Dizzee Rascal Showtime Back on the block, and after winning awards, respect and a whole mess of airtime on every radio station, here is the more mature Dizzee bringing the heat with some rude street bangers! Fat beats with a crazy 2-step influenced stutter and loads of simple but really effective programming with some complex and well delivered lyricals from the man himself, with some choice guest spots too... A sick follow up from Dizz... (NB) 1 Showtime 2 Stand Up Tall 3 Everywhere 4 Graftin 5 Learn 6 Hype Talk 7 Face 8 Respect Me 9 Get By 10 Knock, Knock 11 Dream 12 Girls (Featuring Marga Man) 13 Imagine 14 Flyin 15 Fickle XL Recordings CD | LP
M.I.A. Kala Second album is gonna be bigger than hip hop. London grimey girl as much for the indie kids and the urban crowd. 1. Bamboo Banga 2. BirdFlu 3. Boyz 4. Jimmy 5. Hussel (feat. Afrikan Boy) 6. Mango Pickle Down River (with The Wilcannia Mob) 7. 20 Dollar 8. World Town 9. The Turn 10. XR2 11. Paper Planes 12. Come Around (feat. Timbaland) XL Recordings CD | LP
M.I.A. Arular Slammer of a debut from the emcee queen who's been blowing up the dancehall for a good minute now... She's done stuff with folks like Diplo and Peaches (who apparently taught her how to use her drum machine, or so the legend goes) and this set is full of really sick blends of dancehall, grime, garage and hip hop (and more worldly influence too), ready to kill it in a dancefloor scenario. She rocks - you should peep this. (NB) Side 1 : 1. "Banana" (skit) 2. "Pull Up The People" 3. "Bucky Done Gun" Side 2 : 1. "Dash The Curry Skit" 2. "Sunshowers" 3. "Fire Fire" 4. "Amazon" Side 3 : 1. "One For The Head Skit" 2. "Bingo" 3. "Hombre" 4. "10 Dollar" Side 4 : 1. "U.R.A.Q.T" 2. "Galang" XL Recordings CD | LP
The White Stripes Elephant Released 31st March 4th and possibly best album from Jack and Meg, Very lo-fi (but better for it) soulful, retro grooves that's a bit more inventive than White Blood Cells but still addictive as hell. (JT) Seven Nation Army Black Math There's No Home For You Here I Just Don't Know What To Do With Myself Cold Cold Night I Want To Be With The Boy You've Got Her In Your Pocket Ball and Biscuit The Hardest Button To Button Little Acorns Hypnotize The Air Near My Fingers Girl You Have No Faith In Medicine It's True That We Love One Another XL Recordings CD
Basement Jaxx Raindrops Released 8th June. Basement Jaxx return with this euphoric glitchy rave tune. If you don't think this is a future top-10 you're deaf. This is their best single for ages. CD: 1. Raindrops 2. Wheel N Stop Ft. Serocee (Planet 3 version) 12": A. Raindrops B. Raindrops (Funk Agenda & Paul Thomas Redux) www.mysspace.com/basementjaxx XL Recordings 12" | CD
Friendly Fires Jump In The Pool (Remixes) Released 18th May. The opening track on Friendly Fires' awesome debut album gets the remix treatment twice over. The Thin White Duke remix takes the song's euphoric touches to their natural conclusion, while the Wild Geese remix gives the song a funkier, beat-based backbone. A. Jump In The Pool (Thin White Duke Remix) B. Jump In The Pool (Wild Geese Remix) www.myspace.com/friendlyfires Friendly Fires playing New Slang! XL Recordings 12"
Blue Roses I Am Leaving Released 1st June. Laura Groves AKA Blue Roses returns on XL with this first single from her forthcoming debut album. Tender Kate Bush-influenced folk with a touch of classic Britishness. A. I Am Leaving B. Moments Before Sleep www.myspace.com/musicofblueroses XL Recordings 7"
Jack Penate Be The One Released 15th June. Jack Penate returns with this summery brass-filled soul song before the release of his Paul Epworth-produced second album 'Everything Is New'. CD: 1. Be The One 2. Be The One (Fly Union Mix) 7": A. Be The One B. Down Below www.myspace.com/jackpenate Jack Penate playing New Slang! XL Recordings 7" | CD
Peaches I Feel Cream Released 4th May. The ultra-risque Peaches returns with her most pop-sounding album to date, thanks to helpful additional production from the likes of Digitalism, Simian Mobile Disco and Soulwax. 1. Serpentine (I Don't Give A...Part 2) 2. Talk To Me 3. Lose You 4. More 5. Billionaire 6. I Feel Cream 7. Trick Or Treat 8. Show Stopper 9. Mommy Complex 10. Mud 11. Relax 12. Take You On www.myspace.com/peaches XL Recordings CD