Friday, November 30, 2012


Song: Melt
Artist: Kamp!
Album: Kamp!

This song is some gloriously epic electro-house.  Dig.  Dig right-a-away.

Polish Synthpop trio formed in 2008 and influenced by 70's krautrock, 80's new wave, and 90's French house.  Think Cut Copy, Phoenix, Empire of the Sun, Metronomy, Human League, etc.

Having a hard time finding new news on them... it seems like they've released a couple singles and EP's and were set to release a full album last year.  The last single they dropped was for "Heats," which apparently, after a lot of growing buzz, was their "moment" song.

That track is also on "Kamp!" so this is possibly the long-awaited debut album.  I gave it one listen, and am an immediate fan.

"Melt" is like an eight-minute shorter version of this epic-ness.  Similar beat.  Right on.



Thursday, November 29, 2012

Remember Me

Song: Remember Me
Artist: Daley feat. Jessie J
Album: Alone Together

Friend and reader Sean clues us into this 90's throwback jam from Manchester-born singer-songwriter Daley.

"Remember Me" is his official debut single after featuring on the Gorillaz single "Doncamatic" in 2010.    Daley released a mix tape last year, which I haven't heard yet... this track alone has been creeping itself under my skin over the last week or so... think I'll have to get to know this Daley a little bit better.

No word on release date for the full album just yet.


Remember Me
Game Over
Smoking Gun

Wednesday, November 28, 2012

Gold Dayzz

Song: Gold Dayzz
Artist: Ultraísta
Album: Ultraísta

Nigel Godrich is best known as Radiohead's main producer, working on all of their output since their sophomore album, "The Bends," as well as their follow-up breakthrough, "OK Computer."  Those two monumental albums made him one of the best known names in the business, leading to his producing Beck's "Mutations" & "Sea Change," Pavement's "Terror Twilight," Travis' "The Invisible Band," & Air's "Talkie Walkie."  A couple of my favorite records.

Godrich's latest project is a collaboration with drummer Joey Waronker and singer Laura Bettinson under the name "Ultraísta."  A mix of trip-hop, stuttered beats, electro, synths, and indie rock elements, with Ultraísta you hear the sonic collage the man has perfected with Radiohead (save their last record) as well as airy-moodiness in the key of Phantogram.

You'll hear exactly what I mean in the woozy "Gold Dayzz" or the snappy beats and swirling synths of "Bad Insect."  Friend and reader Chris also points to the trippy Four Tet remix of "Smalltalk."  You can take a listen below.

The album does get a little same-y sounding as it goes along, but worth checking out.


Gold Dayzz
Bad Insect
Smalltalk (Four Tet Remix)

Tuesday, November 27, 2012


Song: Bitter
Artist: Monsieur Minimal
Album: Digital Love EP

I stumbled upon this EP recently and have quickly garned quite a lot of interest in the indie-pop stylings of Greece-based singer-songwriter Monsieur Minimal.  This "Digital Love EP" works as an official taste/stop-gap prior to the release of his upcoming double album "Minimal to Maximal," coming out later this year.  It's a sixteen-track work split in two with different sounds... a "minimal" indie-pop side and then a more experimental "maximal" side that infuses trip-hop, minimal house, and "post-electronica" sounds. (whatever that means.)

The EP certainly does it's job in making you want to hear more from the project.  First track and single "Bitter" feat. Hiras, has a late 70's/early 80's almost A.C. vibe with modern touches.  Sort of a bit more propulsive version of Human League at their cheesiest... yet with an organic edge that makes it a bit timeless.  And that guitar solo!  I really really dig it though.

I've found conflicting info about release dates of the full album, but I'll certainly be keeping an eye out. The official website doesn't seem to have concrete info, but I'm looking out.

Every track from the EP is from the "minimal" side, you can listen to them all below.


Digital Love

Last Song

Monday, November 26, 2012

Give it to Me

Song: Give it to Me
Artist: Ida Corr
Album: Singled Out

Enjoying this straight-up dance-pop compilation from Danish singer Ida Corr.  I recently highlighted a song she did with Bimbo Jones, which is included, as well as her 2007 smash "Let Me Think About It" with Fedde Le Grand.

I always meant to, but never highlighted Ida's 2009 album "Under the Sun," which I liked, though it had a much more R&B feel to it.  I suppose it's her voice that I like, and "Singled Out" is more in a genre I gravitate towards, though there are a couple "Sun" tracks included as well.

Opener "Tonight I'm Your DJ" is a better-than-average club track, and also really love "Give it to Me," another banger.

Not life-changing, but this is a good addition to your work-out mix.


