The records and columns have been piling in throughout the past week. We've had Monsters of Folk, Blk Jks, Times New Viking and Part Chimp reviewed this week among others, as well as the weekly singles and Armchair Dancefloor's 12th edition gracing these wonderful pages.
So, to this week's Spotifriday DiS content playlist. Click here for 18 tracks of the very best music. Go on!
1.Monsters of Folk - 'Baby Boomer'
The poorly-titled but not-bad-on-the-whole record from Monsters of Folk was released this week, made up of M.Ward, Jim James, Conor Oberst and Mike Mogis from various folkish projects. We reviewed it here and today it opens this playlist, and a nice little hand-clapping, acoustic, three-minute number it is too. Happy Spotifriday folks.
2.Fanfarlo - 'Drowning Men'
Taken, but not properly, from This Week's Singles, Fanfarlo released 'The Walls Are Coming' down on Monday but we couldn't find that so we've settled for 'Drowning Men'. It does sound rather like a scaled-down Arcade Fire which is, for the most part, a good thing, I'd say. Of course we have our own Drowning Man down there on the bottom right - click him and see what he does!
3.Death Cab For Cutie - 'I Will Follow You Into The Dark'
Soundtracks are quite often poor and perhaps even more often utterly terrible. The OST for new vampire flick New Moon is an exception to the rule, featuring the marvellous Death Cab For Cutie and tonnes of others like Muse and Lykke Li. 'I Will Follow You Into The Dark' is taken from their finest release to date, Plans and, whilst bordering on "advert music" for the opening few chords is both heart-wrenchingly sad and happy. Get that.
4.Wildbirds & Peacedrums - 'Places'
Quick! Get the Deerhoof remix of Wildbirds & Peacedrums' 'My Heart' while it's still hot and while you still can. It's there for a limited time only and it is quite brilliant, much like this, somewhat shorter, track called 'Places'. Weird as it is to hear a slightly skippy female vocal placed atop sparsely played percussion, there's just something which works with Wildbirds. Maybe it's 'cos they're married.
5.Crippled Black Phoenix - 'Ballad Of Richard, A Real Bronx Cheer'
This week we had an Invada Invasion, with plenty of comment and articles from bands featured on Geoff Barrow's label. For this particular feature we had Crippled Black Phoenix's Christmas recipes. Curious, yes. Interesting, also. Making me hungry? Definitely. 'Places' is a slow burner of a sullen five-minuter with understated harmonies, taken from 8 Songs.
6.Los Campesinos! - 'Heart Swells/Pacific Daylight Time'
So, maybe a week never goes by without us featuring something from this band but we can't help but love them in almost every way. This week they recruited a new member, amusing us even more with their faux-football take on the whole thing. So, Gareth's sister joins the band and this one from their second "collection of songs" shows they aren't just glocks, melodicas and furiously spluttered vocals.
7.The Flaming Lips - 'The Yeah Yeah Yeah Song'
The Flaming Lips video for 'I Can Be A Frog' is, somewhat peculiarly, as annoying as it is enjoyable. Karen O features but we don't know where and there's a wholly irritating background voice in it. Good video, though. Anyway, forget about that and hark back to the day when the chorus of this song got the whole country (perhaps) singing along.
8.Sky Larkin - 'Matador' (Lull's Channel Switch Remix)
It seems Thom Yorke isn't the only one releasing free new tracks left right and centre, as Leeds' finest guitar-pop trio decided to make their new track/single/release 'Smarts' available for download from their website. It's a tad heavier than what we've heard from them before and it also contained an acoustic version of 'Matador', taken from The Golden Spike, which is why we've stuck in the blippy, bleepy remix of that very same song.
9.Portishead - 'The Rip'
Do we actually ever need a reason to include 'The Rip' on any Spotify playlist? We'd argue not, but at least this time there is some relevance as Portishead's Geoff Barrow is the head honcho of Invada, who invaded our pages this week, and will invade Bristol sometime in the near future. More of this sort of thing please, Geoff.
10.Kelpe - 'Bread Machine Bred'
Chris Power's 12th, as ever wide-ranging, Armchair Dancefloor column went up this week, with tips on all of the recently-released electronica you could ever hope to read about. Well, a significant chunk of it anyway. As ever, we've tried to represent the artists featured in the Spotifriday playlist and this track by Kelpe just stood out, I think because of the overall slightly-plodding serenity featured within. Certainly worth further investigation.
11.FaltyDL - 'Slippery Nipplery'
As is anything by FaltyDL - this one could barely be more different to the previous track, apart from the first three seconds, anyway. 'Slippery Nipplery' is just a smidgen more frantic but the jackhammer beats mixed with some kind of glockenspiel spiel floats my boat.
12.Peter Grummich - 'Solarain'
And now for the final in this particular trilogy of Armchair Dancefloor cuts (can I get away with 'cuts'? Just did). Peter Grummich's 'Solarain' is a return to the more placid ambience from the fury of FaltyDL. Not much really happens here, in truth, but it's a nice daydreaming diversion for you all.
13.Brand New - 'Gasoline'
In case you weren't aware of this particular event, Brand New released Daisy earlier this week and we also reviewed it only managing a 6/10. William Grant described this particular track as one of a couple of "brave steps out of the Brand New line – all screams of "FIRE" and jarring distorted guitar - but they don’t offer the subtle progression in musicianship that the band need.". Still, it should offer you your daily fix of raucous energy combined with a nice squealing end.
14.Times New Viking - 'Those Days'
Fed up of hearing about no-fi and lo-fi? Well, tough, for now at least - Times New Viking aren't going away. If you like your music to snap (OK, maybe...), crackle (certainly!), and pop (yes, of course!) then this is for you. If you don't, then skip it. 'Those Days' is taken from Born Again Revisited, which we reviewed earlier in the week.
15.Part Chimp - 'Trad'
Part Chimp returned this week with Thriller, which scored an 8 out of 10. Phillip Bloomfield described 'Trad' as "detuned desert rock, powered by new recruit Tracy Bellarie’s (ex-Ikara Colt) furiously overdriven bass." Yep, that's exactly what it is, and it sounds good, rich and heavy. Pummeling, absolutely pummeling.
16.Editors - 'Munich'
17.Jay-Z - 'D.O.A'
Jay-Z, Coldplay and Girls Aloud all on the same bill, you say? Mental, we say. And indeed it was. Three of the biggest artists in the world at the moment, sharing one stage (at different times) this time last week. We reviewed that particular CONCERT here. We're still not sure if Jay-Z should ever attempt singing, but this upbeat animal of a tune leaves us with no doubt about Jigga's place up there in the annals of musical history.
18.Blk Jks - 'Lakeside'
Hotly anticipated debut record? Yes, it has been. Blk Jks' debut After Robots was reviewed by us this week, scoring 8. It is a fine record and though it's not entirely clear if the album version of 'Lakeside' is as good as the EP version (it doesn't quite get the BUMPIN' energy, being a bit more jangly...), it's still the finest moment of the album.
Click here for this week's Spotifriday DiS content playlist.