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Body Talk Part 2

16 Jul

It was easy to think that Robyn was being  more than slightly overambitious when she promised fans three albums throughout 2010 earlier this year, but living up to her promise so far, she has announced the release date for the second installment, Body Talk Part 2. After living up to high expectations with Body Talk part 1, part 2 is set be released September 6th through Itunes and the UK.

Robyn – Dancing On My Own

Gossip Girl Music

24 May

Whether you enjoy it’s unbelievable mellow drama and display of spoilt good looking rich kids or not, you can’t deny that Gossip Girl has some great music. From Santo Gold to Moby, Ladyhawke to Vampire Weekend, Julian Casablancas to Florence and the Machine, the has no shortage of our favorite songs chilling happily in the soundtrack. But, it also undercovers some lesser known gems that we may had otherwise never known. Here’s a tribute to a few:

LCD Soundsystem – Someone Great **highly recommended

Soho Dolls – Stripper **highly recommended

Harlem Shakes – Strictly Game ** highly recommended

Asteroid Galaxy Tour – Sun Aint Shinin’ No More

The Kills – Sour Cherry

The Shoes – Bored **highly recommended

Kylie Minogue – Rippin’ Up The Disco

Robyn – Crash and Burn Girl

Friendly Fires – White Diamond

Valeria feat. Aria – Girl I Told Ya (Mark Aude Club Mix)

Scanners – Salvation

Beck – Time Bomb

The Virgins – Rich Girls **highly recommended

17 Feb

^ Polaroid scarves by French designer Phillipe Roucou.

Sean Roman – Lick

Gorillaz – Stylo (Yuksek Remix) *highly recommended

Robyn ft. Diplo – No Hassle

Database vs French Horn Rebellion – Beaches (The Twelves Remix) *highly recommended

2009! #10 – #6

29 Dec

We’re finally into the top 10!

10 Royksopp & Robyn – The Girl and the Robot

Swedish vocalist Robyn was one of my favourite new artists of 2008 and Norwegian electronic duo Royksopp are well, one of my favourite bands of always, os this was one of many great collaborations from their Junior release. The Girl and the Robot has Royksopp’s usual electronica club sound with a little bit of techno and smidge of dark undertones to add to it, as well as Robyn’s passionate vocals. The second release of this album, I think it’s the greatest track, working perfectly on a pop, club and quality song level and guaranteed it will grow on you.

Royksopp & Robyn – The Girl and the Robot

9 Miami Horror – Make You Mine

The Melbourne producer, Benjamin Plant, gets his second entry to the countdown with this super addictive and uber funky hit off their Brovado EP. Groovy, mid-tempo and disco-style, this track will have you all over it for pre-drinks, dance floor boogies or while you’re chilling and drinking cocktails. His last release before he went onto creating Sometimes with the band,  this retro style disco masterpiece is littered with pan pipes and congos and all things nice that work so well for it. And just in case the original isn’t funky enough for you, fellow Australian DJ, Cassian (formerly CSK OK) does a nice little remix.

Miami Horror – Make You Mine (Cassian Remix)

Miami Horror – Make You Mine

8 My Gold Mask – Bitches

Leave your bitches at the door“, what a great opening line. Gretta begins the song by employing high patch shrill-like vocals whilst Jack owns the guitar, creating a sound that somehow makes me think of Mexican cowboys. This indie duo from Chicago have a somewhat eerie sound to separate them from the crowd of usuals and it works very well for them, getting them into the spotlight this year. The Hood internet mashup (I know, a mash up) is also a pretty good transformation into an 80s sound disco track.

My Gold Mask vs Roxy Music – Bitches (Hood Internet Remix)

My Gold Mask – Bitches

7 Calvin Harris – I’m Not Alone

The Scottish DJ’s brief stint with trance music was extremely well. Often under fire by “less commercial” DJs, we’re used to Calvin Harris bringing us more of a vocal house-pop sound, so I was extremely impressed when he sprung this progressive, passionate trance anthem on us, and I’m not even a fan of trance. It’s just great to listen to a song that builds so well that everyone knows, because every time you here it at a music festival, there is a certain point where you know that absolutely everyone in the crowd will go off. Harris also uses his own vocals as usual, which is great to see.

