More Great Gatsby

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 –
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

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Lana serves Summer Wine

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.



The Great Gatsby OST

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,, 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.

Cohen meets Lana

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.

A Posh car named Desire

Pop stars tend to turn up in one or the other commercial for a major brand at some point in their career. Recently Lana Del Rey even remade a classic crooner especially for the promotion of a Swedish retailer, which went down quite well as Lana’s bewildering vocal created a mood setting. Desire is going to be the singer’s next project: a feature film about the Jaguar F. An extended commercial, if you will. The new music video basically serves no other purpose than to sell a car. Del Rey takes to the stage in an abandoned theater while images of a fast and furious F-Type flash up. But if you listen closely, you will read nothing deeper in the lyrics. Shall we just say sex sells.
 A commercial helps an artist get exposed to a wider audience, but commercial usually doesn’t equal quality. And typical for a (clever) Pop song, you just can’t get it out of your head, which is a good thing for product placement.
Let’s just stick with Pop equals fun, and -try to- enjoy Burning Desire.

T¥P cover Lana & Wham!

Looking back, one of the most joyous album releases of 2012 was the international release of The Young Professionals’ (T¥P) debut album, 9am to 5pm, 5pm to Whenever, on Polydor Records/Universal Music Group. The Israeli electro-pop duo, that is producer Johnny Goldstein and singer/songwriter/producer Ivri Lider, originally released the album in their home country in 2011, entitled 09:00 to 17:00, 17:00 to Whenever. The album represents each hour of the day, working hours to night life.
The band’s electronic sound is fused with guitar and percussion. With TYP D.I.S.C.O., the band’s debut single sampling Ottawan’s first international hit D.I.S.C.O., they created something new, with a touch of something old. The current single, Be With You Tonight, follow-up to 20 Seconds, samples the iconic violin chords from Joe Dassin’s Et Si Tu N’existais Pas.
The international version of the album comes with a slightly different track listing, which includes a remix of TYP D.I.S.C.O. by Offer Nissim. The guys also serve a remarkably daring cover of Lana Del Rey’s 2011 single Video Games. Check the result in the play list below. You will find yourself dancing to the beat watching T¥P’s latest video at the top of this entry. As we are so very near to Christmas, the guys offer us a Seasonal remake of a classic Wham! track. Very Merry y’all.

Lana’s latest: Ride

Lana Del Rey’s debut Born To Die will be re-released November 12th in the UK (the day after in US). Entitled The Paradise Edition, the album will come with completely new art work. The new pack will include seven brand new tracks including the singer’s cover of Blue Velvet, the song she recorded as part of her new ad campaign for H&M.
Lana’s latest single Ride was released September 24th. The music video lasts no less than 10:10 minutes. You might think Meat Loaf has lengthy video clips, topping all, clocking in at nearly forty minutes in length, Michael Jackson’s Ghosts is King of the clips.
Director Anthony Mandler already worked with Rihanna, The Killers, and Beyoncé. He also directed Del Rey’s video for National Anthem, in which her character portrayed a Jackie O vs Marilyn persona. In Ride Lana hits the highway with a bunch of bikers and spills a narrative on the details of her life.

Del Rey follow-up?

Lana Del Rey recently promoted two tracks off her debut album more or less simultaneously, Summertime Sadness and National Athem. Now three new songs surfaced: Big Bad Wolf, Playing Dangerous, Ghetto Baby, Serial Killer and I’m Afraid. Del Rey is possibly working on a follow-up, but it is not clear if these are teasers for a second album. Meanwhile the singer has been pretty busy commercially, singing a deal with Jaguar to promote its new sports car and fronting H&M’s Fall collection in women’s wear. The Swedish retailer is going to use Lana’s cover of the Bobby Vinton classic Blue Velvet in its tv commercial. You can watch the video in full on the shop’s websites starting September 19th. An edited version will air on television later this year. Lana will perform September 25th at London’s iTunes Festival. Wonder if she’ll lift some of the obscurity.

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Dayglo sees the light

June 12th is nearing, when Bobby Womack’s new and highly anticipated album The Bravest Man In The Universe will see the light of day. XL Recordings already let us have a look behind-the-scenes of the recording sessions, confirming rumors of a Lana Del Rey collaboration, with a snippet to tease.
This week the full version of Dayglo Reflection surfaced. Bobby’s soulful, grainy vocals and Lana’s warm voice laid over a contemporary RnB melody work darn well. Both this track and the lead single Please Forgive My Heart instigate the expectation, and believe, that this new album ensures a spectacular return for the Soul Legend.
July 14 Bobby is headlining Ghent Jazz Festival, together with D’Angelo. Yes, D’Angelo. If you are around, make sure you don’t miss out.

The Carmen in Lana

Hotty Lana Del Rey is turning out videos like cup cakes. With Blue Jeans freshly offered, and Summertime Sadness which is going to premiere this month still, a video for Carmen was released at the end of April. Not sure what to make of this one to be honest.
In sync with Lana’s debut video, Carmen is a montage of vintage footage and old videos. Though Blue Jeans may be no innovative clip, at least it has class and fits the term music video perfectly. Let’s hope the next one coming will stay away from scratchy retro. Watch the video as discussed below.