Majestic; The Sound You Need

These two YouTube channels are incredible. MajesticCasual in particular has done wonders for the Deep House scene. However, with such a fast growing genre, it can sometimes prove tricky to find the diamonds in the rough, so here’s your direct route to some of the best from the two channels from the past few weeks.

Miami Horror – Real Slow (Gold Fields Remix):

 

What So Not – High You Are (Branchez Remix):

 

The 1975 – Me (FFFRRANNNO Remix):

 

Common – I Want You (Kaytranada Edition):

 

Rihanna – Stay (Branchez Remix):

 

MØ feat. Diplo – XXX88 (Joe Hertz Remix):

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The Best Albums From The Year The World Ended.

So apparently there’s only a couple of weeks left of the world. Obviously that’s nonsense, but still, it’s always worth looking at the best music that’s come out this year. As dubstep continued it’s growth and spread into the world of pop, a lot of other genres were pushed under the radar. So it’s time to dig out some of the gems in what was actually a widely impressive year for music (despite the best efforts of those at X Factor); welcome to the best albums of 2012. Queue the Top of the Pops theme.

10. Two Door Cinema Club – Beacon

I hate myself for this. I was trying to think of things that were out there and inspiring. Then I realised; music is for enjoyment. And Beacon delivers for that, no doubt. Although lacking in musical creativity, the band from County Down seemed to have lost their nerves for this album and blasted out the catchiness present from Tourist History (2010) with newfound confidence. The lead single ‘Sleep Alone’ proved to be a little bland and almost another album track from Tourist History, but once you divulge yourself in the depths of this album, their new sounds comes clear. Tracks such as ‘Handshake’ and ‘Someday’ have that indie-disco sound that few have successfully found before. Quite a step forward for the band and a thoroughly enjoyable, if a little poppy, album.


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I’m Back

Excuse the recent slump in posts, I went on holiday to Barcelona (it’s a lovely city, you should really visit). My next main post will be my Premiership team of the week after this weekend’s action. In the meantime, I thought I’d send out a few more music suggestions to brighten up your day.

I’m starting this post with an album track from the new Two Door Cinema Club record, Beacon. ‘Handshakes’ is a classic TDCC song, bringing chirpy vocals together with the usual upbeat guitar track. In my opinion, this song is way ahead of the lead single for this album, ‘Sleep Alone’.

You know that song from the Internet Explorer advert, ‘Too Close’? It comes from a man with a superb debut album, Mr Alex Clare with Lateness of the Hour. ‘Too Close’ is not the best song on this album however, it’s all about ‘Treading Water’. This guy is one of the first people to infuse a male voice with the familiar dubstep ‘wob’ and it sounds incredible. Love this song, one of my strongest suggestions for a listen.

One of my lists wouldn’t be complete without some upbeat rap in there and this week is no exception. Excuse the rather depressing chorus supplied by a sample of The Band Perry’s song, ‘If I Die Young’; the song is catchy and worth a few listens.

Time for a song that’s all about one man and his Freshman acoustic guitar. Ben Howard’s album, Every Kingdom is incredible and the song ‘Old Pine’ is one of the most relaxing tracks I have ever heard. There is something different about the way Ben plays and that really stands out in this track. Excellent.

Next up, The Cribs. This trio from Wakefield arguably hit their peak in a three year spell within which they were joined by The Smith’s guitarist, Johnny Marr. From the common catchy mess of songs such as ‘Hey Scenesters’ and ‘Our Bovine Public’ came a mature sound, blending the classic Cribs tone with a professionally structured song. The particular song I’ve chosen to illustrate this is the brilliant, brilliant, track, ‘We Share the Same Skies’.

A quick respite to show a song that really isn’t any good. But it’s Rolf Harris and this is worth seeing just for the absolute lunacy. I love the classic ‘Stairway to Heaven’, but this is just absurd. Enjoy his Churchill laugh and mistake at the start.

From the previous insanity comes one of the best electronic rock songs ever (yes, I know I said in my previous post that they are rare, but I’ve been hunting for diamonds). ‘Ghostwriter’ by RJD2 is incredible and if at 1:30 your toes don’t start bobbing then there’s something wrong with you. This one is so catchy, upbeat and well written; a rare combination, especially for a song with no lyrics.

