Friday, May 26, 2006

Funky Friday Don't Want No Scrubs

It is a rather random selection of songs today. The only unifying theme is that they all made it onto the soundtrack of my day...

Pet Shop Boys have a new album out in Europe. Called Fundamental, it is produced by Trevor Horn. PSB + Trevor = great. Thanks to Chas I have a copy of the single disc. It is also available as a 2 disc set - the second disc is called Fundamentalism and is remixes. (The Rock'n'Roll Star has a couple for you to sample.). It is being widely touted as "a return to form". It is a smashing set of electro pop, as evidenced by Minimal. Back when West End Girls came out I never would have guessed that I'd still be listening to them some 20 years later. Both editions get a US release on June 27th. Make mine the double please.

Hot Chip are about to release their second album The Warning on June 13th. Scruffy DIY electro-pop-funk is the order of the day and Over And Over is a nice, singy-songy bit of fuzzed out disco with a great catchy chorus. The joy of repetition.

King Britt's Sylk 130 have released two albums of music, each inspired by a different decade. 2001's Re-Members Only took it's cue from the '80s (the previous one, When the Funk Hits The Fan, was '70s). It features funk, electro and hip hop jams and has guest vocals from De La Soul, ABC's Martin Fry and Alison Moyet. Rising is a killer electro jam that has Kathy Sledge (sans Sisters) singing a positive, "put your hands in that air" joint that puts me in the mind of Shannon's Let The Music Play, only slicker and with strings. Love the music in this - it get's it so right.

One of my co-workers and I were talking TLC yesterday and so today I pulled out 1999's Fanmail. If you don't already know No Scrubs you need to, straight up.

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