Instant love on this track. Dripping with Prince’s Kiss vibe and flavor it’s hard not to fall in love with this. Wait for the snare to come on the second verse and I dare you tell me that ain’t sexy. This is taken from SebastiAn’s full length “Total”.
Wonderful use of samples and excellent manipulation of sonic elements make this track unique. Skylar’s voice is the reason I’ve liked the very top 40 collaborations (e.g., Love the Way You Lie by Eminem) she’s done in the past. This track is taken from her forthcoming album, “Invinsible”.
Bear Hug is a fun and catchy old school style house jam from duo Raf Rundell and Joe Goddard (also a member of Hot Chip), under the guise of “The 2 Bears“. Bear Hug is the first single from there recent EP, The Bear Hug EP.
Oh my, a very strong contender for one of the best tracks of 2011 thus far. Catchy, poppy and well produced, what more do you need? Love the use of “white noise” as a subtle hi-hat on this track.
Quick bio: Sneaky Sound System are a Sydney-based Australian dance music group consisting of guitarist and producer Black Angus (Angus McDonald) and vocalist Connie Mitchell. Their third album, From Here to Anywhere, is due for release in August 2011.
Diamond Rings is the musical alter-ego of Toronto-based multiplatform artist John O, first conceived in the summer of 2009. A 7″ and home-made video for his first bedroom-recorded single “All Yr Songs” helped to propel Diamond Rings into the spotlight, first garnering attention from Canadian blogs like Chromewaves, and then eventually a “Best New Music” honors from Pitchfork. The 7″ was issued as split with fellow Ontario musicians PS I Love You on O’Regan’s own boutique label, Hype Lighter.
Directed by Colin Medley and Jared Raab.
Make-Up by Lisa Howard.
Yes yet another wonderful track featuring the vocals of Anthony Hegarty, who by the way is no stranger here on Audiodrums (read here and here). This time, he has teamed up with Jessica 6 on this 90′s esque house track.
Formed in 2008, Jessica 6 is a hypnotic Brooklyn-based trio that pushes the boundaries of nu-disco and R&B. “It all started when Nomi [Ruiz] brought over a kick-pattern and a song she’d written called ‘Fun Girl’,” recalls Jessica 6 bassist Andrew Raposo of the band’s conception. Ruiz (the band’s front woman), Raposo and Morgan Wiley, Jessica 6’s keys and synth master, originally met while performing with Hercules and Love Affair. “We were enjoying listening to each other’s music beyond Hercules. It was really just about having fun,” says Raposo who first met Wiley in college before joining the now defunct DFA produced hip-hop act Automato together. “Then Nomi came in with hundreds if not thousands of songs her laptop.”
What started as playful, improvised studio sessions soon turned into a tight sound none of the three musicians could ignore. Ruiz, who had been contemplating another solo album, soon realized, along with Raposo and Wiley, that the three were best matched as band. “It’s kind of like Fleetwood Mac,” Ruiz says of the energy and extreme connectedness shared by Jessica 6’s members (sans the romantic warfare, of course). Raised in Sunset Park on the melodies of Janet and Michael Jackson, as well as the power anthems of Mary J. Blige, Ruiz immediately bonded with Wiley and Raposo over freestyle and underground hip-hop–nuances of which punctuate Jessica 6’s debut LP.
A reduction of folk, Britney Spears circa ‘Blackout,’ Cuban-mafia fashion and the works of Dario Argento, Jessica 6 is a cross-pollination of various dark, campy and dramatic themes. “We were staying up and watching a lot of horror movies about breaking taboos and the irreligious, while at the same time looking to sweet romances and high-camp,” Raposo says of the album’s evolution. The band’s moniker, of course, pays tribute to a lead character in the hyper-sexed cult-classic “Logan’s Run.” ‘Jessica 6′ is the film’s rebellious heroine who flees from an authoritarian underground world in search of freedom and autonomy.
For the members of Jessica 6, this musical endeavor has been a similarly liberating experience. It is proof that, unlike a core belief held by the oppressive government in “Logan’s Run,” life does not in fact end at 30. Jessica 6 may bear all of the fresh, optimistic undertones of a recently conceived live act, but its members’ respective industry experiences make for an especially mature sound and exceedingly tight live show. “We developed our personal relationship live, on stage” Raposo says of the band’s ties. “Morgan and I have been playing together for over a decade, and Nomi was next to us every night with Hercules for over a hundred shows.” It’s this familial likeness that not only lends the band’s members the freedom to push boundaries and bounce inspiration off one another. It makes for an emotionally-charged and entrancing live performance–Jessica 6 signatures which are not lost on the band’s very evocative premiere LP.
- Alisa Gould-Simon
So good to hear Junior Boys again. This is from their forthcoming album, “It’s All True”. This track is sure
to make my “best of 2011″ list. Also looks like the UK pavillion at the 2010 EXPO in Shanghai was used as the album cover art: