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    • 2. Feb. 2011, 2:10

    John Barry – The Girl With The Sun In Her Hair : Reco of the Week 01 Feb 11

    John Barry – The Girl With The Sun In Her Hair : Reco of the Week 01 Feb 11

    Track: The Girl with the Sun in Her Hair (1967)
    Artist: John Barry [ Spotify | We7 | mflow ]
    Album: The Music Of John Barry (Columbia, 1976)
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    Possibly the one piece that influenced me above all others is this one, The Girl With the Sun in Her Hair, which was written to advertise Sunsilk shampoo on television.

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    • 9. Feb. 2011, 4:39

    Trail of Dead - Summer Of All Dead Souls : Reco of the Week 08 Feb 11

    Trail of Dead - Summer Of All Dead Souls : Reco of the Week 08 Feb 11

    Track: Summer of All Dead Souls [ Soundcloud full stream ]
    Artist: ...And You Will Know Us by the Trail of Dead
    Album: Tao of the Dead (Superball Music, 7 Feb 11) [ We7 | Spotify ]
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    I think the Trail of Dead boys have given us the best album of their career. As much loved and wroughtly worked previous albums were, this one, which was pulled together in next to no time, has all the magic.

    For me, the magic peaks in this single, Summer of All Dead Souls, originally released last November.

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    • 16. Feb. 2011, 2:35

    Ben Ottewell - Lightbulbs : Reco of the Week 15 Feb 11

    Ben Ottewell - Lightbulbs : Reco of the Week 15 Feb 11

    Track: Lightbulbs [ Soundcloud | Hypem ]
    Artist: Ben Ottewell
    Album: Shapes and Shadows
    (Eat Sleep Records, 7 Feb 11) [ We7 | Spotify | mflow ]
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    My recommendation this week isn't as obscure as it looks. Ben Ottewell is one of the vocalists with Gomez, he's the gravel-voiced one. The band are still together, this is his solo debut, five years in the making. The track I have chosen is the lead single, Lightbulbs.

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    • 23. Feb. 2011, 6:19

    Lykke Li – Get Some : Reco of the Week 22 Feb 11

    Lykke Li – Get Some : Reco of the Week 22 Feb 11

    Track: Get Some [ Soundcloud | Download mp3 ]
    Artist: Lykke Li
    Album: Wounded Rhymes
    (Atlantic, 28 Feb 2011) [ Hype Machine ]
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    A dramatic single from the extraordinary new album from Lykke Li (pronounced: lickey lee), streaming exclusively at Hype Machine this week.

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    • 2. Mär. 2011, 3:52

    Ladytron – Ace Of Hz : Reco of the Week 01 Mar 11

    Ladytron – Ace Of Hz : Reco of the Week 01 Mar 11

    Track: Ace of Hz [ Soundcloud ]
    Artist: Ladytron
    Album: Best of Ladytron 00-10 (Nettwerk, 28 March 2011)
    Single: Ace of Hz (30 Nov 10)
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    Somehow, I have managed not to write about Ladytron yet. I can now correct this glaring omission by introducing the new single and video from the forthcoming retrospective, due at the end of the month.

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    • 10. Mär. 2011, 5:29

    Stateless – Ariel : Reco of the Week 08 Mar 11

    Stateless – Ariel : Reco of the Week 08 Mar 11

    Track: Ariel [ Soundcloud ]
    Artist: Stateless [ Spotify ]
    Album: Matilda (Ninja Tune, 21 Feb 2011)
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    My new obsession. A band that brings together hard rock, trip hop, jazz, dance and soul to name just a few. This week's recommendation is the lead single, released last November.

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    • 16. Mär. 2011, 3:08

    FOUND – Shallow : Reco of the Week 15 Mar 11

    FOUND – Shallow : Reco of the Week 15 Mar 11

    Track: Shallow [ Spotify | We7 | Soundcloud ]
    Artist: Found
    Album: factorycraft (Chemikal Underground, 14 Mar 2011)
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    Characterised by melty shoegaze swoons, surfy garage and Cocteau Twins pedal board, this catchy track shimmers whilst it bounces, slipping and sliding along the way. It is the only one on the album to have this treatment, making it memorable and moreish. The video, frustratingly, is only an edit. There isn't a full video for this track yet.

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    • 23. Mär. 2011, 5:16

    The Go! Team - Yosemite Theme : Reco of the Week 22 Mar 11

    The Go! Team - Yosemite Theme : Reco of the Week 22 Mar 11

    Track: Yosemite Theme [ Soundcloud ]
    Artist: The Go! Team
    Album: Rolling Blackouts (Memphis Industries, 31 Jan 2011)
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    Yosemite Theme is, like all their work, relentlessly upbeat and hyper, taking on a sophistication The Go! Team have yet to fully explore. It ends on schoolground chants which are kind of by-the-by, reminding you who you're listening to.

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    • 30. Mär. 2011, 5:01

    Nicole Atkins - Hotel Plaster : Reco of the Week 29 Mar 11

    Nicole Atkins - Hotel Plaster : Reco of the Week 29 Mar 11

    Track: Hotel Plaster
    Artist: Nicole Atkins
    Album: Mondo Amore (Proper Records, 4 April 2011)
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    Mondo Amore is an album that works as a whole. Picking out tracks to highlight is difficult, like pulling out a feeling. For the purposes of this series, I've chosen the third track, Hotel Plaster, but it hasn't been an easy task.

