Posted by: Jeff | March 15, 2010

Monday Mixtape II

Another Monday, another mixtape.  For last week’s, check here.

A whole slew of new albums came out last week, and they’re all pretty good.  Selections from four and a bonus song below.

Black Rebel Motorcycle Club – Beat the Devil’s Tattoo (click)

BRMC maintain their menacing brand of Jesus and Mary Chain-meets-Neil Young’s Cinnamon Girl asthetic with their new offering.  This lead single showcases all they do best – from deliberate and intricate acoustic work to hazy fuzz.

Buy here.

Broken Bells – The Ghost Inside (click)

This is already the third single from the Broken Bells debut that released last week.  Broken Bells is the duo of Danger Mouse (previously of Gorillaz) and James Mercer (The Shins), and they feel comfortable together, with Mercer singing falsetto here around the swirls of strings and percussive breakbeats laid down by the Mouse.

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Buy here.

Gorillaz – On Melancholy Hill (click)

I’ve already raved a bit about lead single Stylo off the new album entitled Plastic Beach, but this little track was the highlight for me.  The album is less a collection of singles than a progressive story – each track moves a narrative forward from an introductory track featuring Snoop Dogg that sets the scene of a beach on a desert island.  This track highlights the diversity of the album, as Damon Albarn leads the group on its first foray into synthpop.  The result is a vintage sound in post-modern context.  It shimmers with sparkly synths, but is grounded in the understated vocal performance by 2D, Albarn’s cartoon alter-ego.  The whole album should be digested in its entirety, but this is a particularly good moment.

Buy here.

Robyn – Konichiwa B******s (click)

Robyn released her long-awaited second album in 2008, after a 10-year hiatus.  It’s as solid a pop album as you’ll hear this side of Justin Timberlake, and features Robyn trying on a number of different styles.  The Swedish chanteuse tries hip-hop on for style here, and it works in a fun kind of way.  Rumor this month is that Robyn will be releasing up to three albums this fall.  Making up for lost time, I suppose.

Buy here.

Little Boots – Stuck On Repeat (click)

Lady Gaga’s meteoric rise is surprising for a couple of reasons, not least because her music sounds like a mainstream drubbing of indie darling Little Boots, who in 2008 was already a blog sensation when Lady Gaga began imploring everyone to “Just Dance.”  Lady Gaga is alright, but Lady Boots is younger, cheekier, more lyrical, and she produces her own music.  Her debut album was finally released in the US this month, and hopefully she’ll be a mainstay on the radio soon (replacing Ke$ha, we can all hope).

Buy here.

Video Bonus:

For more covers, acoustic versions, and Little Boots music videos, head to her website.  And if you want one of those synth gizmos, better start saving now (I’m looking at you, Kibitzers).



  1. According to Pitchfork that new Black Rebel Motorcycle Club album is pretty mediocre…just FYI.

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