Donald McKinley Glover jr. aka Childish Gambino (and occasionally mcDJ when he finds the time) is not only one of the most talented artists in the world today, but undoubtedly one of the busiest. An award-winning actor, director, and producer on television, an in-demand movie star who has appeared prominently in some of the biggest films of the last few years, and a singer and musician with three acclaimed albums, and a recent US number one single behind him, he has a achieved more at the age of 34 than most of us would manage in a very long lifetime. Read more »
This week saw a truly legendary artist get a truly legendary send-off as the funeral of Aretha Franklin, Queen of Soul, took place in Detroit. Over the best part of nine hours, many of the great and good of soul music took turns to pay tribute in a ceremony dripping in gospel and heart, befitting a lady who began her singing career in the church. Of the numerous performances through the day from the likes of Chaka Khan, Jennifer Hudson, and Ariana Grande, none were better than Gladys Knight’s fusing of ‘You’ll Never Walk Alone’ and ‘Bridge Over Troubled Water’ Read more »
Kicking off both a new series of Top 5’s and some football and music related posts to tie in with this summer’s World Cup, we begin with this list of the best/worst singles released by footballers. What this isn’t is songs about football or songs released to officially support a particular club or national teams, lists of which will appear in due course. No, this is a list of songs where footballers decided to try their hand at being pop stars for a while, something which never tends to end well. There are many absentees from this list so please Read more »
This week we take a look at the downfall of a legendary music publication and explore how changing tastes and technological progress have decimated contemporary music journalism in the UK. News this week that the N.M.E., the UK’s longest running and most iconic music magazine, is to go out of print and exist online only was sad but hardly surprising. Having been reduced to a free, pamphlet-like magazine given away in libraries and such, the writing had long been on the wall, its demise as inevitable as that of the music culture it once championed. First printed in 1952, it Read more »
The bassist-extraordinaire teams up with a pair of yacht-rock legends for the low-slung funk of ‘Show You The Way’, with this new sequel video. Stephen ‘Thundercat’ Bruner has been making quite a name for himself in recent years having previously spent 11 years playing with punk/thrash legends Suicidal Tendencies as well as making a nme for himself as a top session musician, working with Erykah Badu and Kendrick Lamar amongst others. His third solo album Drunk – from which this track is taken – was released earlier this year, and now we have this brand new video, directed by Katarzyna Read more »
We continue our albums series with a look at Pink Floyd’s 1972 masterpiece Dark Side Of The Moon. “There is no dark side of the moon… as a matter of fact it’s all dark” So what is your favourite album? For music lovers that age-old question is one that most will tell you has no clear answer. Such are the vagaries of musical taste that it does little more that elicit a response loaded with provisionals and caveats. It’s not easy when so many great examples exist. However when push comes to shove, and if I simply had to Read more »
Thomas Dybdahl releases a video and new single from his acclaimed album The Great Plains. Hailing from Norway, Dybdahl has been around for a decade and a half-ish now with The Great Plains being his seventh studio album. His voice is rich and engaging and his music full of warmth and pathos and languid emotion. That said, this new single sees Dybdahl getting almost, well, funky, the geeky lo-fi groove coming across a bit like Beck meets Whitest Boy Alive. We love it, and the album, and Dybdahl generally. We hope you do too.
Cones is the sound of Los Angeles brothers Jonathan and Michael Rosen and ‘Echoes On’ is their infectious debut single. Not only that, but it comes with a fabulous hand-drawn animated video created by Jonathon who also happens to be an accomplished artist and animator, having created videos for Toro Y Moi, Delicate Steve, and of course Eleanor Friedberger with whom the Rosen brothers used to play. ‘Echoes On’ is taken from a forthcoming E.P. called ‘Whatever You’re Into’. We hope an album follows some time soon.
Australian 5-piece indie outfit Dappled Cities are back with their first new music in six years. Having released their first album, A Smile, all the way back in 2004, and then 3 more since, all critically lauded, Dappled Cities have been at this for a while now. It would be tempting to call them Australia’s best-kept secret or something equally cliched but the truth is they settled in the States some years ago where they have now become one of their best-kept secrets instead. Hopefully this new single, coupled with an intriguing video featuring a man seemingly alone in an Read more »
The new single from this American noise-rock band is taken from their forthcoming album Why Love Now. Pissed Jeans, who get bonus points for that band name, have been with Sub Pop for a decade now, and Why Love Now will be their fourth long-player for them (their fifth in total). ‘The Bar Is Low’ is the first single to be taken from it and the accompanying video is a hilarious swipe at macho-man masculinity set in the gym. It’s the infectious thundering riff driving the song that is the winner here though, and this should be played at high-volume Read more »
Dave Longstreth’s experimental outfit are back with this deliciously weird collaboration with singer Dawn Richard. Like many people, I first became aware of Dirty Projectors via 2009’s Bitte Orca album and the single ‘Stillness Is The Move’, a waaay left-of-centre take on R&B that almost became some kind of hit record. Bitte Orca itself was even broader in scope and defied any kind of easy categorisation, a truly out-there pop record which displayed Longstreth’s ability to take disparate elements and fuse them in to something unexpected. And so it is with ‘Cool Your Heart’ which actually sounds odder on the third Read more »
The latest video release from this French artist is winningly strange and funky. Pascal Arbez-Nicolas aka Vitalic has been around for a good few years now. His 2005 debut lp Ok Cowboy was a particular favourite of one half of this blog back in the day and since then he’s been pretty busy, with his fourth studio album proper Vitalic (there’s also a live album and a DJ mix album). I guess you would describe his sound as electroclash disco with attitude if you were looking for a description. But I’m not, so suffice to say it made me jiggle my Read more »
With a new E.P. released on what would have been his 70th birthday comes this new video for one of his last recordings. This first year after Bowie’s death has been a strange one. The old adage that if you’re famous you’re never more popular than than after you die has certainly been in evidence with interest in his body of work being greater now than at anytime in the last couple of decades or so. His final album, Blackstar, has proved to be a last great flourish from an artist who never stopped moving and exploring new ground. Immediately Read more »
We think it’s fair to say that 2016 was, for various reasons, a memorable year. Of course, we are a music site and as such couldn’t possibly comment on Brexit, Trump, Putin, Syria, or any of that, and so we won’t. Instead we bring you a few of our favourite things, beginning with… Single of the year – ‘Wow’ by Beck There were other contenders amongst the various new releases we’ve brought you this year, but it was this wonderful slice of wierdness from the ever-brilliant Beck that topped the pile this year. he’s been around for a long time Read more »
This year’s MVD Christmas playlist features a mixture of popular favourites and some more obscure gems… So get the tinsel on the tree, the presents wrapped, the mince pies on a tray, the wine in the glass, and the bum on the sofa and soak up the Festive spirit with Nat King Cole, Paul McCartney, Judy Garland, Louis Armstong, Run DMC and more. And to all of our readers, may you have the Merriest Christmas!