Now, we may not have been right in our prediction, but boy are we pleased that Speech Debelle was selected to win this year’s Mercury Music Prize for her superb debut album, Speech Therapy. PM was at the launch of the album in Madame Jojo’s earlier in the year (thanks for the beer tokens, Big Dada records) and even as early as that it was clear that the record was unique at its inception.
You can read PM’s review of the album here and here, and our initial (brief) predictions here. There will now, no doubt, be countless observations of how, in actual fact, this isn’t so challenging as an album and therefore not worthy of such a win. It’s not supposed to be challenging, it’s supposed to be good – and it is. You’d do well to find someone who tells their stories so sensitively and, more to the point, who quietly opposes the conventional notions of females in hip-hop. Her vulnerabilities, masked by bald cheek, are at the fore and make for a deeply satisfying album that, musically, is tremendous fun as well. So, anyone with reactionary opinions that decry the record as merely being accessible hip-hop must consider exactly why that might be a good or a bad thing, and re-apply said opinion.
Juice Aleem for next year’s prize.
PM has been a long-time fan of the ramblings of Euros Childs, and this brand new album track from his FREE album (entitled, in a non-mistaken way, Son Of Euro’s Child) out TODAY is as a good a reason as any to think that PM is always right.
Anyway, you can get hold of the album at Euros’ website. Try it!
… means ‘I Have Got To Feeling’.
Nice one, Will.I’m.
Also, get a hyphen in your name. What’s an Eyed Pea?
Getting dangerously interested in Japandroids now. Head here for a total shed-load of interviews and performances. The interviews feature a blond man.
Here’s a funtime video that isn’t at that link:
Amazing. Myspace. Review. Review.
Seriously, I mean, PM prides itself on being pretty clued up on “what’s happening”, but for some reason we totally ignored Grizzly Bear. We even saw them at ATP for about twenty nice-enough minutes, but obviously not the bit of the set where they did THIS:
Which is obviously tremendous. Been sent this single to review and it’s unstoppable. Been listening to it on repeat for some hours now… also doing some back-catalogue exploring, and thoroughly enjoying it. Mostly, it has to be said, we keep going back to this one performance. It’s the restraint, the accuracy, the poise and the final moments when the climactic “whoo-aaa-ooooh…” arrives circa 3:31. Try that on.
“This is a song about some dresses…”
Very few artists would prompt immediate PRESS CAMPAIGNING from PM, but suffice to say Dananananaykroyd are one of them. One member down (again), they’re still special and destined for notoriety (maybe moreso than popularity, but who’s to say they aren’t mutually exclusive?). Either way, Stacy at Bang On PR, YES, I will definitely post this on my site. Because it’s a winner.
Some Dresses, as you should know, is one of the band’s finer compositions. Intricate and with some innovative guitar work, it’s about dancing in a dress and making a dress and shouting about it and hips and all that. In the old recoring of it, there was a nifty guitar line towards the end that did a crazy Faustian evocation of a spinning wheel, a la Charles Gounod. It hasn’t translated quite so clearly to the album recording, but COME ON. From the first time I heard it (I’m estimating it was somewhere towards the end of 2006), a month has not passed without some version of it being played in the house. Fine, fine.
Have a little visit.
The nominations are, apparently:
Friendly Fires – Friendly Fires
Sweet Billy Pilgrim – Twice Born Men
Speech Debelle – Speech Therapy
Florence and The Machine – Lungs
Kasabian – West Rider Lunatic Pauper Asylum
Led Bib – Sensible Shoes
The Invisible – The Invisible
La Roux – La Roux
Glasvegas – Glasvegas
Bat For Lashes – Two Suns
Lisa Hannigan – See So
The Horrors – Primary Colours
Who should win? Speech Debelle, obvs. Who will win? La Roux. We’ll see! We made a list of albums we thought would be on the list in the office, and got 8 out of 12. Pretty good, yep?