Who's gonna save my soul
Gnarls Barkley - Who’s Gonna Save My Soul
Dangermouse and Cee-Lo make pretty great music together. As Gnarls Barkley, their music ranges from soul, funk, dance, hip hop and everything in between.
Who’s Gonna Save My Soul appeared on the duo’s second album from 2008. The song has a slow bluesy guitar sample and I do believe there is an organ backing Cee-Lo’s rich, husky voice.
This track closed the first season of TV’s Breaking Bad and the underlying question at the heart of the song definitely echoes the protagonist Walter White’s ongoing moral dilemmas.
Let this song marinate your Sunday night and as always, enjoy.
Ben Khan - Eden
While continuing to hunt down clues leading to Jai Paul's mysterious identity, I came across another London resident musician Ben Khan. Looks like pretending to be a private ivestigator paid off for different reasons.
Rumour on the trolls of some random Kanye West fan blog, linked Jai Paul's identity to that of Ben Khan. Relatively little is known about both recording artists, and both tend to have a flair for psychedelic beats that sound like they have been mastered through a dirty distorted filter. (For other ridiculous descriptions of the song just check the excessive hashtagging below)
I am frankly shocked with the number of similarities these seemingly one of a kind musos have in common with one another. The only discernible difference between styles I can determine at this stage is that Jai Paul tends to opt for a higher octave in his singing and Ben Khan looks a little younger in his scarce internet pics. But who’s to say Paul isn’t just continuing to push the envelope on this track and develop a pseudonym to continue being able to veil his identity (which he has seemed fairly dead set on maintaining at this stage in his career).
Either I (and others) am/are becoming delusional with anticipation of an official album release, or there are some uncanny similarities between Paul and Ben Khan…
Wild Cub - Wishing Well
WIld Cub are a five piece band from Portland, Oregon. They came to our attention last year with their release of their stellar tune Thunder Clatter.
The group released their debut album Youth and aside from a few sleepy numbers, it packs a punch with surprising fervour for funk. This is perhaps most obvious on track 5, Wishing Well, where the bass and rhythm play in between one another. Keegan DeWitt’s vocals complement the whole interplay, rounding off the memorable melody with a catchy chorus that will resonate with the listener long after the four minutes have finished.
Vampire Weekend - Blurred Lines (Robin Thicke Cover)
Even if you have never heard of the original, you can definitely still enjoy Vampire Weekend’s awesome cover of Robin Thicke’s Blurred Lines. Ezra Koening’s voice goes under just about every transformation you can think of; from singing, crooning, moments of falsetto, rapping and back again.
Vampire Weekend recorded this during their time on BBC’s Radio 1 Live Lounge. The band’s tongue-in-cheek choice of song and the surprisingly good quality of the recording prove that Vampire Weekend continue to surprise and impress us at the ill chill pill. The band recently released their third full length LP, Modern Vampires of The City. Be sure to check it out if you haven’t already, but don’t expect too many funky jams like this one.
Kakkmaddafakka - Restless
The Norwegian rockers with the impossible-to-pronounce band name recently released the upbeat song Someone New from their new album. I was interested to know how a band with such personality and tight rock sensibilities could have flown under my radar for so long.
2011 seems to be the year when Kakkmaddafakka had their big break with Restless. Check out the quirky video below!
San Cisco - Get Lucky (Live Cover)
I’m the first to admit that I don’t get Daft Punk's appeal. I've loved electronic music since Primary School, but there was a stage for me in 2001 when if I heard One More Time one more time I probably would have killed someone.
I still feel like the group are often overhyped, but I guess that all comes with stardom. Australian band San Cisco are far from overhyped but they are just starting to get noticed as as an up-and-coming act to watch out for.
They covered Daft Punk's Get Lucky and the band have been praised for their incredible rendition. When I heard it for the first time, I was slightly incredulous that it was actually a live recording, but the video proves that this was a bonafied live recording. For a group of late teens/early 20sies, San Cisco have certainly wasted no time getting rad at their instruments!
Check out the video below and add to the 1 million YouTube views this clip has received in the last four days.
Crush (Jennifer Paige cover)
Jai Paul - Crush (Jennifer Paige cover)
Holy guacamole Batman!
Jai Paul, one of my most highly anticipated artists has just released his debut album unannounced, six years after premiering his first track BTSTU.
The unconventional approach in which he’s released it is nothing short of what I have come to expect from the mysterious England-based artist. The untitled tracks have been uploaded onto Bandcamp without any warning from Jai Paul's record label XL. Blogs are speculating on the authenticity of the album, but people familiar with the Everlasting demo leaks will recognise many of the mastered versions of material that has previously surfaced on the internet (such as his hit Jasmine).
The album is spliced full of obscure film dialogue and skits but there are still plenty of gems to be found on the album. One highlight on the album is Track 7, thought to be a cover of Jennifer Paige's 1998 pop single, Crush. You can check out the rest of the album here.
Download - Crush
RJD2 - Since ‘76
I might just be speculating here - but I’m a little bit confident that RJD2 has taken samba and South American music on this track and chopped them up to make Since ‘76.
The track was a single on RJD2's second album Since We Last Spoke and it has definitely retained playback value for me after all these years. Hopefully it will do the same for you. Enjoy.
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