Music playlist week #15
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Each week we share 10 great tracks with you.
Future Islands - Seasons (Waiting On You)
Samuel T Herring is one of this generations greatest frontmen. Somewhere between Henry Rollins and Geography teacher, he commands your attention. His antics may bring your attention to the band, but it is their amazing music that keeps it.
Jurassic 5 - Concrete Schoolyard
Forget Will Smith & Jazzy Jeff's "Summertime", THIS is the real summertime track. Brings back memories of the 7 days of sun we had in the North of England this year... J5 are Hip-Hop royalty, and this amazing sing is as great as the first day we heard it. An evergreen classic.
Japandroids - The House That Heaven Built
Vancouver based duo Japandroids, despite the daft name, are great. Their critically acclaimed album "Celebration Rock" was released back in 2012, and this was the main highlight. Incredibly positive rock & roll songs without a hint of irony are hard to come by these days.
James Blake - Retrograde
Make no mistake, this was a breakthrough record for James Blake. His cult like following suddently expanded big time. Part D'Angelo, part David Byrne, this is a stunningly atmospheric track that is absolutely impossible to forget.
Massive Attack - Angel
Mezzanine is such a classic album, we could have chosen anything from it but stumped for Angel, a dark, melodic tune with oppressive and seductive beats. Massive Attack's trademark has always been dark & moody, but this takes it to another level.
Gang Of Four - Damaged Goods
Without Gang of Four, there wouldn't be a lot of the bands we all love today. Bloc Party, The Rapture & We Are Scientists have all waxed lyrical on how much of an influence GOF were on their musical style. It's not hard to see why.
YACHT - (Downtown) Dancing
A lot of bands like to think of themselves as experimental, but YACHT truly are. This track was made using the Nsynth, essentially a programme that uses A.I. which learns and creates new sounds. The outcome is this ridiculously catchy number.
Bombay Bicycle Club - Always Like This
It's hard to believe that this track is 10 years old. BBC don't look old enough to have had a career as long! This was the first track we heard from them and developed into a life long love affair. Great track, great band. if you ever get a chance to see them live, DO IT.
YUNGBLUD - Anarchist
Love him or hate him, you can't ignore him. We love YUNGBLUD, partly because he's from Yorkshire, and partly for his music. Soon enough you won't be able to go anywhere without hearing his name or seeing his face, so get used to it.
Band of Horses - The Funeral
It's hard to know where BOH fit in in the music industry. Are they pioneers of shoegazing, thoughtful rock and roll with a southern twist, or are they just Coldplay-lite? We like to think they former if this and the rest of the album it is taken from is anything to go by. Listen to it and make up your own mind.
November 14, 2019