The Daft Punk album leaked the other day, and as Arjun said, the camp “opted to begin relief efforts with a full album stream on iTunes a few days before the album’s release.” Good move on their part, I’d say. Anyway, I’ve been listening to the album and was a bit taken aback by what I heard versus what I expected, but there were several songs that blew me away. One of those songs was “Doin’ It Right,” featuring Panda Bear. The #SunsetFam has more to say about this in an upcoming post, but I’m rejoicing over hearing some electronic music that I actually feel like I can fall in love with. It’s been so long since I’ve been able to say that, and it feels incredibly refreshing. Beyond that, the theme of dancing without the mandatory scraping and scratching that we tend to hear today is what really got me going about this album. I’m a fan. Sure, there are some shortcomings in the album altogether, but I couldn’t find any in this song with Panda Bear. Absolute gem.
Everybody will be dancing and be feeling it right
Everybody will be dancing and be doing it right
Everybody will be dancing and be feeling it right
Everybody will be dancing tonight..
Due to an unfortunate leak it seems Columbia Records and the Daft Punk robots have opted to begin relief efforts with a full album stream on iTunes a few days before the album’s release. This whole situation is unfortunate for their whole team, who have thus far done a tremendous job keeping everything behind closed doors and creating the all-important “buzz” for this album. But anyway, I still expect huge sales for the French duo, so we can stop being sad AND INSTEAD GIVE LIFE BACK TO THE MUSIC.
*Click “View in iTunes” and then “Launch Application.”
When I saw London trio Benin City describe their music as ‘electro brass’, I almost didn’t give them a chance. Every day brings new bands who make up genres for themselves and promise a sound that’s “unlike anything you’ve ever heard before”, which is totally fine — until you press play and realize they sound like a lower-budget version of everything you’ve ever heard before.
Then a group like Benin City comes along with a unique style that actually lives up to their fancy made-up genre tag. New single “Faithless” opens slowly with a sparse bassline and Joshua Idehen’s bizarre distorted vocals before breaking into a more dance-floor ready pace halfway through. I usually hate this expression, but there really is something for everyone here. Look for their debut album Fires In The Park on July 1st.
Blue Bubbles is another project of the popular mashup artist Norwegian Recycling. I was excited to hear that he’s still making music consistently, and frankly this new production might lead to a more fruitful career for him. The recent release that caught my ear incorporates Coldplay’s “Fix You.”
What I am loving the most about Blue Bubbles is that it is EDM music, but very melodic. It doesn’t sound like rough robot sex or taking chainsaws to your eardrums, which is what a lot of EDM and dubstep sounds like to me today. Blue Bubbles is taking more of a harmonic and melodic approach to the genre, which is exactly what I need to get my ass more into it. I still want to dance, I just don’t want to hear forks scraping against chalkboards.
Blue Bubbles says that his main inspirations over the past year are Madeon, Skrillex, Pretty Lights and Feed Me. You might be able to hear similarities, but he’s trying to carve out his own sound, which so far, is working really well for me.
Cashmere Cat (birth name: Magnus August Høiberg) is one of our favorite rising producers. Earlier this week, we accused the young Norwegian of being Trippy Turtle (because that would make sense), and now he’s back with what very well could be my favorite remix of all time. Listen to it now.
It’s like being on drugs, and I like that.
Do you like drugs? Do you like drugs, yeah? Well, me too…
I introduced you guys to Trippy Turtle about a month ago, and we still don’t know who he/she is. Although now I’m thinking the “Jersey Club” producer is an alter ego of Cashmere Cat because of the similar name, his early support of Trippy, and Cashmere’s signature “squeaking bed” noise making an appearance on a few of these remixes. But really who knows? I could be wrong, and that doesn’t actually matter because these songs are all JAMS.
My love for Ryan Hemsworth grew deeper today when he decided to remix that Backstreet Boys song you thought you had buried in your past: Show Me The Meaning of Being Lonely. Thank god for Ryan, though, because this song deserves to be resurfaced at least once a year. Today, we’re graced with a minimal electropop remix of the original tune by the Backstreet Boys, and personally, it’s exactly what I needed to refuel on this Monday afternoon.
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Young Galaxy has been on my “this band is hot” radar for a little bit now, and with each song they put out, they get hotter and hotter. The 5-piece band out of Canada is on a roll right now within the electropop music scene. They officially release Ultramarine tomorrow. It will be their fourth LP as a group, but the first album that they’ve created outside of Montreal. If you were to make an educated guess as to where it was created, you’d likely be correct. [Make your guess now.] The answer is Sweden. God damnit, I’m proud to be part-Swedish. Everything beautiful these days comes from Sweden.
