Eddie Vedder - Better Days
Like there weren't enough reasons to like the Pearl Jam front man already. 'Better Days' is his latest solo release and it's for Julia Roberts' latest movie, Eat, Pray, Love. Vedder has contributed some amazing music to films in the past, including the entire soundtrack for Into The Wild and a cover of The Beatles' 'You've Got To Hide Your Love Away' for I Am Sam. He keeps his track record of amazing movie music going strong, as 'Better Days' is simply one of the best songs you'll hear this year. It's the voice... his voice is incredible. Highly recommended.
The Good Natured - Your Body Is A Machine
Your new favourite band. Topshop was playing this track earlier in the year and I finally stumbled upon it! If 'Your Body Is A Machine' is anything to go by than we can expect big things from this UK based electro/rock outfit (add goth in too... they do). Think of them as a punkish La Roux.
Selebrities - Time
Your even newer favourite band! Uh, this is a good week for music. 'Time' is a banging tune and will hopefully get New York's Selebrities a whole lot of attention. If you know of any fine establishments that sell alcoholic beverages that will play this kind of music and possibly have an area to move rhythmically to then please let me know and I'm there! New Order would be proud.
Belle & Sebastian ft. Norah Jones - Little Lou, Ugly Jack, Prophet John
Don't let the name put you off, this song is brilliant. Belle & Sebastian have built a career on living up to and exceeding the expectations of their fans and they more than do that here. Bringing some needed attention back to Ms Jones and her vocal talents is also very much appreciated. If this doesn't get you excited about B&S's new album, Write About Love, nothing will. Oh, and... you're messed up.
Mark Ronson & The Business Intl ft. Boy George & Miike Snow - Somebody To Love Me
And the good keeps coming. We're 5 for 5 so far. Mark Ronson continues to put out quality track after quality track as his star only rises higher. His choice of collaborators would seem questionable on paper, but somehow he makes it work. Miike Snow you can understand. Boy George? Who knew he could still sing so well. I thought he was just into chaining up rent boys and beating them or something. 'Somebody To Love Me' could be the best release (leak) yet from new album, Record Collection, which is released this week in the UK.
Blaqstarr ft. M.I.A - Lemme Hump You
Either I'm drunk or this is just a really good week for new music. I'm fairly certain I'm not drunk, let's say 72%, so it's a good week. Blaqstarr and regular co-conspirator M.I.A deliver yet again with 'Lemme Hump You.' Unnecessary title aside, it's a track Diplo is hopefully proud of, as both M.I.A and Blaqstarr deliver some terrific vocals over futuristic beats.