All posts by Hard Candy

Onra: Keep On Loving Me (The Whispers rework)

The Whispers hold a special place in our hearts, especially for the epic Rock Steady. Paris based maestro Onra reworks classic track Keep On Loving Me into a modern dance affair, and we can’t get enough! The perfect track to start your weekend off right…

Keep On Loving Me 

Grab his new album Chinoiseries pt 2 – out now! Watch the original 1983 released video for the original Whispers track featured our favorite struttin’ fellows below and grab their Greatest Hits for some more gems.

Lana Del Rey: National Anthem + This Is What Makes Us Girls

Newcomer Lana Del Rey is on our must watch list for 2012, with debut album Born To Die coming January 31st. Lana manages to infuse a Mazzy Star/Hope Sandoval/Stevie Nicks sound that needs to claim it’s place on mainstream radio. Two new tracks that might appear on the set surfaced this week, which show a new side of Lana, geared towards the younger market.

The first, National Anthem is a driving with the top down sunny sing-along affair and we just an’t get enough of that gritty bass line. This Is What Makes Us Girls takes Lana back to high school, straying away from the melancholy style of Video Games and Born To Die. Could this album be the indie-ish answer to Teenage Dream? It’s shaping up to be quite the debut. Oh yeah, Lana just signed to Next Model Management…she’s definitely pin-up material!

National Anthem

This Is What Makes Us Girls

Tell us what you think in the comments! Are you ready for Born To Die

Teen Daze: Let’s Groove (Earth, Wind & Fire Rework)

Teen Daze reinvent disco stomper Let’s Groove originally delivered to us by the fabulous Earth, Wind & Fire. 2012 is shaping up to be the year of dance/club hits, and we couldn’t be happier. Give us a driving beat and a horn section and we’ll be a-ok.

Let’s Groove

Take a trip to 1981 + listen below…

Here’s the original video, just for the nostalgia. It’s pretty epic…

(via Stereogum)

Watch: Air ‘Moon Rock’ from Le Voyage dans la Lune

George Méliès’ legendary 1902 film Le Voyage dans la Lune otherwise known as ‘a trip to the moon’ receives an overdue restoration in a soon to be revealed version. Méliès hand-painted, directed and starred in the film which was re-discovered in ’93 – took over two decades to restore.

Due for release in February, the film is backed by a soundtrack from French electronic duo Air.

 “We wanted to give a very surrealistic touch to the movie,” says the group’s Jean-Benoît Dunckel. “Music has to make you leave the Earth. When the people talk [in the film] we decided to use animal sounds,” explains bandmate Nicolas Godin. “We wanted to do the opposite of Walt Disney. He takes animals and makes them speak with human voices. We have farm noises and elephants.”

Watch a clip backed by Moon Rock below and pre-order the full soundtrack here. In related news, Martin Scorsese’s universally acclaimed Hugo is based largely around actual events in Méliès life. Have you seen it yet?

(via Nowness)

Goldfrapp: Melancholy Sky (HQ Audio + Lyrics)

Goldfrapp first performed upcoming The Singles track Melancholy Sky at the Mencap Noise Sessions, backed by an antlered orchestra. On January 8th, the single will be officially released and available for purchase. It’s available for HQ listening in all it’s glory below. Love those saxophones!

The cover collage consists of photos from the Head First and Felt Mountain eras.

[Flash 9 is required to listen to audio.]

Late into the night
Comes a glow like ice
Number’s on my phone, I don’t recognize
There in black and white
All your twisted thoughts

Brutal starry eyes
Stuck inside your head
Fallen from the sky
Risen from the dead
Views from all the past
Taken to new heights

Melancholy sky
You made me blue
Still hanging on
There’s nothing I can do
Not this time

There you are again
Calling from the hills
Haunted and the damned
From imagined worlds
It’s too late my friend
I don’t love you anymore

Melancholy sky
You made me blue
Still hanging on
There’s nothing I can do
Melancholy sky
Still hanging on
You’re crazy now
I didn’t do you wrong
Not this time

Lady Gaga performs Heavy Metal Lover + more on New Year Eve!

Lady Gaga fans have been waiting for the top monster to acknowledge Born This Way standout track Heavy Metal Lover since it’s release last year. She finally quenched their nightly prayers and gave them a taste while giving her best Priscilla Queen Of the Desert tongue work on New Years Eve.

Gaga also belted out clips from Marry The Night and Born This Way. Not too much to say about the performance, too much time taking off costumes perhaps? She sounds fantastic as usual, although we expected something a bit more epic for such a gig. It’s great to see her energy hasn’t been spent – you can see how much she loves her job.

There’s something heartwarming about her kiss with Mayor Bloomberg, don’t you think? Watch below!

Scissor Sisters vs Krystal Pepsy: Shady Love (featuring Azealia Banks) Video

Scissor Sisters start the new year off on the dance floor with Shady Love featuring Azealia Banks. It’s classic ‘sisters with Jake Shears rapping on top of a pumping beat. Look for their 4th studio album sometime this year, it’s yet to be titled.

 “We hope you are having a great Christmas and looking forward to a very exciting 2012 filled with new music, shows, and surprises. One such surprise is coming your way sooner than you thought! We’ve spent 2011 making an album that we’re really proud of and can’t wait to share with you. Because you’ve been such good boys and girls, we’ll be kicking off 2012 with a sneak peek of a brand new song to whet your appetite for what’s to come.”

The instantly infectious track made it’s debut on Radio One with Annie Mac, and is set to be released this month. Love this follow up to previous album Night Work. Shortly after it’s premiere, the video surfaced on NME – watch below! It might just be the funniest thing we’ve seen all year…ha!

M83: Midnight City (FIXYN Remix)

FIXYN deliver one hell of a jam just in time for the New Year, of M83‘s Midnight City. Once the rework explodes into an all out electro funk sweat it out affair! Listen to those chops of Britney Spears mixed in oh so well. I consulted with good friend + Britney fanatic MuuMuse and we’ve concluded it’s If You Seek Amy. This is a must download!

Midnight City (FIXYN Remix)

Midnight City appears on the Hurry Up, We’re Dreaming 2 disc electronic extravaganza.

Happy RuPaul Year! The Beginning (Video)

RuPaul kicked off 2012 with a special video for The Beginning where we finally see Ru work solo for the camera. Full length please…wind machines and all.
I want to thank you from the bottom of my heart for making 2011 a year filled with Eleganza Extravaganza! This is the beginning of the rest of your life. Everybody say LOVE! – RuPaul
Leave it to Ru to inspire us to tear up 2012! Season 4 of RuPaul’s Drag Race begins January 30th on Logo. Are you ready? The Beginning appears on the fantastic album Glamazon.

(via PopBytes)

Lykke Li: The Lost Sessions Vol. 1

Just in time for Christmas Lykke Li has treated us to The Lost Sessions Vol. 1, a nice package which contains acoustic versions of I Follow Rivers, Jerome, & Youth Knows No Pain which featured on the stunning Wounded Rhymes album released earlier this year.

She shared the following message along with the tracks:

I thought I’d give you this to put in your little players, either stick it in your ears or play it loud when the lights are low, mind weary and days rainy.

Remember; life is a process, no feeling is final.

There is no end and no beginning.

Yours truly always,

Lykke Li