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Lana Del Rey’s “West Coast” Remixed By Four Tet & More

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Whoever has been commissioning remixes for Lana Del Rey deserves accolades. They always take risks and reach out to less obvious acts. The results don’t always pay off but when they do, they do! The latest coup is to get the holy Four Tet to remix her brand new single “West Coast”. Something about the drums on this one reminds me of Björk’s “Human Behaviour”. Très cool.

 

STREAM: Lana Del Rey – West Coast (Four Tet Remix)

 

Ten Ven has their eyes on the disco ball, William Carl Jr uses new vocals not in the original mix, and Camo & Krooked dreams up a more leftfield spectral soundscape. Definitely an interesting batch of remixes so far (you just know there will be more).

STREAM: Lana Del Rey – West Coast (Ten Ven Remix)

STREAM: Lana Del Rey – West Coast (William Carl Jr Remix)

STREAM: Lana Del Rey – West Coast (Camo & Krooked Remix)

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Buy ‘West Coast’ on iTunes.
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The Pierces Harmonize On Lorde’s “Team” Cover

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The Pierces have put their sisterly harmonizing powers to good use with a folked-up version of Lorde‘s commoner anthem “Team”. Absent are the glitches and pitch-shifted vocal samples, as the duo winds the song back four decades, when Fleetwood Mac reigned supreme. It’s a pretty acoustic cover that replaces teen angst with knowing wisdom. Check it out below.

 

STREAM: The Pierces – Team (Lorde Cover)

 

Pre-order their new album “Creation”, out May 30 in UK.
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LISTEN: Kimbra – 90′s Music

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Don’t be fooled by the title of Kimbra‘s new one. Yes, “90′s Music” does pay tribute to the ongoing ’90s nostalgia, shamelessly name-dropping Aaliyah, Nirvana, Mariah Carey, R. Kelly, Mary J. Blige and TLC all in the space of one verse. Sonically, it’s utterly bonkers. The future-funk production is courtesy of Kimbra herself and producer Rich Costey, and apparently Matt Bellamy (Muse) & Mark Foster (Foster The People) also snuck in on the track. On first listen it’s a madcap racket that sits comfortably alongside the output of alt-R&B greats like Erykah Badu, Little Dragon and Janelle Monae. Conveniently, Kimbra is having a joint Australian tour with Ms. Monae soon.

 

STREAM: Kimbra – 90′s Music

She’s wack and she knows it.
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Kiesza Delivers Emotive Cover of Haddaway’s “What Is Love”

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Current UK #1 single champion (and deservingly so) Kiesza is keeping the momentum going by dropping a cover of Haddaway‘s ’90s club classic “What Is Love”. Yes it’s a bit of an obvious choice, but also not what you probably expected (it’s done in an emotive piano ballad style). The Canadian singer gets to show off her vocal chops here, and the beautiful strings towards the end really class it up. Check out her pensive cover below, and watch the self-directed video via NME.

 

STREAM: Kiesza – What Is Love (Haddaway Cover)

 
And just for extra content engagement I’m gonna squeeze in two cool remixes of “Hideaway” by Gorgon City and Zac Samuel.


You can buy “Hideway” on iTunes US now, so get to it!
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ON ROTATION: Cloud Nothings – I’m Not Part of Me

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The hype surround Cloud Nothings‘ second album “Here and Nowhere Else” was so big I had to check it out myself. While the album as a whole wasn’t entirely to my taste, I can’t deny this irresistible punk-pop gem “I’m Not Part of Me”. Let’s not beat around the bush, this belongs in a ’90s teen flick soundtrack. Proper jump on your bed, sing into your hairbrush, dance like nobody’s watching stuff. The music video even features teenage girls having a weird slumber party. They’re in on it.
It helps that the frontman Dylan Baldi openly talks about his appreciation for Taylor Swift’s songcraft. Check out the Ohio-based indie rock’s single below, and good luck getting it out of your head.

