Prime Cuts this 32nd week of 2016 proved challenging, settling on five cuts is never easy, the ones that don’t make the ‘cut’ you can still find on our Facebook Feed or even our new daily post, ‘The Daily FEED’. Florence & The Machine surprised us with a 3 track EP, written by the band for the virtual computer game Final Fantasy, and despite the oddness of all this, the music is beautiful. French-Canadian duo Le Couleur deliver one of the most infectious bass grooves of 2016, Melbourne’s The Ocean Party celebrate the release of their latest album, ‘Restless’ and it’s a gem. Twenty years in, we have Jimmy Lavelle aka The Album Leaf, continue to break new ground in modern pop music compositions and finally, Stockport’s Blossoms, release their number 1 British self-titled debut album, a band that may well reach beyond British shores and break the US market.
Artist: Florence & The Machine
Prime Cut: Too Much Is Never Enough
Cut From: London, United Kingdom
Flavours Of: Adele, Bat For Lashes and FLORENCE
With the gentle strum of her trademark harp and feeling that you are about to venture into The Lord of The Rings reprise, Florence Welsh instantly captures as her vocal soar in true fashion. It’s good to have Ms Welch back, as she writes 3 songs for Final Fantasy XV. Layered with succulent harmonies and beautiful arrangements, ‘Too Much Is Never Enough” takes us yet another majestic adventure of uncompromising musical euphoria.
Artist: Le Couleur
Prime Cut: Starlite
Cut From: Montreal, Canada
Flavours Of: Deep Dish, Alpine, M83, Sebastien Tellier
Le Couleur take us on 3 minute 40 second time warp through the funk and soul of the early 70s, step into bass grooves of 80s New Romantic and settle somewhere down in th 90s deep house scene with this impressively cool cut, ‘Starlite’. From the delayed 90s keys and then the roll out of one of the best bass lines of 2016, this French Canadian duo have to be the soundtrack of our Aussie summer. So hot.
Artist: The Ocean Party
Prime Cut: Restless
Cut From: Melbourne, Australia
Flavours Of: High Highs, Keane, The War On Drugs
The Ocean Party have really grown up, their debut album was received warmly, deservedly for its musical strength and songwriting, but with new single ‘Restless’ we hear a band who are dressed up to move on up the Summer Festival schedule. With delicate keys and beautifully placed saxophone that takes ‘Restless’ to dizzy emotive heights. This cut is luscious, warm and delicate.
Artist: The Album Leaf
Prime Cut: Lost In The Fog
Cut From: San Diego, California
Flavours Of: Sigur Ros, Beirut, Polyphonic Spree
With a career spanning 20 years, The Album Leaf is pretty much Jimmy LaValle, an accomplished musical artisan. LaValle writes music that paints musical landscapes that wrap in beautiful melody from the stipped back minimal to the orchestral sublime. Lost in The Fog is an instrumental full of heart, while the composition inspiring, the new album will cement this master of modern composition in to our hall of fame, if no other.
Prime Cut: My Favourite Room
Cut From: Stockport, United Kingdom
Flavours Of: Oasis, First Aid Kit, Catfish & The Bottlemen
When Blossoms opened the main stage at Splendour in the Grass on the Sunday, there were a few of us perched hillside knowing that we were watching the most hyped band in the UK. They didn’t disappoint and nor does their debut album. ‘My Favourite Room’ delivers at the acoustic cut on the album, it is heart-felt, sensitive balladry about uncertainty and love lost (isn’t it always), it has just enough warmth to make us believe the hype about these Stockport lads.