Wild Beasts

At the end of each year I delight in reading a ton of “best albums of the year” lists on blogs and in magazines to find everything that I’ve missed over the year. I think I listened to quite a bit over the last 11 and a half months, so I’ve decided to publish my own best of 2008 this time around. It was a hard to choose, but I finally got it down to 20.

20 | Wild Beasts – Limbo, Panto

I’m starting off my top 20 list with some fauve British guitars. I’ve been following Wild Beasts from their early EPs and singles and what’s great is that they didn’t lose their raw sound on their debut album, Limbo, Panto. Angular guitars, falsetto vocals, and unconventional percussion make this a weird but rewarding listen. Matisse would be proud.

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— , December 16, 2008    10 Comments

Mike Skinner

Mike Skinner’s fourth album, Everything Is Borrowed, will be released in the UK on September 15. Principal Skinner has said that the album with feature “positive peaceful vibes” similar to those on the first album. I thought all of the albums had this vibe, but I wouldn’t mind a return to the dance sound of 2002’s Original Pirate Material and a bit of the R&B from 2004’s A Grand Don’t Come for Free.

The title track will be the first single released later that month. For now, the song “The Escapist” is availabe for free download on The Streets homepage with a music video to accompany it. The song has exactly the vibe promised, so relaxing. Can’t wait to hear the album. Check out the mp3 and video below:

The Streets – The Escapist

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— , August 13, 2008    Comments Off on New Streets Album Soon: Everything Is Borrowed