 

MP3: Cloud Nothings – I’m Not Part of Me

 

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ON ROTATION: The Horrors – So Now You Know

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On paper, The Horrors are the kind of band I wouldn’t be bothered with, and yet I keep liking bits and bobs of their output. Plus Cat’s Eyes, Faris Badwan’s side-project with Rachel Zeffira, was far from terrible. With their fourth album “Luminous” arriving soon, it’s safe to say they have become reliable mainstays for panoramic post-punk shoegaze goodness. Their latest single “So Now You Know” is what I’d call one of their accidental pop songs, and I can confirm it sounds fantastic on a sunny day. Turn on the volume!

 

STREAM: The Horrors – So Now You Know

 

Watch the desert-based music video for the track here. New album drops May 5 on XL Recordings.

Buy the single on iTunes.
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FOUNDSOUNDS: Eola – And I Love Her (Beatles Cover)

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From the Soundcloud vaults of Arbutus Records (Grimes’ label) comes this lovely little gem, a lo-fi acapella cover of The Beatles classic “And I Love Her” by Eola aka Brooklyn-based musician Edwin Mathis White. Surfaced in October 2012, it’s just a simple take drenched in reverb and tape loops, but it’s the naked simplicity that emits a sort of moonshine hypnotism. He even made the effort to riff on the “Meet The Beatles!” cover!

 

STREAM: Eola – And I Love Her (Beatles Cover)

 

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Coldplay’s “Midnight” Remixed by Disco Legend Giorgio Moroder

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Giorgio Moroder is the latest to join disco greats like Nile Rodgers and Cerrone to resurface after the renewed interest thanks to Daft Punk & Pharrell. The Italian legend lent his magic touch to Coldplay‘s recent single “Midnight” and turned it into a 9-minute intergalactic trip, complete with French-singing robot vocoders, violin strings and delicious synth sequencers. Leave it to the master to bring on good times.

 

STREAM: Coldplay – Midnight (Giorgio Moroder Remix)

You can check out the original, co-produced by Paul Epworth and Jon Hopkins, via its unintentionally hilarious video here.

 

Coldplay’s 6th album “Ghost Stories” drops on May 16.

Buy the remix on iTunes.
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J▲M: Wilfred Giroux – Stronger

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So AlunaGeorge recommended this certain tune a while ago on Twitter, and since I trust their taste in music I followed through. And yup, total jam. “Stronger” is a hot garage throwback whose not-so-secret weapon is an instantly recognizable sample (spoiler alert: it’s Corinne Bailey-Rae‘s once-inescapable “Put Your Records On”). It’s very 2014, in the veins of Disclosure and the current wave of catchphrase-based UK house music.
Wilfred Giroux is the alias of Joshua Mooney, a 22-year-old London-based producer with a fast growing Internet following. Apparently Corinne has personally approved the sample so there should be no clearance issues. Next, with radio support, this will be huge.
And now I realize it’s perfectly acceptable to sample “Put Your Records On” because it’s been EIGHT years, and I just want to gaze into the blood moon and feel all kinds of feels.

 

STREAM: Wilfred Giroux – Stronger (Extended Mix)

 

Buy the single right now on iTunes. It’s also available as a seriously cool T-shirt bundle (designed by Young & Sick) via Polkadot Recordings.
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LISTEN: Róisín Murphy – Ancora Tu

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Only Róisín Murphy can get away with making her first official solo material in 8 years a 6-track EP of Italian covers. “Mi Senti” (“I Feel” in English) is a collection of electronic renditions of 5 classic Italian tracks from the ’60s and ’70s by the likes of Mina, Patty Pravo, Lucio Battisti and Gino Paoli (nope, me neither), plus one original penned by the former Moloko star. The project is a joint effort with her partner and Milanese producer Sebastiano Properzi. You can now stream “Ancora Tu”, a laidback, moody post-Italo-disco number that might be indicative of the overall sound of the EP. I like the stylized ’80s vibe, but shall reserve my judgement ’til I hear the whole thing in context.

 

STREAM: Róisín Murphy – Ancora Tu

 

The EP drops May 28, digitally and physically on special gatefold double white vinyl, strictly limited to 1000 copies with the first 500 hand signed by Róisín herself. It will cost you £40 a pop. Let’s justify it as an investment.

Pre-order the limited-edition vinyl at VinylFactory.
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