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    • 13. Apr. 2011, 0:26

    Stereolab - Pause : Reco of the Week 12 Apr 11

    Stereolab - Pause : Reco of the Week 12 Apr 11

    Track: Pause
    Artist: Stereolab
    Album: Transient Random-Noise Bursts with Announcements (Elektra, 1993)
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    To celebrate the shiny new pause function for Last.fm radios, this week's recommended track is Pause by post-rock pioneers Stereolab from the classic Transient Random-Noise Bursts with Announcements.

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    • 20. Apr. 2011, 1:09

    Ultravox - Visions In Blue : Reco of the Week 19 Apr 11

    Ultravox - Visions In Blue : Reco of the Week 19 Apr 11

    Track: Visions in Blue
    Artist: Ultravox
    Album: Quartet (1982)
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    Manchester City won 1-0 against Manchester United and are now through to the FA Cup final.

    That is all.

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    • 27. Apr. 2011, 2:04

    Anna Calvi - Blackout : Reco of the Week 26 Apr 11

    Anna Calvi - Blackout : Reco of the Week 26 Apr 11

    Track: Blackout [Soundcloud]
    Artist: Anna Calvi
    Album: Anna Calvi (17 January 2011, Domino Records)
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    Blackout begins with an ethereal shimmer before the curtain goes up and the song bolts forwards. The beat sets a relentless, galloping pace as Calvi's vocals are allowed free rein. It's so atypical of contemporary pop, it holds you in its thrall throughout, leaving you a little spent come the end, itself as abrupt as the beginning.

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    • 4. Mai. 2011, 4:11

    Cat's Eyes – The Best Person I Know : Reco of the Week 03 May 11

    Cat's Eyes – The Best Person I Know : Reco of the Week 03 May 11

    Track: The Best Person I Know [Soundcloud]
    Artist: Cat's Eyes
    Album: Cat's Eyes (11 April 2011, Polydor)
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    I have two albums of the week this week, Cat's Eyes, the new side-project from The Horrors frontman, Faris Badwan, and The Rentals - The Rentals Present: Resilience (A Benefit Album for the Relief Effort In Japan), another side-project, this time from Matt Sharp, former bass player for Weezer.

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    • 11. Mai. 2011, 4:43

    Danger Mouse & Daniele Luppi - The World : Reco of the Week 10 May 11

    Danger Mouse & Daniele Luppi - The World : Reco of the Week 10 May 11

    Track: The World [Soundcloud]
    Artist: Danger Mouse & Daniele Luppi
    Album: Rome (16 May 2011, EMI)
    [ We7 | Spotify | mflow | 3voor12 ]
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    Oblivious to hype as ever, when I first heard this track and then the album, I thought I was listening to an original soundtrack. This track in particular, The World, has end credits written all over it.

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    • 10. Sep. 2011, 18:23

    Lana Del Rey - Blue Jeans : Reco of the Week 10 Sept 11

    Lana Del Rey - Blue Jeans : Reco of the Week 10 Sept 11

    Track: Blue Jeans (16 Oct)
    Artist: Lana Del Rey
    Album: due 2012
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    And we're back...

    Introducing Lana Del Rey.

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    • 18. Sep. 2011, 0:29

    CocknBullKid - One Eye Closed : Reco of the Week 17 Sept 11

    CocknBullKid - One Eye Closed : Reco of the Week 17 Sept 11

    Track: One Eye Closed
    Artist: CocknBullKid
    Album: Adulthood (23 May 2011) [Spotify | We7]
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    I first wrote about CocknBullKid in August 2009, catching her near enough at the start of her career. She released several tracks under her former name, thecocknbullkid.

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    • 24. Sep. 2011, 20:28

    Jonathan Wilson – Natural Rhapsody : Reco of the Week 24 Sept 11

    Jonathan Wilson – Natural Rhapsody : Reco of the Week 24 Sept 11

    Track: Natural Rhapsody [Soundcloud]
    Artist: Jonathan Wilson
    Album: Gentle Spirit (8 Aug 2011, Bella Union)
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    Something for late summer/start of autumn, when lazy, hazy days of lost afternoons are still to be had and there's another wear or two of those summer dresses.

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    • 2. Okt. 2011, 0:09

    Boom Bip – Goodbye Lovers and Friends : Reco of the Week 01 Oct 11

    Boom Bip – Goodbye Lovers and Friends : Reco of the Week 01 Oct 11

    Track: Goodbye Lovers and Friends
    [ Full stream and free download | Hype Machine ]
    Artist: Boom Bip
    Album: Zig Zaj (26 Sep 2011, Lex Records)
    [ Spotify | We7 | mflow | Self-Titled ]
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    There is no video for this week's recommended track, I hope a free download will suffice.

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    • 24. Dez. 2011, 23:17

    Jon Kennedy – The Goose Is Getting Fat : Reco of the Week 24 Dec 11

    Jon Kennedy – The Goose Is Getting Fat : Reco of the Week 24 Dec 11

    Track: The Goose Is Getting Fat Spotify
    Artist: Jon Kennedy
    Album: The Reindeer Room II (Oct 2003, Kriztal Entertainment Group, Inc.)
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    Merry Christmas, Everybody!

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