The Cinematic Orchestra has been making music since the late 90s, based on a strong foundation of catchy melodies played (seemingly) by a grand orchestra, and topped with delicately stimulating vocals. Good stuff.
Sporting a new rugged, M.I.A.-sound, London’s rappin’, bar-brawlin’ Lily Allen is back at it with this snappy new single.
There is just something so infectiously happy and warm about hit Brit Duke Dumont (né Adam Dyment), and it’s not just the superfun virtual safari he goes on in his video. The fellow Brits of Bondax heard it too, and quickly produced this glorious remix, somehow even more upbeat…! So don’t pout just because you’re not in Miami dancing to the best DJs in the world under a gloriously hot sun and are instead locked up high in your city tower while the coast is smacked by a rainstorm…
Ok, you can pout a little.
My absolute favorite off the new Above & Beyond Acoustic album is “Miracle”. Its delicate beauty truly shows off the talents of Tony (playing guitar), Paavo (cello), and Jono (vibraphone) and their newly-adapted album in a remarkable way. Couldn’t sleep without sharing.
I often cringe at the idea of classic songs being remixed, but once in a while one comes along that knocks your socks off. The Golden Pony had the ingenuity to introduce a disco beat to “Sound of Silence” by Simon & Garfunkel, transforming a somber tune into one that is upbeat and groovy… Bravo! Also, love the French Bulldog.
Their remix of “Fuck the Pain Away” by Peaches combines deep house and funk beautifully. I’ll also take the excuse to be obsessed with this high school throwback all over again!
I will never forget the first time I heard Shpongle perform: the sun was rising over the Baltimore waterfront during the last couple hours of Starscape and just as I was losing steam, a crowd was forming around the main stage. The combination of psychadelic trance, ambient music, and world sounds completely blew me away while their intricately built stage – aptly called Shpongletron – held me captivated for the full 90 minute set. Above is just a glimpse at the production of their first ever stage. Simon just announced a stacked spring tour to promote their new album “Museum of Consciousness” that includes a brand-new Sphongletron 3.0 stage set-up. A definite MUST-SEE if you can get yourself to any of their shows — see where Simon is touring at ShpongleMusic.com!
One of my favorite aspects of electronic music gaining popularity is the influx of genre-merging. Many producers, such as Australia’s Ta-Ku, stem from a different musical background and are bringing a fresh perspective to the worn-out “eat sleep rave repeat”. Ta-ku can cut ‘n’ chop hip hop beats like nobody’s business, and takes a refreshingly groovy spin on electronic tracks. Check out his take on the UK electronic duo, AlunaGeorge:
His debut album Songs to Break Up To showcases Ta-Ku’s softer side and reminds us that electronic music can break away from big-room drops and oozy soul. My favorite song from his album is “We Were in Love”, a lo-fi lounge track with addicting vocal loops…
Francophile or not, this video and song are so powerful you can’t help but empathize. As iTunes’ #1 French popstar Stromae sings of a love (and by default, himself) lost, the beat syncs in and a twisted story of strings and loss plays out.
Now, for the true Frenchies out there…
While we all grieve amidst the news of Roseland’s shuttering, I thought it only proper to pay respect to its original days in 1919 as a swing club, by presenting a recent favorite Austrian DJ who takes fun, bouncy swing and adds an extra dance-music kick. Parov Stelar performs with a band during his live shows, to create individually beautiful performances that mimic two other favorite performers, Wax Tailor and Gramatik.
Super cool new denim ad from G-Star Raw featuring a much more subtle Skrillex than we’re used to. I like this…