Squadda B - 2012 (Feat. Robbie Rob)
This is basically amazing. My favourite hip-hop song in a long time…including Kanye’s last album. A case of the sum being greater than the parts, what I love about 2012 - the second half particularly- is that it has the atmosphere of classic 90s West Coast hip-hop like Pharcyde and Souls of Mischief. Tremendous fun to rap along to if you don’t mind sounding completely off your...
Dodos - Black Night
Dodos’ Visiter was one of my favourite albums of 2008. Raw, a bit schizophrenic and thoroughly excellent. Its follow up Time To Die felt like a sanitised version of the band - not quite a misstep but missing some of the jagged edges that made Visiter such a welcome surprise. Black Night brings back the rawness while keeping some of the better aspects of Time To Die - namely richer...
Braids - Native Speaker
Zzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzz (in a good way). Braids “Native Speaker” by aalbert83 The rest of the album, Native Speaker, is very enjoyable too. See: Braids - Lemonade by H+ Records
Jeans Wilder - Tough Guys
The last few months have been very good for swearing in music. A new trend of disguising threats and abuse by singing them everso sweetly has come to prominence. Here we get “You’re such a motherfucking tough guy….” If you like swearing you’ll love it. You’ll also love it if you like (very) lo-fi pop with nice melodies. Jeans Wilder - Tough Guys by...
On Shuffle: Sunset Rubdown - Stadiums and Shrines...
Wolf Parade announced they were going on an ’indefinite hiatus’ at the end of November last year. I’ll read that as ‘we’re splitting up but we still quite like each other’. In truth it’s not that surprising - in recent years the band had increasingly felt like a side project for its two songwriters Spencer Krug and Dan Boeckner rather than the main focus...
Purity Ring - Ungirthed
Yeah, I know. Glitchy synth-pop and cut up vocals. It sounds familiar - everybody’s doing it. BUT BUT BUT. BUT! If you want an example of how it should be done, you won’t find many better than this. Ungirthed by PURITY RING Here’s a link to a ‘Not Safe For Work’ video clip if you want it. (You do).
Cass McCombs - County Line
Cass McCombs is great. This song off his new album, WIT’S END (his caps, not mine), is great. Everything is GREAT. Cass McCombs - County Line by DominoRecordCo Typically understated, soulful and generally gorgeous. Doesn’t he look like Robert Smith from The Cure on that new promo shot?