Quite often, the cover versions of songs are more famous than the original. Here's a collection of some of those less-famous-than-the-cover originals.
Music has no rules. Slow, fast, new, old, anything goes as long as it is good. Here's a mix of what has been keeping our turntable happy as we head towards Spring!
So much good stuff this month...but we really love the laid-back sound of Erlend Oye's "Garota" that kicks things off this month. Equally impressive is the catchy, but mouthfully-titled, "Despair, Hangover & Ecstasy" from The Do. Adna, a current favorite, returns this month with "Run, Lucifer."
Other finds this month include "Ordinary Life" from Lewis Hurrell, "Van Gogh" from Pedro Meirelles and the lovely "Whizzy Llabo" from Ofege.
We like to just press shuffle and play to discover new and newly-loved-again songs.
Sophie Janes is a force to be reckoned with. Her debut single 'Stop Me' is an emotional powerhouse and the well-produced video showcases the captivating singer at her alluring best (check out the video below). (The video also features a stirring and commanding performance by @RoseAkroyd1. )You can read the story behind the video on Sophie's blog at: sophiejanes.co.uk/blog/
'Stop Me' was mastered at Abbey Road Studios. Sophie says that she had "this very clear image from the start with 'Stop Me' of a woman finding her power and regaining her strength and general 'baddassness'." We think you'll agree that Sophie's vision is captured both in the video and the powerful performance of this song. In Sophie's words, we love the 'baddassness' of this song, the video and most particularly of Sophie!
You can find similarly compelling videos of Sophie (many of them covers) on Sophie's webpage or on YouTube. We HIGHLY recommend checking her out. She'll enchant you.
We can't wait to hear more from this breakout artist.
We love the music of Swedish singer, Adna. Adna (who now lives in Berlin) has described her sound as quite soft and melancholic, but we think her sound has an emotional intensity that is rare for a singer just starting to break through. There is a sweet blissfulness to her songs that make each track feel like a work of art. Her latest song, "Run, Lucifer" is a perfect example of what we mean.
We can't wait to hear more from her. For now though, we are more than happy to feature her as the artist of the week.
From the multi-layered sounds of Malcolm McLaren to what many consider to be the very first rock & roll song ("Rocket 88"), we bring you a playlist of songs that were truly ahead of their time.
Some were groundbreaking songs that inspired a generation ("Here Comes the Judge" by Pigmeat Markham), while others (like Bruce Haack's "Electric To Me Turn" and Raymond Scott's "Cindy Electronium") were simply technological experiments with the latest mixing gadgetry.
In any case, a lot of these songs sound like they could have been made today.
The Date: 14 February 1980
The Place: The Copacabana, NYC
The Event: Just 10 days after the closing of Studio 54, the city's most iconic and infamous nightclub, the revelers moved the party to E. 60th Street to another iconic and infamous location: The Copacabana.
The Guests: Transplants from Studio 54 looking to keep the debauchery of the disco scene alive and Copa regulars who weren't always so happy with the influx of of former Studio 54 devotees.
The Scene: The Copa had multiple levels of dancing, including a disco in the basement level with a huge DJ booth and dance and concert rooms upstairs. It was a wild party wherever you turned.
The DJ's: Over the years, the deejays included Pete Denis, Tony Gio, Luis 'El Flaco" Orellana and many others. While the setlists varied, the music often had a Latin and international feeling.
Often imitated--never duplicated (until now), here is the original version of our famous "Hipster Soul" playlist. First released back in 2012, this playlist has been fully restored to its original content. Now's your chance to once again hear what millions of other listeners first enjoyed.
As we said back then, "Who says hipsters don't have soul?? Call it Hipster Soul or HiSo or Soulster. It all STILL sounds good!"
No matter your religious beliefs, this great collection of gospel roots music will move your spirit and take your soul to a higher level. Perfect mix for that gospel brunch or for when you just need a little inspiration in your life. Take me to church because this is as good as it gets.