drwex (drwex) wrote,

  • Music:

And here we are starting a new music post already

I have a bunch of tabs that were set aside for me to write last week's "Alien Invasion" post. In case you're not one of those that reads comments (and why should you?) I wanted to start off by reposting a Burning Man set posted there by rednikki:

CHRNIK's set has a lot of fun tracks in it, drawing heavily on 70s and 80s pop tunes that you will recognize. I'd love to get a setlist for this so I could find some of the individual tracks. It's generally light dance-house-pop mash style with no great highlights, but playing "spot the sample" is fun because really some of those bits are all but burned into my neural pathways. I suggest you listen all the way through at some point, if only to get to the updated "Poppa Was A Rolling Stone", which is hands-down my favorite Temptations track.

Speaking of favorite tracks, I think I've already mentioned that I really like the new Abney Park (which landed early this month - you should order a copy). This here is their take on "Minnie the Moocher", a Cab Calloway classic. Back in the day I was deeply indebted to John Belushi and Dan Aykroyd for bringing Cab back to the screen to do this track in Blue's Brothers. Nowadays you can find restored versions of original performances on YouTube and I recommend you do so. Abney Park doesn't have the scat vocals or Cab's voice but they do a decent job, particularly with the horn parts. It was written as a big band tune and that sound is hard to get with modern smaller groups.

Returning to mash-up land, we have someone going as The PieEyedPiper doing a standard but fun A|B mash between Gaga's "Telephone" and Maroon 5's "One More Night." I am reasonably fond of both source tracks and I think the mash improves on both in a couple ways, which is what I look for in most A|B's.

Hotel Garuda brings us their mix of kiiara's "Feels". I had not noticed the original though now that I've listened to it I'm pretty sure I've heard it sampled here and there in the past couple months. kiiara's voice is ideally suited to this kind of gentle in-your-ear sound. She's half-singing, half-rapping about emotion and the melancholy of her voice covers a lot. Unfortunately the track is pretty highly produced - an acoustic of this would be amazing. There are a ton of mixes out there you can listen to; I picked the Garuda version in part because of the way it strips down and downplays the dense production sound of the original and lets her voice carry more of the track. Where the remix falls down, imo, is in the middle where there's a lot of excess electronica shoved in. It feels forced and it's a relief when that drops out for the second half.

It's been a bit since I posted some funk for your enjoyment so here let's start with "Revolution" from Megan Hamilton & The Bermudas. This one is a lovely throwback to 60's and 70's styles but updated and sped up to modern club speeds. I have to mention that if you go to the second link you can get the entire EP at whatever price you want to pay, which is just an absolute steal. I love the fast-rapping vocals and the phat horns and I hope you will, too.

Msystem returns with another extremely electro-funky tech-house track. "Workout" is definitely pitched at the high-BPM crowd, which is just fine if you want to get up and move, or do a little (ok a lot of) chair dancing. As with so many of these things my biggest complaint is that the track is too short.
Tags: abney park, chrnik, hotel garuda, kiiara, megan hamilton & the bermudas, msystem, music, pieeyedpiper
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