Your Summer Playlist

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.

Del & Xavier present Tickle

Magic Hour is to be Scissor Sisters’ last album. For the time being, the last we get to see will be a Live DVD of their performance at London’s Lovebox Festival in Victoria Park (2011).  The four band members are taking a (temporary?) break to concentrate on their individual future. Guitarist Del Marquis, maybe the fiercest of ‘em all, already launched a side project named Del & Xavier.
Earlier this year Marquis announced he was sitting on a ton of new songs that he had recorded for his debut solo album Slow Nights, set for release this Spring, including quite a few that he had done together with Xavier. The guys picked six of these recordings to mash up a mix tape which is available as a free download. The lead track Let Me Tickle Your Fancy is a very groovylicious tune, reminiscent of the 80’s. And it’s got a saucy vid to go with it. Treat yourself to a time warp, why don’t you!

Bright Light x2

Welsh singer, writer & producer Rod Thomas aka Bright Light Bright Light has some quirky music to his name: 80s inspired Love Pt 2, the Filthshake-remix for Kelis, a remake of the Twin Peaks theme Falling, the Pop gem Cry At Films featuring Del Marquis. Add Disco Moment to the list. Being dubbed Robyn’s little brother, this new track is a perfect example of what contemporary pop music is all about. With a nudge to Erasure and Pet Shop Boys, and a baseline to get you on your feet, the song stands tall. So does the video, symbolizing human connection and emotion. The single will be released August 7th. Check his official site for more.