The Different Scene Playlist
So we are all fairly upset that this weekend isn’t another bank holiday. Booo. Never fear, DS is here to brighten up your regularly scheduled weekend with some awesome new music.
The Robbie Boyd Band – I Won’t Let You Go
We here at DS are of the firm belief that it is virtually impossible to not love songs that are ukulele based; there is just something so unashamedly happy about them. I Won’t Let You Go is a prime example of this. At its most stark understanding the song is basically begging accompanied by music, the refrain “I will never let you go” is such a desperate plea for a relationship to carry on, yet somehow the desperation is softened by the ukulele. This song is sweet, summery and includes a gorgeous accapella ending.
Oberhofer – Runaway
It is always interesting to see how artists interpret each other’s songs; it is even more interesting when the genres of music the stars normally make are worlds apart from each other. Oberhofer’s cover version of Kanye West’s Runaway is magical. The slowed tempo and almost ethereal quality is driven by the echo effect used on the vocals. Along with the keyboard accompaniment it really is a remarkable cover. More cover versions should be done like this.
The Walkmen – Heartbreaker
Heartbreaker by The Walkmen is a curious oddity of a song. Everything about this song screams of familiarity. It feels like this song was released a long time ago, yet it has a timeless quality which makes it enjoyable to listen to. It doesn’t feel contemporary but in a strange sort of way that makes it all the more better. Listen to it and tell us what you think.
Make sure you catch The Walkmen on their autumn tour.
Saturday 27 October – BIRMINGHAM – Institute (£15)
Sunday 28 October – GLASGOW – ABC (£15)
Monday 29 October – DUBLIN – Vicar Street (€26)
Tuesday 30 October – MANCHESTER – Ritz (£15)
Thursday 1 November – LONDON – Forum (£17.50)
Trailer Trash Tracies – Lon Angered
The cacophony of things going on in this song almost batters your senses. The guitar sound makes you think of music found on James Bond movies yet the vocals don’t carry on that theme. The vocals sound distant and haunting; following that the calm but metronomic drum beat throws you off the scent again. It is almost like a mish-mash of elements which probably shouldn’t sound good together but strangely they do. This may not be one you like on first listen but give it a few tries before totally disregarding it.
Paper Aeroplanes – My First Love
We here at DS absolutely love Paper Aeroplanes. Folksy pop has never sounded so lovely. This retro-pastiche song celebrates those emotions that you feel towards the first person that stole your heart. How much you idolised and idealised them. We all do it and this song reminds us of the innocence of the first time we fell. What a gorgeous skill to have, to be able to invoke memories long forgotten. Different Scene thanks Paper Aeroplanes for making us reminisce. *
(Incidentally my first love was called Nicholas, we were five; he came round to my house for tea – spaghetti – and board games. We broke up a week later.)
Dot Rotten (feat TMS) – Overload
New single from Dot Rotten Overload notably samples Children, the 90s dance anthem by Robert Miles. Again this is a case of genre cross over. When Hip-Hop and Dance meet then this is the coagulation of those efforts. Whilst it is an interesting collaboration it does seem that at the beginning of the track both the Dot Rotten and the sample of Children are battling for front place which makes it a little uncomfortable. However, as the song develops a happy medium is created and the song begins to coalesce. At just over three minutes in length it does feel like the song is over just as it really begins making the listener feel slightly cheated.
Nite Jewel – Memory Man
Nite Jewel are slightly intoxicating. The single is simple of elements and doesn’t overload you with things to think about. The single Memory Man is quirky, twinkly and unadulterated good music. It is the kind of music that is unassumingly sexy which pulls you along with every elongated note; two hearty thumbs up from Different Scene.
The Tallest Man On Earth – 1904
This has to be our favourite song on this week’s Different Scene playlist. Taken from the forthcoming album There’s No Leaving Now, The Tallest Man On Earth’s track 1904 is glorious in its delivery. The production of the track doesn’t seem forced or overcompensating for a lack of substance. This track is beyond lovely. The thronging guitar strums you along on a journey; the original story told in the song just throws another level of charm to the mix. We cannot wait for the album to be released.
Bleech – Adrenalin Junkie
Bleech seem to be everywhere at the moment; with new track Adrenalin Junkie it is not hard to see why they seem to be on heavy rotation. Adrenalin Junkie is already out to download now and we personally think you should get listening. We wouldn’t be surprised if Bleech became a last minute addition to a lot of the upcoming summer festival circuit (already playing Y Not Festival and Life Festival) but these are a band to watch out for.
Seafire – Heartbeat
Seafire are quickly becoming our go-to band for when we want something hauntingly beautiful to listen to. Their soon to be released single Heartbeat (due for release July 9th) is an intimate insight into a relationship. The production on the track makes you feel like the band are holding back a little bit, but hey what is wrong with always leaving people wanting more. Furthermore, it is its lack of gratuitous honesty that makes this song so appealing. To hell with a ban on PDA’s WE LOVE SEAFIRE.