DJMonsterMo Feb 09 Mix
1. The Very Best (Esau Mwamwaya & Radioclit) - Kamphopo
2. Santogold - Shove It (remix) feat. Three 6 Mafia & Project Pat
3. Missy Elliott - Best, Best
4. Creature - Who’s Hot Who’s Not
5. Shugo Tokumaru - Parachute
6. Lily Allen - Not Fair
7. Morrissey - I’m Throwing My Arms Around Paris
8. Harlem Shakes - Sunlight
9. White Denim - I Can Tell You
10. British Sea Power - Waving Flags
11. New Villager - Rich Doors
12. Animal Collective - My Girls
13. M. Ward - Never Had Nobody Like You
14. The Decemberists - The Rake’s Song
15. Neko Case - People Got A Lot Of Nerve
16. Chat - Harmony
17. Anjulie - Love Songs
18. Amadou & Mariam - Sabali
19. The Love Language - Stars
20. Andrew Bird - Tenuousness
21. Marissa Nadler - Rosary
Here's a special Valentine's mix for y'all, because I luv ya.
The not presumptuously named "The Very Best" is a duo consisting of Esau Mwamwaya (from Malawi) and Radioclit. They kick things off with the calypso-infused "Kamphopo". Next, Three 6 Mafia and Project Pat spice things up with a Santogold remix. Can't wait for Missy's new album 'Block Party' if there are booty-shaking floor-fillers as good as "Best, Best".
Creature is this year's Alphabeat, with a touch of the B-52's and Deee-Lite. They hail from Montreal and they'll shake your ass to "Who's Hot Who's Not". Shugo Tokumaru transcends J-pop with the quirky, psychedelic "Parachute". Lily Allen comes storming back with "Not Fair", a catchy tune from her much anticipated LP 'It's Not Me, It's You'.
Next, self-loathing is never so catchy as when Morrissey puts it to song, as evidenced by "I'm Throwing My Arms Around Paris". Only stone and steel accept my love. The Harlem Shakes do their best CYHSY impression with "Sunlight", not that I'm complaining. White Denim keeps things moving with "I Can Tell You". Next up, British Sea Power stirs your eardrums with the anthemic "Waving Flags".
I'm looking forward to an official release from New Villager after hearing their exciting 7" "Rich Doors". Transition to Animal Collective's "My Girls", easily the song of the year so far. I can't get enough of it. Try to not sing along with "I don’t mean to seem like I care about material things, like our social stats / I just want four walls and adobe slats for my girls." Is that Zooey Deschanel on another M. Ward track? Why, I believe it is. "Never Had Nobody Like You" starts out kinda like "We Will Rock You" and has yummy distorted "Revolution"-like guitar. The Decemberists ponder marriage and filicide on "The Rake's Song". Really chilling if you listen to the lyrics. Sometimes, I wonder about Colin Meloy. Can't wait for their new album, 'Hazards of Love'.
Neko Case can do no wrong. "People Got A Lot Of Nerve" is the first single off her much anticipated forthcoming album. Chat is a French pianist whose song "Harmony" harkens back to chansons of yore. If "Love Songs" is any indication, Anjulie is set to be huge in 2009. From her roots in Guyana and Toronto, she adds a little L.A. sunshine and creates a brand of pop that is eclectic yet accessible, personal and disarming. Amadou & Mariam take a step forward with their highly enjoyable LP 'Welcome to Mali'. "Sabali" is representative of the gems on that album.
The Love Language are a band to watch closely. Their forthcoming eponymous album is among the best debuts of 2009 and is getting a lot of play on my system. Get your wikipedia ready for Andrew Bird's "Tenuousness" as he waxes poetic about proto-Sanskrit Minoans and Porto-centric Lisboans. Finally, drift away on Marissa Nadler's haunted melodies with "Rosary".