I was lucky enough to get sent an advance copy of the new Fenech-Soler album, Rituals, a few months back. It went straight into the car stereo (the squeakysneaker sound booth, if you like) and as I was driving around a lot at the time, it was pretty much on repeat for about four weeks. It took a while to grow on me, but in the end the purely rousing nature of the bands music won me over. There’s no bigger test of a tune, in my opinion, than if it can keep you calm when you’ve missed Junction 9 of the M52 for the second time, it’s raining and you’ve dropped your Revels in between the car seats.
‘In Our Blood’ is the next single off the album, out on November 25th through SO Recordings. Have a listen below.
I must say, I’m surprised that Joel Compass isn’t featured more often on mainstream radio, even with the likes of Zane Lowe electing him twice now, as his ‘hottest record in the world’. Despite making the Radio 1 playlists, you’ll struggle to hear him when the sun’s up. It surprises me because the mainstream loves its R&B and this is high quality R&B from a British artist, with an exciting, contemporary sound, plus collaborator Pusha T is pretty shit hot at the moment. Maybe Joel is at the bubbling under stage now and next year his obvious talent will be erupting out of the A, rather than the B list. Hope so.
Cut Copy’s 2008 album ‘In Ghost Colours’ still rates highly on the Music To Make Me Feel Better list. They were part of a mini heat wave of Aussie talent, along with The Presets, Van She and Midnight Juggernauts, that soaked the UK shores with antipodean warmth between 2005 and 2008, lauding over us dour Brits with some straight up down under synth-ness.
They’ve got a new album ‘Free Your Mind’ out on Modular in November and with the second track taken from it, ‘We Are Explorers’, they’ve revived that ’08 feel and helped cleave the gathering winter gloom, for at least 4 minutes 18 seconds.