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“The Girl and the Robot” – Röyksopp feat. Robyn

March 31, 2011 Leave a comment

I saw Röyksopp in concert again this week past week – what an incredible show!   Their performance reminded me of my love for today’s track and was my inspiration for the post.  Bonus: it features Robyn (yes I’m obsessed).  She portrays a lonely girl in love with a workaholic.  Röyksopp’s signature rolling synth is ever-present and provides an excellent backdrop to Robyn’s pained vocals.  The sample I’ve chosen picks up at a very interesting point in the song.  On one side you have Robyn voicing her concerns overlayed with the Robot being dismissive.  The Robot fades away and we’re left with Robyn, alone.  The song soon winds down with another one of Röyksopp’s strong suits, integrating strings into the electronics.  This is easily one of my favorite dance songs and was an inevitable feature here.  Thanks for the fantastic show guys!

Dance your heartache away and get the full song here!

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“Cardiac Arrest” – Teddybears feat. Robyn

March 28, 2011 Leave a comment

A bit late today, but really it’s never too late for anything Robyn related.  With lyrics like “Baby barbie on barbiturates” and “Mommy called on the exorcist” you can’t go wrong!  I really love the simplicity of this song.  It’s basic pop at it’s best.  Teddybear’s do a great job with the production, and Robyn adds her touch with the tongue-twisting lyrics.  It’s hard to sit still for this one – just take Robyn’s lead and “shake your bone maker”

Check out the whole song here!

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“Back in the USSA” – MSTRKRFT

March 24, 2011 Leave a comment

Yep, MSTRKRFT two posts in a row.  They released another track on their website this week and I couldn’t resist.  These two songs have been on repeat all week long.  “Back in the USSA” is more in line with the traditional sounds of MSTRKRFT, pure high energy, electronic.  The song opens with a very familiar synth and builds into a simple, poppy beat.  The track really gets interesting when the lasers start firing-trust me, you’ll know it when you hear it.  The next two minutes are filled with a winding drone and all out laser fight.  The sample picks up with the entrance of a heavy, fuzzy synth.  This synth provides a nice background for the piercing lasers.  This song is pretty different from “Beards Again” but compliments it quite nicely.

As on Monday, no word on an album yet, but you can listen to it all for free from their site.

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“Beards Again” – MSTRKRFT

March 21, 2011 1 comment

Wow! Jesse F. Keeler and Al-P are back with a surprise track.  Released last week, this in-your-face song is surely a taste of what MSTRKRFT has in store for their next LP.  The song opens with a twitching synth and electric guitar for the heaviest 90’s hair band.  A third of the way through we lose the synth and the drum really starts to kick-in (reminiscent of JFK’s recently reunited Death From Above 1979).  I pick up the sample as the frenzy escalates making any seasoned headbanger dizzy.  Just when you can’t take it any more, the drums speed up and fade out.  Bam!  A huge drop into a synth heavy, dance craze fitting any Euro club.  And just like that, it stops.  Part dance-punk, part metal, part electronic; all awesome.

No word on an album release yet, but you can get the full track free from MSTRKRFT’s site.

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“Silvia” (Roboberget Remix) – Miike Snow

March 17, 2011 Leave a comment

Get ready to melt your face with this one!  Today’s track is a remix of “Silvia” – the standout song from Miike Snow’s debut album.  If you’re familiar with the original, you know it’s slightly melancholic with long drawn out vocals and a heavy bass.  This remix drastically raises the pitch and increases the speed of the heavy bass, making it more energetic.  The somber vocals are still retained, accentuating the sharper beat.  Today’s sample picks up at my favorite part, a long drawn out cry for Silvia leaps into a glowstick-worthy, strobelight party.  Based on the first few minutes of the song, you would never guess this is coming.  This rise and crash repeats itself a few times through the song and really keeps you moving.

Start the dance party here!

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“Your Ex-Lover is Dead” – Stars

March 14, 2011 2 comments

It’s going to be a rainy week so I thought I’d review my favorite rainy day song.  This song also comes from one of my favorite albums, “Set Yourself on Fire”, released in 2004.  Today’s sample is the opening track of the albm and really helps set the atmosphere.  I really love the tension and longing that this song brings.  The sample opens with Amy and Torquil harmonizing for the first time.  These two play off of each other so well, you can really feel their chemistry.  The song takes a sullen turn with a brief instrumental break and you’re brought back to the brooding romance and pained vocals. I highly recommend giving this one a listen, and then venturing further to the entire album.

More can be found here.

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“Moon Theory” – Miami Horror

March 10, 2011 Leave a comment

Today’s gem comes to us straight from Australia and playing tonight in San Francisco-I’ll be there.  Miami Horror’s mix of electronic, dance and yes, disco, make for a great time.  The song opens up quite softly with a light strumming guitar and then the bass jumps in.  The sample picks up shortly thereafter, in the middle of the second verse.  Right on the tail end of “I wish I could fly” things get really interesting with the synth.  While fairly light in the early sections of the song, this line becomes much more predominant later in the track.  I chose this into to the synth for the sample as it catches you off guard a little, and helps bring together the visuals of the lyrics.  If this is the new sound of disco, I’m buying it.

You know the drill – the full track can be found here.

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