Thursday, 30 September 2010
Cool track and vid from Barcelona's El Guincho.The lyrics of the song in his native Spanish really compliment the tropical sound, and as such sounds far more authentic than many of the wave of Tropical acts emerging at present. The video is arty as hell too, and contains a load of boobies. Tee hee.
Wednesday, 29 September 2010
Here's a couple of bits n bobs that the week's so far throw at me.
Twin Shadow - I Can't Wait
Like the world needs another Indie/New Wave artist making tracks of the nostalgic, 80's-influenced variety. Well actually, when it's this good, it does. And judging by what I've heard from Brookyln's George Lewis Jr. aka Twin Shadow, I Can't Wait is no fluke either. His debut album, Forget, was released yesterday and, unless that's when you were born, you've probably heard enough of him by now to know it's certainly worth picking up.
Foals - One (Your Name) [Swedish House Mafia Cover]
I featured the Bar9 remix of Foals' Spanish Sahara a week or 2 ago, and now it's the Oxford mathy tech-sters' turn to putting their own Indie/Tropical twist on arguably the electro hit of the summer - Swedish House Mafia's One (Your Name). Taken from BBC's Live Lounge, they do a cracking job with this, maintaining the hook that made the song such a hit in the first place in the form of a guitar riff, while also injection some of their trademark percussion and beats. Up there with Cee-Lo Green's re-working of Band of Horses as cover of the year I reckon.
Chiddy Bang - The Good Life
Extending Kanye's influence from their music to the song title's, The Good Life is also a big feel-good hit set to build upon the 'swell' that Chiddy Bang's caused earlier this year. Another song about how much better his life is than yours, I should hate this dude but with tunes this catchy it makes it hella difficult to.
Nightlands - Suzerain (A Letter to the Judge)
If the last track jolted you awake, then let this number drift you back into that state of relaxation. Nightlands is Philadelphia multi-instrumentalist David Hartley, who started the project as a means of remembering dreams - with the help of a bedside tape recorder. Using spectacular vocal harmonies and thick layers of instrumentation, the track bodes real well ahead of his upcoming debut full-length Forget The Mantra - released on November 8th through the brilliant Secretly Canadian.
Local Natives - Who Knows Who Cares (bretonLABS Remix)
I'm always a little dubious upon hearing remixes of songs that I love, but it was clear within the first minute of this reworking that there was nothing to be worried about. Breton, under their remix moniker bretonLABS have injected a dose of technicality into Local Natives' Who Knows, Who Cares not often associated with Electronic music, while exploring a remarkably broad spectrum of the genre in just 5 minutes. I'm looking forward to hearing more from this lot.
Good job, week.
Monday, 20 September 2010
If you like your dreamy yet beat-driven, female fronted pop a la School Of Seven Bells then you'll love Glasser and more specifically their upcoming full length Ring. It comes out via True Panther on September 28th and, although I've only given it the twice over, it's sounding like a beaut. This is from the label:
'...the album is loosely structured like the chiastic (or, Ring) structure used in ancient literature. Ideas are paired in symmetric order, often leading bidirectionally towards a certain concept. Songs are used to represent often contradictory emotional states.. So we wanted your first listen to it to reflect that. No set beginning or end, just dive into the album and go with it.'
Friday, 17 September 2010
1. Grab a stick 'n a waistcoat
2. Tuck your pants into your socks
3. Press 'Play'
4. To the 'floor with you!
Swedish House Mafia - Miami 2 Ibiza (Remix) ft. Tinie Tempah
As 'special' as Tinie Tempah sounds, you got to give the lad credit...he's contributed to some huge tunes this year. This acronym-tastic beast from collective-of-the-moment Swedish House Mafia is no exception.
The Dance Party - Sasha Don't Sleep (Pance Party Remix)
While I'm not too familiar with the original, San Fran's Pance Party have given powerpop band The Dance Party's Sasha Don't Sleep a massive electro/house re-working. These guys are becoming one of my favorite remixers, and their takes on Lil Jon's I Do, Shakira's She Wolf and Something A La Mode's 5AM are well worth a listen too.
Boys Noize - Yeah
Having established themselves as one of the best electronic acts on the whole entire planet, there's not too much more than needs to be said about Boys Noize. Yeah was released to celebrate 50 releases on BoysNoize Records, and is as good as you'd expect from them - brought in with the tapping of a hi-hat and then swelling and undulating its way to a real feel-good house vibe.
Foals - Spanish Sahara (Bar 9 Remix)
Wow...didn't see that one coming. As one of the more subdued tracks on Foals' recent Total Life Forever, I never quite pictured Spanish Sahara with a dirty dubstep aesthetic, but Bar9 have only gone and done it. Works pretty bloody well too, mind you.
N.A.S.A. - Gifted (ft. Kanye West, Santogold & Lykke Li)
By no means a new track but was reminded of this on Indie Shuffle again the other day, and like George Michael back out of rehab I'm instantly re-hooked.
Easy all. Many MANY apologies for the recent down time - turns out that Virgin are a bunch of 'tards and I've been stuck internet-less for the past month or so.
ANYWAY - fuck it, it's Friday, and if that in itself is not sufficient to plant a ginormous shiteating grin on your face then I can guarantee that a swift listen to San Francisco's A B & The Sea will be. This contemporary take on The Beach Boys is almost worth it's own genre these days, and if it were then this quintet would be well up there at the head of the pack.
Below, Yellow Haired Girl borders on cheesy but its contagious melodies should make it a serious hit, whereas Bone Dry brings a fair helping of cool to the fray. Jangly guitars and exquisite group vocals are ever present on both, and contribute heavily to the band's sunshine-in-a-song vibe.
A B & Sea - Yellow Haired Girl
A B & The Sea - Bone Dry