So over here at APFoS I’ve been brainstorming ideas for a new feature. Considering my first idea was music to cook to (which was met with laughter and widespread criticism among the other writers) I am happy to present Old Dog New Hits. Basically everyday for the rest of the week one of the APFoS writers will tell you a new record they’ve been listening to and an older record that’s once again been gracing their turntables. I will begin!
The new hit is Marika Hackman, I bat on about Marika quite a lot but that’s because she is an interesting British artist, she creates music with intrigue and mystery and to speak the words of every music critic since 2000, the British industry is lacking in this sort of music. That Iron Taste is a terrific mini-album which you can purchase here . My favourite tracks are Bath is Black and Cannibal. The former is a whimsical meditation on what I think is a relationship? It is a great way to open the album, an enchanting folk/electronic track that is the antithesis of the prescribed chill/ambient/rn b shite folk that swathes the industry currently. Cannibal is a drunk, unsettling track with guitars bleeding into what I think is harmonica and other strange, sharp sounds but it is all still wrapped together by Marika’s assured delivery…its creepy but melodic like a Gnossiene. I’ve already written about Retina Television and I thought there was no harm putting this on here as well…its probably the track most likely to gain Marika wider recognition because it encapsulates the sound of That Iron Taste so perfectly.
The first old dog is damn cheesy and I know it but that hook! It cannot be denied, yes some might say it mars The Police original but I really don’t care. There’s something heartfelt about this song. I mean yes Puff Daddy’s delivery is awful but he sounds like a man hurting. Some will say its a cynical money spinner but to me it genuinely sounds like a friend reminiscing. The video is absolute cheese too, but that bit a 1:18 really reminds me of being young and it reminds me of the 90’s, call it a nostalgia trip but I can’t stop playing it!
Second old dog is Deadringer by RJD2, this track is a bonafide classic, it sounds effortlessly cool and it was my induction into the world of RJD2. This track in particular is an instant crowdpleaser, the whole album is terrific too. Does this make up for me loving ‘I’ll be Missing you’? Probably not, you’ve probably lost all faith in my taste. Ah well.