The Heavy Dial Up At Least One Right Number

Last night, I spent some time listening to a local college radio station while a pen and paper was at the ready, and it was there that I heard the above track. (The playlist for the evening, stitched together by was a clearly, endearingly nervous DJ, also included Sparks’ “Photoshop”.) It’s called “Set Me Free” and it’s by the British act The Heavy, and I like the way it’s both breezy and pleading, which is owed in no small part to the the lead singer’s old-soul croon. (He goes by the single name of “Swaby.”) Anyway, the loose collection of songs on the band’s MySpace is also pretty promising, as is the fact that the band has apparently shared a tour with the Noisettes. And it should be said that the thrill of finding out something totally new and unexpected via the old, battered-by-everyone medium of radio hasn’t lessened in intensity at all over the past however many years I’ve been doing the whole “taking notes” thing. (At least 20, maybe more.) [YouTube / MySpace]

  • Maura

    Yesterday was actually a pretty good radio day! In the morning I heard Jaheim’s “Never” for the first time. Mmm.

  • brooklynradio

    I’ve had this song for a bit. And it’s amazing. Think iTunes recommended it. I usually play it in the begining of a set– because all the girls with sticky bright cocktails haven’t arrived yet to tell me how to DJ. From 10 to about 12 is “me time” at the club to play shit I like on a good soundsystem. Then I will play all the Lady Gaga and Lil’ Wayne hip-pop until you’re throwing up on the curb.

  • Chris Molanphy

    @brooklynradio: Nice mini-blog post.

    And this song is kind of awesome. Is that a “Honky Tonk Women” sample forming the beat?

  • brooklynradio

    @Chris Molanphy: Hehe. Sorry! DJ rant! It’s not “Honky Tonk” but it does sound a lot like it. It sounds like it could have been taken from Grandfunk Railroad…

  • allenglandclub

    I’m glad they ditched the “garage rock band with horns” thing they were trying to do before. They couldn’t pull it off. This suits them much better, and seems more suited to the lead singer’s abilities.