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William Fitzsimmons – So This is Goodbye (Pink Ganter Remix)

While shuffling amidst 18k songs, one of my favorite tracks of 2010 made it’s way into the queue last night so I decided to give props were props are due. The track So This is Goodbye is timely as William Fitzsimmons releases his new album next month.  This remix by Pink Ganter (who has a handful of remixes, you should check out) captures the essence of William’s voice by providing the appropriate subtle electronic ambiance to the track which echoes the struggle of letting go. The track hails from the Derivatives album which was released featuring several remixes of Fitzsimmons. I feel he has been one of the most under appreciated artists over the last 2 years as his calming voice brings a sense of settling even during his animosity:

And I miss you like your dead
but I never got to grieve you
cause I saw you
in the arms of someone new
So your phantom follows me
like a child would his mother
or a lover
who never said goodbye
So this is goodbye”

Besides having one of the best beards in the music world, he has a voice which distinguishes his ability to bring anyone into a state of tranquility. In addition is one of his title tracks from his upcoming album, “The Tide Pulls from the Moon” which clearly shows William is steering in the right direction with his music and is not straying away from what he does best and that’s soothing the soul.

Here’s comment from a reader named Jeffery Blake that was worth posting, Jeff shoot me and email at hector@etmusiquepourtous.com. I like knowledge.

You should also mention William Fitzsimmons’ interesting background.  Both of his parents were blind so they had various instruments lying around the house.  (even a talking parrot)  He also worked at a mental institution.  His background makes his music all the more interesting, especially personally.  Love the blog; it’s too epic man.  Congratulations on the success.  If you read this, you could also mention “Alright” by Supergrass, “Polanski” by Chocolate Genius Inc., “Janie Jones” by The Clash, or “Make It Wit Chu”- a personal favorite.

William Fitzsimmons – So This is Goodbye (Pink Ganter Remix)

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Fixers – Iron Deer Dream (Chad Valley Remix)

I think as I’m learning all the details about music in general, I’m learning to appreciate the things that are actually there in a song, as opposed to the norm of picking at the things that are not there, or just not there correctly.  If that makes any sense?  Anyhow, I wanted to touch on something that represented the city to me for today’s post since I’m heading back to my beloved NYC, in what’s technically just a few days – but seems like a lifetime away.  I wanted to pick up on something that could slowly put me back at my place in the city – waking up on a bright sunny day, as the sun comes crashing through my blinds and as those familiar NYC sirens come blaring through my windows.  AHHH NYC!

Running through that list of songs to listen to and review, I decided to go with the  “Iron Deer Dream” remix by Chad Valley.  The piano melodies instantly capture me on this the entire way through as well as the cut up vocals provided by “Iron Deer Dream” that Chad Valley gingerly sprinkled in and created some crafty hooks from.  The moment this record begins with ‘When the moon in the morning…” you grab a familiar “Beach Boys” tone but with some new freshness that both instantly and simultaneously command your attention.  The record goes everywhere you expect it to on this, enchanting you with it’s airy tones seemingly flying around like in a very sound-scapey Saved By The bell type dream.  The groove from the bass line along with the dancey drum loops and just the overall dancey feel of the entire remix, make this Chad Valley masterpiece good enough for the New York office staring uptown from NoHo (NYC) on a sunny city Wednesday afternoon or equally good enough for the: “Getting Ready To Hit Up Mr. H – Over At The Mondrian Soho, On A Thursday Night” play list. Enjoy

Fixers – Iron Deer Dream (Chad Valley Remix)

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Kevin Casey’s Sample Saturday – The Temptations et Gang Starr

First off, ya Gangster is cosmetic.  Ok – Fresh out D&D Studios in 2003 was Gang Starr’s last album The Ownerz, which was their 6th.  Their first album was released in 1989, yes the 80′s, and some of the records were recorded as early as ’87.  Through the evolution of a growing genre, Gang Starr saw their way through 14 years of in your face, East Coast grit.  With this genre that we speak of basically running the media world, the late Guru was still left unmentioned during this year’s Grammys. Huh?  I disagree with that personally.  Since I live and breath music with my peers every day, I gain extra respect for those that did the same years before me, and shaped the sound that creatively I interpret and interpolate. Yup, that’s exactly what I meant.  Exhibit A – “Rite Where U Stand”.  And as in a perfect scenario, Jadakiss also takes his talents to this record.

Respect first then money, basic shit.  You got niggas under pressure, you can take they shit.”

