Gaz Coombes may still have the facial hair, but things have moved on since Supergrass split in 2010. In 2015, He released his second solo album, Matador. It featured, ‘The Girl Who Fell To Earth’. The title was Bowie; the influence was Lennon.
Time for a sundance for the weekend. The seven-piece Mbongwana Star are from Kinshasa, the capital city of the Democratic Republic of the Congo. In 2015, they released their aptly named LP From Kinshasa, which includes the ‘Nganshe’. The track is built around a pulsating bass and a strange cuíca-like squeaking sound. Over the top, voices chatter, guitars flurry and hypnosis quickly ensues.
Et maintenant, du pop français pour le weekend. L’Impératrice’s ‘Vanille Fraise’ is a summery mix of French Touch, filter disco and chillout. If that’s not nostalgic enough, the use of a single looped sample (from the opening of Anita Ward’s ‘Spoiled by Your Love’) is like sprinkles on top. Have a great weekend.
Good morning folks. It’s the talented Mr Obaro Ejimiwe and and his track, ‘Be Right Back, Moving House’. This confident song featured on Ghostpoet’s 2015 album Shedding Skin. It has a touch of Matt Berninger about it, but that’s no bad thing, right. Have a good week.
This sound oozes nostalgia. Apparently, Dan Bejar made his band record ‘Dream Lover’ after just two rehearsals. In a parallel universe, I hear Mercury Rev’s Jonathan Donahue trying to do a Lou Reed impression while being supported by a horn-laced E Street Band. “Here comes the sun.” I hope so. ‘Dream Lover’ was the first single from Destroyer’s 10th album, Poison Season. Have a great weekend.
Happy New Year folks! The Swedish duo of Marleen Nilsson and Anders Hansson formed Death And Vanilla in Malmö and quickly set about using the vibraphone, organ, mellotron and Moog to recreate a certain sound of yesteryear. Their 2015 album To Where the Wild Things Are included the dreamy pop number ‘California Owls’.
Khruangbin is the Thai word for airplane and its use by the band serves as a tribute to the Thai rock/funk that inspires them. Laura Lee (bass), Mark Speer (guitar) and Donald “DJ” Johnson (drums) are all from Texas (I kid you not), but evidently well travelled. “She was a queen. She had a house. She was a fighter. She was a queen. Had a good dude. Bought me a rabbit… She was a queen. One day she was gone. She died in a fight. ‘Cause she was a fighter. She was a queen. She was a queen.” The murmuring sounds of ‘White Gloves’ feature on their only studio album to date, The Universe Smiles Upon You.
Singer-songwriter, producer and DJ, Tom Misch is on an upward trajectory. The London native has an ear for a chilled-out beat. Released in 2015, ‘Sunshine’ features the type of filtered horns and dancefloor-loops that would make a Frenchman smile. Dr Electronic.
Good morning folks. Kieran Leonard of Saint Leonard’s Horses is an intriguing singer-songwriter. In the past few years, he’s toured with Ryan Adams, Father John Misty, Bob Dylan, The Strokes, Beck and The Libertines. He’s kept good company and so why lock yourself away on Stanley Kubrick’s family estate in St. Albans? The answer is that he wanted to harness the creative forces that a large mansion and an analogue setting brings. Exile on Main Street? You be the judge. Leonard released the single ‘Underwood Milk’ shortly after resurfacing from the Kubrick recording sessions. Have a great week.
On the title track of last year’s album Another One, the languid Mac DeMarco contemplates whether another is knocking at the door of his loved one. Like a second part to his introspective ‘Chamber of Reflection’, the song builds on his impressive and explorative diary of common travails. Have a great week.
The androgynous Héloïse Letissier (aka Christine And The Queens) is a mainstream star in her native France. Listening to her best-selling long player Chaleur Humaine, you can understand why. Despite this, the album’s most catchy track ‘Christine’ has been translated for wary anglophones. The song was released on the Parisian label Because Music in 2014. The company rerecorded and reissued as ‘Tilted’ a year later.
And now the perfect antidote to to the midweek dad rock that just passed… last year, Canadian electronica trio BTSM teamed up with Belgian techno head LeKtriQue to produce some filthy, brain-melting trance. Listening to the Far Too Loud Remix of ‘Religion’ is not relaxing, but it does conjure up images of smoke, laser lights and dance.