Who would’ve thought that Hooverphonic‘s still got it, 17 years plus into their career? I thought Geike’s departure marked the end of the Belgian band, but I was surprised at how easily the new vocalist Noemi fits into the band and holds the fort admirably. It seems they did well with some young blood, as their last album “The Night Before” was certainly one of their strongest efforts. On the strength of that album’s success, Hooverphonic just released “Hooverphonic With Orchestra”, with re-workings of old and new songs since the beginning. I always have a soft spot for well-crafted orchestral pop music, and the album made a lovely listen indeed. The string arrangements were wonderfully grandeur, especially on “George’s Cafe” and the lush new version of “Mad About You”. They even breathed new life into what was one of my least favorite singles, “Expedition Impossible”. Beside a new track “Happiness”, the album also contains a fantastic stripped-down cover of Massive Attack‘s classic “Unfinished Sympathy”, which you can check out below. I highly recommend this album if you’re not quite familiar with the band’s catalogue, or in need of a soundtrack for spring evenings.
STREAM: Hooverphonic – Unfinished Sympathy (Massive Attack Cover)
You can stream their recent liveset for Studio Brussel in full length on Soundcloud.
Moonlight Matters just keeps delivering the goods! After fantastic remixes for Lana Del Rey and Adele, the Belgian producer adds yet another cool female artist to his oeuvre. Check out his ’80s discofied take on Charlotte Gainsbourg‘s “Anna”, to be included on her new remix EP out April 3, alongside remixes by Tom Furse and Clock Opera. You can find the original version of “Anna” on her excellent new album “Stage Whisper”.
STREAM: Charlotte Gainsbourg – Anna (Moonlight Matters Remix)
The Lana Del Rey has officially announced her next single to be “Blue Jeans”, out April 8. A video has been shot by “Born To Die” director Yoann Lemoine, and the release will be supported with a set of remixes by D/R/U/G/S, Blood Orange, Kris Menace and RAC. You can now listen to the first of the bunch, a deep, pulsing take by German DJ Kris Menace.
STREAM: Lana Del Rey – Blue Jeans (Kris Menace Remix)
Having done a brilliant job on Adele’s “Set Fire On The Rain”, Belgian producer Moonlight Matters once again adds his magic disco touch to “Blue Jeans”. The track seems to fit this kind of rendering quite well, as evidenced by the excellent Penguin Prison mix I posted before.
STREAM: Lana Del Rey – Blue Jeans (Moonlight Matters Remix)
Last but not least is a brand new mix of “Video Games” by Dutch producer Joris Voorn. I have to say I adore his 7-minute minimal-tech edit, it sounds perfect for late night driving. Europe must really love her.
If you’re not totally sick of the remix overload yet, a new “Video Games” remix EP has just been added on iTunes US, with now-purchasable takes by Club Clique, Jakwob and Etherwood, White Lies, Jamie Woon and We Don’t Belong In Pacha. You can’t say Interscope doesn’t know how to keep milking it properly! Preview the whole set on Soundcloud.
The future of Hooverphonic seemed uncertain when their lead singer, Geike Arnaert, left the band in 2008. I thought the Belgian band would have just thrown in the towel, but they moved along with a new, younger vocalist, Noémie Wolfs, and released their seventh album, “The Night Before”, late last year. I heard the title track/lead single, thought it was quite nice, but it didn’t fully compel me. Noémie is a good singer, and it’s unfair to compare her with Geike. However, their new single, “Anger Never Dies”, is probably their best song in a while. It’s the James Bond theme that never was, with Morrissey-lite lyrics and a gorgeous string breakdown. Surprisingly, the album is actually a rich, cohesive listen of dramatic, sumptuously-arranged orchestral pop. It is a great mood album for an evening if you’re into that sound. While not exactly new territory for them, it certainly is much better than their last one with Geike. Thanks to the new blood, it looks like they still have life in them yet. Listen to the track, watch the video, and hear their cover of White Lies’ “Bigger Than Us”, done for a radio show. They turned White Lies’ illusions of grandeur into a lovely ballad.
Hooverphonic – Anger Never Dies
See Noémie in motion, and stream the entire album after the jump.