Fourteen mixtapes in and, even if we do say so ourselves. this week’s is an absolute belter. Led by a stunningly original voice from the UK, the fifteen tracks include covers, remixes and one particular Irish band blowing us away.
Kate Tempest – ‘The Beigeness’
The spoken word / hip-hop crossover continues with the new single from the magnificent Ms Tempest. Far more funky than the work of fellow poet Scroobius Pip, ‘The Beigeness’ sounds like a breath of fresh air. Quite possibly the most important new UK artist of the year.
Avec Sans – ‘Will Do’
If the TV On The Radio original was beautiful, this cover from Manchester / Trinidad duo Avec Sans is simply exquisite. Proof that a good song will shine in any circumstances, the move from guitar art rock to Chvrches style electro pop is handled with ease.
La Roux – ‘Let Me Down Gently’
There’s undoubtedly ground to be made up for Elly Jackson, having taken more than five years to follow up her debut album. Now apparently flying solo (with producing partner Ben Langmaid out of the picture), ‘Let Me Down Gently’ succeeds through ambition – running at over five minutes it’s hardly screaming out to daytime radio for a leg up. The album Trouble In Paradise follows in July.
Damn Right! – ‘Halo’
The sound of Philadelphia freedom, this studio based trio pull influences from all over the shop (we can even hear a bit of Hot Chip in there) but somehow make it work.
Sivu – ‘My Oh My’
Free download from up and coming Londoner, a nice example of his enigmatically understated style.
Thief – ‘Cry Me A River’
We love covers on the mixtape and this is a belter, JT’s original getting a slightly sinister reworking from the Australian musician. Extra points for the horns.
Ben Khan – ‘Youth’
Much loved by Hype Machine, Zane Lowe and Pitchfork, (all before this first official release) Londoner Khan is now setting State’s pulses racing. Adding a welcome funk element to his solo electronic sounds, ‘Youth’ is taken from the 1992 EP.
Douga – ‘Blue is Nothing’
To be honest we couldn’t resist any band with a founding member called Johnny Winbolt-Lewis but Douga (his less wieldy childhood nickname) more than warrant our attention. Fans of Broadcast, Yo La Tengo and Grizzly Bear will also approve we suspect.
The Antlers – ‘Hotel’
They’re back and still as magnificent as ever. With a beautiful, broken soul atmosphere, ‘Hotel’ reminds us of The Afghan Whigs at their heartbreaking best. Album Familiars is out in June, but you’ll need to wait till October to see them live.
The Cadbury Sisters – ‘Milk (Rowntree Mix)’
Remixed by Blur’s Dave Rowntree, the close folk harmonies of the original are still very much in evidence. The drummer’s reason for getting involved? “With my name being Rowntree and theirs being Cadbury, I thought wouldn’t it be nice if we could merge the chocolate empires somehow?”
Death Has No Dominion – Harvest
We always try and spread the new wide on the mixtape so it’s off to Denmark we go, for this downbeat duo (how could they be anything else with a name like that?). There’s an awful lot of back story but all you need to know is that it includes a black house once owned by Willem Dafoe and a pair of ukuleles.
Cocoa Futures – ‘Do Something (Coby Sey Rework)’
A mighty meeting of minds, the UK four piece get a stunning reinterpretation thanks to Kwes cohort Sey.
Sleep Thieves – ‘You Want The Night’
We always new that Sleep Thieves had it in them but still, shit this is good. The title track from their new album – due next month – this is by far their finest moment so far. Epic.
Hospitality – ‘Last Words’
With their debut European headlining tour heading our way for a Whelan’s date on 24th, what better excuse to listen to the latest single from Hospitality’s Trouble album?
M.I.A. – ‘Baddygirl 2 (MIA PARTYSQUAD BEYONCE FLAWLESS REMIX)’
Nuts. Just nuts. See you next week.