There has been lots of raving about Florence + The Machine, but it took me a while to warm up to her music. With the release of Ceremonialsalmost one year ago, Florence proved that her talents expand beyond one hit album. I still haven’t listened to much of her music over all, and I would probably really like it now.
More importantly, right now…Florence is on fire, and so is Calvin Harris. Harris is producing remixes for so many major artists, as well as his own work. Without a doubt, you’ve heard his name. About two weeks ago, I heard this amazing remix of “Spectrum (Say My Name)”and it instantly hit me. I love this tune. Florence’s erupting vocals matched with the familiar, but fresh beats by Calvin Harris create a club anthem that is perfect for late in the night, when your mind and body are tired but you just can’t help yourself from moving to the music, hands in the air, with whatever energy you have left.
“Spectrum (Say My Name)” comes from Florence’s July Spectrum EP.
Dance it up to this fresh track from Lemaitre, a Norwegian indie-beat duo comprising of Ketil & Ulrik. Off their Relativity 2 EP, “Time To Realize” is a catchy dance tune with some soft and smooth synths to fill out the sound. In other words, it makes you want to move without tiring you out with intense wave-synths that drone on in your ear. No, this track is silky and breezy and still dance-worthy.
Not only is it a sweet dance track, the lyrics have subtle suggestions that maybe, just maybe, its about the infamous North Korean political regime. Not what you first expect, right? “I’m born in 84, or 83, whatever, who the fuck knows”, is a pretty sneaky reference to how little we know about Kim Jong-Un, but when you combine that with the military-interrogation themed video, which you can watch below, it is a little more obvious.
It sounds heavy, but Lemaitre keeps the tune light. The dancer in the video suggests that we shouldn’t take it too seriously, even if it is a real sentiment written about the North. Without seeing the video and listening too carefully, you would have no idea.
Check out this track and let me know your thoughts!
I found this track on The Hype Machine and I love it. Its got momentum that doesn’t stop, but an easy sound that is just enough to give you a bit of energy and tap into your heart chords at the same time. It also features Greg Laswell on a track that’s a little more upbeat than anything I’ve heard from him before.
I was cruising my friend Laura’s blog last week and saw that she posted a song by Young Empires, that kick ass Canadian band that I posted about mid-January. Do you remember “Enter Through The Sun“? That song makes me move. BIG TIME.
“Let You Sleep Tonight” is the last track on their recently released EP, Wake All My Youth, which is available on iTunes, by the by. Once again, its got a great beat with some ethereal elements that always make me feel good. So to me, this band just makes me feel good, and I think that’s the best. That’s what the self-named “haute-rock” band wants, right?
If you like this track, I would totally encourage you to support this band. I’ve been listening to some tracks that I downloaded from birp.fm and also just by streaming them online, but I last week I went on iTunes and bought their EP myself…because its so great! And don’t you want to support small bands? Isn’t it the best? These guys deserve it…
For a little preview, take a listen to their EP here…
Capital Cities is back with another great tune that (once again) makes me want to bust a move, and even as I’m sitting here writing this entry I can’t help but move. Since I heard “Safe and Sound” last Summer, I’ve been a fan of these guys and their fun, feel good tunes.
If you haven’t noticed, I haven’t written for about two or three weeks. Today in Jeju, its cloudy! Its funny that sometimes on a rainy, grey day all you want to do is curl up and watch a movie…and yet other times, all you want to do is put on some sunny tunes or radical beats that make you move and re-energize you. Today, I’m feeling the latter.
So, without further ado…I think these 2 songs might just make you move today. If you are at work, maybe you can lock your door, close your blinds, and let loose for 7 minutes as you enjoy these beats! And if you are in your car, maybe you can blast the stereo at full volume and rock out in the driver’s seat. And if you are anywhere else, then put in some headphones and take a cue from this guy below…
Okay, these guys released this track a few weeks ago, and its such a fun, upbeat, clean cover of Madonna’s tune that I couldn’t help but post it. You know I like Capital Cities…and that includes this track too!