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Philip Oakey & Giorgio Moroder - Together In Electric Dreams



"Together in Electric Dreams" is a song by the British singer and composer Philip Oakey and producer Giorgio Moroder. It was written by Oakey and Moroder and recorded for the original soundtrack of the 1984 film Electric Dreams.

The film Electric Dreams was to be director Steve Barron's first full feature film. Previously Barron had made a name for himself conceiving and directing a number of innovative music videos during the early 1980s. His biggest success had been directing the music video for The Human League's "Don't You Want Me" in 1981 which helped the single become number one in the UK and U.S.
For the film Electric Dreams Barron wanted to emulate the huge success of the film Flashdance a year earlier. Flashdance had used the electronic music of Giorgio Moroder, so Barron enlisted Moroder as director of music, who wrote most of the score. Barron wanted the end credits to roll to "an emotional" song in the same way as Flashdance had done.
Moroder wrote "Together in Electric Dreams" which was to be a male solo vocal, when he asked who Barron would like to sing the lyrics, Barron immediately thought of his former associate Philip Oakey.
When Oakey recorded the song it was over very quickly, after the first full recording Moroder told Oakey that the first take was "good enough, as first time is always best". Oakey who thought he was just rehearsing insisted on doing another take. Moroder let him but to this day Oakey is convinced that Moroder still used the first take on the final production. Originally released to advertise the film, "Together in Electric Dreams" quickly overshadowed the original film and became a hit single in its own right.
Oakey states that it is ironic that a track that took literally ten minutes to record would become a worldwide hit, while some of his Human League material that took over a year to record didn't. 


Black - Wonderful Life



In days when foreign music that could be bought in Serbia consisted of maybe hundred titles, you could always find Black's Wonderful Life album. And I use to have this record (don't know where is it now :) )

Andrew Bird - Imitosis


Andrew Bird "Imitosis" from Lightpress on Vimeo.
Director: Britta Johnson
Super 8 Film Scanning, Color Grade: Eric Rosen / Lightpress

Everything But The Girl - Wrong (Todd Terry Mix)



"Wrong" is the second track of their album Walking Wounded released in 1996.
A club remix of the song provided by Todd Terry went to #1 on the Hot Dance Club Play chart.

Tracey Thorn - It's All True

Junior Boys - In The Morning



Video for Junior Boys track 'In The Morning'.
Taken from the album 'So This Is Goodbye' out on Domino Records.
www.dominorecordco.com

Massive Attack - Risingson



From the album Mezzanine (1997)
Directed by Walter Stern

Portishead - Only You



From the album Portishead (1997).
Geoff Barrow / Beth Gibbons / Adrian Utley / Ken Thorne / The Pharcyde.
Video by Chris Cunningham.

Milosh - You Make Me Feel



The best song from one of the best albums ever. It is the most played album on my last.fm list.

Bon Iver - Holocene



Islander landscape with a twist. The song is not on the level of Pert or Calgary, but the video is great.

Jamie Woon - Night Air



Jamie Woon - Night Air

N.E.R.D. - Sooner or Later



Music video by N.E.R.D. performing Sooner or Later. (C) 2008 Star Trak, LLC

Justice - Civilization



Justice - Civilization

Stromae - Te Quiero



Paul van Haver, better known as Stromae (born March 12, 1985 in Brussels, Belgium) is a singer-songwriter from Belgium, he has Rwandan and Belgian origin. He distinguished himself in both the  and the  music. He first became famous with the song Alors On Danse which remained at number one for several weeks in numerous countries throughout Europe.

He was born to a Rwandan father and a Belgian mother. At the age of eleven Paul van Haver already showed an interest in music and attended ‘l’Académie Musicale de Jette’, where he studied music history and learnt to play the drums. In 2000 he appeared as a rapper called Opmaestro, though he later changed his stage name to Stromae (“Maestro” with the syllables switched, a practice called verlan). It was with this name that van Haver became successful.At the age of 18, he founded a rap group called Suspicion, along with rapper J.E.D.I. in Eichof. They produced the song and music video “Faut k’t’arrêtes le Rap”, though later, J.E.D.I. decided to leave the rap duo.

In order to finance his private school education, van Haver worked part-time in the hospitality industry, but his school performance wasn’t up to standard. It was only later, when he registered at l’Institut National de Radioélectricité et Cinématographie, that he released his first album “Juste un cerveau, un flow, un fond et un mic…”.In 2008 he signed a 4-year record deal with “Because Music” and “Kilomaître”. In 2009 Paul worked a young trainee at the musical radio station NRJ in Brussels. Vincent Verbelen, Music Manager, was impressed by the talent of Stromae’s first single Alors On Danse and decided to air it for the first time on NRJ. The response from listeners was one of extreme enthusiasm and Stromae’s career was launched. Sales quickly rose to number one in Belgium in just a matter of weeks.

Vertigo Records, a label of Mercury Records France (Universal Music Group) signed him for a worldwide licensing deal soon after this. By May 2010 the track had reached number one in France, the Netherlands, Greece, Germany, Austria, Switzerland, Italy, Denmark, Belgium and the Czech Republic.

