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Sublime – Santeria February 7, 2009

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It’s always a strange thing when you discover music that you think is awesome only to find that when you go away to check on what the artist is up to at the moment, you discover their death that happened several years before, as is the case for the  lead singer of this band. This track comes from the bands self-titled post-homously released album which is full of feel-good tracks with a funky, sun-drenched sound. This particular track is my favourite from the album and shares similar traits to Griffith Project’s track  “First Train Stop” which I posted about here.  It has a great reggae, laid-back groove fitting for the sound of a late summer afternoon. Clocking in at just over 3 minutes long, this is something to quickly get you out of the winter blues I’m experiencing in the UK right now. Enjoy.

Sublime – Santeria
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[ From the Album “Sublime” | Buy CD: | Download: ]


Dario G – Voices (Acoustic Version) July 4, 2008

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I was first acquainted to this song after hearing it at the close of the film “The Beach”. At the time I didn’t pursue the track as I didn’t know who the track was by, or realise how awesome it was, which is why it took me a while to research and rediscover it. After hearing the tune of the softly played guitar at a restaurant diner in Prague (don’t I sound incredibly cultured right now…) and struggling to figure out where that soothing, tropical sound was from, I did my research and found it to be by the same people who brought out the hits “Sunchyme” (which hit number two in the UK charts back in that magical time when Top of the Pops was still being shown on a Thursday night) and “Carnival de Paris” (which featured as a theme song to the Football World Cup in 1998). Anyway, once again it’s a really chilled out cathartic sounding tune, one that fit the closing to the motion picture “The Beach” perfectly.

Dario G – Voices (Acoustic Version)
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[ From the Album “Sunmachine” | Buy CD: | Download: ]

I decided to share the previous song after hearing a live set performed by Coldplay last month (sorry for the excess Coldplay posts) when they did their new live rendition of their hit “Yellow”. I’ve managed to get my hands on a recording of it, and you can hear the definite similarities between the two tracks, both managing to convey the same feelings of inspiring, hopeful and happiness in their sound. And both definitely worth checking out.

Coldplay – Yellow [Live at Brixton Academy – 16-06-08]
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[ From a live recording on BBC Radio One ]

Griffith Project – First Train Stop June 19, 2008

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So here’s that track I found on that random porn site. Don’t ask me how I came across it… or indeed why I’m telling you that I found it there, but it is a great track that probably doesn’t deserve the association I’ve given it with the erotica industry, as it isn’t by any means sleazy or has any indecent associations with it (…aside from the one I’ve just mentioned). In fact, when I first found this track, I had a hell of a time trying to get my hands on a copy as it was promptly removed from the site in question, but I managed to finally get hold of it some months after I first heard it (from their official site no less) and realised why I became obsessed with trying to track it down. This is an excellent tune that is a really chilled out, laid back jam with a soft reggae beat. The verses are bridged with casually tossed off guitar solos that feel almost therapeutic when combined with the soothing vocals of the male lead. The band have actually made this track, along with the entire album it’s taken from, free to download from their site so I recommend you check it out. The songs all share a similar sound to “First Train Stop”, most with a chilled out Blues feel, while others border on to a more upbeat, funk-rock style. My picks include “Westside“, “What Goes Around Comes Around“, “Backyard Party Song” and “Everlasting Seed” which crosses into an improvised Jazz sound.

Griffith Project – First Train Stop.mp3
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[ From the Album “High Socks On A Tenspeed” | Download: Official Site ]

Jason Mraz – I’m Yours March 5, 2008

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Jason Mraz is an artist that I discovered around the same time as John Mayer. )During that period, they were often compared with one another in terms of their somewhat similar musical styles, however while John Mayer went on to develop his sound with a more Blues feel to it and gained massive critical acclaim with his album “Continuum”, Jason Mraz instead adopted a similar sound to his first LP and, in turn, was quite brutally slaughtered by the critics for his album “Mr. A-Z”. Warranted, while that album was not half as fun as his first (“Waiting For My Rocket To Come”), it wasn’t the complete catastrophe that you may have led to believe. That said, I won’t be sharing any tracks from it, but instead a new track from his third soon-to-be-released studio album titled “We Sing, We Dance, We Steal Things”. It’s penned to be out on 20th May and will be the first from Mraz to have proper collaborations on it from the likes of Colbie Caillat and British singer-songwriter James Morrison. This track “I’m Yours” will be the first single. It sounds a shade too similar to Israel Kamakawiwo’ole’s (what a name eh?) cover of “Somewhere Over the Rainbow” but that said, it does still hold it’s own as a great, breezy, chilled out song.

Jason Mraz – I’m Yours
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[ From the Album “We Sing, We Dance, We Steal Things” |
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I thought I’d also share the first single ever released by Mraz which made me take notice of him initially. It’s a track which I instantly fell in love with the moment I heard it due to its positively gleaming outlook on life. It is the very definition of the perfect pop song, stupidly catchy and a track that leaves a smile on your face long after you’ve heard it. At least, that’s the effect it had on me. Other picks from this album include “I’ll Do Anything”, “Curbside Prophet” and “You and I Both” – all of which are worth checking out if you enjoyed what you’ve heard here.

Jason Mraz – The Remedy
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[ From the Album “Waiting For My Rocket To Come” | Buy CD: | Download: ]

We Are Scientists – Hoppipolla (Sigur Rós Cover) November 8, 2007

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This track is from the unlikely We Are Scientists and was recorded for their B-sides and rarities album “Crap Attack”. It’s a cover of a Sigur Rós song “Hoppipolla” which featured on the BBC documentary “Planet Earth”. They’ve done an awesome job at creating their own making of the song. The track is very chilled out in comparison to the original (which you should also check out if you haven’t yet) and the acoustic guitar is incredibly relaxing and soothing.

We Are Scientists – Hoppipolla (Sigur Rós Cover)
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[ From the Album “Crap Attack” | Buy CD: ]