Hot Chip with Robert Wyatt and Geese – We’re Looking For A Lot Of Love (Geese Mix) & Hot Chip & Peter Gabriel – Cape Cod Kwassa Kwassa (Vampire Weekend Cover)

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As an early x-mas gift to us all, Hot Chip has release a new ep which is composed of re-imagined tracks from their third studio lp, “Made in the Dark”.

Description from Hot Chip’s website:

Hot Chip have posted up the second of the free tracks from the new EP with Robert Wyatt & Geese, ‘We’re Looking For A Lot Of Love’. Chosen from the band’s album ‘Made In The Dark’ by Robert Wyatt and re-recorded together in London earlier this year, Hot Chip’s old friends and collaborators Geese (aka Emma and Vince from The Elysian Quartet) also lent a hand to create this stunning new arrangement.”

Hot Chip have assembled a lovingly put together little present in time for Christmas involving the services of none other than the godfather of the experimental psych-prog world, Robert Wyatt and kindred musical spirits Geese. Long recognised as one of the pioneers of avant-jazz rock, from his beginnings as a member of Soft Machine and through his collaborations with Scritti Politti and Syd Barrett, Robert Wyatt brings his quietly magical touch to 3 songs personally chosen from Hot Chip’s 2008 album “Made in the Dark”. The result – as recorded at Gallery Studios earlier this year – are several mutations of songs that are as delicate and whimsical as they are adventurous and distinctive.

Meanwhile, Hot Chip’s old friends and collaborators Geese (aka Emma and Vince from The Elysian Quartet) also lent a hand, reworking the new, Robert Wyatt- assisted “We’re Looking…” while completely overhauling “One Pure Thought” from a straightahead floor shaker into something stranger, dreamier, but no less lovely. All in all, a deliciously unpredictable collaboration made in quirk-pop heaven.

Hot Chip with Robert Wyatt and Geese – We’re Looking For A Lot Of Love (Geese Mix)

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Hot Chip & Peter Gabriel –   Cape Cod Kwassa Kwassa (Vampire Weekend Cover)

Here’s a great cover of Vampire Weekend‘s, “Cape Cod Kwassa Kwassa” by Hot Chip, with guest vocals from non-other than Peter Gabriel himself!   And not only is this a great cover of a great song, but there is a bonus line in the lyrics by Peter Gabriel.   For those unfamiliar with the original by Vampire Weekend, the song calls out the name of Peter Gabriel in the lrycis as:

“But this feels so unnatural Peter Gabriel too”

So… since this is Peter Gabriel singing, he added the following:

“and it feel’s so unnatural to sing your own name”

That killed me…. i know, i know,   doesn’t take much…   but that made me smile.

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As a young girl
Louis Vuitton
With your mother
On a sandy lawn

As a sophomore
With reggaeton
And the linens
You’re sitting on

Is your bed made?
Is your sweater on?
Do you want to
Like you know I do

But this feels so unnatural
Peter Gabriel too
and it feel’s so unnatural to sing your own name” — added by Peter Gabriel 🙂
Can you stay up
To see the dawn
In the colors
Of Bennetton?

Is your bed made
Is your sweater on
Do you want to
Like you know I do

But this feels so unnatural
Peter Gabriel too

Is your bed made
Is your sweater on
Do you want to
Like you know I do

The Postmarks – 11:59 (Blondie cover)

If one were to travel back in time too the Cavern Club where the Bealtes were discovered, and booked The Postmarks to play, they wouldn’t sound out of place.   The Postmarks have a 1960’s cavern sound that is mesmerizing and warm.   You can hear hints of bossa nova and Stereolab gracing their tracks.

The Postmarks – 11:59 (Blondie cover)

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Kelly Polar – Magic Dance

Life Beyond Mars is the compilation of David Bowie covers commissioned from electronic music producers. This particular cover of “Magic Dance”, which was originally done by Bowie for the movie Labyrinth, includes the spoken-word intro.

Track Listing:

01. Au Revoir Simone “Oh! You Pretty Things”
02. Heartbreak “Loving The Alien”
03. Kelley Polar “Magic Dance”
04. Leo Minor “Ashes To Ashes”
05. Carl Craig Presents Zoos of Berlin “Looking For Water”
06. Drew Brown “Sweet Thing”
07. Matthew Dear “Sound & Vision”
08. Susumu Yokota “Golden Years”
09. The Emperor Machine “Repetition”
10. Joakim & The Disco “A New Career In Town”
11. Richard Walters & Faultline “Be My Wife”
12. The Thing “Life On Mars”

Kelly Polar – Magic Dance

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My Imaginary Life – Soul Sucking Jerk (Beck cover)

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Wispy vocals, minimal percussion, acoustic guitar and horn bassline make up the frame work of My Imaginary Life’s cover of Beck’s, ”Soul Sucking Jerk”. My Imaginary Life is 28 year old Jessica Emelia who produced an indie pop / electronic / folk demo album for the on-line [2007 RPM Challenge].

You can also hear more from My Imaginary Life here.

My Imaginary Life – Soul Sucking Jerk (Beck cover)

Regina Spektor – Real Love (John Lennon cover)

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Amnesty International released a two cd collection of John Lennon covers performed by such artist as U2, Green Day and Christina Aguilera called Instant Karma: The Campaign to Save Darfur.   For future details, read the press release below that is taken from instantkarma website:

“Instant Karma: The Campaign to Save Darfur,” the new global “Make Some Noise” project from Amnesty International, seeks to mobilize millions around the urgent catastrophe in Darfur, Sudan. It combines the power of John Lennon’s music recorded by some of the world’s best-known artists, together with cutting-edge forms of instant activism enabled by Internet and mobile technologies.

The project will call attention to the urgent situation in Darfur where between 2 and 400,000 have died, 2.5 million have been displaced from their homes, and 4.5 million people in Darfur and hundreds of thousands in the neighboring countries of Chad and Central African Republic are at risk of starvation, disease, and further attacks. Yoko Ono generously granted rights to John Lennon’s entire solo songbook to Amnesty International, the world’s largest grassroots human rights organization, to use as the centerpiece of this project and to inspire and invigorate a new generation of human rights activists.

More than 50 musical artists, including U2,Christina Aguilera, Lenny Kravitz, Green Day, Ben Harper, and Aerosmith, have joined this international effort that combines John Lennon music, technology, and human rights activism. The CD, “Instant Karma: The Campaign to Save Darfur,” will be released by Warner Brothers Records and arrive in stores the week of June 12th. Additional singles from the album will be released leading up to the full album, along with special product offers coupled with opportunities to take action. Proceeds derived from the entire campaign will go directly to support Amnesty International’s urgent work on Darfur and other human rights crises worldwide.

Immediately following the March 12 release of the first single from the album, Amnesty International initiated a new series of events in its long-term advocacy on Darfur. More than 3,000 Amnesty International groups took part in the organization’s ninth annual National Week of Student Action March 23 — 30; Amnesty International organized rallies and protests on March 30 outside the Chinese embassy in Washington, DC, and at Chinese consulates nationwide, in an effort to press the Chinese government to use its considerable influence with the Sudanese government to admit United Nations peacekeepers into Darfur in a joint mission with the African Union; a national call-in week to Congress took place the week of April 9- 13 at the same time as Amnesty International delegations conducted lobby meetings in Washington DC and Congressional districts across the country. Amnesty International also marked April 29th, by joining coalition partners in the third Global Day for Darfur.

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