Posts Tagged ‘Sleepyhead

03
May
10

HOW GOOD IS THIS!!!??? – NUMBER 43 – THE KNOCKS

THE REMIXES – PART 8 – THE KNOCKS

This week The Knocks release, on Heavy Roc Records, their own original work with the single Blackout.  It’s given us a chance to reflect upon their body of work to date and when you check out their numerous remixes we think you’ll agree they deserve to join the lofty ranks on our remix specials. You can judge for yourselves by browsing our previous seven selections, with posts that include remix catalogues by:  Starsmith, The Shoes, The Golden Filter, The Twelves, DiscoTech, Bloc Party and Soulwax.

Today’s New York duo have an incredible ability to tickle commercial pop tunes into a whippy, thumping new blend.  Ben Ruttner (DJ B-Roc) and James Patterson (JPatt) were carved out of the hip hop scene and they bring the same confidence to a broad selection of major artists, twisting their tunes into new batch of beat-heavy cocktails.

They’ve particularly attached themselve to the artists familiar to a lot of us via the Neon Gold stable, with remixes for Marina & The Diamonds, Ellie Goulding and more recently Samuel and Yes Giantess, whose debut albums they’ve been asked to produce.  This all follows their reworking of Jay-Z’s American Gangster, having paired up with DJ Benzi in the studio, renaming it American G-Funk.

We list below a selection of their remixes alongside their new single, Blackout.  All of these tunes have their recognisable stamp, with plenty of fearless groove and smooth gloss.  It’s music designed for the summer sunshine and buzzing outdoor party, aiming directly for your derriere, which we fully expect to be shaking along, whether you like it or not.

PETER BJORN & JOHNIT DON’T MOVE ME (THE KNOCKS REMIX)

WALECHILLIN’ Ft LADY GAGA (THE KNOCKS REMIX)

ELLIE GOULDINGUNDER THE SHEETS (THE KNOCKS REMIX)

ELLIE GOULDINGSTARRY EYED (THE KNOCKS REMIX)

MARINA & THE DIAMONDSI AM NOT A ROBOT (THE KNOCKS REMIX)

MARINA & THE DIAMONDSMOWGLIS ROAD (THE KNOCKS REMIX)

TEMPER TRAPFADER (THE KNOCKS REMIX ft SAMUEL)

PASSION PITSLEEPYHEAD (THE KNOCKS REMIX)

BRITNEY SPEARS3 (THE KNOCKS REMIX CLUB EDIT)

THE KILLERS SPACEMAN (THE KNOCKS REMIX)

JULIACOCAINE (THE KNOCKS REMIX)

MASTER SHORTIEBRINGIN IT BACK ( THE KNOCKS REMIX)

THE JACKSON FIVETHE LOVE YOU SAVE (THE KNOCKS REMIX)

THE KNOCKSBLACKOUT

As much as we’ve tried to cover a large selection here, we know that there’s others out there, so by all means leave descriptions and links for these in our comments section if you know where to find them.  Hope you’ve enjoyed this remix special, as it’s been a little while since the previous edition.  We promise not to make it so long between this and the next one.  We finish by posing you lovely readers the obvious question: who should the next remix special be about?     (MB)

17
Aug
09

THE GIG LIST – NUMBER 31

As the summertime folds in we get a couple of sublime indie acts visiting Brighton through September. Both are guaranteed to shine, with their excellent live shows and dedicated teen followers. As a footnote to our attendance to said gigs, can you please read our question at the bottom of this post…

PASSION PIT

This Massachusetts five piece are well known to The Recommender having played our town before. Widely recognised as a pioneering band of the College indie sound that’s flowed out of America in recent years, the (now) New York residents mix up wonderfully original electronic indie with charm and energy in equal parts. The Neon Gold record label, who are keenly followed by The Recommender, throw their umbrella over some truly special artists and we list below a cover of the excellent Passion Pit track, Sleepyhead, done by the Neon Gold-backed Ellie Goulding and Starsmith. Because we are so very lovely we’ve added a couple of other versions of the same tune done by Run Toto Run and Brighton’s very own The Mummers. We think you’ll agree that all versions sound different, bringing something new to the song with every attempt. Get down to  to catch Passion Pit blast out the original amongst many of the hits from their debut album, Manners, released back in May 2009.

ACT:                   PASSION PIT
VENUE:              Concorde 2, Marine Parade, Brighton
COST:                 £ 9.50
DATE:                 Monday 7th September 2009
WEBSITE:          Myspace
TRACKS:
SLEEPYHEAD (Starsmith remix featuring Ellie Goulding) (ysi)
SLEEPYHEAD (cover by Run Toto Run) (ysi)
SLEEPYHEAD (cover by Mummers) (ysi)

WAVE MACHINES

The first time we saw this totally ace group of dark indie pop creatives was when they were supporting We Have Band. We hadn’t heard them before so it turned into one of those tidy surprises that reinforced the idea that it’s always worth getting to gigs early to catch the support acts. Wearing their famous half-masks, which are print-outs of their own faces, gives you the first clue that this Liverpool four-piece very much enjoy putting on a show. It’s their gorgeous music though, with it’s mixture of messages covering hope to despair and their smooth sounding drifts of basslines and keys that leave you rather breathless. Falsetto vocals that meet moody verses seem effortless and somewhat perfect, like you always knew them. They seem to be 2009’s best kept secret, although following  the release of their debut album, Wave If You’re Really There, the buzz is now accelerating around the UK at a gathering pace. This is one wave you won’t regret catching. We list below an mp3 and a couple of their videos to help you enjoy the ride.

