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

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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!

Moby – Porcelain

#039 – ’17 week 17

Here is another guy who is able to play in many fields: doing hits, create awkward songs, playing with loops, acoustical things or some 303/house demos (?)

The song I choose this time comes from Play album and as many other on it, it was a huge hit and was used many many times (ads, movies, background…).
What I like more on this track is how smart was the building of each section (and transition from one to another) across the whole journey.
Very efficient to me!
Plus it has its own sounds and character which makes this song very recognizable among others.

Did I mention he also like ambient?

AIR – La Femme d’Argent

#013 – ’16 week 43

In the late ’90, the band AIR begins its life by doing electronic music in a different ways than other electronic french bands such as Daft Punk, Cassius or Bob Sinclar.
The way they play music is way softer, calm, relaxing and the ambiance they create is very unique for this time.

Unlike other songs like Sexy Boy and more recently some songs from The Virgin Suicides that are more on the Pop side, La Femme d’Argent is without vocal and brings some of their characteristic sounds: bass playing with a pick, Wurlitzer piano with a bit of distortion, Korg MS20 synthesizer or the ARP “Solina” String Ensemble.
The overall sound is very coherent I find and that’s why I’d like to share this track.