Over the course of this whole year, most of the clubs I have been to have not been playing Bollywood music. I have seen an upward trend of current US or UK Top 40 songs popping up on most DJ playlists. Does this mean that we are all set for a revival of international music in clubs like it used to be in the early ’90s before Bollywood took over? I certainly hope so, with most film music turning out to be not ‘cool’ enough to play in a club.
This means that most commercial music listeners will turn to the west for their club ‘fix.’ Global chartbusting songs like, Usher’s OMG to Katy Perry’s Teenage Dream and, of course, the current massive chartbuster, Yolanda be Cool’s We No Speak Americano... are what clubbers are dancing to. I hope that this trend continues. It’s always good to have a mix of things rather than an overdose. Remember, an overdose always kills… if I may say so.
Here’s what you want on your iPod, recommends Luke Kenny
Charleston SC 1966
This former Hootie & The Blowfish vocalist has chosen the Country music path this time around. And those familiar with the Hootie sound will be pleasantly satisfied as the songs flow smooth and easy. Simplicity is the charm of Country music and that’s what you get here in wholesale. Darius Rucker has found his groove and successfully manages to capture the classic nuances of the genre. This is his third album and I’m sure all you country music fans out there will accept this with open ears and look forward to the next. The title, by the way, refers to Darius’ birthplace and year, the ‘SC’ being South Carolina.
Bottomline- Highway sounds.
Elton John and Leonn Russell
It is clear to me that you all have never heard of Leon Russell. He is possibly one of music’s most revered session musicians, having played with the likes of Frank Sinatra, Eric Clapton, The Rolling Stones and the list goes on. His success as a songwritier has been for artists such as Joe Cocker, Linda Ronstadt, et al. So, it’s almost a natural progression for two of music’s most prolific figures to come together for an album of this stature. Elton John and Leon Russell come across as brothers from another mother. This is straight up songwriting with two stalwarts of the genre having the time of their lives. Look out for special guests, Neil Young, Brian Wilson and Bono.
Bottomline- A worthy union, this!
The Social Network OST
Trent Reznor and Atticus Ross
The Null Corporation
From one of the most important phenomena of this century comes one of the most poignant and culturally aesthetic films. From one of the most visionary contemporary directors’ mind comes a sound from the most visionary musicians of our time. Trent Reznor of the Nine Inch Nails and Atticus Ross who has given the chilling score to The Book of Eli and who has also worked closely with NIN on albums such as Ghosts I-IV and The Slip, have put together a masterclass in ambient scoring. Each piece is an
amazing, tenebrous arrangement of sonic magic. I urge you to listen to this before you see the film, which will blow you away, anyway.
Bottomline- The sonic network.
Universal (2 CD/DVD set)
Soundgarden were one of the most important alternative bands of the ‘90s. Although they were formed in 1984, with their debut album Ultramega OK, it wasn’t until their third album Badmotorfinger, that they achieved global success. The band broke up two albums later in 1997 and founder Chris Cornell launched a solo career and the supergroup, Audioslave. But earlier this year the band reunited and this is their first release. A career retrospective collection that includes all their best, Rusty Cage, Big Dumb Sex, Jesus Christ Pose, Outshined, Superunknown, Black Hole Sun and many more. This double disc edition includes an extra DVD, which has all the videos and live performances of various songs. Awesome!
Bottomline- Return to this garden of sound!