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Interview // The RAPTURE
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Interview // BEST COAST (#2)
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Diplo Gets His Vogue On
Diplo Gets His Vogue On
Beyoncé - 4
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Bassike
The name of this label has been interpreted in many ways; from 'bass-seekey' to 'base-ike', but the correct way describes exactly what this label is about: BASIC. Bassike delivers easily breezily cut staples with an interesting little twist that keeps them from being your run of the mill. For those that live in climates like that of Australia (where Bassike hails from) or Brazil, you'll know how easy it is to make fashion faux pas when the weather gets hot and the prospect of wearing anything but a bathing suit becomes slightly unappealing; Bassike is all and everything you need.
Game of Thrones
Before watching HBO's Game of Thrones, I assumed the series would tend a bit more towards the blood-dripping Danish movie Valhalla Rising rather than fairy-tale stories a lá 'Lord of the Rings'; and for that I didn't really like the series at the beginning. But slowly, I found myself submitting to tales of bad kings, midget juggernauts, savage warriors and... dragons. And that happened probably because there aren't exactly good guys and bad guys here, like there are in Tolkien stories - and that is, of course, a simplification of his work. Another reason I relented to this series is because of the intriguing political backstage element that leads to the ever-happening dance of thrones. Oh, and did I mention the gratuitous nekkid-ness?
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Super Sad True Love Story
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Everything Goes Metronomy's Way

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The new clip for Metronomy's 'Everything Goes My Way' featuring vocals from Roxanne Clifford from Veronica Falls is really quite lovely. Simple. And strangely, leaves the eyes relaxed enough to actually just listen to the lyrics and the melody. A video clip that truly supports the song instead of distracting from it, or trying to make it better. Probably because the song is excellent in the first place, and doesn't need visuals to be fully appreciated or understood.

 

Admittedly, amongst all the things I've starred, bookmarked and dog-eared lately to check out/watch/listen to/read at some infinitely 'later date'; even though I'm STILL late on it, this clip is the first thing that I haven't procrastinated on and just watched. And I'm glad I did. It's a kind of David Attenborough observation of the habits of what I presume are some kind of deer. The band walk through the fields and forest in a joyful sort of manner, and that's it. It just doesn't need anything more than that.

 

Everything Goes My Way by Metronomy

"You've got to come to London. You've got to go to Berlin. You've got to Tokyo... But not Korea."

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Clock Opera brilliantly reworks the words of Metronomy's Joseph Mount in his remix for 'The Bay' - and that is not even the main reason everybody should have this remix in their top listening tracks this week. The reason is: it's just too fucking good. It's a bit like Metronomy's old tracks but with the pop vein of the third album and Clock Opera's trippy influence. Now that you have two reasons more than you need, here is your free download.

 

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Nicola Roberts and the pop song of the year

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Fuck Cheryl Cole and her American TV Drama, we are obsessed with another Girl Aloud. One that we’ve never thought we would be - frankly, I’ve never thought I’d be obsessed with any of them - especially not in 2011, but anyway... Nicola Roberts, the youngest and most awkward of the girls, went solo and her debut single is the shit.

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Produced by Diplo and Dimtri Tikovoi, ‘Beat of My Drum’ is stupid, fun and sticky. Think The Ting Tings before getting utterly annoying, Yelle and... Major Lazer. Yes, most of the sounds and structures can also be heard on ‘Pon de Floor’, the same song that Diplo and Switch sold to Beyoncé for her latest album, but, as opposed to ‘Who Run the World (Girls)’, this track wasn’t born underground and (badly) adapted to pop. It’s that same kind of monotonous track that you are constantly listening to on the radio, only sparkled with cool drums and weird samples.

The chorus is so simple, it’s almost impossible not to compare with all the songs that decided to spell words in a cheerleader type way, because, frankly, all they're doing is spelling “L-O-V-E” and singing the line “Dance to beat of my drum” with a military drum in the background. Of all the songs that go down that path, the one that this reminds me of the most is Gwen Stefani’s “B-A-N-A-N-A-S” break in ‘Hollaback Girl’. Coincidentally or not , Diplo remixed this early in the game and it still maintains as one of his biggest mainstream remixes.

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But back to Nicole. While her music is probably the best pop thing we’ve heard this year, the video is a bit... awkward. Her hair looks alright and her wardrobe makes her look fun and young, but her inability to dance and to change her facial expression kinda ruins it for me. Not in a “OMG, this is garbage” kinda way, just in a way that won’t make her a threat to any other big girl in pop, even with music produced by Diplo, Metronomy and Dragonette.

Nicola Roberts - Beat of my Drum

So woman up, Nicola, go rehearse faces and dance moves in the front of the mirror, to prove us wrong by overlooking you and your entire career.
The Bay

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There's something in all of Metronomy's videos that I really really love (besides everything). Something about the energy of the band and the way they come across is just really cool. And the video for latest single 'The Bay' is no exception. Opening up with one of those island adventure film shots; a camera flying over the ocean to rest upon Joe doing a cocky little strut across a lawn. Good walk, Joe.

 

Stylized, funny and unmistakably Metronomy, this isn't a groundbreaker, but this video for one of my favourite Metronomy tracks off The English Riviera sure makes a smile break onto my face. And hats off to Gbenga for being a total scene-stealer! Check it:

 

 

 

BONUS: Here's a very deadpan, rather serious remix from Stop Making Me of 'The Bay', who flips it and turns the vocals into the instrumental track and uses a few repetitive synth notes as the focal point in the mix. Check it:

 

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Interview // Metronomy
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Joseph Mount is touring. Somewhat more specifically, he's on the side of the road somewhere between Cardiff and Wakefield since he's gotten the driver to pull over. Mount is after all, the brains behind future-classic English quartet, Metronomy. And whilst the band is on tour, they're also in the throes of releasing their third album, The English Riviera.

