You know those epic, sweeping strings and plodding horn sections that make video game trailers so grandiose? Well, the folks responsible for those trailers aren’t just culling Hans Zimmer B-sides; production houses like audiomachine in fact spend a great deal of time creating compositions that bolster trailer footage in an intense way. Now, with audiomachine: Remixed, 18 of the company’s songs are being remixed by a variety of different artists. The talented and young (born in 1996) musician Cole Plante took the helm for a remix of “Phoenix Rising”, a track previously heard in trailers for Assassin’s Creed: Black Flag.
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Astrid’s Tea Party is an appropriately British name for a band hailing from the United Kingdom coastal city of Brighton. However, don’t let the name fool you: Astrid’s Tea Party isn’t all social niceties and delicate china. The danceable beats and high energy of the group’s latest single, “What’s in It For Me?”, are more liable to shatter teacups than serve as background music. As this first single attests, this young quartet has lyrical charm and smarts to match its pop energy, which should prove valuable assets as it readies its first EP, which at the moment is set to be released sometime in 2015.
In his 2010 PopMatters review of Maria Neckam’s Deeper LP, Quentin B. Huff called her presence as a musician “sincere”, “earnest”, “vibrant”, all of which play a role in her “musical intrigue”. These same qualities can be found in Milán EP, Neckam’s latest project under the name Milán, which finds her moving from a jazzy take on pop to a more electronic style. Elements of CHVRCHES’ bouncy synth-pop can be found on Milán EP, as well as more minimal electronic stylings akin to the xx. Ultimately, however, the only way to truly experience Milán’s mélange of musical styles is to dive right into her music.
With artists like Frank Ocean and the Weeknd garnering global attention for their updated takes on R&B, it’s no surprise that the genre has seen a significant uptick in the past few years. For that reason, Brooklyn musician and producer Loveskills (Richard Spitzer) fits right in with the musical climate of his time. Pure EP, his latest offering, is replete with falsetto vocals, sensuous synth arrangements, and plenty of wicked beats to boot. Beginning with a cover of the Smashing Pumpkins’ “Luna”, the EP is a short but nonetheless clear declaration of Loveskills’ sonic MO.
In his 2010 PopMatters review of Whitey Morgan and the 78’s’ self-titled sophomore outing, Stephen Haag wrote that the group “an album meant to be played -– and loud -– in a shitty dive bar jukebox. And yes, that’s a compliment.” He finished his review by saying the music will make you want to “to crank this record and turn up the bottle.”
Now, four years later, Morgan and his band have readied their followup to Whitey Morgan and the 78’s, the live LP Born, Raised, & LIVE From Flint, which was recorded in Morgan’s Michigan hometown.
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