Welcome back to the second in Faux’s series of Auditory Pleasures. As I explained last week, this is a look back through the week at some of the tracks which have really caught my attention.
The Courteeners – Cross My Heart & Hope To Fly
For me personally, the jury’s still out on this Courteeners track which will be taken from their upcoming new album Falcon. First off, it’s not what you’d expect so definitely give it a listen with an open mind. Secondly, are we going to soon be seeing a flurry of bands and artists using minimalist beats and vocals in a similar way to The xx? This track sounds scarily similar to Crystalised.
Fucked Up – Do They Know It’s Christmas?
No MP3 for this one I’m afraid, there’s good reason though, it’s a charity single with 100% of the proceeds going to three different charities in Canada. Yup you’ve read it right, this is a cover of potty mouthed Geldof’s 1984 classic charity collaboration featuring a much more talented set of artists than the 2004 re-release did. Contributions for this version came from Vampire Weekend’s Ezra Koenig, TV on the Radio’s Kyp Malone, Broken Social Scene’s Kevin Drew, comedian David Cross, Yo La Tengo, Bob Mould, Tegan and Sara, GZA, Andrew W.K. and Bob Mould. Pretty impressive right?!
Hostage – Valhalla
Valhalla uses a number of different samples, one of them is the Funeral March, a pretty creative sample right there.I really can’t get enough of this track. Before a few days ago I’d never heard of Hostage and now I think I love the bloke. Valhalla is the perfect name for the track, you can just imagine those Vikings coming over on their longships ready to pillage and rape to this soundtrack, it’s pretty fucking epic stuff.
Will Smith – Fresh Prince Of Bel Air ( Mustard Pimp Remix)
Alright alright, I know this is a bit cheesy but it’s actually a really catchy tune. Mustard Pimp’s working of the classic 90’s theme tune breathes a breath of fresh air into a tune which will be forever etched into our generations heads. It shouldn’t work, but does and does so in such a brilliantly simple manner that its hard not to love. Keep listening as the track takes a full minute to really push on and drop the beat.