The tracks and artists getting noticed online this month.
1) Sidi TourÃ© Takeaway Show
The film-makers responsible for The Takeaway Show generally follow the stars of indie around the streets of Paris and other cities, capturing footage of unique live street performances. It’s always refreshing and insightful. For this episode however, the net is cast wider as the crew travel to Bamako, Mali where we find African blues-folk musician Sidi TourÃ© on the fringe of the Sahara, expressing frustration with his experiences of the Western music industry and playing a captivating set of songs on the streets of his desert neighboorhood. Absolutely breathtaking.
2) Radiohead re-imagined
Proof that Thom and company’s songs make killer hip-hop instrumentals, this unofficially released remix album from California’s Amplive (of Zion I) is a fantastic collection of In Rainbows-sampling tunes. After some initial legal wrangling with the ‘head’s publisher Warner/Chappell, Rainydayz Remixes is finally available as a free download to all and sundry. It features guest vocals from MCs such as Chali2Na (formerly of Jurassic 5), Del The Funkee Homosapien, Too $hort & MC Zumbi.
3)Mumblin’ Deaf Ro ar an raidiÃ³
Creator of one of the Irish albums of 2007, Ronan Hession drops into the Dublin City FM 103.2FM studio for a chat with Aoife Mc of The Indie Hour to talk about said album The Herring and The Brine. Ro is an eloquent speaker: self-deprecating, totally engaged in craft and song-writing and likeable to boot. Listen to the interview and songs from the album in the MP3 podcast.
4) Musical Rooms
If you’ve ever wondered about a musician’s habitat, this is the series for you. Our own SinÃ©ad Gleeson asks artists to describe the spaces they make their music in and how it affects the recording process. Contributors thus far include Dans le Sac Vs Scroobius Pip, Jape, Kila, Adrian Crowley, Delorentos, and James Yorkston.
5) Lolomix series
A series of mixes divided by theme by Loreana Rushe feature on Asleep on a Compost Heap blog, well worth your time and your ears. There are six mixes so far taking in the subjects of love, a space voyage, songs with trumpets, airports, forests and all things nautical. Expect songs from Jens Lekman, Deerhunter, The Olivia Tremor Control, The Knife and Can.
Blog of the Month
Dalston Oxfam Shop
Once a week high quality digital recordings of cassette tapes purchased at the Dalston Oxfam Shop in East London.
A novel blog which has produced innumerable nostalgic gems since it started, Dalston Oxfam Shop is based on the idea that there is gold in the cassette tapes found on the shelves in charity shops. Recent cassette tapes for download include -Urban 88′ a compilation of late 80’s urban dance tracks with James Brown, Walter Beasley and The Groove Train as well as ‘Kinky Trax 2’, a 1993 New York House cassette, of which most of the songs are cheesy and deeply unpleasurable, Part of the appeal is listening to archaic music from movements long forgotten while the worry is that you may end up liking a South African compilation (complete with interludes of strange advertisements and radio commentary) made specifically for taxi drivers to play to their passengers in 1988. As with any music blog worth its salt a trawl through the archives will turn up something for everyone.
This initially featured in issue 01 of State Magazine.