Denmark’s newest pop darling MØ revisits her latest video “Waste of Time” this time replacing the work of the cut-and-paste work of Anne Sofie Skaaring with a new official video. While the video retains the slick guitar work of producer and musical partner Vindahl and Ørsted’s silky vocal slide over the popping melody of the single, her latest video seems to be all about the cable-knit sweaters and ponytails as Karen Marie lashes around her shampoo commercial quality hair.
We’ve spoken earlier on this sort of electronic dream team from Norway, so without further ado here’s Ralph Myerz’s video with underground pop princess Annie. With its boom-clap melodies and deeply-penetrating beats, Annie’s heavenly “oohs” and “aahs” gloss over the lush production work of “Take a Look at the World”. Looking snazzy and riding in fancy cars, featuring vocalist Annie is about as sharp as a tack when she rolls into The Big Apple.
Splintering off from iconic UK electronic music outfit Ladytron is Marnie, the solo project of Glaswegian and Ladytron lead vocalist Helen Marnie. Her latest effort “The Hunter” is the first single off her just-released album “Crystal World” independently crowd-sourced and produced by Ladytron bandmate Daniel Hunt. Although the single does provide some perspective with Helen’s songwriting, it doesn’t deviate too far from anything Ladytron’s previous work with Marnie leading the vocals and Daniel Hunt on the production (not a necessarily bad thing considering the continued success of Ladytron as a band). “The Hunter” features all the trademarks of a Ladytron track and like its video directed by Michael Sherrington, “The Hunter” glows iridescently with its eerie repetition and soaring vocals which heavily layer throughout the hauntingly enthralling track. You can grab a copy of Marnie’s album HERE.
If your tumblr hasn’t been oozing with news of the new track from Kiwi artist Ella Yelich-O’Connor, better known as Lorde, well then here it is. The New Zealander who has been already making waves in her home country, draws her influence from Lana del Rey and her hip-hop leanings especially evident in her latest track “Tennis Court” with its quick and fiery drum rolls and silky smooth vocal underlaying. Accompanying her heavy-hitting track, is the bluesy and much slower-paced B-side “Swingin’ Party” which can be streamed below.
At the tender age of 16, we’re sure she’ll have a long and successful career ahead of her. Check out the tracks below:
Although Those Dancing Days has officially been on hiatus for sometime with Linnéa Jonsson off the band, it hasn’t stopped Mash Up International and Vulkano (Cissi and Lisaof Those Dancing Days) from putting out new material. Their track titled “Monster” is rather kitsch, not surprising considering the track draws its influences from Brazilian technobrega, a genre defined by its lo-fi take on 80s pop music and translates loosely as “cheesy techno” in everyday Brazilian lingo. As for the video, directed by Vulkano member Cissi Efraimsson who provides the squealing vocals alongside the “pew-pew” of lasers and punchy, spaced-out beats, well it features none other than… well a monster.
Have you checked what’s hiding behind your closet lately? Check out the video and the single with its proper tecnobrega reworking below:
When Swedish producer Petter Wallenberg featured Sweden’s iconic Leila K on his track “Legendary”, the single was nothing short of a success. So how does one go about following up on that with such big shoes to fill? The answer is quite simple, with the video for “Real Woman” featuring “Buffalo Stance” singing Neneh Cherry and The Slits’ Ari Up whose participation on the track was unfortunately some of the last work she ever recorded before passing away. The video directed by Wallenberg himself is a bit of a throwback itself to the days of 90s reggae/dancehall mashing hiphop and Eurodance. Looking up to Neneh Cherry and Ari Up as a teenager, Wallenberg dedicates the song to the women of that era as loud, proud and diverse, coming in all shapes and sizes.
Premiering on fashion glossy Gravure earlier this week is the latest piece of work from Ex-Cops’ Amalie Bruun. Titled “I’m Not like You”, the track marks the first song the Denmark-native has recorded with producer British producer Mark Saunders, in which Amalie describes as “my most personal song I’ve ever written”. As Bruun explains, “I wrote it about a female friend of mine that I was in love with, who kind of broke me down, because I always felt inferior to her, but in the end realized that I’m not like her and that I’m glad I’m not”. The accompanying video rather sparse, with the black and white cinematography focusing on Amalie’s lightly-colored pupils and freckled complexion. Raw and organic, the video perfectly compliments Bruun’s stripped-down track of fading guitars and fluttery vocals in this woeful ballad.
In the followup to his debut video “Hela stan är vårt dansgolv” (lit. the city is our dancefloor) is Örnsberg’s track “Mot solen” (lit. towards the sun). Moving at a slower tempo than his last single, the sleepy-prose “Mot solen” wanders into dream territory as frontman Johan Ragnarsson laments on the fear of growing old, love, regrets and sun. As Johan tells us, “it’s a track about not looking back, and moving on while never forgetting to follow your heart”.
