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29
Mar
10

THE RECOMMENDER – NUMBER 79 – BRIGHT LIGHT BRIGHT LIGHT

BRIGHT LIGHT BRIGHT LIGHT

In precisely the same way that all highly skilled craftsmen create their quality products, when pop music is done well, it appears to be somewhat effortless.  It strikes all the buttons marked ‘positive’ and ‘satisfying’, whilst simultaneously ticking all your inner fun boxes.  We’ve recently been in touch with Rod Thomas who kicked off this new project last summer, following a career spent working inside music distribution (PIAS) from 2004, to eventually setting up his own label, Self Raising Records, in 2006.  With the likes of Andy Chatterley (Unkle, Kanye West, Kylie) and Boom Bip (Neon Neon) backing him in the studio he’s chipped out an album, which is yet to have a confirmed release date, but is at least in the bag.  The below single, released last week, will be it’s first foundation block and now sees Rod deservedly starting to find the edges of the spotlight online.  It’s a gorgeous piece of pop, brightly lit and fizzing with confidence.  If you had a scale of pop with the dumbed-down, cliche-ridden, Simon Cowell-backed style at one end, then Bright Light Bright Light would be found at the opposite.  It’s intellectual, tidy and sophisticated, whilst still being jammed with flowing melodies and catchy choruses.  It’s thrumming soundscape drifts around like an echo over the kind of beat and handclap that would suit a dance routine.  It’s an addictive tune, pulsing along whilst Rod sings of mending broken-hearted moments.  You may have heard his other work, mostly completed under his real name, remixing the likes of James Yuill, The Answering Machine and Ellie Goulding to brilliant effect.  The signature synthetic wall of sound seems to be his trademark, filling the room with every tune he touches.  You can catch our new favourite Welshman on a brief tour starting tomorrow (30th March), then throughout April, taking in London, Tunbridge Wells, Southampton, Manchester and Cardiff.  We may yet ask him to come and play our Recommender party at some point, as a musician working this kind of skilled craft is bound to be a mesmerizing act to watch.    (MB)

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Hear him here:       BRIGHT LIGHT BRIGHT LIGHT – A NEW WORD TO SAY

Hear him here:       BRIGHT LIGHT BRIGHT LIGHT – A NEW WORD TO SAY (JAMES YUILL REMIX)

02
Nov
08

HOW GOOD IS THIS!!!??? – NUMBER 11

This came out about 2 years ago, so is nothing new, but it is however one of the finest remix/mash-ups going in my opinion. I love it and just in case you don’t yet own it, you can now love it too. Ahhh…

I beleive there are rules to a really good remix, mash-up or cover. You have to get something new from it. I believe it has to twist the original song into something fresh. Like a good cocktail, the original ingredients may individually be perfectly consumable, but mixed well they perform a whole new sensation.

Great examples could be MGMT‘s ‘Kids‘ recently remixed by Soulwax at one end of the spectrum, or the cover of Nine Inch Nails‘ ‘Hurt‘ by Johnny Cash at the other. Both created something outstanding.

The remix I list below is a blend of a Kanye West track, ‘Get Em high’ and The Knife‘s ‘Heartbeats‘, all chopped up by the fantastic A-Trak. He is the DJ and all-round master turntablist for Kanye on tour. We love all three of them.

Enjoy.

KANYE WESTGET EM HIGH (A Trak Remix)

See you back here real soon…
Mike




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