Polite Notice


Polite Notice: Interplanetary Music.
July 29, 2008, 4:32 pm
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Well, it seems all the English at Benicassim somehow managed to bring the weather back with them, for at least a week.  Perfect then for me to discover Ed Banger’s new signing Mickey Moonlight.

Featuring guest turns by the likes of Zongamin, Bishi and Suzi Silver, Mickey Moonlight’s (Londoner Midnight Mike) first single is a cover of Sun Ra’s Interplanetary Music.  It’s a step away from Ed Banger’s comfort zone, being far more of a slow burning disco track than an out and out electro-kicking banger.  And it’s pretty special.

On first listen, it’s just nice. The second time through though, the simple repetition of the two bass notes will stick with you; laid atop the simple bongo backdrop, it builds and peaks halfway at the preposterous saxophone solo.  It definitely needs an extended edit, but it’s streaks ahead of any other pop song of this summer, and easily one of the best records of the year.  Go buy it (when it’s out), stick it on your record player, and crank up loud.

Mickey Moonlight – Interplanetary Music (Zshare)

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Polite Notice: The XX
July 8, 2008, 3:18 pm
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The XX are cool.  In fact, I’m not even going to bother trying to beat this quote.  “Bafflingly ace moody hip-pop with bass so thick you could cut it with a carving knife.” The Guardian .  There’s no more fitting way of describing them.

I caught them some time ago on Stag & Dagger where, despite terrible sound, they impressed me and the audience of A&R bods with their effortlessly epic half-sung/half-spoken songs.  Footsteps is a Womack & Womack cover given an achingly cool makeover by The XX.  It’s just begging to be included on some ridiculously hip TV show whilst the main protagonists stare at each other over a packed dance floor.  But, there seems to be a lack of those shows around these days.  The XX will just have to settle for being XL’s next big signing.  Probably.

The XX – Footsteps (Zshare)



Polite Notice: Mercury.
July 8, 2008, 2:39 pm
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Bloc Party have decided to get some trip hop up in this bitch.  No guitars in sight.  Here’s the video.

Now, I like it.  A whole lot.  Great potential for some remixes here, and apparently it’s the album that Kele’s “always wanted to make.”

Not sure about the video though.  It’s either a shit political allegory, with bananas instead of oil, and a horse monster (creeps me out as I HATE horses) with a lobster hand instead of Bush.  Or, it’s just a bit Mighty Boosh – Mutants.