Premiering on PopMatters, “Take It Slow” is Southern California dance-pop act Tapioca and the Flea‘s contribution to a split 7” compiled by Red Bull Sound Select for Record Store Day (April 19, 2014). Just don’t let the title fool you, since “Take It Slow” is a brisk, catchy synth-driven number, a combination of old-fashioned pop-minded songwriting and a state-of-the-art vibe.
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Like Swimming is a Swedish trio formed in 2012 out of a previous group, You Say France & I Whistle, but this is not a young band. Claes Carlström, Ida Hedene, and Petter Wesslander have been writing music together for seven years and it shows, as the group’s music is gorgeously understated, fully developed and sophisticated. “Let Go” is a beautifully composed and performed song that highlights these points. Like Swimming tells us that “with ‘Let Go’, we’ve tried to find a blend of danceable electro sounds and a comforting acoustic feel, since we feel in between those two worlds in our daily life. The song about slowing down, standing still, not moving. So please listen to it while waiting for the next bus, while sitting down, or while sleeping on the job. It’s a series of still life paintings, but without the apples and pears.”
As the son of Alejandro Jodorowsky, Adan Jodorowsky had the advantage of running in creative circles early in life. James Brown instructed him in his first dance lesson and George Harrison gave him his first guitar. Jodorowsky learned his lessons well, bringing soul to his electro pop dance tunes. It’s all about pleasure on ADA. “I wanted something sweaty and gross. I wanted to feel the drugs on this album. I’m not a drug addict at all but I wanted people to feel that same kind of high in the music.”
Hans Chew doesn’t stop there as his piano style draws deeply from the playing of New Orleans masters and he clearly imbibed the grooves of classic British rock, such as Led Zeppelin and the Rolling Stones. Life & Love is a barn burning smoker of a record that’s simply irresistible. Now, we’re going to step assign and let Hans Chew tell you about the creation of the album.
This live version of “Voice” without overdubs, edits or studio enhancements is a shimmering, ethereal song, filled with gentle electronic flourishes and a dreamy vibe. Gersten told us that he views recording and live performance quite differently. “Records are like movies and Live Shows are like theatre. Our album has all the beautiful textures and effects that the recording process allows but why try and re-create that for a live performance? In this live video we have a foot tapping instead of a million dollar drum machine. The directness and intimacy offers a different view of the song.”