The Weekend Warm Up – Betoko / Dance On My Feet

The Weekend Warm Up – Betoko / Dance On My Feet

Every Friday the Weekend Warm Up endeavours to bring you a track to get your weekend started. Wether it be hot off the press or a kebab shop classic, we hope to guarantee those Friday Feeling, Saturday Smiles and Second Chance Sunday’s get off with a bang!

Beats yo!

YHX

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Jasper’s New Music Takeaway – Holy Models

There’s something different about today. Something really really balls out amazing. It kinda feels to me, like it could well be a new dawn for the internet. You’re starting to feel it too I can tell. It’s like, what you came here for was for a bit of new music and possibly a dose of my attempted wit and shit gags, and instead you got an incredible new experience on a level you’ve never seen before. Well let me explain why you’re feeling like that, it’s cos right now you’re staring (in glassy eyed wonderment I know) at the brand spanking new look of our website! You’re a bit overwhelmed, I can tell, so I’m gonna give you a min to recover your composure.

And your minute’s up. It’s the nuts’ muts innit blud. We’re pretty proud of it too, even though none of us did any work towards it whatsoever, that was the lovely people over at Expect Best, so if you want your website to look almost as good as ours (don’t copy it though get your own ideas), speak to them, they’re ace. Anyway plug aside, how’s about we usher in this new age in music blogging with some new music (not from usher)? Yeah let’s do that. And the lucky act I’ve selected for the honour of popping the new site’s cherry is…. Holy Models (holy models and popping cherries- there’s a gag in there somewhere?).

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Holy Models are another ludicrously good Aussie duo that have rolled off the apparently endless conveyor belt of talent coming out of the EDM scene down under. That’s the Aussie EDM scene that I’ve been banging on about for what feels like years- see how I’m trying to make out I was first on the scene there (I wasn’t). They’re currently gearing up for the release of their debut E.P. specialising in the sort of chilled electro dance stuff that sounds like you should be listening to it with a beer/ sangria/ cocktail/ bottle of white lightning in hand, depending on your tipple, whilst lounging around on the golden beaches of Ibiza/ Blackpool (again it’s a personal preference), with the sun beating down on a load of stupidly good looking people (talking more ibiza than Blackpool now) dancing around in bikinis and board shorts, leaving you struggling to work up enough courage/ get pissed enough, to unleash your own flabby pasty gut into the world (that’s probably just me?). My body issues aside, have a little listen to this and tell me it doesn’t get you as excited about summer as it has done me (Saved By The Bell rules, I’m Zach Morris).

Told ya.

J x

For fans of Washed Out, Air France, Satin Jackets, Touch Sensitive, Classixx etc.

For more info and more tracks, head over to their Facebook & Soundcloud 

N.B. There’s still a few more changes to be made to the new look of the website, so if things do look even more amazing on here in the next week or so, that’s why. x

Jasper’s New Music Takeaway – Harpoons

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Woohhhoooo the weekend’s almost here and the sun’s kind of out so we’re all in the mood for some chilled summer tunes right? Of course we are. So why don’t you give this bad boy a try. It’s called ‘Unforgettable’ and it lives up to it’s name due to it’s laid back 90′s r’n'b beatz, subtle synths & lead singer Bec Rigby’s gorgeous soulful vocals. It’s the calm before your Easter bank holiday storm. If you’ve been a fan of ladies & gents like Jessie Ware, Solange, Rosie Lowe & Blood Orange’s latest stuff then it’s 100% your bag. It’s the first track taken from aussie four piece the Harpoons’ forthcoming debut album Falling For You which you’re obviously now going to be buying.

If you just can’t wait for the album to hit the record store shelves (or iTunes etc) though, don’t you worry your little cottons cos they already have a single/ AA side/ E.P. (whatever you wanna call it) out that you can get your paws on right now called ‘Walk Away/ Keep You Around’. If, however, you’re one of those strong patient types, you can keep yourself occupied while you wait by heading on over to their Facebook page where I’m sure they’ll let you know when the album’s gonna drop (can I pull off using phrases like that?), and you can keep nicely updated on all their other news & shiz as well.

J x

P.S. We may or may not do a full Weekend Warm Up on here tomorrow, cos well you know, we’ll more than likely be at a swanky rooftop BBQ or uber cool celeb filled party (drinking cheap cider on the sofa in our underpants), so we might not get round to it, but if we do hear some bangin’ toooooooonnnnssss while we’re out schmoozing with the rich and famous, we’ll just whack em straight on our Your Hands Music Facebook wall, so you make sure you check it homez.

