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Music Monthlies: April 2006

28th April 2006

My mind isn’t really on music right now (it’s been a bad day). Still,  I’ve compiled a few choice cuts for you music monthlies fans to embrace or ignore.


Mamma M.I.A

My first selection this month will surely shut-up all of those who suggest I only care about guitar bands (which isn’t true). I’m talking about M.I.A. M.I.A (real name Mathangi Arulpragasam) was raised in Sri Lanka, is the daughter of a Tamil activist-turned-paramilitary-guerrilla, and girlie of top musical boffin Diplo (whose Florida album is the best beatsy think since DJ Shadow’s Endtroducing).

Anyway, it’s a bit of a mix-tape, featuring samples from The Bangles, Salt N’ Pepa (ahh, push it) and lots of other eclectic fun, but Piracy Funds Terrorism Vol.1 is a great start if you are interested in any of this madness, and you can download a zip of the whole thing for FREE thanks to the super-generous Diplo. Check out the track Bucky Done Gun with it’s irresistible trumpet fanfares.

Also her album Arular is pretty darned good. I get the “Hip-hop and Rap” labels, but apparently owning these albums means I also have some “Grime” and “Dancehall” in my collection. Just sounds like a load of pots and pans falling on the floor as people argue really - but in such a good, good way. Cheers to our Maxwell for reminding me about M.I.A.

Flaming let-down

Having had three weeks to try and like it, I’m afraid that I’m sorely bored by the latest Flaming Lips album At War With The Mystics. It just hasn’t got any of what made me love the two previous albums (The Soft Bulletin and Yoshimi…), and aside from a couple of tracks I can’t really be bothered with it any more. Sorry, Wayne.

Pretty good, actually

In a week or so, our boys Dirty Pretty Things release their debut album. It’s actually very good, especially You Fucking Love It, Gin and Milk and B.U.R.M.A. Noisy, brash, and not very Libertines-y really. Anyway, I recommend it, despite being biased.

They still make EPs, apparently

Arctic Monkeys new EP Who The Fuck Are Arctic Monkeys? is out, and it’s alreet. It all seems a bit rushed, and isn’t as hot as everything else they’ve done, but it still shits on any other new releases, so what’s the worry? Lots of talk of backlashes and buses, which is an interesting mix. It won’t be No.1 as it is a five-tracker, but who cares?

Ooh, a new feature!

Yes, readers. Each month I’ll throw a Top Five at you, for no reason at all. This month I wish to bore you with my Top Five Hip-Hop records.

  1. The Roots (featuring Cody) - The Seed: It’s all about shagging and babies and has the catchiest chorus of any hip-hop track ever made, ever.
  2. Public Enemy - Fight The Power: Watch the video and tell me they weren’t one of the biggest most incredible bands that ever walked the Earth. It’s all a bit serious, but thankfully ace twat Flavor Flav lightens the mood a bit.
  3. De la Soul - Eye Know: Inspired Hall and Oates sample. Word to your Mother.
  4. Quannum MC’s - Storm Warning: The lyrics are entirely about the weather, and are as detailed as anything Bill Giles ever said.
  5. Lateef - The Reckoning (or anything off the Solesides album): A full-on diss that makes you feel like you’ve been buried alive. Nasty, in a CSI kind of way.


# gb responded on 28th April 2006 with...

I too was a bit let down with At War With The Mystics. Good to have new stuff, but this is more of an “album every year” release, versus an “album every fourth year” release.

I still have the Fight The Power single on cassette. I guess that makes me old school or something…

I highly recommend the new Serena Maneesh album, straight outta Norway.

# gb responded on 28th April 2006 with...

Just to clarify, that album isn’t titled Straight Outta Norway, though that would be awesome…

# Ash responded on 30th April 2006 with...

The Flaming Lips are a relatively new band to me but I must agree and say that I too didn’t think very much of the album. Although after reading this I will be sure to listen to some of the older stuff.

No mention for The Streets?

# Mike Stenhouse responded on 5th May 2006 with...

Have you heard the original version of The Seed? Cody Chesnutt put out a double CD of the stuff he’d recorded in his bedroom (by the sounds of it) called the Headphone Materpieces, which the rounds in Philadelphia… I think I actually prefer the original to the Roots one but I’ve got a thing for lo-fi recordings!

Oh, and the MIA/Diplo album is wicked. I wasn’t that taken with MIA when she first came out, to be honest, but she’s growing on me…

# Wes Key responded on 15th May 2006 with...

Absolutely loving Dirty Pretty things at the moment.  Good move from Carl and proves once and for all where the real talent is, eh pete?

Saw the highlights from Radio 1’s One Big Weekend and they looked great live too.

# siftee responded on 16th May 2006 with...

Hey dude, off to the monkies tonight.  if you’re ever in barcelona give me a yell and i’ll shout you a beer

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