March 31, 2011
Diamond Rings is Canadian singer John O’Regan from Toronto. It’s Not My Party is off his debut album that was released last year. The album has got a lot of buzz and may be worth pursuing if you like this track. I am not sure if the video is a morality tale of what can happen if you go out alone and mix alcohol and dolls, or if it captures the essence of self discovery within the confides of isolation and alienation. But whatever you take from it, it is a beautifully shot although I am not sure why he is singing with a bruised eye when in the video he is hit and is bloodied in the mouth. The video reminds of another video, The Knife‘s, Pass This On, which also features the theme of crossdressing, but instead of a bar, takes place in what appears to be an inhouse rehab center. It may very well be where Diamond Rings will be heading after his night of debauchery. The Knife need no introduction and are truly innovators in electronic music. In addition to The Knife, lead singer Karin Dreijer Andersson has also provided sublime vocal work for Röyksopp and whose side project Fever Ray released one of the most buzzed about albums of last year. So who wins? Ultimately, in this bout the winning blow comes from The Kife because whereas in the Diamond Rings video, crossdressing leads to a bashing, in The Knife’s version, it encourages acceptance and understanding. I guess I am an optimist here, because I think that is ultimately the better message.
The Knife – Pass This On
March 28, 2011
Ladytron have amassed a decade long catalog of influential and catchy tunes. To celebrate the decade, they have just released a retrospective of many of their hits (but why oh why was She Took Him To A Movie not included and Evil only on the deluxe version?). Two new tracks, Ace of Hz, which was recently released and this track, Little Black Angel appear on the album. The song is super catchy and is actually a cover of Industrial innovators, Death In June, who first recorded it in 1992. To me, their version reminds me of Some Velvet Morning by Lee Hazlewood and Nancy Sinatra. Which version do you prefer?
Death In June’s Version
March 28, 2011
Russian?! Synthpop band, Tesla Boy released one of the best albums within its genre last year, and third single, Rebecca came out earlier this year. I am not a big fan of compiled concert videos (are you hearing me Goldfrapp and thrown together, Believer?), because it screams “copout” in terms of production and concept, but I am willing to overlook it since this is a band you probably haven’t heard of, but if you are a synthpop lover, and hey, you probably wouldn’t be here if you weren’t, is worth checking out.
And here is their remix of ultra icy cool Sally Shapiro, Miracle
March 27, 2011
Starting with a Giorgio Moroder template and mixing icy hints of Annie and Goldfrapp, Freestyle, the debut single by Queen Of Hearts screams super hit. Nothing is known about this artist, other than a video teaser and full song stream. Are you salivating yet? This song has the potential of being this year’s Stuck On Repeat.
Here is the entire song stream
March 27, 2011
Then: Blancmange first came to prominence in 1982 with the album release of “Happy Families” whose classic single, “Living On The Ceiling”, mixed synthpop music , world beats and crazy gravity defying hair. It was a massive UK hit and got college radio play in the US. Less popular but just as anthemic was first single, “Feel Me”. There was great promise for second album, “Mange Tout” and it started out with the clever, (although slightly too similar to “Feel Me”) release, “Blind Vision”, but the album was a mixed bag, also containing the dreadful Abba cover, “The Day Before You Came”. This marked the beginning of the end for Blancmange whose fate was quickly sealed with rushed third album, “Believe You Me”, that fell on death ears. Blancmange soon disappeared into obscurity.
Now: Last year, Faithless released a cover of “Feel Me” featuring Blancmange on lyrics which built enough momentum for them to come out of hibernation. After 23 years, Blancmange is back with a new album. It is receiving decent buzz from reviewers, bloggers and fans alike, most notably The Manchester Guardian, which triumphed their return, awarding the album 4 out of 5 stars . Check out first single, “Drive Me” and see if it was worth the wait.
Listen to and download Faithless’ remake of Feel Me.
March 25, 2011
Picking up, right where Yelle left off, Parisian Electro disco’s Jupiter have release the insanely catchy, albeit, heavy on the cheese, debut single, “Sake” that has already been gaining some buzz and will appear on the new Kitsune compilation album, “KitsuneParisien”. Check out the low on budget , but high on fun video.
And here is a fun mix by Anoraak.
March 10, 2011
I am escaping NYC this weekend and its miserable weather and heading to the Caribbean with my family to celebrate my mother’s 65 birthday. I will be gone for a week, but promise to return refreshed and mostly likely burnt to a crisp. To get me in the proper mood, I am playing on loop this classic Marsheaux track from their 2009’s brilliant album, Lumineux Noir. Summer is a blissful track, and the video perfectly personifies my days lying on the beach as I duck to avoid all those pesky flying stingrays.
Rumor has it, that the new Marsheaux album is coming out later this year and I am stoked! This will undoubtedly be one of the top albums of the year. If you like classic Ladytron and Client, you’ll LOVE LOVE LOVE this Greek band.
To tie us over for the new album, I am also going to let my readers preview and download a mix of the new track by Rolla Scape, Heaven Is Real with features vocals by Marsheaux.
On a side note, I was just want to thank NewNowNext for posting my review of the OMD concert on Tuesday. It means a lot to me that a band I love and care about so much can reach tens of thousands of readers through my review, many of whom may be discovering them for the first time.
Go to the review on NewNowNext, read my article and see some great concert shots…
I am leaving for holiday on Sunday and won’t have access to new music, nor my computer, so this will be my last post until I get back (about 2 weeks) so for the 3 of you reading my blog (and 2 of those are coming with me), please be patient and I shall reward you plenty when I return.