Posts Tagged ‘Disco

05
Oct
10

THE RECOMMENDER – VILLA

VILLA

Do you know what the ‘Iambic Pentameter’ is?  It’s something we want to discuss today as we feel there’s a similar thing found in music.  There’s a certain pace of a beat that seems to fit so well inside our heads and it’s a difficult one to pin down or describe, but when you hear it, particularly in electronic music, it just feels right.  Perhaps it’s the way it’s played? Perhaps it’s that it’s a great beat to move to, allowing steps between the beats, so you can dance with ease to it?  Perhaps it’s something to do with how it matches the beat of your heart, or on a deeper level psychologically – the beat of your mother’s heart in the womb.  The Iambic Pentameter is usually associated with the rhythm of poetry or language and where or how you stress parts of each sentence.  It’s a trick that Shakespeare mastered and is commonly used – whether we know we ‘re doing it or not – when we speak in English.  It’s about pace, comfort and being easy on the ear.  This is where we get to a new trio from Belgium called Villa, who have been found floating about the remix market rather a lot in over the last year or so.  They seem to have nailed down the art of a beat that’s so comfortable you may begin to notice that your limbs move autonomously.  It’s a beat born in the disco halls of the 70s, with that familiar thump-clap-thump-clap that’s so easy to nod to.  It’s something that they’ve used very successfully time and again with the majority of their many remixes, from Gorillaz, to Ali Love, to Moby, to Keane, to The C90s, to Dan Le Sac vs Scroobius Pip and another disco-infused act, The Golden Filter, among others.  You may not like everyone on their selected list, but because they twist each original track into a floor-filling masterclass they bypass any disdain.  Notably, they often still maintain the original songs vocals, which is a trick all the best remixers seem to follow – to leave the bones of the tune, whilst still carving out a new piece of music.  They plan to have another push in the coming weeks of their excellent re-take on the Nacht Und Nebel’s 1984 hit, Beats Of Love, which features vocals by Lou Hayter of the exciting UK band, The New Sins, and rather fondly reminds us of the hypnotic Fan Death.  Expect classic disco strings, their signature mid-tempo and a set of sensual but equally deadpan vocals (yes, just like all the best 70s disco!).  We all know a good remix is a great way to get noticed in these modern times, but if you can back it up with a cover this fresh and original then our hearts will follow you long after the Iambic Pentameter has stopped.   (MB)

Find them here:        Myspace

Hear them here:        VILLA – BEATS OF LOVE ft THE NEW SINS

Hear them here:        DAN LE SAC vs SCROOBIUS PIP – GET BETTER (VILLA VOCAL REMIX)

Hear them here:        MOBY – WAIT FOR ME (VILLA REMIX)

Hear them here:        THE GOLDEN FILTER – THUNDERBIRD (VILLA REMIX)

Hear them here:         THE C90S – 10.01 (VILLA REMIX)

Hear them here:        KEANE – CLEAR SKIES (VILLA REMIX)

Hear them here:        MUSIC GO MUSIC – WARM IN THE SHADOWS (VILLA REMIX)

11
Apr
08

THE RECOMMENDER – Number 2

 

Welcome back…

OK, numero 2. Gonna have a bit a of Yorkshire-theme with this one. Got three bands I wanna share with you… One is a band I’ve been harking on about on other spaces/sites etc, but still think they need to be heard to be believed. They fookin’ rock!

The other Yorkshire band I list are new to me and I’ve fallen in love. And in true Nat King Cole style, this time it’s will be forever. You will learn to love them too. They WILL be the sound of your summer if you still have your ears attached. Perfect beer-on-beach material.

Lastly, I wanna shout about an awesome electro act from LA. I told you that town was cooler than cool right now. They’ve been listed a billion times on countless other blogs before mine, but I’m a new blog and I ain’t up for being first, just good, so I felt them worthy of a new mention. Nice.


GRINNY GRANDAD
 Oh what a sound!! Sweet, soulful, silky vocals over a brilliant set.  A Yorkshire 5-piece straight outta the Mr Scruff / Kidda record box. Horizontal, laid back summer stuff. Riffs and samples marry perfectly with Kimberley Kennedy’s and Claire Swain’s talented vocals. Get ready to fall…

 

 

Find them here : www.myspace.com/grinnygrandad

Hear them here : http://www.zshare.net/audio/103942010097d606/


THE HAIR
OK, so I’ve known about these fella’s for ages and so has the Blogosphere, but this is a new blog space and I just cannot avoid listing them – they’re too darn good! A Yorkshire 4-piece with awesome skills. Sadly just lost their drummer in true ‘Spinal Tap’ style, (but not to a tragic gardening accident, he moved to Swindon or something). Anyways, they’ll move onwards and upwards. Sam Robson on lead-everything is one powerful songsmith. Think The Rapture shagging The Sunshine underground with the freshest moves, add in a dollop of Casio keys and you won’t be far off. It’s all brilliant hooks, riffs and danceable indie brilliance. I attach their video for the track Disco/Retro as it’s ace. Sam told me he’s gonna give some thought to which mp3 I can attach as they’re currently arranging their debut, ‘Indecisions’, of which I’ve had a sneak preview and I assure you its hit after hit. I’ll add the mp3 on a later blog…

DISCO/RETRO

 

 

GUNS n BOMBS
– Electro brilliance. Simple. Great remixers. I attach one below they’ve done of Chromeo’s ‘Fancy footwork’ for your pleasure. A Los Angeles 2-piece marking the scene over on the West coast with distinction. Again, I know they’ve been around the blogoshpere for some time, but I love them too much to miss out. Listen, enjoy, check out their Myspace and keep one eye on the wonders that they bring. Awesome stuff.




Find them here
: www.myspace.com/gunsnbombs 

Hear them here : http://www.zshare.net/audio/103978313a7d86f6/

 
As before, I will also be adding a couple of smaller highlights and mentioning others worthy of note…

Please go search out ‘Damn Arms’ at www.myspace.com/damnarms . They are from the same school of greatness as Midnight Juggernauts in Melbourne. Its all good space age synth rock

For loads more of our favourite super-cool electro punk pleeeeeeeeeease go find ‘Burn The Negative’ at     www.myspace.com/burnthenegative . A fantastic 4-piece from Carlisle of all places. Well worth a punt. Go see, go see…

Hope you enjoyed. Leave a comment, subscribe or simply keep checking back for more updates. Until the next one…

Mike

p.s. More info found at www.myspace.com/miguelos if you’re really keen…




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