Day two of the Music Diary project - writing up what i’m listening to for a week.
18:45 pm 04/04/11 - 18:45 05/04/11
23.05 - 23.10 (listening via Claire’s laptop)
Modjo - Chillin
Claire started to play what initially sounds like a sped-up Jamiroquai remix, but was shortly identified as Chillin’ by Modjo, on her laptop. It’s ok. I love French Touch house music but Modjo always seemed a little slick to me. Claire tells me they had three great songs though (Chillin’, Lady and …?).
23:10 - 23:35 (kitchen, listening via iPod)
Emma Shapplin - Etterna (album)
The last thing i want, while doing the washing up, is anything too noisy so i scroll through my iPod looking for something dark and folky.
I stop at Emma Shaplin’s Etterna, which doesn’t really fit the bill but calls out to me anyway. I hadn’t listened to the album in about five years but saw the name somewhere online and unearthed the CD over the weekend. It’s absolutely ridiculous, she’s a quasi-operatic French diva singing baroque, stormy, windswept pop in archaic Italian. It has enough passion stay the right side of polite Enigma territory. It reminds me instantly of listening to the album while falling asleep in the bath at the Ismailovo Delta Hotel in Moscow, circa 2004.
7:00 - 8:15 (walking to work, listening via iPod)
Oh Land - Oh Land (album)
Still making my way through a few new albums. I’m keen to hear Oh Land, having racked up 10m views on Youtube despite not really making much of an impact in the UK or, to some extent, her native Denmark. It’s electro-pop, a little softer and less angular than i was anticipating. I’m not sure it has the emotional depth of someone like Bertine Zetlitz, at first listen, but it works well as the rain starts spitting down.
Carpenters - From The Top: Disc 2 (album)
By the time i reach Angel, the rain is coming down heavily and the wind is getting spiteful. I want something melancholy and comforting so opt for the 1971 - 1973 disc of the Carpenters retrospective. It’s difficult to get my head around the fact that Karen was 21 or 22 when she was singing Superstar and Let Me Be The One. I cherry-pick five of the best songs (Superstar, Rainy Days and Mondays, Let Me Be The One, Yesterday Once More, Goodbye To Love)
Christian Falk ft Robyn & Ola Salo - Dream On
Diddy Dirty Money - Coming Home
Urban Symphony - Randajad
Approaching the office, i increase the energy level marginally with Christian Falk’s hymn to falling asleep and putting your cares behind you, Skylar Grey’s cashmere blanket of a voice and Urban Symphony’s 2009 Eurovision entry for Estonia. The latter has some of the most wonderfully rolled ‘r’s since Tatu’s Robot.
13:35 - 13:40 (desk, listening via iPod)
The Dream - Yamaha
Put on Yamaha by The Dream but am interupted by phone call two thirds of the way through and forget to go back to it.
16:30 - 17:50 (walking home from work, listening via iPod)
Halcali - Tokyo Connection (mini album)
Halcali are, or rather were, a super-cute Japanese electro-rap duo. The new mini album drops almost all of the hip-hop influences for Puffy-style bubblegum guitar-pop. If you’re going to steal, you might as well steal from the best pop group of the last fifteen years, i suppose. It’s fun.
Avril Lavigne - Goodbye Lullaby (album)
I have an open mind about Lavigne - i tend to like her singles, What The Hell included. The new album is absolutely appalling, however. The worst elements of her music magnified until the whole thing collapses into a whiny, self-absorbed mess.
Fanfare Ciocarlia - Asphalt Tango
On the way home, i notice a poster in a cafe window advertising a ‘Balkan brass battle’ between Fanfare Ciocarlia and Boban Markovic at Koko, a prospect tempting enough to make me break my self-imposed bar on attending that horrible venue (although, in fairness, free tickets to My Life Story were also good enough in 2009). It inspires me to play this wonderful piece of rolling Roma funk.
18:30 (home, listening via Youtube)
Ntjam Rosie - In Need
Scanning a music aggregator, click through to a link for Ntjam Rosie’s In Need. She appears to be a Dutch jazz singer. It’s very good. Sounds a little like Erykah Badu.