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Tunes of the Week – yes, tunes

I’ve been a little amiss in recent times with the Tune of the Week updates so here’s five audio thrillers currently making me go wow to make up for the oversight. These New Puritans “Colours” They’re from Southend, their debut …

Wed, Oct 17, 2007, 14:46

   

I’ve been a little amiss in recent times with the Tune of the Week updates so here’s five audio thrillers currently making me go wow to make up for the oversight.

These New Puritans “Colours”

They’re from Southend, their debut album “Beat Pyramid” is coming in November on Arular (with help from those smart folk at Domino) and they rock pretty hard. “Colours” is one of the cuts from their new single. Check out this video or lend your ear to these tunes.

New Buffalo “Cheer Me Up Thank You”

Sally Seltmann is the Australian one-woman show operating as New Buffalo. She wrote “1 2 3 4″ for Feist and you’ll probably go “ahhh” when you hear this. It’s the first track from her new album “Somewhere Anywhere” on Arts & Crafts and it’s absolutely lovely. Hear it here or watch it there.

Grizzly Bear “Alligator”

One of the two Bears we like around here has released “Friend”, an overgrown EP with 10 reworkings, re-recordings, covers (including that wonderful version of “He Hit Me” which was floating round the MP3osphere earlier in the year) and collaborations. This version of “Alligator” from their “Horn Of Plenty” debut album is space-age choral music, a widescreen odyssey where the Bear, Beirut and Dirty Projectors go digging for gold. Enjoy.

Afrikan Boy “One Day I Went To Lidl”

I was going to include one of the “new” M.I.A. tracks from the US version of “Kala” (hear them here) and then decided it was time to rep Afrikan Boy instead. He features on “Hussel” from that album but his own tale of woe about a shopping trip to everyone’s favourite discount supermarket deserves an airing.

Adele “Hometown Glory”

Here’s a name to reckon with for Zero Eight. A simple piano gives away to this monster voice. Adele is just 18 or 19 years of age but it’s a voice which will remind you of someone like Etta James or Marlena Shaw. What I love about this is how darn simple it sounds. And it’s as far from Kate Nash and her ilk as you can get.