Saturday, July 9, 2011

Dance dance dance.

As in Lykke Li's lyrics from a brilliant song "Dance, dance, dance"

"Having troubles telling how I feel
But I can dance, dance, dance

Dancing is fun. I think people should dance more. There would be less worries in the world if people would dance more. And you don't need to learn some specific dance moves, you have to find your own way. Because we all move in our own ways, we walk on our own ways so why we should all dance in the same way. It's so much fun to dance to really different music styles, feel how the rhythm want's your body to move. What moves you?

This summer I gladly want to present a very talented dj-producer from The Netherlands: Gregor Salto. He started dj-ing already from his teens. He has made some great remixes of "Mas que nada" and "Lambada".

Amazing beginning for the summer brings the song "Canoa"

and "Mexer (Groovenatics remix)"

Another amazing piece that makes me feel immediately happy is the collaboration of

Gregor Salto and Mokoomba: "Messe Messe (afro dub)"

Check also songs "Just a trip", "Bouncing harbour", "Looking good feat. Red", "Boa Viagem" and "I'm your friend".

I want to end with Roy Orbison "Pretty Woman"

and Elvis Presley "Jailhouse rock", the early dance music!

Friday, July 8, 2011

How can you leave your hart to Iceland without never being there?

I left part of my heart to Iceland already when I was quite young and bought my first album of Björk. I think it was Post and bit later I got also Vespertine. I was listening lot songs like "Modern things", "It's Oh So Quiet", "Enjoy", "Isobel", "All is full of love","Human behaviour" and "Bachelorette" which I think is still one of the best songs of Björk. Honestly I just went trough all these songs thinking they were the best ones. The best remix of Björk is undoubtedly "Hyberballad (Brodsky Quartet Remix)".

When Medúlla came out I was totally astonished by it. Whole album full of only "accapella" well you canät really say accapella, but use voice as the only tool without any instruments. It's an extremely demanding things to succeed in. I didn't actually listen it so much but loved songs like "Mouth's cradle", "Vökuró" which is amazingly beautiful and touching song and the small song "Miðvikudags".

When Volta came it brought again totally new kind of Björk. There was a beautiful collaboration in "The dull flame of desire" with Antony Hegarty from Antony and The Johnsons. The beginning trumpets of"Vertebrae by vertebrae" were great. I had strangely always this feeling of a harbor or sailing when I was listening to Volta. "Declare Independence" became the biggest media hype of the album, when Björk sung it in China with "...Tibet, Tibet, don't let them do that to you.." lyrics.

For me Björk has been always one of the artists who has experimented the most with their music. They are always on search for something new.

Now Björk is busy with a new album called Biophilia that will air still 2011.  She is researching the similarities in structure and shapes between nature and music in the coming album, so I'm really curious how it will be. There is already single "Crystalline" out from the forthcoming album. It has some nice beats of drum 'n' bass also in!

Björk was just the first artist I got to know from Iceland. It turned out that Iceland is the promised land of beautiful music.

I bought an album of Múm "Summer make good" in 2004. It was recorded in a lighthouse and I totally lost myself for the album. The album was haunted and sweet at the same time. The vocals sounded very strange first, but it totally fitted to the album. Some of most touching songs was "Weeping Rock, Rock" with dark strong bass in it. "The Island of Children's Children" was the small bundle on light in middle of dark. In 2002 released "Finally we are no one" was also a great album with songs like "Green Grass of tunnel", "Don't be afraid, You have just got your eyes closed" and "I can't feel my hand anymore, It's alright, Sleep still". Samuli Kosminen  known also from playing together with Kimmo Pohjonen, was also collaborating in Múms albums, where he was doing percussions.

In 2007 they released "Go go smear the poison ivy" that was much happier album which I totally loved and I got to see then band live also and got all the signatures to the sweet cover of the album! "Rhubarbidoo", "They made frogs smoke 'til they exploded" and "Dancing behind my eyelids" are just part of the happines of this album. I personally loved this album even more, because it didn't go so overwhelmingly dark as "Summer make good".

Theirs latest album from 2009 is "Sing along to songs you don't know". I haven't yet listened to this album, only couple songs, but it seems to go more for a new fresh direction. Some great songs from the album are "The smell of today is sweet like breast milk in the wind" the electric guitar in it that you don't hear often with Múm, and "Prophecies & Reverse".

Check out Múm here

Sóley is another amazing band from Iceland that I just discovered. Be careful with typing the name right, otherwise you don't find the right band. Don't know so much from the band except it makes beautiful music and they have amazing vocalist Sóley Stefánsdóttir who's the lead.

These songs captured me...

"Kill the Clown"

and "Read Your Book"

Check out more of their music from their Myspace

Rökkurró I found also last weekend and like them so much already. They have also amazing vocalist Hildur Kristín Stefánsdóttir. Their debut "Það Kólnar Í Kvöld" translated "It's getting colder tonight" was released 2007.

Here's the beautiful video of "Sólin mun skína". 

And one very special is "Svanur".

And the Myspace of the band

Amiina, also from Iceland! Great! It was originally a string quartet of four girls. Edda rún ólafsdóttir, hildur ársælsdóttir, maría huld markan sigfúsdóttir and sólrún sumarliðadóttir. Sorry for the small capitals, something went wrong with my keybord. But now the band is a sextet because they got addition of two guys.

Amiina: "Sexfaldur"

Amiina's debut album was "kurr" (2007). Their newest album, released in 2010 is "Puzzle". Some great pieces from them are, I haven't listened them yet enough but here's only two other faves "Hilli" and "Bláfeldur" "Lóri". I think I could just honestly say the whole production of them, even though I have listened under ten songs from them!

Find more about Amiina at their homepage

And yes, how can you talk about Icelandic music without mentioning Sigur Rós the band.
But I leave some search for you. I want to to end the Icelandic post with a music video "Viorar Vel Til Loftarasa".

I want to go Iceland some day. 

Monday, July 4, 2011

Summer - Festivals

Festivals are taking over in the summer. Big festival, small festivals, dance festivals, festivals in a forest, festivals on a beach.

Rotterdam started it's summer with Dunya festival and last weekend with Metropolis festival. I don't really like festivals, only really certain kind of festivals, one day festivals. Day out with nice music is fun, but I get always bit annoyed by huge crowds of people and trash lying around. Nicest thing in big festivals is that you can see so many different kinds of people. And that you can end up listening something totally new and nice how happened in Metropolis. I heard only the last song from them but was still happy about it.

The band is called SX,  it's a band from Belgium. They have not yet published a full length album but I hope they'll do that soon. SX is a strange combination of bit XX and rock, I would like to see the band called SXXX!

SX came famous by their song "Black Video"

Another band that was a small surprise was Lola Kite, it's kind of happy rock. I can take it for couple songs and then I'm done. But they had some nice songs. I liked their drum machine a lot and the game sounds. I get this feeling that I want to play just Space invaders and other old arcade games when hear those bleeps!

Lola Kite: Different story

Randomly found song with a beautiful video:

Radical Face: "Doorways"


Soley, band from Iceland. Sóley: "Theater Island".

And second song from them "Kill the clown".

Quite mesmerising music. As most of the bands from Iceland. Later more about Iceland I think. Have to search it more. And still one from Iceland...

Rökkurró: "Sólin mun skína"

Nice sunny Monday to everybody!