Adele - Skyfall (Dorsh Remix)
I saw the new 007 movie recently on my Birthday, and despite losing/someone stealing my pair of sunnies in the cinema, I still enjoyed the movie immensely.
After the intense opening chase scene of Skyfall, Adele’s opening track soothes the viewer like a painkiller and the listener is immersed into a film-noir montage of grissly allusions to death amidst a sumptuous soulful number from the British songstress.
While I enjoyed the original, I’d have to say that Dorsh’s remix resonates with me much more. The Jamaican DJ has kept true to the original ballad, but he expands on the sentiment, with summery synths, transforming Skyfall into a much more positive sounding track.
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Download - Skyfall (Dorsh Remix)
Deportees - A New Name to Go By (feat. Lykke Li)
Swedish group the Deportees join forces with fellow Swede Lykke Li on a brand new collaboration single and it’s amazing.
I’m going to be concise here, but expect to hear caribbean influences, violins, afrobeat percussion, and ever so sweet multi-layered harmonies.
I feel chilled listening to this track, in the cold sense of the word. An effect that resembles whispered whistling gives the track a drafty feel; that is until the sweet, soothing vocals balance the temperature out just as though the sun has broken through clouds and found your face. Maybe this was the influence of the Scandinavians as they penned this one?
Download - A New Name to Go By (feat. Lykke Li) (control-click & save)
Fu Gee La (J. Period Remix Blend)
Fugees & J. Period
The Fugees - Fu-Gee-La (J. Period Remix Blend)
The Fugees made amazing music during the 90s. Fu-Gee-La was the first single from their highly successful sophomore album The Score which has gone on to be multi-platinum worldwide and is generally regarded as a classic in hip hop and a classic album in its on right.
The group disbanded after The Score and all three members launched successful solo careers, perhaps none so notable as Lauryn Hill. She remains to this day my favourite female emceee and vocalist. Her distinctive voice and vocal range give her an unmistakable presence that manages to draw in even casual listeners. You can’t help being blown away by the power behind her singing and the soulfulness found in her expression. It’s no wonder she married Rohan, one of Bob Marley’s sons. We can only hope their children release music when the time is right.
Back to the song now.
The group never sounded more at ease with one another than on Fu-Gee-La, of which there were several alternative versions and remixes made. My favourite mixtape DJ and producer J. Period handles the mashups and blends for this track. It was released a few years ago as The Best of Lauryn Hill Fire & Water, a double disc mixtape. The mixtape boasts 82 songs and covers the career of Lauryn Hill’s music including the singles, unreleased songs, exclusive remixes and interviews with the musician. I recommend you hunt down a copy if this is your kind of music. Enjoy!
Fishing - Pee Green Bote (live)
Sydney duo Fishing are in the same league as The Avalanches, Pogo and Bibio when it comes to making sunny, instrumental, sample-driven music.
Join them as they perform Pee Green Bote on a boat on the Thames River. If only my fingers could make such amazing music!
The song contains countless samples that Russ & Doug have stored, sequenced and trigger to sound at the push of those Midi player buttons.
According to a recent interview with BIRP! their debut album will be released sometime in 2012.
For now you can enjoy Fishing by right clicking here & selecting save for a free mp3 of the song.
Going to Paris
The Eclectic Moniker
The Eclectic Moniker - Going to Paris
I’ve been deliberating over which song to feature next from Danish group The Eclectic Moniker after posting about 2 Officers in August. I’ve finally decided on this one. Going to Paris is catchy and upbeat and makes you feel like you’re in a tropical climate no matter the weather outside. Their music sounds a lot like Vampire Weekend and in many ways the bands aren’t too dissimilar. Head over to their Bandcamp site for more music.