Goldfrapp, “Tales Of Us”
For those praying that Goldfrapp would make another electro/dance record, your hopes might be dashed. This conceptual new effort falls more in line with their cosmic debut and their more acoustic “Seventh Tree,” and some people are already grumbling about that. Yet there’s no denying that these 10 tracks reveal their enchanting charms – just at a tranquil pace. Singer Allison Goldfrapp’s wispy but lavish voice essentially spells seduction in your ears, and highlights include: the understated beat of “Thea,” the transgender tale revealed in “Annabel (watch the video below),” and the mother/daughter/lover sexual tryst explored on “Simone.” As I said, this is not a scan-through, quick listen kind of record. In fact, it’s a great record to play while having sex. And if you give this the repeated spins it deserves, you just might find yourself charmed and lulled by its languid ecstasy.
RAC ft. Kele & MNDR, “Let Go”
RAC (aka Portland’s André Anjos) has been weaving his Midas remix touch on tracks for half a decade now, and this new original track is pure gold. It features two of my favorite vocalists (Bloc Party’s Kele and the sassy MNDR) and it’s just one of those pleasingly bouncy and infectious songs that gets sealed in your brain the first time you hear it. Clearly, other people are feeling this too, as it already has over 400,000 plays on Soundcloud!
Tears For Fears, “Head Over Heels” (Dunproofin’ remix)
La, la, la, I can’t lie: I’m still a sucker for classic 80’s music. Most of it can’t be bested by anything going on in pop music today, so I’m all ears when new remixes like this emerge. The UK’s Dunproofin’ is best known as a respected mashup maker who’s now doing more remixes and clever cover tunes. Here, he takes one of Tears For Fears’ greatest moments and updates it slightly with some punchy beats and new production. Also check out the stunning “beatless” remix here.
Queen vs. Major Lazer – Bubble Bottom Girls
In honor of the legendary Freddie Mercury (who would have turned 67 last week), Pimpdaddy Supreme offers up this twerktastic blend of old and new: Queen’s classic rock ode to large ladies on two wheels, and Major Lazer’s big junk in the trunk hit. It works a charm sonically and thematically – even if we all know Freddie actually preferred fat-bottomed boys in real life.
SOUND AND VISION:
I’ve been dying to feature this fabulous, full of follicles video forever. Not only is the song already a bona-fide house and club hit, the video has everything — but you must recite it all like SNL’s Stefon: “It’s got mustaches, afro-puffs, joysticks, a furry Prince and Lady Gaga doppleganger, a dancing ape, a ginger chair, choreography, and a lisping male singer!” No shaving or waxing allowed.
DJ Paul V. has been offering up his alternative/electro beats on dance floors since 1982, most notably at LA’s Dragstrip 66. He’s also an accomplished blogger and author of Born This Way: Real Stories of Growing Up Gay.