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Archive for October, 2013

Popforward: Little Daylight

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Brooklyn-based trio Little Daylight is next on the list of synth-pop hopefuls, right beside my other faves like St. Lucia, CHVRCHES, Haerts, Ellie Goulding, and deservingly so. Initially cutting their teeth by doing remixes for the likes of Passion Pit, Niki & The Dove, Ra Ra Riot and The Neighbourhood, they moved on to producing originals and uploading them on Soundcloud. The band makes glossy, twinkly electronic pop with sticky hooks and toe-tapping beats, the type that would set blogs alight (and indeed they have in droves). Their current EP entitled “Tunnel Vision” is a great collection of danceable, infectious songs that fully showcase their potentials. “Restart”, “Glitter And Gold”, “Name In Lights” are among my favorites, but “Overdose” is the big one. Seriously, that one’s been in my head for days.

STREAM: Little Daylight – Overdose

I had the pleasure of seeing them live opening for Bastille last week and it was great fun. Lead singer Nikki put on a confident, flirty and playful performance, flicking through songs from their EP, as well as test-driving new tracks. One called “Mona Lisa” particularly stood out, I can’t wait to hear it again in studio form. Saving the best for last, they ended the impressive set with “Overdose” whose bassline really came alive. They have many shows coming up for CMJ so if you can make it, I highly recommend seeing them live.

STREAM: Little Daylight – Restart

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LISTEN: Ane Brun Covers Beyoncé’s “Halo”

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Norwegian singer/songwriter Ane Brun managed to bring out the subtleties in Beyoncé‘s gargantuan ballad “Halo”. Her chamber-folk rendition is a pared-down, understated acoustic affair with Swedish cellist Linnea Olsson on strings duty. It’s a nice break from the drum-heavy bombast of Ryan Tedder’s original production.

STREAM: Ane Brun feat. Linnea Olsson – Halo

You can find “Halo” on her latest double album “Rarities”, collecting her rare tracks from over the years.

Make sure to check out her lovely cover of Amerie’s R&B classic “1 Thing” streaming at Clash Music, and another reinterpretation of Nina Simone’s “Feeling Good” available at The Guardian.

Pre-order “Rarities” on Amazon, out Oct 8 on Balloon Ranger Recordings.
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White Lies Cover Lana Del Rey’s “Ride”

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Considering they have done a remix for Lana Del Rey before, White Lies‘ cover of the demure songstress’ single “Ride” seems like an obvious move. It first started out a bit Celtic, and just as I almost expected some bagpipe action, the cover took a turn into funkier territory with a more electronic arrangement. Why do I have a feeling they might have recorded this with tongue firmly in cheek?

 

DOWNLOAD: White Lies – Ride (Lana Del Rey Cover)

 

In other news, the band just kickstarted their US tour promoting their new album “Big TV” last night in New York. I happened to be at the show, so hopefully more on that later… In the meantime, check out their remaining US tour dates below.

 

October 3 New York, NY @ Bowery Ballroom

October 4 New York, NY @ Bowery Ballroom (SOLD OUT)

October 5 Boston, MA @ Paradise Rock Club

October 7 Chicago, IL @ Cabaret Metro

October 9 San Francisco, CA @ Great American Music Hall

October 10 Los Angeles, CA @ El Rey Theatre

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