Please note: MP3s are only kept online for a short time, and if this entry is from more than a couple of weeks ago, the music probably won't be available to download any more.
Bradez ft Kwaw Kesse - "Wossop (remix)". Yet more Ghanaian hiplife - heavily hooray, fearsomely yay, yup, yip yip. Music like this, up-down right-left, it turns me into a muppet, a kind of ballsy Yip Yip, gonna trespass into a banquet. Cowbell and hiccups, shaker, woodwind, Kwaw Kesse and Bradez stating their business over Brundai's beat. HALLUCINANT. [twitter]
Christina Courtin - "All You Had To Do". Holy moly, etc, pow, like one of those guns with an unfurling sign. POW! Courtin has tossed out "Rainy"'s stately melancholy, shacking-up instead with whizz, bang, snap and crackle, glowing lightbulb harmonies, guitar solos, "yeah-yeah yeah yeah yeah." Having fun, basically. She has hit the ground running, skated the slope, caught air. She has gone into the studio and invented things. She has flashed the lights. "All You Had To Do" sounds like one hell of a week. [buy]
Elsewhere, two very fine Kickstarter campaigns, by musicians I admire. (They are also the kind of musicians who genuinely need your help; for whom pre-ordered albums are probably economically transformational.) Please, please consider giving:
- Devon Sproule is raising money for Colours, her new record. The thank-yous include everything from LPs to Sproule's entire CD collection. I am discovering that I have never written about Sproule here, but 2011's I Love You, Go Easy (mp3) was a weird and exemplary collection of songs, wiry golden folk, close to perfect. Also, she covered Mary Margaret O'Hara.
- Meanwhile, We/Or/Me is looking for just a little help to finish mixing his new collection of quiet, deliberate songs. Eight years ago he wrote a track that sounded better to me than Nick Drake's "Pink Moon", one night. His new record was mixed by Brian Deck (The Moon and Antarctica) and features vocals by Vashti Bunyan. Indeed. Go help some art get made.
Posted by Sean at January 31, 2013 6:37 PM