Give it to Me
Tonight I'm Your DJ
What Goes Around Comes Around

Tuesday, November 20, 2012

Feed the Dada

Song: Feed the Dada
Artist: Dada Life
Album: The Rules of Dada

I've been enjoying this record of hard electro-house from Swedish (of course!!!) duo Dada Life.  It's their second record, after their debut in 2009.  I'm hearing this harder sound in a lot of dance-leaning pop music, so this is obviously... the future.

"Feed the Dada" is the second single from "The Rules of Dada"after the album-opener first, "Kick Out the Epic Motherfucker," which is of course... a pretty apt opener for this balls-to-the-wall affair.

Apparently, if you dress like a banana at one of their shows, they will bring you up on stage and douse you with champagne.

I won't be doing that... but you should check out "The Rules of Dada."


Feed the Dada
Kick Out the Epic Motherfucker
Happy Violence

Monday, November 19, 2012

Northern Lights

Song: Northern Lights
Artist: Kate Boy
Album: Northern Lights

It seems Sweden has an unlimited supply of artists and groups with cool, catchy, electro music for the world.  They must have a grab-a-number, wait-your-turn system or something, or else we'd be getting them all at once and it would be just a mess.  Right?

It appears Kate Boy's number is up, dropping one and only single "Northern Lights" on us with a great visual video and hooks, coolness, and shades of, yes again... The Knife for days.  I'm not complaining... it's dope.

There isn't much more know about this woman? band? so we'll let "Northern Lights" speak for itself.


Northern Lights

Friday, November 16, 2012

Right Now

Song: Right Now
Artist: Rihanna
Album: Unapologetic

It's pretty impressive that Rihanna is on her seventh year as an artist and is about to release her seventh album in that amount of time.  "Umbrella" made her a serious pop contender, she slipped with the dark, tune-less "Rated R" but has rebounded into the pop stratosphere with the one-two punch of "Loud" and "Talk That Talk."  The later packed heavyweight singles "We Found Love" and "Where Have You Been," and literally just two weeks after releasing one of that album's best and most Ri-Ri tracks, "Cockiness" she jumps into a new album with "Diamonds," a initial head-scratcher of Sia-written mid-tempo-ness.

I didn't have much to say about "Diamonds" at first, it didn't grab me... and compared to first singles "Only Girl in the World" and "We Found Love," it was pretty dead on arrival.  BUT, I've really warmed up to the song, and the video is gorgeous.  So how is this new record?

Well, for someone that connected with "Loud" and "Talk That Talk" immediately, "Unapologetic" is a messy, noisy, patched-together affair.  It has it's moments for sure, but most annoyingly, there are songs that begin to sound great but are ultimately ruined by something.  "Numb (feat. Eminem)" is moody and quite atmospheric only to be ruined by Eminem.  I'm not much of a fan, but his feature seems tacked-on and is embarrassing really.  "Jump" has a truly amazing start, does an amazing job at intertwining Genuwine's "Pony" only to be killed from some ear-splitting dubstep.  Such potential only to be killed.  "What Now," has a great quiet piano start despite unfortunately following the peppy "Right Now," but the chorus, like much of the album, packs on a bunch of un-melodic, messy noise.

"Right Now"is an immediate favorite, the David Guetta-assisted slamming club track that's really what I'm looking for from Rihanna.  It doesn't hold a candle to "We Found Love" and "Where Have You Been," though it does manage to make it's dubstep work, and the best use of that mostly obnoxious sound since the Stereo MC's "Bring it On."  The very quiet and pretty "Stay" is an interesting standout, though should have ended the album.

There's a disco-throwback duet with Chris Brown, "Nobody's Business," which is nice but it's hard to separate the nice-if-throwaway track with all the personal drama.  Brown brings nothing to it but backstory, nothing.  Eh, whatever.  "Love Without Tragedy" steals "Message in a Bottle" from The Police, though it's nice enough.

"Right Now" should be a hit, but beyond that this is messy and mostly unlistenable like "Rated R."  It's disappointing  but the good news is... we'll have an entirely new record in another 12 months.



Right Now

Thursday, November 15, 2012

Rave Kids Go

Song: Rave Kids Go
Artist: Vitalic
Album: Rave Age

Well here's something to snap you back into it as this week crawls to it's end...

Vitalic, as he's known, is French DJ, Remixer, Producer Pascal Arbez whom has been creating hard-hitting electronic club music since 1996.  "Rave Age," his third full-length album was just released last week.

"Age" is an energetic mix of ground-shaking beats and 80's influenced synths, with a strong sense of melody and a bit of dancefloor drama.  It starts hard with the one-two punch of opener "Rave Kids Go" and single "Stamina," before slipping into the New Wave atmospherics of "Fade Away."  The album continues, hell bent on getting you to move... or have some beat-influenced transcendental experience.  You know how that goes.