While it’s been awhile since we’ve heard any new material from iamamiwhoami, it certainly shouldn’t doesn’t mean Jonna Lee’s elusive musical project is taking a rest. Finally releasing her earlier work from “bounty” in physical format, Lee is spending her summer with a small number of tour dates. While nothing new has been put out on Lee’s effort, Joe Goddard of Hot Chip and Moby stepped in to give “bounty” new meaning on track “y”. Goddard’s approach to the track is soft and minimal with its lightly percussive club beats cut with the exotic Javanese gamelan and flashy synths. Moby (who Jonna has previously remixed before), adds a little bit of a bass groove and chooses to stay closer to the original, had this to say about the collaboration with iamamiwhoami:
“I first heard iamamiwhoami at a restaurant in London a few years ago. After hearing them I emailed my manager, Eric, and asked ‘have you heard of this band iamamiwhoami?’ and he wrote back, ‘yes, we manage them’.
When they asked me to do a remix for them i happily said ‘yes’, as I’m a fan of theirs. and when i heard the song they wanted me to remix i realized that i didn’t want to deconstruct it and change it, but rather just add melodic and structural elements to it, to enhance what they’d already done.”
You can check out iamamiwhoami’s tour teaser video and the two remixes of “y” are available for free on soundcloud below. Her record “bounty” is now available for order HERE.
Lisa Alma’s latest video is her second single and the re-release of earlier track “Outbalance”. With its soft grey hues and Lisa’s seductively alluring gaze, Alma appears alongside her onscreen lover singing about those nice things such as “tulips, champagne, love letters, long nights and kisses” in a flowery tribute to love. Slow and solemn, yet filled with a spacious reverb, the single will appear on Alma’s upcoming release on Ikaros which is already avaiable for pre-order on i-Tunes.
A video with shutter shades… and ballerinas too! Although all fingers would point to a very egoistic Kanye West video, it’s rather quite the opposite with the person behind the video none other than the subtle and reserved Charlotta Perers of Big Fox. Sitting on the floor with her legs crossed next to the record player, Big Fox’s soft, smoky vocals hum along to the light and whimsical “hotel elevator” melodies of “Girls”, while ballerinas dance and twirl. Speaking of girl trouble and youthful naivete, Charlotta’s soft-spoken lyrical charm is gentle and soothing, without being whiny or full of angst. Yes, we’re absolutely smitten by her.
“Klonux” is the latest single from Danish electronic producer August Fenger, better known by his musical moniker ELOQ. Recruiting production team Karatespark for the video, Fenger stood behind a green screen telling the crew what what on his mind. When asked about the video August tells us, “I just went in a green screen for a day, told ‘em about what kinda stuff I liked and then they made a perfect imaging of what goes on inside my head!”, says Fenger. So what does a producer who makes trap beats and “galactic pop” melodies think of? Well according to this video, it’s all about heavy bass, blaring brass and flying hamburgers in this instrumental trap mix. That’s right burgers and fast food, because as Fenger tells us, “of course who doesn’t think about burgers?”. Tasty!
“Iodine” is the latest single from Danish experimental electropop quartet When Saint Go Machine. Appearing off the quartet’s full length “Infinity Pool”, stuttering vocals and prominent drum kicks surround the simulated backdrop of the Naica mine in Chihuahua, Mexico known for its spectacular gypsum crystals. Hauntingly dark, cinematic string loops follow this dystopian adventure down in the depths of the earth.
Check out the video below:
When Saints Go Machine’s “Infinity Pool” is available for purchase on their label !K7.
The statuesque Norwegian Karin Park certainly has an extensive resumé to her career - actress, singer even runway model and most recently a taxidermist as far as British-Japanese DJ Maya Jane Coles’ newest video is concerned. Featuring on the track “Everything”, Karin Park carefully dissects a crow, removing flesh and bone using the bird’s body to transform her appearance. Slow progressive house beats simmer over Karin’s gentle coos and shaky vocals as Park slowly becomes “Everything” like the woman in the picture she’s trying to be.
Hate it or love it Eurovision 2013 is well and done with Norway taking this year’s crown. However if you’re still reeling from 2012’s winner Sweden, then Lorine Zineb Nora Talhaoui, the Swede of Moroccan ancestry better known by her stylized name Loreen has something for you. Her latest track titled “We Got the Power”, is a forceful single, its Euro-pop sound echoed through her perfectly pop ballad voice and the military-styled drumrolls. Accompanying the video are enigmatic shots of ice and snow, while Loreen rocks a Roman galea standing over flickering lights and showing off her best dance moves. Fun stuff.