Song of the Day #37.


LCD Soundsystem – Get Innocuous!

Oh LCD, how I love thee. How I wish I’d seen you more before you so meanly split and didn’t let anyone see you ever again (bastards). Even snazzier, I managed to catch them in Berlin, the line up also included Boys Noize AND Hot Chip. Even with just those three acts, thinking about it, the line up was brilliant. So do enjoy this tasty piece of the Soundsystem, hit yourself for not having seen them when you could, and then get involved in their back catalogue. If you happen to have a further ten spare minutes, may I recommend the Soulwax (who were on the same bill again) remix, can be found just below. Soulwax, too, are immense by the way.

Song Of The Day #16.


Hot Chip – I Feel Better

I am beginning to have trouble remembering what I have and haven’t blogged in the ‘Song Of The Day’ category, so if I’ve already done this one, I’m sorry, but oh well. It’s my blog.

This song is immense, and I think I’ve listened to it almost everyday for the past two or three weeks. After seeing this band in Berlin in the September festival (yes I know that’s a good-looking sentence), I can safely say that they are one of the most enjoyable bands of current times. Live they are outstanding (and so much fun! They can DANCE), and this song from their fourth and most recent album ‘One Life Stand’, was released as the second single in April 2010. Listen and enjoy, especially the part after the introduction where the main melody comes in. The more you listen, the more you love. Hot Chip are freaking cool.

This is an odd video, and I chose the album version as it means you get a whole extra minute of Hot Chip goodness. Listen and learn.

Song Of The Day #15.


Caribou – Jamelia

Odd but brilliant music…

I have been played ‘Odessa’ from Caribou’s 2010 album ‘Swim’, and then downloaded said album for some research (he is soon to be viewed at the Berlin Festival, which is when? NEXT WEEK!), but never really listened to much more than the first track. My walk home from work today was a “I can’t be bothered to change the song” (on my musical playing device) walk, and so was presented to me ‘Jamelia’.

There’s a repetitive slightly haunting, main line of music that starts the music off, with odd blips of what I suppose would be deemed soundbites. They jar quite dramatically with the main line – pizzicato violin, synthesised instruments, a cacophony of pieces, even to the point of sounding like a classic out-of-tune ice cream van. The violins appear at various other points during the tune (it’s sort of hard to call this a ‘song’ for some reason), and the whole thing builds up to something of  noisy peak, trailing off quietly at the end.

But I like it! The vocals aren’t half bad either, though I can’t actually work out what’s being said. It is a very good piece of music, and you should listen to it: