Where else this summer are you going to find Tracey Ulman and environmentally-conscious rap from Edmonton (Cadence Weapon) in the same playlist? Because I've been so lazy putting out a new playlist, you now get a double-dose of tunes perfect for summer fun. But with fifty whole tracks, where are you supposed to start? Well, as I'm going to see the legendary Lee "Scratch" Perry this Saturday why not start his fine dub work on The Upsetter's Mouth Murderer Dub (and Pussy Man from his 2004 album), which shares a 'riddim' with Augustus Pablo, and The Gatherer's Words of My Mouth.
Should exclamatory band names be banned? Clap Your Hands Say Yeah!, Panic! at the Disco, Ok Go! and now You Say Party, We Say Die!
The National are definitely one of my favourite new discoveries. While the latest album Boxer is superb, my current fave is actually from the previous album Alligators, "Daughters of the Soho Riots".
Of course we need some strange covers, and the always melancholy Camera Obscura go against the grain of the ABBA original with "Super Trouper", 50 Cent is in a party mood with "In Da Club" and Chris Cornell turns in a brooding acoustic version of "Billie Jean" live in Sweden. While I'm a bit weary of mashups, there's something about Dsico's mix of Freak Me and Love Will Tear Us Apart that just... works.
Thanks to catching Spies Like Us on TV, I'm now hooked on The Bar-Kays "Soul Finger" and there is some great funky followups from The Highlighters Band and my the unbelievable Betty Davis. Better known as Miles Davis' third wife, she is way raunchier than Kelis, Amy Winehouse and all her followers combined. And my guilty pleasure this time is definitely Girls Aloud's "Something Kinda Ooooh". Get off your alt-indie pretensions and dance.
Speaking of alt-indie pretensions, definite highlights here include Blonde Redhead "The Dress", Day For Night "Silver Beach", and some Berlin electro from Ellen Allien, "Need a planet without wars and cars. I wish it could be true." Indeed.
All the other stuff is great too. Enjoy!