The ‘Shuffle Songs’ option on an iPod: a feat of genius or annoying in its predictably random choices? An essential tool or a pointless addition? Either way, it has highlighted songs I own but might never listen have listened to in my lifetime, and for that I thank it.
How have I not heard this song until now!? As I sat in my chair, I could not help but lie further and further back as the music went on……and then the strings came in at 1.11. Then 2.45 happens. Thank you Cut Chemist for The Garden (taken from album The Audience’s Listening).
From soothing to boisterous, Hungarian fraudster Sarolta Zalatnay’s Oh Ha Millimos Lennek is a bollocking rollicker. Belting vocals drenched in reverb? Please.
Having had a troubled relationship with this outfit previously, it was nice for the tiny hard drive’s brain to pull out a corking Animal Collective track. What Would I Want? Sky, taken from EP Fall Be Kind, draws you in with a lengthy, hypnotic introduction; the layered vocal melodies dropping in at 3.10 swirling round your head. ‘Tis lovely.
Getting your head around this one takes some going, but that’s the very nature of The Books. Tricky fret work, inventive sampling and bizarre speech excerpts marry into one unique musical mesh – Tokyo is taken from album The Lemon of Pink.
And finally, I couldn’t quite believe what I was hearing when my iPod plumped this on. The layering and note choice of the backing track is so detailed and brilliantly laid out, a completely dark and freaky beat, fittingly backed up by a mad lyrical story………A Life In The Day Of Benjamin Andre (Incomplete) by Outkast, taken from the album Speakerboxxx/The Love Below.