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Shake It Out – Glee Cast

8 May

This is how it went down.

I really like Florence +/&/and The Machine but I don’t think I ever really talk about her all that much on the website. I don’t quite know why that is, so here’s a list of other artists I really enjoy but talk about all that much: Snoop Dogg, Hanson and Taylor Swift. Anyway, one of my favourite Florence songs was covered on Glee this week! Pretty exciting. Even better is that it was a beautiful arrangement and featured Tina! Tina never gets songs! Glory, glory, glory. There’s a seriously spoilery musician in the background between Santana and Tina whose smile almost steals this song:

Full, unedited song after the jump (but minus Santana- sad face):

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Florence Unplugged

19 Apr

Flo-rida. Two totally unrelated artists. She's also not from Florida. They just sounded the same, okay?

Coincidenceville: I was going to post this yesterday but then I heard the new Flo-Rida track and moved this to today (obviously) and they’re both called Flo, you guys! Also, a peril of using the word ‘coincidenceville’ (obviously not a word) is that spell check doesn’t offer you a suggestion for ‘coincidence’ as it doesn’t recognise the ‘-ville. That’s fine but I always misspell coincidence, making my use of slang especially risky. I also just misspelt ‘misspell’ so that’s irony (kinda? Not really) for you. Anyway, I once saw a really sweet video interview between Katy Perry and Florence (hey! I found it) that I really enjoyed. Watch and learn, kids. Watch and learn. Below:

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You’ve Got The Love – The XX (Theophilus London Remix)

15 Mar

You’ve Got The Love has been has been an undeniable success. However, The XX’s version featuring Theophilus London is a whole other ball game but don’t worry. I’ve got you covered (yes I just made that joke). Have the three-piece band (the fourth member in the picture is Baria Qureshi who left in late 2009) been able to replicate the same emotion that shone through in Florence’s version?

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10 Things I Love About Pop: Week 3

22 Oct

Your Weekly Dose of Pop: Flo, Kelly x 2, Tulisa and the dreamy M83.

Last week’s 10 TILAP was rather X Factor-heavy. To which I say ‘No problem!’/’I’m sorry’ depending on your view of television shows that think The U.S vs. The U.K is an actual theme. Anyway, lots of other things happened in the world of popular music this week, hard as it is to imagine anything outside the world of SyCo entertainment. After the jump we have Florence + The Machine, The Roots and Mazzy Star.

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What The Water Gave Me – Florence + the Machine

7 Sep

Florence + the Machine: Ophelia meets Lady of Shalott

So it’s Autumn and there’s suddenly plenty of female artists to talk about. Yeah I know we’ve all been mad with Adele fever for the last few months (and quite rightly so), but now perhaps its time to just start loosening our grip on the CD case of 21 (CDs being very retro by this stage). Once we’ve managed this feat, metaphorically for many most likely, we might be able to turn our attention to Florence + the Machine and others who are here to sing out the end of 2011. It is perhaps far too crude to call  the red-head the music equivalent of Marmite, a title which doesn’t quite take into account the singer’s abilities and influence in the past few years. She has quickly risen to become one of the most prominent of our female cohort, and Beyoncé recently said that the London singer was the inspiration for her album 4. All this on the back of just one album, albeit a stunning and almost flawless album of which every song was pitched at single release material level. So what is her secret? More to the point: will she destroy everything she has built with her second album release? Well hopefully this will calm your fears. No. When an artist approaches a new album it is has to be in some small way, adapt or die. That is to say you have to show some sort of movement forward towards introducing a texture to your music which makes it just as exciting and groundbreaking as the last. This has to be achieved while remaining recognizably you in the DNA of the tune, in short it’s not an easy thing to do well. A few humbly offered examples might include the Arctic Monkeys and Coldplay, who have both evolved their sound into something different and exciting with each release.

What The Water Gave Me is only an early release from an album expected in November, so this might come as slightly premature but I think we can all relax. To reduce it to a simple check list would be crass… but I’m going to do it anyway:

Emotionally aware and image filled lyrics (Check)

Distinctive space-filling vocals (Check)

Fantastic multifaceted tune (Check)

Harp (Check)

So what’s new? What’s the progression? Well the inspiration for this particular tune is meant to be about capturing the feeling of being overwhelmed (with water in this case). Welch said she thought about people dying while trying to save loved ones. For me one of the images to come to mind is the opening scene from The Hours in which a woman walks into a river, her dressing gown pockets full of stones while the water reflects the honey sun. But it is sure to say that these lyrics once again return to Welch’s exploration of death and life, and the balance and juxtaposition between the two. The tune though feels more gritty and more rough textured, and with the welcome addition of what sounds like a rock organ, there is this balance between control and chaos. So early signs indicate that this is both going to be a truly recognisable Florence and the Machine album and also a progression to a sound which is perhaps more complex than her previous work. You’ll have to wait for the rest of the album but this early release is definitely worth a listen and if only for perhaps the preparation of Florence Fever in a few months. Personally I cannot wait.

Rabbit Heart (Raise It Up) Lionheart Remix – Florence + The Machine & Jamie T

19 Aug
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I don’t know about you but I love a good remix, a track you know and love can be made into something fresh and unique by a good remixer. The skill is choosing the best parts from the original track and building and layering a track around it. By nature a lot of remixes are used as dance tracks, the easiest and best way to remix them being adding in a nice bass beat and repeated samples.

So when Florence and The Machine teamed up with Jamie T, I was always expecting something different and special. The result matched expectations, this has to be in my top five remixes of the decade. Anyone who can get a harp into popular music deserves credit, the blend of the psychedelic harp and bouncy piano cords really works here as it did in the original.

Rabbit Heart (Raise it up) Album cover

I’m sure many of you have either heard the original or this remix, for those who haven’t, where have you been?? For those who have maybe its time to rediscover this track’s perfection.

And if you liked that then You’ve Got the Love remixed by the XX is also a tune, though more a cover than a remix but still just as good:

Flo’s remixing talents with Dizzee Rascal at the Brits: