Thursday, September 19, 2013

Song of the Day: "Feel the Love"

This year's Mercury Prize shortlist may be the one with the largest number of artists I'm hearing for the first time AND find really compelling.

Or it may not be.

Can't really tell at this time.

Rudimental is a drum & bass band, Home is their debut and singer John Newman provides the vocals on this track which hit number 1 in the UK.

Song: "Feel the Love"
Artist: Rudimental/John Newman

Song of the Day: "Nothing Arrived"

It's nearly 1 a.m.

I have been working since 7:40 Wednesday morning.

Here are Villagers from their Mercury Prize shortlisted Awayland. They're an earlier Mercury Prize find from their debut Becoming a Jackal.

Song: "Nothing Arrived"
Artist: Villagers

Tuesday, September 17, 2013

Song of the Day: "Shut Up"

Savages make the Mercury Prize shortlist with debut album Silence Yourself.

They should have called it Silence Yourself AND Your Cell Phone.

Are Savages your new Catherine Wheel? Holy shit is that reference 20 years old?

Maybe and yes.

Song: "Shut Up"
Artist: Savages

Monday, September 16, 2013

Song of the Day: "Green Garden"

Ugh. Long, brutal day at work. Didn't get home until 8:30 and I'm about to crash. And today, of all days, the day I wish I had the energy to write an elaborate introduction to our next Mercury Prize short lister, one that invokes a Seinfeld reference. Mulva.

Today's shortlist artist is Laura Mvula.

It's all the right letters.

Ugh, if only there was a way to reschedule the order of the artists as I review them.

But alas, there is none.

So you'll have to write your own.

Or give Ms. Mvula some respect for her obvious talent.

Song: "Green Garden"
Artist: Laura Mvula

Sunday, September 15, 2013

Song of the Day: "We Disappear"

When last we checked in with Mercury Prize shortlister Jon Hopkins it was his earlier shortlist effort, a collaboration with King Creosote, Diamond Mine. Diamond Mine is one of the shortlist entries I've been so instantly taken with that I bought a copy right away. I didn't realize there were further collaborations released as EPs. Now I have more shopping to do...

He returns to the shortlist as a solo artist with Immunity--okay, since he's a producer/musician I guess calling him a solo artist belies the fact that he has an array of performers on the album, including vocalists who aren't him. Not that vocalists are the be all, end of of performers, just that they can be the obvious part of the music.

Something something, here's a song with no vocalist to make my point.

Song: "We Disappear"
Artist: Jon Hopkins