Slayed. That's what we are this morning. There is no other solo artist right now who tickles our waiting fancy more than that of mysterioso Londoner, Tyson. Today, we've got his news single and video, and news of who to expect on the remix tip. Massive radness after the image.
After You're Gone sounds eerily similar to most of the singer's small catalogue of cuts, but it's emphatically dramatic on slowed down vocals and tempo alike. HBF likens the sound to Chromeo meeting Seal, but we'll stick with our initial guts and make yet again the case for a Billy-Branigan offspring.
Super duo radness! That's who The 2 Bears are...or more formally, they are Raf Rundell (a South London club promoter and DJ through the alter-moniker Greco-Roman Soundsystem) and the more well-known dude Joe Goddard (producer, remixer and member of Hot Chip). Together, they've collaborated as the dual forest creatures via Southern Fried Records, and their first release is the Follow the Bears EP, out now.
In addition to the EP, which comes with a hearty helping of beefed up and beastly accoutrements, The 2 Bears also host a weekly radio show on Ministry of Sound Radio. Check it out here...and speaking of radio, these furry fools dropped in to Annie Mac's Friday night fun-fest this past week, and delivered one of the tightest mini-mixes we've heard this year on the program.
Yours below the track list. 'Tis proper rad.
The KLF - Madrugada Eterna
The 2 Bears - Be Strong
Backyard Dog - Baddest Ruffest Winston Hazel + DJ Pipes Mix
Kenny - Don Dada
A Tribe Called Quest - Can I Kick It
Biz Markie - Nobody Beats The Biz
DJ Jazzy Jeff & The Fresh Prince - Girls Ain't Nothin But Trouble
Lee "Scratch" Perry - Kentucky Skank
Toddla T - Manabadman
The Beach Boys - Good Vibrations
Drums of Death - Breathe
Jodeci - Freek N You (MK Dub)
Hot Chip - We Have Love (Hot City Mix)
Wookie - Scrappy
Maxsta - East London Is Back
The Todd Terry Project - Weekend
Lovestation - Teardrops
Sweet Female Attitude - Flowers
Monsta Boy - Sorry (I Didn't Know)
DJ Luck & MC Neat - A Little Bit Of Luck
Sia - Little Man
Wookie - Battle
MJ Cole - Sincere
Late last year, I got wind of Wolf Gang, a staunch figure in the battle to "love drama and abhor mediocrity". Immediately, I fell in love with tracks like Pieces of You and The King and All His Men, which equally drive home an emotional connection through the Londoner's lyrics and luscious arrangements.
Wolf Gang is the kind of cat (ooh punny!) that I'd like to see more of evolve in 2010. He creates simple songs, with each resonating soundly within the listening experience. Weaving between electro-pop and orchestral psych-rock, the talented musician quickly found a steady home in my playlists...effortlessly joining a crew of "go-to" songs to soothe.
And so goes the case with his latest demo, Back to Back. It goes down so smoothly that I've literally melted into my chair. It's harmonic, lovely and I'm throwing it on repeat now.
Wolf Gang has also created a video for the song...which is below.