“Warriors” is anthemic, catchy tune that should help up Ruckazoid‘s profile and it’s another feather in the cap of Hudson Mohawke. Meanwhile, the video is strikingly artistic, filmed in a square with primarily black and white flashing images that every so often segue to color.
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Stripping away the exotic rhythms of her original version, Valery Gore’s latest remix, a very minimal electronic reworking of “July”, presents the song from a clipped, impersonal distance. In place of what had once been a relentless flush of Latin percussion are long stretches of gentle, airy sonics. Not especially a surprising turn since much of the number’s parent album, Idols in the Dark Heart, explored similar terrains of moody electronic-pop. If you want to get a sense of how radical the reinterpretation is, then you can refer to Gore’s original, presented here live at the Piston in Toronto; the shudders of polyrhythmic drumming and curls of brass are the flesh and bones of the original number to the remix’s ghost.
For anyone who remembers Stiff Records, especially the work by the late, great Kirsty MacColl for that label in the early 1980s, you’ll hear a little bit of that cheeky, winsome, youthful rock ‘n’ roll sound in Head Over Heart’s new seven-inch single. Celebrating 1950s kitsch and adding a little new wave twist to the whole thing, the Tucson, Arizona duo of Jordan Prather and Belinda Esquer sound right at home on “I Don’t Mind” and especially “Fall Back in Love”, which has just been made into a charming and devilishly funny new video by director Alex Italics.
James Dolan is an avid musician, and his band JD & the Straight Shot has put out four albums over the last decade. A fifth full-length is in the works, but in the meantime the band has released a video for the new track “Better Find a Church”, which continues the blend of gentle blues and rustic Americana heard on last year’s Where I’ve Been. Produced by Rodney Crowell and featuring Nashville fiddler Erin Slaver duetting on vocals with Dolan, this track is a pleasant surprise.