Tracks of the week
Tracks Of The Week
Billie Joe and Norah
– Long Time Gone
Even with last year's Norah Jones alt-pop album Little Broken Heart taken into account, no one saw this coming. Ms Jones and Green Day's Billie Joe Armstrong have made a track-by-track rendition of the 1958 album Songs Our Daddy Taught Us by the Everly Brothers.
The duo had only met at the Grammys prior to the re-recording and the result, judging by Long Time Gone, is a nostalgic faithful evocation of the era.
M.I.A. – Y.A.L.A.
It really seemed like M.I.A. was losing her zeitgeist swagger when every new bit of music sounded amateurish, but new album Matangi out next month will be the real barometer. Y.A.L.A. finds her rallying against the phrase YOLO (You Only Live Once) with a track that harks back to her first album's global dance sound.
Omar Souleyman – Warni Warni
Souleyman rose to prominence in his native Syria for his unique Middle Eastern take on fast tempo electronica. His first properly recorded album, Wena Wena, is out next week (he plays the Button Factory on November 7) and it is an exhilaratingly exotic representation of his work.