Music to Start the Week With #043
by: Diego Martínez
July 16, 2012
Sunny days, chilly nights and a few raindrops along the way, that’s part of our routine these days. For those lucky enough to get away, and those who are trapped at home, music is a must to face such weird weather stages. That being said, why not a little sonic sunshine courtesy of The WILD? It will definitely keep a few smiling about.
This summer has given us great fresh tunes so far, and we’ll continue to bring them directly to you through our weekly WILD playlists. This one, like always, delivers familiar faces and new ones you’ll be sure to remember soon.
From 1 to 10, here are the selections for this week:
1. Onuinu – Happy Home
We begin with Portland-based multi-instrumentalist Dorian Duvall, a talented, all-around good guy who’s making delightful (and quite danceable) electronic pop, blending bits and pieces of ambient, hip-hop and house. “Happy House” might take us straight to the dancefloor but it could also gives us some excuse to move our feet silly in the confort of our home sweet home. Onuinu’s first album Mirror Glazer is slated for a September 11 release via Bladen County Records.
Months have passed after “This Head I Hold” rocked our world and since then, Electric Guest has been keeping busy with a summer tour across Europe, the US and Australia. The LA soft rock act’s LP Mondo (produced by Danger Mouse) is forever enjoyable with tracks like “Troubleman,” an almost 9-minute epic affair with nice harmonies, catchy melody, a really chill vibe and a breakdown right in the middle that’s both perfect and emotive.
The heart of Here We Go Magic was shattered when Teeny Lieberson left the group to persue her own project with sisters Katherine and Lizzie and longtime friend Jane Herships. Luckilly for Lieberson, the move proved positive, as she and the TEEN gang spent most of last year recording In Limbo, the band’s full-length debut (set for August 28th via Carpark Records.) Like new single “Electric,” most of In Limbo sees the gals dabble into lo-fi psyche pop with serious Spector-like ‘Wall Of Sound’ moments. All the layers are so promising.
Now for a little surf-rock that’s reminiscent of The Byrds in a way but definitely not a Debbie Gibson nod. His first penned single off Mature Themes (out on August 21 via 4AD,) the 3-minute infectious “Only In My Dreams” sees the excentric Ariel Pink as the loving predator of sweet harmonies, guitar pop and slightly subversive lyrics. That goes to show you that Indie fellows are hard to read and are complex as far as their melodic abilities are concerned.
Amazing is to realize that Ellie Goulding has made it to Billboard’s Top Five with a song that’s about two years old. That’s a feat for only the greats, and Ellie sure is great all the way. Her new single, a cover of Active Child’s “Hanging On,” brings back the spotlight on her ethereal vocals, amped by English MC Tinie Tempah, who appearently barely even knows the woman in his bed. His contribution might be debated but in my book, Ellie nailed it.
If you jammed with songs from Trey Songz, Keri Hilson, Wiz Khalifa, Iggy Azalea and (yes!) Justin Bieber, chances are you’ve heard Bei Maejor’s work in them. The latest from the Grammy-nominated artist, songwriter and producer (real name Brandon Green) is a hot house party groove co-produced by giant Diplo, built from slow-motion arpeggio synths and phased out pads. We are still scratching our heads as to why this man hasn’t blown up the charts yet.
Some genius in Italy must have heard Tom Tom Club’s “Wordy Rappinghood” and thought, “why not make it from a sassy, insulting and bratty ragazza’s point of view?” After the heavy vocal intro, everything turns sweet, as in new wave synthline-afro keys-sexy sax kinda sweet. 1982 post-disco at its most obscure. But just don’t find this kind of girl out there: she might make you live in hell. She means it.
We already know what happens when two musical forces come together and create some kind of magic. If the pairing’s rather difficult to digest at first, the more surpring the end results could really be. As expected, everyone raised eyebrows when one of the pioneers of the French house sound and a personal favourite decided to team up with a New York trendsetting rocking duo. But “Geronimo” is an achievement of radioactive proportions. The single is out on July 23rd via Kitsuné with remixes by Louis La Roche, Aylen, and Lenno.
Dutch EDM star Chuckie’s “Who Is Ready To Jump” has become an anthem amongst DJ’s through the original mix and the subsequent remixes. This time, the Canadian duo of Julian Dzeko & Luis Torres add an amazing big room feel and carved a progressive house banger, enough to set the roof on fire in any way possible.
The man of the hour, Frank Ocean, sets the ending tone on this week’s WILD playlist. Ocean has recieved universal praise for both his channel ORANGE album and his personal statement made public a few weeks ago on Tumblr. His debut on national TV performing “Bad Religion” was truly powerful, but nothing more powerful than the sorrrowful track’s lyrics, which strike a emotional chord related to his recent coming out: This unrequited love/To me it’s nothing but a one-man cult/And cyanide in my styrofoam cup/I could never make him love me. Chilling and just absolutely beautiful.