Monday, 19 March 2012

YouTube Mixtapes: New Stuff!

Hot Chip - Flutes

With the ink drying on their fresh new signing to Domino Records, Hot Chip have set about proving that they can play with the big boys with 'Flutes', their first single since 2010's album 'One Life Stand.' Noting a tracktime that clocks in at just over 7 minutes, one would quite understand an eyebrow raise of suspected prentension, but what Alexis and co deliver is a fantastically cyclic masterpiece, streamlined enough to make for a commercially viable radio edit, but just about bonkers and hypnotic enough to still be the Hot Chip we all know and love. Welcome back lads. 

Mystery Jets - Someone Purer
Much like Hot Chip, longterm Safety In Sound  favourites Mystery Jets are fast approaching fourth album territory, and have decided to reveal the fruits of their labour with 'Someone Purer'. Recorded in Austin, Texas following a low key appearance at the world famous SXSW festival, it possesses a certain americana charm, far more sedate in delivery that the technicolour 80's pop of Twenty One and Serotonin. 'Radlands' is out in May.

Blood Red Shoes - Cold
For reasons beyond my understanding, Blood Red Shoes have always flitted somewhat below the radar, a crying shame for anybody who has ever witnessed one of their live shows. Although I myself am still waiting on a copy of their new record, I hear from reliable sources that it may well be the thing that breaks them, and lead single 'Cold' definitely displays a dark vocal confidence from both Laura Mary and Steven that should make for very interesting things indeed.

The Cribs - Come On, Be A No-One
Proud owners of the songwriting credits to arguably one of my favourite songs of all time ('Be Safe' for any of you who care), The Cribs have always held a special place in my heart, and even more so now I'm living just down the road from their birthplace of Wakefield. Having shed temporary member Johnny Marr, they pledged to return to their garage rock roots with 5th Album 'In The Belly Of The Brazen Bull', and this clearly wasn't a statement they took lightly. Comeback single 'Come On, Be A No One' is as ramshackle and scuzzy as anybody could ask for; indeed, one of it's youtube comments brilliantly reads: 'I like this, they sound better when they sound shit' 

Miike Snow - The Wave
 
I'm going to be honest. Until last week's reading and leeds festival announcements last week, I had near on forgotten that Miike Snow had ever existed.Upon a little investigation though, I remembered just how much I liked the Swedish threesome, fathers of such modern classics as 'Sylvia' and 'Animal', New single 'The Wave' runs to a similar theme, but earns bonus points for a pretty deranged video. Not one to watch before bedtime folks...


M.I.A - Bad Girls


I've never been a fan of M.I.A. And yet I really, really love this. Go figure.

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