With two previous LPs, some quiet EPs and a slew of excellent remixes for all kinds of names from Architecture in Helsinki to KD Lang, Metronomy isn't that band who shot to fame with one single, or even within an album release - though with this album, things seem to be gathering more and more steam. The last five years have also included the band being rebuilt as a four piece alongside a steady and organic progression of their musical mettle.

 

The release of The English Riviera sees their debut as a quartet; waving goodbye to original keyboardist/bassist Gabriel Stebbing for his own project (which Mount subsequently produced), to welcome Anna Prior (formerly of Lightspeed Champion, on the drums) and Gbenga Adelekan (bass), in addition to Oscar Cash (guitar) and Mount on keyboard/vocals. Besides finding himself writing for four specific instruments, the unleashing of The English Riviera also marks the first time that Mount has actually ever recorded in a studio. Whilst many bands might flounder or lose their way in this situation, Mount has proven the (technically) impossible equation of 1+1=3: where the result of the equation equals more than the sum of it's parts.

 

Undeniably Mount's best work to date, The English Riviera showcases a more musically confident, complex and developed Metronomy. And as often happens when someone is evolving, Mount found Devon's English coast calling to him. So, the album turned out to be an homage to his hometown in a nostalgic re-imagining of the place he grew up.

 

Who even knew that such a place as the English Riviera existed? Truthfully; the English Riviera of Mount's doesn't. Not really. But with this album, the dreamy ideal of one is so well described that it really feels like somewhere you have to go visit: vibrant and wonderfully odd, as seen through those skewed and unmistakably Metronomy coloured glasses.

 

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Interview after the jump! >>

Metronomy and the Dirty Dance

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People seem to be forgetting that the lambada is a forbidden dance, and keep sampling/covering it. First it was J-Lo and her awful attempt to make a guidos and guidettes a fist pumping anthem, and now Metronomy are giving ‘Kaoma’ a Casio impression. Bad jokes aside, you can see the video recorded by French music site Fluctuat.net (and showed via friend URBe), with Oscar killing the keys while Joseph tries to accompany him with an acoustic guitar but quickly gives up to laugh at the results.

 

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The band also gives us an acoustic version of the upcoming single, ‘The Bay’, which sounds amazing, and is one of our favourite tracks from the album (check back soon for an interview we did with Joseph whilst he was on the road).

 

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…although not as good as the whole band playing it at Jools Holland’s show – even R. Kelly enjoys it, as you can see by his airdrums.

 

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And for the remix, the band invited their all time favorite DJ (their own words) Erol Alkan, who teases us with a preview on his Soundcloud. From what we can hear (there's only 2 of the 8 minutes available), the rework cleans up the production and gives the bass a more organic sound, whilst pretty much extending the rest. You’ll probably agree with us, that even without changing much of the song, more Metronomy is always a good thing, so thumbs up for Erol!

 

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Metronomy in the video for 'The Look'

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‘The Look’ is the latest Metronomy single. A brilliantly built song about people doubting whether you'll ever do anything with your life. Considered the best of the year by Foals, the song has now gotten it's official video, which is clean, comforting and cute, just like the song itself.

 

In it, the four-piece band play their instruments, sing and change positions in a creamily white scenario, which would already be enough for us, but using the album’s theme they added a couple clay-mation seagulls playing with amusement park left overs, like plastic cups, mobiles and bumper cars.

 

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It’s in the cars that the seagulls meet a third bird, who become a target for the other two and eventually destroy its bumper car. On top of that, the other two seagulls shout at the third one until it goes away, which leads us to one conclusion: seagulls are seaside version of pigeons, the douchebags of birds.

 

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Ghostpoet is a British rapper responsible for the first remix of ‘The Look’. Using only the line “’Cause you're going round in circles” he makes the song much more tense and dense than the original; mostly due to its heavy bassline and reversed vocals. Definitely not a remix you'll be hearing a lot of, but it does a really good job of making something completely different to the original. 

 

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Metronomy // The Look

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In my eyes, Metronomy can do no wrong. ‘She Wants’ showed that the band is on the right track to reviving and reinventing their sound for their third album, The English Riviera. However, it's with second single, ‘The Look’, that the band achieved the evolution I was hoping for; highlighting another moment in their already lustrous career.

 

But what's so special about ‘The Look’? For starters, a very shiny, Gorillaz-like synth supports the song. Then Joseph goes back to his falsetto after an EP full of robotic vocals accompanied by brilliant drum work that gets fuller and more crowded as the song progresses until it receives the most organic sounding bass Metronomy has ever used. Up til then, two minutes have already whizzed by and the song sounds complete and beautiful, until an unexpected break helps the band step off to another level.

 

Glittery pads give the track a quiet break only to have the song woken up by a synth solo. It’s almost an entire minute of solo within a song that is four minutes and thirty seven seconds; but it would simply be impossible to make it shorter. It’s one of those tracks that “radio edits” can ruin by making the building up process shorter. Though as it is, it's simply fucking impressive.

 

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The band used their blog to reveal and explain their new album cover.

“The image was designed by the late John Gorham. I was first made aware of John’s work (accidentally) through a tourist information poster he designed for ‘The English Riviera’ tourist board. When I first arrived in Devon the design was still very much in use and did the (quite difficult job) of making the Devon coastline seem like the holiday destination. It is with the kind permission of John’s wife that we have been allowed to use the image.”

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The English Riviera will be released on April 11th via Because Music.

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