June 2, 2009
Playlist: Don't take this moment from me.
A very random and very sultry picture of Nick Hoult
Some recommended songs I've been playing a lot (I mean that - this is not a PR moment!).
Little Boots Not Now
Donatella sleeps in satin couture and Victoria throws away a single-worthy track. But at least the Americans get something those greedy Brits do not, which makes it all the better. This one makes me dream of Los Angeles, where it was surely created. It's worthy for the line: "And how I laughed when some old man / Said that you looked like Duran Duran" not to mention an arsenal of handclaps, ooohs, tinkly Madonna bells and driving bass. Exclusive to her US EP Illuminations, out June 9, via US iTunes
Update: Stereogum streams Not Now.
Black Eyed Peas Meet Me Halfway
I know, I know. I know. Every time I like a Fergie song, I feel a part of my soul being slurped down the dumper. But really, legendary children, this song is great. I love how she sings the line "I can't go any further than this" - it's so disco G-L-A-MOROUS. Timpani make me tear up, as do the big analog synths in the final minute. On iTunes, but hear it here.
Erik Hassle Make It In Time
I've been playing lush lipped Erik's debut constantly. His voice is so young on this one, but he creates the most effortlessly catchy and sweet music. How did he learn to do this? I particularly love how this tune, the album closer, saves its finest section for the last 60 seconds. This final "might not make it in time" vamp is a piece of doo-woppy genius. Sweden rules.
Fibes, Oh Fibes! Love Child
I keep thinking of that line from David Hare's epic Plenty: "Ingmar Bergman is not a bloody Norwegian, he is a bloody Swede!"But that has nothing to do with this tune, which sounds like it was recorded at a chaotic party. It mainlines joy, simple as that. Video
Jack Peñate Body Down
Jack's new work has a very particular sound. It really breathes. There is a lot of reverb and group vocals - and Jack channeling Robert Smith of The Cure. Body Down is chanty and weird - nice backward vocals weaving in and out - but it's the kind of track that haunts you. The end is like an old Doors song, a description I have never used before. The album this is lifted from, Everything Is New (out 6/22), is a big surprise. It'll probably sell ten copies, but it is very, very good and a mercifully correct 10 tracks. He is touring the UK in late June...
Jimmy Somerville Hanging On The Telephone
A new cover from his Suddently Last Summer album, just out on iTunes worldwide. I have to admit I made a big play (for me) to talk to Jimmy for the magazine and it was not meant to be. Which bothers me b/c it should have been! Anyway, this is a melancholy ballad version of a very old Nerves song you may know more as done by Blondie. Jimmy's voice remains just as pure all these years on. iTunes US
Chaka Khan This Is My Night oldie of the week
You know this song is going to be great from all the sighing on the moody synth intro. It was recorded in 1983 and has that squizzy, beepy sound that Tracey Thorn lifted a few years back for her solo record. A funky soul sister to another fave of this era, The Pointer Sisters kick ass Dare Me. Easy to find...