Foster the People’s debut album “Torches” is all that you could ask for in a summer, indie pop album. It’s undeniably catchy, fun, and easy to listen to. They remind me of an accessible and less eccentric Empire of the Sun (read they probably won’t have dancing swordfish ladies on stage). RAC, otherwise known as Remix Artist Collective, do just that, make really awesome remixes. They’ve taken “Houdini” from a straight up pop song and given it a bit of edge and drama. The track starts out with a rapid keys line that’s quickly joined by the fluttering bass. We’re joined by the largely untouched vocals and slightly groovy clap. The sample picks up where the tension starts to build in the synth. The track erupts into the hyped-up chorus for a full on party. A small break in the bridge and gospel-like vocals further add to the tension and take the track out.
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What a crazy, music weekend! I saw today’s band open for Cut Copy last night. Both completely blew me away. Cut Copy was just fantastic, and Holy Ghost! was great considering I had heard nearly nothing about them prior. The track I chose comes from their debut, self-titled album and is a fun drawn out, Junior Boys meets LCD Soundsystem number. The quick, deep bass line adds a sense of urgency and impatience that they are singing against. When the higher pitched, echo of a synth jumps in things really start to pick up. The track continues to build on these two focal sounds adding to the ardor of youth. Overall a good start for a young, up-and-coming band.
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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!
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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”
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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.
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.
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.
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