Since I’ve been listening to Spinal Tap on a loop for the past week, I decided to shake up things a bit and return to my old friend the Spotify “radio station” based on the ColeCo remix of Reptile by Citizens!. Last night’s find was this song by Chairlift, that apparently has been around since 2011 (better late than never, right?). I love the synths just about as much as I love their name, which is a lot. This video is fun and 80s-inspired (of course, wouldn’t expect anything less from a song that sounds like it does!), and the spandex-unitard-wearing songstress is inspirational. Give it a watch and a listen, and feel free to sing along. 

Chairlift, “Amanaemonesia” from the album Terrible Records (2011). 

Today was the first time that I listened to the electro-group A Tribe Called Red, and I must say, it was love at first listen. I found them through the same awesome and well-worth-reading [non-music] blog that I mentioned in the last post. The band themselves describes their music as 

a never-before heard sound made up of a wide variety of musical styles ranging from hip-hop, dancehall, electronic, and their own mash-up of club and Pow Wow music, known as Pow Wow Step, that is quickly gaining respect from all kinds of communities from all around the world.

Adrienne, the author and driving force behind the Native Appropriations blog, has this to say about the band and what part they play in the reception of contemporary Native music:

As someone who deeply cares about representations of Native people, I love how ATCR manages to reimagine what ‘Native’ music sounds like, causing people to question their preconceived notions and stereotypes. They also are very aware of and respect cultural boundaries as well, striking a balance between wanting to be subversive and respecting tradition: ‘We want people to dance, so we use songs that are meant for people to dance to. We won’t use sacred songs, such as ‘honour’ or ‘grand entry’ songs, which aren’t even allowed to be recorded. We have way too much respect for the tradition to do that.’

You can stream their entire debut album on both Soundcloud and their website

Happy summer! Today’s post comes from Nelly Furtado, who has a knack for slipping in and out of the spotlight, but always ends up bringing us something fresh and exciting. This song isn’t new by any means (it’s actually from 2012), but I somehow missed it the first time around and only heard it for the first time this morning.

This video is just amazing, and I love how she positively showcased native culture. I read about it first on Native Appropriations (an excellent, excellent blog on the current state of representations of Native Americans in American popular culture) and had to check the song out. I’m glad that I did, and I think you’ll be too.

Nelly Furtado, “Big Hoops (Bigger the Better)”, 2012.

THE GREEKS (Moonlight Matters Remix) / Is Tropical /

I’ve been on a real Moonlight Matters kick lately (just see my recent post on his Hercules & Love Affair remix), and boy, does it feel wonderful! In my book, this guy can do no wrong (I’m not even kidding). His version of “The Greeks” is an excellent case in point; the song’s uptempo and funky beginning just melts into fabulously spacious guitars. Those same instruments guide you right onto the dance floor (and keep you there right up to the final chords).

One day I’ll get around to listening to the original version of this song, but in the meantime, I am very content to keep this track on repeat.

LIES (Leopard Of Honour remix) / Is Tropical / Lies single

Today’s track is actually another good suggestion from Spotify. I’ve been listening to this remix for a few days straight, and once you hear the opening chords, you’ll understand. Summer is almost upon us, and this is one of those songs that make you feel like long nights, warm breezes and leisurely bicycle rides are just around the corner. 

Painted Eyes (Moonlight Matters Remix) / Hercules & Love Affair / Painted Eyes - EP

I came across this song recently while browsing through Spotify, and was immediately hooked. I love Moonlight Matters’ other remixes (notably that of Lana del Rey’s ‘Blue Jeans’), so I shouldn’t have been surprised that this was just so good. The handclaps and bass part really remind me of Justice’s first album, and the rest of it is just pure Hercules & Love Affair (also one of my favorites, but strangely, only when they’re remixed…). 

Put it on repeat and enjoy! 

Cooler Couleur (Junkie XL Remix) / Crookers (featuring Yelle) /

I’ve been listening to another version of this remix (a remix of a remix, how meta) for a few of years now, without really realizing that it wasn’t the original reworking. I knew that I didn’t really like the original version as much, so I thought the story ended there. Fast forward to tonight when I tried looking up this song on Spotify but found that the only version they had was this one. I assumed it was the same (too lazy to cross check with my iTunes), so you can imagine my pleasant surprise when I realized that it was both the same, yet… different.

Yelle continues to find ways to make me want to dance around my living room (well, along with the folks who make up Junkie XL).

Darken Her Horse / Austra / Jonny Puma's best of 2011

I was introduced to Austra last year by some friends who loved their “Beat and the Pulse”, which is a fantastic song full of pulsating synths and piercing vocals. I can say the same thing about this song, which coincidentally comes from the same album from 2011, Feel it Break. I’ve been listening to “Darken Her Horse” all day today, and the refrain gets me every time. It’s so terrifically hauntingly beautiful that it hurts.

Apparently, Jessie Ware performed at Popaganda this summer, but I somehow missed her. What a shame! I love this video mainly because of its beauty and simplicity. Side note: to an extent, her voice (and music) reminds me of Alicia Keys. Anyway, I would love to hear more of what she has to offer.

Jessie Ware, “Wildest Moments” (2012)

Escape! (from The Hours Solo Piano) / Philip Glass / The Orange Mountain Music Philip Glass Sampler Vol.I

I was just browsing through my music collection and stumbled across this song. I didn’t think that I owned anything by Philip Glass (and I certainly hadn’t seen the film The Hours when I acquired this in 2011), so I am quite curious about how it came to reside in my iTunes folder! But regardless, this is a beautiful piece by a wonderful and talented composer.