Of course we were really happy with the Play-Button news from Spotify last Wednesday. Especially with our Spotifriday it is really useful. So maybe this week’s Spotifriday looks a bit different from what you are used to, but we in this post you can still find the perfect soundtrack of your weekend.
Sleep Party People - We Were Drifting On A Sad Song
After this post we probably don’t need to tell you anymore that Copenhagen is the new Brooklyn. From the New Way of Danish Fuck You-movement acts like Iceage, War and Lower (who will play all at Incu12!) till dreamy shoegaze; Copenhagen got it all. From the last categories are the rabbits from Sleep Party People. This project by Brian Batz played at our festival last year and after their seftitled debut which they released in 2010 they are back with a brand new record called We Were Drifting on a Sad Song. This album looks like your stepping into a dream world; They’re using vocals that sounds like they borrowed from their Swedish neighbours The Knife, using influences from postrock and at the same time also trying to make pop songs. One thing is for certain; you’re not gonna find another album like this.
Just a reminder for people who really adore this album; Sleep Party People is coming back to Tilburg in a few weeks; together with fellow Danish band Pinkunoizu they will play in 013 at the 26th of April.
Sleepy Sun - Spine Hits
Maybe the new Sleepy Sun record Spine Hits sounds a bit different from the two predecessor albums Embrace and breakthrough record Fever and that’s because your maybe missing a female voice. After a succesful year in 2010 co-leadsinger Rachel Fannan announced that she left the band because she wanted to pursue her solo career. But despaite the loss of Fannan the band from San Fransisco still wanted to continue making cool records and now, two years later, they released Spine Hits. This record is more compact; the long-drawn-out songs have disappeared and sound a bit lighter and more bright instead of the cumbersome sounds of earlier days.
Black Dice – Mr. Impossible
The experimental Brooklyn band Black Dice is founded already 15 years ago, but with their new record, Mr. Impossible, they sounded like their newbies again. After releasing records on James Murphy‘s DFA label and Animal Collective‘s Paw Tracks label Black Dice released Mr. Impossible on the Ribbon label. With their 6th record Black Dice is mixing weird 7/4 time signature with danceable tunes. Our friends from 3voor12 called the music “Gang Gang Dance without being too spacey” and “an evil version of Animal Collective”. Well.. we couldn’t express it ourself any better.
Amadou & Mariam - Folila
It’s sounds like the ultimate feelgood fiction story, but it’s reality; Amadou & Mariam are a blind couple from Mali, Africa who in the 80s started to make music together. After teaching, making music and touring in the last decade the couple worked together with Damon Albarn (Blur, Gorillaz, etc), Manu Chao & Scissor Sisters. This week they released their 6th official album and again with some help from a lot of known people. For the record Folila Amadou & Mariam worked together with artists including Santigold, Tunde & Kyp from TV On The Radio, Theophilus London, Nick Zinner from Yeah Yeah Yeahs and celebrities. The result is a really nice afropop album where traditional African music and Western pop, blues and rap music comes together in one unique combination.
Choir Of Young Believers – Rhine Gold
And after Sleep Party People Choir Of Young Believers is the second band from Denmark in this week’s Spotifriday, but not without a reason. The band, formed by Lake Placid guitar player Jannis Noya Makrigiannis, sounds with their new record Rhine Gold more wide-oriented, with influences from not-Western music. We can understand that this new record is not gonna get you by the first spin, but give it some time; it’s a grower. The seven-piece band sounds on this record more balanced and also this record is the perfect soundtrack for your spring.
[Photo from Sleep Party People by Tom Roelofs at Incubate 2011]