Friday, March 23, 2007

Funky Friday Four Pack

Teenage Bad Girl - Ghost House
Remember when Daft Punk used to be good? This French duo do, and their new album is full of killer robot rock. Where Daft Punk succumbed to the cheese, these lads look to Justice and MSTRKRFT and hit you hard. This track was the B-side to their first single and is some sweet bliss-co music.

Amy Winehouse - In My Bed
When Amy's debut was released in the US in 2003 it sank without a trace. The initial pressing sold out and the record was deleted from the catalog. I found this out trying to get hold of a copy. On Tuesday I was pleasantly surprised to see that my record shop had a stack of nicely priced imports. It doesn't have the "ooomph" of Back To Black - it's a softer, jazzier r'n'b record - but it's definitely good. I love the hip hop vibe and big orchestration on this track a lot.

Bonde Do Role - Solta O Frango
Solta O Frango
Here's a bit of über trendy baile funk for you. Produced by Diplo, it's skeletal electro with shouty vocals reminiscent of MIA.

Stephen Marley - The Traffic Jam
featuring Damian "Jr.Gong" Marley
Mind Control
Some nice beatboxing serves as the frame for this sing-song-y track from Stephen and his brother (whose hit album Welcome To Jamrock Stephen helped write and produce). From a fairly diverse solo LP that sees Stephen continue to step out of the shadow of Ziggy & The Melody Makers.

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