Sunday, 28 February 2010
#1. Born Ruffians - Sole Brother (MP3)
(Warp Records) (due June 1, 2010)
Warp Records signing Born Ruffians have announced the tracklisting, cover art and release date of Say It, their sophomore album and the follow-up to 2008's Red, Yellow and Blue, for worldwide release on June 1, 2010. The Canadian trio put out one of my favourite albums of 2008 - mixing quirky guitar tones with then-Vampire Weekend style afrobeat percussion and scratchy vocal arrangements together into a captivating experimental mix. The new album seems to be promising more of the same, at least as far as the new single suggests. Sole Brother is the only track available from the new one, and plays to Born Ruffians strengths exactly as did Red, Yellow & Blue. With the usual laid-back acoustic rock feel, the Ruffians harmonize guitar lines - leaving simple percussive sections and punchy basslines to lay the foundation for storytelling lyrics and quietly optimistic chorusses. Pick up Sole Brother below, pre-order the album below that, and pick up Four Tet's total rework of 2008's I Need A Life as a bonus.
Born Ruffians - Sole Brother (MP3)
Born Ruffians - I Need A Life (Four Tet Remix) (MP3)