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MGMT – Electric Feel (2008)

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I’m back with a sound from my summer. It’s a reprise brought about by a remix of a cover. In 2007, MGMT’s Benjamin Goldwasser and Andrew VanWyngarden released their debut album Oracular Spectacular. A year later, after much warranted hype, the duo released ‘Electric Feel’ as a single that included a B-side remix by Justice. This year, the beaches of the Med enjoyed Berlin DJ Nick Talos’ tropical house remix of CRW’s acoustic version, amongst other things. I plump for the original. Have a great weekend, before some more sounds next week.

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The Donkeys – Dolphin Center (2008)

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A band of school friends, The Donkeys evoke the nostalgic and sun-streaked sounds of The Band, Neil Young and The Rolling Stones. ‘Dolphin Center’ features on their 2008 album Living On The Other Side and shows how well they can craft laid-back country rock. Sam Sprague provides lead vocals, Anthony Lukens delivers the keyboard soundscape and Jessie Gulati stands out with that shuffling blues guitar solo.

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The Soundtrack Of Our Lives – Second Life Replay (2008)

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Oh yes, now we are making up for a soft start to the week… drawing on the sound of the The Kinks, Faces and The Who, the late-noughties work of Swedish rockers The Soundtrack of Our Lives stood head and shoulders above their peers. ‘Second Life Replay’ featured on their 2008 album Communion.

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Estelle feat. Kanye West – American Boy (2008)

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2008 gave us a slice of golden pop – catchy, disposable and well produced (will.i.am). ‘American Boy’ was written by the masses (Estelle herself, Kanye West, will.i.am, John Legend, Josh Lopez, Caleb Speir and Keith Harris), but delivered by the few. London’s own Estelle was at the height of her vocal powers and Kanye did his thing. Released as a single in 2008, the song features as the third track on her second studio album Shine.

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Little Joy – Next Time Around (2008)

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Time for a little joy. Last week, it was Julian Casablancas; this week its another Strokes alumnus – the drummer Fab Moretti. He formed the band Little Joy with Brazilian Rodrigo Amarante and Californian singer-songwriter Binki Shapiro in 2008. A laid-back bossa nova influence is plain to hear in the summery sound of ‘Next Time Around’. It features on their eponymous debut album.

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Animal Collective – Bluish (2008)

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Animal Collective’s ‘Bluish’ is a psychedelic start to the week. Dave Portner (aka Avey Tare), Noah Lennox (aka Panda Bear) and Brian Weitz (aka Geologist) were the collective that released 2008’s Merriweather Post Pavilion. The album was named after a venue in Columbia, Maryland. They did eventually play there, but I’m not sure whether ‘Bluish’ was part of their set – I read somewhere that they lost some of the original samples used on the track. The song can never be the same…. now that is trippy. Have a great week.

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Coldplay – Viva La Vida (2008)

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I am not sure I like what Coldplay represent – impeccable, tasteful and arena-friendly. However, hiring Brian Eno to produce most of their fourth album Viva La Vida was a masterstroke – a kind of pre-packed artistic integrity. But still, the title track off Viva La Vida Or Death And All His Friends is impeccable and tasteful. And the use of an orchestra, its exhilarating chorus “I hear Jerusalem bells a-ringing…” and the drummer’s decision to play kettle drums make it arena friendly.

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Wale – The Artistic Integrity (2008)

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Before this year’s Album About Nothing, Olubowale Victor Akintimehin had already played around with Seinfeld sketches as a framework for his quick-witted punchlines. Wale had been prolific with his underground mixtapes in the late noughties – and never better than on 2008’s The Mixtape About Nothing. It featured ‘The Artistic Integrity’ which not only features Jerry and George, but also the clever use of the Philip Bailey/Phil Collins sample from ‘Easy Lover’. Have a great week.

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The Cool Kids – Bassment Party (2008)

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Nu-old skool – now that’s a subgenre. Chicago-based duo The Cool Kids released their EP The Bake Sale on XL Recordings in the summer of 2008. By which time, Chuck Inglish and Mikey Rocks’ had already won over many fans mixing old skool hip hop beats with a modern conviction. I first heard ‘Bassment Party’ on an episode of the HBO series Entourage. Like the series, it stuck. Have a great weekend.

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Arthur Russell – I Couldn’t Say It To Your Face (2008)

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Loose Joints’ ‘Is It All Over My Face’; Dinosaur L’s ‘GO BANG! #5’… for all of his dance floor innovation, I go and choose this folksy track as my first Arthur Russell feature on this blog. Russell was an accomplished cellist, a drummer for Laurie Anderson, and a dance innovator. The song surfaced in 2008 as part of the posthumous collection Love is Overtaking Me and shows how perceptive he was. “I couldn’t say it to your face/ but I won’t be around any more”. His musical life would be cut short in 1992, aged 41. Have a great weekend.

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Ezra Furman And The Harpoons – Take Off Your Sunglasses (2008)

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There’s been a bit of an unwelcome turn in the weather this weekend. You’ll have to excuse the meteorological theme this week, while I wish in the sun for the R&R I have planned on these shores. Ezra Furman and his Harpoons released their album Inside The Human Body in 2008. Part Bob Dylan, part Violent Femmes, the sound of ‘Take Off Your Sunglasses’ also has a punk aesthetic. Have a good week.

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KiD CuDi – Day ‘n’ Nite (2008)

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‘Day ‘n’ Nite’ was written and produced by KiD CuDi, featuring on debut mixtape A Kid Named Cudi. It would go on to feature on his debut studio album Man on the Moon: The End of Day via the omnipotent remix by Italian production duo Crookers. In a year, this ear worm of a track had turned CuDi into a superstar.

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Black Kids – I’m Not Gonna Teach Your Boyfriend How To Dance With You (2008)

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Partie Traumatic is Black Kids’ debut album and it had everybody talking in 2008, when it was released. A band from Jacksonville, recording in London and all under the stewardship of Suede guitarist Bernard Butler. The sound of its first single ‘I’m Not Gonna Teach Your Boyfriend How to Dance With You’ is pure indie pop – full of immediacy and guitar reverb. According to vocalist Reggie Youngblood, the lyrics were inspired by the Florida dance party scene. Have a great week.

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Fleet Foxes – Mykonos (2008)

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Seattle’s Fleet Foxes have had a few mentions on this blog, but no sound until now. In 2008, the band released their freshman pressing, the Sun Giant E.P. Its fourth track ‘Mykonos’ would become a classic example of their baroque folk. While the first half is full of folksy harmonies, the second half demonstrated their wont for climactic musicianship. And it all sounds very seasonal during these dark days. Have a great weekend.

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