Tuesday, February 2, 2010

NEW ARRIVALS: CDs - Strong Arm Steady, Midlake, Jacques Dutronc, Oh No, Keb Darge & more

v/a KEB DARGE & PAUL WELLER Present Lost & Found Real R&B & Soul CD
*** RECOMMENDED 2010 28-track CD album - Keb Darge & Paul Weller set out to expose lesser known or forgotten lights of the much purer, and more honest soul music from the 50's and 60's."

OH NO Dr. No's Ethiopium CD
*** "36 hip hop instrumentals inspired by and sampled from rare 60s and 70s Ethiopian soul, jazz, funk, folk and psychedelic rock. Even if you've never heard an instrument tuned to the qenet modes before, even if you're more into ballads than you are tezetas, Oh No's transformative effect on his source material will blow you away in its otherworldly funkiness."

JACQUES DUTRONC Et Moi Et Moi Et Moi 1966-1969 CD
*** RECOMMENDED "Fran‡oise Hardy's beau, impeccably dressed and equally handsome, Dutronc was above all a consummate musician, able to turn his hand to whatever style took his fancy. Although the non-French interest in Dutronc stems from his superficially Garage Rock leanings, his mix of sarcastic lyrics with the boulevardier tradition and '60s rock offers so much more."

MIDLAKE The Courage Of Others CD
*** "A novel world of intricately textured keyboards, flute, guitars and voice, woven into broad cloaks of sound, meant to be digested in a single sitting. Creeping and epic, the band blends early Brit folk influences with thick-throated guitars to propel themselves toward new sounds and emotions."

JOE PERNICE It Feels So Good When I Stop CD
*** "A companion piece to Joe Pernice's debut novel -- originals & cover tunes.''

*** "Corinne Bailey Rae's voice, always an expressive and soulful instrument, resonates with a newfound depth; a sense of beauty and wonder ultimately radiates from the album's dark corners."

STRONG ARM STEADY In Search Of Stoney Jackson CD
*** "Prompted by MADLIB's stalwart DJ, J. ROCC, who supplied SAS' Krondon and Phil Da Agony with 14 new Madlib beats, this album's conception and delivery bear resemblances to the trajectory took by 2003's Jaylib (with J. Dilla) and Madvillain (with Doom)."