I’m a bit of a one trick pony. Or maybe two or three tricks. There are a couple of little obsessions I have, and I tend to keep coming back to them.
One of these is how ridiculous it is that British rapper Ty isn’t a whole lot more famous; he’s an amazing rapper, with thoughtful lyrics, great beats and melodies, and deserves to be a massive success.
Whilst his recent move to the Tru Thoughts record label isn’t likely to propel him into the upper end of the charts, it does mean that we get some new music from him, including this classic slice of intelligent British hip hop.
Photo via Tru Thoughts
Alice Russell, of the very funky Quantic Soul Orchestra, covers The B52s “classic” Love Shack….
ITV is starting to promote the 2nd series of the so-bad-it’s-good celebrity reality show Love Island, and the version of Love Shack being used for the trailers is bizarrely good. Bizarre that is until I found out that it’s by Alice Russell, a member of the rather fantastic Quantic Soul Orchestra. It’s a seriously good cover version – replacing the annoying nerd-rock of the original with some great 21st Century soul.Obviously, with a band this good, Gilles Peterson has been going on about them for ages (their record label Tru Thoughts won record label of the year at the 2005 Worldwide Awards). The Alice Russell version of Love Shack doesn’t seem to be available at the moment, but there are plenty of places to find tunes by Quantic Soul Orchestra.
If I find anything out about a release of an MP3 (or CD or vinyl) of Alice Russell’s (much improved) cover version of Love Shack, I’ll be sure to update this post.
UPDATE: Sorry – still no news on Alice’s version of Loveshack, but I’ve found a track which is just as good. Have a listen to her on The Bamboos’ track Step It Up. It’s an absolute funk stormer, and if you like it, why not download the album of the same name from eMusic?