All posts tagged: music

Ivan Ave – Phone Won’t Charge

Ivan Ave just dropped his r&b and west coast hip hop inspired track Phone Won’t Charge right on 6th March 2020. The Norwegian artist is a master at blending in soulful keys with chill Lo-Fi drums. And this time with a touch of modern r&b, he has brought an amazing record for approaching Spring. Listen below. “The lyrics, he explains (below), were inspired by a period where he found himself cut off from the internet, an experience that ended up becoming a rewarding one.” reported Complex, that also premiered the single. Be on the lookout for his new album Double Goodbyes dropping on 24th of April this year. Advertisements

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Disclosure: Ecstasy

Over the years, Disclosure is whiting down their music. It’s been almost five years since the duo has dropped Caracal, their last full-length LP. But they did not, however, abandon their fans entirely. The duo has released three EPs since Caracal, one of which just dropped last week, titled Ecstasy. A five-song long EP includes Tondo, Expressing What Matters, Etran, Get Close and the title track. Disclosure came out with their four-to-the-floor debut, Settle, during when dance music was growing its mainstream prominence. It was one of the best electronic albums of 2013 with blend-in elements from dance-pop, bass music, deep house, and UK & Future garage. Settle’s crispy and coquettish persona was playful, enjoyable and refreshing, much like UK’s dance music scene that always pushes itself forward. But their follow up project, 2015’s r&b driven Caracal was a bit of a disappointment. The album lost its prominence into the noise of heavy names like The Weeknd, Sam Smith, Lorde, and Miguel and chart-friendly sound. But it is what it is. The duo’s funky-as-fuck sound …

Frank & Nancy Sinatra: Somethin’ Stupid

Frank Sinatra’s most celebrated collaboration of the 60s wasn’t with an orchestra or a luminary songwriter, but with his daughter, Nancy Sinatra. The song Somethin’ stupid had first appeared a year before the Sinatras shared their love for singing with each other. It was originally a duet between C. Carson Parks and his wife, Gaile Foote, written by Parks himself. Somethin’ Stupid tells a story about a man and a woman enjoying each other’s company until one of them spoils that by saying Somethin’ Stupid….”And then I go and spoil it all by saying somethin’ stupid like, ‘I love you’” the chorus sings. The track was issued in 1967 as a single and later appeared on Frank Sinatra’s 1967 album The World We Knew. Frank and Nancy’s version keeps the basic arrangement of the original, but while Parks and Foote’s vocals are well complementary to each other, the Sinatras’ were a bit harsh on the surface, pushing Nancy Sinatra’s voice under Frank Sintra‘s. Somethin’ Stupid was nominated for the Record Of The Year at the 10th Grammy Awards, losing …

Dave Brubeck: In Your Own Sweet Way

In Your Own Sweet Way was written around 1952, published in 1955 and later released on July 16, 1956, on Brubeck Plays Brubeck. The same year Miles Davis recorded the standard twice — once in March with Sonny Rollins as the quintet’s saxophonist, and in May with John Coltrane and released it on his 1959’s album – Workin’ with the Miles Davis Quintet. In 1960, Wes Montgomery covered and featured the standard as the 6th track on his fourth album The Incredible Jazz Guitar of Wes Montgomery. Later in 1963, Clare Fischer recorded a solo piano version which was then featured on his album Easy Livin’ released in 1966 as a limited edition and reissued in 1968 again. Bill Evans also included the standard on the live album Time Remembered’s 1999 cd track list. Many other artists have covered the jazz standard since its publication. Listen.

A Young Director and his only film

I came across a brief write up by one of my acquaintances on Facebook a few days back. “…Asia is the place where cinema is still breathing a fresh whiff of significant cinema – something which current European cinema is visibly lacking!”, it concluded. He listed a bunch of directors from different parts of Asia who are shining with their works today. But what caught my eyes was this line: “Sadly, I couldn’t add Bo Hu’s name.” I asked him if it’s because of the fact Hu Bo is no more. His answer was ‘yes’. “An elephant sitting still” is the first and the last feature film by Chinese director Hu Bo who killed himself during the final editing procedure of the film, in 2017, at 29. The film came out in 2018 and immediately gained attention from the world audience. Hu Bo was a student of Bela Tarr, the Hungarian auteur. The film opens up in a morning with a story about an elephant, narrated in a voice of one of the characters. In a northern Chinese city …

