Recommended music to download this month…
Gorillaz, Song: Saturnz Barz
Damon Albarn returns with his cartoon band with latest release Humanz, featuring an eye watering cast of current A-list contributors (De La Soul, Vince Staples, Danny Brown, Jehnny Beth) with some oddball golden-oldies thrown in for good measure. Humanz is a notable swing deeper into hip-hop territory, but still retains Albarn’s familiar doomsday synth soundtrack and deadpan vocals. Best of the bunch is this collaboration with dancehall star, Popcaan, who also throws a gentle reggae vibe into the mix. The video, featured here, is a lot of fun too.
(Also download these songs from the album: Andromeda, Strobelite, We Got The Power)
Joe Goddard, Song: Lose Your Love
The machines-half of Hot Chip delivers a journey through the recent history of dance music on his Electric Lines album. The constant shifting of styles and tempo can be bewildering at times, but Goddard retains his band’s keen ear for melody, and shows that he can also churn out a classic like Lose Your Love, sampling the Emotions’ 1976 single (I Don’t Wanna Lose Your Love) to brilliant chipmunk-like effect.
(Also download these songs off the album: Music Is The Answer, Ordinary Madness, Electric Lines)
Father John Misty, Song: Total Entertainment Forever
Total Entertainment Forever is a standout from the Pure Comedy album. This cynical rant is about the effect of ubiquitous technology on our ‘normal’ everyday interpersonal relationships. It mashes country-pop with big band brass to dazzling effect.
‘Bedding Taylor Swift every night inside the Oculus Rift
After mister and the missus finish dinner and the dishes.
And now the future’s definition is so much higher than it was last year.’
Another winning tune from New York’s hippest anti-hipster.
(Also download these songs from the album: Two Wildly Different Perspectives, Pure Comedy, Ballad Of The Dying Man)
In case you missed it…
Anderson .Paak, Song: The Bird (from 2016)
In a year rich with jazz/hip hop crossovers (see Kendrick Lamar, Thundercat, Esperanza Spalding), piano player to the stars Brandon Anderson released Malibu, arguably the finest 2016 album in the genre. Opening track The Bird interweaves his speak-singing vocals with a mimicking trumpet against layers of laid back, plush soft jazz. Stunning.
(Also download these songs from the album: Am I Wrong, Come Down, Celebrate)