Kiss’ verse always stands out to me when thinking of the his long list of classics.  Rewind and replay. And of course… Primo on the beat.  The intro to The Temptations “Gonna Keep On Trying Till I Win Your Love” gets the hard chop treatment, definitely can’t say anyone does it better.  The chop at 0:05 flip flops with the piano from 0:02, and the drums stretch the swing limits.  Hip Hop professor Premier pinpoints “Your ganster is cosmetic” (2:46) from QB’s Finest “The Bridge 2001″, amongst other samples and scratches in a punch to the hook.  This record dares the listener to step up to the level of the music, and really go to war.  I wanna go to war with a team… and i know Hec is tryna get it over quick, leave you rite where u stand.

I see you got the fear of God in you, I’ll tear your heart in two.”

The Temptations – Gonna Keep On Trying Till I Win Your Love

QB’s Finest – The Bridge 2001

Gang Starr ft. Jadakiss – Rite Where U Stand

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TV on the Radio – Will Do

Hot off the press is the new TV on the Radio track, “Will Do” off their upcoming album “Nine Types of Light”. The new album drops in April as I’m sure many have been anxiously awaiting during their 2 year hiatus. Brooklyn based TVOTR, has always had a distinctiveness about their sound which has demanded my attention and several others to their thoroughly produced tracks and ability to exemplify their precision to craft each track into a tour de force. Their sound shapes into a hybrid of several genres which is only a testament to why their prominence was immediately embraced with open arms. “Will Do” instantaneously dragged me back to where their last album, “Dear Science” left off (which still refuses to exit my IPod), without missing a beat. Giddiness engulfed me the second I pressed play and sure enough, I swiftly transcended into their greatness:

Anytime will do, my love
anytime will do, no choice of words will break
me from this groove.
Anytime will do, my love
anytime will do, what choice of words will
take me back to you?”

“Will Do” has more of a fervent and soulful touch than previous songs which could be an indicator of what’s materializing on their upcoming album. The new track sounds like they’ve maintained their foundation while embracing a new direction, as their maturation will only gleam their potential for what’s to come. For now, while we all antcipate “Nine Types of Light,” their new track undoubtedly, “Will Do” just fine.

-  Joel

TV On The Radio – Will Do

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Oh Land – Wolf & I

Listening to De La Soul’s “ItzSowEeZee”  on a sunny Cali Wednesday afternoon, this tune – Wolf &I – takes over my play-list… Sraight out of a Tim Burton/Johnny Depp movie, Wolf & I is the perfect melody to showcase the Danish stunner – Oh Land’s – equally stunning vocal chords and musical capabilities.  Coupled perfectly with some light delay, her vocal performance screams classical training, and a touch of soul apace with an eclectic symphony of rich electropop sounds that seem to take place in the lower undertone of this record. Wolf & I provide a dreamy and hypnotic sound-scape that gives it that familiar feeling.  The song never bores me thanks also to the production of it ,which allows enough rhythm to keep me entertained the entire way through.

Aside from great vocals and good production, Wolf & I is a much needed breath of fresh air for me in terms of tuning into a great artist with real and natural talent.  It shows me personally, that not all forms of electropop or genres sitting within the electric range need fall under that high energy/dance lane category, but that it is flexible enough to contain such amazing fusions, as we see here with this classical/folklore feel that Oh Land destroys.

“The only place we had to meet was night
While the sun he sleeps in shadows we can hide
On the mountainside we spent our time together
But it is gone when morning comes”..

I can definitely hear Lauren Hill on the same play-list as well as, Erykah Badu, or Nancy Sinatra’s vocals on bang bang, her vocal performance on the actual lyric Wolf & I during the hook  (at 2:46) are the strongest throughout the record, making them the most impactful.  Her harmonies from that point til about 3:19 and vocals are reminiscent of what sound to me like something that sits in the same Nelly Furtado space, with a more vintage sound and a tad stronger vocals.  Not sure who that would be but I am positive I have heard sound like this before.  Oh Land has a few great moments that seem to sit in a few other note-ables spaces, to point out one in particular, we see at  2:57  - “and I am the moon” – I can’t  quite place it but she hit my ear with a bit of an Alicia Keys/SWV  sound, lol. Weird! I know.  She also reminded me somewhat of another current favorite of ours – Jessie J. from across the lake.  Her vocal performance on “Who You Are” is a lot more intense than what you get here with “Wolf & I” , but the songs are in two completely different play-lists based on emotion and vibe for me alone.  Point being, it’s a great song if you can appreciate it from a similar vantage point.

While the only light you’ll see is from my glow…”

This is the kind of record I’d love to see her perform live.  If you’re out east then check her out on March 3rd, 2011 at Tammany Hall or March 8th, 2011 at Terminal 5.  If you happen to be in London today (24th) she has a show at Scala that you can probably hit up!

