Like my run in with Tommy Lee and even our first time with Solange, I didn’t recognize the name until I looked it up. And unlike her sister, Solange has taken the alternate route and we keep digging up one fine style of soul after another because of it. First, her collaboration with Theophilus London - it’s worth a listen - and now with her single, ‘Losing You.’ Beyonce may have the popular vote, but Solange is teaming up with some quality producers who are putting the progress back into soul music.
Bruno Mars is among the many mainstream musicians with so much talent in that voice of theirs and yet don’t seem to be hanging out with the right crowd of producers. Thankfully, my reliance on the remix community has paid off once again, this time Whyel goes electro-house on the Mars man. I can’t say I like the house solos that appear a few times throughout the ‘When I Was Your Man’ remix, but now that I figured out Whyel use to go by YoungLife, it makes a lot more sense. He’s done a few good house remixes.
Headnodic’s The Iguana album is all sample free, but I’m still dying to figure out what lovely lady he got to lay down some vocals for Zaya. And until I do, take a listen to Headnodic’s smooth, culture song and help me figure it out.
Terror Tone’s Tundra instantly reminded me of times out in London, back when I was there in ’09. I worked for Universal Music at the time doing digital marketing for a few of their rap artists. And as terrible as they all were and the rap scene in general out there, I think I’ve finally found something from England, and technically Toronto too, that’s got potential. And even though the Ragga Twins are nothing new to the scene, if anything quite the opposite, with Terror Tone’s garage edit, this puts a whole new spark to “UK rap.”
Ghetto Funk’s yearly roundup of electro funk remixes wasn’t as eventful this year compared to last, but of course there was at least one funkadelic remix to highlight. Lewd Behavior’s remix of ‘Fell in Love with a Girl’ by The White Stripes is a bass rollin fanfare, ‘specially with those drops. I bet if Mr. White himself went funky with the electro, he’d probably tune the bass to something like this – it matches his sound that well.
Luminaire is such a favorite of mine because he picks such good vocals. ‘Like We Used To’ is a simple dirty disco beat with a few verses repeated, but the vocals are chosen so well and the beat is matched up so right. –Gotta get him doin legit collabs soon though.
Heading to San Fran tomorrow for the day, so I thought I’d share this treat with y’all. Sun Rai’s San Francisco Street sounds straight out of a hit tv show from the 70’s, 80’s… or today. But I can’t say I share the same sentiments of San Fran as Rai seems to – too dreamy. Hopefully one day, though.
More recently I’ve been looking deeper into the remixes I post and comparing them with their originals. The reason is because I started getting quite a few remix submissions that sounded great, but really didn’t do anything drastically different from its original.
In Bishiclet & Super Fuzzy’s remix of ‘Like The Dance Floor,’ the two take the best part of A-Trak’s single, the chorus, speeds ‘em up and pushes out one easy-going, fun-loving reinterpretation – far different than its original. Trust me, this versions is much more satisfying.
I’m still quite stricken by how well music has been progressing these last few years. If you can’t see (or hear) what’s going on creatively around the world, you’re not exploring it enough. It’s out there, in all forms. Jessie’s ‘What You Won’t Do For Love’ is the latest distinction I’ve come across. It feels like she’s singing straight to me and isn’t that what music’s about. And who did this beat woofta.
This marks a new turn in music for SNG. We’ve moved on from the 70’s disco gon’ electro to 80’s glam rock pop or whatever you wanna call it. I don’t know how I ran into Tommy Lee & Aero’s ‘The Rules,’ probably MauTrap’s SoundCloud, but it’s been growing on me ever since. SOFI’s voice may be a little bit too snotty with a cheesy 80’s feel to it at times, but Tommy & Areo write her in well.
Funny side note: didn’t even know Tommy Lee was the Tommy Lee until researching this post. I am so out of the loop, and I feel so damn hipster good about it.