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Mocky - Navy Brown Blues

Mocky Navy Brown BluesMocky Navy Brown Blues
best of 2006Mocky - Navy Brown Blues
(CD) Four Music FOR82876780202, 2006-05-15

Review :
Mocky's releases have been particularly interesting ever since the beginning of his career. He comes from Canada but exiled himself in 1999 to Berlin, joining his friends Gonzales and Peaches into creating their own style-crossing scene. "Navy Brown Blues" is already is 5th album, after "In Mesopotamia" (2001), "The Missing Link" (2002), "In Mesopotamia Expanded" (2003) et "Are + Be" (2004), and Mocky is now perfectly in control of his crossbreed old school hip hop/soul/pop and always funky thing. There's no filling here, every track could nearly have been a single, with standouts like the pop/hip hop mergin' "Fightin' Away The Tears" with Feist on guests vocals, or the massive hip hop/soul "In The Meantime" with new soul superstar Jamie Lidell singing, who just proves here he's one the most talented soul singers of this new century. Electro leanings from the previous efforts seem to have been replaced by more "pop" arrangements, like delicate percussions and strings on "Fightin' Away..." or "Keep It Moving". Cheesy hip hop hooks are rather absent, too, this time. All in all the album proves Mocky is now mastering his art, and got him many production and remixing deals afterwards: a perfect example of community-quality-music!

Tracklisting :
01. Tears Of Joy (3:01)
02. Animal (2:56)
03. One Of A Kind (3:26)
04. Fightin' Away The Tears (featuring Feist) (3:15)
05. In The Meantime (featuring Jamie Lidell) (3:06) | Download MP3
06. Elementary (featuring Taylor Savvy) (3:08)
07. Extended Vacation (3:20)
08. After The Rain (3:21)
09. I'm Yours (3:08)
10. Keep It Moving (3:17)
11. Navy Brown Blues (3:06)
12. I'm A Fool (3:25)

Links :
"In The Meantime feat. Jamie Lidell" MP3 on

Press Release :
Still reeling from the dazzling response received from his last album, 'Are + Be', Mocky delves deep into his little bag of musical tricks and serves up a quality third solo recording, 'Navy Brown Blues'. The new album dishes out 12 stunning tracks that draw on Mocky's infamous soulful, cross genre music. Coupled with his existential and sensitive lyrics, this tried and tested formula has once again created a fantastic record, which will be performed live, supported by an outstanding line-up.

Back in 1999, Mocky moved from Canada to Europe to join his friends, Gonzales and Peaches , with whom he had already played in Canada in the legendary band, The Shit , whose song 'Animal' also features in a new form on 'Navy Brown Blues'.

Mocky's long-standing collaborator Gonzales is on board again, playing a number of tracks live with Mocky , all recorded at a studio in Paris .

'Navy Brown Blues' also features the talents of art popper, Jamie Lidell , whose trademark falsetto vocals can be heard on the kick ass track, 'In the Meantime'. These two talented artists/producers first hooked up in 2004 for Mocky's track, 'How Will I Know You'. This brilliant collaboration has marked the beginning of a fruitful cooperation between the two and impressively continues on 'Navy Brown Blues'.

The first single from the album, 'Fightin' Away The Tears', featuring Canadian vocalist Feist, was also recorded in Paris , while Mocky produced the rest of the album at his new backyard studio in Berlin-Kreuzberg.

Feist kick started her career opening for the Ramones with her high school punk rock band, Placebo (not to be confused with the UK modern rock outfit), before embarking on a punk/pop career, where she sang and toured in support of Peaches' debut album, 'Teaches Of Peaches'. Not one to stay too long in one place, Feist joined Broken Social Scene in the recording of their sophomore effort, 'You Forgot It In People'. The album, which was released in 2002, became a critical success among the indie crowds after winning a Juno Award for 'Alternative Album of the Year' in 2003. Feist also collaborated with Norwegian duo, Kings Of Convenience , as a guest vocalist on their album, 'Riot On An Empty Street '.

Taylor Savvy , who got together with Mocky on 'Are + Be', completes the three vocal collaborations on the track 'Elementary'. This time around Mocky is on stage to breathe real life into his album with the very fabulous Navy Brown Blues Band . Keep an eye out!


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