We don’t just shine, we illuminate the whole show” –  Jay-Z (Dead Presidents, 1996)

Oh Land – Wolf & I

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Sneaky Sound System – Pictures (Tonite Only Remix)

This 2007 single by Sneaky Sound System was remixed by another Australian duo named Tonite Only and it’s got summer lights written all over it. The result was obviously the same great vocal performance you get from the original “Pictures” accompanied by a ton of great electro-house dance/pop sounds that make it a hell of a lot easier to understand, sing along to, and vibe with than the simpler original.  The energy on this one is super chic for me and something I absolutely expect to hear as I walk into Buddakan for Thursday night dinner and drinks with friends, or at some Beverly Hills pool party on a super sunny Sunday afternoon for brunch full of endless/bottomless mimosa’s, a great DJ and lots of splashing water everywhere!  Definitely something for the crazy Hampton summer nights and extravagant yacht parties to come..

If you like this remix check out UFO by Sneaky Sound System as well - it has a similar feel and flows cohesively next to this Tonite Only remix of “Pictures”.

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Diamond Messages – Liquid Summer

It’s always fun to see just how circumstances affect perception so much. Just yesterday I passed on this record, I recall giving it a half-listening and then brushing it off completely and downloading the next one down on that list of music Hector passed along.  In fact, I apparently took the same approach with the next two songs because I had downloaded all the way passed three more songs down the list, after Liquid Summer. (Someone was clearly on a day off yesterday.)

So it’s a cold and rainy Saturday night here, in…… What the hell?  I’m not in NYC, I’m in L.A. for All Star weekend , but why the hell is it winter here??? Whatever.  back to the moment:
I’m pouring some Quaker Natural Granola (oats & honey) into a bowl alongside some tasty Honey Bunches of Oats (honey roasted), with a bit of Silk Pure Almond Vanilla milk, listening to “Liquid Summer” by Diamond Messages as it plays in the background.  On repeat, one of the first things I notice is that it starts off with a much tougher and a lot more aggressive of a sound, vibe, and tone than what it ends on and with.  Almost completely so much so, that I have to now carefully take a second or maybe third but first real listen, if you catch my drift. This is the second track off of Diamond Messages’ debut Smoke and Mirrors EP.

Listening again, the beginning plays like a playground scene in a sitcom where the bully and the geek face each other eye to eye in the classic 3pm face-off!   What we’ll call: “The Bully’s Intro”.  This happens right until the high-pitched MIA sounding vocals take place, and then the beat goes off into a great blend of smooth background/spa music that I can hear almost anywhere that has anything to do with sunny old California.  As we board our Virgin flights from NYC to LA, on a breezy summer night at Moonshadows or Paradise Cove in Malibu as the sun sets, or on a random summer drive with the top down tearing through PCH.  Malibu Vineyards anyone?  The vibe completely does it for me here, at this moment, at this time and I like where it has taken me!

They should have named this one a “Late Liquid Summer Afternoon”.  This is definitely something I would play as the last song of a late lunch heading into the dinner atmosphere  followed by Eliane Elias’s song titled “They Can’t Take That Away” off of her 2008 album – Bossa Nova Stories (something easy to start with if you’re even remotely interested in Brazilian Jazz or Bossa Nova). The vibe is a pleasant mix of light and airy, sounds and tones, that would fuse sweetly, fading out into a more mature and modernly sophisticated evening.  The summer fun of California mixed with the refined Madison Ave contrast would make it the perfect progression, but it’s the ambient sounds provided by a record like Liquid Summer that allow us an easy enough platform to be able to even consider them sharing the same space on any play-lists.

Just remember, as one of the many comments on the youtube video for it says, look out for ambient dub step if you like this… more following the white rabbit to come stay tuned…

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Music For Animals – If Looks Could Kill

Then my style might Body Ya! …

This was the second song on that list that Hector sent me a few days ago, the title reminds me of another song I enjoy by an artist I work with that I play all the time.  It ended up becoming the third song that I would review by default and third, in this case, definitely proved to be a charm.  This song just flows right and the vocals sit in a great space alongside the main electric piano, which an engineer colleague of mine claims is inspired by U2’s With or Without You.  Not that I don’t see it, but I feel If Looks Could Kill definitely has way more modern groove to it, making it a lot more fun for me to listen to.

So, I continue typing this, as the song plays on repeat in the background (my writing technique), all while staring at the hills here in beautiful Hollywood as an amazing sunset takes place and suddenly the thought comes back. YUP! This song just flows! On repeat the song starts over and I almost instantly feel as if I recognize these vocals from another era that I can barely recall in memory; (head bopping) they just feel completely authentic to me somehow.  It puts me in the Bronx, in the early 80’s as a cool hustler pimp, or as a Wanderer in the 60’s with a cool leather jacket.  In either scenario I’m smoking a cigarette, which should say enough since I don’t even smoke.

