White Sea – Ladykiller

The perfect song for your Saturday mood has landed itself into your hands. If you’re like me, you save it for yourself for a moment. You don’t share it instantly, allowing a chance for the sound to marinate into the walls and living room (if that’s where the music listening takes place). For me, Friday night “bangers” don’t necessarily have to be songs that physically demand your attention, so much as it resonates. For instance, Ladykiller leaves a lasting impression not so much because the lyrics strike me in a strange or familiar way, but because of the constant edge of your seat feeling you gather from the very beginning. To be introduced to a track with upbeat musical tempos, played out against a slow and sultry female vocal only leaves you wanting more and more. By the time the chorus comes around, you’re already out of your seat maybe thrashing your high ponytail from left to right as your hands and arms find their way to a sort of strange but familiar dance technique: out above and up front, waving as if to say “No, it’s too much!” while simultaneously encouraging you to march/stomp in place.

You get to the chorus the second time around, and there’s a beautiful addition that hadn’t existed previously: strings. Being the sucker that I am for all things classy and sassy, I fell deeper in love… And I couldn’t escape.

I am a ladykiller

Gonna find my strength tonight

Gonna find my trophy tonight.

To all you foxy ladykillers and mysterious maneaters out there, may the force be with you on this first weekend of July.

White Sea – Ladykiller


White Sea – Ladykiller (Gigamesh Remix)


Music Remixes

The Naked and Famous – Young Blood (White Sea Remix)

Just attended my 2nd show of The Naked and Famous last night (pic above), they validated again to me, they’re here to stay. Their album, Passive Me, Aggressive You, was hands down my favorite album of 2010. As their fame grows, the Kiwi’s are starting to make their presence known to the rest of the United States. Their distinguished electropop feel with catchy hooks continues to echo in my head for days. It’s refreshing to see a band with such potential hit such a high note on a freshman album, however, they now have set the bar high for themselves. I hope when they return to the studio, they can build off their momentum.  Everyone knows of Young Blood by now I’m sure, but this crafty remix from M83’s side project, White Sea, has given the superb track a unique feel. Morgan Kibby captures the essence of Young Blood by adding a slow build into a choppy takeoff:

We’re only young and naive still
We require certain skills
The mood it changes like the wind
Hard to control when it begins

The bittersweet between my teeth
Trying to find the in-betweens
Fall back in love eventually
Yeah yeah yeah yeah

Can’t help myself but count the flaws
Claw my way out through these walls
One temporary escape
Feel it start to permeate

We lie beneath the stars at night
Our hands gripping each other tight
You keep my secrets hope to die
Promises, swear them to the sky”

I can’t stress enough to give TNAF’s album, Passive Me, Aggressive You, a listen immediately if you haven’t already done so. White Sea adds to their brilliance as if you enjoy M83, you’ll hands down enjoy anything from them as well. Enjoy your Saturday while you retain your Young Blood.

The Naked & Famous – Young Blood (White Sea Remix)


– Joel

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