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Monday
Sep292014

Premiere: Lorde - Yellow Flicker Beat (From The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 1 OST)

Lorde has been busy curating the entire soundtrack to The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 1 and here's the first taster! Yellow Flicker Beat is exactly that. The intro aches and slow burns, the flicker kicking into a hard hitting beat with the nervous undertone being a constant companion. Vocally it's a stunning track - very Lorde! Dark, haunting and restrained with some soaring parts. Holding back what sounds like a threat, and we're hypnotized by it. Listen below! Thoughts?

Sunday
Sep282014

Premiere: Aretha Franklin - Rolling In The Deep (Adele Cover)

Imagine writing a song about a crazy breakup you had at 20 y.o and a few years later Aretha Franklin releases that very same song as a lead single. Well that's exactly what's happened to Adele and her contemporary evergreen Rolling In The Deep. The original video has over half a billion views (!) and we have a feelin' there's gonna be a renewed interest right about now. Aretha will release her ...Sings The Great Diva Classics on October 21st and we sure hope there's gonna be some behind the scenes footage of her singing this one. Just hearing her use the word shit in a song, haha. Git it Aretha! She takes it to church for sure and it's a real treat hearing her iconic vocals take on contemporary material. Remember when she sang the underwear off Mariah Carey's Touch My Body a few years back?! Sure, we'd loved if her voice wasn't so manipulated and was kept a bit more raw + not sure how they came up with mixing in Ain't No Mountain High Enough - that's kind of the antithesis to Adele's firey rage. More anger and less flat production... Anyway...welcome back Ms. Franklin!   



Saturday
Sep272014

Premiere: Karen Harding - Say Something (Bodhi Remix)

Karen Harding is on a roll with infectious debut single Say Something. The official stream is clocking up over 200K plays in just a month and she's getting rave reviews. Niiice! Cardiff duo Bodhi infuses the already retro house sounding track with some of their piano house magic. The result is a stunning banger that showcases Karen's brilliant backing vocals, stunning lead and throws in some nu-disco vibes for good measure. Love it! It's kinda straight forward and just puts out that magnificent groove without any fuss or unnecessary add-ons. Simply - d.a.n.c.e!   

Friday
Sep262014

Free Download: Goldfrapp - Thea (Alex Nagshineh Remix) 

Goldfrapp's Thea is one of our favourites from the whole Tales of Us era. Finding at least a flicker of light in absolute despair is at least something and this song speaks volumes. Not to mention how wonderful the music is. So emotive and blasting us with that bassline of doom and sorrow. Amazing! London based producer Alex Nagshineh puts a flawless spin on it, creating a whole new structure and then letting the original shine through the cracks occasionally. It's a hypnotic and strangely soothing experience, and also worh mentioning - a 7+ minute one! Really awesome! Stream and grab the .wav below. Enjoy! 

Thursday
Sep252014

Free Download: FKA twigs - Two Weeks (Rationale Edit)

We're seeing FKA twigs live in concert next month and safe to say - we cannot wait! Luckily for us we came across this crazy good bootleg of her amazing and anthemic Two Weeks by L.A based producer Rationale. Her debut album LP1 needs a sidekick and here we have it! And yes, this will keep us rational and not stir crazy until the show, haha. It's a 7:36 minute trip into another dimension with the original stuttering beat amped up by a new tempo and sensation. The darkness and slow pulsating atmosphere is teamed with laser beams and a hands-in-the-air feeling - the contradiction is amazing. Laugh, cry? Both at the same time is the best option we have a feelin'. So much is going on here, ya'll better be prepared to hit repeat to catch it all. Enjoy!