To be perfectly honest, “Ritmo Juarez” wasn’t one of the standouts of Matias Aguayo’s 2009 album Ay Ay Ay, but the stark neon-on-black video he’s produced is just too bizarre to be missed. As Aguayo’s acapella intonations crisscross themselves, he does so too, adorned in bright Cerrone-light dress complete with porno moustache to boot.
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Here is the official video for OMD’s latest single, one of the two title tracks for last year’s History of Modern. It was directed by a Swedish team that won a band-sponsored contest. To these eyes, the win was well-deserved.
“History of Modern (Part I)” is released February 28. Like OMD’s previous single, it appears in remixed form. Apparently the band’s contract has a stipulation that all singles will be released in altered versions that include dated “club-friendly” elements. Oh, well. Still a good song.
Baltimore’s the Bridge released their fifth studio album, National Bohemian, 1 February 2011 on Woodberry Records/Thirty Tigers. The album is an Americana stew of blues, rock, funk, soul and jam, seasoned with a dash of Cajun spice. National Bohemian is a spirited release that road trips across the U.S., trucking day and night through mountains of emotions and sunny pastures of optimism. Check out the video of “Rosie” off National Bohemian.
The Bridge is currently on tour supporting Tea Leaf Green, then Galactic, followed by a string of headlining U.S. dates.
Two decades ago, dance music visionary Carl Craig helped marshal in the second wave of Detroit techno by launching the leftfield-leaning label Planet E. To commemorate the 20th anniversary of the imprint, Craig is set to release on 22 February a Planet E “best of” digital compilation entitled 20 F@#&ING Years - We Ain’t Dead. The 25-track project will include electronic music classics like Moodymann’s “Dem Young Sconies” and Innerzone Orchestra’s “Bug in the Bassbin”, along with next-generation mindbenders like Recloose’s “Can’t Take It [ft. Dwele]” and a previously unreleased remix by Craig of Kenny Larkin’s “You Are”.
And in conjunction with the digital release, Craig will be hosting on his website craigcarl.net a competition for fans to vote on tracks that should be pressed onto a limited edition Planet E vinyl box set.
Finally, starting in March Planet E will also began releasing singles from its back catalogue, which will chosen and remixed by, among others, Ricardo Villalobos, Richie Hawtin, Kevin Saunderson and Mad Mike Banks. First up will be a Luciano remix of Recloose’s “Can’t Take It”.
The tracklisting for the compilation and the dates for Craig’s Planet E tour are listed below.
Forget about the cheery presence of Bananarama’s “Cruel Summer” in The Karate Kid. Is not this a goth song incognito? There is undoubtedly a distinct sense of isolation, alienation and melancholy in it, and the lyrics betray as much. But it’s mainly viewed as a happy, perfunctory, feel-good summertime song. For instance, one is easily tempted to hear “cool” instead of “cruel” in the song’s refrain. This track is begging for a certain band—Marilyn Manson—to cover it. After all, Manson’s most peculiar cover of the Eurythmics’ “Sweet Dreams (Are Made of This)” essentially put Manson on the radar. Marilyn Manson has previously covered Soft Cell’s “Tainted Love” and, of course, Depeche Mode’s “Personal Jesus” with considerable success. Why not cover another esteemed 1980s song?