Listen to What You’re Missin’: Modest Mouse, 88-Keys, Speech Debelle, and Discovery

08/27/2009

“Listen to What You’re Missin'” is a series of posts consisting of four tracks each week, giving you an updated look at new music. This week get ready for some fun, and exciting music from: Modest Mouse, 88-Keys, Speech Debelle, and Discovery.


Modest Mouse: King Rat”


From their new EP No One’s First, And You’re Next, comes the swashbuckling rag tag ditty “King Rat.” The song begins with singer Isaac Brock singing “And you know know it was all wrong,” as the song builds with blues horns. Modest Mouse is one of the few bands that have lasted a decade continuing to make original music.


Speech Debelle: “The Key”

Speech Debelle is nominated for the Mercury Award, and “The Key” is one example of why. On “The Key” Speech Debelle has a cool flow like Lady Mecca of Digable Planets. Known for her honest lyrics, on “The Key” she reaps, “For every Malcolm X, there is a George Bush / For every ambitious soul, there is a couch potato.” Another song by her worth checking out is “Searching.”


88-Keys: “Morning Wood”

“Morning Wood,” is a morning song–cheerful, funny, and happy. That’s how Adam feels on the first track of 88-Key’s debut album The Death of Adam. This is a concept album revolving around the story of Adam–a guy who meets a girl, and then well his luck turns to sour shit. Another track of note, is recently released single featuring Kanye West titled “Stay Up (Viagra).” The Death of Adam is a solid debut from a talented producer and improving rapper.


Discovery: “LP”

Though I was critical of LP in my review, “Insane” was, is, and will be one of my favorite tracks from this summer. On “So Insane,” Rostam Batmanglij (producer from Vampire Weekend) and Wes Miles (vocalist from Ra Ra Riot) seem to master the balance between digital effects and creativity. Here the beat moves like a roller coaster, dragging then chugging along, before picking up as the rhythm and effects change with Mile’s singing about being in love. It’s like UB40 meets MGMT with auto-tune effects (this can be labeled as music nerd jargon).

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