Monday Music’s the one weekly post wherein Some Of It Was True! drops its London-only rule.
It’s raining, it’s pouring and it’s bloody boring. Someone make it sunny? Still, what better to while away half an hour inside than a dose of Monday Music?
Jake Bugg – Lightning Bolt
This is Dylan-esque folk rock relocated to chavvy Northern England in 2012, and ain’t it brilliant? Nottingham talent Bugg has a Gallagher-like look and a chirpy-chappy voice, but don’t let that fool you: this is perfectly-paced, screamingly singalong and full of fearsome guitars. Download it on iTunes here, or wait until 22 October for the debut album to arrive.
Steezy Ray Vibes – Time Stands Still
Harrie’s in a bad way this week, so this electro/guitar number’s for her. It’s soothing, soporific and soft as the puffiest pillow; a song to close your eyes and drift away to, a song to get you through bad times, a song to dampen the eyes. (via Don’t Die Wondering)
Jay Electronica – Dear Moleskine
Jay’s been in the news this week for a supposed affair with Kate Rothschild, and that means a handy opportunity for me to feature this most unusual number, finally out, and a perfect illustration of why Mr Eleck’s such a talent. This is almost a mash-up: some spindly guitar rock, some woo-wooing, some 1950s-style jazz sounds and some conventional hip hop in a stop-start congregation.
Dean Blunt & Inga Copeland – The Narcissist
This originated in January (on Blunt’s The Narcissist 2 mixtape, free here), but I only heard about it recently thanks to Dummy. I love their summary: “Blunt and Copeland dance around each other in an exchange of weary, love-worn calls. It’s the music that does the most talking though, thick with a poignant sense of loss”. There’s a Tarantino-soundtrack quality to the overblown lounge-soul sound, and something stunning on show; whenever I listen to this, I simply sit there, head-down, suddenly unable to do anything else. The duo are normally called Hype Williams, but, as Guardian.co.uk explains, there’s really no end to their mystery…
TV Girl – I Wonder Who She’s Kissing Now
If ever the sun does reappear, make sure you have this one handy. San Diego duo TV Girl make a tropical splash – part indie, part electro pop, mostly soul. They got in trouble with the Old Bill for featuring Todd Rundgren’s Hello It’s Me without permission, but that scandal only served to swell their fan-club. New song I Wonder Who She’s Kissing Now borrows from Johnny Tillotson according to Trendland, and who knows whether that one’s approved… Let’s just say that if the video below disappears, you’ll know why.