Weekly Playlist

A new look weekly roundup of tracks returns in playlist form for your aural pleasure. What d’you think?


Mp3: The RootsDear God 2.0

‘Dear God 2.0′ is the lead single from The Roots eagerly anticipated 9th studio album How I Got Over.  The track re-imagines the Monsters Of Folk original and features Yim Yames from My Morning Jacket, Conor Oberst and Mike Mogis from Bright Eyes and M. Ward. The last album was absolutely fantastic and this has the appetite well and truly whet.

Mp3: Primary 1 Hold Me Down (The Shoes Remix)

The jury is still out on Primary 1 who were recently added to the Oxegen bill, there is no such indecision with this remix by The Shoes, unanimous verdict – TUNE.

Mp3: We Are Scientists Break It Up

Big fan of With Love And Squalor in 2005, less a fan of follow-up Brain Thrust Mastery, do you see where this is going? Actually the first taster from their new album is pretty good and has renewed my interest somewhat even it does sound a little like Inspiral Carpets.

Mp3: The FallO.F.Y.C Showcase

Your Future Our Clutter is what seems like The Fall’s millionth album (actually 28th). The amazing part is they still sound fresh and never fail to impress under the stewardship of lead man Mark E Smith and this track falls soundly into that category. The late great John Peel’s description of them being “always different, always the same” is certainly apt.

RSAGThe Roamer

‘The Roamer’ is the first single from Be It Right Or Wrong, the follow-up to RSAG’s Organic Sampler, again instituted is Kilkenny man Jeremy Hickey’s DIY ethic which sees him perform entirely by himself. On this evidence there has been a minor change of tact to a softer less abrasive sound.

Foals This Orient (Starkey Remix)

I have yet to give Foals new album Total Life Forever the full attention it probably deserves but this remix by Starkey certainly has, it’s pretty awesome as they say.

Akala – DoubleThink

Akala’s third studio album DoubleThink reaffirms his position as one of the most articulate, intelligent and talented MC’s on the planet tackling racism, sexism, religion, the futility of ‘celebrity’ without missing a beat; offering an alternative to the macho gun and bling orientated mainstream of Hip-Hop. This album is more experimental and forward thinking than previous releases with the concept inspired by novels like George Orwell’s ‘1984’, as a result many of the songs deliver a dystopian vision of the future.

What makes this album so significant and important is the lyrics and perfect delivery, Akala utilises every breath to sound his insightful and meaningful message, sometimes agitated, angry, hopeful but always passionate, clear and brutally honest. Musically he continue to plough his own furrow refusing to be pigeonholed strictly within the grime genre successfully fusing it with electro and rock, no mean feat as many an artist has failed to blend these utterly different styles, all adding purveyed self belief that he can overcome any obstacle or societal oppression.

Akala is a refreshing and thought-provoking voice, let’s hope he’s not the only one.

Akala – XXL

Akala – Yours and my Children

BarryGruff May Mix

I’m thrilled to bring you the first ever mix specially crafted for the readers of barrygruff. The mix comes straight from the hands of my good mate Gavin Elsted of SEBP fame (see I know people) and is the result of a chat over a few pints in our local watering hole in Newbridge when I began this blogging malarky, there’s a wee bit of added hometown pride with this too.

It clocks in at a cool 39 minutes loaded with super fantastic tunes including personal favourites, Alex Metric’s remix of ‘Stylo’ oh yeah. It’s been playing here all day and I’m really, really getting a buzz from this – shame on me for forgetting how brilliant Kill Bill Vol. 4 is, just the thing to brighten up your Sunday!

BarryGruff May Mix

Tracklist:

I Want You – Gary Low
Stylo (Alex Metric Remix) – Gorillaz
NASA – Futurecop
Parisian Goldfish – Flying Lotus
Fancy Footwork – Chromeo
Kill Bill Vol. 4 – Modeselektor
Tenderoni (MSTRKRFT Remix) – Chromeo
Standing in the Way of Control (Soulwax remix) – The Gossip
Battlestations (Jape Edit) – Fight Like Apes
Heartbreaker – MSTRKRFT
Diana Won’t – Dimlite

Cheers Gav

Video: Not Squares – Release the Bees

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Belfast’s Not Squares are certainly a band on the rise. Freshly signed to The Richter Collective, probably the most exciting and interesting label in Ireland at the minute, they released the single Asylum earlier in the year. So with a Glastonbury appearence in the bag this week they have gone one better again with ‘Release the Bees’, simply a 7.59 monstourous shuddering beast of a track – the video is pretty ‘epic’ stuff too. More please.

Mp3: Not Squares – ‘Asylum’

Jaydiohead ‘Ignorant Swan Medley’

I wouldn’t be a big fan of either Radiohead or Jay-Z but mash them together and add a dash of brilliance from producer Max Tannone, the man behind Mos Dub, and you have yourself a winner. The album came out last year but this excellent and stylish video produced and directed by Jason Cacioppo has just been released. If you like what you hear you can pick up the full mash-up album Jaydiohead for free.

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Jaydiohead – Ignorant Swan