Toro Y Moi – Freelance (2018)

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Toro y Moi has released the first single off his forthcoming album Outer Peace, which is due out in the New Year. The California-based singer’s track ‘Freelance’ is as funky as you would expect. Chaz Bear, you groove man.

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Bill Ryder-Jones – There’s Something on Your Mind (2018)

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Bill Ryder-Jones latest sounds are more introspective than those that have previously featured on this blog. ‘There’s Something on Your Mind’ is the opening track off his latest album Yawn. It’s been 10 years since this scouser left The Coral and he continues to surprise. What initially sounds like a folk-pop track suddenly breaks out into the screeching guitar chords and feedback bleed from an indie shoegazer’s dream.

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Ty Segall – My Lady’s on Fire (2017)

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Good morning. Ty Segall released the single ‘My Lady’s on Fire’ last year in advance of 2018’s ‘Freedom’s Goblin’. The song bears more than a trace of Marc Bolan, and more specifically, his early work with Tyrannosaurs Rex. This should be no surprise for fans of Segall, who has previously recorded a series of Bolan tributes titled Ty Rex. Have a great week.

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Georgia Anne Muldrow – Run Away (2009)

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A 17-year old Georgia Anne Muldrow was confident enough to mix free jazz, hip-hop and soul. The result was the album Early. In truth it’s a mixed bag, but ‘Run Away’ is a pearl. A song about reaching high – take off and fly, run away. Have a great weekend.

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Marian Hill – Down (2016)

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‘Down’ is a song recorded by Marian Hill and was released as a single from their debut album Act One. Originally released in 2016, the song became a Shazam-driven sleeper hit a year later after its commercial adoption by Apple.

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M83 – Wait (2012)

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‘Wait’ is taken from the M83 album Hurry Up, We’re Dreaming, It was the final episode of a trilogy of sci-fi music videos following the adventures of a group of children with X-Men-type powers. It also brough to an end a collaboration between the French band and the directorial team Fleur & Manu.

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King Krule – Dum Surfer (2017)

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Roxy Music, The Clash, Chet Baker… somehow Archy Marshall is able to channel them all on his King Krule single ‘Dum Surfer’. The Londoner has created an originality that I was not expecting. The single features on his 2007 album The Ooz.

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Snow Patrol – Spitting Games (2003)

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Final Straw was Snow Patrol’s third studio album and their first on a major label (Polydor). Released in 2003, the first single off the long player was ‘Spitting Games’. It wasn’t innovative, but it was clearly an anthem …. a Monday morning indie anthem. Have a great week.

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Mozart – Lacrimosa (1791)

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It is a day of remembrance. On the face of it, Requiem in D minor, K. 626 is another of Mozart’s masses, but it’s very notable in its meaning. Wolfgang Amadeus died before he completed the work, and according to his widow, he came to believe that he was writing the requiem for his own funeral. Some may find the context and sound unsettling, but I find the final part, ‘Lacrimosa’ (“Weeping”), of the third section (‘Sequentia’) curiously alleviating.

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The Beatles – Something (1969)

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‘Something’ was written by George Harrison. John Lennon felt it was the best track on Abbey Road. If that wasn’t high praise enough, it was also Frank Sinatra’s favourite Beatles song and one of those sounds that put this Sceptred Isle on top of the world of pop music. Have a great weekend.

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Stone Temple Pilots – Creep (1993)

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Now to an even darker place. The Stone Temple Pilots’ ‘Creep’ featured on their 1992 album Core, but came to the fore a year later as a single. It tackles the issue of being an adolescent, a youth, at some age between being a kid and becoming a young man. With Nirvana flying high at the time, the grungy sound was the zeitgeist.

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Blur – End Of A Century (1994)

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It’s 1994 again and it was Parklife’s ‘End Of A Century’. Waking up in a bug-infested flat, putting on the same clothes all your mates are wearing… there is something beautiful about capturing drab everyday life. How English were Blur? Up there with The Kinks and The Jam.

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Cate Le Bon – Are You With Me Now? (2013)

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How good is this track?! It is a recent find and I think I might have to revisit my best-of review of 2013. Her song ‘Are You With Me Now?’ features on her album Mug Museum. Like another Welsh singer-songwriter, Cate Le Bon is based in the US. I think there is more than a coincidental touch of John Cale about this sound.

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Gang Of Youths – Let Me Down Easy (2015)

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Good morning on a Monday! I bring you the Gang Of Youths doing their best to make their brand of post-punk sound like The National. The song ‘Let Me Down Easy’ features on the band’s sophomore album Go Farther In Lightness. Have a great week.

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Amadou & Mariam – Sabali (2008)

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Amadou Bagayoko & Mariam Doumbia are a blind musical duo from Mali. In 2008, they released their fifth studio album Welcome To Mali. It opens with this unexpected genre-defying delight. Nas and Damian Marley would go onto sample this song on ‘Patience’.

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