OK so if you’re like me you were probably hoping you’d never hear Somebody That I Used To Know ever again, like ever BUT this Cam Meekins flip of the Gotye & Kimbra ear worm is definitely worth checking.
The 19 year old rapper coming straight outta Boston has a new album out in May titled Lamp City which based on his earlier works will no doubt be worth a look, in the meantime head over to his official website to find out/hear more or stay in the loop via twitter.
Disco and dancefloor legends Donna Summer and Robin Gibb both passed away recently so we wanted to take time out to pay our respect and put together a post that highlights a whole bunch of contemporary dance music that is helping keep the tradition of disco alive.
First up is The Guardian’s selection of the top 5 modern disco tracks followed by our very own Cool Accidents sampler of our fave nu disco jams and finally we have brand new business from one of the flag bearers of the modern day disco movement Ms Kylie Minogue.
For proof of disco music’s continuing influence, check out these recent songs that owe a huge debt to the dancefloors of the late 70s
Rock Your Body - Justin Timberlake (2003)
Initially intended for Michael Jackson, this slinky, Neptunes-produced single was, says co-creator Chad Hugo, born out of a desire to “make a song that would get people up like in a disco but not be a disco”. Note the word “disco”, not “club”, the venue for most modern day R&B bangers.
Hercules & Love Affair feat Antony Hegarty – Blind (2008)
Taking the best elements of disco – spidery basslines, funk guitars, squelching sax – and adding a soul diva vocal turn from Antony Hegarty, Blind is the epitome of modern disco, all hands in the air euphoria tinged with unshakeable melancholia.
Music Go Music – Warm In The Shadows (2009)
For nine short minutes Warm In The Shadows, LA-based disco trio Music Go Music’s best song, undulates and wriggles over a chugging bassline, rapid funk guitar and the sound of a million disco balls smashing together.
Lindstrøm & Christabelle – Lovesick (2010)
Norwegian producer Lindstrøm is often cited as the figurehead of “space disco”, which, if this collaboration with singer Christabelle is anything to go by, basically means taking the disco template, slowing it all down and making it sound strangely sinister.
Little Boots – Every Night I Say A Prayer (2012)
Always professing a love of disco in interviews, Little Boots put her money where her mouth is on this one-off single released for Record Store Day. Minimal and spacious but with a massive pop chorus, the video also recalls the New York voguing scene, which melded disco and house.
Disco Ain’t Dead!
Further to the Guardian’s selections, check out our picks in the sampler below, we’ve got tracks and remixes from The Scissor Sisters, Mayer Hawthorne, Kimbra, Dimitri From Paris, A-Trak and heaps more.
If you were put at gunpoint, what is your favorite Prince song or the one you wish you’d written?
The Cross…. or… The Beautiful Ones
Off the top of your head, what’s your favorite Prince period?
Being born in the 90s I first discovered Prince in the Musicology era, and have worked my way back into his discography since then. I will always have a love for that record especially as it marked a bit of a new sound for him and the first album to be recorded outside of Minneapolis in many years. I guess that era will always be special for me as it was the first Prince I knew!
You covered I Wanna Be Your Lover live – was there a second choice?
So many choices!! I’d love to cover Thieves in The Temple or Controversy.
How would you sum up the enduring appeal of Prince?
He is an artist who has continually managed to stay relevant, genre defying, boundary pushing and prolific beyond measure while also staying outrageous sexy and strange.
There’s not a lot wrong with the latest Converse 3 artist collaboration which sees songstress of the moment Kimbra, Mark Foster minus his people & A-Trak of Duck Sauce, Fools Gold and DMC world domination fame team up for the latest tune Warrior.
Converse are doing such a top notch job of A&R-ing these lineups, we’ll even let them get away with the product placement of the new range of Chuck Taylors in the wicked clip below.
Everyone’s favourite popstar-with-credibility, Kimbra is going to be back in town having spent a little while travelling inter-continentally. Her star is now rising in the UK and the US, and she’ll be playing a delightful showcase at a little ol’ event called SXSW next week. No biggie. Anyway, get in before the tickets move, because they sure as hell will move. I really wanted a good simile there, as in…
[THOSE TICKETS ARE GOING TO MOVE FASTER THAN “INSERT HUMOROUS COMPARISON HERE”]
In my laziness, I’ll personally send a copy of Kimbra’s Vows CD to whoever leaves the best ‘will move faster than…’ simile on our facebook wall, so that I can come back here and edit your wit into this post. And if you don’t know what a simile is then you’re automatically precluded from the competition. Get at it.
Dates for the Kimbra tour are below and it looks as if she’s bringing a few buds along with her. You’ve got to wonder if touring with Kimbra is a good or a bad thing sometimes. On the one hand, your music gets exposed to a sizeable audience, but on the other her performance undoubtedly will make yours look rubbish.
National SLAM (Save Live Australia’s Music) Day is tomorrow!
On 23rd February 2010, the SLAM rally saw 20,000 people march through Melbourne to the tune of AC/DC’s definitive ‘Long Way to the Top’, in protest against the Victorian Government’s misguided policy link between live music and violence. Out on the streets of our city, we showed our support and love for a truly great live music community.
The SLAM rally was the largest cultural protest in Australia’s history.
Now all of Australia has the opportunity to participate in a national event that celebrates our local musicians in our small venues.
Music communities around Australia are now invited to unite in support of our thriving live culture by hosting their own National SLAM Day gigs.
On Thursday 23rd February 2012, support your local artists and venues by getting out and experiencing the spontaneous excitement and intimacy you only get at a small venue.
Support a National SLAM Day event in your town – any style, any genre. It’s easy to get involved. Check out the complete gig guide HERE there’s something for everyone, everywhere!
As part of our recent Cool Accidents Cool List we asked our industry friends and the people floating around the office here who they thought were the ‘Coolest’ musicians doing the rounds in 2011 and above are the peeps who got the most votes.
Let us know who you think was cooler than cool last year in the comments below.
* let’s be honest, we probably overused the word cool in this post.