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In A Tidal Wave Of Mystery (Capital Cities)

In albums, current listenings on June 7, 2013 at 12:46 am

Capital Cities - In A Tidal Wave Of Mystery

Two years after I posted “Safe and Sound“, the electro-dance-pop-joy single by Capital Cities, they’ve hit the number one charts for Modern Pop and are selling out shows on their North American tour, including stops at Bonnaroo and Toronto’s Edgefest 2013.

And now their debut album, In A Tidal Wave Of Mystery, is out and I’m listening to it now. And clearly, I love it. These two dudes have managed to recreate the easy-breezy rock your socks off, Summer-synth sounds on every track of this album. Kick ass, right? From the main track we all know and love (aka “Safe and Sound”), the album starts with a bang. Everytime I hear this track I feel like I am going home, because of some great memories associated with it over the last two years. And then we run right into the light and airy “Patience Gets Us Nowhere Fast”, which is slightly faster but has less of an intensity. Its got shorter syncopations in the synths and an echoing, ringing high end chime or synth that makes this track feel like there’s a little more sunshine in the top end…mixed with the breeze you might feel if you were driving in a classic red convertible with the top down, along the West Coast (I picture a tall and imposing rock face on one side of the road, and a sharp drop off to ocean on the other).

What’s really cool about the album is that there is a sense of familiarity to it, partially due to the fact that they managed to keep their electro-dance-pop sound, as I mentioned before. Part of that is also because I know a few of the tracks, like “Kangaroo Court“.

The album has got enough dance to it that you won’t mind busting a move, but you can also rock out to this Summer album in the background while you’re bbq’ing some mixed veg and enjoying a Mill Street brew. In other words, its kind of like the perfect Summer album.

If you haven’t been following Capital Cities since I originally posted “Safe and Sound”, then shame on you! Just joking, but now is the time to get on board. This album might just be my favourite Summer album for 2013…at least that’s how it’s shaping up right now!

So check it out, support these two on iTunes and check out their shows if you can! I’m going to see if I can get to Edgefest. You can catch Capital Cities on Conan tonight for their debut TV performance, and in the meantime, enjoy their tunes and this live video.

Spectrum (Say My Name) (Calvin Harris Remix) by Florence + The Machine

In current listenings, tracks to listen to on September 4, 2012 at 10:54 am

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 Ceremonials almost 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.

 

Nothing Compares 2 U (Capital Cities)

In current listenings, tracks to listen to on August 9, 2012 at 1:05 pm

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God I love these guys. Capital Cities just released this rad cover of the oh-so-singable, widely known Sinead O’Connor song. I seriously think you’ll love this. 

You can share “Nothing Compares 2 U” on The Hype Machine, or check out the SoundCloud clip below. 

Time To Realize (Lemaitre)

In current listenings, tracks to listen to on May 31, 2012 at 9:00 am

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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!

Addicted (Morgan Page feat. Greg Laswell)

In current listenings, tracks to listen to on April 17, 2012 at 3:57 pm

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.

Enjoy! :)

Let You Sleep Tonight (Young Empires)

In current listenings, tracks to listen to on April 9, 2012 at 9:00 am

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…

QueenS (THEESatisfaction)

In current listenings, tracks to listen to on March 30, 2012 at 9:00 am

Oh god I love this beat.

I’m going to keep this short and sweet today. Check out this song and be prepared to bust a move. The end.

Kangaroo Court (Capital Cities)

In current listenings, tracks to listen to on March 29, 2012 at 3:50 pm

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 don’t know this duo, check out their music on The Hype Machine or as a direct download from Soundcloud and enjoy.

Another short and sweet post for you today!

By Surprise (Gemini Club)

In current listenings, tracks to listen to on March 15, 2012 at 9:57 am

Let’s keep this simple today. It’s a beautiful, sunny day here on Jeju Island and this track makes me feel like dancing on the beach (although its not quite that warm yet)…

Download a free copy of “By Surprise” from Gemini Club’s website.

Enjoy.

2 Songs to Make You Groove Right Now

In current listenings, tracks to listen to on February 16, 2012 at 10:59 am

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…

1. “Catgroove” by Parov Stelar

 2. “Get a Move On” by Mr. Scruff


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