Ash Grunwald’s fifth studio album, Hot Mama Vibes, is neck-deep in the technological swamp of the 21st Century. It’s also the most primal concoction of elemental junkyard soul to stomp through your speakers this year.
Ash Grunwald’s fifth studio album, Hot Mama Vibes, is neck-deep in the technological swamp of the 21st Century. It’s also the most primal concoction of elemental junkyard soul to stomp through your speakers this year. My Secret Playlist

My Secret Playlist - Ash Grunwald

Each week My Secret Playlist invites their favourite bands and musicians to give a rundown on eight of their favourite songs right now. Today's playlist comes from foot-stomping blues man, Ash Grunwald.

The Black Keys / Tighten Up
Well, I’ve been watching the clip on YouTube. It’s just out now, so I haven’t had a chance to hear the whole album but pretty much everything they do is right down my alley. Super soulful old school bluesy vocals mixed with tasty blues rock guitar. How could I not froth out completely!

Tom Waits / Barn
From Real Gone, primal, dark spooky. Tom at his best. He’s had a few phases in his illustrious career, and I pretty much love everything he does, but I prefer the more junkyard bang and clang stuff. He issues a warning: ‘don’t go into that barn’, cried over a vocal loop with dark percussion. He’s the man. The best songwriter ever, in my view.

Beck / Devils Haircut
I was listening to this the other day in the car and was blown away. What genre is this music? I don’t think Beck has dated, really. What he was doing was so different. He’d draw on such a wide, seemingly contradictory pool of influences, and create such sonically interesting songs.

Jimi Hendrix / Stone Free

Stone Free was one of the first songs he recorded when he moved to England but he kept re-recording it his whole career. I don’t know if it was just a weird, drug aided tangent, or if there was some greater purpose to this, but its interesting for the hardcore fans, anyway. It’s impossible to describe what he did to the world of guitar. Simply amazing.

Gillian Welch / My First Lover
This album was nominated roots album of the decade by Rhythms magazine, and if you ask around in singer/songwriter alt country/folk/roots circles, you’ll hear people completely losing their shit over this album. It took me a while to finally connect with her stuff, but she is truly amazing.

Buddy Guy / Baby Please Don’t Leave Me
This is just that roar and fat. Just a three piece setup for this track, I think. It’s kinda got this lo-fi North Mississippi thing about it. It’s very Junior Kimberough.

Fat Freddy’s Drop / Shiverman

Characteristic of what I love about Fat Freddy’s music, but with a bit more of a four on the floor dance feel to it. One of the things I love the most is that they usually have about four different movements within the one song. Its almost like a DJ, the way they morph from section to section.

Biggie Smalls / The Warning

His flows were simply amazing. Basically this tune starts in first person with him getting paged by this guy who wants to warn him that these gangsters are jealous and want to come pop a cap in his ass. The result is pure storytelling genius as he switches characters and perspective whilst twisting the English language to his will.
 

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