Let’s dance. Martin Bresso (aka Tchami) is a house music producer from Paris. In 2013, he carved out a little spot on the dancefloor for himself with the banging tune that is ‘Promesses’. Kaleem Taylor lays down the vocals against the thickest of basslines. Boom! Have a great weekend.
‘Jubilee Street’ was the second single from The Bad Seeds’ album Push the Sky Away. This slow burner has echoes of The Velvet Underground; a song about a prostitute named Bee who lived on Jubilee Street in Brighton. Before the Australian star left the city for L.A., following the death of his son, he had spent the best part of two decades down on the south coast. That’s enough time to see a lot of change. Have a great weekend.
We finish the week with something a little weird and wonderful. Connan Mockasin’s ‘I’m the Man, That Will Find You’ mimics and evokes to great effect. Despite the R&B machismo of the chorus, its psychedelic funk production has to be heard to be believed. The song features on his 2013 album Caramel. Have a great weekend.
In 2013, the mysterious and reclusive William Bevan released his EP Rival Dealer. Burial had had already gained a reputation for standing a head above his electronic peers and this release did nothing to dowse the excitement. The 13-minute closer ‘Come Down To Us’ manages to be both funereal, layered, spacious and upbeat.
Canadian band Le Couleur channel a vintage form of electro-pop for the song ‘Femme’ off their 2013 Voyage Love EP. Laurence Giroux-Do, Patrick Gosselin and Steeven Chouinard had approached French producer French Fox to produce a nostalgic, welcome view of glamour and Twiggy. It feels like being in a French discoclub in 1982.
The singer-songwriter Nick Mulvey is a founding member of the band Portico Quartet. ‘Cucurucu’ was his fourth release after leaving the group in 2011 to go solo. It features on his first studio album First Mind, which, like the work of Portico Quartet, also received a Mercury Music Prize nomination. Mulvey has previously revealed that the song’s title is a meaningless noise a child would make, but to these ears, the salsa-infused sound has more to do with the time he spent studying music in Havana. A salsa infusion as it would be sung by Ian Brown, that is.
French music video director and neofolk artist Yoann Lemoine is better known to some as Woodkid. His track ‘I Love You’ features on the autobiographic album The Golden Age. You will have to forgive him the indulgent video, that sport of what he does and has done for Katy Perry, Taylor Swift, Lana Del Rey’s …
Based out of North Vancouver, Tobias Jesso Jr. started playing piano in his spare time while working for a moving company. During this time, he wrote his first ear-catching song ‘Just a Dream’. Girls bassist JR White took note and produced his ensuing album Goon with with Patrick Carney of The Black Keys and John Collins of The New Pornographers. The rest, as they say, will be history.
For an artist who created several showstoppers in a 50-year career,’Where Are We Now?’ was perhaps his most unexpected track since 1969’s ‘Space Oddity’. Bowie chose to break a decade-long silence by releasing this strange and haunting single on 8 January 2013, his 66th birthday. Bowie – pop’s greatest star – shone brightly to the end.
Not strictly a 2015 release this one, because the recent buzz around Izzy Bizu’s 2013 song ‘White Tiger’ is due to a fresh pressing of the single as a precursor to her debut album A Moment of Madness – expected out in the first half of 2016. Listening to it again, you can understand why the re-release – pop hooks galore and a smart jazzy vocal treatment creates a sound that just bounces along. She’s from Barnes, SW London too – a voice’s throw from my manor.