metal fingers coming back at ya…

 

“Waste of space, face hastily, bow out gracefully

Disappear, reappear, disappear again
Villain not his hair, he’s no Afro American (?)
If that’s the case, he be a bald-headed African
Takin all the credit and jetted, astro-travellin
Turn the man into a mannequin for Affleck-in
And bein tough actin, tinactin bluff jackin
He’s wears a mask so when he dawns his face
Each and every race, could absorb the bass
In the place to be

The Vaudeville Villain’s return is nearly upon us and I must say i am very pleased as MF Doom, now known simply as DOOM, is an all time great. Not as acclaimed as some other inferior rhyme-spitters you may hear coming out of some claown’s speakers or flossing on MTV but you can be certain when you buy an MF Doom record, no matter what alias he feels like using at the time (King Geedorah, Metal Face/Metal Fingers, etc..), that the quality will be top-notch and you’ll be bopping your head to the beats, scratching it trying to figure out what he just said then finally laughing it off because you can’t believe he just said that.

With production by the likes of J Dilla (R.I.P.) and Jake One to name a couple and guest spots by Raekwon and Tony Starks (Ghostface Killah) from the Wu-Tang Clan. Is there any doubt that this will easily be another fan favourite. Questions? Play the video above again of the first single Ballskin and the track below in That’s That then I defy you tell me that this won’t be one of the best rap records of 2009.

“That’s That”, taken from the Lex Records release, “Born Like This”

 

Born Like This is out 24 March via Lex Records.

The tracklisting for Born Like This:

01. Supervillain Intro
02. Gazillion Ear
03. Ballskin
04. Yessir (ft. Raekwon)
05. Absolutely
06. Rap Ambush
07. Lightworks
08. Batty-Boys
09. Angelz (ft. Tony Starks)
09. Cellz
10. Still Dope (ft. Empress Sharhh)
11. Microwave Mayo
12. More Rhymin’ (ft. Kurious)
13. That’s That [click to listen]
14. Suppervillainz
15. Bump’s Message
16. Thank Ya

it’s about time…

 

The video for Love Etc. Very cute and much fun. Comments? I’ve waxed poetic about the song enough to last a couple of album cycles so I won’t say any more except that I still love the single. 

I don’t know about you but I’m getting more and more excited about Yes.  It will be released Stateside 7 April via Astralwerks.  Pre-order it now.

the mobile disco is coming ’round the bend…

 

Remember when the Chemical Brothers were neck and neck with Underworld as both bands vied for the title of best techno band on the planet? Sorry, the Prodigy were always also-rans. Now that both bands have become mortal, there’s been a gaping void left since without nary a worthy outfit to ascend to the throne. That changed in 2007 with the release of Attack Decay Sustain Release, the debut record from Simian Mobile Disco. The album that redefined dance music and made the hipsters look passable on the dance floor. Ok, the last part is stretching it a little bit but you know what I mean.

Enter 2009 and now SMD featuring super-producer James Ford and Jas Shaw are back with a new single called Synthesize. Yup, this one’s a winner. Lay this track down on the mix and there will be bottoms shaking and hands in the air. Needless to say, expectations are high that the band that brought us Hustler, I Believe, & It’s The Beat will bring the force yet again. 

Oh, and look! They’re going on tour! Take it from me. Catch these guys if they’re in your town!

