Jams of the Week: Sinkane, Spiritualized, Po Po and mo' mo'
Sinkane - "Runnin'"
Former Columbus DIY music dude-turned-indie rock mercenary-turned-fulltime Yeasayer member Ahmed Gallab is starting to get some serious traction with his solo project Sinkane, which started way back when he was still in Ohio. His latest single, "Runnin'" is incendiary falsetto future funk. You have to hear this. Just let the main track segue into the remixes, courtesy of Sinkane bros Caribou, Chandeliers and others. Gorgeous. In other Sinkane news, they'll be playing a New York festival curated by The National, and I hear rumors of a Columbus performance at Carabar in the works for late spring. (That date is still tentative/unconfirmed for now.)
Spiritualized - "Hey Jane"
Jason Spaceman back with a vengeance. New album "Sweet Heart Sweet Light" coming April 16.
Grimy, groovy, synthetic sex from esteemed music- and love-maker Terius Nash and a new R&B starlet. Sounds like a much benevolent version of The Weeknd. The-Dream's new album "The Love IV MMXII" is coming later this year. (Need more Nash in your life? Check out last year's free internet album under his birth name, "1977.")
Po Po - "Let's Get Away" (Diplo remix)
I was wondering if the mis-punctuated "Lets Get Away" was intentional, as if this Po Po track was about letting someone important slip through your fingers. But I'm pretty sure it's about getting some quality vacation time with said someone. I love it when artists successfully combine vibrant with melancholy, and I recommend you blast this track immediately. The Mad Decent artist, remixed here by label head Diplo, has a debut album out this week.
Melvins - "The War on Wisdom"
I overheard the lady serving me beers at Crest Tavern last night explain her strict anti- policy on anal sex, televised sports and The History Channel. She was wearing a Melvins T-shirt. Buzzo and company's new EP "The Bulls & the Bees" will be available as a free download from Scion A/V starting March 13. Lead single "The War on Wisdom" is super proggy and not at all what I was expecting.
Australia's Royal Headache serves up old-school pop-punk with a finger in the electric socket. "Girls" is a blast, combining melody and noise in a manner that sounds fresh. Brutal and beautiful. Self-titled debut coming May 8 on What's Your Rupture.
Jessie Ware - "Running"
Unsettlingly seductive Sade-on-synth track from a graduate of Alleyn's School, the same London arts school that produced Florence Welch. Also, the second jam this week by this title, give or take an apostrophe.
Willis Earl Beal - "Monotony"
One of the most-hyped new artists of 2012 is outsider musician Beal, a skewed songwriter from Chicago who envisions himself as the black Tom Waits. His big claim to fame is his Mike Jones-like phone number distribution with the promise that he'll sing you a song if you call him at (773) 295-2135. (He will also draw you a picture if you write him.) "Acousmatic Sorcery," from whence came this minimal ballad, is due out later this year on XL subsidiary Hot Charity.
Loud, humungous art-rock from Baltimore. Something like Swans meets Jane's Addiction; I appreciate when rock this rough comes with a melodic chaser. Sophomore release "Natural History" is coming May 22 on Drag City.
Nite Jewel - "One Second of Love"
Hipster synth pop isn't going away. This is one iteration of the trend I can get behind. "One Second of Love" is the title track from Nite Jewel's Secretly Canadian debut, out March 6.