I imagine, as a music video director, doing a video for a song called “Apparitions” is probably cake: You do some ghostly effects, you have some old photos, you do some nature shots and people walking, add the music, and bang, you’re all done. Which is exactly what happens in the video (COINCIDENTALLY) above for the Raveonettes’ “Apparitions.” It fits the song well, and it’s pretty spooky. Raveonettes catch flak for making the same album over and over again, but who else is doing stuff like this? Not that many bands. [Source]
The comeback Kaisers single is darker and creepier – and there’s not a single ‘na na na’ to be heard. [Source]
Trentemøller is the Dane who did. He’s been making electronic music of one kind of bent or another for over 15 years, first making his name as part of Trigbag, a live house act that toured extensively. But it’s his solo material that has impacted on the dance community – and beyond. ‘La Champagne’ was a game-changer and his remixes of artists like Sharon Phillips secured his place as an artist with some serious chops. But that’s not all he is. You can hear that yearning in his productions and it’s evident here, a sort of Protestant northern European melancholy. He is aided on his journey towards the Baltic by some heavy hitters, of course: Velvet Underground, Mazzy Star, This Mortal Coil. But that’s not the story, it’s not where the plot comes from, it’s not where we’re going. It’s just a little indicator to reassure you we know the way. No. For it’s in the dark beauty of Low’s tremulous ‘Amazing Grace’ or even the way that the Shangri-Las’ ‘(Remember) Walkin’ In The Sand’, surrounded by the similarly inclined, takes on a funereal gait. As we navigate the flatlands of your mind, we’re helped along by a generous sprinkling of Anders’ fellow Danes, like Darkness Falls (the atmosphere of this mix aptly encapsulated right there), Ekko, Chimes & Bells and the Late Night Tales tradition, Trentemøller’s cover of Chris Isaaks’ ‘Blue Hotel’, sung by Marie Fisker and Steen Jørgensen.
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Vince Clarke’s unimaginably brilliant reconstruction of “Behind The Wheel” results in a new dancefloor classic that is part house, part trance, and yet almost militaristic in its icy electro-precision. [Source]
“Leave in Silence” is the sixth UK single by Depeche Mode originally released on August 16, 1982. It is the first Depeche Mode single in the UK with the “Bong” label, which is still used to this day. It is also the first Depeche Mode song to have more than one remix of itself. Remixes 2: 81–11 is an upcoming remix compilation album by British electronic music group Depeche Mode to be released in June 6, 2011.The album is the band’s second remix collection, following the 2004 Remixes 81–04. It spans the band’s entire career and includes new arrangements by former Depeche Mode members Vince Clarke and Alan Wilder. This remix is from Disc 3:
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Funk track from the album The Sequence Party released in 1983 by Sugar Hill Records. The Sequence is a former female old school hip hop trio signed to the Sugar Hill label in the early-1980s. The group consisted of Cheryl Cook (Cheryl The Pearl), Gwendolyn Chisolm (Blondie), and lead singer/rapper Angie Brown Stone (Angie B.). The group originated from Columbia, South Carolina as a group of high school cheerleaders.Their most notable single was “Funk You Up” (1979), which was the first rap record released by a female group and the second single released by Sugar Hill Records.
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Barbara Tamiko Ferguson was born in 1945 in West Virginia, Tamiko Jones started out as a jazz singer during the early ’60′s. She was, originally, called Timiko when she began her recording career on the Checker label in 1963, recording the song ‘Is It A Sin?’. By 1964, ‘Timiko’ had become ‘Tamiko’ and she then relocated to the Atco imprint releasing the song ‘Rhapsody’. [Source]
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Nicholas George “Nick” Gilder (born December 21, 1951), is an English-Canadian musician who first came to prominence as the frontman for the glam rock band Sweeney Todd. He later had a successful solo career as a singer as well as a songwriter, notably with the new wave band Scandal.
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