I listened to Lana Del Rey’s new album “Lust for Life” this morning on the train, and I didn’t hate it.
To put this in context, I was not always a fan of Del Rey. In fact, I’m still not a fan of hers. Not even sure that I’m a fan of her music. But I do enjoy some of it. This is because I have grown to be able to put morals and principle aside, when it comes to her music, and just take it (and her) at face value and enjoy the music for what it is.
When Lana first changed her name, sound, face, hired new producers, etc., and came on the scene re-branded in her current iteration, I was super anti-anything to do with her. I couldn’t not get over the fact that she was a wannabe with bottomless coffers of money trying to buy her way into being perceived as “cool.” It didn’t help that she is a one trick pony, as far as vocal styling, who doesn’t write any of her own stuff. My disdain for her hit a fever pitch when I saw her first attempt to perform on SNL.
Alas, several years have passed since then. Not much has changed in with her style of music/performing. But I have changed. In an era where authenticity has lost its value, and instant gratification is prime, I have learned to just give into some of my guilty pleasures. And sometimes I just need to kick back and bask in the aural sunshine of an f-bomb dropping female crooner on heavy reverb over teeth rattling bass lines. She has truly turned “Summertime Sadness” into its own genre with this latest album. And I’ll admit that I enjoy it.
MIA is out with a new single entitled “Bring the Noize.” No, it isn’t a new spin on the 80’s collab between Anthrax and Public Enemy. It is an original (as original as MIA can be) track. The video is pretty interesting. Personally, we love the Wig/lipstick combinations throughout. Peep the vid below–
Thom Yorke has teamed up with Flea to create a pretty amazing piece of work. The outfit is called Atoms for Peace and the first album “Amok” us due out on February 28. You can stream the album in it’s entirety right here.
I know that I just wrote about FL a couple of weeks ago, but I couldn’t resist posting this vid, after I saw it. The track is called “Until the Quiet Comes.” The video is by What Matters Most. Peep the powerful imagery below:
Continuing in the strain of ambient electronica, here is a song that I have really been digging by Flying Lotus. I wasn’t able to find the mix of it that I wanted. It is on the “LA 2X2” LP, (which I don’t own). So this is the version of “Camel” from the “Los Angeles” album. Click here to check it.
It has been a while since I have heard anything new from the Chemical Brothers. So, I was pretty excited when I came across this video today, featuring the track that was commissioned by the IOC for the Velodrome.
Soundtrack by the Chemical Brothers, commissioned especially for the venue, this is the work of London creative agency Crystal CG who also provided the audience pixels and roof LED animations during the Opening Ceremony. Ultimate future-travel flick Tron was their primary inspiration so expect lots of lasers and general zooming about.
The XX released another single from their forthcoming album “Coexist.” This is the second track (“Angels” came out a few weeks ago). I have to admit that I’m a bit biased. In my opinion these guys can do no wrong. This one is called “Chained.” Here is the vid–
I have been massively introspective as of late. Nothing says meditation like dubstep, right? Joking aside, this Phaeleh track has been doing it for me lately. The vocals are courtesy of Soundmouse (above). The track is called “afterglow.” This is the stand alone version (not the album cut). In my opinion, it is the ideal mix of ambient and vocals. Click these words to check it.