“If Looks Could Kill, She’d be an automatic,
Watching empty shells raining down on me
It’s your blood she spills, Waiting for another rabbit
In her hands you will beg and plead.”

Head bopping some more to these bad ass lyrics, the lounge vibe of it all makes it something that I would want to hear in the background playing at Republic in Union Square during a late lunch, sipping their cucumber alcohol infused beverages with some bomb ass noodles, or at the Standard in downtown LA staring at the sick city skyline with the ginormous mountain ranges in the background like something out of a video game.  It really feels as if I just heard this about 10 days ago back at Cibar, in Gramercy on Irving.  I was there, in front of the fireplace with a sexy Russian brunette and some just as sexy background people.  Yup, I had to rub that one in.  Point being, it sounds like it should be everywhere I care to be and I am thinking that New York Music Company should add this to some of its clients playlists before this quarter is officially over!  It has a young feel and passion to it and it makes me think bad ass times in some bad ass situations.

All throughout the record the guitars do it for me as well as the harmonies coming from the EP (Electric Piano) keys that simply help blow the groove away, in comparison to that other record we briefly mentioned earlier.  Those keys are rightfully melodic in their tone and whether that was captured with release or some crazy plug ins they still managed to give it a great groove that only ended up adding onto the aura of the vintage sound for me and made this a feel good record in my book.

Music For Animal – If Looks Could Kill


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Alex Winston – Locomotive (Jaybird Remix)

Jaybird goes fantasy on this downtempo super chilled out remix of Alex Winstons Locomotive and I love it…

You locomotive – keep going, keep going no focus. slow down.”

I think we can all young and ambitious can learn a lesson from this song. We all want to accomplish so much in our lives which is great if you have a clear direction and plan. What usually happens though is that we overextend ourselves by trying many things hoping one sticks. You never want to stick all your eggs in one basket right? Like most things I think this mentality finds its roots in fear which I’m not sure about that saying anymore because to win big you have to bet big.

I’m callin guts everytime, drag my nuts everytime homie… – Jay-Z (Guess Whose Back)

Fear has no place in life. No matter what you do you must have confidence in your ability to perform and execute. That confidence will slow things down and you won’t have a need to always be on the go to feel like things are in motion. So to all my fellow entrepreneurs, sit back and play this song. Take a minute to breath and think about how powerful your drive and ambition is, then think about how much more powerful that will be if you hone it in and focus your energies, enjoy.

Alex Winston – Locomotive (Jaybird Remix)

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Frankie Valli & The Four Seasons – Beggin (Pilooski Re-Edit) / Madcon – Beggin

The original version by Frankie Valli & the Four Seasons is the shit already! Check out the funky and rare Pilooski Re-Edit but the Madcon duo manage to do a stellar job revitalizing it and giving it an entire new life.

I was first put on to this instant jukebox classic by a good friend of mine at a pub full of spicy stewardesses out in Kew Gardens, Queens. It was a tad passed mid February back in 09’ and I remember it so well because aside from being bitterly cold out, I was also mildly depressed from a split with my longtime fiance and friend. Being just some days just passed Valentine’s, I recall being in dire need of a drink and a quick escape. Anyhow, the song comes on and instantly the theatrical Godfather type theme music catch my ear, the lyrics smash home base, and the heavy bottom attack me, take a hold of me and by the time it was done with me I was a complete fan of this record.

The intro, for me, sounds like a blend of something I would imagine hearing on a 1920’s Charlie Chaplin film quickly fusing into something i would expect to see in a James Bond 1970’s movie trailer. From the bottom heavy bass, down to the piano and quite simply every instrument in the composition, take me back instantly to a time and color I have only experienced in movies yet is completely in front of me now. This record does that for me every time and I enjoy the experience of it every single time. In addition to the cool vibe and great sounds, the delivery by Madcon duo’s Tshawe Baqwa, also known as Kapricon, at the very start of the record do a great job of reminding you ,that you have absolutely heard this song before in some form, and that somehow, you definitely love it. The song is fun, has great tempo and energy, and sounds like all of the best of every genre that has transpired from the 60’s & the Four Seasons.

As for Madcon, I’m not sure about the rest of the Norwegian Europop/Hip Hop groups material, but after this review, I am definitely going to dive in and check out at least two or three more of their most well reviewed records, to see if there’s anything else party worthy for the playlists… Or, any other playlists out there for that matter.

Frankie Valli & The Four Seasons – Beggin (Pilooski Re-Edit)

Madcon – Beggin’

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