The Peak – Beyoncé – Bigger

It has become quite a trend lately that bigger movies coming along not only with an intangible soundtrack but using even bigger artists to make a confederate album. After the huge success of the Black Panther album, The Lion King had its own path to tag along with. And as an upshot, the audience received The Lion King: The gift from Beyoncé. The album was mostly produced by Beyoncé including an appearance from Jay-Z, Childish Gambino, Pharrell Williams, Kendrick Lamar, Tierra Whack, 070 Shake, Jessie Reyez, Shatta Wale, Wizkid, Burna Boy, Mr Eazi, Tiwa Savage and others. Albeit the movie has not lived up to everyone’s expectation, But The Lion King: The Gift’s warm production and excellent songwriting will make you forget about the remake’s comparative failure right away.

The Peak – La Javanaise

Serge Gainsbourg wrote and composed la Javanaise originally for Juliette Gréco, and interpreted by both her and Serge Gainsbourg in 1963. The story behind the song goes: One summer evening in 1962, Gréco and Gainsbourg spent the evening listening to records and drinking champagne in the huge lounge at 33, rue de Verneuil. The next day, he sent her La Javanaise. The song has been used in many movies. From 1998s romantic comedy Dieu seul me voit (Only God Sees Me) to 2017s academy award wining romantic dark fantasy The Shape of Water and it has been as fascinating every single time.

The Peak – Bill Evans & Jim Hall – Skating In Central Park

Skating In Central Park was originally written by John Lewis for Odds Against Tomorrow, a 1959’s film produced and directed by Robert Wise. The Modern Jazz Quartet recorded the tune for the film and for their album Music from Odds Against Tomorrow and released it in 1959 on United Artists Record. Bill Evans and Jim Hall re-record the waltz and released it on their 1962 album Undercurrent on United Artists, which Jazz critic Pete Welding stated: “This collaboration between Evans and Hall has resulted in some of the most beautiful, thoroughly ingratiating music it has been my pleasure to hear—now or any other time.” The album cover for Undercurrent is originally Toni Frissell’s photograph Weeki Wachee Spring, Florida.

KURO (OST) – Tujiko Noriko

Listening to the soundtrack of 2017’s feature from Joji Koyama and Tujiko Noriko’s is an ornate experience of serene dissemination that breathes on its own. You don’t necessarily have to watch the movie to find out its haunting elegance and understated rumination. Kuro, an arthouse drama, tells the story of a Japanese woman living in Paris with her paraplegic lover. Soon, the mystery unravels. Weaving together personal history, anecdotes and myths, the story takes a dark turn. Thanks to Berlin’s Pan, whose new offshoot and soundtrack series, Entopia, kicked off its inaugural release with Kuro in May 2019. Kuro’s score, written and composed by Tujiko Noriko, who is also the protagonist of the movie, and mixed by Sam Briton and Will Worsley, is a milieu full of doubt and chimerical essence. It’s a stoic and unruffled ambient experience that feeds off incoherent and stretched melody riffs and humming condensed into a small space avoiding all the oscillation. The last time Noriko put out a project, it was hard to know what would come next to that. But …

Rabbit Island – Deep in The Big

The troublesome thing about being a musician who writes records similar to Amber Fresh and her friends is that it’s a hard process to decide when to let go and just release a project because the tracks are mostly Lo-Fi and damped or in other words filled with distortion, noises, and reverb that sometimes make the record only less interesting. A reason why most of the bedroom producers who make Lo-Fi music don’t release their tracks and they just end up being a part of live radios or continuous mixes on YouTube. When Rabbit Island posted Songs for Kids from Rabbit Island back in January 2014 on Bandcamp it was distinct, belonging somewhere in between Frankie Cosmos’s why am I underwater?, DADDY COOL, im sorry im hi lets go, pure suburb and Benoît Pioulard’s Hymnal or even the King Creosote and Jon Hopkins’s collaborative project Diamond Mine from 2011. The whole project was analogous to watching our childhood through an 8mm Kodak camera in the early 90s; innocent, honest, pure and mostly heartwarming. The 16 tracks album …