More music picks for your Monday, co-curated by Rob & Widge. If you like what you hear, use the links provided to snag it for yourself from Amazon. Doing so through us gives us kickbacks, and those help pay for stuff like more bandwidth. And also so we can buy more music.
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First up, we have from Ontario (as David Letterman is about to explain), Diamond Rings and their new album Free Dimensional. Rob says, “You are best off to not deny this is a dance record. Just embrace it and groove to its off-kilter quirkiness.” As for me, I’m trying to figure out what two or three musicians from the 80s had their DNA spliced together by a mad scientist. I want to say Billy Idol is one. Give me some time, I’ll come up with the others.
The track here is “Runaway Love.”
Next, another Rob pick (the first half is all Rob picks)–it’s Matt and Kim and “Overexposed,” from their new album Lightning. This is listed as an “official first listen” video rather than a proper music video. But this is better than a lot of actual music videos I’ve seen. So.
Rob says: “Get up and and dance in-your-face rock and roll. Like being punchdrunk with your slippers on.”
And from Rob, the title track from Eytan & The Embassy‘s new release, Everything Changes. Rob says: “This Brooklyn band has one accolades from Weird Al, Neil Patrick Harris & Deadmaus. Well crafted pop with a sax thrown in for good measure.”
Sax? Why didn’t you just say so?
Now over to me for a few. Heard this band on WOMAD from BBC Radio 3: Orchestre Poly-Rythmo de Cotonou. They’ve been up and running since the 1960s and at least two years ago they still had four of their original members. Not sure when this video was shot. But this is “Se Ba Ho,” and it can be found on the new compilation, Echos hypnotiques (From the Vaults of Albarika Store 1969-1979, Vol. 2). Excellent groove plus horns equals win with me.
And now for something completely different: somebody I found while trawling Spotify the other day…the English rapper Professor Green. Recent Buzzcocks guest host Example guests on this, a single from Green’s 2010 album, Alive Till I’m Dead. I like the beats and the rhymes are moderately clever. My needs are modest.