27 October 2011

Mini Reviews In 20 Words: 12

KELLY ROWLAND - "DOWN FOR WHATEVER"



The X-Factor fresh diva 'puts it down' with this generous slab of hooky dance beats; Stylish and oozing sassy energy.





ONE REPUBLIC - "GOOD LIFE" (DWNTWN REMIX)


DWNTWN put their unique blend of airy synths, pulsing beats and atmospheric star-gazing wonderment on this original track by One-Republic.



BREATHE ELECTRIC - "TALK TO ME"



The Popular American pieces together his stereotypical sound of bubble-synths, playful keys and floaty vocoding for this glittery electro-pop record.





TRIBES - "WHEN MY DAY COMES"


The London band's latest single offers up a fantastically bashful dose of guitar riffs, enthusiastic drumming and unashamedly defiant vocals.




TOVE STYRKE - "CALL MY NAME"


A warbling bass-heavy back-beat threads together the jittering synths and powerfully crisp vocals of Tove to produce this Scandi-pop gem.


24 October 2011

Top Tunes To Blog About 16

GIVERS - "UP UP UP"



The name of this band as 'givers' conjures up a whole menagerie of thoughts and images; generous people, helpful people, considerate people. Drawing on the predominantly positive aspects stemming from such a word, it is perhaps not entirely surprising that a band going by the name of 'givers' would similarly deliver said thoughts and emotions through their music. Givers are transparent and embracing; and that is why this refreshing band is worth a listen.

Tiffany, Taylor, Josh, Nick and Kirby are the happy-go-lucky fivesome from Lafayette, Louisiana who thrash out infectiously cheerful folk-pop with hooky indie twinges and contrasting Afro-musical influences. The quintet clearly pour a lot of effort and personal graft into their product; the Givers package is highly polished and joyous. Their sound is very 'collegified' and academic; think Southern state wooden bandstand thigh-slapping-foot-stomping preppy chic meets intellectual university ambassadors fusing niche New Orleans jaunts with more contemporary Afro-centric flavours. Constructing the album has been an eventual two year process coming after a self-titled EP, touring with the renowned Dirty Projectors and being acknowledged by Time Magazine. There is no denying Givers are going to be compared to Vampire Weekend; subsumed within the latter's popularity cloud. Sift past that and you may hear the echoes of The Holloways, The Feeling, Cajun Dance Party and Those Dancing Days.

"Up Up Up" starts off as a delightfully charming mix of exuberant percussion meets sassy guitaring and a thump-happy beat that strings together the song's diverse elements with absolute ease and technical accuracy. Despite the many layers to this tasteful recipe the package itself remains uncluttered and relatively under-developed; yet this allows each instrument, each lyric and aspect to filter through and work both independently as well as functioning together in smooth unison. Tiffany's vocals are sultry and raspy in contrast to Taylor's more feverish juvenile whelps and charismatic jeers. Together they give the song a greater depth as their personalities etch onto the track's being. This fairytale musical adventure gallops onwards into a light-hearted chorus full of cheer and excitement; almost childish in nature and buoyant, with skipping guitar twangs, cumbersome donks of drums and skittish percussion commotion. Simply put, "Up Up Up" is happy; it's that fuzzy late in the afternoon basking in the dying rays of the sun style of warmth. Optimistic and harmonious; this song lays down the Givers sound, paving a colourful road and bright future ahead for the Lafayette quintet.

Check out the cute little music video below and show the five some love by visiting the Facebook/Myspace/Youtube pages.




YOUNG LONDON - "LET ME GO"



Young London are a lot like one of those newly born gazelles that within a few hours are up and active, stumbling around and getting their bearings before they straighten up and hit the ground running. This duo are barely a year old and already they have discovered their sound, begun producing and have already started notching up brilliantly crafted silky pop tunes with intrepid professionalism and skill.

Matt Hoades and Sarah Graziani are the dynamic duo from Boston who only this year began fusing their musical writings and visual concepts together before bursting forth onto the acclaimed South By Southwest stage earlier this year. Since then the twosome have returned to the studio to knuckle down and crank out the debut album and all signs suggest it is going to be an explosive array of cracking electro-pop rompers and disco-esque fillers. Young London will not be to everyone's taste due to the nature of their work and sound, but don't be lulled into a false sense; these guys are not mindless manufactured pop-fodder, they make their music at a grass-roots level, something rare and ultimately very refreshing from more mainstream artists. Oozing from Matt and Sarah's American roots is a rich blend European glitz and eccentricity; commercial vintage, angular neon lines and vibrant shape-pulling, blonde voluminous hair and gaudy colour palettes. It's a very en-vogue package that sits atop of this specific market; putting them in good stead for success on both sides of the Atlantic. This industrious pair fuse together the alternative facets of electro and bind them to commodified pop traits in a rather zealous fashion; actions seen and mirrored by the likes of Alphabeat, Her Majesty And The Wolves, Hyper Crush, Oh My! and Friends Electric.