If you claim Skrillex knows nothing about music then either you’re older than 25 or you’re just out of touch with modern music. Mix him with Damien Marley, son of legendary Bob Marley, and dubstep is brought back to it’s Rasta roots. ‘Make It Bun Dem’ has been a song of choice for many over the past few months, but after the recent release of the official music video, I feel that now is a good time to include it in my suggestions.

I hope you like this selection and enjoy the end of your weekend. By the way, I’m updating my About Me section (under the title ‘Anything and Everything’) as I’ve started to have an idea of the direction I want my blog to take. Thanks!

Musicality; Take II

I’ve come back to music pretty sharpishly today after enjoying writing my post yesterday and it’s relative popularity too. I’m bringing back a few more obscure bits of music that I feel people should know about. Same format as before, brief comment on the song, then a link. Hope you enjoy and happy listening.

I’m starting this post, much like the previous one, with a huge band. Muse. Recently voted as NME’s most exciting live act in history, they’ve released a couple of tracks from upcoming album, The 2nd Law. The song I’ve chosen to include has started to grow in views on YouTube, the track ‘Madness’. A few of the comments I’ve seen are questioning whether it’s a let-down to previous Muse songs, but I feel that although there isn’t the usual rock/guitar led tune, the song builds brilliantly. Besides, I’m sure the rest of the album will deliver some strong, classic rock.

Next up, one of my favourite indie bands of recent times, and one of the few that have excelled in a particularly poor period for indie music; London-based, Bombay Bicycle Club. Fairly famous, I know, but I’ve chosen a random album track that deserves as much credit as singles such as ‘Always Like This’ and ‘Ivy & Gold’. ‘Ghost’ is a great song using the usual mix of catchy guitar and individual voice.

Time for some well written and rather relaxing rap, courtesy of Frank Ocean. ‘Novacane’ is a song that mixes a solid beat with well written lyrics; the two main components of a good rap song. Oh, and he’s pretty much the epitome of cool. Also, apologies for the lyrics video, the official video doesn’t use the full song for some reason.

Electronic rock is a dodgy area of music. Often messy and rarely any good, the band Ratatat stands out miles ahead of the pack. The track, ‘Loud Pipes’ is second in my iTunes top played for a reason. This is the definition of chilled out music. Ratatat, you’ve done well.

Continuing the relaxing feeling comes critically acclaimed, The Weeknd. ‘House of Balloons/Glass Table Girls’ has one of the best tunes to it I’ve ever heard. Forget anything you’ve heard before-this song is likely to have a better beat than any of them. Completely individual and equally as brilliant, this song deserves it’s critical recognition.

After that rather sleepy set of songs comes a great track from American rock band, Young The Giant. I first heard these guys just over a year ago on Jooles Holland and a few of their songs are top class. They still have a way to go before I’d claim that they are an excellent band, but the song ‘My Body’ does a lot to suggest that they’re on their way to good things.

A second rap track now, this time from growing YouTube sensation, Hoodie Allen. The contrast between this and the aforementioned Mr Ocean is huge for two rap artists. But that’s not a gulf in talent, simply style. The track ‘No Interruption’ is one of the most upbeat rap songs I’ve ever heard and has a mildly racy chorus that is unlikely to leave your head any time soon. Oh, and if you fancy a bit more of Hoodie Allen, check out the track ‘No Faith In Brooklyn’, also a great song, I wasn’t sure which to include in this list to be honest.

On the whole, I think it’s fair comment to say that good American indie music is hard to come across. One of the few bands that seem to be creating good music in the genre is The Films. I first heard this song back in 2006 when it came out as part of their album Don’t Dance, Rattlesnake. Unfortunately, as it’s fairly old, the quality of the audio on YouTube doesn’t quite do it justice, but seriously, this is one catchy song.

I’m finishing this post with a song from a genre that I used to hate but am slowly growing to. Dance/House music. ‘Brighter Day’ by Yanou isn’t exactly the sort of song you’d want to listen to in your lunch break at work, but once it’s a Friday evening and this comes on, you start to pick up on why Dance music remains strong. Enjoy!

Anyone that has got any suggestions of songs they think deserve a place in one of my posts then please leave a comment-I’m always open to new music from any genres! For now, I hope you enjoy the music and enjoy your evening.

