Kano - Remember Me - There is no justice in this world if, by this time next year, this song is not a staple of frat parties everywhere. I mean, it's got everything. Latin-infused shuffling beats, Kanos sick, super-charismatic flow, and a chorus that extolls the joys of booze fueled hookups. What's not to love? Kano is blowing up all over right now, and I only expect that to increase a few dozenfold after his US Debut @ the Knitting Factory here in NYC on Saturday. He deserves it. All the production prowess of Dizzee or Skinner with none of the incomprehensibility or literary pretentiousness, and with a flow so utterly, disarmingly charismatic, I can't NOT see this at least making a run at the charts once a smart stateside label starts pushing it.
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Cloud Cult - You've Got Your Bones To Make A Beat - Equally hyped at the moment are Cloud Cult, the environmentalist collective from Minneapolis operates as a non-profit activist band. When they tour, they go to admirably extreme lengths to minimize their environmental footprint, and spend their days working for The Cause. "You Got Your Bones To Make A Beat" immediately stands out from their new album Advice From The Happy Hippopotamus - the band "does this one simple - just basic riffs," as promised. The result is a song that feels almost tribal in it's insistence. Mutant organ and flute sounds, vocals that trail off into falsetto world, and that Bass and those Drums. They chug through the song like the engines of some mad war machine. It's songs like this that made me call my blog "Teaching The Indie Kids To Dance Again."
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