Pulp - This Is Hardcore




"This Is Hardcore" by Pulp, and was released as the second single from their 1998 album This Is Hardcore. It was released on March 16, 1998 and charted at #12 in the UK Singles Chart. It uses a sample of "Bolero on the Moon Rocks" by the Peter Thomas Sound Orchestra.


Video Directed by: Doug Nichol


The inspiration for this video was a book entitled Still Life, edited by Diane Keaton and Marvin Heiferman (Calloway, New York, 1983). This beautiful book contains photographs of stills and publicity shots of films produced in Hollywood between 1940 and 1969. All possess a fantastic, super-real quality, reproduced very accurately in the Pulp video. Many of the scenes in the video reproduced specific stills, substituting members of Pulp for actors.


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Toro Y Moi - New Beat


Toro Y Moi - "New Beat" (Official Video) from Urban Outfitters on Vimeo.
From the album Underneath the Pine (2011)
Carpark Records www.carparkrecords.com
Directed by Scott Ross
Video produced by Urban Outfitters
Stream the full album, Underneath the Pine, at blog.urbanoutfitters.com/toroymoi

When I heard Toro Y Moi's cover of Michael Jackson's "Human Nature", I tought that it would be great if this guy could make some future soul funk music. And it turned out that that kind of sound is even more fun than I have thought.

Bon Iver - Perth



I loved Calgary, and I love the Perth just the same. I haven't been able to give a proper listen to the album but just these two songs alone make it an amazing release.

Baske has nice remix of this tune worth a listen.
Bon Iver - Perth (Baske Remix)

The best remixes that I have heard so far is from Jack Diezel, kind of proto dubstep with chilled start and great chorus surprise.

Bon Iver - Perth (Jack Deezl Remix) by Jack Deezl

Judith – Te passe pas de moi



From "Si l'on s'en souvient..." album. This is constantly being played on french radio stations so I couldn't resist.

Foster The People - Pumped Up Kicks

Cults - Abducted


Cults - Abducted from David Altobelli on Vimeo.
Director: David Altobelli
Producer: Jonathan Wang, Captain Blyth
Exec. Producer: Jules Dieng, Stephen Buchanan
Prod Co.: El Niño/More Media
Label: Columbia/In the Name Of
Starring: Bill Oberst Jr., Kimberly Jindra


The XX - Crystalised



"Crystalised" is the first single by British Mercury Music Prize-winning band, The xx, to be released from their self-titled debut album. The single was first released in the UK on 27 April 2009 by Vinyl and on 25 November 2009 by Digital download and then again on 11 October 2010. It has been used in numerous advertisements and TV shows and has over 14 million hits on Youtube as of June 2011. It was covered by Gorillaz whose version was included in the advert for Grey's Anatomy in late 2010.

The video is directed by Alex Flick and Masato Riesser

Mark Ronson & The Business INTL – Lose It (In The End)


The second track off the Ronson's album "Record Collection", Lose It (In The End) featuring Ghostface Killah & Alex Greenwald.

Beth Ditto - I Wrote The Book


Beth Ditto - I Wrote The Book (Official Video) from Jackson Medina on Vimeo.

"Justify My Love" homage. The songs is so addicting. Gossip front-woman Beth Ditto‘s “I Wrote The Book”– one of the four tracks from Simian Mobile Disco produced solo EP.

Future Islands - Walking Through That Door


Future Islands - Walking Through That Door

Future Islands (formed 2006) is a synthpop band based in Baltimore, Maryland. The band met and formed in Greenville, NC while studying art at East Carolina University. At first it was Art Lord & the Self-Portraits, which was composed of J. Gerrit Welmers, Samuel T. Herring, William Cashion, Adam Beeby, and Kymia Nawabi.That band lasted from February 2003 until Fall of 2005. In 2006, Cashion, Herring, and Welmers formed Future Islands with Erick Murillo, bassist for The Kickass.
Future Islands released Little Advances in April 2006 and a self-released split CD with Welmers’ solo project Moss of Aura in January 2007. In July 2007 they recorded their debut album “Wave Like Home” with Chester Endersby Gwazda at Backdoor Skateshop in Greenville, NC. After a Halloween party in 2007, Erick quit the band. Upset! the Rhythm released Wave Like Home in the Summer of 2008. The cover art was designed by Kymia Nawabi, a former member of Art Lord & the Self-Portraits.
In 2009 the band signed to Chicago independent record company Thrill Jockey.



Best Coast - Our Deal


The new Best Coast video "Our Deal" is directed by Drew Barrymore and staring Chloë Moretz looking like Marnie Stern in a touching West Side story with great use of graffiti and handwriting and celebrity cameos (like Alia Shawkat, Miranda Cosgrove, and Donald Glover). One of the best videos lately.

Hypnotic Brass Ensemble - Moments



Hypnotic Brass Ensemble is a 9-piece, Chicago-based brass group featuring 8 sons of Phil Cohran on horns.

