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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)

12
May
09

THE RECOMMENDER – NUMBER 34

We are close to deciding on the USA contributor so confirmation will be announced soon and we can look forward to a new flavour here at The Recommender. We’re also readying ourselves for the new music onslaught that is Brighton’s Great Escape festival, so we hope loads of amazing experiences will be had so we can share them with you all next week. In the mean time check through these three tidy bands…

HEADS WE DANCE
This Leeds 3-piece bring to the table robotic, throbbing, Electro-Pop with the kind of camp hooks not seen since Depeche Mode or Pet Shop Boys. There’s plenty of pounding Disco 4-beats and swirling French keyboards, but strangely it’s almost a little hard to admit you like it. It’s like a secret love affair that would make people change their opinion of you the second they found out, so it’s with some apprehension that we recommend them today. To swiftly pick up some remaining respect they’ve also received remixes of their tunes from the likes of Tepr, Don Diablo (who is never far from Hype Machine‘s Top 100!) and Frankmusik. They are about to release the album, ‘Love Technology’, and they are getting the single ‘When The Sirens Sound’ out on the This Is Fake DIY label. The B-side of which is listed below featuring none other than Little Boots. It doesn’t get much hotter than that. They will follow all this with a tour in the UK shortly and you can also often find them DJ’ing at Leeds Electro club night, Nailgun.

Find them here:       Myspace

Hear them here:      HEADS WE DANCE – WORK IT OUT (ft. Little Boots)       (ysi)

YOUR TWENTIES
There’s a little explaining to do with this group. Frontman Gabriel Stebbing used to be in Metronomy until April 2009, so you may have caught him touring with them in recent times. The reason he parted was to focus his time on Your Twenties. As much as we love Metronomy here at The Recommender, we also feel a little warm inside for Gabriel’s new group too. Their music has a lot brought to it from his former Brighton-based band, with their light, high-pitched vocal harmonies and melodies that seem to swim into your head. More Lo-Fi and less cute than Vampire Weekend, they use simply constructed guitars and keyboards that tap away in a soothing groove. Catchy and tripping along with neat beats and claps, it’s instantly loveable. Perfect for a summer and the sort of music that secretly puts you in a good mood, whilst never stepping out from the background. We list their recently circulated demo, ‘Sugar The Pill‘, which will hopefully see itself released through their DIY label, Germs Of Youth. It delightfully proves that the 4-piece are once again generating new music since having Gabriel’s focus firmly on board.

Find them here:         Myspace

Hear them here:        YOUR TWENTIES – SUGAR THE PILL (ysi)

MUSIC GO MUSIC
Speaking with Henron, (Promoter, DJ and scenester-captain from one of Brighton’s hottest clubs, New Hero),  we came to the subject of what’s next in the ever-changing trends of music. None of us can know for sure, but there’s a healthy amount of 70’s influence knocking at the door. Everyone’s still knee-deep in the 1980’s, so the next trend has got a bit of time yet, but with all the late-70’s Kate Bush-sounding female solo artists and Disco that’s around it’s getting harder to ignore. Music Go Music step into our lives at this precise junction, fanning the flames. Described brilliantly by the excellent Missingtoof blog as Creamy Disco, the LA 3-piece have ploughed the fields of music formerly worked so well by the likes of ABBA. One listen and we promise that you will agree. Layered vocals spinning over a funky, light bass riff that pumps along over the sexy beats. It’s very grand, no check that, it’s totally huuuge, like a Prog-Rock musical! It’s a risky step as they’ve basically pretended the last 30 years never happened. Only time will tell whether 70’s Disco ever makes it through the scenester doorway, but you can throw your Travolta shapes to this tune in the mean time.

Find them here:        Myspace

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

Creamy Disco? Pet Shop Boys? ABBA? Crikey, that has to be the campest post we’ve ever done!! Loads to enjoy though, so hope it worked for you. As always, comment, message us and generally spread the love around a bit…
Mike

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