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What we’re listening to this week #6

Who needs Glastonbury when you have the Design Bridge WWLTTW playlist? Curated weekly by our very own Andy Kirk, listen to what’s been inspiring us below, and catch up on last week’s WWLTTW playlist here.

WWLTTW Playlist #6

Variety is the spice of life, so let’s try to give you something to fill your spice rack.

After making a racket last time round, we may have given the impression that noise is everything. Time for some uplift, whilst trying to go easy on your eardrums. But no promises.

Four-dude rock band from Minneapolis playing “danger rock” may not sound like an easy start, but this surprisingly good, old school, blues-rock is reminiscent of the Spin Doctors. “Always recording new material and forever forgetting the old stuff”, these are Danger Ron and the Spins – Johnny Boy (Live on Radio K):

According to Nylon, “The beautiful, robust voice that leaves 20-year-old MNEK’s lips will make you melt. On “More Than A Miracle,” the London-based artist smoothly croons over surging synthesizers before the track erupts with an explosive, irresistible chorus. The entire song is one part house, one part hip-hop, and one part R&B.” Let’s just throw every genre into the pot, you know how much we like the kitchen sink. MNEK – More Than A Miracle:

We’ve mentioned that Springsteen fellow before and here’s one of his little tunes, made famous by Patti Smith – with what is probably the definitive version. But this one features the remarkable Natalie Merchant who can give Patti a good run for her money: 10,000 Maniacs – Because The Night:

Some talk in the press about a big country fair in Somerset. If you’re interested in that sort of thing, here’s a bit of fun about how we rate what’s popular: So long, Kanye – how Glastonbury would look if scheduled by Spotify.

A different kind of British landmark, hugely influential in the evolution of electronic music in the 1990’s, are Leftfield. They have a new album out, their first in sixteen years. This “hard-hitting dance number” maybe tries a bit too hard compared to some of their previous work, but stirring none the less and not a bad effort after such a long holiday; Leftfield – Universal Everything:

Talking of stirring, this is one of those classic romantic duets out of the Motown stable. Written by Ashford & Simpson, who also wrote “Solid (As a Rock)” in 1979 (ask your parents): Marvin Gaye & Tammi Terrell – You’re All I Need To Get By:

After all that heavy uplifting we need to cool off a bit. “Gothenberg’s Linn Osterberg takes the slow sorrow of Cat Power’s Monn Pix and distorts it with the ghostly vocals of Jessica Pratt”* Not sure what that means but this track hovers on the edge of sugar-coated tweeness without ever falling in: Sea Lion – Ghostlands:

Two interlinked suggestions from Laura: “An interesting TED Talk by Mark Ronson, who makes the argument FOR the use of sampling and re-purposing music to create something original. Does the same argument apply to the re-imagination of design?” We promise not to ask you any more difficult questions.

“Speaking of sampling, this track does it shamelessly. Prince of Ballard mixes Slum Village and Kanye West (amongst others) to make 2 minutes and 34 seconds worth of loveliness that I think sounds like sunshine (and a bit like Jurassic 5 – another link, wahey!).” Slum Village feat. Kanye West – Selfish (Prince of Ballard Remix):

If, like Laura, you think you can railroad the whole list by bludgeoning us with multiple suggestions, then there’s gonna be trouble – we might just give you the evil eye. Let us show you how easily we can do that…

“Like a lost track from NY’s 90’s disco scene, a menacing groove propels the latest single from the former Moloko frontwoman”**: Róisín Murphy – Evil Eyes:

Enough of the threats, but be careful, there will be another list soon – but only if you pay the ransom.

*Nylon
**The Guardian

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