"Let Me Go" is a marvelous excursion down the borderline between electro and pop, stealing essences from camp euro-trash, bullish American electronica and enchanting contemporary pop. This is evident straight from the song's intro that lays down a reverberating array of techno stutters and hollow thuds whilst Hoades' heavily vocoded audio almost clumsily pounds the very sides of the song into a reluctant pace forwards. This drive eventually builds further gaining supreme confidence as a responsive set of back-beats and stimulating plateau of drums encroaches upon the track's rhythm. Graziani's voice is unquestionably the essential keystone amongst the lesser foundations; robust, piercing, tenacious. It magmatically punches through the solid instrumental base and generates a potent glistening overcoat throughout each chorus set. "Let Me Go" isn't a complex song; it is almost gimmicky and overly simplistic in places, but that is what gives it an inherent charm. It's parsimonious and efficient. The right dose of frugal electro and pleasant pop allows the song to giddily float through from start to end and will no doubt get club revellers pulling shapes in an instant. That is the Young London way and no one could argue with that.

Below is the music video for "Let Me Go", have a look then check out the Facebook/Myspace/Youtube for these guys and show them some love.

23 October 2011

Mini Reviews In 20 Words: 11

NIKI AND THE DOVE - "THE DRUMMER"


The Swedish 'Gothi-lectro' duo's latest installment blends mythical beats with ethereal synth thrusts against frenetic vocals that masterfully shimmer through.



JAMES MORRISON FT JESSIE J - "UP"


Two UK heavyweights forge a promising amalgam of wistful lyrics, sauntered backing instrumentals and versatile vocal combinations; rustic and reflective.





DWNTWN - "HUNGRY HEARTS"


Wispy vocals, quintessential lyrical openness, bubbly synth-pop bleeps and tweaks and a decent back-beat showcase the L.A. duo's refreshing sound.


FALLULAH - "I LAY MY HEAD" (SHOOK REMIX)


Established Danish singer and Dutch producer creating bumbling synth wobbles, staccato beats and breezy vocals? It can only be good.




ATARI TEENAGE RIOT - "BLOOD IN MY EYES"


Controversial German's whose latest heavy techno-electro tune is brazen, provocative and confrontational both visually and audibly. Perfectly messy raving material.


21 October 2011

Mini Reviews In 20 Words: 10

THE TING TINGS - "HANG IT UP"


The indie-boppers' return showcases a rambunctious 90's hip-hop influenced carousel ride of adolescent vocals, stonking drums and ballsy youthful energy.





THE WHIP - "KEEP OR DELETE"


Spacey sonic landscapes, an impending back-beat and wobbly synths work supremely well with the raspy vocals, indie-electro at its best.





REBECCA AND FIONA - "JANE DOE"


Stockholm-based girls with a typically Swedish electro-pop sound that thrashes silky vocals, euphoric chorus culminations and synthy astral zorbs together.





VARIOUS CRUELTIES - "CHEMICALS"


Up-an-coming Londoners restoring Brit-Indie-pop to it's best. Suave instrumentals sewn neatly to boyish lackadaisical vocals creates a charming autumn tune.





ASK EMBLA - "NORTHERN LIGHTS"


Emerging Swedes with incredible songwriting skills. Crystal-clear and emotive vocals, extraordinary lyrics, minimally perfect compositions; you heard them here first.





Northern Light by AskEmblamusic

20 October 2011

Mini Reviews In 20 Words: 9

IS TROPICAL - "LIES"



The London band's latest single fuses together warping electro beats with vocoded dreamy lyrics and audacious synths; thought-provoking and candid.


(This music video is age restricted, below is a link to a non-age restricted video link).









CAPITAL CITIES - "SAFE AND SOUND"


This older tune from the LA electro-pop experts sprinkles fluffy vocals over excitable trumpet loops and solid electro synth back-beats.







ANJULIE - BRAND NEW BITCH (LAIDBACK LUKE REMIX)


A menacing wave of techno, brash electro jabs and temperamental lyrics work effectively for the Canadian singer and Filipino producer.







KYVEN - "GYPSY LOVE"


This relatively unknown New York duo draw upon strong male vocals split between racy anthemic 80's pop and contemporary electro.


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OLA - "ALL OVER THE WORLD"


Swedish pop master Ola's strong vocal prowess works dynamically with the synth-stabbing nature of this modern pop track; precise, efficient, high-quality.


19 October 2011

Mini Reviews In 20 Words: 8

ICONA POP - "NIGHT LIKE THIS"


The increasingly popular Swedish duo's latest electro anthem is audio bliss; packed with youthful verve, stomping beats and perky vocals.






