Posts from 2004

Scanty Sandwich

Friday, November 5th, 2004 by Paul Irish

big beat // acid house // motown remixed

Scanty, AKA Richard Marshall, is signed to the record label of mister Norman Cook, AKA Fatboy Slim — which should give you an indication of his musical style. In fact, for two years people actually thought Scanty Sandwich was just another of Cook’s pseudonyms; their sounds are near identical: hard-hitting bass, danceable funky music action. And naturally, I can’t serve you this butt-stomping groove without the original sampled track. “Shoo Be Doo Be Doo Da Day” was written by Stevie Wonder, but MJ covered it in sizzlin’ motown soul fashion.

Scanty Sandwich – Because Of You
Michael Jackson – Shoo Be Doo Be Doo Da Day


Wednesday, November 3rd, 2004 by Paul Irish

acoustic britpop // quiet piano rock

Solemn sobriety. A boy of definite talent. At age 16, Matt Hales was awarded a scholarship at Winchester to study composition; by 17 he’d had his first symphony “Life Cycle” performed by a 60-piece orchestra, with Matt himself conducting. With “Strange & Beautiful”, Matt creates a mood — like a desolate and wet field with an overcast sky. You see her a quarter kilometer away, she looks warm, though you’re shivering. Take a couple steps towards her…
Pick one or the other: the original for an incredible song; the rework to delve deeper.

Aqualung – Strange & Beautiful
Aqualung – Strange & Beautiful (Cassan Vae Ambient Rework)

Election Special

Tuesday, November 2nd, 2004 by Paul Irish

turntablism // cut ‘n paste hip hop
Cut and Paste – Take a Piece of America

Tom y Joyce

Thursday, October 28th, 2004 by Paul Irish

nueva bossa-nova // brazilian lounge

The ocean waves roll in. Birds twitter in the distance. The warm Brazilian breeze brushes past your body, your cotton cropped pants comfortable and airy. Some soft bass hits your body, a gentle keyboard line floats in your eardrums. A luscious Portuguese voice serenades your soul. And then, the sound of drumsticks dropped by that gorgeous dark-skinned girl.
Put yourself on this Brazilian beach right now.

Tom y Joyce – Vai Minha Tristeza

The Standells

Thursday, October 28th, 2004 by Paul Irish

rock ‘n roll // 60’s garage rock

I just gotta throw some love on my Boston boys. 1918! See, my parents used to be in a rock ‘n roll band, and as a rambunctious music-loving six year old I always boogied down at their jam sessions. My mom tells me I requested ‘Dirty Water’ at every single practice and I totally can now understand why. It’s got a gritty feel, very Stones-ish, and the guitar line snags ya.
‘Cuz I LOVE that dirty water…. Ooooh Boston, you’re my home!

The Standells – Dirty Water


Tuesday, October 26th, 2004 by Paul Irish

bouncy pop // hippie hip-hop

Playful giddyness. Spek is a Canadian-born Hindi guy that throws together some upbeat hip hop pop. Yet, I’ve always pictured him as a white guy from cali that yo-yo’s at a funeral. His music is totally accessible (even girls will like it) yet particularly unique. This track hit my hard drive thanks to the long-forgotten audiogalaxy and still rocks my bedroom.
Put on the sunglasses, sip your lemonade, look at the cute girlies, and drop this ditty.

Spek – Smell The Coffee

1 Giant Leap

Monday, October 25th, 2004 by Paul Irish

worldbeat // global fusion

Soothing diversity. 1 Giant Leap was a project formed to “capture and weave together a unique fusion of sound, image and spoken word from some of the world’s most happening musicians, authors, scientists and thinkers.”[site] The album showcases music from Senegal and Ghana and features incredible collaborations. (Baaba Mall, Speech, & Revetti Sakalar).
The Cinematic Orchestra reworked this global feel into a tasty groove that ranges from calm and serene to aurally engaging and complex.

1 Giant Leap – The Way You Dream (Cinematic Orchestra Remix)

F i A S C O

Tuesday, October 19th, 2004 by Paul Irish


Sex. Video. Ya-boos. F i A S C O, aptly named to reflect its absurd overexcessiveness, crafted together this delicious quasi-porno-video morsel. It’s bringing the ultra-sex of Mount Sims, adding in a handful of porno actors, the voice of David Bowie (or maybe Oingo Boingo) and spinning it in a superbly edited video showcasing the most hilarious sex strips and peeks I’ve seen. They apparently have no other songs, and their first show ever is this Saturday, but the video is making a loud splash. WARNING: NUDITY(!!!)
Give me a good excuse why you don’t want to see 80’s hair-dos and breasts. k. Thought so.

F i A S C O – Those Feelings (video)

Gustavo Santaolalla

Monday, October 18th, 2004 by Paul Irish

guitar // argentinean folk

Delicate guitar work. Satisfying quiet. Despite his appearance, Gustavo creates some music that is gentle and warm. His recent CD, Ron Roco, could have been recorded in 1875 in the hills of Argentina and you’d hear nothing different. All he gives us is intricate but simple guitar work; beauteous complexity, masked as a consumable and melody.
This is music you’d play to quiet your darling newborn baby girl.

Gustavo Santaolalla – Gaucho
Gustavo Santaolalla – Pampa


Saturday, October 9th, 2004 by Paul Irish

downtempo \\ polish jazz

If you like The Cinematic Orchestra, you’ll definitely like Skalpel. This pair of Polish DJs make a very similar sound: a deep, dark and jazzy solid groove. “Their aim is to resurrect the dusty & smoky spirit of 60s and 70s Polish jazz and then reimagine it for 21st century audiophiles.”[officialsite]
This music sets you back into a jazz bar in a back alley of Rotterdam. Inhale it.

Skalpel – Scuplture
MP3 remix competition of their single ‘Break In’
Videos (real media), full tracks, and an interview