Throwback : Arctic Monkeys – My Propeller

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A little reminiscing here taken from The Arctic Monkey’s 2009 third studio album ‘Humbug’. The opening track ‘My Propeller’ is the tune in focus, and what a tune it was. After the success of their opening two albums it was difficult to see how the band could keep the Sound fresh. ‘My propeller’ opened Humbug and blew me away at the time. Such a mellow, chilled and calculated song, no big crescendos or complications, just a stellar track. Heard it recently and just figured I’d shtick it up here, since they have a new album about.

 

Syl Johnson – Is it because I’m Black ( David August Live)

Sitting in the midst of David August wonderful improvised Berlin ‘Boiler Room’ set in 2014, is this absolute rocket of an adaptation of Syl Johnson. Music purists would argue that the original can’t be touched, that it’s a catastrophe, a musical crime etc.. I cannot disagree more. This jam from August was done live and was never even released. The beauty of modern internet is that most sets are recorded, thus we are treated to finding every tune we hear live from a rip from a YouTube fan.

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August settled nicely alongside ‘Nicolas Jaar’ at the top end of chilled experimental house music since he burst on the boiler room scene, like Jaar he steered onto other projects since to ‘find his roots’, as he puts it. I took in a WHP Manchester gig two years ago headlined by Jaar and was bitterly disappointed by his new ultra bizarre routine. We head to David August tomorrow night in Paradiso, Amsterdam in the hope that he maintains performing classics like this tune and doesn’t simply make rhythmless noisescapes like Jaar did two years ago. I’m definitely too harsh with my Nicolas Jaar comparison here, but we will see tomorrow night.

 

Galway Street Club – Beeswing

What happens when you take all of a city’s busking community and shove them together into a band? ‘Galway Street Club’, is what happens. With members uniting from every part of the planet, this ever expanding collective of talent keeps entertaining audiences all over Ireland and the UK in the busking and live scene.

I remember hearing the story behind the wonderful indie folk band ‘Beirut’ some years ago, how Zach Condon travelled to Europe and picked up all his ideas from street music and various fusion sounds, thus creating Beirut with his mates. Galway Street Club have many wonderful world musicians in their group which make them a unique, genre splitting group of musicians. With four singers on their live rotation, these crew captivate their crowd every show. The live show is utterly stunning, total music. Check them out if you can.

Here is their lovely rendition of Richard Thompsons ‘Beeswing’

Cosmo Sheldrake & JD Eidse – I threw a rock into the sea

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Sheldrake & Eidse bring us back in time to when life was a lot simpler and innocent with this gorgeous piece of musical treasure. A bumbling mellowness throughout, with subtle harmonies and an experimental natural flow, this tune will set your mind at ease after a long and treacherous day. Cheers Cosmo and J.D.

Sheldrake is a fine fine musician.