ACT:                    WAVE MACHINES
VENUE:               Freebutt, 1 Phoenix Place, Brighton
COST:                  £ 6.50
DATE:                  Wednesday 30th September
WEBSITE:           Myspace
TRACK:                KEEP THE LIGHTS ON (ysi)

Once we have enough of a portfolio to show off, The Recommender is going to link it’s gig photographs to a Flickr site. We wanted to ask you lovely readers if you have any favourite sites, on Flickr or otherwise, of good and great band photographers you think would prove inspiring? Answer in the comments. Thanks.

24
Jul
09

THE RECOMMENDER – NUMBER 43

We cover the genre of Hip Hop today with a couple of the below listings. They both showcase wonderfully well just how wide and varied the subject gets either side of the Atlantic. Enjoy…

AZEALIA BANKS

Americans do Hip Hop best. You don’t have to be an expert to know it. They invented it and their smooth accents always roll over the beats far better than their British or French counterparts.  For us here at The Recommender it’s generally only the ones trying something fresh that stand out. Having been in contact with the 18 year old Azealia (aka Miss Banks) a few weeks back we were pleased to see that she had subsequently emailed us the finest of her tunes to date (attached below). It’s with this tune that we can showcase why she caught our attention. It’s packed with Electro-Funk, (the basslines are as smooth as a Grandmaster Flash tune.), jammed with awesome retro samples and is as club ready as an Uffie tune (like Uffie she had backing from Diplo on her tune ‘Supplier‘). Unlike Speech Debelle, (below), this female solo rapper, from Harlem, is pushing for a more aggressive approach, with her talk of fucking and receiving head she’s not shy either. She has what all great rappers hold – rapid, smooth, direct lyrics, with plenty of shock and punch, that don’t take themselves too seriously. Oh and they always seem to have a trick up their sleeves. With Miss Banks it’s her crossover appeal and her sex-fired subject matter. You have been warned. (MB)

Find her here:         Myspace

Hear her here:        MISS BANKS – LIKE NO OTHER (ysi)

SPEECH DEBELLE

Following on from the tinge of Hip Hop on this post, we bring you, the now Mercury nominated, Speech. Her album was emailed to us with instructions to “file under The UK’s Next First Lady”. If high aims is what this female, solo lyricist from London wants to achieve then the Mercury nomination is precisely the way to gain propulsion. As with every album that gets the mercurial seal of approval the inevitable rocket that subsequently sits under their sales figures only goes to help them ride into the wider public consciousness. If you didn’t know her before, you soon will. At first listen we admit she seemed somewhat lacking in the wheel reinvention department. However, the choice of acoustic backing tracks and slowed beats, allow the focus to never wander from her lyrical mastery. She holds a softly-spoken voice that is packed with emotion and heartfelt words that surprise with the occasional punch. Joined on the album by the equally interesting Micachu (& The Shapes), as well as label mates Roots Manoeuvre, she’s clearly getting backed by her Big Dada label for the debut, ‘Speech Therapy’. It’s a classic ‘grower’ that shows it’s class the more attention the listener gives it. (MB)

Find her here:       Myspace

Hear her here:       SPEECH DEBELLE – THE KEY (ysi)

THE MUMMERS

Away from the American influences now and in fact far closer to home, The Mummers of Brighton are like a travelling circus come troubadour act transported from some Eastern European fairytale whose infectious dose of Polka, Russian folk, Bavarian pomposity and Bjork inject some well needed colour to the current music scene. Tracks like ‘March Of The Dawn’ and ‘Wonderland’ sound like Arcade Fire performing lullabies to grown ups; highly sweet but entrancing. This twenty-piece band are assembled round its two key founders, London born singer/multi-instrumentalist Raissa Khan-Panni and Brighton composer/studio-smith Mark Horwood; who lives in a tree house. Both have spent the last 18 months refining their multi-layered brand of Indie which has already been critically acclaimed, got them a spot on Jools Holland’s show, ‘Later with…’, earlier in the year, as well as a place on this years Glastonbury roster. The debut LP ‘Tale To Tell’ is out now and you can see them live at the Bestival in September. As an additional treat we also attach the excellent cover they did of Passion Pit’s ‘Sleepyhead’. (DV)

Find them here:       Myspace

Hear them here:       THE MUMMERS – WONDERLAND (ysi)
Hear them here:       THE MUMMERS – SLEEPYHEAD (Passion Pit cover)       (ysi)

Have any Recommender readers got any thoughts on those recently announced Mercury Music Prize nominees? Any glaringly obvious artists missing from the list? Agree or disagree with those on it? Check it out here and comment or message us…




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