Tuesday, July 28, 2015

SHREM'S FUTURE ANTHEMS: "DO IT GOOD" - Sísý Ey


It looks like the Icelandic quartet Sísý Ey will be scoring a Top 5 spot among my "Best Tracks of the Year" for the third consecutive year with the arrival of their impossibly catchy and instantly addictive house anthem "Do It Good". Friðfinnur Oculus, Elín Eyþórsdóttir, Elísabet Eyþórsdóttir and Sigga Eyþórsdóttir's debut single "Ain't Got Nobody" ended up at #5 among Top 100 Best Tunes of 2013 and then again I chose Sísý Ey's collaborative single with Danish electronic producer Kasper Bjørke, the epic synth-pop odyssey "Apart" as the 3rd best song last year. After months of teasing the electrifying "Do It Good" is finally getting released via Andy-Hercules & Love Affair-Butler's own label mr.intl on 14th August. The inescapable melody, the irresistible beat, the classic house hooks, the impeccable vocal harmonies is what makes it an immediate dancefloor favourite, worth all the wait! This is what Boiler Room had to say about the single premiering it in its full glory last night:

"Beyond a Kasper Bjørke guest spot and a smattering of live performances, there isn't much to kooky Icelandic group Sísý Ey's name. Well, until now – and what a way to make an entrance. "Do It Good" is outrageously fun: a bobbling bassline, coursing synth action and emphatic earworm vocals interlock to supreme effect; Neville Watson's aptly named "Power Dub" does similar damage. It's the same kind of raw, untrammelled energy that Mr Intl label boss Andy Butler provided in abundance when stripping down to his underwear during a boiling Hercules & Love Affair session this time last summer. In a different set of circumstances, this would have been a nailed-on no.1 smash, but alas."

Straight to #1 on my private chart, here's your new Saturday night essential "Do It Good":



Monday, July 27, 2015

CHOON OF THE DAY: "RECREATIONAL LOVE" - The Bird and the Bee


Inara George and Greg Kurstin better known as an indie duo The Bird & the Bee are back with their first studio album since their hugely enjoyable tribute to Daryl Hall & John Oates back in 2010. The Los Angeles based saviours of Pop Music (there's an ode to the city on the album and all) return yet again with an irresistible dose of some of the most unpretentious and gloriously catchy pop songs out there with the title track being an immediate favourite on "Recreational Love". The song provokes some subtle Feist reminiscences and I would probably list it right next to "La La La" and "Diamond Dave" among Inara and Greg's most pleasant moments to date. The Bird and the Bee's vintage flavoured dream pop is a straightforward and charmingly produced antidote to all the generic, monotonous and uninspiring pop that mainstream media is sadly feeding us with.



Here are the first two official video promoting the release of "Recreational Love" so far:





Tuesday, July 21, 2015

CHOON OF THE DAY: "Подих" - Jamala (Джамала)


My fellow blogging muso friend Piotrek from No Snobs Allowed described Jamala as Ukraine's answer to Jessie Ware. The silky smooth soulful vibes of the song completely confirm this accurate description. I don't know an awful lot about this Ukrainian singer but what I know is that "Подих", which I believe means "Breath", seduces its listener with understated, funky groove, passionate vocal harmonies and charmingly summery production. Sometimes the simplest ideas are the most effective ones. On the quiet side but undeniably enchanting!



Monday, July 20, 2015

SHREM'S TRIP-HOP RETROSPECTIVE: "Ladybird" - Baby Fox


ARTIST: Baby Fox
TITLE: "Ladybird" + Aphrodite Remix
RELEASE DATE: 1996
LABEL: Malawi Records
LOCATION: UK
ALBUM: "A Normal Family"







Saturday, July 18, 2015

SHREM'S DOUBLE TROUBLE: "ROSES" /// "TONIGHT!" - Abra


Are you ready to be blown away? If you haven't heard about THΔ DΔRKWΔVE DUCHΞSS aka Arba and you're digging the ever so expanding alternative R&B scene as much as myself you're up for a treat. Abra is a female sensation combining all the best elements from the genre's last 3 decades, mixing them up with a healthy dose of analog instrumentation and electronica to a mind-blowing effect of a sonic cocktail of experimental R&B, pretty much impossible to resist for any soul-loving musos in the house. "Roses" currently sits comfortably at #1 on my private chart and it's not going anywhere. An absolutely astonishing, truly original musical effort with some of the most divine vocals I've heard all year so far in 2015. When I dug deeper into Abra's debut album "Rose", it left me astounded as to how was she able to create such a unique body of work that sounds both surprisingly oldskool and enticingly futuristic in the same time. Raw and exquisite talent.





Thursday, July 16, 2015

CHOON OF THE DAY: "SAME" - Cyril Hahn feat. Yumi Zouma


Cyril Hahn unveiled his luscious collaborative single with Yumi Zouma, our most beloved musical export from New Zealand, earlier on today. The irresistible summer gem "Same" announces the release of "Begin" - Hahn's 3rd EP which drops 24th July on PMR Records/Virgin. "Begin" will also include the previously revealed "Inferno" featuring Say Lou Lou. A brand new synth-pop essential right here.