Yes, we usually post the Video Hits on Thursdays, and yes, today is Tuesday, but I had a couple videos I was going to post last week and didn’t get to them. So then, you get yourself a quick Tuesday Video Hits, anyone have an issue with that? What’s that? Sorry can’t hear you, let’s proceed!
If you were to do the math on the collective pieces that make up the music delivered by genial singer-singwriter David Myles, you might not come up with what one would normally consider a normal formula. Relentlessly upbeat songs about one’s faults and mortality? Sensual R&B inspired love jams from a scholarly looking white fella? Acoustic guitar playing former trumpeteer interested in working with hip hop producers as well as exploring Fela-like funk and Brazilian sounds? Those are all in the mix, and you think, “That won’t work…..” but then you listen to a Dave Myles record and you think “This DOES work, in fact it works LIKE A FOX”. Or like some animal that does in fact work or make for a logical similie. Anyhoo, that’s an attempt to describe how I feel about David Myles new song/video, Simple Pleasures, which was produced by Halifax hip hop kingpin Classified.
It’s a true margarita-powered summer jam, with Classified on the beats, and D. Myles on the strums & vocals, and although I had my doubts about how it was going to work, after about a minute I was sold. Dave Myles has done it again (and kudos to Class/Dave for those horns, great touch), so keep your eye out for his emminent new album Into The Sun. Dave also released a live album a couple months ago, so check for ‘Live At The Carleton if you’re looking for some Myles to tide you over.
The next two videos require no such long-winded ruminations (not that the first one really did), so I’ll just let them speak for themselves (for the most part). The Sweatshop Union’s last release, The Bill Murray EP, is excellent, and so is the new video for one of that album’s highlights John Lennon. Chances are you’ve bumped into to the songs from Young Galaxy’s Shapeshifting somewhere along the way in your internet travels, but there’s a reason for that – it’s a really good album, and they are promoting rather well. Case in point another great video from the album, this time it’s a rather stunning interpretation of Blown Minded done by Montreal artist Carine Khalifé. Enjoy.
David Myles – Simple Pleasures (Classified Mix)
Sweatshop Union – John Lennon
YOUNG GALAXY – Blown Minded