I was a fan of his debut album, somehow missed the follow up, but have been enjoying this new record as a background-ish get-whatever-you're-doing-done kind of kick in the ass.  There could be worse things.


Rave Kids Go
Fade Away

Wednesday, November 14, 2012

I Can't Make You Love Me

Song: I Can't Make You Love Me
Artist: Ester Dean
Album: Story Never Told

Super Bass - Nicki Minaj
Firework - Katy Perry
Drop Dead Beautiful - Britney
Turn Me On feat. Nicki Minaj - David Guetta
Mr. Know it All - Kelly Clarkson
Not Myself Tonight - Christina Aguilera
And then for Rihanna... - Rude Boy, What's My Name?, S&M, You Da One, Where Have You Been?, Talk That Talk... and a slew more from the last record and a couple more from the record that's JUST about to come out.

Not to mention tracks for The Pussycat Dolls, 50 Cent, Beyonce, Mary J. Blige, Chris Brown, Ciara, Dr. Dre, Flo Rida, Jennifer Hudson, Jennifer Lopez, Kelly Rowland... and the list goes on and on.

These are partial writing credits for Ester Dean, a singer-songwriter who has, as you can see, contributed to some of the biggest hits of the last few years, and has a pretty impressive resume overall.  She released a single, "Drop it Low," with Chris Brown back in 2009, recently co-starred in the comedy film "Pitch Perfect," and is working on her debut album which is slated for next year.

Oddly, the first official single from the album, "Story Never Told," is a cover... of a Bonnie Raitt song.  Despite the impressive writing skills and proven track record... she's releasing a cover.  Okay.

"I Can't Make You Love Me" is one of my favorite songs... heartbreaking in it's raw emotion... but some of you may listen to this danced-up version and cry foul.  And you might not be wrong...

BUT, I've given this a couple listens... and the song holds up, Ester's vocals are on-point... and you know, it becomes clear that this song has always needed a confessions on a dancefloor-size diva-fied  disco moment.  It's kind of magical.

Am I wrong?


I Can't Make You Love Me

Tuesday, November 13, 2012

The Mother We Share

Song: The Mother We Share
Artist: Chvrches
Album: The Mother We Share

New electro-pop act out of Glasgow, Chvrches is a two-guys, one girl act currently making the internet rounds as the next big currently unsigned thing on the strength of just two tracks they've put out on YouTube.

Lead singer Lauren Mayberry's high, but pretty, voice is very very familiar to me though I can't quite place it.  The band's sound is very similar to "Silent Shout"-era The Knife, basically left-of-center electro with stuttered beats, glorious synths, bigger beats and rock-solid melodies.  Great stuff.

As mentioned they've only got two tracks out there, so you can hear them below, or check out their Soundcloud page for additional remixes.  "The Mother We Share," the song that's getting them the most attention can be purchased on iTunes.


The Mother We Share

Tuesday, November 06, 2012


Song: Ambigamy
Artist: James & Evander
Album: Bummer Pop

Been really enjoying the debut album by Oakland, CA duo James & Evander, "Bummer Pop," out on Velvet Blue Music.

It's a laid-back synth-driven soundscape that's equal parts chill-wave, mid-tempo New Wave, and Post Punk 90's Alternative.  (?!?!?)  It's a more sunny M83, and a bit more punchy Poolside.  Actually... they sound JUST like The Whitest Boy Alive now that I think about it.  Cool.

Opening track "Ambigamy" is a breezy, sunny standout... is it really time for winter? :(


Can't Forget
I Don't Mind

Monday, November 05, 2012

Off The Dancefloor

Song: Off the Dancefloor
Artist: Junkie XL
Album: Synthesized

It's been over four years since Junkie XL's last album, 2008's "Booming Back at You," which I really enjoyed, but he is returning with "Synthesized" once again on Artwerk records.

The album is obviously designed as an ecstasy/MDMA enhancer, the first track is entitled "Take Off on Molly's E" after all, and has a slow, atmospheric build, before jumping into the straight-ahead four-to-the-floor stomper "Off the Dancefloor" featuring the vocals of Isis Salam.

From there the album segues back into "the trip" with a track called "Leave Behind Your Ego" featuring the spoken word "guidance" of none other than Timothy Leary.  I can only really imagine the drug-induced euphoria... but stone sober, aside from "Dancefloor," the album is good background music thus far...

Thankfully, starting with the track-4 title track, Junkie XL leaves behind the trippy shit and focuses on some hard-hitting dancefloor electronica, which works with or without the enhancement.

I'm still listening to the record, but the long wait between albums seems quite worth it as he's delivered another solid collection.


Off the Dancefloor
Leave Behind Your Ego
Gloria (feat. Datarock)