Monday, 29 November 2010

Track of the Week: 2010 #48 Gorillaz - Crystalised

Gorillaz – Crystalised (Live Lounge)

Somehow (I think down to a shelving of 'Superfast Jellyfish' as a single) Gorillaz haven't been Track of the Week yet. I know, it's totally absurd. They are after all, the finest mainstream pop group currently active in the country. (Get your bloody act together Girls Aloud).

So here we are, with their fantastic cover of The xx's 'Crystalised' which was performed in Radio One's Live Lounge on the 20th of last month. It's as gorgeous and spacious as the original, but with that vague exotic hint that you can only get from Damon and co.

As you're probably also aware Gorillaz are promoting an actual single; 'Doncamatic'. It's a bit underwhelming really after the kaleidoscopic genius of the Plastic Beach album, and to make matters worse they're re-releasing said record with just this new track on it. I don't know about you but I was hoping for an album of off-cuts and B-sides as Gorillaz have done with their first two records.

Ho, hum.

Anyway, this is great.

Oh, and you know how normally I'm not up for illegally downloading stuff – head here to grab the Track of the Week. It's not been released so I reckon it's OK.

But don't tell anybody.

As a bonus, the perennially ace Sky Larkin have covered 'Barracuda'. It's brilliant and has trumpets in it.Sky Larkin: Year Dot EP by Oohbrilliant

Monday, 22 November 2010

Track of the Week: 2010 #47 Johnny Foreigner - Robert Scargill Takes The Prize

This is the way I'm going. JoFo are a favourite and long will they be. Track of the Week is practically reserved for bands of this calibre putting out new material and that Johnny Foreigner have done it two weeks running gives them the chance to have this 'coveted' spot those two weeks.

If the Pulp reunion yields new musical fruit then imagine how many weeks they could get TotW with....

This also makes it three for four on TotW being released on Alcopop records – KPLs new favourite label – with the other being on their sister Big Scary Monsters. Yeah, I've got a bit of a thing for underground British guitar bands.

Anyway, this is from the new Johnny Foreigner EP which comes with the absurd title 'you thought you saw a shooting star but yr eyes were blurred with tears and that lighthouse can be pretty deceiving with the sky so clear and sea so calm'. Which is pretty ace.

In short, this is the best song from said EP. It's a bit droney and pretty and lullyaby-like. A Brummie 'Anthems For A Seventeen Year Old Girl' if you like.

Unfortunately you can't listen to it online anywhere that I can find. But you can just buy it can't you. It's out on the aforementioned Alcopop on both CD and tasty 12”. If you order both together from the Alcopop store it comes with a poster too!

PS I'll try and make sure that next week's not anything to do with Alcopop, just to make sure you don't think I'm sucking up to them too much.

Monday, 15 November 2010

Track of the Week: 2010 #46 Johnny Foreigner / Stagecoach - Split 7"

Johnny Foreigner – Tru Punx / Stagecoach – Salt, Peppa And Spinderella

Having two Tracks of the Week is only sort of cheating when they come from a split 7” single. Or so I'm justifying to myself. Anyway, it's all of us who get to benefit when all four songs on the single are this good.

OK, so it's arbitrary that I've chosen two when I'm linking you to all four songs, but the idea is that when I make the legendary TOTW Playlist at the end of the year it's these two that'll be included. With each of the two bands contributing two songs (a new one and a cover of the other group) I've picked my favourite one by each and put them at the top for your listening pleasure.

'Tru Punx' is a classic JoFo song. Abrasive and bouncy it's got all of the hallmarks that made me fall in love with them.

Johnny Foreigner - 'Tru Punx' by RockSoundMagazine

Stagecoach's cover of 'Salt, Peppa and Spinderella' on the other hand is a shift away from the slacker pop end of what I've heard from them before. The use of the piano gives the cover a completely different take. More sombre it's nearly as affecting as the original

Stagecoach - 'Salt, Pepper & Spinderella' by RockSoundMagazine

Once you've listening to the two of these go for the other two on the single. Both penned by the brilliant Stagecoach.

Stagecoach - 'Not Even Giles Would Say We'll Be OK!!!' by RockSoundMagazine

Johnny Foreigner - 'Good Luck With Yr 45' by RockSoundMagazine

Monday, 8 November 2010

Track of the Week: 2010 #45 Tellison - Collarbone

Tellison - 'Collarbone'

In all honesty this week's Track of the Week should probably be JJ72's 'Oxygen'. In recent sprees I've been amassing albums that might be good for mere pennies from my local second hand CD shop and by far one of my favourite finds has been the self titled album by JJ72. Still, you don't want my musing on an album that's ten years old, you want something fresh and new. And preferably something that not everyone's talking about.

So we have Tellison. I saw them about a year ago supporting Johnny Foreigner at The Harley in Sheffield and had some damn positive impressions of what they were about. For some unknown reason I'd not investigated them since. Very silly of me, I can tell you.

Their debut album Contact! Contact! came out in 2007 so they're not the newest band in the universe, but 'Collarbone', which you can watch below is the lead track from an EP of the same name that's due at the end of the month. (November 22nd on Big Scary Monsters).

Anyway, back to the song in hand. This is catchy guitar pop, like we all love. It's spiky and emotive and generally quite fun. Everything that Keep Pop Loud likes in music essentially. The only annoying thing is that it's attracted me over to the Big Scary Monsters site and there's lots and lots of tasty sounding treats that I wish I had time to sample. This MP3 subscription which features this weeks heroes along with last week's 'The Horton Shuffle' by The Attika State and lots of other bands who are on the Compilation Of The Year: Alcopopular 4 is particularly tempting.

If you fancy some related free MP3s then you can grab them from BSM here.

Monday, 1 November 2010

Track of the Week: 2010 #44 The Attika State - The Horton Shuffle

The Attika State – 'The Horton Shuffle'

If you follow Keep Pop Loud on Twitter you will have noticed my increasing love for the Alcopop record label. Basically they're great.

A few months ago they released an excellent compilation in a 'Menu' format and these past couple of weeks I've found it hard to remove it from my Now Playing list on the iPod. It helps greatly that the last song on the compilation (when you go for the All You Can Eat option – like me) comes from an excellent band that I'd never heard of previously. The Attika State. That song is 'The Horton Shuffle' and it's this weeks Track of the Week.

I'll be honest, I've not heard much more material by these guys, but their album artwork is encouraging...

… allowing the record to have made it onto my To Buy list.

At this point I usually write something about what the song sounds like. The trouble is however I think about describing 'The Horton Shuffle' doesn't do it justice (think crisp, driven rock but non-clich├ęd). Sadly, it's not on youtube either so you WILL HAVE TO head to spotify this week.

The Attika State – The Horton Shuffle

Remember, with the Track of the Week I'm saying “If you only listen to one new song this week then make it THIS ONE.” This is one hell of a recommendation people.

Here's couple of relevant links should you wish to investigate further: