By Tom Fake
September 18, 2013
The Hot Five – My views on five tracks that have attracted my interest throughout the week. There’s usually an older or more obscure track thrown in the mix for something a bit different too. Tracks usually concentrate on guitar-based music, but really focus on anything and everything that comes to my attention.
Track of the week: Elvis Costello & The Roots – ‘Sugar Won’t Work’
I was a little shocked when I walked into my local record store on Monday to see a new Elvis Costello album sat on the shelf. Getting home I rushed in to do some research, horrified that I had missed the buzz about this new album, a collaboration with American hip-hop outfit The Roots. The album marries together Costello’s classic cult style with The Roots’ too-cool-for-school sound to demonstrate ?uestlove’s fantastic drum sound, a killer bass line, some great vocal melodies from Elvis, and some seriously funky music. An ambitious album, Wise Up Ghost And Other Songs successfully takes on lots of different genres; you should check it out.
Spotify users can check out the track here:
Non-spotify users can check out previews of the entire album on amazon.
Little Comets – ‘The Western Boy’
Found on one of those really annoying ‘If you like x, you might also like y’ things, Little Comets suddenly appeared in my life this week. With a sound similar to that of Everything Everything (who were surprisingly left out of the shortlist for this years Mercury Music Prize last week), Little Comet’s brand of indie dance/pop is infectious. ‘The Western Boy’ is one of those songs you stick on repeat until it has established its place firmly in your life. The band are off on a 14-date UK tour this coming February too, so they might be worth a watch if you like this track as much as I do!
Cloud Control – ‘Scar’
I find myself coming across a good amount of Aussie bands at the moment; clearly the Australian music scene is currently doing well for itself. With bands like Tame Impala and Pond being two big names in neo-psychedelia, and also the emerging talent of bands like Buchanan, Jagwar Ma, and now Cloud Control, who released their second album, Dream Cave, this month. The psych-pop displayed in ‘Scar’ is a current and welcoming mix of traditional and electronic styles that could make them a band to watch in the next few years. The band will spend the majority of this autumn touring the UK and Europe in support of Dream Cave after a string US tour dates last month.
Moya – ‘Come and Get It’
This next one is a nice bit of ‘britsoul’ from a new London-based singer-songwriter called Moya. It’s a simplistic, piano driven set up that allows you to focus on the power and timbre of the vocal. It appears that Moya is really beginning to gain some momentum, having been A-listed on Radio 2, and is currently opening for Rod Stewart on his UK tour. There’s also lots of talk in the US that she is going to be big, being dubbed the ‘female Bruno Mars’ by some big names in the US media. I say this rather a lot, and it appears I’m not the only one, but Moya is definitely one to keep an eye on for the future.
Hidden track of the week: Jeff Buckley – ‘Everybody Here Wants You’
There is no denying that Jeff Buckley is a hero, but there is also no denying that the amount of posthumous albums released in his name is getting ridiculous. Given that Buckley’s masterpiece Grace was his only studio album, I have 62 tracks spanning 7 albums on my iTunes and that’s just the tip of the iceberg (it doesn’t include Grace Around The World, Mystery White Boy, or the majority of Songs For My Sweetheart The Drunk). This is one of the best tracks that Buckley recorded that never made it onto Grace. ‘Everybody Here Wants You’ had to settle for being the B-side to the ‘Hallelujah’ single released in 2007. With a sound close to ‘Forget Her’, it’s a classic yet underrated Jeff Buckley track for those who wish to expand their Jeff Buckley collections. I could listen to Jeff Buckley all day long. In fact, I might just do that…