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Song of the day: I want to be your friend

Hello kids,

Now that you’ve thrown away the wrapping paper, onto to the next festive event which is New Years. With it comes reflection on the year that has past and CHARTS. In fact CHARTS, CHARTS, CHARTS. Now for very strongly opinionated person like myself you would think that I love giving you my top hits of the year. But I really HATE IT.

I see ranking  music as hard as picking who is your favourite child (in a REALLY big family). I mean Emma is so damn cute but I love Tommy’s naughty streaks and he makes me laugh (calm down everyone, I don’t have kids yet). I’m too much of a new era music kid to like rating and ranking music. That was for the old days, when there were fewer, bigger superstars and less of the middle stuff. Now with the internet and no barriers to entry there are MANY more bands then there ever has been and less obvious stand out acts (unless you mean negatively standing out – those are rather obvious).

Me being a music expert I can’t even give you my favourite artist. NO WAY. On average I digest 1-3 albums a week. There’s just too much to process and rank. I’d have sleepless night thinking about it, I’d have to write long apology letters. It’s just torture really. And then as if that wasn’t hard enough you got to think whether you do top artists? new or already existing? top albums? top singles? I mean this is just MONTHS of work – I’ll be done by next year this time.

But what I do like to do is read over other people’s top lists (I know it’s a bit selfish really). Just to check I haven’t missed out on big huge obvious fish in the pond. And also to mock some people’s poor music taste and be out raged on some ranking and non-ranking. Just the usual chart fun.

So I had a look over NME’s  top 50 Best Tracks and Pitchforks top 100. First of all I am happy that I covered a lot of the songs on our daily Song of the Day. Or at least most of the good ones. However I obviously missed out some goodies so I’ll be squeezing those over to you now.

And luckily I did cause it happened to be that I hadn’t even heard of Pitchfork’s number 1 band, apparently the most exciting band to watch for next year. They are called Palma Violets, an English band that formed last year and were just playing fun gigs for family and friends as they felt there was no band they could believe in. Well one of their friends must have had a good ear because they got the attention of the very important label Rough Trade (The Strokes, The Libertines amongst others) who signed them immediately. Its similar height of buzz as there was for Citizens! last year. Their début album 180 will be released in February next year.

General opinion seems to be that they could propel British Indie guitar sounds back to the top of the charts.

Let’s see if that works out, for now here is Best of Friends



Song of the day: The beauty of simplicity

Hello kids,

So its Monday after a long weekend, I know it’s tough. But something to get your through the week is on FRIDAY we have THE LIBERATION night. How freaking fantastic right? So we are sorry we have been away for so long, but we promise to bring you an amazing DJ set. And since we have a sort of talent scout for new opportunities and cooler parties coming to check it out we ask that YOU PLEASE come to the party so we can bring you many more great events. And bring 10 friends. All details here.

So now onto the music. So I know I have raved heavily about The XX from their debut album to my excitement about their performance at Open’er Festival and of course the wait around their new album. But I could not resist writing another post now that it is finally out.

We love The XX because they are so different, because in their calm way they excite and because they are minimalistic and yet so effective. And of course they embodied all of this with the build up to their album release.

The album will officially be released tomorrow (YIKES!) but over the last week they have offered free streaming through their site (and partner site). But not only were they avant-garde by offering free streaming of the entire album they partnered it with a world map that tracks how the album is being shared. Apparently at first only released to a single fan you can use the timeline to see how the album quickly took over world domination.  It aims at making you feel connected  and part of the community of The XX fans around the world which is a genius concept.
I can happily that the first South African share was from me – lets light up AFRICA!

Now about the album, obviously I have listened to it on repeat non-stop. So first thing I noticed is that the iconic minimalists have out done themselves. It is more simple, more hidden, the sounds seem more and more to be coming from space. This album is much more of a grower than the first listen love-struck effect of their debut album.

What I love The XX the most is that they are hugely popular and thus an album so slow but exciting, so simple but effective can teach people around the world that the beauty is in the detail. This album is rich, and every listen makes you appreciate each of their careful crafted sounds more and more. This is personal, this is intimate, this is their souls being opened. There is something so vulnerable about their Romy and Oliver’s duo confessions (that is such a contrast from their closed and protected appearance) and Jamie XX after all the attention he has gotten has grown several steps in his ability to produce and mix and merge sound in an unearthly way.

So after a few listens sound start to touch you in a really special way. For example your heart skips a beat (see what I did there) as the climax comes in on Reunion after a pause of silence, that’s when you really want to praise Jamie’s work (1:57) – the most upbeat song on the album that will make you want to move. The use of repetition in that song is also beautiful.

The silent pause is also done in Missing (1:20). Which is a much slower and heartbreaking song to start but steps up with power after the silent break and exposes Oliver’s pain and sorrow as he sings my heart is beating in a different way. I also love how the duo swap their background wailing from Romy to Oliver.

You will also look forward to the upbeat Sunset (that beautiful come in after Reunion) that drills the line
I always thought it was a shame, that we have to play these games.
Not to mention the guitar solos.

As you may remember I am obsessed when girl and guy duo sing together, and this is done very effectively to close the beautiful Try when they sing:
You know the way I, can’t resist you, say to myself I’m trying.

Strangely I am addicted to what possibly is the simplest lyrical song. I’m not a big fan of mushy cliché lyrics. And on face value that is what is sung in Our Song. But nothing coming from The XX with the sincerity of their voice can seem that way, neither is the beauty of the background mix done coming in from 0:46. And all I tend to repeat in my head is:
You know I know your heart, I want to mend your heart.

Now I invite you to give it a go. You can find it everywhere by now – including Spotify.

And remember – it just gets better.

I wish I could make a soundtrack to my life and breathe in the notes every day

Song of the day: All the lights go down as I crawl into the spaces

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Hello kids,

HUGE thank you to everyone who came to the event on Saturday.
I think it was safe to say that it was a huge success all thanks to all you loyal fans who came to support and brought down the place.
Thank you for those of you who turned up, for those of you who jumped and dance, those of you who screamed to the song and got up on chairs and tables.
I do apologize for the bar issues (I heard it took quite a while to get a drink) we going to look at other venues as well. If you have ideas/connections give us a shout.

So to give you back a memory of Saturday night here is the awesome The Naked and Famous who I adore.
I have already featured Young Blood, Girls like you and my favourite Frayed on SOTD.

But on Saturday this was the choice to get you hyped up (and I heard it worked).

Here is Punching in a dream:  

I recommend their entire Passive Me, Aggressive you album which is not only awesomely named but also awesomely sounding.

Jam on

I wish I could make a soundtrack to my life and breathe in the notes every day

Song of the day: Sometimes, I get a good feeling

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It’s our second event in Geneva and we are excited to bring you some hot tracks tonight. If you can pop in to Cirkus bar for a drink. I can promise we will be provide tunes to groove.

So today I give you Amercian Electro band. And when I say band, it’s just really Derek Smith. There is a clear influence of hip hop in his electro, some strong synth, and some more random ‘noise’ to gather and deliver some very funky tunes blended into one smooth flowing CHILLED jam session.

I am talking about Pretty Lights.

It’s kind of weird to give you just one song, as it is more of a mood/album type of band. But nonetheless. Here is Finally Moving

See you tonight.