Music To Start The Week With #036
by: Diego Martínez
May 28, 2012
It’s Memorial Day everybody! While we take this time to honor the men and women who served, it is also comforting to know that we can have our break from the horrid weekly routine. For those who traveled away from the big city, those who stayed and enjoyed the great weather, and those who don’t really celebrate Memorial Day for numerous reasons, here goes the best part of every week in our blog.
You know the drill: ten songs featuring the newest, timeless and most diverse sounds out there. Don’t bore us, get to the chorus and make this your personal playlist for Monday till Sunday.
We kick things off with Brookyln-based producer Tom Krell. The man got all sorts of people excited with his debut LP, 2010′s Love Remains. This year, he’s ready to follow up that record with the September release of Total Loss on Acéphale. First single “Ocean Floor For Everything” showcases soothing, lo-fi explorations with Krell’s delicate R&B vocal swag. Want some? Download the song on Soundcloud while you can, and catch How To Dress Well live this June in NYC and other US cities.
Another happy return is Canadian rockers Metric and their upcoming album Synthetica, out June 12 on Metric Music International/Mom + Pop. Blogs everywhere ate the anthemic first single “Youth Without Youth” and are quick to do the same with its followup “Speed The Collapse,” another great pop excercise with usual synth/guitar layers and Emily Haines’ controlled voice. Expect definitely dark material from Synthetica, a-la 2005′s Live It Loud.
Tomas Barfod, producer and drummer for the Danish band WhoMadeWho, has been living in L.A. after departing the European club scene to pursue another kind of career in music, more focused on production. His taste for dark, morose dance-pop rhythms is the main key in Till We Die, Tomas’ collaboration with vocalist Nina Kinert and standout single in the Salton Sea LP, released via Friends of Friends.
As Memorial Day Weekend hits full effect, it’s best to stream this joyful, armonious and slightly spacey track courtesy of Seattle quartet Beat Connection. We’ll have to wait until June 19th to enjoy more where this came from, with their debut LP Palace Garden being released on Moshi Moshi.
Here’s Cameron Jibril Thomaz pulling off the “She Works Hard For The Money” for the working class dude of today. Produced by Stargate and Benny Blanco, the bouncy “Work Hard, Play Hard” (off his forthcoming album O.N.I.F.C.) isn’t as bright as “Black and Yellow” with its rapper angst but it’s still effective with a catchy, melodic hook in the chorus. Makes you wanna sing along while watching bills fall from the sky. If only…
The French sure know a thing or two about the way how electronics work on the dancefloor. Just ask the boogie-loving Onra, a well-cultured producer who incorporates worldly influences into his tunes. After the release of his memorable Chiniseries Pt 2, he returns to the twisted funk on “L.O.V.E.”, included on his Deep In the Night EP (scheduled for June 12 on Fool’s Gold) and inspired by the silky 80s wave of synthpop.
These days, remixes from the renowned Stephan Fasano, better known as The Magician, are favorites amongst bloggers all over the world. It came as no surprise that he was commisioned to remix the fantastic debut single of RAC. The results are, well, magical: a bubbling, infectious tune with a stomping bassline and Disco claps to spare, staying true to the original version.
From one sunny mood, we move to a low-end territory with German duo Schlachthofbronx. This track from the Dirty Dancing album is the kind of things made on Karl Lagerfeld’s dreamworld. Sure enough it was included as part of the soundtrack for Chanel’s Cruise 2012/13 collection, presented at the Chateau de Versailles.
Knife Party might easily be the Australian alternative to Swedish House Mafia or Major Lazer. Either way, Rob Swire and Gareth McGrillen are making some interesting and bold choices like this one, featuring famed British DJ Mistajam. Off their recent Rage Valley EP, “Sleaze” is that anthem for those dancegoers who wanna stay on the floor until they’re kicked out. With this one, they sure will fight for they right to party sleazy style.
And so, the party ends with Italian bombshell Alba Parietti, responsible (along with producers Lino Nicolosi and Roberto Gasparini) of creating one of Italo Disco’s most classic hits. She released two more singles in 1986 and 1987, but wasn’t able to recreate the magic of this romantic and emotive 1985 tune. What she says can’t be a bigger truth and a greater message: only music CAN survive no matter what. Period.