Lonely Soul

Phew… a quick drop today/tonight as it’s 3am and I’ve just finished installing Vista xD Good times!

One reason I’m making the move to Vista is “Assassin’s Creed”. Marketing teams for the AAA games titles are getting savvy with music now (especially after the atypical Gears of War trailer using Gary Jules’ cover of Tears for Fears “Mad World”) and to celebrate my pending elation at being able to play the DirectX 10 version of Assassin’s Creed ; ), here’s a live performance of the track that Ubisoft used at one point to market the game: Unkle’s “Lonely Soul” featuring the vocal talents of The Verve‘s Richard Ashcroft.

It was a great choice for the game with its title and its dark air and Ashcroft’s voice fits the bill just nicely.

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Post trip-hop welsh songstress Jem

Gasp! M.E.’s been overrun by mainstream pop lately so it’s time to head out into leftfield for something a little bit differentJem from Wales is apparently ‘known for her eclectic musical stylings’ and she’s occasionally landed with the label of “trip hop“. Her second album is due out near the end of this year.

This is the track of hers – “Come On Closer” – that most stands out for me personally; I’m a big fan of minor chord progressions. (This version of the song – no video yet – is a bit more in line with the trip hop label.)

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Cover Zen: Portis No More

One of my favourite albums of all time is Portishead‘s debut, “Dummy”. One of my favourite bands back in the day was Faith No More and their uniquely versatile vocalist Mike Patton, so seeing the two combined – in this cover of “Glory Box” – was great :).

Given Patton’s penchant for irony, mockery and cartoon buffoonery it’s prolly safe to say the lyrics “I just wanna be a woman” played a big part in his selection of this song for a cover version xD.

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Cover Zen: Kid Beyond – Wandering Star

The awesome Kid Beyond covers Portishead’s “Wandering Star” here using only his voice (via Ableton Live) to provide the beat, the scratching and the double vocals. If you haven’t seen Kid Beyond before, here’s another impressive live performance of an original song of his: Mothership.

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