The uplifting trance dance track “Set Yourself Free” by Dutch DJ Tiësto and featuring Chicago dance music trio Krewella seems a fitting song of the week as we approach the end of summer. This tune is equally suitable to playing at a ball game or at a circuit party (because there’s always been a lot of overlap between jock jams and gay party anthems). So turn up your speakers and dance like nobody is watching.
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Naxxos is an electronic music duo based in Vienna, and “New Orleans” is an electronic dance track enlivened by scorching saxophone solos. What can I say? I grew up in the 1980s.
What are you listening to this week?
Jenny Lewis is responsible (with The Watson Twins) for one of my favorite albums of all time, Rabbit Fur Coat. I didn’t like her follow-up Acid Tongue as much, but now she’s back with The Voyager and it’s very catchy single “Just One of the Guys.” The sunny melody belies the deeper meaning of the lyrics which reveal something new with each listening.
Here’s the already famous video where Lewis is backed up by a band of Hollywood stars:
Australia-based band The Bombay Royale recreates the feel of Bollywood in the 1960s and 1970s with a mix of funk, disco, and surf music. Honestly, I always wonder with these kind of things if it wouldn’t be better to just listen to Bollywood recordings from the 60s and 70s, but The Bombay Royale are entertaining enough to be worth a least one listen. I can’t seem to break down the SoundCloud tracks one by one, so I’m just embedding their entire 2014 album The Island of Dr. Electrico below. I’m also posting the video for “Henna, Henna” which isn’t my favorite song but it does show the band’s unique aesthetic.
This weeks track is “A Place Called Space” by The Juan Maclean, stage name for electronic musician John Maclean
This song may be have some of the bassiest bass notes I’ve ever heard and is reminiscent of Big Audio Dynamite mixed with 1980s Doctor Who soundtracks, with some klassik rawk guitar riffs on top.
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You’d probably be even more of a media hermit than I to avoid the news that Weird Al Yankovic is releasing a new video each day this week to promote is new album Mandatory Fun. Still, I neglected to post a Song of the Week on Monday, so I’ll share this one today. Of the videos released thus far, “Word Crimes” is my favorite because it is both clever and informative. If you are a regular reader of this blog you’ll know that I regularly make these errors. Another advantage is that one can enjoy the groove of the Marvin Gaye-style backing track without having to hear Robin Thicke’s skeevy lyrics.
What have you learned from a song this week? Let me know in the comments.
Ben Frost is an Australian composer and producer, but like half the artists I post on SOTW, he is based out of Iceland.
“Venter” is a minimalist, instrumental piece that sounds like it’s from an imaginary psychological thriller.
What’s on your playlist this week?