Thursday, 27 November 2008

you don't have to pay your bills anymore now..

Today was spent either in a cold studio in Kingston or ferrying the troops around and around in my metallic grey car. The results will be worth waiting for that's for sure but now is the time to bring you one of the gems that I have been grinning at manically to fellow motorists whilst tearing round the Elephant and Castle roundabout. It comes from King Khan And The Shrines. Truth be told it belongs in another time, those good old days of lead. Inspiring equal amounts of boogie and tenderness. Dark economic times may be upon us, but that's no excuse to not take to the streets and have a good time. Desolate and soulful. Welfare bread.

King Khan & The Shrines - Welfare Bread

KK&TS, famed for some incredible stage presence, will be playing three nights in London in December. I may well attempt to go to all three without sleep or respite.

Saturday, 22 November 2008

dollop party tonight

Dollop, the best fusion of Nottingham and London style since Paul Smith, are having a bad motherfucking party tonight. Here is a mix from the wonderful Buraka Som Systema to get the juices flowing /// visit the dollop website for more info.

jay jay pistolet : happy birthday you

Jay Jay Pistolet is the sound of Christmas coming early. He wraps his tender, heartfelt numbers up with his guitar-strings and coats them in layers of reverb, akin to sprinklings of cocoa powder on a cappucino. Chocolat chaud is his winter beverage of choice in Hooked Up On Us - an insistent song which refuses to give up on a relationship which has been and gone. His attention to detail, lyrically speaking, and feel for a good rhyme shine like lights twinkling out from November shopping displays. Rushing through chirpy descriptions of bygone days and future plans before choruses that rise through the daydreaming and lodge themselves inside your head and your clothes. These moments of clarity won't be gone until the decorations come down.

Jay Jay Pistolet - Happy Birthday You

Jay Jay Pistolet - Hooked Up On Us

///buy the EP from Pure Groove

Produced by Charlie Fink, he of Noah and the Whale, it features others members of that folkish troupe alongside the boy Warmsley. He played live last night. Kingston next week.

Tuesday, 18 November 2008

anoraak: live in london

The band from Nantes play White Heat tonight with similar sounding synth-pop sounds coming from the likes of Minitel Rose and Futurecop! This post is a preview, listen to the remixes below and then find some 80's clobber and get on down to Madame Jojo's for a boogie (they are playing some other dates if you are otherwise engaged). I imagine some kind of writeup will follow, but time is of the essence for me currently so it's on hold, the weekend took it out of me. As well as Nevereverland, I also squeezed in Plugs and Boy Crisis at Proud and the night before at Barfly with Violens. A low-fat preview is better than no preview at all. The remixes are full-fat anyway.

Metronomy - Heartbreaker (Anoraak Remix)

Of Montreal - Gallery Piece (Minitel Rose Remix)

Monday, 17 November 2008


Deep in the recesses of my psyche, there is a little part of me that wishes I was the kid in the Stardust video. Except there would be other days in my life, where I would do other stuff aside from building huge orange model aeroplanes. I'd probably reach adolescence and start going dancing all night and then find myself in Nevereverland in Elephant & Castle watching Fred Falke play this song and others just like it. Filled with equal amounts of warmth and euphoria, Erlend Oye's vocals float wonderfully around the discotheque. I wish that he would enlist Falke to produce his next record, in some kind of space-age log cabin in Norway, whilst eating Parisien filter-disco macaroons. Falke played bass live at the show on Saturday, it is a pity Erlend couldn't come as well.

The Whitest Boy Alive - Golden Cage (Fred Falke remix)
///visit their webshop and buy Dreams

Lykke Li - I'm Good I'm Gone (Fred Falke remix)

Sunday, 2 November 2008

playing catching up...

Elle Milano split up. Gutted. Read various testimonies of mine to their brilliance - interview, album review and feature. They left with a parting gift, four more songs to add to their magnificent oeuvre. Enjoy. I'll probably talk more about this in the future, it is a fucking travesty.

Elle Milano - (Our Lives Are A Constant) In-Joke
Elle Milano - HappyCopper
Elle Milano - Cut Up The Middle Man
Elle Milano - Schwanengesang

Acres of Dead Space Cadets is one of the albums of the year. Another was the debut effort from Pete and the Pirates - Little Death. Their live shows for the past year or so have featured songs that were written too late to make the cut, and they certainly whet the appetite for the sophomore release, which should surface early 2009. I cannot wait to hear the following track after it's been put through a studio. The chorus = harmonies to die for, another one of those under the duvet moments they slide into their dark, but chirpy guitar pop.

Pete and the Pirates - Cold Black Kitty (live at Paradiso)