A week in music videos... Manic Street Preachers teamed up with Richard Hawley for the nostalgic title track from their upcoming new album 'Rewind The Film'. It has that classic Preachers mix of anthemic melodies and melancholic undertones that have kept them high in the UK album charts since their debut in 1992. Looking at their latest track, this new offering is going to be just as impossible to categorise musically as usual - but we like it that way! Watch the video for 'Rewind The Film' here.
If a perfect summer 2013 song exists, it's Dan Croll's 'In/Out'. It doesn't feature on his debut EP 'From Nowhere' which we're hoping means there's going to be some talk of a debut album soon. We defy you not to move to this calypso inspired dance track, the video for which features karaoke style lyrics - if you don't find this infectiously upbeat tune catchy enough. Watch the video for In/Out here.
Little did he probably expect it at the time, but as part of Cypress Hill, DJ Muggs was almost certainly responsible for one of the most infamous opening lines of a 90s rap album: the woozy sentiment of I Wanna Get High (So high...) simultaneously announced that the stoner generation had a new anthem and that grunge had passed into the background as the risqué American teen music of choice.
Muggs - born Lawrence Muggerlud - went on along with his 'Hill colleagues to shift more than 5 million albums during that decade, one in which hip hop finally crossed over into the mainstream and moral guardians were unceremoniously kicked into the long grass. He later went on to form the Soul Assassins whilst remaining a workaholic producer, but despite it's highly unoriginal title, Bass For Your Face marks something of a watershed for the veteran, a man whose CV includes the credit for House of Pain's near ubiquitous Jump Around.
The great leap forward here is that whilst much of his early work was created on primitive analogue set ups that even included four track tapes, this new album has seen him cross over into the digital age. The differences are vast - one being that the formerly laborious process of gathering samples from vinyl is now done with the aid of catalogued packs - but as proof that it's attitude which keeps the old dog in front of the game, his recent interviews have found him very open to the possibilities that this shift has provided, a boon to an artist known for constantly seeking out the new techniques and tricks.
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