Obscurity

Afternoon,

Apologies for the recent slump before writing another post, had a busy bank holiday. Anyway, this time I’m writing about something everyone loves, music. And in particular, music that is more obscure that most stuff out there. From rap, to rock, to dubstep, there’s always hidden jems out there. After each track, I’ll post a link to the song on youtube.

First, I’ll start with one of the best known British bands out there, the Arctic Monkeys. After three outstanding (and one slightly better than average) albums, it seems surprising that the lads from Sheffield would have much material that hasn’t hit the big time. However, prior to their official debut album, Whatever People Say I Am, That’s What I’m Not, they released an underground album titled, Beneath the Boardwalk. This album holds a few great songs, but a personal favourite has to be the track ‘Bigger Boys and Stolen Sweethearts’. I would love to write more about the track, but there’s not really space, so here’s the link so you can form your own opinion.

Secondly, we enter the world of rap. Another obscure song from a not-so-obscure artist this time with Childish Gambino. His take on ‘Break (All of the Lights)’ brings a great sound to a well known chorus, mixing a great beat with Donald’s distinctive voice. This one brings some quicker rapping than we usually hear from Gambino but with his usual comedy infused lyrics still present; a favourite example being ‘Donald Glover, you don’t have to call me Childish, except for when I’m flirting with your half-latino stylist.’ Anyway, enjoy.

Up next is an artist I’ve loved since watching the film, Drive. This is French electronic artist, Kavinsky. His most famous track, ‘Nightcall’, brings relaxing music and electronica together in a perfect mix and is a song for any occasion; the true mark of a great tune.

Ever watched the Nikon adverts and thought the song sounded brilliant? So did I, so I did a little researching on the old interweb and found that it’s a song by American band, Radical Face. The track is called ‘Welcome Home’ and is extremely simple, but brilliant at the same time. This one will get repeats on your music player, I’m sure.

Now, I’m a student, so a music list wouldn’t be complete for me without some form of dubstep. Clearly this is an area of mixed opinion so either skip this paragraph or read on if you’re looking for a new track to add to your pre-drinks playlist. This one is a great track from the artist Killagraham. ‘Drop It’ is one of the few modern dubstep songs you don’t get bored of after five or six listens, it’s definitely worth a listen.

Anyone a punk fan? Or a metal fan? How about a mix of both? This time I’ve got one of my favourite bands of all time, English rock band, The Subways. Best known for the song ‘Rock and Roll Queen’ from their first album, Young for Eternity, this band have now released three albums, all infusing catchy guitar and powerful lyrics. However, my personal favourite is one of their heavier songs, ‘Turnaround’, off the album All or Nothing. This song has basically everything I look for in a rock song, punchy guitar and a well written chorus. I’ll never forget seeing this song live, it brings such a pumped up atmosphere.

Penultimately, I’ve got an inclusion for something I usually hate. A mash-up. Normally, these things don’t fit together and sound messy. However, after a boring evening at university, I found myself in that oh-so-dangerous area of repeated clicking of ‘related videos’ on youtube. Luckily, I played it safe and stuck to songs, resulting in me finding this great mash-up of Chiddy Bang’s ‘Mind Your Manners’. This mash-up includes verses from AZ, Jay-Z, Childish Gambino and Nas. My only issue with this one is the inclusion of a Jay-Z line in the chorus before his verse. You’ll spot what I mean, I’m sure. Anyway, other than that, it’s a great track.

Finally, I’m going to end on by far the most obscure of all the above songs. This is a local band of mine, The Tied. This young indie band have now recorded two extremely respectful E.P.s that are definitely worth a listen for anyone; not just friends of the band. I’ve played them to a few different people, from family to uni friends and everyone can see that their songs have catchy licks and that the quartet from Maidstone have great potential. I’ve chosen my personal favourite, a song that featured on the ASOS website, ‘Tell Me Girl’. The band are able to keep a fresh sound in what can often be a rather generic world of indie music with an individual voice and well written lyrics (much like an early Arctic Monkeys). If you only listen to one song on this list, make it this one.

That’s all for now. I’ll probably do another one of these every week or so, hope you enjoyed my writing, and more importantly appreciate the music. Thanks!