If your musical thirst is drenched by the likes of Bright Light Bright Light, TYP and Empire of the Sun, than here’s two more albums to add to your playlist this Summer.
Ryan Merchant and Sebu Simonian of Capital Cities delivered a superb full length earlier this month. In a Tidal Wave of Mystery is a line you will have heard in the duo’s debut single Safe and Sound, a song they first released some two years ago. If you loved the horns and the feel-good vibe of the track, you’re in for a treat. The whole album follows the same recipe, without sounding the same. The only break from this routine comes with Farrah Fawcett Hair, a radio commercial- like track featuring André 3000 and Shemika Secrest, narrated by NPR’s Frank Tavares. The new single Kangaroo Court will surely get you on board, if you’re not already.
In the same line, ever so superb but maybe a bit more divers, is SlowKnights’ album Cosmos, released back in March. SlowKnights is Scissor Sisters’ Derek “Del Marquis” Gruen’s latest collaboration, after working with musicians such as Xaxier, and members of Prince’s New Power Generation and his own Scissor Sisters.
Gruen only lays down lead vocals on Legendary Children. Other vocalists include Xavier, former Scissor Sister members Chrissi Poland and Bridget Barkan, and Rod Thomas (a.k.a. Bright Light x2), who is back on board after collaborating with Del Marquis on his own debut Make Me Believe In Hope. Cosmos perfectly blends funk & pop, with a seamless track listing and seductive sounds.
The Soundtrack to the upcoming Baz Lurhmann movie The Great Gatsby promises to be outstanding. Jay Z overlooking the whole project seems to deliver, despite the fact that Mrs Carter and André 3000 are recording Back To Black doesn’t please a bunch of Winehouse fans. An official soundtrack sampler has been released, revealing 30-second snippets of each of the songs, the Beyoncé cover excluded. After the jump however, you’ll find another audio sampler, which allows you to listen to a sneak peak. Another remarkable remake is Beyoncé’s Crazy In Love, in a swing version performed by Emeli Sandé, who also contributed a track to Danny Boyle’s latest Trance.
And for those who simply can’t get enough of Lana Del Rey‘s vintage escapades, you will be thrilled to hear Young and Beautiful. The track will become the first official single to be taken from the Soundtrack. If this track is anything to go by, both the film and its musical setting got us eagerly looking forward to seeing the result. You can listen to the superb song in full after the jump, as well as Florence + the Machine’s contribution Over The Love.
Back To Black – Beyoncé & André 3000
Bang Bang – Will.i.am
A Little Party Never Killed Nobody (All We Got) – Fergie, Q Tip & GoonRock
Young And Beautiful – Lana Del Rey
Love Is The Drug – Bryan Ferry with The Bryan Ferry Orchestra
Over The Love – Florence + The Machine
Where The Wind Blows – Coco O. of Quadron
Crazy in Love – Emeli Sandé and The Bryan Ferry Orchestra
Together – The xx
Hearts A Mess – Gotye
Love Is Blindness – Jack White
Into the Past – Nero
Kill and Run – Sia
Not that long ago we introduced Lana Del Rey’s cover of Leonard Cohen’s Chelsea Hotel No. 2. Here’s yet another new clip, starring the 26-year-old singer and her man Barrie-James O’Neill, frontman of Scottish band Kassidy and Lana’s boyfriend in real-life. The song Summer Wine is a remake of a 1967 Nancy Sinatra track, originally a duet with Lee Hazlewood. Since Blue Velvet came along, Lana seems passionate about overhauling more vintage music and giving it new life. Her breathy vocal does conjure a retro feel and works perfect on such tracks. Again, so does the video. Play it here and take a trip.
High time to put English singer-songwriter Lucy Rose in the spotlight. According to Vogue magazine Rose is “one of indie music’s breakout stars for 2012.” Lucy only took her music outside of her living room and began performing with other musicians when she moved to London at the age of eighteen. That’s when she met front man of Bombay Bicycle Club Jack Steadman. After becoming friends she was offered to perform vocals on a song Jack had written. She contributed backing vocals on the Bombay Bicycle Club albums Flaws and A Different Kind of Fix. Last year Rose toured extensively with Bombay Bicycle Club and Noah And The Whale. She staged at many a festival, including Reading Festival. Her solo debut album Like I Used To was released in September 2012 on Columbia Records. It includes the singles Middle of The Bed and Scar, released in 2011, and Red Face, Lines and Bikes, released last year. The latest song to be picked as a 7” is Shiver. Many of Rose’s videos are shot by close friend Orestes Mitas. Here’s the funny video for Bikes. Catch the new vid after the jump.
Another Soundtrack causing quite a stir on social media is the upcoming Baz Lurhmann movie The Great Gatsby, based on the novel by American author F. Scott Fitzgerald, set in the Roaring Twenties. The film starring Leonardo DiCaprio, Carey Mulligan and Tobey Maguire will be released May 10th. Executive producer of its Soundtrack is Jay-Z, who also contributed an original song. Other names listed on the score include Q-Tip, Lana Del Rey, the xx, Florence & The Machine, Will.i.am, Fergie, Emile Sandé, Jack White, Gotye, and Bryan Ferry. Most notable is a new collaboration between Beyoncé and Andre 3000. They are rumored to cover the Amy Winehouse classic Back To Black. Mitch Winehouse, Amy’s dad, tweeted many aren’t too impressed the Diva and one half of Outkast are touching this iconic song. No snippets surfaced thus far. Meanwhile, Beyoncé did debut her new Pepsi commercial, entitled Mirrors. The advert features the Timbaland-produced Grown Woman, new music from her upcoming album.
British director Danny Boyle, Artistic Director for the opening ceremony of the 2012 London Summer Olympics, and known for films such as Trainspotting, 28 Days Later and Slumdog Millionaire, has a new film out, starring James McAvoy, Rosario Dawson and Vincent Cassel. The world premiere of Trance was held in London on March 19th. A fine-art auctioneer becomes involved in the theft of a painting from his own auction house. He tries to double-cross the gang who stole the painting, calling in the help of a hypnotherapist to recover the lost painting, after claiming to suffer from amnesia.
For the Soundtrack, Underworld’s Rick Smith was brought in. The band already composed music for other Boyle films, including Trainspotting and The Beach. Brit sensation Emeli Sandé features on the track Here It Comes. Don’t expect a tribals dance jam. Smith serves us a powerful ballad, and Sandé delivers a sensational vocal. There’s no stopping this girl’s version of events.
Three days ago Lana Del Rey posted a new video on her YouTube channel, and simply tweeted “new video.” No cigarette ban in this simplistic video, nor in Lana’s life. The song is a cover of of Leonard Cohen’s Chelsea Hotel No. 2, a song which appeared on Cohen’s 1974 album New Skin for the Old Ceremony. It reflects a fling with Janis Joplin in the famous New York joint The Hotel Chelsea, also known as the Chelsea Hotel, or simply the Chelsea. The Manhattan hotel has always attracted numerous actors, musicians, writers and other artists, such as Iggy Pop, Bob Dylan, Janis Joplin, and Cohen.
As there has been no further press release, it’s not clear whether the song is a one-off remake or if it announces a new full length album. Del Rey now residing in the UK has been busy writing new material in Santa Monica, working with the same producers that worked on Born to Die. The singer told BBC Radio 1 the new tracks are “a little more stripped down but still cinematic and dark, and lyrically more spiritual.” The record has come quite together already but needs finishing up. Summer would be a good time, don’t you agree. For now, here’s the new video.