Tuesday, November 02, 2004

H.B.E. 11/1/04

playlist for Hectic But Eclectic (Mondays 6:00-8:00 PM Central, http://www.uicradio.ws) 11-1-04

Neneh Cherry-Buffalo Stance
The Go! Team-Huddle Formation
Mix Master Mike-Bangzilla
Dollhouse-Shangrila Tiger
Janis Joplin-Cry Baby
Kelis-Shooting Stars
Nellie McKay-Really
Ben Folds Five-Selfless, Cold & Composed
Ella Fitzgerald-Lover
Bob Dylan-Like A Rolling Stone
Cornershop-Brimful Of Asha
Incredible Moses Leroy-Christmas In The Summertime
Bobbie Gentry-Fancy
Lauryn Hill-Lost Ones
Ms. Dynamite-Krazy Krush
Nikka Costa-Tug Of War
Van Hunt-Precious
Bjork-Who Is It?
Robbie Williams-Lazy Days
New Pornographers-The Slow Descent Into Alcoholism
Talib Kweli-Going Hard
Prince & The Revolution-The Beautiful Ones
Junior Boys-Birthday
Fiery Furnaces-Chris Michaels

This week, I wanna put the spotlight on Van Hunt. His self-titled debut album came out earlier in the year, but has failed to make any waves. Upon first listen, Van Hunt appeared to be just another ordinary neo-soul release that didn't aim to be anything above decent. Obviously, I wasn't paying much attention the first time. True, Van Hunt neatly stays within the firmly drawn lines of soul music, but it's damn good soul music. Van Hunt's influence of Prince and Marvin Gaye records coupled with the bitter honesty and vulnerability of his lyrics, gives his music enough of an identity in a genre that is nowadays becoming too comfortable with playing it safe. The songwriting ability is already there, as proof in the two songs I'm offering up for download (Expect "Dust" to be in my top 10 or 20 singles. It has one of the best hooks of the year), but it's highly likely that Mr. Hunt's best work is yet to come. Enjoy.

Van Hunt-Dust
Van Hunt-What Can I Say (For Millicent)

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