P.S.S. Make sure you come back here next week as we’ve got a massive amazing surprise for you…

Jasper’s Purchase Of The Week – Chet Faker

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The sun’s out homes!!! Yey!!! Let’s all go get pissed yeah? Well maybe we should wait til the weekend actually, it’s pretty close, and it is easter weekend, which is as good an excuse as I need for a 3-4 day bender. It’ll be 3 or 4 depending on how night 2 goes- second night syndrome always dictates how successful the rest of my consecutive days on the lash are gonna be. So maybe better save the pennies today and wait for thursday night to arrive hey? Or just go out tonight and stick the rest on a credit card? Yeah let’s do that. I’m still young enough to be fairly fiscally irresponsible right? Nah probably not, but fuck it.

Anyway, the reason I’ve just opened up this blog with a lengthy monologue is it’s been the background noise in my head whilst I’ve been listening to all the week’s new releases today and yesterday, deciding which I should recommend to you. And those thoughts about sun, birds (the flying kind of course, no sexism here) and going out and getting on it, have obviously had a largish bearing on my eventual selection, as I’ve ended up plumping for the record that would best soundtrack yours & my sunny (fingers crossed the sun keeps it’s hat on) easter bank hols.  And that record is from former Aussie bedroom producer/ songwriter Nick Murphy aka Chet Faker- the bearded fellow above not 50′s & 60′s Jazz maestro & flugelhorn (amazing instrument that) extraordinaire, Chet Baker. Having found underground fame with his 2012 E.P. Thinking In Textures, which in turn came off the back of the jazz flecked (it wasn’t just the name that was influenced by the original Chet), synth based, bloggers’ wet dream cover of ‘No Diggity’, now comes his full length debut album, Built In Glass as released by my favourite Aussie label Future Classic (seriously check out their roster- they rule). And it’s a very accomplished debut indeed, that fits my aforementioned mood absolutely perfectly.

It’s start to finish, chilled slow jams, each flirting with more than a few different genres, but staying earthed in the synth based soul, jazz & r’n'b rhythms of his debut E.P.. If Bill Withers was born in the 80′s and grew up getting stoned listening to Zero 7, this is how he’d sound. It’s just lush- not sure I’ve described anything as being lush since the mid 90′s? Basically, what I’ve introduced you to here (if you weren’t already a fan obvo) is the absolute perfect pre-game booze/ BBQ accompaniment, which will also double as a pretty solid (no pun intended there) late night record, to play whilst entertaining a lady friend. You’re welcome.

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BEST OF THE REST

Afghan Whigs – Do To The Beast

If the sun hadn’t been out and my mind wasn’t already straying to the weekend’s forthcoming activities, this could easily have been my pick for the POTY. It’s a belter. Greg Dulli returns from The Twilight Singers & The Gutter Twins to his first band (as far as I know- and haven’t got time to check, I’m a busy boy). And it’s a most welcome return. Soulful, menacing rock & americana.

Smoke Fairies – Smoke Fairies

 Atmospheric folk pop and americana from female duo Jessica Davies & Katherine Blamire or the Smoke Fairies as the world knows them. Their fourth album, and up there with their best, if you ask me, which you kinda did cos you’re reading this.

Todd Terje – It’s Album Time

If those two are a bit serious for ya then it might well be Album Time!! Hahhahahhahahha see how I slipped that in there? Clever hey? My comic genius aside, and back on to the music. You may well know of Todd Terje based on his work with Franz Ferdinand or his remixes of other indie titans like Bombay Bicycle Club, well now he’s done something for himself. And good on him. The record’s good old fashioned synth-y electro disco tinged fun, and even includes a Robert Palmer Cover with vocals from fellow 80′s cocksman Bryan Ferry (wish people would refer to me as a cocksman and not just a…..). Sounds awesome right? It is.

J x

Jasper’s Purchase Of The Week – Broods & Sohn

I’m not gonna lie, compared to others this year, this is not a massively amazing week in terms of new releases. There’s a few pretty solid efforts from various bands & artists, but nothing that gets me massively aroused- in a musical sense, obviously. There’s some indie synth experimentalism from School Of Language, some critically acclaimed rock from EMA & some Hip Hop from Ratking. All three have a few tunes I’m loving (particularly ’So Sick’ featuring King Krule by the latter) but as full albums, they ain’t really my bag, ya dig?

Then we have a couple of very solid releases, the self titled debut E.P. from Broods & Tremor the debut album from Sohn (one of my New Music Takeaways a little while back), which are a bit more down my strasse, and if I was to pick my favourites from the bunch I’d probably go with one of these two bad boys. They’re both pretty similar genre wise, dealing in the kind of minimal synths that are sooooooooooo in right now, Broods, helped along by Lorde Producer Joel Little, go with a slightly poppier Lorde/ Ellie Goulding-esque take on things, whereas Sohn, well Sohn kind of broods a bit more- if you’ve heard some of his singles already or his work producing the best new vocalist around today, Kwabs’ stuff, then you’ll know exactly what I mean (he’s also produced some of Banks’ new stuff too). If hooks and choruses are your thing then go with Broods, if your taste’s lies more towards melancholic soundscapes over glitchy electronic beats then Sohn’s your man. The choice is yours, but to help you on your way here’s a track and a nice little piccy from each…

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