Yes, this is the same Blame (Conrad Shafie) who used to cut insane jungle anthem like “Music Takes You” and “Antemia (with Justice)” on Moving Shadow, now with Tinchy Stryder and company singing over a decidedly nu-trance commercial backdrop as grime continues to seek its place on alongside radio-friendly pop mostly by mimicry. The astronaut in the video, alone at what seems like the end of the world seems a nice, if out of place, post-apocalyptic touch, but the concept is ruined by the arrival of unexpected visitors. Is this trash or not? I can’t decide.
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Buzz about Darkstar’s eventual debut has been building since the release of the “Need You/Squeeze My Lime” on Hyperdub in 2008. Now, with North around the corner, they’ve released their first single, a cover of The Human League’s “You Remind Me of Gold”, shortened here to just “Gold”. As the video above illustrates, the song and video are both stunning and early reports suggest that North might just be the best thing to drop from Hyperdub since Burial’s Untrue.
Donaeo, who most know from 2009’s Funky House anthem “Party Hard” returns with the boastful “I’m Fly”. Rumor has it he even samples a fly on the track too, but the reason you’ll watch or listen, as per “Party Hard” is that insane riddim.
The heavily influential band Wire has been offering a series of “legal” live bootlegs from their website here. And in an effort to peak your interest, they’ve included a free download from a 1988 show in London. The song is “The Queen of Ur and the King of Um” originally from the album A Bell Is a Cup… Until It Is Struck.
In other Wire news, the band plans to release their new album later this year (digital download) and early next year (all other formats). All information including scheduled release dates and a tentative running order of the songs can be found in Wire’s online newsletter. Go to their website www.pinkflag.com to sign up for it.
Does anybody know what Bruce Gilbert is up to these days?
If Norma Jean Baker were still alive, she would be well into her 80s today. But even though Marilyn Monroe has been dead for more than 45 years, her performances live on and keep her eternally young. This is one of her most famous roles, as Lorelei Lee singing “Diamonds Are a Girl’s Best Friend” in Howard Hawks’ Gentlemen Prefer Blondes. She is bubbly, coy, sophisticated, and innocent in turns as she dances through the number. Her body moves with clock-like syncopation clad in a pink wrapper, but Marilyn’s smile gives everything away. She expresses pure glee, and one cannot help but smile back at her insouciance. No wonder so many people continue to worship her. No wonder so many artists continue to pay tribute to her work. The Queen is gone, but she’s not forgotten.