drwex (drwex) wrote,

I have been silent for too long (music)

There's a metric sh*tton going on and I want to post about it but it's being very hard for Reasons, some of which I'll post about. Things have happened, some of them good. I want to write and think through writing but it's not happening. As you'd expect after a month I have a lot of music tabs, too. Here are some:

A Tribe Called Red was pointed out to me by a coworker on our Slack "listening" channel. She and I have the most overlap of musical tastes of the small cluster there. The actual link was to a video of some of the best Native American hoop dancers (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0xl9JIGxuAY) for whom A Tribe Called Red have done backing music including this "Electric Pow Wow Drum". I recommend watching the dancing in that video - it's excellent.

We're definitely going to see Suicide Squad when it opens, if only to figure out whether to let the kids see it (I'm guessing HELL NO but we'll see). Also from that same Slack channel came this link to Glass Animals' cover of "Love Lockdown". I'm not a real Kanye fan, but LL (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HZwMX6T5Jhk) is one of the few of his tunes that I like. I really appreciate what this cover is trying to do - updating the sound while keeping some of the essential elements of the original.

Speaking of covers (or remixes in this case) and essentials, here's Glowjack doing a Tropical House remix of the Frankie classic "Relax". Most of the coworkers in the Slack channel are too young to remember when this was an iconic tune so they don't have a lot to compare against. This is... not bad, despite my not being a huge fan of tropical house. Where it strays too far from the original, I think, is in the musical interludes. When it hews more closely to the vocal lines of the original I find I like it a lot.

Premeson's remix of "Settle My Heart" combines some of the good elements of prog-house (full sounds, driving pace) with a nice funky bassline to give this track a whole new feel. Unfortunately I couldn't find an online version of the original to link back to and this is just a preview from a remix EP but I think it's still a worthwhile couple of minutes.

I feel compelled to share these so you, too, will be aware that "twerk" is apparently now a musical subgenre. I go between "hate" and "roll with it" on this idea. The first one gets away with a lot because it's a remake of a favorite Panjabi MC track. STAiF (or DJ STAiF) is a Greek with a bunch of interesting stuff I'll be diving into. The second track is also doing a good job of energizing a dance sound that seems to be drawing from several influences. Of the listed tags I'd definitely classify this as riddim and sure I can see the moombahton influences. That, for me, is part of the fun of watching new subgenres emerge - you see them reaching around for ways to describe themselves until they either make it or don't.
Tags: a tribe called red, glass animals, glowjack, music, premeson, staif
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