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by PopMatters Staff

4 Feb 2010


The xx recently assembled a special mix for Annie Mac’s show on BBC 1 Radio. There’s a lot of songs in the mix list below, but they are excerpts and the whole thing isn’t much longer than five minutes.

The xx
Mini Mix for Annie Mac [MP3]
     

SONG LIST
Dorian Concept: “The Fucking Formula”
Jamie Lidell: “A Little Bit More (Luke Vibert Remix)”
Flying Lotus: “Massage Situation”
Jack Penate: “Pull My Heart Away”
Jack Penate: “Pull My Heart Away (Jamie xx Remix)”
Harmonic 313: “Problem 4”
Roots Manuva: “Witness the Fitness”
Bullion: “Get Familiar”
Joker: “Digidesign (Om Unit Remix)”
Joker: “Digidesign”
Boogaloo Crew: “Calling All Dancers”
Tes La Rok: “Uprise”
Burial: “Unite”
Rich Reason & Fantastic Mr. Fox: “Lo-Fi-Ve”
Joy Orbison: “Hyph Mngo”
Skream: “Trapped in a Dark Bubble”
Fantastic Mr. Fox: “Plimsoul”
Deadboy: “U Cheated”
Florence & The Machine: “You’ve Got the Love (Jamie xx Rework)”
The xx: “Islands”

by PopMatters Staff

4 Feb 2010


Magnetic Fields
69 Love Songs (Deluxe Edition)
(Merge)
Releasing: 20 April

Merge plans a deluxe vinyl re-issue of the classic album 69 Love Songs this April and they’ve just offered up a remastered MP3 of “The Book of Love” from the release.

The Magnetic Fields
“Book of Love” [MP3]
     

by PopMatters Staff

4 Feb 2010


Vampire Weekend played tunes from their chart-topping Contra on La Blogotheque’s Les Soirees De Poche series recently.

by PopMatters Staff

4 Feb 2010


Massive Attack’s long awaited new release drops next week and the first video premiered this week.

by Jonas Jacobs

4 Feb 2010


It’s no doubt that my favorite album from 2009 was M. Ward’s sensitive and unassuming Hold Time. Every time I listen to it, I’m romantically transported to a perfect sunset circa 1960 and Ward seems to be a fan of that era as well. I’ve read various articles about his fascination with old-timey analog recording tools and instruments. Listening to his music always provides a soulful escape from what can be an all-too-modern collage of noise and images out in the world. 

As is often the case, I have one of M. Ward’s songs in my head. The song is a cover of Buddy Holly’s 1958 single, “Rave On”. The song was actually first recorded by Sonny West, but made popular by Holly. I’m not a Buddy Holly expert, but it’s always interesting to connect the dots with some internet research. So I’ve included Holly’s “Rave On” below, followed by a young Waylon Jennings riffing on the tune with mariachi horns, a rare John Lennon cover of the same song and, finally, M. Ward’s 2009 version.

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