Friday, 27 November 2009

Banana Rates

This amazing song from Groove Armada featuring SaintSaviour - a morden day cross between Kate Bush and Annie Lennox?! - for a bit of 80s pop nostalgia on this sunny Friday afternoon..all you 80s lovers out there who are still clinging to the candy pink eyeshadow, shoulder pads and asymmetric pastel patterns this is especially for you! Heck the 80s never really went away who are we kidding...

Thursday, 26 November 2009

Banana Bounces To...

This awesome remix for Yeah Yeah Yeahs Heads will Roll...ok ok so it may have been already reported by Annie Mac on her show back in October but I've only just come across it myself and I have to say that this remix is tiiiiiiiiiiiite...here I was thinking that it's time to stick on the Christmas album special, the same ol' tunes, you know the classics... Last Christmas I gave you my heart but the very next day....la da dee dee dee daa...but listening to this track I have visions of myself at some random party, face painted and glow stick at the ready, intoxicated of course and possibly dancing with random strangers...perhaps handsome...or I could just be swinging by myself in some forgotten corner but still having a good time cause when this track drops it takes you to a good place my friend...heads will roll indeed. This tune is booooooom...check it out!

Wednesday, 25 November 2009

Banana Listens To...

If you’ve never experienced the feeling of been slapped so hard across the face by electro pop’s heavy neon shiny glove and you’ve always wondered what that’s like…well just stick on Annie’s infectious I don’t like your Band and you’ll get an idea of what it’s like…you might even come to enjoy it you filthy thing! The first single from her long delayed and much leaked second album blasts through the speakers and goes straight for the jugular with its edgy electro beats and gritty synths courtesy of Paul Epworth. Really you might have to wear protective clothing whilst listening to this track. And the fun doesn’t stop here. Serious mischief is switched on to the max. Cheeky lyrics “The stuff you play, it sounds so passé, Don’t get me wrong, I like you but I don't like your band!”….ouch and the aforementioned heavy groove, so infectious that it makes you want to surrender into a permanent state of disco floor abandon – when the record stops just press play again and the fun begins once more yeeey - make this a brilliant glitzy record and a welcome addition to the scrumptious sugary pop sorority. Oh and there is of course the small detail that the entire album benefits from Xenomania’s Midas touch, this well oiled machine that just continues to spew out hit after hit, there must be something in the water… Don’t be ashamed to love this song. I’m not.

Sunday, 22 November 2009

Banana Rates...

It's ok to have girl crush sometimes you know...it's a nice mix...I mean after a while it gets boring to fancy the same Johnny Depp or the same Josh Hartnett...you know what i mean right!!!! Anywho, Charlotte Gainsbourg has the sort of life I can only dream of: both parents singers, maternal grandmother actress, uncle screenwriter who also directed her, husband actor/director..I mean come on! But the whole point of this post is that her new video is a wonderful slice of mish mash imagery that somehow makes sense and makes you stare at it in amazement over and over again and when Kanye also makes a note of it on his blog you know it's been approved and it's ok in fact it is recommended you like it too cause the man says so..by the way you know what the difference between God and Kanye is? No?! God doesn't think he's Kanye... Which sort of reminds me that I still haven't seen Antichrist and I got so excited when all the Cannes festival hype was in full swing....the single is called Heaven Can Wait...hhhhmmm I can see a theme forming right here in front of my little eyes...

Charlotte Gainsbourg - Heaven Can Wait from Charlotte Gainsbourg on Vimeo.

Saturday, 21 November 2009

Banana Listens To...

Does anyone remember that little band from New York....oh what were they called The Strokes or something like that...of course you remember them, they were the epitome of cool back in my student hay days what with the worn out leather jacket, husky voice, messy tussled hair, skinny jeans and old converse with the swagger of a can't really be bothered but I'll show up and please the crowd rock star...my God it almost brings a tear to my eye...those were the days my friend...but now it's 2009 and with the band on unofficial hiatus since 2006 we've witnessed a few members pursuing various side projects and Agyness Deyn amongst other things...Julian Casablancas, the band's chief songwriter and all around raconteur returns to the limelight with an amazing solo album which I'll be honest, I bought with much apprehension cause you know how the story goes, whenever a lead singer from a very successful band releases a solo record people are expected to buy it and like it on the back of their previous success. But this is soooooooooo not the case here. I've been listening to it pretty much non stop for the last week and Phrazes for the Young is fast becoming one of my favourite albums for this year. Opening with the visceral Out of the Blue you immediately recognize The Strokes' rebellious attitude...
Somewhere along the way, my hopefulness turned to sadness, Somewhere along the way, my sadness turned to bitterness, Somewhere along the way, my bitterness turned to anger, Somewhere along the way, my anger turned to vengeance.
Oh and this is just the beginning...Casablancas' accomplished songwriting is showcased time and time again "Your faith has got to be greater than your fear" he sings on 11th Dimension while the aggressive and chaotic River of Brakelights makes way for some wonderful and abstract play of words:
Like batteries we die, like rivers we dry We fuel and recharge, that's humans and cars My fun, my sun, be my homework done Where did you go, you were my ride home Is that what we want, is everything shot, Is that what you ask for, 'cause that's what we got?
But my personal favourite has to be the absolute magnificent Glass which features some pretty heartbreaking lyrics delivered against a backdrop of epic drums and some serious guitar riffs
Eyes will follow you
Weapons can't break through Tears will swallow you You'll always see right through
Such poetic sensibilities on some of these songs combined with the unexpected change of style - 80s synths feature heavily on some of the tracks - would have you question if this is the same cool and detached front man who's had us used to his sing-speak style on The Strokes' albums...perhaps it's just him growing up, getting married and expecting his first child, you know how people can change these days...but change is good and the genius of this entire record is that it leaves you craving more. Only eight songs, but why?! Phrazes for the Young is a solid radio friendly album that perhaps if it had been delivered under The Strokes' trade name would've stood of being accused of selling out: grunge rock goes pop?! Instead Casablancas makes it seem like the natural progression and this well crafted record is nothing to be ashamed of....Phraze be given to this young man...see what I did there?! oh dear...My work here is done.
http://www.juliancasablancas.com/

Monday, 2 November 2009

Banana Likes...

To get your week started on an upbeat note...Basement Jaxx really like their weird and wonderful videos and this brightly coloured affair is no exception featuring an army of too cool for school dancing bears and some very serious facial expressions...but they're also rocking some cool shades which makes me think that sometimes these bears like to have fun too, but you know...they like to play it cool 99% of the time....