I know I focus too much on chorus too much of the time, but Corinne Bailey Rae’s is damn near perfect in ‘Put Your Records On.’ It quite literally put me to tears. She’s as inspiring in words, for the most part, as she is in vocal zest and Nehzui’s remix gives it the extra oomph it deserves. His electro brass is a bit… brass but essential for the sing-a-long.
Turns out I had heard the Gordon City’s version first, but I got to say this one is miles better. We love our house deep here, which Gordon City provides, but the slight piano in this version gives Laura Welsh the silence her voice can handle.
First Odesza with Zhu and now Classixx with Rufus. There’s nothing I love more than when my favorites remix my favorites (I’ve got a lot of favorites).
We didn’t do a write up on Rufus’s Atlas album simply because we didn’t really have much to say on it. It’s not as easy as you’d think bringing in some other insights. Take this post for example. But with our move towards playlists, our words won’t get in the way of good music no mo. Stay Tuned.
I don’t know if you’re gonna like the chorus, I didn’t, but listening to the full thing through gives a good story to picture. Steven A. Clark has some smooth southern draw to his R&B, which ranges into some sort of indie.
Better question – not that there was a question before – who the hell is the gal? I really don’t understand why musicians don’t give proper credit to their features… [ frustrating ] She does only make a small appearance a minute in and one other on repeat, but somewhere on SoundCloud is not asking much.
I didn’t quite listen to the lyrics on Phonat’s ‘Never’ at first, it’s all about the sound at the start, but they’re my favorite thing about it now. The sound however is something to talk about, especially in Icarus’s version. We’re trying to lay off the remixes right now and save ‘em for a collection, but Icarus speeds up the tempo and lays in some disco-house synths to livin’ this one up to where it’s needed.
Sitting here listening to NTEIBINT’s ‘Never Without You,’ trying to think up anything to write on so we can get Stella’s voice out there, gets me thinking about how music has gotten me through so much. We can’t pick our lives or even our minds, but at least we’ve got music to help us cope with this shit show.
As much as NTEIBINT has supported Stella with a fairly fresh beat, the girl gets most our praise. Stella’s got a country blues tone that reminds me of Stevie Nicks. Though Stella leans more city proper than Stevie’s country swang.
[I'm really just comparing the two so I can show off this clip of Stevie practicing 'Wild Heart' - but listen to Stella first!]
If you had to pick between Banks, Lana Del Rey, Lorde & Lykke Li, who’d it be? Mine’s definitely the baddest bitch of the bunch. I don’t know what it is. And how long it’ll last. But I know it has something to do with how she slips her personality in her songs in such small spaces. How she sings “only then, can we begin” melts my heart every time I hear it.
Check it out in one of Lykke’s latest, ‘No Rest for the Wicked.’
I swear I’ve heard Izzy Bizu’s White Tiger before, but the best ones always feel that at first. Izzy’s got a pop in that faint rasp voice and her piano counterpart Mika Barroux plays off it well. Kinda jealous of him right now – for that piano dexterity, yes, but more so this look she gives him in their music video.
Shiny Toy Guns reminds me of a few different music influences all rolled into one. First off, Chad Petree’s vocals sound a helluva lot like Damon Albarn’s of Gorillaz and Blur. A similar inflection in their voices, which seemed like a British thing but Chad’s from Oklahoma.
Other influences include Last Lynx and their ‘Killing Switch‘ song. It’s that male // female duet against a lighthearted, upbeat beat that lump the two songs together. It also reminds me of Shallow Hal’s club montage with that 90′s perception of what 70′s disco sounded like — but I’m not even gonna try to attempt to convince or prove it to you.
Forget our favorite ladies (and one dude) of 2013. 2014 is her’ and it’s already topping them all.
And only someone such as Yukimi from Little Dragon could make it so obvious. She’s got something in her voice few singers can compete with in personality & character. Not only that, but the boys behind her are giving her production, like in “Klapp Klapp,” the compliment her sound needs to stay in the spotlight where music’s progressing right now. The only ones that may be able to do them better are Disclosure. Better yet, wouldn’t that be one hell of a collaboration.
Who do you think would collab best with Little Dragon? Gorillaz is tough competition.