Archive for May, 2012
Point in take for any aspiring musicians hoping to impress me, I know there are probably none but just in case you know, throw in some steel drums and an upbeat bass line and I will like it. Blood Diamonds and Grimes really should release a full length album together because this track is so refreshing in a familiar sort of way.
Also I forgot how much I like Blood Diamonds, here is another of my favourite tracks.
Thanks to the UK-based blog MTHRFNKR, formerly known as postdubstep @ Tumblr, I’ve got my hands on some unreleased copies of The xx’s new songs from a live performance. No idea when they’re planning to release their next album, but I’m guessing in the next couple of months. The quality isn’t too terrible either.
Not really sure if there’s been much of an evolution with their sound. Sounds like the same ghostly, melancholy driven stuff from their self-titled, with its minimalistic use of instrumentation, and alternating vocals between Romy and Oliver… but! I’m not complaining and I’m sure their fans aren’t either, since we all loved and love this moody style they seem to have pioneered and perfected.
I find Untitled Track 2 to be the most interesting out of the bunch after a quick listen. In the first verse, we get this quirky little guitar riff that sets this song apart, in a way.
Enjoy and you’re welcome.
Guaranteed to be this summer’s hit production duo, Flight Facilities hails from Trinidad and Tobago, and their latest single “With You” featuring vocals from Hot Chip drummer Rob Smoughton, also known as Grovesnor, is making the waves. I can very well see myself drinking cold ones and chilling on a patio to this easy, breezy tune.
Perhaps even more impressive than the song itself is its accompanying music video:
Directed by someone named Benjamin Drake, or so say the YouTube credits, this futuristic anime style music video brings us back to the Daft Punk 90s era, featuring all the great things 90s electro-house, sci-fi-inspired anime music videos should feature: lonely, lovesick cyborgs, mad scientists, and starship taxi rides through a hazy and surreal downtown Tokyo. Makes my heart flutter a bit.
This song also reminds me of the disco-pop influenced soundtrack of Drive, especially the opening track “Nightcall” by Kavinsky (feat. Lovefoxxx).
In other news, NXNE is only three weeks away! With headliners like Of Montreal, The Flaming Lips, Matt Good, and Bran Van 3000, keep your eyes on this blog to get the most recent reviews of your favourite shows.
I’ve said it once, and I’ll say it again – 2012 is THE year for K-pop to make a distinctive mark in North America. This past March, during Canadian Music Week, several Korean artists made their debut on Canadian soil at Toronto’s Kool Haus at an event called 2K12 Korea Night. It is the biggest Korean concert to happen in Canada to date. You can check out my review of 2K12 Korea Night: K-Pop Wave at Kool Haus HERE. To add more to the “Korean wave” in North America, this past January and February, Girls’ Generation, a nine-member South Korean pop girl group, had their American TV debut performing their first English single, “The Boys” on The Late Show with David Letterman and Live! with Kelly. Also, popular South Korean boy group, Big Bang, are set to have their very first world tour titled “ALIVE TOUR 2012” through Live Nation. The band will be stopping on 5 continents, 16 countries, and 25 cities.
Early this morning, I was anxiously awaiting the release of Jay Park’s mixtape. Jay Park – the one that kickstarted my curiosity about K-pop – dropped a free-for-download mixtape titled “FRESH A!R:BREATHE !T” on May 16th at 11:30PM KST. The mixtape consists of six R&B/Hip-Hop infused track recorded entirely in English. “You Know How We Do” and “William Hung” make me want to krump. BODY2BODY makes me want to drink and dance provocatively with Jay Park. “Do What We Do” and “Be With Me 2Night” seduces me into letting Jay Park have his way with me, while “Hopeless Love” makes me want to cry a little. I really hope that this mixtape along with his headlining APAHM tour launches Jay Park’s music career in North America. I would love to see him perform live.
Park tweeted that he will be performing these English tracks on the Verizon APAHM tour where he is this year’s featured artist. Fans will be able to catch Jay Park in Washington DC (May 19), New York (May 20), San Francisco (May 25), and Los Angeles (May 27).