“Learn to dance in the storm so when life hands you a stormy weather, you just glide through it”
― Ikechukwu Izuakor
As if the original James Blake track “Life Round Here” wasn’t sexy and smooth enough, we’ve now got a just as soothing cover of it from two talented ladies. Ellie Goulding and Angel Haze have teamed up to bring us a cool, edgy new version of the tune. Goulding seduces us with her soft, honey sweet vocals while Angel Haze lays a sassy rap verse onto the cover. It’s the perfect fusion of flavors brought into one song and it’s one you can’t miss. So hear the fabulous remake below.
Ellie Goulding‘s cover of alt-J’s “Tesselate” is already enchanting. Add some glitchy, screwed up vocals and a fours-to-the-floor backing, and you know you got a smooth jam to get down to on Kastle’s remix. The remix of Drake‘s “Too Much” is another gem.
Hit play below to get a dose of this week’s best from the world of EDM.
Summer is nearing its end, but summer music festivals still have some unfinished business. Lollapalooza in particular is coming up next weekend and what better to do than name all the great acts that are going to be there? The list is pretty freaking huge but I’m going to break down some of my top picks for each day. This will either help you out in forming your own schedule when you’re there or maybe I’m just putting salt in a wound since you can’t make it. Either way, hit the jump to check out the full list of top acts you need to see at Lollapalooza 2013.
Covers are an interesting thing. A lot of times, they leave me feeling stupid and worthless as I tell myself I’ve discovered this great new band who instantly put out a classic, only to find it’s a cover. But the silver lining to that feeling is that usually it means the cover was done right. The artist covering the material needs to bring an element of uniqueness to the original song in order to make it a bit of their own, but not a complete ripoff of the maker’s creation. And when done right, it’s a magical moment. Here are ten covers done exceptionally well.
If I can’t dance, I don’t want to be part of your revolution.
1. Gramatik – Extraordinary Magnitude Vs. Blackstreet (No Diggity 2013)
2. The Hood Internet – Magic Adventure (Future x T.I. x Clicks & Whistles)
3. The Black Keys ft. Nas, Jay-Z, Biggie, Mos Def – Little Black Submarines (VOODOO FARM REMIX)
4. Ellie Goulding – Explosions (Gemini Remix)
5. Attracting Flies (Shift K3Y Remix)
Why is Ellie Goulding so effing cool? Come on now; only some people can be dubstep queens, artists worthy of covering Elton John, and melodic songbirds all at once. “Anything Could Happen” is the first single off of her next album, which will probably be judged hard because her debut Bright Lights was beyond brilliant.
This track is pretty sweet, and the remixes will probably be even better, but I thought the music “fan lyric” video using Instagram pix was the best part of this song. I rarely rave too hard about music videos because a) artists so often complain about the fact that videos detract from the music itself or erroneously reinterpret the song’s meaning and b) they’re almost always all the same. But this video is original (I won’t call it the first of its kind because knowing myself, I probably am missing some huge viral movement of fan-lyric-Instagram videos), and it’s always cool when artists feel humble and grateful enough to their fans to make a video into a collaborative project. Plus Instagram is already taking over people’s lives, so why not double the “artsy?”
Check the video out below. Halcyon is out October 9!
Oh, and here’s the album trailer:
We can dance if we want to. We can leave your friends behind. ‘Cause if your friends don’t dance, and if they don’t dance, well they’re no friends of mine.
You know what time it is.
1. Left Boy – HEALTHY EGO
2. Bondax – It’s You
3. Jay-Z vs. Lana Del Rey – National Empire (Carlos Serrano Mix)
4. Bei Maejor – Party @ The Crib
5. Ellie Goulding – Hanging On (ft. Tinie Tempah) (Active Child Cover)
This is an exciting time for Sunset, myself and of course you, the beloved reader. Just to give you guys a heads up, I’ll be on hiatus next week as I will be traveling to Manchester, Tennessee to cover Bonnaroo for ya’ll. I won’t have access to the Internets out in the country, but I’ll have a nice write up and presents for everybody when I return from the depths of my musical journey.
With that in mind, I’m giving you a whole extra song for your FAF playlist this weekend. I know, ya boy’s nice.
Enjoy the weekend, or else.
1. Yuna – Live Your Life (Dj Carnage & Jakob Lido Remix)
2. Ellie Goulding – High For This (The Weeknd Cover)
3. The Hood Internet – Fuck With Mo’ Money (Ma$e x Diddy x Biggie x Penguin Prison)
4. Adventure Club Dubstep – Rise & Fall (ft. Krewella)
5. AVICII – Two Million (Original Mix)
6. Princeton – Grand Rapids (RAC Mix)
Well, this is dope. Ellie Goulding, the beautiful, future pop icon, connected with Chiddy Bang producer Xaphoon Jones, an equally beautiful (debatable), game-changing beat maker, to create a cover of the also beautiful Abel Tesfaye’s hit song “High for This.” The cover stays true to the original while also highlighting the talents of the two collaborators. You got Ellie’s smooth, silky vocals (weird?) layered over an unwavering beat from Xaphoon. Listen/download below.
Shouts to Neon Gold for the premiere.
Whoa. It’s March. We also had an extra day in the year on Wednesday. If that’s not a cause for celebration this weekend, then I really don’t know what is. Get busy this weekend to the sounds below. What’s everybody doing? Is everybody else drinking green beer too?
Green beer day is one of those things you only want to happen once a year.
— Jordan Diamond (@JDimerrr) March 2, 2012
1. “Levels (George Monev Edit)” – Avicii
2. “Lights (Shook Remix)” – Ellie Goulding
3. “Somebody That I Used To Know (TheFatRat Remix)” – Goyte
4. “Polish City (Tyga x Neon Indian)” – The Hood Internet
I’ve featured Aylen on here before, and with every new release I start to like him a little bit more. He’s a young producer, still in his teenage years, but I have the distinct feeling that he is going to become a very big name. This track is currently sitting at a nice #3 on the Hype Machine charts, and I’m happy to see him getting some increased recognition.
I’ve started to fall out of love with Skrillex–he seems more and more like a one trick pony with each new release–but Aylen puts a really nice twist on this one. Fresh out of the Skrillex laboratories, Aylen boosts this track by using more of Ellie’s beautiful (angelic, really) voice, and that’s a huge plus for me. I want Ellie’s babies. I really like his twist on the bassline too, and it’s cool to see him change things both in very noticeable ways and very subtle ways–a true testament to Aylen’s ability.