Around 4 years ago I bought my first Neu record and I for the first time I felt like I was missing out on driving a car. The LP filled my head with thoughts of the open road, motoring across American plains in the early evening with a girl on my arm and a cigarette in my mouth…yeah I was a bit of a romantic still recovering from reading On The Road…thank god I lived in Exeter, this reigned in my imagination a bit before I rushed out to the nearest driving instructor. Today when I came across Hibou I felt that longing as I had with Neu, a beat propelling an imagined journey across my mind. Glow advances ever onward, with abandon but also rhythmic assurance, an unfettered engine whirling passengers off into the distance. Its a free download so you’d be a fool not to indulge.
Next we have some hiphop from the fine folks at Gummy Soul. Petty has just released his album Short But Sweet. Its another winner from the Gummy Soul label which maintains the soulful flavour of most of their output, perhaps because the beats have been provided by label stapels The Stuvyesants. My favourite track is ‘Drinking With The Old Heads’ because it exhibits the ability for hiphop to be self-referential, no other genre is able to reflect on itself as effectively as hiphop. As with the song hiphop feels like a community having a conversation. Artists are able to debate where the genre should be heading, what responsibilities they have as rappers and what hiphop means in 2013. The instrumental is a groovy, sleek head nodder that accompanies Petty’s laid back flow and introspective mood perfectly. AGAIN THIS ALBUM IS FREE DON’T BE A FOOL DOWNLOAD IT!