Mike’s Monday Morning #Playlist – 24.3.14
XWHY’s Mike Thomas curates some slick tunage for your Monday Mornings…
As two of the XWHY team spent a memorable (hazy, at best) week in Austin, TX for the massive South by South West (SXSW) music festival, we’ve got a distinct South by undercurrent running through this week’s playlist.
Masters of mystery Jungle were ALL over SXSW. And yet, despite the very best of intentions, of the six of us in our group out in Austin, only one of us managed to catch them play. It was good, but not what he expected it to be…and that’s all we really know. The mystery continues…
Hamell on Trial is back, seriously? Seriously. This American punk-rocker has been producing his fast-talking, politically-infused music since 1989. Once described by the Village Voice, New West Records as a “one-man Tarantino flick: loud, vicious, luridly hilarious, gleefully and deeply offensive”, he’s returned with his new album The Happiest Man in the World. He chose to premiere a lot of his new stuff in Austin – lucky for us – and we dig it.
Great thumping Indie music is also back. Forget the Arctic Monkeys revival and have a search for some of the other things on offer. ‘House on Fire’ by Black Taxi, released in the summer of last year is a prime example. The band, from New York, but who seem to have found a second home in Austin, Texas, have taken oldskool Indie and turned it into something stadium worthy.
Londoners I am in Love released their debut single ‘Proposal’ earlier this month. It’s a sweeping cacophony of synth and percussion – beats to get your heart racing. If you’re a fan, as we are, of unexpected saxophones…give ‘Get Good’ by St. South a listen. It’s one of those deliciously dreamy, melodic Summery tunes…just perfect to take you through the seasonal transition. Ditto ‘Life of Eve’.
Busy Earnin’ – Jungle
Inquiring Minds – Hamell on Trial
Punks and Potions – Only Real
House on Fire – Black Taxi
Spinning Signs – Painted Palms
Proposal – I Am In Love
Get Good – St. South (Prod. Koenski)
Special – Andrew Ashong
Life of Eve – Babel Ft. Lapsley
Muy Tranquilo – Gramatik
Listen to the full Spotify playlist here:
Or listen to the soundcloud mix here: