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…
Grab his new albumChinoiseries 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.
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!
This Is What Makes Us Girls
Tell us what you think in the comments! Are you ready for Born To Die?
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.
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?
Goldfrapp first performed upcoming The Singles trackMelancholy 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.
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 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!
FIXYNdeliver 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 MuuMuseand we’ve concluded it’s If You Seek Amy. This is a must download!
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 stunningWounded Rhymesalbum 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.