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Doin’ Dirt – Maroon 5

23 Jul

Rock n’ (pop) roll

I’m in the process of making my way through Overexposed and am loving every joyfully pop second of it. M5 excel when their sound is gritty but always on just the right side of pop. Adam’s voice rocks it out and their heavy guitar influences shine through, bursting out at the undeniably catchy refrains. ‘We’re putting on a show for the crowd, / So turn it up, baby / Let’s make it loud’ is as easily memorable as anything on Moves Like Jagger. And in exchange for the whistling, you get repetitions of ‘Right now, now,’ ‘Shining like a neon light, light,’ and so forth. From my experience, that’s easier to repeat than the whistling. Seriously, Flo Rida’s Whistle isn’t as easy to recreate after the third G&T. Take a listen below and Flo Rida’s Whistle after the jump. Because hey, sometimes it’s nice just to surrender to the pop:

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Up All Night – Oliver Tank

20 Jul

Tanked!

Oliver Tank is the master of trancy-calm-pop. Exhibit a: Last Night I Heard Everything In Slow Motion, which Jonah reviewed and – long title aside – is beautiful. Up All Night runs in the same vein and delights in its tenderness. It’s three minutes of wonder and intimacy as Tank mixes sentimentality with a soothing blend of space-out. Seriously, there are scuba diving noises on this one, folks. Which makes me really, really miss scuba diving. But the same level of intimacy with oneself and an escape into a dream world can be found on Up All Night. Surprise contrast after the jump!:

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Last Friday Night – Katy Perry (Viceroy Poolside Remix)

19 Jul

T.G.I.F (it’s actually Thursday)

This is killer. I only found it by trawling through our inbox (and if you’re emailing us, please avoid capslock at all costs. Most likely I’ll be checking this thing in the early hours of the morning and don’t appreciate my computer SCREAMING AT ME) but it’s great. Viceroy is a producer from San Francisco (whence comes all the coolest music) and remixed Katy Perry’s Last Friday Night last summer! It may be slightly dated but that doesn’t mean you shouldn’t check it out immediately. I’ve posted the MP3 below and you can download it from Soundcloud. After the jump is the original Last Friday Night video (fun!) and an article I wrote at the time (tempus fugit! I remember writing that in Thailand) about Katy Perry, Beyonce and feminism. It was kinda cool:

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Ladykiller – Maroon 5

18 Jul

The gang, y’all!

‘Baby, she’ll eat you alive, as soon as she smells your blood in the water,’ Levine sings cheekily over one of the highlights from Overexposed, Maroon 5’s foray into undeniably and (semi) hitherto uncharted pop waters. Look, I’m a proud owner of Maroon 5’s entire discography. B-sides, deluxe editions, live sets: I have them all. And their recent resurgence makes me nothing but happy. I love them. Anyway, as much as every review begins with ‘Maroon 5 have decided to sell their souls to the devils of popular music,’ a lot of this sounds a return to their classical pop/rock roots. Fortune Teller rip-roars through an undeniable hook, yes, but wouldn’t sound out of place on Songs About Jane. The album’s a delight and arrived perfectly in time for my vacation. Listen to Ladykiller below and the exciting sound of Fortune Teller after the jump:

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Encore – Jay Z & Nicolas Jaar (Buzz-T remix)

17 Jul

Jaar-Z

This is . . . unexpectedly fantastic. Nicolas Jaar has been remixed with Jay Z’s encore and the results are pretty damn dynamic. There’s something here to please everyone’s taste as the remix cruises past unexpected curiosity to something kinda lush. L:isten and replay in the summer to seem cool in front of your friends; ‘I have this great remix you won’t have heard before . . .’:

I Will Build A Road – Martin Carr

16 Jul

And breeeeeeeeathe.

Yikes. This is great songwriting. Sometimes, you just need to really relax in the summer and Martin Carr more than delivers. These two songs were written for his daughter (collective aw) and the perfect blend of beauty balanced by a peaceful quiet. Listen, relax and enjoy the first song of his EP, Sailor after the jump. Links below:

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Every Time – Ameriie

13 Jul

(Her) 1 Thing

I’m finishing off this week with a song that’s been bopping around my iPod for a while but feels distinctly summery. It’s by Ameriie of ‘There’s just one thing that got me tripping, there’s just one thing that something something something’. It’ll be hard to top that song ever because it’s a-muhzing but this gives it a run for its money. Every Time is in the same vein as Estelle’s more downbeat tunes and is wistful, poppy and features a killer hook for uncool people (me) to feel involved. Check it out and enjoy your weekends! Let’s hope the sun stays out:

We Owned The Night (Cover) – fun.

12 Jul

LOOK at them. I dare you not to smile profusely.

Wasn’t it funny when Gary from Take That and Cheryl from Cheryl Cole sang a Lady Antebellum song at the Jubilliethingymabob? Really sweet but  . . . unexpected. Anyway, I’ve been featuring a lot of live sessions recently so decided to steamroll on. fun. is one of the my favourite bands of like, ever and I’m dying/praying/hoping against hope to see them this summer. Somehow. Somewhere. They’re fantastic creators of music but their covers are so very good. Here’s their cover of Lady Antebellum’s We Owned The Night. It’s superb. Superbly superb (heat’s getting to me). There’s an acoustic version of All The Pretty Girls after the jump. Lucky you:

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Grand Optimist (Live) – City and Colour

11 Jul

Colour! But no city.

I stumbled on this while trawling through live YouTube videos (it’s no surprise that this is coming after yesterday’s post . . .) and was amazed. I’ve liked City and Colour for a long time but this live session confirms that. It’s heartfelt but not overwrought. A perfect mix of sentimentality and restraint. Take a listen and check out the live cover of Fragile Bird after the jumppedy jump:

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Tongue Tied (Live) – Grouplove

10 Jul

Love.

We have a serious love of Grouplove at the blog and it’s not surprising that they crop up so regularly in summer months. Their album is tailor made for scorching summer days with your mates, cruising across America or chilling on a beach. They speak to teendom (slumber parties, getting high) and the allure of summer (check out their video for ‘Spun’). Here’s a live session of my favourite of their songs, Tongue Tied. It’s perfect and amazing to see just how much fun they’re having: