chorus, Chic-esque guitar, gorgeous stabs of orchestral bliss and, of course, Grace intoning both sternly and sexily. It probably works best when driving very fast from the suburbs into the city at night. A bridge and reflected light on water should be involved.
Pet Shop Boys Miracles (Lemon Jelly Mix - XO's edit) expired
My edit of a lovely PSB song whipped into an aural soundscape by the band of Lemon Jelly hippies. There is a thread of synth carrying this that reminds me muchly of the opening M's Bedtime Story. You can't miss it. Clearly one for walking with an iPod.