Music To Start The Week With #053
by: Diego Martínez
October 1, 2012
Fresh from our one-year anniversary, it’s time to face yet another new month in the year. October is here and with its arrival, there’s a new week filled with hard work, lots of messing around, and of course, plenty of music to share with just about everybody.
We take our usual ride on exciting acts from all over the world, some you’ve heard, some you haven’t, some you wish you would have known before. They are all there on a little dittie we like to call “Music To Start The Week With.”
From 1 to 10, these are this week’s selections:
Liverpool based singer/songwriter Dan Croll kicks off our WILD playlist with a song that’s turning on a lot of audio heads out there. “From Nowhere” starts rather dreamy and reserved, with a groovy Afro-Caribbean drum machine loop, only to evolve as a song with lots of confidence, melodic hooks, longing lyrics and energetic percussion. There’s plenty more where this came from, and for that you’ll have to wait until 2013. In the meantime, the From Nowhere EP is available now with three remixes on iTunes.
Next up is the latest single taken from Bat For Lashes’ upcoming album The Haunted Man, out October 15th via Parlophone. Hot on the heels of “Laura” and “Marilyn,” this new track showcases Natasha Khan’s enchanting vocals and flare for realness. It’s slightly outside of what she’s been known to offer, and even has some sort of “Somebody That I Used To Know” feel to it, but overall it’s just perfect and truly Bat For Lashes.
In the past few months, Birmingham has delivered great exports in the shape of JAWS and Peace. You can easily add Indie four piece Swim Deep to the mix. The group’s feel good new single “Honey” is an unbelievably delicious surf-grunge track that slowly creeps up on you with a fantastic keyboard riff and a passionate vocal delivery, especially on that crazy line “don’t just dream in your sleep it’s just lazy.” Another epic demonstration of the great potential behind this innocent but fierce band.
They are one of Belgium’s best kept rock secrets for the last twenty years, but not anymore. dEUS’ two latest albums, Keep You Close and Following Sea, are being released for the first time in the US via [PIAS] America. Stateside audiences will get a hold of tunes such as “The Soft Fall” (from Following Sea,) a dark catchy number paired with a kinky Black and White video clip, reminiscent of those classic Michelangelo Antonioni films.
Chicago siblings Elliot and Natalie Bergman aka Wild Belle have been playing together on and off for more than ten years. They took over SWSX on 2011 and turned heads with the reggae-infused single “Keep You.” Columbia Records snatched the two and is releasing their new song “It’s Two Late,” which is the kind of sound you’d hear comfortably under a palm tree, enjoying the breeze of reggae grooves, jaunty synths, a funky sax solo and Natalie’s sultry vocals.
Now it’s time to dust off the dancing shoes for a bit. LA producer Wes James is known to create movers and shakers like “Memories” and “Dance With Me” under the moniker Le Youth. His latest sees him taking vocal samples from Cassie’s steamy 2006 single “Me and U” on top of an old-school vibe lo-fi hip-house backing track. The result is a smooth gem that it is just what the title implies: “Cool.”
British songstress Sylvia Love made only one 7″ single in 1979, just as Disco was facing a major backlash on a worldwide scale. The bad timing placed her, unfortunately, in a position where most records by recognized and production-based acts went unnoticed. And it’s a shame really, since “Instant Love” and its B-side “Instant Dub” is a spacey gem of major galactic proportions. Sylvia was able to redeem herself when her songs were included in the widely acclaimed Disco Discharge series.
Everyone knows Venezuelan latindisco Los Amigos Invisibles is a force to be reckoned with. These Grammy winners have seduced everyone with a mix of funk, tropical rhythms and a sense of naughtiness in their lyrics. It’s no surprise they also seduced a certain dynamo like French DJ Dimitri From Paris. The two got together in a Miami studio to cover Chaz Jankel’s 1981 hit “Glad To Know You,” released via Gomma Records, making it all to themselves. A touch of summer in the best of all autumn weathers.
Most Electronic/Dance records need no explanation whatsoever. They just need to be efficient, on point and with enough power to move an entire crowd to its constant beat. In my humble opinion, Belgian DJ and producer Basto has done just that with a song like “I Rave You (Give It To Me),” highlighting a progressive vibe with smoother chords and airy vocals.
We say goodbye with a marvel of electronic pop production, Frank Wiedemann and Kristian Beyer’s thundering remix of “Howling,” an acoustic ballad performed by Ry Cuming. Warm synths lines mirror the original track’s movements, building a haunting momentum that goes all the way to the very last minute. Absolutely genius.