It’s fitting that my last post in my early 20’s is called “As a Child.” This song is all about reminiscing childhood and teenage years. If you haven’t heard of Yelle yet, you really should. They’re a French electro-pop trio that are making waves in the states. I saw them in concert last week and was completely blown away. Not only can namesake Yelle (Julie Budet) sing, but she can dance and have FUN. We’re talking leopard jumper costume changes fun. Today’s track opens quite softly with about a 30 second lead, leaping into heavy synths and bird-like squawks. Once the bar is raised on energy, there’s another small break. This is where we come in, a little wind up and the high energy chorus. The energy of this song is infectious…I never want the dance party to stop!
Pictures from the show!
Today’s post is a birthday dedication for Camila S. who requested I review Adele. Of course, if I’m doing Adele, I’m doing it with a remix. The first time I heard this song it got my attention, Adele’s voice has certainly matured. But then I heard this remix and I was floored. The bass is amped up, giving it a more funky feel compared to the original. It was the intro to the chorus that got me- with a sudden drop, Adele comes storming in along with a heavy, pulsating beat. The sample I’ve chosen is the second time we hear the chorus. The kick drum is accentuated with the slightly vocoded “music” and “soul” again reinforcing the power behind Adele’s voice. Just after the sample we’re given a soulful, boot-stomping solo only to jump right back into it. Villa does a great job of preserving the original song, keeping it still very much within Adele’s realm. Overall a great song, but a better remix.
Check out the full streaming song here!
OK I know what you’re thinking, “He’s really gone off the deep-end this time.” I swear I haven’t! Tonight’s post is all about the down and dirty dubstep. Skrillex is relatively new to the scene and making waves as a producer. Most noteworthy are his remixes of a certain Lady (seriously check out the “Alejandro” mix). The track I selected is off of his latest EP aptly titled “Scary Monsters and Nice Sprites.” The song starts out with a heavy beat and deep mechanical sounds. After a brief pause (and some dark lyrics), things really start to pick up. I really love the different and interesting sounds Skrillex uses; they create nice visuals. My sample picks up right in the heat of things and you start to see some playfulness shine through. This song caught me by surprise last week and has been on constant repeat. I can’t get enough!
Check out the full track here – it’s well worth the 5 minutes!
Alright, time to try something a little different – the full song! Yes, this is a big shift in style, but it’s time to try something new. Let me know what you think!
Today’s song comes from the collaborative album of Thao & Mirah. These two very different folky, singers have come together to create something great. Mirah is more whimsical and sweet, whereas Thao is a little rougher, slightly sultry. The highlights of this song are where the two playfully sing into and over one other. Not to mention tUnE – YaRdS has done a great job with the production. The rimshots on the drums carried throughout the piece keep the energy up and again tie into that playfulness. Overall a great opening song from a dynamic duo that should play together more often.