Here we go, kiddies — grab ’em, burn ’em to a CD, and play them at your Memorial Day cook-out this weekend.
First — I am big fan of Jay Chou’s “Huo Yuanjia” (the theme to Jet Li’s Fearless), which I first posted here last year, and more recently in one of my FAR WEST RPG design journal entries earlier this week. Thanks to
Moving along — Velvet Revolver’s second album, Libertad is coming out on July 3rd, and the first single was just released. Velvet Revolver – “She Builds Quick Machines.” In other news, Axl Rose still hasn’t released Chinese Democracy.
This is an amazing track– an acapella mix of bluegrass, hip-hop, gospel, blues, rock….hard to define, but equally hard to get out of your head. A Night In The Box – “The Hustle.”
I’ve been playing a lot of FIFA Footbal 2004 on the XBox recently — love that game. It’s got a great soundtrack, too — including this track by Tribalistas, a one-off collaboration of several Brazilian musicians. Tribalistas – “Je Sei Namorar.”
Strange Days is a fun little cyberpunk movie set in the OMGFUTURE!!11 of New Years Eve at the turn of the 21st Century. (Aw, bless.) Still, pretty nifty — Angela Bassett and Ralph Feinnes are cool, and the soundtrack was nifty as well. Here’s one of my favorite tracks — a nice little nugget of anger: Skunk Anansie – “Selling Jesus.”
Some ice-cold acid jazz — a collaboration between DJ Krush and trumpeter Toshinori Kondo. Not really a beginning-of-summer kinda track, but well worth the listening. Toshinori Kondo and DJ Krush – “Bu-Seki.”
Lastly, a track from a new group — Hadouken! are a UK grime/electro/dance/whatever group, named after the special maneuver in the Street Fighter game. They’ve recently gotten a record deal, purely by relying on MySpace and YouTube to push their music into the hands of club DJs all over the world. I’m impressed by that — the labels themselves are becoming more and more irrelevant. Hadouken! – “Tuning In (H! re-rub)”
There you go. Enjoy.