Yes, I”™m back to life due to the miracles of music, sunshine, nano-machines and a cyborg exoskeleton. Before I forget, make sure you come down to The Cheltenham Underground this Friday (I believe it”™s the 16th) to check out New Rising; Phil King and Men Diamler. Those of you who have spoken to me for more than 5 minutes know I hold Men Diamler as the benchmark for live performances. You simply have to check him out before you die. In addition to him you”™ll get another two bands of awesome to watch, listen and tap your toes to. So make sure you go. Right, I”™m still not feeling 100% so less of the jabber from me and more of the wobble from Fozz. Go!
Playlist is here: Wobble Those Knees
1. Four Tet ”“ Love Cry
2. Nathan Fake ”“ You Are Here
3. Mr. Scruff ”“ Shrimp
4. The Qemists feat. Mike Patton ”“ Lost Weekend
5. Soulwax ”“ Too Many DJs
6. The Cooper Temple Clause ”“ Blind Pilots
7. Forward Russia ”“ Twelve
8. Eagles of Death Metal ”“ Cherry Cola
9. Idlewild ”“ You Held The World In Your Arms
10. Kill It Kid ”“ Dirty Water
11. Secret Machines ”“ Atomic Heels
12. Lykke Li ”“ Breaking It Up
13. Yoav ”“ Where Is My Mind?
14. Zero 7 ”“ This Fine Social Scene
15. Broken Social Scene ”“ Shampoo Suicide
16. Metric ”“ Grow Up
17. La Roux ”“ In For The Kill (Skream”™s Let”™s Get Ravey Remix)
18. Delphic ”“ Counterpoint
19. Two Door Cinema Club ”“ I Can Talk
20. The Whip ”“ Muzzle #1
21. Pnau ”“ We Love The Fresh Kills
22. Friendly Fires ”“ Skeleton Boy
23. Passion Pit ”“ Seaweed Song
24. Errors ”“ Mr. Milk
25. Filthy Dukes ”“ This Rhythm
26. Example ”“ You Can”™t Rap
It seems that Dave and Thom rather enjoyed my first playlist, so I now have the challenge of emulating that and coming up with another one that doesn”™t disappoint. This time round I thought I”™d get some inspiration from the bands/artists that I”™ve had the privilege of seeing live in concert over the last year or so.
What better way to begin than with my latest outing to see Four Tet, with support from Nathan Fake. Wowzers, what a combo! From Four Tet”™s new album we have “Love Cry”, which starts off fairly stark and empty, but over the course of the track more and more elements are added and it gradually metamorphoses into a cacophony of aural bliss. The experimental qualities of these first two tracks are the perfect set-up for more of the same in the next track, which comes in the form of “Shrimp” by Mr Scruff. I had the pleasure of seeing Scruff with Dave, and the large alcohol intake that ensued made sure our knees were certainly wobbling by the end of the night!
Strictly speaking, I haven”™t seen Soulwax. However, I have seen them under the guise of 2 Many DJs, and what an audio-visual feast that was. Spotify currently doesn”™t contain any of their work (which really needs to be rectified) so I decided to go with the Soulwax “Too Many DJs” track instead.
Supporting Lykke Li was Yoav, an Israeli guy armed with nothing more than an acoustic guitar and a couple of effects pedals, yet he was able to cleverly concoct some pretty funky electronica-style beats. I thoroughly enjoyed his set, and then he went and pulled this doozy of a track out of the bag as the finale ”“ a chilling and vacuous rendition of “Where Is My Mind?” by The Pixies that will send a shiver down your spine.
I love Zero 7, I really do, and I had high hopes when I went to see them live. Sadly, they just didn”™t live up to my expectations, and I would probably go as far as to say it was one of the most disappointing gigs I”™ve been to. A lot of the stuff they played was off “Yeah Ghost”, which I hadn”™t heard at the time, but even the older stuff that I did recognise they somehow seemed to butcher. It may have been better if Sia had been able to join them, but alas she was off touring elsewhere. Anyways, enough of my grievances, have a listen to “This Fine Social Scene”.
Speaking of fine social scenes, how about some of the broken variety? (Do you see what I did there?) OK, so I tell a lie, I haven”™t actually seen Broken Social Scene live yet, but after bagging some tickets to see them in June I just couldn”™t resist throwing this cheeky little number into the mix in anticipation.
La Roux, Delphic, Two Door Cinema Club and The Whip have all had releases on the Kitsune label so it kinda made sense to bundle them together. After seeing La Roux before she became popular I don”™t really understand how she managed to get so famous. I don”™t think she can sing very well at all, but there are some pretty good remixes of her stuff floating around.
I love going to gigs where the support act turns out to be equally as good as, if not better, than the main headliner. Electro-geeks Errors and Filthy Dukes, who were supporting Forward Russia and Secret Machines respectively, are both prime examples of this. Errors kicked off the gig with “Mr. Milk” to a virtually empty crowd, but people soon started to gather once they realised the musical treats emanating from the stage. And Forward Russia were very entertaining as well. The lead singer is completely and utterly mental, and was literally swinging from the rafters at one point.
So that”™s pretty much it for this one. There was a lot more I wanted to include but I”™ll probably save them for future playlists.