Saturday, November 04, 2006

Funky Friday On The Euro Tip

A funky Friday four pack of treats full of European flavor...

The Knife - You Take My Breath Away (Mylo Remix)
Mute Records reissued the the first two albums by The Knife this week. Deep Cuts is expanded with six extra tracks and a DVD with 7 videos on it. This Mylo remix is one of the bonus tracks, and is tasty, bumping electro disco.

Lily Allen - Smile
I took advantage of my record store's 20% off sale and picked up an import copy of this album this week. I love it's mix of pop, hip hop and reggae, combined with Lily's sassy delivery. The songs are catchy and sharp and funny. This track is such a sweet kiss off tune, with it's sunny, reggae vibe and killer chorus.

Teddy Bears - Black Belt
These Swedes deliver a crazy brew of electronics, rock, disco, reggae and psychedelia, to name but a few of the record's flavors. Guest vocalists abound too, wiht Neneh Cherry, Iggy Pop, Mad Cobra, Elephant Man and Ebbot Lundberg (Soundtrack Of Our Lives) all making appearances. This tune is a disco instrumental that combines DFA thump with '70s Moog power.

Lady Sovereign - 9 To 5
The opening track from the biggest midget in the game's debut LP is a woozy sing song with great horns and some pretty fat beats. The rest of the album is fun, mixing grime and hip hop and pop and even a bit of punk riffing, but I think Lily Allen will have greater staying power in the long run. Still, an amusing listen.

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