Giorgio Moroder has remixed HAIM‘s early breakthrough “Forever,” and the unlikely pairing demonstrates just how versatile and undefinable the California band’s sound is (BTW, Moroder defines it as “timeless”). For his reinterpretation, the disco and synth wizard added a synthetic four-on-the-floor beat and his own vocodered verses to alternate with Danielle Haim’s. You’ll also hear the requisite synth splashes and chorus buildups.
Basically, it gives us a peek into a bizarro world in which Daft Punk enlisted HAIM for “Get Lucky,” with Danielle’s husky voice and punchy guitar replacing Pharrell‘s airy croon and the pristine plucking of Nile Rodgers. Turns out that’s a world we’d want to visit! Hear it over at Soundcloud. More »
Stomping drums, springy synths, a singalong chorus — it’s a tried and true formula these days, but with “Overdose,” Little Daylight have managed to make it sound fresh. The Brooklyn newcomers have crafted one of those straightforward pop songs that is just immediately pleasing and catchy, a song that you don’t even realize you’re singing along with by the end. And that is mainly because the track’s hooky refrain leads into an addictive, chanting post-chorus that’s tangled up in noodly synths, with these melodies shrouding a deceptively layered arrangement.
For the video, colorful CGI globs float around and bodies flit across the screen amidst psychedelic collages. There’s a lot to process — luckily, we have director Campbell Hooper to explain: “I wanted to create these scenes where the characters’ inner physiological space becomes manifested outside of their bodies… That’s why the forms themselves have this fluid, organic character — like body organ’s extending outside the body. It’s a mind, released from logic, in a flight of fantasy.” <<< What he said.
Check out the video up top, and keep an eye out for the trio’s debut on Capitol Records next year. More »
One Direction continue their winning streak with their new LP Midnight Memories as the record lands at #1 on the Billboard 200 today, knocking previous chart-topper Eminem to the #2 slot with his album, The Marshall Mathers LP 2. Billboard reports that this makes One Direction the first in history to debut at #1 with their first three albums (chart trivia!); their latest offering moved an impressive 546,000 units, while 2012′s Take Me Home sold 540,000 and 2011′s Up All Night sold 176,000.
Sales gains abounded this week, even if One Direction’s competition wasn’t particularly stiff: Eminem’s album moved a healthy 199,000 copies, showing a 65% sales gain, while Katy Perry‘s Prism shot from #11 to #5 with 136,000 copies, showing a 252% gain over the previous week. Lady Gaga‘s ARTPOP, too, moved up — one slot to #7, selling 116,000 copies — a 154% gain over the previous week.
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It sounds like Taylor Swift should deserves an executive producer listing on Ed Sheeran‘s next album — or a co-producer credit, at the very least. Sheeran worked on much of his + follow-up while on the road as the opener on Swift’s Red tour, and the British crooner recently told MTV News that he got Swift herself to listen to his new tracks and offer feedback.
“Whenever I finished a song, I’d send it to [Swift] to get her opinion,” Sheeran told MTV. “She’s heard all the songs and she’s a good judge of what’s good or not good.” We like to imagine the superstar lounging on a couch, Rick Rubin-style, giving the Gladiator thumbs-up/thumbs-down after each song. More »
Kanye West may have napalmed his bridges with Nike and joined Team Adidas, but Nike will be just fine without the Air Yeezy, because now they’ve got Drake. During the Would You Like A Tour? stop in Nike’s hometown of Portland last night (December 3), Drizzy announced that he’s “Team Jordan.” He accompanied the announcement with photos of two white OVO-branded Jordans — part of the OVO Stingray X sample pack and OVO Stingray XII sample pack.
Both shoes are all-white with gold detailing and translucent soles revealing a gold OVO logo. Check out more sneaker porn below. More »
Fans of Kanye West have had an embarrassment of riches this year with Yeezus, the tour and his unexpected return to the spotlight via a relentless interview cycle. But, from the way he’s been talking about “product” and fashion and building his cultural empire in said interviews, it has often seemed like West is bored with music and ready to leave it behind altogether for other ventures. Luckily, that’s not happening just yet! In a recent interview, his pal Q-Tip said he and Yeezus guru Rick Rubin are producing West’s next album. “‘I’m producing Kanye’s new album with Rick Rubin…that’s coming up,” the Tribe Called Quest legend said in an interview at Life + Times.
Last week, Ye himself said he had already begun working on his Yeezus follow-up, and is aiming for a summer 2014 release. This is in addition to the fact that a few songs scrapped from Yeezus are just sitting around West’s lair. The Q-Tip news is particularly exciting — he did production work on My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy and Watch The Throne, but since signing to G.O.O.D. Music in 2012, he has been relatively quiet. While fans are eager for Tip to release solo material on G.O.O.D., an EP credit on a Ye album is a fine second option. More »