Simian Mobile Disco – 2009 Tour Dates
Mar 12 -Commodore Ballroom Vancouver
Mar 13 – SEATTLE, WA Neumo’s live YOUNG AMERICA, Washington
Mar 14 – MEXICO CITY, MX MX Beat Festival live Mexico City
Mar 15 – SAN FRANCISCO, CA Mezzanine live San Francisco, California
Mar 16 – The Music Box at The Fonda, Hollywood Hollywood, California
Mar 17 – SAN DIEGO, CA Casbah live San Diego, California
Mar 27 – MIAMI, FL Ultra Festival live Miami, Florida
Mar 28 – Ultra Music Miami Miami, Florida
Apr 3 – Marmande, France, Garorock Festival DJ Set
Apr 4 – Platinum Club, Lille DJ Set Lille
Apr 9 – London AITBF @ Fabric DJ Set London
Apr 10 – London Mixmag @ Matter DJ Set London
Apr 11 – Spain Barcelona Nitsa DJ Set Barcelona
Apr 12 – Manchester, Warehouse Project, DJ Set Manchester, Northwest
Apr 13 – Deep Fried Funk DJ Set Derry
Apr 17 – CHICAGO, IL Metro live chicago, Illinois
Apr 17 – CHICAGO, IL Smart Bar dj chicago, Illinois
Apr 18 – TORONTO, ON Guvernment live toronto, Ontario
Apr 19 – MONTREAL, QC Club Soda live montreal
Apr 22 – BOSTON, MA Paradise live boston, Massachusetts
Apr 23 – NY Highline live – (Late Show: 10pm – 4am) new york
Apr 24 – PHILADELPHIA, PA Transit live philadelphia
Apr 25 – BALTIMORE, MD Sonar live baltimore
May 7 – Wonka @ Amnesia DJ Set Milan
Jun 5 – Wax:On @ Digital, Dj Set Newcastle
Jun 5 – Wax:On @ Stylus Leeds

Tour dates courtesy of the one and only Brooklyn Vegan. So say thank you to the Vegan, kids!

you’re a zero…

New York’s darlings are back. Yup, The Yeahs x 3 are back with a rip-roaring new single entitled Zero. The song itself is far, very far from being a zero. It appears Karen O and the boys have gone e-lectro. Yes indeed, friends! Gone are the art-punk stylings of the debut Fever To Tell and the faux alt-country underpinnings to be found on Show Your Bones. In Zero, we have the Yeah Yeah Yeahs keeping it simple, accessible as all get-out but make sure they pack in a killer chorus to seal the deal in your brain until the release of It’s Blitz.

I’m sure there will be many of you crying in your guitar cases moaning and complaining about yet another rock band who’s caught the electro bug. To those people I simply say…deal with it. It’s 2009, for chrissakes! This is a pop single in a year that while short has already shown such promise. The Yeah Yeah Yeahs are back and if Zero is any indication, then it’s going to be a big year for the triple Y’s.

“Zero”, taken from the forthcoming Interscope release, “It’s Blitz”

this makes me feel like dancing…

“clever liar, fooling us all
never thought I’d work it out
how could I have known it was ever about you boy?
now there’s nothing to say, there’s no words
and we’re not talking anyhow
you must have known I was never to doubt you boy”

From the simply ferocious record entitled Apocalypso, we are treated to yet another magnificent single from Australia’s greatest expost since Air Supply, the Presets. This one is called If I Know You and it’s one of those songs that simply kick and scream for notice and beg to become singles. You simply can not go wrong with the sinister bass, the simple boom-bap of the drums and Julian Hamilton’s simple vocals which don’t do too much but simply glide over the track.

The video, I must say, is pretty cute. Teens dancing. The day and night belonging to the youth of Los Angeles. Order for a brief four minutes is tosssed to the side and there’s nothing left to do but dance for dancing’s sake. 

The Presets have simply done it again. They are so far ahead of the game right now, it simply is not fair.

crash test dummies are back in fashion…

 

I must say. A pretty cool video from the Depeche boys… What do you guys think?

make way for the S-O-V!

“Think twice before i breakdance
might fall on my arse and break my arms
woooop
give my micro stand a chance
I don’t cha cha or dance with the stars
I was kicking back in ogulin
tapping my toes ‘n’ tin why you were pogaling
you never can be crumping and dryhumping
when im on stage with my music”

 

She’s back! Everyone’s favourite pint-sized grimester, Lady Sovereign, has come back to the fold with a new record Jigsaw due out 7 April via Midget Records. Above is the first single taken from the record entitled I Got You Dancing. It’s definitely a step up from the debut, 2006’s Public Warning, which had to be one of the most disappointing debuts in quite a while. Dancing showcases Sovereign’s adorable spunk and feistiness but there’s considerable bounce provided by the music which seems to suit her much better. 

The video is simply brilliant with its Warriors motif. If she keeps pulling off singles like these, it won’t be too long before she starts doing some serious damage on the charts.