Thursday, May 18, 2006

In House #1623: Gnarls Barkley's St. Elsewhere; New Gotan Project, Feist

Just in case you haven't heard, is the fresh-sounding, new collaboration between Danger Mouse and . The duo has recently issued their debut, St. Elsewhere, here in the U.S. after having already topped the charts with it in the U.K. Combining elements of hip-hop, pop, blues and neo-soul, one of the most surprising things about the music is the decidedly retro element brought to the table by the vocals of Cee-Lo, who got his start as part of the Atlanta-based Goodie Mob. In that act, and in subsequent work with the likes of Outkast and as a solo artist, he's shown his talents as a singer-- but as part of Gnarls Barkley, his voice is something of a revelation. On the other hand is the midas touch of Danger Mouse, whose work on St. Elsewhere is just the latest in a string of work-- including The Grey Album and Gorillaz' Demon Days-- that has established him as one of the most interesting and innovative producers working today. While Gnarls Barkley do have their comparison points-- a less rap-based Outkast, a less funked up Sly & the Family Stone-- their sound feels refreshingly original in a genre littered with copy-cats.

Gnarls Barkley

Also today, music from the production triumverate that makes up the Gotan Project, who might be said to be bringing Astor Piazolla to the downtempo set. Lunatico is the new follow-up to the surprise hit debut La Revancha del Tango, originally released in 2001. The new batch of songs again contain a fusion of tango, folk and electronic elements, with perhaps a bit more emphasis on the older original forms.

Gotan Project

In House #1623.
Airdate: 5/18/06
Focus: Debut release from Gnarls Barkley, St. Elsewhere, plus new music from the Gotan Project, Zero 7, Nitemares On Wax, Feist remixed and more.

Brookville, from Life In the Shade: "Nothing's Meant to Last" (MP3)


In House PODCAST #107


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