Diamond Rings – Something Else

Slightly punk, slightly LCD Soundsystem, slightly Human League-esque vocals but oh so hypnotic is this track by Diamond Rings (aka John O’Reagan).

Diamond Rings – Something Else

bio from The Line of Best Fit

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.

Jessica 6 – Prisoner Of Love (ft Antony Hegarty)

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.

Jessica 6 – Prisoner Of Love (ft Antony Hegarty)

Bio from Peacefrog:

 

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

 

Hans Zimmer (ft.The Reverb Junkie) – Angelica [Part of the Plan] (Odd Year Edit)

If you like Gotan Project or the Cafe Del Mar series of chillout music with International flavor, then this track will be a win for you. The track makes use of stems from the soundtrack written and produced by Hans Zimmer from the movie: Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides. Also features Rodrigo y Gabriela on acoustic guitars. With this mix, The Reverb Junkie made an incredible arrangement and went one step further by writing her song on-top of it. From which I took the track and added all the percussive elements, hence the “Odd Year Edit” on the track name.

Hans Zimmer (ft.The Reverb Junkie) – Angelica [Part of the Plan] (Odd Year Edit)

Hans Zimmer (ft.The Reverb Junkie) – Angelica [Part of the Plan] (Odd Year Edit) by oddyear

Martin Solveig – Hello (ft.Dragonette) (Single Edit)

 

Martin is set to release his fifth studio album entitled, “Smash”.  Martin teams up with Dragonette for an  energetic ride on this electro pop “smash” hit.  See what I did there?  O.k, not the greatest lead in but you get the idea.

Martin Solveig – Hello (ft.Dragonette) (Single Edit)
Martin Solveig & Dragonette – “Hello” Lyrics

I could stick around and get along with you
Hello
It doesn’t really mean that I’m into you
Hello

You’re alright but I’m here darling to enjoy the party
Don’t get too excited ‘cuz thats all you’ll get from me
Hey

Yeah I think you’re cute but really you should know
I just came to say hello
Hello
Hello
Hel-o-o-o-o

I’m not the kinda girl who’d get messed up with you
Hello
I’ma let you try to convince me to
Hello

It’s alright I’m getting dizzy just enjoy the party
It’s OK with me if you don’t have that much to say
Hey
Kinda like this thing but there’s something you should know
I just came to say hello

Hello

Hey

Hey

I could stick around and get along with you
Hello

It doesn’t really mean that I’m into you
Hello

(you’re alright but I’m here darling to enjoy the party)
(you’re alright but I’m here darling to enjoy the party)
(alright but I’m here darling to enjoy the party)
(you’re alright but I’m here darling to enjoy the party)
(alright but I’m here darling to enjoy the party)
(alright but I’m here darling to enjoy the party)

I just came to say hello
Hello
Hello
Hello

I’m not the kinda girl who’d get messed up with you
Hello
I’ma let you try to convince me to
Hello

It’s alright I’m getting dizzy just enjoy the party
It’s OK with me if you don’t have that much to say
Hey

Kinda like this thing but there’s something you should know
I just came to say hello

Here’s an older track also featuring Dragonette):

Martin Solveig – Boys & Girls (ft.Dragonette) Radio Edit

 

Lamb – Another Language

Sooooo good to have Lamb back in action again.  It’s been ages, to be exact eight years, since we’ve heard from them and they do not  disappoint  on their latest effort, entitled, “5” (as in their  fifth studio album).  They still have that deep  throbbing bass in their sound, but now it’s topped with bit-crushing drums sounds as opposed to the more traditional drum n bass sounds that adorned their early work.   Vocalist Lou Rhodes sounds as good as always.

Lamb – Another Language