Welcome To Rustie's Safari: Hear 'Pony' & 'Big Catzz'

Glaswegian musican and producer Rustie might not be the first person you'd think of to guide you through the local wildlife but with his two most recent tracks he does a pretty great job of highlighting some of the local fauna.

First up is Rustie's take on Ginuwine's 'Pony' which he worked on for the film Magic Mike XXL, but somehow it wasn't used in the end product. His remix takes the classic 1996 song and ramps it up to eleven, bringing it bouncing and grinding all the way into the 21st century. I don't know what the film's producers were thinking by not including this in the film itsef, but perhaps they were worried the track would've overshadowed the supposedly lacklustre movie itself. Either way, we thankfully have it now and it's a huge track.

Next our attention is drawn to the rare 'Big Catzz' of the Scottish Highlands. Offered up as a free download on SoundCloud this number would've fit perfectly on Glass Swords, Rustie's debut album. There's no word as to whether this was a new track or an old track that never made one of the albums but hopefully these tracks spell a continued period of productivity after after the 2014 release of Green Language.


James Vincent McMorrow - How To Waste A Moment

Last week I also wrote about James Vincent McMorrow reaching the end of his touring cycle for 2014's Post Tropical, and shared the stripped down solo version of his track 'Gold'. Well if that was a farewell to old material, or at least the closing of one chapter, he's now turned the page onto the next with his new track 'How To Waste A Moment'.

McMorrow took to Twitter to post the handwritten lyrics and an open letter explaining the origin of the track and the influences behind it. The most interesting part of the letter to me was the line:

"I already had all my songs for the new record, this felt like something different, born out of the same ideas but for different reasons".

Considering the marked departure from the folk roots of the Irishman's first album Early In The Morning to the sounds of Post Tropical, it'll be interesting see what direction he takes with the third full length, and to see whether that strive for change that he mentions is reflected sonically or lyrically. We probably have a while to wait though, JVM has earned a break after touring extensively for the past year and a half. 



Kid Cudi Shares Confused & JFKPSA

Cudi fans rejoice, the one Kid Cudi is back after announcing the release of his next album, but it's still not Man On The Moon III. However, any music from the rapper is always welcomed, so after sharing two singles from Speedin' Bullet To Heaven there's still reason to be excited.

First up is 'Confused', a track laden with guitars that are played by the man himself. Existential lyrics which have become a mainstay in the Cleveland rapper's music feature heavily here, but this track is further proof of his shift towards a more rock focused sound that started with his side project WZRD. However his guitar playing has also improved noticeably since the band's debut album in 2012.

Next up is 'JFKPSA' which isn't your standard song, more an excerpt of a John F. Kennedy speech laid over a simple guitar track. According to Genius, the speech was "delivered at Ahmerest College in Massachusetts on October 26, 1963 . Kennedy gave the speech in honor of Robert Frost, the poet, but the excerpt that Cudi chose to use specifically focuses on Kennedy’s words about art and the artist." 

It'll be interesting to see if this is the start of a very ambitious project, or if it's just another 'revolutionary' artistic concept that doesn't really pan out. Only time will tell...

Speedin' Bullet To Heaven is expected later this year although no release date has currently been announced.



Mark Ronson, Kevin Parker & Andrew Wyatt/Queens Of The Stone Age, Haim/Tame Impala, Major Lazer/Frank Ocean, Father John Misty/Arcade Fire, Mac DeMarco/Eric Clapton, Drenge/Taylor Swift, & Nothing/Nirvana

Covers are always interesting topic, which can span genres, highlight artists as fans, or simply showcase a different take on your favourite tracks. They can be wonderful things, breathing life into old classics, or abominations to beloved songs. Here on UNDER/COVER I present the good, the bad, faithful renditions, sacrilegious takes, and the simply indifferent. 

First up on this bumper first edition we have Mark Ronson taking to the studio to record a cover of Queens Of The Stone Age's 'I Sat By The Ocean', a personal favourite from 2013's Like Clockwork. The main focus isn't on the Brit however, instead on his all star recruits: Kevin Parker & Kirin J. Callinan of Tame Impala on guitar, and Miike Snow's Andrew Wyatt on vocal duty. They're not out to do anything too adventurous, simply presenting a solid version of a great song.

Speaking of Tame Impala, their recent jam ''Cause I'm A Man' gets an all female 'remix' from LA darlings Haim. Despite it being labelled a remix, it's essentially a polished cover that's only slightly slowed from the original tempo, but that's not necessarily a criticism.

The whole world seemed united briefly throughout July, in frenzied anticipation of Frank Ocean's second album, and whilst we're still waiting to this day, Major Lazer joined the hype and paid homage to Ocean's 'Lost' from his debut album Channel Orange. Teaming up with once again who they previously struck gold with on international hit 'Lean On', they deliver a reggae inspired take that doesn't top the original for me, but offers a fun dynamic to the song.

Ok, I'm a big fan of this one. Father John Misty covering Arcade Fire's 'The Suburbs' in honour of them being named CBC Music's best Canadian band of all time. Simply beautiful, it's a stunning solo rendition that holds up to the original and is drenched, but never drowned, in emotion.

Having only just released his new mini LP, the main man Mac DeMarco is showing no end to his productivity by covering 'Change The World' by Eric Clapton, and he does a great job of it. I like it infinitely more than the original simply because it's not performed by a huge racist like Clapton, but maybe that's just me...

Sheffield brothers Drenge have been noted for their alt rock and grunge output over the last few years, so I wasn't quite expecting them to turn their hand to Taylor Swift's 'Bad Blood', and as such, I'm still not certain about the end results. I mean, it's stuck in my head now whether I like it or not, I'm just disappointed that they didn't attempt Kendrick Lamar's verse as well.

Finally I present to you Nothing's version of Nirvana's 'Something In The Way'. The Philadelphia Shoegazers somehow take the sinister sounding original and slow it down even further, layering in a delicate piano line and which results in a haunting rendition of one of Cobain's understated moments.