Originally from Chicago, the brothers started as a street ensemble before recording in 2004.They have performed with Mos Def, Aquilla Sadalla, Phil Cohran, The Recipe, Nomadic Massive, Tony Allen and at the North Sea Jazz Festival. In late 2007 they recorded with Erykah Badu and Maxwell. They supported Blur for their Hyde Park reunion concerts on the 2nd and 3 July in 2009. They are also collaborators on a number of tracks off of the third Gorillaz studio album, Plastic Beach.

Amazing track. I have thought that it would be more eastern influenced, but this have those elements just in right places to add up to the dynamics of the song.

Anis - Dans tes yeux



Born of a Russian mother and a Moroccan father, he grew up until age 8 in the Paris suburb of Cergy.As a young man he listened to blues and French chanson: Tom Waits, Bo Diddley, John Lee Hooker, Billie Holiday, Édith Piaf et Colette Magny. He also listens to a lot of rap.In the spring of 2005, he released his first album with the studio "Gang" in Paris. This album contained autobiographical and sober lyrics. The music is a mix of his soul, reggae, and blues influences. The television station France 2 chose him as the Singer of the Summer in 2007; the channel showed regularly videos of Cergy, Intégration, and Avec le Vent.In April 2008 Anis returned to the studio and opened his blog.

The Cults - Most Wanted





Cults is an  duo based in New York City, consisting of Madeline Follin (vocals) and Brian Oblivion (guitar and vocals). The film-students-turned-musicians from San Diego create a nostalgic buzz with their 1960s-sounding tunes about love and loneliness.
At the age of twelve, Madeline Follin was offered a record deal with Recess Records after hanging out in the studio with her stepfather, Paul Kostabi’s band Youth Gone Mad. However, her parents declined. Oblivion and Follin originally formed The Cults as an outlet for their music experiment and a fortnight after posting their electro-pop breakout tune, “Go Outside”, to their bandcamp.com site, the song landed on Pitchfork, and the duo received emails from interested record labels.
The band signed to ITNO/Columbia and Forest Family Records in 2010 and have been parlaying a momentum from successful appearances at South by Southwest and FYF Festivals 2010, in support of their self-titled debut album released in May 2011.
The duo are best known for their debut single “Go Outside”, which was named Best New Music by Pitchfork. According to Pitchfork, ” ‘Go Outside’ has the innocent and balmy feel that brings to mind Swedish indie pop, with a tinkling glockenspiel cutting through humidity, an appealingly lazy bass line, and joyous sing-along vocals.’ Released as a limited edition 7” on bright yellow vinyl, the single (b/w ‘Most Wanted’) sold out at the pre-order stage and re-pressing. It can be heard and downloaded for free at bandcamp.com.

Nneka - My Home



Nneka Egbuna was born in a Warri, a bustling and thriving metropolis (with a population of over 1 million) in Nigeria in 1981 and used to sing in her school’s and church choir in Nigeria. She says “In my life the only places I really felt secure were and still are in the Music and in the Lord“.

After relocating to Germany she’s been singing “professionally“ for 5 years now. Her influences reflect her younger days in Nigeria as well as her time in the western world as she names famous compatriotFela Kuti and legend Bob Marley as well as contemporary rappers Mos DefTalib KweliMobb Deepand Lauryn Hill. After gaining experiences good and bad with several producers and artists, she finally met DJ and Hip Hop Beatmaker, DJ Farhot (Hit Spot Productions) and they are working together for 2 years now. Before that she started hanging out with artists such as „Maskoe“ and „The Chosen Few Crew“ (Short Lord, Sensai Miyagie, Antonio, Seven 30 a.o.) and recorded songs with them. Subsequently they became her posse.

Musically her songs range from deep soulful ballads like her „Confession“ tune to modern reinventions of the UK sound, that „Massive Attack“ once was popular for („Changes“) to funk-driven Hip Hop tracks („Stand Strong“). Even though she sings more than raps, she claims Hip Hop as her primary musical roots and an important source of her inspiration. You can call it Hip-hop Soul, if you want to, but as most real artist, Nneka doesn’t like labels. Even more important for her thoughtful lyrics are her origin and up bringing in Nigeria. „I get inspired when I take a severe look at the things going on in our world today; especially in my country. How people live, suffer and endure pain, politicians and religion. And when I see all that man has evoked and created out of self-centeredness and devotion to material things“, she rants.

Playing occasional gigs on her own backed by DJ Farhot, she already made herself a name on the local scene of Hamburg and its surrounding areas, when for the first time sharing her musical message with a bigger audience and introducing her own band in June 2004: With no released record to her credit yet she got herself the opening slot at Sean Paul’s open air show in Stadtpark. Another highlight in her onstage-career placed herself in front of the prisoners and prison officers at her Majesty’s prison service Holloway Islington London UK in February 2005, where she gave a taste of her mission for 45 minutes without back up.

After finishing the production of her debut EP „The Uncomfortable Truth“ she toured Germany, Austria and Switzerland opening up for label mate Patrice. September 2005 saw the release of her highly acclaimed album “Victim of Truth” followed by a club tour with her band. The new year started with 10 shows opening up for Seeed and another tour on her own in April. Shows in Paris and Amsterdam as well as more festivals will follow….

www.nnekaworld.com
 

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