The LP has ten songs, and Pretty Boy is just one of the gems in the entire collection. The whole album is a beautiful work of art. The album, like their 2011 album, was produced by Dan Lissvik. The band’s website says this of the process of creating this album: ‘Sharing a single small apartment, Young Galaxy played and played, building a new mission statement. McCandless spent an entire week recording vocals. “I can’t act. I can’t fake it,” she says. And although Ultramarine is more direct than previous records have been, with songs of azure longing, Young Galaxy haven’t lost their other aspect: a willfulness, a purposeful independence, and a sense of darkness, unilluminated. “If a song is too sweet, it’s not right.” As lighthearted as Ultramarine can be – as much as you can dance to it – there is also something elemental, something underneath. As McCandless puts it: “Music is a doorway into an engine room.”
I’m not sure I can write a better description of the music than that, so I’ll just let you enjoy that as you listen to some of the most beautiful electropop of today.
When we were lost
We found each other
And headed sightless for the sea
In 2011 we fell hopelessly in love with the Drive soundtrack. This year Only God Forgives, the second collaboration between actor Ryan Gosling and writer-director Nicolas Winding Refn, will be released, and of course we have high expectations for its soundtrack. Thus far, a couple of trailers have been released–one featuring some sort of slowed-down remix of Kavinsky‘s “1986” and the other featuring the mysterious, enchanting song below. “Tur Kue Kwan Fun” translates to “You Are My Dream,” and it genuinely sounds like a dream. The song was written by the Thai band PROUD for another movie soundtrack (Happy Birthday & With Love). No word if it will actually be on the OGF soundtrack, but we’ll keep you posted.
If you haven’t seen it yet, here is the NSFW movie trailer that features the song.
Hit the jump for the full translated lyrics… Continue reading “Listen to the Song from the Red Band Trailer of Ryan Gosling’s New Movie ‘Only God Forgives’” »
Remember that moment when you were watching Drive and you realized that the soundtrack might be even more impressive than Ryan Gosling’s dashing appearance? If you don’t remember, I’ll make up a part of your past for you: you were sitting there, watching a movie that was inherently shocking. By nature, it shook you up a little bit, but everything was okay because the music in the movie was exhilarating. Okay, you with me? Similar thing just happened to me. I listened to a remix of Gotye‘s song “State of the Art” by The Chap’s State of the Television and I felt that similar Kavinsky vibe. It was one of those “is this real life?” moments, where Earth felt too cool for me to actually be here. Are humans real? Are we all robots? Is this a remote-controlled world? Fuck man, this shit is awesome! I hope you can get to where I am right now. Twinkle, twinkle, little starlights. Happy 4/20.
I threw out the kids and the wife/ I threw out the television
BONUS: “State of the Art” – Gotye
A-Trak & Tommy Trash could have taken several routes with the music video for their 2012 collaboration, “Tuna Melt”. They could’ve put together a bunch of stereotypical party clips into a rave-y video that matched the track’s upbeat vibe or maybe just filmed themselves eating tuna melts in exotic locations. Either way, we probably would’ve been pretty satisfied. Instead, they decided to outdo all expectations with an OK Go-inspired music video directed by Ryan Staake that starts with a toppled domino and ends with a tuna melt. Slices of bread, feathers, a toy submarine, and other household objects get involved as well. It’s awesome.
Plenty of uptight Youtube commenters were quick to point out some obvious jump cuts that reveal this didn’t all happen in one take, but it’s pretty damn entertaining nonetheless. Watch below!
If you’ve got a set of ears, you’ve probably heard everybody buzzing about the upcoming Pharrell and Daft Punk album, Random Access Memories, out May 21 via Daft Life Limited, an imprint of Columbia Records. All for good reason, too. Daft Punk, the electronic duo who dominate synthpop and house music, is best remembered for their costumed disguise on or off stage and their hit singles “One More Time,” “Harder Better Faster Stronger” and “Digital Love.” Oh and Pharrell? Sure, he’s the guy from N.E.R.D and he’s produced a shit-ton of hit songs out there, but we must not forget that he is also the genie who sat next to Snoop
Dogg Lion back in 2003 and sang that falsetto “Beautifullll, I just want you to know, you’re my faaaavorite girl” in a voice too pretty to be true. So what happens when you bring these forces together?
Random Access Memories. And a whole lot of buzz. Luckily, we’ve got a preview of their first single, “Get Lucky,” and it’s seeming like it’s going to be worth the hype. It sounds like classic Daft Punk and Pharrell’s voice is still on point. Oh and check out those outfits. For more visuals of the new outfits, hit the jump. They’re designed by Hedi Slimane for Saint Laurent. Pretty. Fucking. Fly. It might be time for me to give birth to a costumed alter-ego.
The group has released the full single. Go stream/purchase it HERE on iTunes. They have also released a video from Pharrell explaining the process of working together. Watch the video after the jump.