So, here I am sat in the UK penning this column, everybody I meet wants to tell me how hot it is, over and over again. I’d actually forgotten how weather obsessed the Brits are and oh, here I am discussing it. Grr... If only they knew. Anyway, let’s talk ‘heat’ musicwise ...
Let’s start off with a couple of updates on bands I have covered before as I seem to be having a bit of an acoustic month at present. New Killer Shoes are back with a new album following the success of their debut a few months back, this is not so much a new one, but an acoustic version of the last, this time called ‘I Ain’t even plugged in’ (See what they did there..) They have taken 11 of the best tracks and taken them in a completely new direction, lots of dub influences prevalent throughout. The first single ‘Love Rockets’ very reminiscent of early Tricky/Portishead and my pick ‘Leave me alone’ a perfect angst love song for the ex in your life (or not). Available from August 20 through Bandcamp.
The other on my update list this month is The Virginmarys, you may remember me proclaiming ‘King of Conflict’ the album of year? Now, this hasn’t exactly born fruit as yet, but they are certainly causing a stir in the USA. Due to popular demand, they now make available the ‘Stripped’ version of the album (which was previously unavailable digitally). The original album was perhaps a little heavy on the ears for most, so this may be a better introduction to the band for more mainstream audiences. If you didn’t check this out last time, take a chance on this lighter version! This band are truly amazing and it’s only a matter of time before they do break through to the masses! Available on Bandcamp, Amazon and iTunes.
The only other thing to stand out this month is the new album by Birmingham band Editors entitled ‘The Weight of Your Love’. Incredibly only their fourth albumand it’s been four years since the release of their last, which debuted at numbed one on the UK albums chart, however there really seems to be a lack of excitement for this, although the band continue to sell out arena tours and festival slots. As ever, the band specialise in a dark indi rock sound with their influences coming from Echo & the Bunnymen, Joy division and Interpol. Having had this on my iPod for the past week, it certainly is a good album for its genre and definitely as strong as their previous offerings, but I can’t see this winning them many new fans and receiving much radio play. However if dark and moody is your thing, it’s a perfect purchase!
Having been away in the UK for the past month, dance music has not really been on my radar as my break from our little island is all about rocking out to some good bands as opposed to clubbing, so no new mix this month, however last month’s is still on my Facebook if you didn’t grab it! As you’re reading this, it should be fast approaching Eid and you will find me back in the real heat, poolside at Coral Bay! See you there for a dance!