Most things in our lives don’t just happen if we all sit around and wait for them. Sometimes, we’ve got to get up off our asses and give it all we got. Sure the grind is exhausting, but if you really want something, the only way you’re gonna get it is to go out and get it. Unless all you want is a simple playlist for your listening enjoyment that is. In that case, don’t you dare lift a finger. Well, lift one finger….but only to press play.
Every Vessel Every Vein
Take To The Skies
Love (BAILE Remix)
Growing up in the late 80’s and 90’s, I always wondered what it would be like to ride Falcor from the Never Ending Story. Something about riding a half dragon, half dog, way up above the rest of the world was a fantasy I often indulged in. Thanks to Asgier, I now fully know what that seemingly impossible feat would feel like.
All kidding aside, there’s something in the water up in Iceland. They have such a knack for blending gorgeous vocal tones with impeccable harmonies and meticulous piano work. Staying in the same vein as one of our long-time favorites, Sigur Ros, Asgier has created a booming, cinematic song that’s worthy of any classic epic tale. If they make a movie about the Iliad, this song should be in the soundtrack.
This one is extremely easy to wander off to, so we suggest a solid pair of headphones and a good cocktail to accompany it.
Cloud Nine (FKJ Remix)
It takes a lot for me not to scoff at an attempt to remix one of the greats from the Motown era. I grew up on the Temptations, the Four Tops, Gladys Knight and the Pips, etc. My mom played it endlessly, giving me an early appreciation of soul music.
With that being said, I have to offer a tip of the cap to French producer French Kiwi Juice for dialing up this new-school take on a legendary tune. The soulful vibe is very much so alive and well, freshened up with some sexy sampling and a groovy beat. It maintains everything that was great about the original, while coupling in some 2014 flavor.
As an added bonus, my mom even gave a nod of approval. Nice work, FKJ.
It's On Again (Feat. Kendrick Lamar)
It seems the secret to soundtrack success these days is to include as many large name collaborations as possible. We’ve already seen that strategy pay dividends with Kendrick Lamar for Divergent and Pharrell with the entire soundtrack for Despicable Me 2. Considering the killing those two films experienced at the box office, it only makes sense that the heads behind The Amazing Spider-Man 2 came knocking at their doors looking for another blockbuster hit. We think they’ve definitely got one on their hands with “It’s On Again.”
The single opens rather aggressively, as Kendrick rips through another impassioned verse, delivered with a fiery intensity we’ve grown accustomed to hearing through his last few releases. It is an Alicia Keys song after all though, and the blaring electric guitars are swiftly replaced with far mellower production shortly after Kendrick wraps up his portion of the track. There’s still a fair amount of urgency in Alicia’s vocals, but given that Pharrell is behind the boards, you can be assured this is a tune that’s just as easy to groove out to.
Check out the single above, which will be available on iTunes tomorrow, April 1st. The entire soundtrack is set for release on April 22nd, while the film will hit theaters on May 2nd.
Friendly Fires & The Asphodells
Friendly Fires continue to roll out new material with the release of their latest track “Velo.”
Recorded alongside electronic duo The Asphodells (Andrew Weatherall and Timothy J Fairplay), this is the second track from the group since the release of their 2011 album Pala. Following the release of The Asphodells 2013 debut album Passion Destroyed By Lust, the pair met up with the London art-pop group to discuss working on a project together. Their goal, to “produce music that came from a place outside of their respective usual musical styles.”
The result is a nine-minute, crushing collaboration of catchy, art-rock infused melodies from Friendly Fires and sensational synth mix from The Asphodells. Tranquil sounds of nature provide intermittent background noise to blended instrumentals that build into an enormous explosion of electronic euphoria.
“Velo,” and new track “Before Your Eyes,” will be released as a AA-sided, 12” single and will be featured as the inaugural release for Friendly Fires’ new label Telophase.
Gone to count sheep
You probably don’t have London based singer/songwriter Max Pope on your radar just yet, but after one listen to his live performance of “Counting Sheep,” you most assuredly will be tracking his next moves.
Coming out on Sofar Sounds, this Londoner has crafted a guitar centric tune, boasting catchy riffs and an infectious nature. Despite the fact that this youngster doesn’t have a band backing him in this live performance, you can hear influences of other UK indie rock giants like The Maccabees and Bombay Bicycle club. Couple in his thoughtfully crafted lyrics and it’s all too easy to get lost in this daydream worthy song.
While this is the first tune from this new found musician, we’re certain it won’t be the last. Make sure you follow him on facebook to catch future gems and tour dates.