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Frank Ocean - "Thinkin Bout You" (channel ORANGE)
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Thinkin Bout You by Frank Ocean
Shady LoveScissor Sisters vs Krystal Pepsy
Scissor Sisters vs Krystal Pepsy - Shady Love
It’s 2012 - the apocalypse is nigh - yet all is well in the world of pop. Scissor Sisters have exploded back onto the scene with this batshit crazy slice of euphoric dance-pop: ‘Shady Love’. The track sees the group enlist the help of rising star Azealia Banks (under the moniker Krystal Pepsy), as they bring the frenetic flow of her underground hit ‘212’ into a thrilling arrangement of filthy electro, courtesy of Boys Noize. Jake Shears takes the lead vocal reigns as he makes his first attempt at rapping, a potentially disastrous decision which ultimately pays off, as he spits out such rhymes as: ‘She gon’ vote for Obama and she likes to dance with Madonna’ as if he owns the New York City streets. Not only does ‘Shady Love’ have raw attitude but its woozy chorus serves up the kind of perfect pop hook we have come to know and love Scissor Sisters for. If there was any band who was going to surprise us this year it had to be this crazy bunch of New Yorkers named after a lesbian sex position. Have I even mentioned the sitar featured in the middle-8!? Bizarre but brilliant.
Take It All Away (Marcus Schossow Nu Prog Remix) (feat. Audrey Gallagher)John O'Callaghan
John O’Callaghan feat Audrey Gallagher) - Take It All Away (Marcus Schossow Nu Prog Remix)
take it all away
watching as you break
all i am to you
take it all away
I won’t fall to pieces
TRACK OF THE NIGHT
James Blake - Retrograde
James Blake has always been an intriguing musician, existing in a space where innovative production and heartfelt songwriting come hand in hand. Blake’s unitary approach to his music makes for a much more intimate listening experience, which feels all the more prevalent on ‘Retrograde’. Moving from the introspective and soulful tones which encapsulated his debut album, Blake uses ‘Retrograde’ to introduce us to a more expansive sound in which his vocals are richer than ever before.The track deceptively opens with the warm and familiar hum of gentle piano strains set against a sturdy backbeat of snares before Blake announces: ‘Suddenly I’m hit’, sparking a steady rise of thundering synths which are matched by his earthy croons. ‘Retrograde’ still carries the intimacy found on such previous releases as ‘The Wilhelm Scream’ and ’Lindisfarne’ but this time Blake sounds utterly empowered, and so does his music.
LauraBat For Lashes
Bat For Lashes - Laura
After the release of her mystical debut ‘Fur And Gold’ and its stunning predecessor ‘Two Suns’, here is the first taste of Natasha Khan’s third musical outing as the elusive Bat For Lashes. Worlds away from the deep tribal opulence explored on ‘Two Suns’, ‘Laura’ finds Natasha in a state of heavy reflection, both lyrically and musically. The sombre arrangement of mournful piano melodies and wistful horns may be sonically sparse, yet ‘Laura’ is all the more powerful for it. The vast space created within the track really gives Natasha’s voice a platform to shine, as she pulls the listener in with her longing cry for a loved one to believe in themselves after a lifetime of partying has made them lonesome. Natasha may assure her friend that they’re ‘more than a superstar’ but there’s something truly tragic about her delivery, suggesting that ‘Laura’ is more of a lament than any kind of exercise in rebirth or regeneration. This beautiful collision of glamour and tragedy proves that Bat For Lashes is a singer-songwriter in a field of her own, continuing to push the listener into depths of emotion barely reached by many of her contemporaries.