May 22, 2011
As a bit of respite from all the serious review work posted up here at EE recently, today is time to keep it simple.
Here are a few tunes for a bit of Sunday Mixup…
Reed’s Coney Island Baby has been on the EE stereo a lot recently, and ‘Charley’s Girl’ is definitely a large reason for that. That irresistible drum sound…
Some beats for those late night hours from Valencia-based producer Speech Nicholson. This cut is taken from seriously strong instrumental collection Speechy Nic, and can be downloaded free alongside more nocturnal head-nodders at his bandcamp HERE.
Bit of blog circulation going on with this track from Santa Barbara band Gardens & Villa. Terrible band name – great tune. Download it free at their Bandcamp Page
A track from the latest in the always brilliant Nigeria 70 series from the great Strut Records. There could have been five or six selections from this latest compilation, Nigeria 70 – Sweet Times: Afro-Funk, Highlife & Juju from 1970s Lagos, but the aching cry of ‘Bisi’s Beat’s chorus won out in the end.
Not that I wish to open a debate on the best Springsteen cover, but this version of ‘Thunder Road’ from the 2006 album The Brave and the Bold is definitely a personal favourite…
Dublin electro-hipsters get a woozily tape-saturated overhaul from producer Young Montana? (Not a question – punctuation included in artist name…)
Some menacingly good hip-hop from former Digable Planets man Ishmael “Butterfly” Butler under new guise of Shabazz Palaces. Mean and brooding, his album Of Light from earlier this year is a must play.
I leave you with a cut from the stunning Sofrito: Tropical Discotheque collection from the Sofrito crew: a group responsible for the creation and promotion of the Tropical Discotheque – a worldwide club night celebrating everything rhythmic from Africa, the Caribbean and South America. This and the aforementioned Nigeria 70 set could see the summer through on their own. I urge you to investigate Sofrito further, and suggest you start with their site HERE.