Elvis' first hit, Belle & Sebastian's new tune, saying goodbye to Plastic People and more in the music we featured this week
Floating Points & Four Tet: Final Plastic People
On the now-closed London dance club Plastic People, regulars Four Tet and Floating points explain: "To say this space, along with the owner Ade’s singular vision, was fundamental in our personal musical formation would be a complete understatement." Have a listen to their final six-hour set.
Belle & Sebastian: The Cat with the Cream
"The Cat with the Cream"—the lead single from Belle & Sebastian's upcoming full-length Girls In Peacetime Want To Dance—sees frontman Stuart Murdoch seamlessly blending the deeply personal with political commentary. The heartfelt track calls to mind the band's releases of the late '90s.
Elvis Presley: That's All Right
While proving unsuccessful at singing ballads, during a break at Sun Records, Elvis Presley picked up his guitar and began playing an upbeat version of Arthur Crudup's blues song, "That's All Right." Sun's Sam Phillips cut the cover version and suffice to say, one of the world's first rock'n'roll tune was born. This week Elvis would have turned 80.
Sophia Grace: Best Friends
YouTube star Sophia Grace's "Best Friends"—complete with AutoTuned chorus, a rap breakdown, conspicuous product placement and a gaggle of elementary schoolers—blows Rebecca Black's "Friday" out of the water, but tuned-in fans can only wonder: WHERE IS ROSIE?
BADBADNOTGOOD + Ghostface Killah: Ray Gun ft. DOOM
On paper, a partnership between a Toronto-based jazz trio, a prominent member of Wu Tang Clan and one of hip-hop's more mysterious MCs might not sound like the most natural of unions. But BADBADNOTGOOD, Ghostface Killah and DOOM prove everyone wrong with their collaborative song, "Ray Gun."