CAGE THE ELEPHANT - "ABERDEEN"


With an accomplished drum beat, steady array of feverish instrumentals and heavy pop-rock driven chorus, the Kentucky fivesome triumph again.





MAN LIKE ME - "PECULIAR"


Funkalicious hooks and whomps, carnival jives and electro-pop jingles lace sparkling synths with curious lyrics into a charmingly exuberant package.





ADRIAN LUX FT THE GOOD NATURED - "ALIVE"


This Anglo-Swede collaboration works with cut-throat precision drawing together sublime Mediterranean dance-beats with crisp piercing vocals and minimalistic Nordic synthing.





LANA DEL REY - "VIDEO GAMES"


The US phenomenon demonstrates with impeccable ease her haunting vocals in this perfectly clear and ingeniously sincere melodic pop thoroughfare.


11 October 2011

Top Tunes To Blog About 15

MONARCHY FT BRITT LOVE - "YOU DON'T WANT TO DANCE WITH ME"



When you take a drastically underrated British synth-pop duo and have them collaborate with a vocally gifted reject of the Xenomania circa 2009 behemoth to produce a simply delightful track with accurately measured amounts of pop commerciality and alternative slinky electro, that's when you get Monarchy featuring Britt Love.

Monarchy are something of an enigma; a riddle yet to be solved. The London based duo refrain from showing their identity preferring to let their music do the talking which actually works quite nicely. The air of mystery surrounding Monarchy enhances the eventual song production and gives extra, almost intangible depth to their final pieces. Having worked with Neon Gold and Mercury Records and dusting off superb remixes for established pop Goliaths like Kylie Minogue and Lady Gaga amongst others, their reputation is rapidly gaining momentum. Sounding like a mix of Fare Soldi, Hey Champ, The Golden Filter and Pony Pony Run Run, it is evident this twosome have the audio credentials. For this track Monarchy have teamed up with Britt Love (one half of the defunct Xenomania victims Mini Viva who graced the Top 10 all too briefly with "I Left My Heart In Tokyo" that was penned by Norway's Annie). Since then, Britt has honed her vocals and polished her act to sweep away the 2009 heydays of glitter-pop camp shenanigans for a much more refined approach.

"You Don't Want To Dance With Me" kicks off with a series of monastic hums threaded over predatory drum beats. These are quickly eroded by prickly synth jabs and whirring siren bleeps; essentially paving a way through the track. This mid-to-slow tempo offering fuses an irresistibly hypnotic back beat with relaxed contemporary synthesising to aid the song along almost idly. There is certainly something enchanting and captivating about Monarchy's approach to producing perfectly crystalline electro-pop. It's an excellent song, Monarchy knows that, we know that, but crucially the song doesn't know that and it's that humble nature that makes this a brilliant tune; there is so much potential. Britt Love's wispy vocals sit gently amongst the heavier electro undergrowth and with lyrics such as "How do I get you to feel what I feel for you" creating an almost ambient mixture of rueful emotive distress meets determined individualism and harnessed strength, it is clear this track isn't the usual electro-dance starry-eyed fodder the charts might be accustomed to. The pulsating troughs of murky bass support the lighter waves of zorbing electro beats with dexterity and typical London resonance. The addition of feverish stabbing synths and the tumbling excesses of both Love and Monarchy's vocals help construct a song that culminates into a regal piece of music; dazzling and resplendent. With this song, Monarchy and Britt Love have a mind-absorbing electro cracker of planetary proportions and masterful prowess.

Check out the music video below and 'like' the Facebook group and follow these guys on Youtube/Myspace/Twitter.






VISIONS OF TREES - "SIRENS"

Dramatic, imposing, multi-dimensional, dark electro alternativism and eerie vocals with lashings of production finesse and ballsy cultural beats; just some of the many descriptors you could stamp on Visions Of Trees and their unique musical styling.

The London based twosome have only been together several years, so it is quite shocking that they have already carved out a personal sound niche and expertly packaged it for the industry. Sara Atalar and Joni Juden have been making significant waves on the pool surface that is the online blog world since 2009. Already the duo have notched up an impressive list of ingenious remixes for the likes of Memory Tapes, Everything Everything and Filthy Dukes and have netted themselves a growing band of followers on the blogosphere baying for original Visions Of Trees material and "Sirens" is just the right dose of punchy-mood-bending electro-vocal-afro-drum-synthy-dark-tastic qualities needed to satisfy fans.

