Must-Listen: Simian Mobile Disco feat. Beth Ditto "Cruel Intentions"
This is one of the most exciting collaborations I've heard in a very long-time.
Beth Ditto teaming up with Simian Mobile Disco is a match made in electro-pop-soul heaven. Super hot. Totally delish. It's a must-listen. This lusty, sleek dance floor ditty is taken from Simian Mobile Disco's second album, titled "Temporary Pleasure," which will be released on August 17. (Thanks to The Astrolabe for the heads up.)
The Friday Punch: Goldfrapp, Temposhark, Hercules & Love Affair, Mika, Jordin Sparks, Hot Chip
Temposhark and Goldfrapp are featured on MySpace Music this week. On a related note, the photo above is a very, very rare photo of Alison Goldfrapp and Will Gregory together. So pretty. The group's new album "Seventh Tree" hits stores next week. Expect reviews to pour in this weekend.
J*Davey launched a new MySpace page with a pretty cool way to present themselves. All we need now is a release date of their debut album.
Streetlab remixes Hot Chip's "One Pure Thought" from their brand-new album. Grab a free MP3 here.
Very cool: My pals over at NewNowNext score an exclusive interview with Mizz Janet Jackson.
The Bird & The Bee release a new digital EP. Check out some new tracks here.
My guilty pleasure track this week is Jordin Spark's duet with Chris Bown, "No Air." Such a feel-good and crisp pop track. I also received a copy of Sparks' debut album this week and I must say that with tracks produced by Cathy Dennis and Bloodshy & Avant this LP might have some longevity.
David Byrn's Luaka Bop's label will be releasing "Brazil Classics at 20: Anti-Aging Solutions Revealed," a 10-track vinyl compilation of music from the tropicalia, samba, forro and mangue beat scene. Get a taste by downloading a guilt-free MP3 of "Claustrofobia" by Martinho Da Silva.
Hottest performance at the Brits? Mika featuring Beth Ditto. This has campy gay goodness written all over it. Yum. Really curious to hear new Mika material soon.
Chester French introduced their drummer. Holy shit! Manny knows how to hit it.
Check out the video for Hercules & Love Affair's "Blind" that features vocals by the always amazing Antony. Definitely hot to hear Antony sing over a kicky disco beat. Single will be released on March 3 on EMI in the U.K.
And yes, I'm joining the hip crowd and will be getting an iPhone today. Any apps you suggest I should download. Other tips?
Beth Ditto: "I feel like we're on the brink of something"
This Sunday, the Observer Music Monthly will be featuring a range of exclusive interviews with legends of the sixties such as Paul McCartney, Sir Michael Caine and Yoko Ono, as conducted by some of todays most popular musical icons. Included is also a very interesting chat between Yoko Ono and The Gossip's Beth Ditto.
Some exclusive outtakes from their interview:
YOKO: "I think the younger generation now are more powerful and better placed for that because they know what we did and they know where we failed to. There was the sixties liberation but there was the other thing, the drugs, and we were really conned into it."
BETH: "I feel like we're on the brink of something, although I don't know what. And I feel like I'm in this position. Like I teach at this rock'n'roll camp for girls teaching girls to play music'
YOKO: "This conversation is a real eye opener for me. I don't realise you were a feminist. I didn't realise you were so political. All this is very beautiful"
BETH: They can't tell me I'm fat, because I know and that's fine by me. And you can't tell me I grew up poor because I heard it all before. You can't tell me I'm lazy because I'm not. There is nothing you can tell that I don't already know.
BETH: People forget I'm from a punk scene full of stinking vegan radicals. We have our own things, and we're all gay, and I think it's all interesting because the media likes the idea of concentrating on things the reader would like to know, and readers like to know about scandal and trashy stuff and some weirdos. But we're fine.
YOKO: "One time someone came up to John [Lennon] and said 'I loved your record' So John said 'Which one' and they went 'Ermmmmm' They didn't know the title or anything. John was saying afterwards that you should never ask that question. They just want to say something so you'll love them.
BETH: "I really appreciate honesty. People are like 'I've never heard of you' That's great! That's fine. You can't hear everything. One of the favourite things someone ever said to me was 'I don't like your record'. Thanks, I really appreciate that"