Archive for December 2011
New Disco EP
First time we talk about a Brazilian band and we therefore took one of the biggest electronic names over there. Released on Kitsuné 3 months ago, « New Disco» is the first EP they made solo. Pure vibe and style the three original tracks sound like old school disco with some modern intuitive beats. It’s certainly a good way to prepare for saturday.
Iron (Gucci Vump Remix)
Woodkid also known as Yoann Lemoine has been out there for a while as a music video directors and his curriculum isn’t empty! The dude worked for Yelle, Moby, Katy Perry… not bad! Without neglecting his video obsessions Woodkid brought a first track on the market called Iron.
I personally discovered the track remixed by Gucci Vump on a mix from Brodinski (Fabric Live 60)… very powerful stuff! Get your headphones and turn the volume to its limits!
There is hope
(feat. Rasmus Kellerman)
There is hope
(feat. Rasmus Kellerman) EP
I discovered this song after watching a video where the most tattooed guy in the world uses make up to hide everything in “Go Beyond The Cover”. You’ll understand after watching the video after the text.
This song is a collaboration between Zoo Brazil and the voice of Rasmus Kellerman. Zoo Brazil has been producing and writing music since the age of 11. Throughout his career he has steadily carved out a reputation for himself as one of dance music’s most innovative and respected producers. And yes, once again he is from Sweden. Enjoy the song!
I stumble upon this song a few months ago, loved it, played it on repeat and then… I forgot it in my long “Good For Popeye” playlist. The recent 12th complilation from Kitsune reminded me how good this track is. It’s fresh, pop and catchy. If you like bands like Two Doors Cinema Club, you’ll be thrilled to listen to this. And just to finish with another good news : this song is available for free download here.
I’m His Girl
I’m His Girl [single]
Time flies so fast, folks! Beginning of December, it’s been already a year Popeye started sharing his favorite songs with you.
What I just realized is I haven’t had the time to speak about a lot of cool bands, artists and songs during those 12 months. Maybe you’ll see it with our Best Of 2011 -coming at the end of the month : some bands and songs listed have never been published on Popeye.
I can promise you that next year, I’ll share much more material with you!
In the meantime, let’s play this quality track from Brooklyn-based band Friends.
Some might think “Oh no, not another fucking hipster band”. You might be mad watching the videoclip, but you can’t dislike the song! The bass line is so huge and the rhythm is slow but catchy and powerful.
Please find the tracks after the review
Well, I had no idea which album of General Elektriks to choose, so I decided to speak about the artist in general and his three releases so far.
Like a lot of people, I only knew General Elektriks through the song ‘Raid the Radio’, but this was it. Recently, a friend of mine told me I should really write something about him on Popeye. Following this piece of advice, I started listening to his latest album and went backwards to the first one. I have to thanks my friend L. for this, since General Elektriks is something everyone should know about and listen.
Let’s start from the beggining : General Elektriks is the solo project of Hervé ‘RV’ Salters, a French keyboards player who worked for a lot of talented artists in Paris (M, DJ Mehdi, etc.) before moving to San Francisco in 1999. There, he kept playing for great bands and artists before releasing his first album ‘Cliquety Kliqk’ in 2004. This one was a mix of hip-hop beats and jazzy melodies. It’s important to know RV his playing all the instruments on his albums, before mixing them in studio. I picked just two songs for you: ‘Facing that void’ and ‘Tu m’intrigues’.
In 2009, his second album -‘Good City for Dreamers’- was released. This LP is a blending of genres and styles, mixing a broader range of instruments and sounds. Each track is unique and different from the others, but it all feels logical and smooth in the transitions. I had a hard time choosing some tracks for this one, so I selected three from it: the pop and whistling ‘Raid the Radio’, the rock ‘n roll ‘Helicopter’ and the vintage-soul ‘Bloodshot Eyes’.
Finally, in 2011, after 4 months of recording, was released his latest album -‘Parker Street’. Soul, deeper and sometimes darker than the previous releases, this album lets RV singing on more tracks than before.
It’s nevertheless still funky and punchy at times with tracks like ‘Holding Down the Fort’ and ‘Summer is Here’. I selected ‘Summer is Here’ and ‘Show Me Your Hands’ for you.
If I have to choose only one album to start with, I would take ‘Good City For Dreamers’. It’s the best one for me and still sounds very actual 2 years later. There’s nothing much to throw away from it, nearly everything works great and sometimes reaches instants of genius.
The first album is good but stays a lot more in the same style of sounds and rhythms all along.
Parker Street is supposed to go one step further than the previous one, but lacks the magic and the craziness of GCFD. It’s far from being a bad album -it’s even good- but I feel there’s something missing to make it a great album
I hope you’ll appreciate to (re)discover this artist as much as I did. Don’t hesitate to share your personal review with us!
Show Me Your Hands
Guess what! Belgium has a government!! Great news if you’re belgian otherwise you’ll probably tell us to F#CK OURSELVES! How sweet. This said, our month of November was very relaxing! And yet again, a Swedish band, Urban Cone has our favors, IKEA’s mother country has been very productive. The runner up is Sail from Awolnation, closing down on The Japanese Popstars I know those last months were not as productive as before but don’t worry! 3 members of Popeye are now living under the same roof, and the 4th one is only a click away. December will hurt your ears! We promise