These are just a selection of videos associated with new music tracks that have caught my ear recently, usually courtesy of the Radcliffe and Maconie’s show, Steve Lamacq or Guy Garvey on BBC 6 Music, Janice Long or Jo Whiley on BBC Radio 2, or Zane Lowe on BBC Radio 1 – and not forgetting Jamie Stangroom on BBC 5 Live’s Up All Night. On balance, I hope it generates pleasure rather than offence. I thoroughly recommend radio as an antidote to what’s not on TV, and a great signposting of new releases.
SBTRKT: “NEW DORP. NEW YORK” (FEAT. EZRA KOENIG”
JOLIE HOLLAND: “WANDERING ANGUS”
Poetry (literally – Yeats), and while for some, it may sound like another soundtrack for a clever building society advert, for me, the lyrics, the voice, and instrumentation make for a haunting blend. I may be having a mid-life crisis, but I love it.
HOLLIE COOK: “POSTMAN”
Light, yet refreshing reggae.
NENEH CHERRY FEAT. ROBYN: “OUT OF THE BLACK”
The oldies are the besties. From a few months ago, I so wish I had posted this then, as this giant of my youth returns with a sound that sounds just as fresh as when she first appeared, but didn’t get the exposure she deserved in this collaboration with Robyn.
REAL ESTATE: “TALKING BACKWARDS”
HUDSON TAYLOR: “WEAPONS”
BIBIO: “DYE THE WATER GREEN”
Scottish electro or synth-pop that somehow takes me back to ‘pop socks’ and early 1980s discos. You must listen to this if you don’t do anything else I tell you.
THE SALT FLATS: “If I Can’t Change Your Mind”
Folk pop with a 1950s feel, aided by the footage on the video. Salty, but sweet.
JOHN GRANT: “GMF”
Not particularly new, but I felt I HAD to include this. I knew nothing of Mr John Grant before I heard this track one week in May on Jo Whiley’s Radio 2 show. My world stopped. He spoke directly to me. His voice was so beautiful. The lyrics were so double-edged, they could have been mine. I love the man. A few days later, she had him on the show ‘in-session’ and it confirmed everything. Welcome to my life!
April 2013 >>
THE CHILD OF LOV: “FLY” (added April 12th 2013)
Deep soul with an indie twist, and in the rest of the album, a string of high profile collaborations.
LADY: “GET READY” (added April 12th 2013)
Chapter two in my 2013 foray into lovely sounding soul.
JACCO GARDNER: “CLEAR THE AIR” (added February 2013)
FOXYGEN: “SAN FRANCISCO” (added February 2013)
Psychedelic family hit the road with happy-go-lucky 60s sounding track. My favourite of the year.
TOTALLY ENORMOUS EXTINCT DINOSAURS: “TROUBLE” (added February 2013)
Dancing and dressing up. Love it. Can feel the breeze.
PHENOMENAL HANDCLAP BAND: “THE UNKNOWN FACES AT FATHER JAMES PARK” (added 2012)
Probably my favourite outfit since I discovered Belle and Sebastian, this track has the additional advantage of a video that has the sensation of a cross between a public information film of the early 80s, and a US children’s drama series of the mid 70s. What’s to lose?
The original track of the band that kicked off my interest in what they had to offer was “15-to-20′, which captures perfectly the full New York centred, ass-waiving psych-soul of the huge collective.
WU LYF: “DIRT” (added July 4th 2010)
Powerful tune. Powerful images. Positions itself as having something to say about the current generation of 18 year olds, how they are being screwed, but more importantly, how they are standing up to it. An enigma in themselves, the way the band conduct themselves, shunning the media limelight, is another powerful reason for interest in the phenomenon that is “Woo Life”.
Zola Jesus: “Vessel” (Added July 4th)
Industrial. Stark. Epic.
Cashier No. 9: “Lost At Sea” (Added July 4th)
Joyous. Summer arrived when I heard this track. It pulled me back from the brink of so many problem days, with evocation of tiny figurines of Aztec Camera, the Trash Can Sinatras and Danny Wilson having a party on my chest, being brought up to date on developments in music by the people at Caribou. I love you. Can I have a price on this please?
Ms Dynamite: “Neva Soft” (Added July 4th)
She’s back, working with Labrinth. When the temperature gets above 25 degrees, open all the windows, turn the volume up to max, and see where this takes you. She has returned with a less mainstream sound, and a new dimension to what she has to offer. I love this too, much to my own surprise.
Morrissey: “Nothing Rhymed”
Morrissey performing one of my favourite tracks (some my say my signature tune), Gilbert O’Sullivan’s “Nothing Rhymed”. Recorded live in concert.
Boy Mandeville: “Christina”
* to be fair, I prefer the B-side, ‘Raisin Snake’, but this has grown on me, and has an ok video.
I Am Kloot: “Northern Skies”
Jonathan Jeremiah: “Happiness”
Not particularly, but when I heard this one Saturday afternoon I was hit by its epic sound quality, more redolent of laid back Seventies summers. Video is a perfect match too.
Eli ‘Paper Boy’ Reed: “Come and Get It”
Not my usual genre, but this guy seems to have it, and I take my hat off to someone as squat as myself making it in the industry.
Avi Buffalo: “What’s in it for”
Surfer Blood: “Swim”
Port O’Brien: “Leap Year”
Allo Darlin’: “Dreaming”
Two Door Cinema Club: “Something Good Can Work”
Hot Chip: “I Feel Better”
The Radio Dept.: “Heaven’s on Fire”
The Drums: “Best Friend”
Darwin Deez: “Radar Detector”
Cold War Kids: “Audience of One”
Princeton: “Calypso Gold”
Musee Mecanique: “Like Home”
Fyfe Dangerfield: “She Needs Me”
The Phenomenal Handclap Band: “15 to 20”