It's all about the dreamboats this week. A dreamboat can be applied to a person/object/thing that is dreamlike in quality and basically just FIT.
My poor friend aka Dreamboat really 'suffers' with this nickname (I always think it could be SO much worse!). So, there's been an actual dreamboat in Mt Wolf's first music video which I commented on below and now this dreamboat remix. Also, it's my birthday on an actual Friday this week so that's sure to be dreamy, having my mates in the same place with a license to party (ahem) and at least 36 hours left of the weekend to recover.
Let's cut to the musical chase, this remix is by Phaeleh, who is a producer from Bristol. He has an album out called Fallen Light on Afterglo. I've previously enjoyed his synth-tastic remix of Charlie XCX's Jungle so recognised the name.
His latest reworking sounds surprisingly different to the original, Rudimental's new single Not Giving In, which is brilliant.
No-one actually wants a suped-up version of its predecessor do they? It is glorious enough with its euphoric drum and bass beats underlying that big PHAT soul vocal and if said suped-up version had even a tenth of the womp that's in Skrillex's grubby little finger, I'd certainly stay well clear. Hence, this has made me very pleased indeed.
It's moody, sombre, soulful, rich and a bit of a beaut quite frankly. Enjoy!
It's their first....and in't it just dreamy. Dreamboat, flares and a sunset, what more could you want!
He's a mystery producer. Apparently in his 20s. It's rumoured he's from Laandon. This song is one vocal behemoth. Beautifully soulful with a D.I.Y feel. Love the undercurrent of melodic piano playing. Cannot find anything else on him, no contact, no Facebook page, no twitter. OFEI WHERE FOR ART THOU!?
It's been all about the ladies for a while, Adele, Florence and the Machine, recently Jessie Ware among more established favourites Patti Smith, Bat For Lashes, Cat Power who are still putting out great records. Strong female artists, with integrity, creativity, scrumptious voices and summat to say for themselves.
Here's the thing... I've been doing some research this morning, having a good old listen to a heap of cd's that have been on my desk for a bit too long. It turns out I'm mostly impressed by the lads right now, these three in particular.
Tom Odell, Matt Corby and Jake Bugg have been bubbling under for some time and now it seems are storm-trooping through that ice. I'm not saying there's been no decent solo man talent to break through in the last year or two. If you like a bit of Ed Sheeran, that happened. Ben Howard is genuinely marvellous and I'm impressed he got a Mercury look-in and there've been loads of dead exciting male-fronted bands, The Vaccines, Alt-J, Splashh, Django Django. However, it might just be that in the next year or so we get the gift of song from this generation's Nick Drake or Bob Dylan and these three singer-songwriters are good place to start I reckon. Jolly good.
A mate told me about this new track by Chrome Canyon on Stones Throw Records over the weekend. Behind the project is a New York artist Morgan Z who makes mind-bending, futuristic synth soundscapes.
The label's just put out a release from him, Elemental Themes, on October 9th. This sounds like it should be on the Drive soundtrack or the closing credits to Kill Bill and I like it a LOT.
Check out the latest instalment of Secret Sessions which I've hosted.
It's with Canadian band The Wooden Sky.
They all seemed very tall, hairy and awesome and they did a song for us after which I had a chat with singer Gavin, not Gavin from Secret Sessions!
When I was covering for Matt Everitt on BBC 6 Music Breakfast for two weeks chatting all things music news with Shaun Keaveny I was lucky that the Led Zeppelin press conference happened to fall in that time. *YES*
We went to the screening and then managed to get some balls to ask the kings of rawk Robert Plant, Jimmy Page and John Paul Jones a question each.
Shaun's (much more succinct) one is at 20 minutes in and mine (which was somewhat of a waffle) is at 26 mins in.
The film is a must. Jimmy Page's axe-wielding screw face is a marvel! Their power, charisma, the sound, the way they play as a unit, Robert Plant's almighty instrument of a voice, Jason Bonham channelling his late father John Bonham, it's just epic.
I was asked if I wanted to go to the premiere in London, so of course I went, brought a t-shirt AND a poster so I feel I can officially say "Led Zeppelin: Celebration Day. Been there, done that, (went bright red as I asked a question in the press conference) and got the ruddy t-shirt".
One for the grand-kids hey!?
It’s not every Monday we are graced with a free download of such beauteous proportions.
I first became aware of Hiatus and Shura when I was doing the Breakfast Show on Amazing Radio and had Cyrus (aka Hiatus) as my Artist of the Week. There was a mutual respect, I of his journo background and incredible musical skills, me of my minty-coloured jumper and sensible question-asking ability. I can be very sensible you know. At no point in this conversation did, “Hey man! Would you rather have a fingers for pimples or noses for nipples?" Phew! *Wipes brow*
As for the music, I instantly fell in love with the ethereal, other-worldly vocals from Shura and organic, hypnotic production style of Hiatus, a combination which has been described as ‘night folk’. It’s often a bore denoting an arbitrary genre to a new act and I don’t usually agree with it, but with this one, I actually see it.
Lionesque, this new track they are offering for nothing to fans online, is a song that evokes in my mind a host of earthy images, and all under the cover of darkness, or a duvet while your Sennheiser’s (other headphones apply) shut out all the grey outside. It's particularly grey today.
I shut my eyes for a second, I might add I am sat in my trackies in my East London gaff beside a steaming bowl of chicken soup (I’m snotty, have succumbed to the disease every other mofo on the tube is carrying around this time of year and am feeling sorry for myself). I press play.
Forgive my limited and somewhat 90s reference points but… night swimming in a far off land (though NOT the time I had to awkwardly entertain 'the mate' of a French lad my chum was promptly copping off with in the moonlight sea in India), swirling plankton illuminated like in The Beach, a night drive through wild country roads after an argument, being far from home like little Max in Dave Eggers’ version of The Wild Things, animals fighting for survival in harsh terrain like what you see in Planet Earth, or the heartbreak of a love lost (for some reason Joey mourning not living with Chandler in Friends springs to mind, you know the scene in front of a 'rainy' window/water feature, but I block it out in favour of something far more profound, modern day lovers torn apart in Luhrmann's Romeo and Juliet, Crazy/Beautiful, The Notebook! Pah!).
I am certain none of these formed the basic inspiration for this stunner of a song but this is what it conjures for me on this day. Give it a listen. It’s such a gem and we were so happy they played for us at Cat Lovers last month. It deserves 3 minutes and 41 seconds of your day.