30
May
14

Scandinavia’s Monument…

Music collaboration is no different from the dating world. You either have chemistry and create unforgettable experiences, or you two simply aren’t meant to be. The only unforgettable experience you’re penning is a story to tell your friends about how awful she was. The formidable duo of Svein and Torbjørn have paired with Sweden’s pop-songstress Robyn to bring more of that chemistry they unveiled years back. On ‘The Girl and the Robot’, the duo planted a charging electro pulse as Robyn attacked vocally. The formula of one part Royksopp and one part Robyn wielding their musical prowess was a match. On 2010′s ‘Body Talk’ record, ‘None of Dem’ pounds harder as the beat pulses seismically and Robyn ferociously wails. 2-2 on the collaboration tip. We knew it, as did they.

What this Scandinavian powerhouse has birthed is a sweeping 5 track EP. A most excellent collaboration within the realm of ‘Royksopp Forever’ and ‘Dancing On My Own’. And a ragin’ Speak & Spell guttural banger, too.

Thanks to The Creators Project, we have a sit down with this dreamy team as the trio talk us through ‘Do It Again’.

 

17
May
14

Lou Reed’s “Dirty Boulevard” Reinterpreted…

Take a song and make it your own. Simply, put your twist on it; maybe that’s a restructure, a whole new vocal delivery, extending the composition, etc. Leave it up to Ontario’s Hawksley Workman to produce an exemplary model of what a cover can sound/look like. This time, Hawksley is putting his spin on the literary rocker Lou Reed’s “Dirty Boulevard” off the ‘New York’ LP.

 

15
Apr
14

Bangin’ out the iPhone speakers…

But I know so many people who listen to music out of their iPhone speakers. It becomes background noise, part of the wash. It makes music not special anymore. If you eat pizza all the time, it doesn’t taste like pizza anymore.

 

Nick Waterhouse doesn’t like your smartphone and its audio capabilities. In ‘Music Is More Mobile Than Ever, But Convenience Comes At a Price’ the Chicago Tribune’s Greg Kot speaks of how empowered today’s music consumer is and how challenging being an artist in 2014 truly is because of music’s ubiquity and undervalued worth.

Now I can’t condone someone using their smartphone’s speakers to experience music, but ya know, as a last resort, sometimes it happens. The speaker is an essential piece of — can I say furniture — anyone’s bedroom. Mistakes happen though, and water can be a speaker killer.  One second you’re shaking it; then the next your loved one is flustered and flailing like a wet fish knocking over drinks on the audio furniture.

Like a sensual dance or a straight up striptease, music can seduce. It should be an essential component in your about to get down repertoire. And because my dance moves are only best performed in front of the mirror, alone, and the only striptease I have is by Hawksley Workman, the playlist has become an integral part of foreplay. Without it, I’ve hit a dry spell. So for the past few weeks, with the most essential bedroom piece since the mattress out of commission, it’s either a silent soundtrack to our last dance, or a crackled, faint bump wafting out of my smartphone’s tinny sounding speakers. Whatever, Waterhouse, the latter always equals some of the best tasting pizza.

 

14
Apr
14

Lorde’s ‘Team’ reimagined by Local H…

“I remember going down a Lorde rabbit hole on YouTube last summer, and the song that really stuck with me was ‘Team.’ The lyrics killed me. They were everything I’d been wanting to hear someone say in a pop song. I sorta teared up a little. I tried playing an acoustic version at a show in January, but quickly realized that the song was an anthem and should be rocked out. Besides, acoustic Lorde is the Boss’s territory now.”

We already know Local H is recreating others’ songs for their Awesome Mixtape #2. Today one of those renditions surfaces in the form of a studio video. Chicago’s duo chose ‘Team’ off Lorde’s 2013 Pure Heroine LP. Check the debut studio track from the newly reincarnated Local H…

 

13
Apr
14

Best Britpop Anthem?

The AV Club surveyed 30,000 BBC radio listeners and Pulp’s dance anthem ‘Common People’ came out on top. No surprises here — I would have said the same.

11
Apr
14

!!!’s take on Nate Dogg’s Get Up…

3.5 minutes is simply not enough time to find your groove. Who said doubling that length is the perfect formula? The ideal length, after much experimentation, seems to be nine minutes and 49 seconds or, the duration of Chk Chk Chk‘s rendition on Nate Dogg’s ‘Get Up’. The original is a mid-tempo party jam, one that invokes a raise of your glass, a synchronized head nod with the beat, and a pimp-like strut. But if you’ve witnessed a !!! live show, they don’t grace your stage to do something mid-tempo –they’re there to make you move. Really, lose yourself. Perhaps, dance yrself clean.

The fire begins immediately care of a blues riff on the keys; Nic’s gruff Nate Dogg impersonation layered on top of the groove, shimmer, and ass movin’ beat. But at the halfway point is where everything is flipped. Vocal effects, head spinning production, double time tempo and enough space in the track to give your best Nic impersonation. It’s Friday, GET UP….

07
Apr
14

Royksopp & Robyn back at it…

The Swedish songstress Robyn and Norway’s formidable duo Royksopp are back in the lab. Their chemistry seems to bring out the best in both: Royksopp lays down a hypnotic, club ready beat, while the party ready Robyn and her uplifting voice seamlessly meld into it.

Get excited because this Scandinavian trio is touring. Check the promo video for the “Do It Again” tour. A throbbing, guttural pulse bumps throughout — and I want to travel to catch this spectacle…

 




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