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My Top 5 Favourite Songs Of ALL TIME. Song 3…

March 23rd, 2011

I first heard this song on a Café Del Mar compilation, my favourite compilations of all! At first listen, I was in love and had on repeat for a long time. Absolutely stunning. Check out their albums as well.

Gabriel by Lamb.

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Below are also some photos I took while I was a Café Del Mar in Ibiza… One of the greatest experiences of my life. Who would have thought a sunset could be so inspirational and get a stand ovation?

Music Review: The Spooky And Eerie Röyksopp With Their Whimsical Senior

November 26th, 2010

Whimsical and enchanting. Eerie and spooky.

Röyksopp launches their new instrumental album, Senior.

In 2009, the Norwegian electronic band released the fantastic dance album Junior, which was a vocal heavy, harmony hefty and a winner on the dance floor. A range of songs that we would all have heard, but not necessarily know it was by this genius and eccentric band. My favourite release of theirs from Junior was definitely “The Girl And The Robot”, featuring the fabulous Swede, Robyn. Junior had serious energy, temper and was completely ostentatious – it was perfect.

You’re probably wondering why I’m rambling on about Junior so much, when the new album is actually called Senior. Well it’s because Senior is such a transition from the last album, you’d actually think you were listening to another band altogether. Now don’t get me wrong, this album is still a genius in it’s own right – but in a very different right.

As the album title suggests, this album is senior. As a senior, it’s a time to slow down a little and reflect. It’s introverted, full of dark secrets and distorted memories. The band quotes, “I’m old… I’ve got experience…”. It’s subdued and eerie. It’s a time to breathe slowly, swirl a glass of Cognac and close your eyes – let your mind and body wander.

…And The Forest Began To Sing is the introduction to the album. It sets a mood, and creates an environmental transformation. It mesmerizes you, into a relaxing and easy stupor.

It’s the start of an earthly and calming journey, a journey of reflection.

But it doesn’t take long for the heart rate to build up a little.

Tricky Two – the second chapter of Tricky Tricky from Junior. This time it’s instrumental only, fast paced, electronic bubbling and seriously regimented tones throughout. It’s an angry track, with a murderous and macabre beat. It would represent the time in a senior’s life where they are normally composed, but have been tipped over the edge. At a point where they are most enraged – foaming at the mouth. Infuriated.

The infuriation subsides… With the help of alcohol.

It diminishes the anger, but how long can one continue to drink their anger away? The Alcoholic is the next track. A beautiful melody, with elements of underlying sadness. It makes you feel sorry for the lonely old man over there who has been drinking most of his life. Indeed a beautiful piece of music. The sounds of water flowing, birds chirping and ambiance is where you feel transformed.

Senior Living has a sarcastic tone. It reminds me a little of The Golden Girls (an old TV show from the 90’s) when they go on vacation to Hawaii. It’s got a hula dance-like sound, but completely chilled down to a Café Del Mar tempo. It’s basically the musical equivalent of what senior living should be – slow and relaxed.

The Drug, Forsaken Cowboy, A Long, Long Way and Coming Home, all marvelous collections of chillout music. Quite inspirational, quite smooth… You almost expect the sound of whales in the background. I picture of waterscapes, desertion and serenity comes to mind.

The Fear, no it’s not a Lily Allen song. It’s a serious song. Seriously dramatic. It’s the crucial time of someone’s life. Are they dying? Is that why there is desertion and serenity to follow?

This album is so mystical, but tells such an amazing story. When I first heard Senior, I was able to make associations with the previous album. I was able to read into the differences and see beyond the music. But I think anyone will be able to understand what this album is about, without having to listen to Junior.

Every time I listen to Senior, I feel cleansed, refreshed and emancipated. Then I wake up and come back to reality.

I give this album a 6 out of 10.

It’s not as great as their past work, but it’s still worth a listen. If you’re not into slow, chillout music, don’t buy it… You’ll be bored almost immediately. Every time I’ve played it – I’ve always had people say “who is this? It’s beautiful”.

Climb on that horse and let it take you through the spooky enchanted forest… You’ll know what I mean when you hear it.

Erykah Badu’s New Amerykah Part Two

April 22nd, 2010

Erykah Badu, a voice you could mistaken for Macy Gray or even Amy Winehouse. Husky, but sensual. Bohemian, yet pop.

She is back with a new sound for us – New Amerykah Part Two: Return of the Ankh. A mouthful of a title, but  when I put it on, I was instantly involved. I’d never really heard her music before and haven’t ever really been into R&B-funky-soul meets reggae-pop, but I thought I would give it a go.

I popped the CD in the car and listened to it driving home. After a long tiring day, this album really put me in a mood – relaxed, chillin’ and mellow.

Deep bass, with a Janet Jackson styles. Listening to the words sweep you into the spiritual life of Erykah, where she sings of love, emotions, life and soul.

About half way through the album is my favourite song “Love,” an electronic female voice speaks with dated background sounds. ”There are only two emotions that human beings experience: fear and love”. The voice continues on to define this. Interesting and thought provoking.

A unique sound, a pleasant sound and a great album. Instrumentals with different instruments, like the harp. I really enjoyed this and have now listened to it several times.

It would be ideal for when you are at home and working on the computer, or when you have people over for dinner and want something different to the usual Café Del Mar styled music – it’s a little more upbeat.

Erykah has really opened me up to her music, and her style of music – I’m open to engage myself in more.

I give this album 7 out of 10.