"Sirens" starts off with a stuttering array of angular spacey raps, raspy disembodied breaths and damp cavernous loops that prance forth into the opening vocals. The sound feels somewhat malevolent and spectral; haunting in it's composition but highly enticing and draws upon a vast plethora of musical influences; electro-gothica, African drum mantras, indigenous tribal beats, vivacious RnB traits and stormy techno-pop vibes. If you blended Crystal Castles, The Golden Filter, Sleigh Bells, I Blame Coco and Bat For Lashes together, Visions Of Trees would be the rather imposing and monstrous end product; raw talent of epic proportions. Atalar's vocals are perfectly orchestrated to compliment the backing music. They impale the skittish instrumentals with assured diligence and warrior-esque tenacity; almost draconian in places. This crescendo-building technique perfectly allows the chorus to puncture the ghostly ambiance which caresses the song's underbelly and ultimately makes the song feel deliberately laboured and generates mood. The chorus is full of the same whomping electro synths, collapsing drones of bass and icy vocals. There is a distinct urban feel to this song; with tell-tale RnB essences that wouldn't look out of place on an Ashanti or Destiny's Child record. Throughout "Sirens", Visions Of Trees throw in amongst the enormous electro pulses and tempestuous audio thumps some primitive yet scintillating fire-dance beats and pagan taunts; admirably juxtaposed in competent and professional fashion. The song continues at this pace with energetic guile right through to the end maintaining the song's strong presence accordingly. All this makes "Sirens" alarmingly creative and well-crafted and Visions Of Trees will surely be a name to look out for if this single is certainly anything to go by.

Check out the superb music video below and show the guys some love on Facebook/Myspace/Youtube/Twitter.

10 October 2011

Mini Reviews In 20 Words: 7

JUSTICE - "CANON"


Heavy glam-rock clashes, whirring beats, thumping bass and sublime electro together create a feisty floor filler of truly biblical proportions.







Justice - Canon by Stop The Noise


C.S.S. FT BOBBY GILLESPIE - "HITS ME LIKE A ROCK"




The quirky Brazilians return with this reggae-savvy corker that laces bleepy synths and wandering beats into a lovely sun-kissed package.





SMITH AGENT SMITH FT AFROJACK, GROOVE THEORY AND LIL WAYNE - "TELL ME REPLICA"


The relatively unknown L.A. producer diligently mashes dazzling urban attitude with a resonant bass-line and maniacal beat; inner-city clubbing heaven.






Tell Me Replica (ft. Afrojack, Groove Theory, Lil Wayne) by ` SmithAgentSmith `



RD - "GOT ME BURNIN'"


Sassy and street-wise, this London trio fuse RnB with hooky beats and sultry nineties vibes. Think Mis-teeq meets Katy B.





SUPER JUNIOR - "A-CHA"


Korean 'ultra-modern-fabulous-fashionistas' Super Junior mix in their typically boisterous bass-heavy pop with grinding electro and razor-sharp beats with credible style.

06 October 2011

Mini Reviews In 20 Words: 6

SHAKE ALETTI - "INSIDE OUT"



Tropicana synths coupled with funkadelic beats and brash eighties vocals work in delightful unison for the Sheffield band's next single.




DESSIE - "WHATCHA GOT"



Sweden's answer to Ke$ha or Cascada; euro-glitter-pop with a camp dance chorus and a joyful dose of beats and energy.





YUKSEK - "ON A TRAIN"


This tune isn't brand new but French producer Yuksek delivers with this crescendo-building high-octane journey of electro laced musical genius.





VIENNA - "LONELY SHORE"


The fledgling Belgian group unquestionably possess Paramore DNA; the latest single is emotive, pugnacious and full of pop-rock instrumental drive.



THE GOOD NATURED - "SKELETON" (GRUM REMIX)



Wavey synths, thumping bass-lines and haunting vocals gel nicely. A frenetic track merging murky British electro-gothica with Grum's polished Italo-minimalism.

02 October 2011

Mini Reviews In 20 Words: 5

WYNTER GORDON - "BUY MY LOVE"




The dance diva's third single is a sequin-rich shimmer-tastic array of pop nonchalance with an eighties vibe and bubbly chorus.






BIRDY NAM NAM - "DEFIANT ORDER"




French minimalist electro extraordinaires thread a warbling bass line with brash synth grunts and metallic vocoder-esque jabs; contemporary and agile.








BOMBAY BICYCLE CLUB - "SHUFFLE"




A breezy care-free thoroughfare with charming piano keys; the track's chirpy indie instrumentals, nasally vocals and steady beat emanate warmth.






HYPER CRUSH - "MANIAC"



The L.A. group shove together hoarse beats, neon synths and flippant lyrical drive to help generate a sparkling pop stomper.






CANDY COATED KILLAHZ - "LIGHT UP THIS CITY"




Toronto trio whose music is self-labelled as "ghettotronic"; urban beats full of swagger, a pulsing electro beat and punchy vocals.