Tuesday, 26 October 2010

Who's your +1?

Funky Four Plus One More were ground breakers, not only were they the first Hip Hop / Rap group to receive a recording contract in the States but also the first to perform live on a national television broadcast.. to top it off they also had the brilliant female MC Sha Rock in the house!

Now that is funky.

Good to Go

Am loving both these versions of Lykke Li's 'I'm Good, I'm Gone' so I just thought I'd let you have both..

Oh yeah!

Dirty Doering!

Berlin's Bar 25 has become such an institution that they even have their own record label these days. This is the fabulous Dirty Doering with 'I Would' filmed in the iconic open-air summer clubs grounds. Unfortunately if you never managed to make it down this is as close as you are going to get as the club closed its doors recently to their riverside home awaiting their move to pastures new.

With thanks to my Berlin partner in crime, I had some fun there I can tell you..... especially in the confessionals.

Would you care to dance...?

M Ward takes this powerful Bowie melody and transforms it into an intimate sweet country love song for two.

'Lets sway while colour lights up your face
Lets sway, sway through the crowd to an empty space.

Because my love for you would break my heart in two,
if you should fall into my arms and tremble like a flower....'

King of The Killing Floor Blues

Chris Thomas King reels you in with his Hard Time Killing Floor Blues.

Boy, I do believe you sold your soul at the cross roads.....

Monday, 25 October 2010

Tokyo Tenniscoat

Having been a Tenniscoats fan for some time I was so happy to be introduced to this delicate and imaginative song by a good friend of mine recently. Saya leads you on a journey through the rainy streets of Ebuisu in Tokyo utilising fencing and drain covers as percussion making you realise that even the most mundane of things can become something beautiful.

You would be totally forgiven for falling a little bit in love with her..

Do Need Ya!

Having moved to New York from Tacoma after his parents house burnt down Brad Oberhofer has been making beautiful music in his bedroom in Brooklyn..... the creatively named oOOOoOOOo got me hooked but this boy has plenty of great tunes under his belt already, check out the beautiful Don'tneedya, if you don't believe me.

The Rockabilly Queen

Dated Elvis Presley, recorded with the likes of The Cramps, Elvis Costello, and Jack White, known as the First Lady of Rockabilly and had a street named after her.. That girl from Oklahoma done good!

Tainted Hits

Although a massive Northern Soul underground smash Gloria Jones' 1964 original version of Tainted Love never actually managed to chart in either the US or the UK, leaving that job to the infamous Soft Cell cover.

Regardless, this Motown classic has all the horns and attitude of a timeless hit.