This is a very special EP, with 4 beautiful songs on it. It's dreamy music, but the sizzling kind. There's a vibe coming from these songs that pull you in, that occupy your mind & leave you in bit of a trance. This is not just for listening, it's for experiencing. Preferably late at night with the curtains closed, but it works very well in the early Wednesday morning, with the rain beating down on the windows & the kitchen being as cold as it is on a December morning. The warm sounds of Knox, The Band make it all bearable though.
This is a little bit of a special edition of the Monday Morning Kick-Off, not because it's December 5th (well, also) but because this is not an ordinary 3-minute powerrock song that we've got here. Hookworms make psychedelic rock noise in the best tradition on their 4-track EP "S/T" where this track comes from. This is my favourite track on it, but all 4 track are very much worth waking up to. Have a good week!
Michael Kiwanuka has just pre-released his new ep "Home Again", it's physical release is scheduled for January 2012, but it's already up for us to enjoy. And what joy i get from listening to these 3 songs. Michael Kiwanuka is a traditional singer-songwriter with a soulfull voice. Main support for his beautiful voice is his acoustic guitar, with the occassional support from drums, bass and backing vocals. But the songs, his sweet voice & relaxing vibe have something very familair, yet i can't put my finger on it. I guess that is sometimes how good music works, it makes you feel as if you've heard it somewhere before, as if you could sing it along from the 1st time you hear it, yet it is undoubtfully sparkling new. Great EP, is it January already, i got my 1st new years buy listed!
Lotte Kestner just keeps covering great songs and she does it so incredibly beautiful. Here is Elvis Costello-cover I Want You (of which a live version with Fiona Apple was on the blog earlier this year, click here). Perfection in so many ways; Lotte Kestner has a great hand of picking songs & a great voice to perform them with.
i have this song in the rotation-system for almost 2 months now and i've probably heard over a 100 times. it's a good song, but for some reason i never made an effort for posting it. so here's me making up for that, cuz it's a great song with a cool surfing vibe. please enjoy!
This is such an addictive track. Heard it 7 times in a row this morning and have to go to work now without. Damned! It's pretty straight up rockmusic what this band makes, but it's the better kind. Visit their website, listen to a few more (Hot Fuzz is also brilliant) & fall a little bit in love, i just did!
This is such a sunny (insiders would call it sunion) song. It's pretty much impossible to not sing along with it, just like sitting still is not an option. Wish i heard this in the Summer (when it was released), it would've been a great addition to the Summervibes-cassette-thingy i had going on.. When it comes to discovering great music it's never too late though, so fuck it and let's just enjoy and dance to it near the radiator.
This beautiful 4-track EP by Paul Otteson is a great start for this Black Friday (which we do not 'celebrate' here in Holland). These 4 songs are all very good on their own, but for some reason the combination of them together in this order makes it a little extra. Each song is slighty better than the previous one & together the whole EP builts up to great finish. You can download it on a 'pay-what-you-want' bases right now, so why wouldn't you?
The only reason i'm accepting this is a James Blake-track is because if it was not, the web would've known by now. This is as far away as anything i would expect from Mr. Blake. But in all fairness, i'm not his biggest fan around, so maybe people more up-to-date did see this coming. The amazing thing is, that it's actually a really good track. I can just play it over and over again and not get bored with it at all.. It's just a great f**cking track!
ps. follow that link to his website, it's pretty as hell!
Yesterday evening i was in the Amsterdam Melkweg to see Dry The River and The Antlers play 2 great shows. And just a few minutes ago i found this nice OGT-session that Dry The River played backstage before they went on and gave it all. It was probably the best concert i've seen this year (although James Blake was also phenomenal) and getting to see the also amazing The Antlers afterwards was a great bonus. Great night out!