drwex (drwex) wrote,

New plan, start music posts on Monday

The last one only took four days of stolen slices of time and left me with lots of open tabs. Most of these are YouTube, which is what happens when I'm trying to track down sources or following leads off SoundCloud, whose internal search engine leaves a lot to be desired if what you want is the official version of something. Anyway, bonus points if you can figure out the link from last week's post to this set of tracks.

To save you brain cycles I'll tell you up front that this one came from a Beats Antique mailing list and isn't related, except thematically. It's B.A's remix of Major Lazer's "Be Together". Fronted by Wild Belle (http://www.wildbelle.com/), the original track (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=S1g4Uoqhhc8) is a slow, sensuous 1940s-style love-and-longing track with just a touch of modern electronic sensibilities. If you've been playing along at home you may recall that I reviewed an earlier version of this remix back in June. This version is updated and better polished. For fun listen to just the first 15 seconds of the original and then the first 15 seconds of this remix back to back - it's instructive to see the different styles.

This... is a new thing for me. A cover of Beyonce's "Single Ladies" by Postmodern Jukebox in the style of Bob Fosse's vision of Chicago. Yeah, it's about that weird and/or cool depending on your point of view. The cover is good, true to the era/style that the book and play were set in, and the music follows along. The dancers, such as they are, are the big disappointment. They more "pose" than "dance" and form a somewhat interesting accompaniment, but I was hoping for more.

I think this one is also from DJ Purple (so there's your link back) and it's surprising to me that it's an old DJ Schmolli track I've not heard before or at least not blogged. I've been thinking about "Jump Around" for a while so it was a surprising coincidence to hear it coming out of someone else's speakers. The mash itself isn't spectacular so much as "yep that works" and "yep, that's fun!"

Ellie Goulding doing "Beating Heart". As a song done for a movie (Divergent) soundtrack it's heavy on the production values and the auto-tune, but I continue to think it's a good track and want to hear her doing it live. The best I could find on short notice was this - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ngoIDaxhFHs - a performance she did on the Today show. Skip to about 1:29. So I have to ask - is anyone else old enough to think "Stevie Nicks" when they see her?

Tosses (previously half of Tosses & Varvez) throws together some hot reggae rhythms and fun samples in a bouncy electro-funky mash. File this under "I like what I like" and what I like includes frequent helpings of reggae sounds.

And now I have fewer tabs for the next post, but there are still more. And bonus this post only took about a day to assemble.
Tags: beats antique, dj schmolli, major lazer, music, postmodern jukebox, tosses, wild belle
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