Calvin Harris – I’m Not Alone

6 Acid Girls feat. Frankmusik – Wake Up

This track makes you want sing, bounce and groove at the same time. Like most of Frankmusik’s stuff, Wake Up has a little bit of synth, but is more focused on the electronic club side of things, built up by LA duo Acid Girls. And wow, the results is just so catchy and addictive it’s incredible; the more you listen to it, the more you want to listen to it.

Acid Girls feat. Frankmusik – Wake Up

2009! #40-#36

24 Dec

And we continue….

40 Echo and the Bunnymen – Life of a Thousand Crimes

Upon listening to this song, you can tell that this band was formed in the early 80s. They sound like the kind of band that you may have listened to a bit back in their day and then completely forgotten about. However, this song is somehow extremely addictive and catchy and could put anyone in a great mood instantly. The back beat is a simple mix of guitar and drum and along with Mac’s soft vocals, it makes this song simply irresistable after a few listens. But do give it a few listens. You make think it average after the first listen, but stick to it and it will grow on you in a big way until it becomes your number one good mood setter.

Echo and the Bunnymen – Life of a Thousand Crimes

39 NERD feat. Santigold – Soldier

In my opinion, My Drivethru was one of the best tracks of 2008, so when I saw that Santi was teaming up with Pharell again, I was super excited. Soldier isn’t quite as good, but is still up there as far as mainstream goes. It has elements of hip hop, rock, punk, trip hop and even a bit of funk to create and a track supercharged with both energy and cool. I’ve always thought that NERD were great, and although I’m not into rap/rnb, Pharell Williams never fails to impress me. But it’s great to see them team up with a female vocalist. Santi really brings another element of cool to the mix.

NERD ft. Santigold – Soldier

38 My Gold Mask – Violet Eyes

My Gold Mask is one of my favourite new bands of the year. There is something really addictive about Gretta’s voice, it’s somewhere between grunge and indie with a lot of cool. One of the great things about Violet Eyes is the mixture of staple and novelty instruments that sets it a part from all the other tracks of its genre. However, it really is the vocals that makes the song. They’re so unique and whilst they may seem almost screechy in parts, they will hook you into listening. I’m so glad that Gretta and Jack have finally released their EP so that now we have more of them to listen to get our fix!

My Gold Mask – Violet Eyes

37 The Crystal Method ft. Emily Haines – Come Back Clean

America’s Crystal Castles teamed up with Emily Haines (aka Metric) to make this ultra cool indie track. Other than having quite interesting lyrics about a violent drug fuelled boyfriend (possibly), it the song goes through several stages of music style. It goes from a breaks intro, to an electronica and indie body and then back to breaks again, making for appealing progression and a very dancable track. Off the 2009 album, Divided By The Night, there are also a lot of nice remixes out there for this song, that of Kaskade being the best I’ve heard so far.

Crystal Method ft. Emily Haines – Come Back Clean

36 Royksopp – Happy Up Here

The Norwegian duo, Royksopp, had pretty big standards to live up to when they released their latest album, Junior. Skimming down the list of collaborations, including Robyn, Lykke Li, Anneli Drecker from the 2006 album and Karin Dreijer-Andersson from the Knife, you expect even more. Happy Up Here does not in any way let you down. It’s playful, buoyant, relaxing and great to dance to and really just makes a cute  summer anthem. The videoclip, featuring a giant game of space invaders, is also worth a look, and be sure to check out the Boys Noize remix.

Royksopp – Happy Up Here Video Clip

Royksopp – Happy Up Here (Boys Noize Remix)

Royksopp – Happy Up Here