Sunday, 31 May 2015

3WTM May Playlist

The 3WTM Playlist has been something this blog has prided itself in over the years but sadly it's been a bit sporadic at times. So three months in a row is not a bad record. Now check out these records.

Bad Boyfrined - Spector
I'm starting to get excited about the next Spector album. Having already enjoyed All The Sad Young Men and Don't Make Me Try it was definitely a relief to see them carry on the form in Bad Boyfriend. Their first album was hit and miss and failed to live up to expectations. Maybe this one meet them?

Collaborations Don't Work - FFS
Franz Ferdinand and Sparks (FFS) team up and then they tell us collaborations don't work. Except they do. This may be taking the piss out of themselves but you can't help but smile as you listen to it. Then you start singing along. Then you start singing it at work to your fellow collaborators. Still it's all good.

Our Last Shot - Groenland
This track starts of querky, the kind you get in an 'independent' film stacked with stars who want to 'just give something back to the industry'. Like the fake sentiment of the actors and actresses this song steadily turns in to something produced by the Brits School. Still worth of a listen and a part of this month's playlist. I'm not sure how I stumbled upon this song as it was released back in 2013 but it's worth your time.

When They Fight, They Fight - Generations
I'm guessing I discovered the last one on Spotify and this is no different and the two go well together. It's got a west coast surfer feel to this catchy, infectious pop song.

Sometimes I Feel So Deserted - The Chemical Brothers
As I'm doing a lot of running lately there are no better bands than The Prodigy, Fatboy Slim, if you can call him a band as it's a one man name, (to quote the song) and The Chemical Brothers. Upbeat, great tempo, it's another one to pound the ears as I pound the streets.

Exodus of the Year - Royal Canoe
Another Spotify discovery and on my first few listens I wasn't too sure about it but each time it seeps in through every pore and draws you in to the song. Take a few listens and I'm sure you'll feel the same.

Regret - Everything Everything
EE, how do you do this? I start off thinking this isn't as good as the track I featured in last month's playlist yet it grows on me again and again. Now I think it's a solid track and can't separate the two.

Go Go Go - Life
For me Life are the next big thing. If only everyone else knew. They're like The Vaccines but a bit punkier and a bit cooler. This isn't their best track but certainly another step towards what I hope will be a cracking debut album.

Hold On Tight - Greg Holden
I feel it's not cool to like this song but having been introduced to it by Chris (co-writer of this blog) I think I can get away with it. It's all about appreciating what you have in life and I'm a big believer in that.

Flute - New World Sound
Not normally the type of track to feature on this blog but certainly one I enjoyed as is psyched me up for my 10K this morning. That and The Walk by The Foos had me buzzing on the start line and ready to go.

Loveblood - Sundara Karma
Another tip off by Chris and it's one of those tracks that I lazily compare to Arcade Fire. A band with such a diverse sound and such an energy that it's easy to link bands to. However I do think if like them you may like this.

Stupid Games - WATERS
I certainly get enough emails from the PR people for this band but again it was Chris's playlist on Spotify that I found it. Chris does seem to like new music with a hint of retro, especially if they've got synths. This ticks all those boxes.

Needle And A Knife - Tennis
They brought us the excellent Origins that featured on a previous blog and Needle and A Knife is another impressive track from this husband and wife duo from the states.

The Way That I Live - Ed Harcourt
The first of a few tracks that I've enjoyed from artists that have been on the blog recently. A big, strong ballad from the Mercury nominated artist.

Wrong Direction - British India
A recent track from the Aussie band, sounding great as I sip my Fosters.

Lonely At The Drop - Jimi Goodwin
Certainly some solid stuff from the ex-Doves man.

As always these tracks and others featured on this blog this month are available on our Spotify playlist.


Chris Phillips said...

Hmm, a few things to say.
1) I am enjoying these playlists, so I'm pleased you've managed 3 months in a row.
2) I'm not sure that I can accept that my recommending a track makes it uncool ;-)
3) First time round, I wasn't too taken with these songs.
4) Second time round, I was very taken by most of these songs - goes to show how varied perceptions can be. I think I liked all but 2 of them. I really enjoyed 'Collaborations Don't Work' once I actually listened to it.
5) I nearly picked the 'WATERS' track for our compilation CD which is themed on 'Water' this time, but couldn't download it from the UK, and normally a challenge in acquiring the track would encourage me to get it by whatever means I could, but this time, I let it go.

John Lamb said...

Chris thanks for the comment(s)
1) thank you
2) not quite what I said
3) How dare you
4) knew you'd come around
5) good track, I'm sure I could get hold of it...

Thanks again

Chris Phillips said...

Have listened again a couple of times, and :
2) I know - I'm just kidding
3) Well I skipped some of them in my haste to get through and didn't (and still don't) like the Chemical Brothers and the Flute tracks
4) Definitely - especially like Groenland (must have skipped it first time), FFS and 'Regret' is a very very strong track.
5) Thanks - but my submissions are in now, and they fit nicely in ways I can't go into at the moment as Neil might see it.