If someone were to make a song that captured the sound of the mid twenty teens, it would have the following hallmarks:
- a raggae type beat, either real or faux
- a female vocalist
- a male voice on the bridge and/or the breakdown
- electronic riffs that aren’t to-to EDM.
Bullet point one is why Sean Paul, after a decade of dormancy, is now the featured artist on Sia’s new number one track (which finally knocked Drake’s “One Dance” out of the Billboard penthouse after 10 weeks and counting.) Bullet points 2-4 are why this is Sia’s first Number One hit of her career.
This is from Sia’s album This Is Acting, which is a compilation of tracks she wrote for other artists that they then rejected. Unsurprisingly, this was originally meant for Rihanna. (Sia wrote RiR’s Number One hit “Diamonds” a couple of years back.) It seems to have all worked out in Sia’s favor though. The best part is that this track was actually released five months ago, but it took the heat kicking in and the summertime vibe to finally give it the push it needed to get all the way up the charts.
Good morning. Have an early Tunes for Tuesday entry, as Post Modern Jukebox teams up with Broadway singer Morgan James to cover Aerosmith.
Nice reminder that PMJ aren’t all Idol cast off singers.
One of the best of the American Idol alumni runner ups finally graces PostModern Jukebox, Melinda Doolittle, the Season 6 third place finisher brings her buttery voice and turns Britney Spears’ “Toxic” into a vintage 1930s torch song.
I’m going to miss Melinda’s analysis of Idol over on TVLine since the show is now defunct. (At least until it gets rebooted in ten year’s time.) But if it gives her more time to do one off singles for things like PostModern Jukebox’s SquadGoals album (out now on iTunes, by the way), then I am here for it.
I haven’t given enough love to Chvrches on this blog–partly because I have no idea how to pronounce their name out loud. (Not that I should hold that against them, I suppose.) but their newest track out this week, featuring Hayley Williams of the crash and burn unit Paramore, is a poppy little gem of a tune with a hella fun animated video.
The band’s animated look was created by artist Jamie McKelvie, who also does the band’s posters, and animated by the outfit Mighty Nice.
Below, Chvrches other major track, though Hayley-less, “Clearest Blue”
Continue reading Tunes for Tuesday: Chvrches
I am not a movie or TV soundtrack person. There are a few TV themes I’m attached too–like the Downton Abbey opening for instance–but in general I’m not big on dramatic orchestrations that play underneath the drama. It has to be a really well done piece of music placed just right for me to even notice mot of the time….and that’s the way it should be. Unless it’s a musical, the music should be subtly enhancing, not getting in the way aurally.
I have made a couple of exceptions for Game of Thrones. The opening theme, for instance is not only iconic, but had such a strong bone structure that there are literally hundreds of covers, all of them good. Ramin Djawadi, who composed it, and the music that plays during the show is very good at his job. Half the time I don’t even notice the aural cues of this character’s theme or that one. The major exception is Drogon’s Theme, but that’s a piece of music buried in a larger piece known as “The Dance of Dragons”
It starts about 1:36 into the track. It’s a gorgeous mournful moment, but it’s only the back 90 seconds of the track.
Then “The Light of the Seven” happened last Sunday. And I haven’t been able to stop listening to it since.
Continue reading Tunes for Tuesday: The Light of The Seven
Hailey Reinhart is one of PostModern Jukebox’s most reliable go-to vocalists for their jazz era remakes of the current pop landscape. In their eighth collaboration, Reinhart takes on the “alternative rock” hit from the 90s, Soundgarden’s “Black Hole Sun.”
The EDM duo Disclosure has just dropped tracks from their forthcoming EP, Moog For Love, on this lovely Tuesday afternoon. Consider these their bids for Song of the Summer. Current leading contender: “Feel Like I Do,” which has an Al Green sample that deserves to be blasted while driving with the top down.
Below, two more tracks to groove along to.
Continue reading Tunes for Tuesday: Disclosure