Mixin’ it up: Certified Bananas
It’s Friday and time for a mix we’ve been looking forward to since last year. It turned out to be well worth the wait. Certified Bananas – let’s go:
“This mix is over a year in the making, or at least a year since Discobelle sent us that email asking us to contribute to their mix series! Well, we finally got enough time to do it, and figured we would make it special. Although the sounds on this mix may be a bit unusual for this site, their heritage certainly is not. We figured we should big up the country of Sweden for a site that consistently big ups the hottest shit on the rest of the planet. So here it is, a Sweden-centric Discobelle mix, Certified Bananas Style. Props to Nick the Dude from Cobra Kai on the image-freak.
Neneh Cherry: “Outre Risque Locomotive”
The singer best known for “Buffalo Stance” lays it down on this album cut from her debut Raw Like Sushi.
The Knife: “We Share Our Mother’s Health” w/ Kelis’s “Blindfold Me”
The Knife are killing it right now, although I think this song is the real standout from the new album.
The Soundtrack Of Our Lives: “Independent Luxury”
These guys are just a seriously solid rock band always bringing the interesting production.
Jens Lekman: “Maple Leaves (7″ version)” w/ “Zingy (inst)”
I don’t know what to say about this dude, who I need to see perform live. This guy is the father, son and the holy ghost of that lo-fi indie pop.
Timbuktu: “SÃ¶mnlÃ¶s I SkÃ¥ne”
Timbuktu is one of Sweden’s growing crop of MCs. I have to say that this guy demonstrates that the Swedish language lends itself remarkably well to rapping, although it does sound a bit like backwards english at times (in the BEST way possible). If anyone can send me the translation to this I would much appreciate it.
Leila K: “Got to Get”
As I understand it, this was the first homegrown rap song to make the charts in Sweden. What this song lacks in rhyth-a-matic timing it has in heart. Stockholm by way of Minneapolis.
Robyn: “Crash and Burn Girl” w/ Nelly Furtado’s “Promiscuous”
This is our diss record to Girl Talk.
Nelly Furtado: “Promiscuous (Axwell Remix)”
Axwell is part of the infamous Swedish House Mafia and I’m still trying to figure out why I haven’t heard more djs drop this jam.
Abba: “Gimme! Gimme! Gimme!”
Most know this song as the source material for Madonna’s “Hung Up” but the original shows that these guys weren’t all bad.
Dungen: “Jamna Plagor” w/ Christina Aguilera’s “Aint no Other Man.”
I remember Max and I trying to listen to the Dungen album off one of those ipod radio transmitters while driving across canada in summer 05, and not getting it at all. It took a serious headphone listen for me to get what this band is all about. The blend brings out a darker side of Xstina.
The Cardigans: “Your New Cuckoo” w/ Pase’s verse from “Funky” by Five Deez
Yo, all I got to say is that we couldn’t put “Love Fool” on here because it makes me too emotional. This is the opening track from the same Cardigans album, and my man Pase rips it on the intro.
The Concretes: “Chosen One” w/ Amanda Blank’s verse from “Bump” by Spankrock
This band’s 2004 eponymous album, the one with the cover that looks like a Target ad (their music was later featured in Target ads… coincidence?) was one of my favorite album’s of that year. In Colour just doesn’t stand up, but this song is amazing, not to mention that Amanda (who is rad in real life too) slays it!
The Hives: “Hate To Say I Told You So”
It really is just fine that these guys have every inch of their apartments wallpapered with shirtless pictures of Iggy Pop.
Found out about this band since our friend Jason (My!Gay!Husband!) in Vancouver is booking their North American tour. These guys are electro-pop with the best aspects of both worlds.
Jose Gonzalez: “Heartbeats” w/ The Roots’ “In The Music”
SERIOUSLY don’t front. I don’t care what anyone says. Maybe its that I went to San Francisco a lot this year, maybe its because Max and I watched that Sony ad with the bouncing balls like 100 times, maybe its because deep deep down I’m a cornball (what up Ricky Powell, I’m ruining your city), but I think Jose’s version is better than the Knife’s. And with ?uestlove on the beat…Game Over.”