Steel drums/Pop Music
May 20, 2015 6:01 AM   Subscribe

Can you help? I'm looking for songs released from 2000 to now that use either steel drums or steel drums sounds on a synth or similar. I'm mostly looking for songs in pop genres where the steel drum is not a common sound or instrument, although I'm not going to turn down any recommendations. Any language is fine.
posted by josher71 to Media & Arts (12 answers total) 2 users marked this as a favorite
Yes! Wanderlust by Delays. It's the first track on a totally great album.
posted by greenish at 6:40 AM on May 20, 2015 [1 favorite]

The XX's second album, Coexist, and a lot of the stuff Jamie XX has done on his own/with Gil Scott Heron.

Try Reunion by the xx and Far Nearer by Jamie XX.

Stupid phone, can't link.
posted by stellathon at 7:08 AM on May 20, 2015 [1 favorite]

Pass this On, and other songs by The Knife from their album Deep Cuts.
posted by oxisos at 7:27 AM on May 20, 2015 [2 favorites]

Bananas and Blow by Ween. Released 2000 I believe.
posted by Trivia Newton John at 7:41 AM on May 20, 2015 [1 favorite]

The Knife's "Pass This On" (linked above) was my immediate first thought

Also, Heart it Races by Architecture in Helsinki.
posted by erlking at 7:51 AM on May 20, 2015 [2 favorites]

Oh, and the re-recording of Regina Spektor's "Don't Leave Me (Ne Me Quitte Pas)"
posted by erlking at 7:56 AM on May 20, 2015 [1 favorite]

808 State's Pacific State on steel pan drums interpreted by Michelle Huggins-Watts and Jeremy Deller, from 1.51 (BBC news magazine.) Couldn't find a better quality recording tho there may be one out there.
posted by glasseyes at 8:03 AM on May 20, 2015 [1 favorite]

well, much older, but...the overlooked steel drum accents in the outro of Jane Says.
posted by j_curiouser at 10:14 AM on May 20, 2015 [1 favorite]

A weird little hidden track on the 2001 album Pneumonia by Whiskeytown called To Be Evil. Here.
posted by clavicle at 10:57 AM on May 20, 2015 [1 favorite]

The album Lisbon by The Walkmen uses a specific guitar sound that sounds a lot like steel drums, pretty much throughout. Here's a representative track, Angela Surf City.
posted by Kafkaesque at 12:22 PM on May 20, 2015 [1 favorite]

Kamakumba ‎by Mop Mop from Isle Of Magic
posted by coleboptera at 2:30 PM on May 20, 2015 [1 favorite]

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