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Spotlight: This Week’s 10 Most Notable Artists – 09/29/12

Spotlight: This Week’s 10 Most Notable Artists – 09/29/12
Mariane

Ahhhh…. Peace and love, my sugar lumps! Bermuda was a beauty and the water was a gorgeous translucent aqua that calls you by name! Oh, and the coral sands…the swizzle drinks…the perfect weather…Philly has some fierce competition.

But enough of that; this is your moment. The list has been made and who has made the list? Mama hen always makes it good one, chickies! Wait for it…wait for it…

Or you can just scroll down.

 

1. Escort“Starlight (RAC Remix)”/Escort Remixed

This Brooklyn based funky-fresh-finesse group hits the dance music scene with their old school new mix. “Starlight” is a coveted track, remixed to perfection by the undeniably irresistible stylistic skills of RAC. There’s nothing bad to say about this groove joint that is the product of many, but more specifically noted creators Eugene Cho and Dan Balis, as well as the fabulously smooth tremor of lead vocalist  Adeline Michèle. Their Escort Remixed compilation is set for an October 16th release. Did I mention a free download?

 

2. Solidisco – “Set Me Free”/ Get Right Records 

Soldisco’s original mix “Set Me Free” is a dance track mastered by two successful NY DJs with the right attitude, “We want to make dance music for people that actually want to dance,” they say. It’s an interesting notion, but they accomplish that mission effortlessly, it seems, track after track. “Set Me Free” is a consistent, balanced mix without the many variations of other electro-pop mixes. It holds to its solidarity with a charming, fun-loving repetition that listeners (dancers and wallflowers alike) can follow with ease. The customary overlapping beat is a staple of the old-school club mixes, but it also sets a more modern standard of sound. This respect for tradition and incorporation of modernization make Solidisco the dance music innovators that they are.


3. Lana Del Ray – “Blue Velvet”/Blue Velvet

Lana Del Ray, you sexy sex kitten you! Love her voice and the fact that everybody loves her and she’s not overrated. Her original songs are great, but she makes a kick ass cover. “Blue Velvet” was Lana’s song of choice and she melts and melds with the track so well it feels like her own. Del Ray’s retro flair is a focal point of her style and her modern, moody, seducing rendition of “Blue Velvet” only emphasis the depth of her talent. The soundcloud clip is linked below, but you can buy the feature track here.


4. Leogun– “Let’s Be Friends”/Make It Right

A great man once said, “It’s sexy time!” Oh, Leogun, you sexy, proper, cluster of blazing eroticism! Britian, Britian, Britian… you do not play a fair game of musical talent. Not only do you give lead vocalist and guitarist Tommy Smith and bassist Matt Johnson some of the most luscious locks of hair I’ve ever seen, you make them rock gods. You cannot possibly disregard this raw, undiluted, genuine rock and roll. There’s teases, guitars, and genuine love for music they’re making. Not to mention sharp whites suits…Mmmhmm! These boys are hot, in every way. Listen and then watch.

 

5. Esthero- “Never Gonna Let You Go”/Everything Is Expensive

She’s the lady without all the gaga! Esthero is blessing us with her presence with a new single and video for her upcoming EP Everyhing Is Expensive. With the EP set for an October 30th release, music lovers everywhere can experience the Esthero effect via the slightly disturbing and comical video below. Esthero funky, pop, rhythm groove is sultry like Amy Winehouse and Lana Del Ray, but twisted and upbeat like Kimbra and Katy Perry. It’s absolutely brilliant because I said so (and because Esthero is awesome sauce).

 

6. Matthew Koma - “Neon Red”/Parachutes EP

Matthew Koma is an electro-poppy futuristic hybrid of a Jonas Brother-meets-David Guetta-Owl City-DJ-mash up. His dance beats, falsetto, and perfectly sculpted hair make up a catch. “Neon Red” is an alluring upbeat track that gives enough dance and rifts to keep the attention of the modern audience. Speaking of Owl City-ness, Koma is happily touring the globe alongside his comparable counterpart, promoting his EP as well as his musical flexibility. He’s definitely one to look out for.

 

7. Admiral Fallow - “Concrete Oaths”/Tree Bursts In Snow 

Haunting, riveting, soulful, and rich…That is Admiral Fallow and their single “Concrete Oaths.” This song is masterfully composed and vocalized with an ethereal melodic truth. Every note, word, sound is laid out with a purpose and the harmonies… Don’t get me started! I want this to be the soundtrack of every terrifying depressing, awakening moment in any independent film you can imagine! Their folky-classic- rock musical arrangement is a rare gem that suits the mind and the soul.

 

8. The Joy Formidable  - “Wolf’s Law”/Wolf’s Law

The Joy Formidable is a group from Wales with extraordinary talent and theatrical musical scopes. Their single “Wolf’s Law” is an eyes-wide-open experience meant to bring light to the notion that we are all one, in bloom, in this natural, inescapable, beautiful rotation of life. Hippie as it sounds, they make it work. Their message and music is intrusive, but welcomed. The soft, but razor sweetness of lead vocalist Ritzy is captivating, and gives listeners the tone needed to evaluate the message. The video is cinematic-dreamy; a visual vignette of life’s expression.

 

9. Citizens! - “True Romance”/Hear We Are

For all you hormonal freaks, I’ve got the vid for you! “True Romance” by UK’s Citizens! is a raunchy sex fest of romantics who cannot keep their hands (or tongues for that matter) off each other! Despite the erotic imagery, it’s not the overall message of the vid. Clearly, these romantics are not attentive because they’re too busy tonguing to see the real problems around them. Citizens! decided to take a creative stab at the human approach to deal with life by not dealing with it. Depressed? Get laid! Lost your job? Have sex! Kitten ran away? It’s ok, you can just motorboat Cindy! See, we’re great at this emotional stuff. It’s as easy as paying off a credit card with another credit card! Le sigh. Citizens! is making their Hear We Are US of A debut on October 9th, so keep an ear open and your eyes on the screen!

 

10. Gallons to Ounces – “It Kills Me”/It Kills Me

Gallons to Ounces is an interesting band name, but these boys are a sophisticated jazzy, blues sound that is genuine feel good music. These Maryland natives, Matt Cummings, Zach Miller, and Tom Hatcher, have ears for perfect pitch and melody. I cannot stress the joy that comes with simplicity. They execute their music so well, so clean, so smooth… You already know that when there’s a guitar, a jam session would surely break out. This tiny threesome make a big sound because it’s respectable, artistically crafted melodies that could easily blend with a sultry, suave list of the greats. This music doesn’t need a specific atmosphere, it creates one. Galloons to Ounces are traveling the US. Show a little love if a show’s near you! Oh and *cough*freedownload*cough*

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Etotheemma
Etotheemma

Ahh! Love Lana Del Rey's cover <3 I also just came across a remix of Asaf Avidan's "Reckoning Song" that was recently done by DJ Wankelmut, which I've been obsessed with lately!! Definitely recommend giving it a listen :) http://bit.ly/SwgJYF

musicunderfire
musicunderfire

The Joy Formadable's video was very moving - nice commentary on the video: "...an eyes-wide-open experience meant to bring light to the notion that we are all one, in bloom, in this natural, inescapable, beautiful rotation of life." Well put!

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