Sunday, January 4, 2009


I know this is a bit old, but I was going clearing out all my old emails (I've kept them since 2004) and found that a friend had sent this to me ages ago when I was super into graffiti as an art historical movement. And well, it's held up over the years; it's still damn cool.

One of the great Radiohead tracks and drummer Phil Selway's favourite song on 'The Bends', 'Just' combines self-loathing lyrics, a particular viscous guitar riff and middle-eight to die for. For his cover Mark Ronson not only enlisted the help of the formidable Daptones horn section (The Dap Kings) but Alex Greenwald, the lead singer of Phantom Planet (best known for 'California', the theme to 'The OC').

A dynamite combination of snappy horns and dusty drum breaks, 'Just' belongs to the cover canon of Quantic Soul Orchestra's 'Get a Move On', Alice Russell's 'Seven Nation Army' and the Daptone's own 'What (Have You Done For Me Lately'. The man behind 'Just' is one of the most sought after DJs in the world and, as one half of AllIDo Records, Ronson is currently working with Chicago rapper Rhymefest, Australian soul singer Daniel Merryweather and fabulous pop goddess Christina Aguilera. His cover of 'Just' won early support from Gilles Peterson, Zane Lowe and Jo Whiley on Radio One as well as Eddy Temple-Morris on XFM, making this one of the most exciting BBE releases in years.

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