First and foremost, HAPPY EASTER X X X
Being a long weekend, many of us have packed up the car/caravan/Leilia’s VW and headed off to a holiday destination for the 4 days of pure and utter bliss… if you’re fortunate enough to not be working Easter Saturday. Yes, Christ has died for us, but he did not die for people to be listening to boring music for the road trips, barbecues, and Easter Sunday breakfasts. I recently went on a small CD haul from my local music store and felt it appropriate to share the love on the 5 albums that have been consuming my ‘recently played’ playlist on my iPhone for a helping hand on what to be playing for t
he remainder of the weekend.
1. GRACETOWN // SAN CISCO
I am actually listening to this as I type right now and it has put me in a rather upbeat mood. San
Cisco, give yourselves a pat on the back. This album provides the listener with sombre tunes and moody hues from ‘Skool’ and upbeat vibes and sing-a-longs with ‘Too Much Time Together’ and number 33 on the 2014 Hottest 100 ‘Run’. This is the perfect adornment for an Easter with family, friends or perhaps yourself and your giant pile of Cadbury Creme Eggs.
2. SIA // 1000 FORMS OF FEAR
Ah, Sia. What can one say about the quirky singer from Adelaide, hiding her face form the media and producing mega hit songs. Everyone knows ‘Chandelier’ and ‘Elastic Heart’ after spending months on the radio on stations ranging from all musical bases, and there is a reason for this: Sia hit the nail on the head. 1000 Forms of Fear explores a deeper side to Sia’s musical talent but this is counter balanced with tune ‘Burn The Pages’ which I can foresee being used in a montage for the 2016 Rio Olympics, and if you don’t understand what I mean, have a listen. You’ll catch on.
3. MARK RONSON // UPTOWN SPECIAL
This has been on repeat for a week now. I am not going to lie, I am a little bit in love with this 39 year old record producer, yet only purchased Uptown Special last weekend. I find it hard to articulate it in words, the sonic of the album. It is classed under ‘Pop’ on iTunes but is it pop? A distinct funk vibe (almost like stepping back into Hairspray on Negro Day) oozes out of tunes ‘Daffodils’ (featuring Tame Impala’s Kevin Parker), ’Incase of Fire’ and, of course, the Number 1 song worldwide, ‘Uptown Funk’ featuring the grooviest Hawaiian out, Bruno Mars. Hats off Ronson, you’ve done good.
4. BLUEJUICE // RETROSPECTABLE
I KNOW, I KNOW, they’ve broken up. They’re gone, they’re done. I don’t care. Retrospectable is an album you put on at 8AM on a Sunday, when you’re making breakfast in a baggy t-shirt and your underpants, with your dog at your feet and the windows open. You dance, you sing, you spill crumbs everywhere with your carless yet effortless arms, swaying to the sounds of ‘Shock’, ‘Act Yr Age’ and ‘George Costanza’. You vocals pipe up and scream the words of ‘I’ll Go Crazy’ like you’re free as a bird, nothing can hold you back. Then, a neighbour yells to SHUT UP. And you still don’t care. Retrospectable does this to you, and you savour every moment of it.
5. MARK RONSON & THE BUSINESS INTL. // RECORD COLLECTION
It was released in 2010, you know, remember that song ‘Somebody To Love Me’? Yeah? With Boy George? Back then, I was still relatively set in my ways of Kesha and Taio Cruz, yet I found a soft spot for this song. Now, 5 years late, I purchased the album. It doesn’t disappoint, and from track one (Bang Bang Bang), you’re on the ba
ndwagon. It is completely separated from Uptown Special in its sound, featured singers and album artwork in general, but it works. Its quirky, it mixes multiple genres into one album, ranging from Pop, rock, funk and hip-hop, tied together by a distinct eighties vibe.
If one of these gems ends up playing on someones playlist this weekend, I’ll feel like a proud Mother. Each one presents varying sounds and a unique charisma adorns each CD, just waiting to be added to your music library.