by: Diego Martínez

February 20, 2012

Here at The WILD, we are sure that our American audience must be lying in bed or somewhere else pretty and calm, celebrating President’s Day without a care in the world. Well, except for maybe one thing: we need spring here ASAP! Though the Sun has graced us with its presence over the past few days, chilly weather still shows its ugly face. There are still far too many weeks in the calendar before the beginning of spring, but that doesn’t mean we can’t count the days ’till that happens.

In the meantime, let’s enjoy this lazy day, even if you are stuck at work, with the WILD playlist, our traditional selection of ten songs, old and new, slow and up-tempo, that will surely keep you company on winter, spring and all seasons.

Here are this week’s music recommendations:

1. The Beautiful South – Song For Whoever
We begin our WILD playlist number 22 with a song that should’ve belonged in our ‘Valentine’s Day’-tinged set. Actually, it should belong in any playlist in any given time. Born out of the ashes of a previously-showcased alternative act in our playlists (The Housemartins), The Beautiful South included this impeccable yet ironic track in their debut 1989 album “Welcome to the Beautiful South”. It is sung from the point of view of a cynical songwriter who romances women solely to get material for love songs. Gently subversive, it is.

2. Lissy Trullie – Madeleine
Former model Lissy Trullie has now emerged as a modern-day Chrissie Hynde, with coolly confident feel, punk foundation, and an ethereal voice. After finding critical acclaim with her debut EP “Self-Taught Learner”, Lissy went to L.A. to collaborate with producers John Hill and David Sitek on the recording of her self-titled full-length album, out April 10th via Downtown Records. The disc’s somber opener “Madeleine” is an extension of her abilities both in the studio and on stage. Look out for her in March, when she’ll take her new music for a spin at SXSW 2012.

3. Good Shoes – Run Away With Me
Brothers Rhys and Tom Jones, Steve Leach and Will Church have been friends since childhood in Morden (UK). Within two years of forming as Good Shoes, they recorded an album with considerable buzz. They are hardly known stateside but as far as we’re concerned, they are a firm example of Brit-Pop in the 21st century. Just listen to the catchy “Run Away With Me” and you’ll understand why they learned from the best.

4. Tennis – Petition
Alaina Moore and Patrick Riley must be the hippest married couple ever to emerge from Denver, Colorado. Their first album, the retro-pop “Cape Dory”, made waves with bloggers and Indie-enthusiastics. As expected, a demand for a second record was laid on the table and so far “Young & Old” has not disappointed anyone. In fact, it has helped them to transcend into rock territory, thanks to the production of The Black Keys’ Patrick Carney. On “Petition”, Moore sounds high and clear with a more tight instrumentation than usual. They are growing, for sure!

5. Blu & Exile – She Said It’s OK
Now for something cool, really cool: a smart rapper and a prime beat maker coming together to make a certain kind of hip-hop that’s beyond just music. In the end, it’s honest art. Blu & Exile released a tape called “Give Me My Flowers While I Can Smell Them”, originally recorded in 2009. The end result might be unfinished, unmixed and unmastered but who cares? The rawness in songs like “She Said It’s OK” works to perfection for that ‘cool’ effect.

6. Gordon Voidwell – XO Boyfriend
It’s been more than a week since Whitney Houston died and frankly, we’re not over it. Way before the sudden story broke, singer Gordin Voidwell teamed up with NYC’s Kids Table production crew to create a music video for his song “XO Boyfriend”, with styling, choreography, set design and photography inspired by Whitney’s memorable “How Will I Know” clip. It comes out just days after her demise, ultimately becoming a nice visual homage to ‘The Voice’. She’d be proud, undoubtedly.

7. The Duncan Sisters – Sadness In My Eyes
Oh the end of love…what a bore and trouble, all at once. There’s always music to remind us that it’s a possibility we’d have to endure sometimes. Disco had them nuggets and this time we deliver one from relatively-unknown sibling duo The Duncan Sisters, who recorded this cheesy but gorgeous dance song in 1979, in the midst of that awful ‘Disco Sucks’ movement. If you think it’s not relevant enough, UK producer Gerry Read included “Sadness In My Eyes” as part of an exclusive mixtape he put together for XLR8R. That’s a lad who does recognize good Disco.

8. Roxy Music – Love Is The Drug (Todd Terje Disco Dub)
Still in the subject of “love”, why need drugs like cocaine or heroin when you can have, well, love? This year, the guys from Roxy Music will celebrate 40 years of the release of their eponymous debut album with a mayor re-issue campaign. Expect their entire 8 studio catalogue in stores with bonus tracks galore. While you’re celebrating with Bryan Ferry and company, enjoy this complementary dub mix of 1975 essential “Love Is The Drug”, by Norwegian DJ and producer Todd Terje. Enough glam to keep you up all night.

9. Martin Solveig – The Night Out (A-Trak Remix)
Martin Solveig is the kind of man you’d like to have in a party. Like David Guetta, he can create some party bangers for the world to enjoy. Unlike Guetta, he can remain still, nodding and not smiling the whole while through, avoiding looking like a perennial idiot. When he’s not collecting credit for some of the work on Madonna’s upcoming CD, Solveig actually has a great career on his shoulders. Plus, he can also collaborate with heavyweights like A-Trak, who remixed “The Night Out” (from 2011′s “Smash”), scheduled for official release in April. Champagne bottles for everyone!

10. Moondog – Pastoral
Moondog sets the final tone for this week’s playlist. And what a character he was. “The Viking of 6th Avenue”, as he was once called, was an accomplished blind musician, composer, poet and inventor of several instruments who decided to make New York City streets his home, wearing clothes based on his own interpretation of the Norse god Thor. He recorded more than a dozen albums in his lifetime, each demonstrating his exceptional talent. We decided to close this set with the beautiful and peaceful “Pastoral”, the closing song from his seventh LP, released in 1971 on Columbia. If you got soul (and if you read this, chances are you do), you’ll be shaken by what this man could do.


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