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DANGERDOOM - "Mince Meat". Oh yes sirs, it's MF Doom plus DJ Dangermouse, a pentatonic flute sample and Doom's marshy words. There's something almost Seussian about how this sounds, a 5,000 Fingers of Dr T scene, dark courtyard and strange spires. "Give the drummer some rum / I'm sure he could use a shot / just to get his queues hot / and make sure he don't lose a spot." It's dirty, though, like worn shoes and worn jackets. Crunch and strut, solid enough to hang your hat on. Instead of hooks, it's got antlers.

This track's available on the Epitaph comp Punk-O-Rama [buy], and may be included on the duo's upcoming LP, which'll be affiliated with Adult Swim (?!).


Tunng - "Mother's Daughter". I first heard Tunng at a Stockholm record shop, browsing the racks before an Arcade Fire gig. The cover is gorgeous, an interwoven print of faces, flowers, a rabbit, an owl. this is... tunng, it reads, in inky letters. There was a clipping stuck up next to the stack of CDs. The review was in Swedish but I recognized the words "The Books", so I asked to listen. Swedish folktronica! Hooray! Only it's not. I questioned the record clerk and he explained that Tunng are from England. This was for the best, really, as I didn't have to pay in Swedish crowns but could order in plain old quid when I got back to the UK.

All this to say that I own Mother's Daughter and Other Songs and it's a fine, light piece of cloth, sewn with sequins. A long line of sound-alikes apply - The Books, The Beta Band, Kings of Convenience, Appendix Out, the Penguin Cafe Orchestra, - but the album's got a lovely breadth, bouncing between gauzy glitch and very trad britfolk ballads. "Mother's Daughter" is a great demo of all this: it opens with mixed up recordings and a skipping acoustic guitar, the grassy main melody appearing only half-way through, blended voices and the ebb/flow of sound. It feels at once like something here-and-now, something easy and tangible, and something that's just about to flickerdash away.

[The album seems sold out at Simbiotic, but if someone finds another buy link, I will update accordingly.]


Hope you didn't miss the new Arcade Fire track, below?


Sombrero! [via whimsy]

Posted by Sean at June 7, 2005 6:47 PM

tuung is awesome, but i don't know where you can get more copies...

Posted by cody at June 8, 2005 12:05 PM

Great post--love MF Doom. I recently posted him myself. Check it out and leave me a comment to let me know you were there!

Posted by ekko at June 8, 2005 7:20 PM

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