Weekend Wind Down
I’ve been doing some life stitching lately. My last job really wore me down and I wasn’t aware just how much it was affecting me. But I’m loving the new job and I’ve done some stuff I was neglecting; dentist visit, contact lenses, planning my future adventures, reconnecting with friends and not whining about negative shit all the time… I feel like I’ve woken up. And I’m not putting up with arseholes anymore. Things are good.
The one thing that’s dropped off is phoner interviews for this blog and bma. I’ll have to get back into it very soon! I have a bunch of emails of great artists sitting in my inbox waiting for attention. So prepare for more of my groove being back.
For now here’s an idea of the kinds of things I’ve been listening to lately. There’s a lot of sublime music I’ve been discovering, some old, some new. But all blissfully soulful.
It was disheartening to see soulful old timer Gil Scott-Heron pass away last year. But another seasoned muso has come to the fore and followed in Scot-Heron’s footsteps. In fact, there’s even a little Scott-Heron chatter on this album. Bobby Womack has returned with ‘The Bravest Man in the Universe’ which has been produced by Damon Albarn. Pretty great, huh? Have a listen and let me know your thoughts. I’m absolutely loving it!
I’ll be honest, I hadn’t heard much Rudimental before, perhaps because he’s been ‘Vevo-d’ and it’s harder to discover musicians through that limited stream. Anyway this song is a real smash hit. The kind of song that everyone likes and will continue to like in 10 years time. It’s a catchy emotive song but it’s amped up with a hot dance beat. Oh and it’s soulful… I did mention this post has a lot of soul, didn’t I?
I have some catching up to do with this guy. I have always loved Changes but never really delved into Hornsby’s music. I found a better version of Gonna Be Some Changes Made on youtube but I don’t mind the cheesy eighties sound of this studio version. I feel like it would aptly suit a scene from Felicity.
Wow, what a beautiful album! I read a review on Pitchfork which said it sounded pleasant but the reviewer didn’t ‘feel it’. Which I guess means he has no heart? Because this is pretty emotive and sweet. It’s not quite as dramatic as Ramona Fall’s debut but that adds to its longevity.
I’ve been thinking about getting a record player. Portishead would be the first artist’s LP that I would buy for it. Classic. I don’t have much to add about this song and Portishead, except that apparently a new album is coming out this year? Yay!
I’ve been trying to ‘get’ Nicolas Jaar. I guess like that reviewer from Pitchfork I have no heart and don’t really feel it. But after discovering this redo of Wendy Rene I understand why Jaar is so important and just how uniquely talented he is.
Have we heard too much about this guy already? He’s very talented and his stuff reminds me of Phoenix, of all things. But he deserves all the praise because he has a knack for taking a simple nice song and having a play with the sound until it becomes transient and carries a seductive beat.
I very recently discovered Apparat. I know right? How the hell did I miss his life changing album last year?! Where was I?! And what the fuck am I missing out on right now!?
I had to do some digging because I’m a bit addicted to the guy, and it turns out he did an interesting collaboration with Modeselektor. I didn’t much like the whole album but this song really stuck out.
This song is super sad and as equally emotional as Adele. The song closed off season 6 of Skins. And what a great end to a season too! The ending was perhaps the most conclusive the show has been ever and I was pretty moody afterwards because I had that rare feeling that I was going to miss these lovable characters. So it was fitting that Morris would deliver a song which could make a grown man cry and maybe a grown woman too.
When I played this song in front of my boyfriend he said ‘oh it’s very Gary Jules!’ (So too did a friend on a separate occasion actually.) When I told him it was Patrick Watson he was surprised. I must admit I was a bit too after Watson’s god awful performance at Falls the other year. Just awful… He had distorted vocals and really destroyed his music in a drug-fueled rage. It was extremely unusual. So it’s nice to see him playing some piano. He might suddenly be comparable to Gary Jules but who gives a shit when Jules isn’t doing anything with his career.