Archive for April, 2013

The Loop Gets Lucky With Daft Punk

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The all-conquering return of Daft Punk helped by the legendary Pharrell Williams and Nile Rodgers is the top track across the globe at the moment and also tops our loop, forecasting a big success for their new studio album ‘Random Access Memories’.

The French electronic mavericks are challenged this week by a massive number of new entries, led by Swedish psychedelic rockers Goat as well as eagerly awaited new works by Cannibal Ox; Colin Stetson; MGMT and our favourite R&B cyberspace android Janelle Monaé, who’s recruited Erykah Badu for her new track ‘Q.U.E.E.N’.

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Another Scandinavian Female Topping Our Loop

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Hotly tipped experimental Norwegian singer-songwriter Jenny Hval provides our favourite track this week with ‘Mephisto In The Water’, first taste from her new album ‘Innocence Is Kinky.”

The title track from James Blake’s stunning second album is the highest entry, alongside a number of high profile collaborations by the likes of Poliça With Justin Vernon; Neneh Cherry with Four Tet & Afrika Baby Bam -of Jungle Brothers fame- and the all conquering return of Daft Punk With Pharrell Williams on vocals and Nile Rodgers adding his irresistible funk touch to it.

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Mikal Cronin Gets Some Weight

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Ty Segall’s pal and power pop revisionist extraordinaire Mikal Cronin tops the latest edition of our loop with ‘Weight’, one of the anticipating tasters from his second album ‘MCII’.

Highest entry of the week is Brooklyn chanteuse Lorely Rodriguez under her moniker Empress Of , next to the comeback tracks from The National; Queens Of The Stone Age; King Midas Sound and The Pastels as well as Cypress Hill’s DJ Muggs new project Cross My Heart Hope To Die.

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M83 & Susanne Sundfør Put Sound To Oblivion

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Like Sigur Rós did before, French electronic duo m83 have just answered the call from Hollywood and composed the score for the next Tom Cruise vehicle Oblivion, giving a clear sign they’re entering the mainstream through the big door. What was originally announced as a solo work by lead man Anthony Gonzalez has been finally launched under the name of the band and its main theme has the vocals by newest Scandinavian female star Susanne Sundfør; their collaboration tops the new edition of our loop.

And it looks like Norway is replacing Sweden as a new batch of new female artist is being unveiled to the world such as Jenny Hval , our biggest entry this week alongside new songs by Vampire Weekend; Deerhunter; The Flaming Lips and a taster from the eagerly awaited new album by Daft Punk.

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Beyond The Hills ★★★★½ & Spirit Of ’45 ★★★★ Best Films Of March

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Back to our regular recap of what’s currently available in cinemas after a few weeks’ hiatus with a quick look at the best films released during that time. The month of March came unexpectedly full of interesting new releases that helped prevent or at least postpone the annual post-Oscar lull.

Our film of the month honour has to be shared by the latest offerings by two of favourite directors , Christian Mungiu and Ken Loach.

The Romanian auteur followed up his Palme D’Or Winner ‘4 Months, 3 Weeks and 2 Days” with another superbly observed drama, “Beyond The Hills” ★★★★½, where he reaffirmed his penchant for tales of “damsels in distress”; this time against the backdrop of religious intolerance. Two orphan girls who had somehow forged a strong bond during their difficult past are at the centre. One of them has chosen life in a convent and tries to convince the other to join her, so they can be together sheltered from the hostilities of the world. But her friend’s rebellious ways soon crashes with the strict discipline of the order. Far less frantic than its predecessor, Mungiu slowly builds this escalating conflict towards a dramatic climax, masterly depicting life in the convent as completely stuck in time, aside the reality surrounding it. A skilful use of cinematography widely contributes to that purpose. As the action happens in recent times, we can see the extreme contrast between the scenes where the nuns step into the real world and the ones indoors. Cosmina Stratan and Cristina Flutur, the film’s two brilliant young stars shared the best actress gong last year at Cannes.

The second standout film of the last month is Ken Loach heartfelt documentary ‘The Spirit Of ‘45” ★★★★, a superbly research look at the social and historical circumstances that after the second world war enabled an already organized population to build the welfare state as we know it, with public institutions as the NHS or the National Rail becoming the engines that pushed millions out of poverty and raised the bar of the rights to equality and dignity for all. Emotional interviews with surviving workers of the era; multiple activists and an impressive array of footage image, the film jumps all the way to the Thatcher years where the privatization process of everything public began. Loach’s ambitions behind this release, as revealed by himself during a Q&A launching session from the Ritzy, are to be a call to arms for all workers and militants of the very fragmented political left to join forces again and create a new strong political party that represents their interests, as Labour has long time lost his working class credentials, in the fight against the dismantling of the welfare state now speeded up by the shocking tactics used to “tackle” the financial crisis. You can find more information at the Left Unity website.

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Shlohmo And Jeremy Rising The Temperature Of The Loop

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Just like last week, another collaboration tops our loop, this time between chillmeister Shlohmo and R&B star Jeremih in ‘Bo Peep (Do You Right)’ one of the standout moments of the former’s ‘Laid Out EP’.

Our surprising highest entry comes from Niger, Tuareg guitar player Bombino‘s latest effort has been produced by The Black Keys lead man Dan Auerbach and sounds like one of the most exciting musical propositions of the year. Other notable debuts of the week are new tracks from recent strong albums by the likes of Suede; Laura Mvula or Kurt Vile and the soundtrack of latest Tom Cruise vehicle ‘Oblivion’, composed by M83’s Anthony Gonzalez, being helped for its main theme by the distinctive vocals of Nowergian star Susanne Sunfør .

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