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The beady eyed amongst you may have missed the monthly round-up email newsletter yesterday. As I was the only one to submit a post last month (my 28th monthly discoveries one), I chose not to spam your inboxes. I will send it on the first Sunday of each month if I receive guest posts in the previous month and will highlight them in the email as before.
Table of contents
1) “Arrogance is the Death of Men” – Skinshape
This is a delight. Aren’t we lucky Will Dorey left Palace to start this project. It’s everything Skinshape does well from the lovely guitar riffs to the delicate guitar licks and laid back vocals. On another note, Lewis Recordings have something in common with previous music discovery posts which I will reveal when I do their label profile in an upcoming Friday newsletter.
Single: “Arrogance is the Death of Men” (2020)
Label: Lewis Recordings
2) “Don’t (Just) Vote” – Cass McCombs, Angel Olsen, Bob Weir, Noam Chomsky
Music is just so great. A terrific song to encourage US people to vote while being a protest song against voter apathy. The mumble at the very beginning sounds like Shia LaBeouf when he did the Zoom reading as Jeff Spicoli from Fast Times at Ridgemont High in September. Very funny if you haven’t seen it. This track is a remake of McCombs 2009 one “Don’t Vote” where he also tried to tackle voter apathy. This time he assembled an all star cast which alongside the Western sounding guitar riff and the standout finish from Noam Chomsky make this a triumph. Royalties from the song will be going to Elevate Oakland which helps fund music education in the Oakland area.
Single: “Don’t (Just) Vote” (2020)
3) “Searching Spirit” – Dirty Projectors
As part of their epic five EPs in a year quest (you may remember me mentioning this in the first of these emails), the Dirty Projectors announced their final EP “Ring Road” (available 20 November) with the release of this beautiful track. Each of the EPs so far has had a different lead vocalist, however on this final one they have all come back to have joint lead. Hard workers who are meeting deadlines it seems.
Single: “Searching Spirit” (2020)
Label: Domino Recording
4) “All Nite All Nite” – MNKYBSNSS, Life on Planets
Get your groove on. I’m pronouncing the band name “minky business”. MNKYBSNSS are a Colombian duo who teamed up with Baltimore producer and musician Life on Planets for this track. I still haven’t got over how good this remix of Life on Planets “Fork in the Path” (2015) is. Paris based Kitsuné seem to be on the ball on releasing these groovy tracks.
Bacao Rhythm & Steel Band profile
I love Amerie’s “1 Thing” (2005). When I found a Steel Band cover of the song, I didn’t know what to expect. Well I was blown away and have been a big fan of the Bacao Rhythm & Steel Band ever since. “Shrouded in mystery” (according to multiple sources); they are Hamburg based, drawing inspiration from the time the band leader, Björn Wagner, spent in Trinidad and Tobago having learnt the steel drums. Signed to Brooklyn based Big Crown Records, they have two standout albums under their belt and have teased us with a few singles recently indicating a third album is on its way. They are essentially a terrific cover band that elevates and adds their own style to everything they do.
Stand-out tracks: “1 Thing” (2018), “Love Like This” (2016), “The Healer” (2020)
Albums: “The Serpents Mouth” (2018), “55” (2016)
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