This month, our Dr Beat musical makeover candidate is Willie White, who loves his tunes — but thinks his collection has room for improvement. He wanted banging, underground electronica, and he also liked the idea of having a few more female vocalists in his collection. Find out what he thought of the 18 tracks (all below) we put together for him on this weekend’s Kiosk on Phantom 105.2 (www.phantom.ie) at 11am.
Also, have we missed a trick? Let me know if there’s a track that you’d like to have seen on there — comment below or drop me a tweet — @nadineoregan.
DR BEAT FOR WILLIE WHITE CD ONE
1. Noise Control – Steel
This is the first single from Dublin five piece Noise Control – and, while it references the 90s rather than the noughties, that doesn’t prevent it in the slightest from being a brilliantly banging blend of electro and dance. Noise Control are also brilliant live – Prodigy fans in particular should love ’em. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qAINmIFWM7g
2. Sleigh Kids – Kids
Labelled “the sound of now” by one leading US publication, this Brooklyn duo are like MIA (they’re on her label) – but better: they offer grungy dance rock that sounds brilliantly fresh and exciting. The group is comprised of guitarist Derek Miller and singer Alexis Krauss, who ended up working as a duo when former members of the band went on to form another buzz-band, Surfer Blood. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5bcLWZY7kAQ
3. Mike Posner – Cooler Than Me
First heard doing extraordinary things to ELO’s Evil Woman, this Michigan singer/rapper seems destined to be the soundtrack of your summer, no matter what season it is. A knack for ultra-catchy choruses and impossibly danceable synth hooks should see him transcend all types of audience, a-la-Justin Timberlake – even if he’s nowhere near as cute. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Rq-nBujdb4I
4. Cults – Go Outside
New York duo Cults haven’t been making actual music together long (but they are a couple), but they’re one of those acts who’ve created an internet buzz from their own home without meaning to. Bloggers have been going bananas over the few songs they’ve made available so far (even then, they have no MySpace) but the gorgeous Go Outside suggests they’re going to be more than simply a cult. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KHhEBqRTXdk
5. The King Blues What If Punk Never Happened? (Dan Le Sac Vs Scroobius Pip Mix)
The King Blues are a ska band accredited for fusing ska and folk rock together with influences from punk rock and hardcore punk. ‘What If Punk Never Happened’ is the eleventh and final track off band’s second studio album Save The World. Get The Girl from 2008. It tells a story of what a town would be like had they never discovered punk. All seems to be lost until Scroobius Pip emerges at the end to show the way. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bkTHM9wO-J0 — this link unfortunately is to the original version…
6. Filthy Dukes Nonsense in the Dark
Following in the wake of Hot Chip and LCD Soundsystem are London DJs and remixers Filthy Dukes, who combine Gallic house, hip hop and old fashioned new wave, to brilliant effect. This track comes from their 2009 album Nonsense in the Dark – if you like Daft Punk or Justice, this should be just the ticket for you. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=T_5HpuYwIzY
7. Moderat A New Error
Another collaboration here. This time between Apparat and Modeselektor. This was the lead single from their self titled album from last year. Quite simply put; it was the best song released in all of 2009. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5w0JSVGh3E0
8. Monarchy Gold in the Fire
This London-based duo are due to release their debut album very soon. This is one of the tracks that has everyone getting very excited about them. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OKBbHI5GNjw
9. Theophilus London – T.N.T.
A Brooklyn MC seriously influenced by Morrissey? It shouldn’t work but remarkably, it does. Theophilus London combines hip-hop, electro, introspective lyricism about sexual awkwardness and shyness, with songtitles like Humdrum Town and a release entitled This Charming Mixtape. Check out this early track to see why he could just be the Next Big Thing. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=s-HKG78_jcQ
DR BEAT CD FOR WILLIE WHITE PART TWO
1. The Superimposers – Seeing Is Believing
A trio from Bournemouth, England, who’ve been around for a few years but are only just coming to prominence. Their sound is crisp and yet hazy, evoking the dreamiest, coolest, catchiest ‘60s lounge sounds in a way most bog-standard indie bands can only dream off. This is one of their oldies, but new album Sunshine Pops! is a cracker. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=F-sULiIe4BE
2. The Black Keys – Too Afraid to Love You
This American duo have been compared to The White Stripes, but their blend of bluesy, electronica and falsetto-infused soul stands tall all on its own. This track is taken from their new sixth album, the glorious Brothers, where you’ll find plenty more tracks of similar quality. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pZSbB8G0A6w
3. Laura Marling – Devil’s Spoke
It’s hard to know which track to pick out from Laura Marling’s album I Speak Because I Can – because frankly, they’re all brilliant – and this is one album which you should have on your iPod. This is surprisingly mature and clever from a very young English singer-songwriter who has clearly studied the classics. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QirL0HXnyS4&feature=avmsc2
4. Smith Westerns – We Stay Out
A cracking live outfit with an adorable self-titled debut album just out, Smith Westerns are a teenage Chicago quartet with their eyes on the glam and the glitterball, but their feet firmly stuck in the garage. The T Rex influence looms large but these are too young to be simply revivalists, they’re formulating a new and exciting sound for a new generation.
5. My Brightest Diamond – Pluto’s Moon
My Brightest Diamond is the recording name of Shara Worden a new York based artist who is signed to Sufjan Steven’s label Asthmatic Kitty. With two albums under her belt she went back to look at the latest release ‘A Thousand Sharks Teeth’ from 2008 recently to have the hole LP remixed and revamped. Son Lux, aka Ryan Lott, provided the highlight with his mix of the track ‘Pluto’s Moon’.http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7U9cXtFGy3E
6. MF Doom – Money Folder
Born in London but raised in New York MF Doom has worked with Danger Mouse and frequently collaborates with Ghostface Killah. You might already know DOOM from an appearance on “November Has Come”, a track on Gorillaz’s 2005 album Demon Days. This track is one of his collaborations with , Madlib under the Madvillian name and taken from their 2004 release ‘Madvillainy’. Listen out for when the beatdrops about 20 seconds in. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rtA_OeMwsSY
7. Tanlines – Bees
Guess where? Brooklyn again. It’s seemingly the world’s creative hub, but this new duo are a little different than your Animal Collectives and Yeasayers. Their pop has a bright and totally tropical ‘lilt’, with Caribbean rhythms and early Depeche Mode hooks. Their 6-track mini album is well worth a shot -crank up the volume for full effect.
8. Four Tet – Love Cry
This wonderfully layered second track from ‘There is Love in You’, the 7th album from Four Tet (Kieran Hebden) a UK DJ and producer. One of those songs that gets better after every listen as you discover all its hidden depths.http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=No98yKnjDaw
9. Stars – We Don’t Want Your Body
Taken from the Canadians’ brand new album The Five Ghosts, this track, the first single from the album, is also easily its highlight. Featuring Amy Millan rhyming “ecstasy” and “sex with me”, it’s a track that builds, changes – and only gets better with repeated listens. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kgocyn8Jw-E