Mirrors are back with a new video for a new version of Look Of Me, the second single to be taken off their excellent Lights And Offerings album. The video begins in white, temporarily confusing the person watching that there may be something wrong with their video codec, but soon computerized atoms appear and collect and form a naked singer and his various body parts, but not naked enough to show the naughty bits. Halfway through a kaleidascope effect (similar to Goldfrapp‘s Strict Machine) is used (we were kinda grossed out by the extra set of teeth) and then everything abruptly ends. This video is in stark contrast to the band’s previous image of suites and ties. Could this simbolize the naked emotions and vulnerabilty of the song and singer? Let’s face it, I rather see them naked than wear an emotionally “raw” meat dress.
Light and breezy, like a nice spring/summer leisurely weekend stroll, Florrie is back with a third single and video in about as many weeks, with I Give You Something, off her 6 track ep, Experiments. You would think that with an album and single title like these, Florrie was advocating for relaxed drug laws, however, as this video demonstrates, the only thing Florrie is high on, is life itself and walking around the city while her music plays in the background. We were slightly taken back by bed fellows Dolce & Gabbana, however, we realize everyone is doing product placement these days (we lost count of how many products Lady GaGa was pimping in Bad Romance), and we can excuse her for it, since she is releasing these songs and videos without the help of a major label (hopefully, she got to keep the clothes!). Sounding a little like a cross between Freemasons and Kylie, I Took A Little Something is the song off her EP that stands the best chance of crossing over. We wish her well because she deserves fame.
Then: Taking their name from the movie Barbarella, Duran Duran were formed in the late 70s in Birmingham by Nick Rhodes, John Taylor and Stephen “Tin Tin” Duffy. By the time they released their debut album in 1981, lead singer Stephen had left to pursue a solo career and was replaced by Simon Le Bon (with additional members Roger and Andy Taylor). At first they had embraced the look and sound of the New Romantic movement, notably debut single, Planet Earth, but this would not last long. Their second album, RIO, saw the band adopt a more polished image and radio friendly sound. The change proved wildly successful, producing 4 hit singles, including Hungry Like The Wolf, that would win over the hearts and minds of millions of American teenage girls and gay boys. Hit single after hit single occurred including the most successful selling James Bond theme song (A View To A Kill). Duran Duran would become household names and one of the top selling artists of the 80s.
Now: Although The band never broke up, (but did go through a series of lineup changes), like many bands that became famous in the 80s, their profile dimmed as alternative rock (grunge) and rap became fashionable. They did score a hit in 1993 with Ordinary World, but for Duranies, this was an alien sound and they were no longer the band they had fallen in love with. The core members, Simon Lebon, Nick Rhodes, John, Andy and Roger Taylor would reunite in 2001 (although Andy would leave again in 2006) and score a moderate hit, (Reach Up For The) Sunrise, that saw a semi-return to their sound. The band parted ways with their record label in 2009 and recently released, through an independent label, All You Need is Now. Girl Panic is off this album and sees them again returning to their roots and the sound that made girls (and boys) swoon in the 80s.
Channeling such late 80s/early 90s synthpop luminaries as Anything Box, Cause & Effect and Celebrate the Nun, London-based, Kid Kasio (Nathan Cooper) has released a video for his sublime new single, Over and Over, which was shot on location and on a shoestring budget at 6 Flags, New Orleans. We at bop2pop are very excited about Kid Kasio who shows strong promise.
Update: Thanks Kid Kasio, for tweeting about us!
If you told me I would be featuring a Sade track on my blog, I would scoff, but gosh darn it, here I am, posting this previously unreleased, incredible electro stomper, courteous of Alex Metric, who has previously provided great remixes to Depeche Mode, Ladyhawke and LaRoux. Sade is getting down in this remix and if you open your ears, I think you might like it too.
Munich-based duo, Columbus have created an 80’s sun-tastic video for a song that could easily have been done by Yello back in the day. Filled with aerobics and leotards, pyramids and high priestesses and a melting cassette deck, Hubble, which thankfully doesn’t seem to take itself too seriously, is the perfect hot summer song.
Australian trio RüFüS have worked wonders on Elizabeth Rose’s track, Stars Ago. They got her to re-record the vocals and added their own, transforming this song into a dance floor powerhouse. Great stuff.