It’s getting to that time of year again when I start hearing all the latest singles from formerly favourite artists, press chatter around their personalities roars after being quiet for the last years and I get this impossible yearning to consume all that will eventually be on offer – right now. You’d think, living in an age of globalization, freedom of information, digitization and other impressive-sounding -ation words that getting access to new material – once it was recorded and mastered – wouldn’t be too difficult. Beyond the nominal possibility that you’re friends with Kate Moss, we hear at One A Day have witnessed first-hand just how fast new tracks get around the globe. Thus, it is with dismay and a plain enough craving for instant gratification that I lament the strictures that global record companies put on this stuff. While Lupe might be anti-leak, I’m not. I’m impatient and hungry. And I want it NOW!
Jay-Z – The Blueprint 3
Alright yes, I’m not content with D.O.A. ‘Na Na Hey Hey Kiss Him Goodbye’ was used to far greater effect by Wale and Lady Gaga and the whole ‘I’m going to start a movement’ is so 90s. That being said, digging Jay’s 2001 MTV Unplugged session out of the ol’ archive really sparked the fire of nostalgia in me. His last, ‘American Gangster’ was killer. 2006’s ‘Kingdom Come’ was dross – but it did form the soundtrack to that year’s summer for me. The man is overflowing with swag. He is undoubtedly the coolest person I know in Brooklyn and The Roots/Pharrell just make me wanna dance on this one.
Jay-Z – I Just Wanna Love U (Give It 2 Me) [Unplugged]
Calvin Harris – Ready For The Weekend
Haha. I was watching Calvin bob to ‘The Girls’ today at the gym and couldn’t help but marvel at what a dweeb he is. But, as my hirsute endeavours continue, Calvin’s stubble and nerd-boy look give me reason to hope… one day, I too might get ‘all the girls’ – especially those mix-raced girls. He’s not the most exciting character live (but he did, valiantly, bring a band down under) but I firmly believe that the hook off the forthcoming album’s first single ‘I’m Not Alone’ is really top-notch. I’ve been quoted previously as having said it is ‘the best dance beat ever made’. That might have been hyperbole. Anyway, there’s no doubting the anticipation on this one. I’ve had enough Dizzee for the moment.
Calvin Harris – Acceptable In The 80’s
Spoon – Got Nuffin
Austin, Texas must be one happening place. Not only do they play host to the rocking festival SXSW annually but my favourite utensil-namesake band of all time, Spoon, also call the city home. 2007’s ‘Ga Ga Ga Ga Ga’ was a perfect pellet of indie-rock goodness, near-faultless across its 10 stellar, variously moody/celebratory tracks. If you haven’t had a listen, do. Singer Britt Daniel continues to engage with his distinctive vocal style (trying on a bit of Kings of Leon wailing) on this latest offering from the upcoming EP release of the same name. It comes across as both a vulnerable and volatile track – subject to explode at any moment. The trademark guitar riffs are there but it still seems to be only a warm-up for the Austinites. Be patient and wait for the main game? Hell no.
Spoon – Got Nuffin