Sofa Surfers – Sofa Rockers (Richard Dorfmeister Remix)

#051 – ’17 week 29

I listened to this song many many times as background music for various radio or TV shows and I should admit that it has many hooks that make it very recognizable and on the other hand it creates a nice ambiance to let your mind ramble.
For instance, many times I listened to it, my thoughts bring me on other topics and I finally go back to it at the end of the track!

On the mixing side, the overall ambiance is very great and the huge work around reverb and delay give this sense of space and depth and it also has many tiny movements to keep the listener during this diving into Sofa Surfersworld.

Fun fact: the band wrote background music for the welcome videos on the three first Mac OS X releases (thanks Wikipedia[DE] and Google Translate).

via Dave’s Lounge’s podcast


James Blake – The Colour In Anything

#050 – ’17 week 28

Here is a song where it finally doesn’t be what it seems to be. Except the obvious acoustic and classical sound and the well-known vocal-piano duo that many many other songs also share, this one goes a bit further.

First, the second part of this track is full of vocal layers that play chords within the melody and brings a different mood to the song. It really enhances the overall speech and flow of the song and it gives this unique colour (of anything… :-p) for that piece of music. That way, it becomes something different from what you would know.
Then, the huge dynamic range from piano performance and vocals and great ideas everywhere always catches the audience at every moment to keep and show what the artist wants to say.

By the way, thinking, thinking, performing and recording the whole song would be a huge bunch of work to achieve to this result that sounds simple, soft and very catchy at once!

via Ian Shepherd’s blog

Bobby McFerrin & Richard Bona playing

#049 – ’17 week 27

Nothing more to add about those two guys “playing” together (whatever you understand that verb).
You could see (and hear) people liking sharing their influences, their musical backgrounds, their pleasure about this moment.

On the other hand, they also use a wide range of their technical knowledges about music, how to get the most of their “instrument” and use them for the purpose of the musical speech.

Let’s enjoy this live musical journey!


Elbow – Grounds For Divorce

#048 – ’17 week 26

Here is another band where mixing a lot of different influences is more or less the key for making their new songs.
For the chosen song, you could find some electro sounds, blues gimmick, rock riffs, loopy drums… but the final result is full of good ideas, catchy hooks, heavy layers, great contrasts to make the whole song interesting.

They also are able to record songs quieter, more orchestral and the main idea is still the same: telling stories and create nice layers of music to bring lyrics a nice and aptness background.

You could find this song live thru this One Shot Not extract.

Randy Coleman – Bohemian Rhapsody cover

#047 – ’17 week 25

Here is what some could call a masterpiece: covering Bohemian Rhapsody with a guitar and a singer… that’s all (and live).
In other way, how reinterpreting a song with hundreds of tracks, vocals, with drums, heavy distorted guitar chords?!

The great and positive thing in this cover is the artist recreates the cover and also gives his personal vision of this track.
A lot of emotions, sensibility and a great touch of personality without killing the original song. Hats off!

Art of Noise – Il pleure

#046 – ’17 week 24

The track above is an interesting song where the band is trying to reinterpret a classical piece of music into their personal view or with actual ways of playing musics or genres.

The main idea of the whole album is somehow a tribute to Claude Debussy with a heavy touch of electro music (mostly drum ‘n’ bass behaviour) and this track is a good example of what Art of Noise were able to do (and that as well… nice work with reverb BTW).
You can also view it as a background music with a mix of classical and electro sound…

Whatever, I really find this track interesting for this various flavors and I hope you could find your way to listen to it!

Sébastien Tellier – La Ritournelle (Jean-Marc Boulier cover)

#045 – ’17 week 23

Jean-Marc Boulier (or Lophophora) is a true autodidact on many things on music area, but he’s also a true musician in the way that he loves music and isn’t afraid to learn new things to achieve the goal he has.

He’s really keen on making covers (a great way to learn how music is “built”) and you could find many of these on his SoundCloud page (plus personal songs or covers).

Plus he has a great sense of musicality and he likes to share music, songs, tastes isn’t against opening some of his projects, contributes to others
The chosen song is just all of these, nice work to me!

Derek Reese – Tired Of You

#044 – ’17 week 22

Here is a very cool track, very catchy, nicely mixed and mostly pleasing to listen to.
It’s a very interesting example of good song, with good guys, with very strong points but with not enough exposure as it should, in my opinion.

You could also see this track as one from many others than you missed and you’re going to like, just because it’s a good song that creates something in your mind.

via Indie Recording Depot (you could find another mix there)

Electro Deluxe – All Alone

#043 – ’17 week 21

As their name implies, Electro Deluxe is a band playing in Electro field, but also with soul, jazz or even a huge bunch of funk.

The song I chose is more or less that: some strength coming with people playing live some kinda of funky music, with choir, a groovy bass playing, a singer with his guts.
Really efficient music to me!

via La chronique d’André Manoukian