Some truly brilliant stuff bubbling up from all over the place right now. Here’s the pick of this week’s bulging Hearing Aid inbox...my how it bulges...
So David Bowie hooks up with Scissor Sisters, Supertramp, Jethro Tull and Sparks, whaddya get? Simple (well as simple as that mix could be), this little beauty from Of Montreal, Dour Percentage. Wow. Why not chuck in the kitchen sink when you’re at it eh? No seriously...why not? Camp glam pomp pop at its very best this track's taken from their new album Paralytic Stalks out February 6th and the band plays four dates in the UK in April...nowt in Birmingham though...oh the shame.
San Fran’s Still Flyin’ release this lovely nibble of a track, Cleat Talking on February 13th...ahhh...just in time for Valentine’s Day. A kind of more chilled out take on Matthew Wilder’s seminal Break My Stride it’s got a neat New Wave meets light Afrobeat vibe. Features the soon to be immortal line “I ain’t no Stephen Hawking, my cleats do all the talking” (cleats are what our American cousins call their football boots apparently).
Nigerian Soul anyone? Good choice. If Amy Winehouse had been born in Lagos rather than London she might well have turned out like Nneka. This track’s a big, bold, brassy ‘tour de voice’ embracing classic soul, reggae, a little hip hop and a whole lotta ooooomph. Love it.
Aussie psych rock next courtesy of Pond and their Fantastic Explosion of Time. Blimey. That’s what you get for living upside down I guess. I’ll have to try it one day. T-Rex-riff-ic! Their new album Beard, Wives, Denim (what more could a young boy want eh?) is out on March 5th. Hopefully they’ll come over to the UK when we’ve all thawed out.
Finally the ruddy lovely Mamas Gun (deliverers of one of my top 10 gigs of all time last year) release their Only One single (featuring Beverley Knight) today. Here’s a totally live version for you ...warms the cockles of your heart right? Well, my cockles are at warmer now anyway...hmmm that might be down to an overheating laptop though...agghhhhhh!!!