For those of you wandering lost in the wilderness of modern music, here’s a few guiding tip what to check out and what to avoid (please comment with your own tips and opinions). Spank Rock has been much hyped as the next ass kicking Fatboy Slim, but it is none of the sort. Quite lame and unimaginative, and not even momentarily rhythmically appealing. Likewise with Tiga, the Canadian über-hip producer, who’s new album Sexor is simply as cold and stylistically calculated as Soulwax at their worst. DJ Dangermouse my new fav on the other hand, strikes again with his collaboration with MC Cee-lo under the name Gnarls Barkley with an album somewhere in between eletronica and Motown. Since I like both, and Dangermouse habitually adds lots of soul to his projects, this is a genuine summer companion (remember to get the nine free ep follow up from DangerDoom released over the next weeks here). Also HipHop mama Ursula Rucker latest (actually titled Ma’at Mama) got some of the flavor that makes you hate the modern (urban) world a little less. Her smooth voice and mature words adds just a little sense to the hiphop culture – much needed. I’ve also been enjoying Danish DJ Anders Trentemøllers The Singles collection lately. It’s something about the vibe of his music I think that makes me return to it again and again without being fan of the clubbing scene (or because we’re both overprotected children of the welfare state). Last but not least, Jack White’s sand box band The Racounters have made a quite summer-friendly album that you need to check out. I’ve only heard it once but it seems quite biting. And if you got a good tip for good organic minimal electronica (you know I love Deadbeat, Jelinek and that stuff) please let me know. I’m in need for new supplies in this genre (and it’s no comfort that Thom Yorke’s coming solo The eraser is seemingly ‘more elctronica than Radiohead’ even though this doesn’t sound bad).
Fri 19 May 2006