Radio check 1, 2, 3! What we have here is a Spring of 2013 segment for your recollection. This collaboration between High Voltage and Dirty Glitter with Brody Ramone on WGBU-FM every Thursday night at 8pm PST/11pm EST has yielded some pretty sweet musical fruit not the least of which comes from the three talents in this 8th edition of Dirty Glitter 2013 In Review.
The Last Internationale– “Cod’ine”
The merger of folk, rock, punk and blues with an air of protestation for righteous reasons brings us to the Last Internationale, a New York City trio formed of Delila Paz (vox, bass), Edgey (guitar) and now Rage Against the Machine’s Brad Wilk (drums). With a sound that’s raw and strong, smacks of being socially awake and challenging the status quo by way of rock and roll (and isn’t that what rock and roll is supposed to do?), the Last International are refreshingly irony-free and substantive: probably because they don’t miss the musical plot that. Now what we have here is TLI shining on a cover song: the Buffy Saint-Marie classic “Cod’ine” which Saint-Marie wrote about her experience recovering from her addiction to codeine. Even though this is a cover, it’s the Last Internationale flexing some of their strongest muscles in the translation of emotion. From their current EP New York, I Do Mind Dying this is “Cod’ine.”
X Ambassadors– “Unconsolable”
Brothers Sam and Casey Harris along with friends Noah Feldshuh and Adam Levin source everything from the Staples Singers to the Stooges to Ginuwine to hip hop to fashion their seriously groove-based music. If you could actually taste music, which I totally believe is possible, you could file Brooklyn-based X Ambassadors under “thick and delicious”; it’s full of texture and feeling, often swells into bombastic territory with lyrics that speak from many places of the heart. On Tuesday May 7th they released their 6-song EP, Love Songs Drug Songs, which had some serious production assistance from Alex da Kid and some guy named Dan Reynolds (yes that Dan from Imagine Dragons). Back to considering the music to be delicious, in this song “Unconsolable” Sam does reference bread and butter. See? It all comes full circle.
Daley– “Game Over”
His proper name is Gareth Daley but this British soul singer of the blue-eyed variety simply goes by Daley. Embracing all that is romantic, sexy, laid back and groovalicious about r&b and neo-soul and lacing it with a little pop, Daley’s music breakthrough came in 2010 when he provided guest vocals on the Gorillaz song “Doncamatic.” Since then he’s produced and released the EP Those Who Wait in 2012, toured with and supported the likes of Emeli Sande and Jessie J and been one of the UK’s rising stars in a new wave of neo soul. He’s currently working on a full album but for now from the Those Who Wait EP here’s “Game Over.”