Another week’s gone. Sadly, so has another weekend. So let’s bury our heads in the sand at the prospect of another week of work and listen to some music. Here’s what I’ve been listening to over the last seven days…
To start things off, here’s a new song from Animal Farm. It’s got a great chilled, old school jazzy vibe and a cool bassline. It’s pretty conscientious lyrically (well, it’s not rapping about guns and dolla) and the chorus is fly. Oh, it also features Talib Kweli.
From some old-sounding hip-hop to some very contemporary stuff, here’s the lead single off Theophilus London’s debut album Timez Are Weird These Days that’s due to drop on July 19th. It’s a great blend of electronic, indie/rock and rap that’s probably got a legacy in the original mash-up album from Linkin Park and Jay Z. Which, for the record, I liked when it came out. I was about 12/13 though, so I make no apologies for that. Mr London is the master of networking and talking himself up and in that respect this is the perfect single to take us to his album; he introduces himself (once or twice) and isn’t afraid to blow his own trumpet. With any luck the LP will live up to his hype. In the mean time, listen to this and let us know what you think of it. If you like it you can retweet it here and get it for nothing.
Now to move a long way away from rap. The below track is by The Coppertone, which is the name under which Amanda Zelina records. It’s got one of the blues-iest guitar riffs I’ve heard in ages and the singing is spot on. The slight compression on the voice is great. Apparently she started off making pop records, but she has clearly found her calling doing blues. The guitars (which she played) are crunchy all the way through. It comes off the album Hidden Dreams which you can buy off her website. Listen to my favourite track, ‘One Of A Kind’, below.
Sticking with the rock theme, here’s Young The Giant, a California-based band who released their self-titled debut online last year. The first of the two songs below is a noisy, pulsating affair which serves as a reminder that indie-rock is both alive and in rude health. It is nice and pop-y while never crossing into the clichés of crappy pop-rock. With any luck it’ll get some airplay in the UK and push some of the terrible pop music off the air for a bit. Imagine if the Futureheads were from the US, and you’ll get a good idea of what they sound like.
As a Young The Giant bonus, here’s a cover they did of Adele’s ‘Rolling In The Deep’. She has now become the most successful woman ever, or something like that. I think I read she’s better than Madonna, at any rate. In any case, her recent album has been breaking records both sides of the Atlantic and it’s down to songs like this. Young The Giant have done a good cover. It doesn’t do too much with the song, but singer Sameer Gadhia’s vocals on it stand out.
This week we finish with another artist who sent some songs over. It’s a band called Waylayers from East London (they’re the guys in the picture up top). They had a song featured on the Kitsuné 10 Compilation, which is pretty good for a band who have been together for less than two years. It’s pop-y but, in contrast to Young The Giant, they are coming at the genre from an electronic point of view.
The song I’ve chosen has got a catchy riff and a melody that you would definitely be able to hum along to pretty quickly. They count among their friends Tiger Love, who we love. They’ve also been playing shows with Is Tropical, Yelle and a whole bunch of other trendies, to give you an idea of the company they’re keeping. Be sure to check out ‘Fires’, but for now enjoy this. And if you like it pop over to their website to get it for free!