by: Diego Martínez

April 16, 2012

It’s hard to believe that this is WILD playlist number 30. The big 3-0! 300 songs have made it to this weekly posting and hopefully there will be plenty of more to come in the near future. For now we will refrain of talking about the importance of music and how it affects our lives, trading it for a big THANK YOU to our forever avid readers who make this all possible. Here at The WILD, we believe in ‘word of mouth’, so if you are fan of Music To Start The Week With be sure to share it with your loved ones. The more the merrier, always.

Now it is time to get serious and deliver another set of 10 tracks we discovered and rediscovered from blogs, stached mp3′s and hidden personal vaults. From soft to hectic, here’s this week’s playlist:

1. Angus And Julia Stone – Bella
Starting our sonic wonder are a brother and sister folky duo from Sydney, Australia. Music has always played a part in the lives of Angus & Julia Stone. After years of playing at open mic nights and putting out a trilogy of EP’s, the band released their first full length LP in 2007, A Book Like This. This sweetly-sung tune shows why their delicate acoustic compositions have been played anywhere from 90210 to Pretty Little Liars, Brothers & Sisters and Grey’s Anatomy.

2. Xylos – Summerlong
We bring it all back home with Brooklyn’s Xylos and another contender for Summer 2012 anthem category. Though their debut slipped under far too many radars like year, they are certainly stronger with a sophomore release and a stellar new song filled with big synthesizers and crystalline production. Something to sing along while you’re laying in the sand soaking up the sun, that sort of thing.

3. Housse De Racket – Till I Die (DIY Version)
Speaking of ‘sun’, it is not often that French people long for some California dreaming. Housse De Racket (now wrapping up their six-week US tour at Coachella) drift away from their usual drum pads and synths to create an electropop version of The Beach Boys’ melancholic “Till I Die” with results that would give Brian Wilson a run for his money. It’s a sunny excercise on reverberation that seems neverending.

4. Ane Brun – Do You Remember
Another European on her way to make a splash stateside is Norwegian belter Ane Brun, who’s expected to hit the road next month on different cities across the country. The road to her now established solo career has been shaky: it has taken her from her hometown of Molde to her street performer days in Barcelona and across the US supporting Peter Gabriel. The Do You Remember EP (which features the knockout title track in a collaboration with First Aid Kit) precedes her forthcoming album It All Starts With One, due out May 1st on [PIAS] America.

5. Crystal Fighters – Earth Island
Recent news about Blur’s frontman Damon Albarn confirming the end of both his Britpop band and Gorillaz have saddned quite a few. It is a pity that we won’t be able to hear more of that playful virtual band, one that wasn’t so virtual after all. Fear not folks, the closest approximation to the Gorillaz sound is here. The British/Spanish Crystal Fighters have presented yet another unique piece of work, an intriguing mix of reggae, dancehall, electronic, and bass influences. Want more? Look out for the US release of their first studio offering, Star of Love, via Atlantic.

6. Emily Wells – Juicy
It’s always inspiring to see people taking hip-hop songs to another level, making them their own. This is the case of Texan singer Emily Walls, a violinist whose style merges the urban street sounds with classical music. One of her most known songs is a haunting cover of the Notorious B.I.G.’s “Juicy.” With every detail in order, Walls does justice in creating a delicious interpretation of this timeless classic.

7. Breakbot – Programme
You can always rely on Breakbot for a good party any day of the week. In anticipation to his Friday stints at this year’s Coachella, the French producer and DJ has unleashed “Programme,” the B-side to his next single off his first album on Ed Banger Records, By Your Side. Please do not count this off just because it’s a B side. It’s still a great synth wonder with sleazy guitar licks, a determined far cry from his signature style but still sticking to his guns.

8. Le Tropical – Cruisin
Keeping us on the dancefloor is Le Tropical, the one-man-band project of Swedish producer Andreas Norberg. His fantastic blend of disco-funk and french house is evident in “Cruisin,” one of the three tracks included on his recent Daze EP. If you can recognize the trademark guitar riff, you are right on the money. It is in fact the Chic-produced “I Work For a Livin’,” sung by Fonzi Thornton and featured in the 1982 movie Soap For One.

9. Fleetwood Mac – Big Love (Extended Version)
Fleetwood Mac is a group not exactly known for making dance essentials, but there is something really special about the remixes made during the Tango In The Night era. Arthur Baker got his hands full on Lindsey Buckingham’s “Big Love” and just like that, Mac entered House and Club territory. It’s safe to say this could easily be played anywhere right now, even considering the fact that it was first recorded 25 years ago. Brilliant.

10. Simian Mobile Disco – Put Your Hands Together
The end is upon us with Simian Mobile Disco and a killer fixture of their current DJ sets. The 7-minute “Put Your Hands Together” off their forthcoming album Unpatterns (out May 15 via Wichita Recordings) sees James Ford and Jas Shaw push the boundaries of their sonic exploration further than ever before with a spaced-out euphoria that only SMD can deliver. What a way to say bye bye, hand in hand.


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