Summer Tunage!

It’s time now to post what’s on my Songs of Summer 2009 playlist so far!

First, though:

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The Minogue sisters!
  • I’ve been listening to Dannii Minogue non-stop for the last few days. I just got in the mood to listen to her and simply couldn’t stop! Dannii, please come out with some new music sometime! :) I’ve particularly been enjoying listening to some of my old favorites like “Hide & Seek,” which next to “I Begin To Wonder” is my favorite Dannii ditty.
  • I also went on a Kylie Minogue binge about a week ago. She’s only about 200 songs away from topping Kate Bush on my last.fm charts!! :O Never thought I’d see that happen. Anyways, I really enjoyed listening to Impossible Princess again. Despite this being my favorite Kylie album ever and placing in my Top 5 fave albums of all time, I don’t listen to IP as often as you’d think. To put it simply, it tends to get me down because it reminds me so much of a bittersweet time in my teen years. Bitter, because I had just dealt with my first round of OCD badness; and sweet, because I have good memories of school and friends from that time. Hearing the darkness of “Too Far” and the frantic “Limbo” again remind me of how far I’ve come since I first heard the album at 16.

Sorry for getting depressing there! OK, now onto the Songs of Summer 2009. :)

  • “Who Do You Love Now (Bart Claessen FM Edit)” by Riva, featuring Dannii Minogue, is a 2009 reworking of the classic club stomper. This remix is not as epic as the original – but it’s still a good, trance-y mix with lots of blazing synths. There’s also a rejigged version of the video to match – check it out here!
  • Sophie Ellis-Bextor‘s distinctive vocals can be heard on Freemasons‘ “Heartbreak (Make Me A Dancer),” a stonkingly great dancefloor anthem. (I’m not even sure if “stonkingly” is a word, but that’s just how good this song is – it makes you invent new words!) The video edit has an awesome breakdown and buildup with some lovely strings. Well worth a listen!
  • I had listened to “When Love Takes Over,” by David Guetta featuring Kelly Rowland, a couple of months ago but it didn’t really make a dent with me then. After reading an entry singing the praises of the song over on Pop Trash Addicts, I thought I should give the song another listen. Now it has earned a place on my Songs of Summer 2009 playlist! The keyboard in the song reminds me of great big dance tracks of the 90s, which is a very good thing. :)
  • I have been absolutely adoring “Berlin” by French singer Christophe Willem. The album it comes from, Caféine, features Christophe singing with Kylie (or singing with her recording, whatev!) on a new version of “Sensitized,” which prompted me to give the album a try. Now I adore Caféine too! Caféine is perfect electro-pop and I’ll probably review it soon! :)
  • The Black Eyed Peas are back and I quite like their new single, “Boom Boom Pow.” It’s pretty minimal electro-hip-hop, but it’s highly addictive! :)
  • In-Grid, another fine French singer, has a song called “Le Dragueur” out right now that I really love. The accordion or whatever works so well with the beats, and the “yeah yeah yeah”s of the chorus are cool too.
  • Dragonette are back with a new single! “Fixin’ To Thrill” is full of awesome deep bass, synths, guitars, and fierce vocals from the lead singer. Can’t wait for their new album!
  • I’m really liking Pop Levi‘s new glam grunge single, “Terrifying.” Different in that it’s not nearly as upbeat as last year’s Never Never Love singles were, it’s still awfully catchy! I actually prefer it to the other single he’s got out now, “Police $ign.”
  • BWO has a new single out, titled “Right Here Right Now.” All the usual BWO bits are here: light but infectious beats, pretty synths, and and anthemic chorus. A fine slice of pop, perfect for the summer!
  • I’m kind of on the fence about Niels Van Gogh‘s revamp of Livin’ Joy’s 90s hit “Dreamer.” The extended remixes are great, but the only radio edit of the song I can find is the Denis Koyu & Micha Moor Radio Mix (for my summer playlist, the songs have got to be short and sweet!) – a good mix, yes, but a little long at 4:30. Otherwise, it’s a dancefloor-ready tune!
  • Speaking of the dancefloor – Cascada has a new song out called “Evacuate The Dancefloor.” It’s kind of a carbon copy of Lady GaGa’s “Just Dance,” but it’s got a charm all its own. The Wideboys Radio Mix really takes the song to the club, and has found a space on my summer playlist. :)
  • Last but not least is “The Wind Blows (DiscoTech Remix)” by The All-American Rejects. I’m not a big fan of them but I seem to always like their singles. I really would have liked a big club mix of this track but this electro mix is good too; the deep synths and fat beats beef up the ballad-like original.

Deanna’s Summer Classics!

This is a playlist of my summertime favorites – songs that have heated up my summers through the years. Quite a few of the songs are those from recent years, but all in all it’s a playlist that is sure to make the heat rise! :)

So without further ado, here is: Deanna’s Summer Classics!

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01 Destination Calabria (Original Radio Edit) – Alex Gaudino feat. Crystal Waters
I first heard this in 2007 and it has become my favorite summer song. This is like my summer anthem! It makes me think of going to the beach. :)

02 Delius (Song Of Summer) – Kate Bush
I think I must have first listened to this song a few years ago. It’s got a wonderfully hazy, sleepy feeling, like you might feel on a summer evening.

03 Money To Burn – Richard Ashcroft
A feel-good sing-along kind of track! I love those horns that pop up every so often!

04 Summer Calling (Radio Edit) – Andain
This one makes me think of summer nights, full of fireflies and yummy smells from cookouts!

05 Anyway You Choose To Give It – The Black Ghosts
This is from last year, but it really made an impression on me! I remember listening to it at the beach last year and loving the fast-paced beats.

06 How Bizarre (Radio Mix) – OMC
A classic one-hit wonder! I loved this song back during a summer in the mid-90s and I always make sure to give it a spin during the summer to bring back memories of being young(er) (I was probably around 10 or 11!) and stupid(er)!

07 Chariots Of Fire (Credheadz Remix Radio Edit) – BWO
A couple of years ago I found myself listening to this at the beach on repeat. This remix takes the original pure pop track and beefs it up, making it into a rather epic kinda thing.

08 Everytime We Touch (Radio Mix) – Cascada
Cheesy old song it may be – but it makes me smile! :)

09 Closer to Your Heart – Clannad
A lot of Clannad songs remind of the summer, because I started listening to them many summers back. I chose this one because it’s fun and bouncy!

10 Makat Hom [i la dirla da da] – Dana International
I started listening to Dana a few summers back too, and this one is a lot of fun and very summery!

11 Sunrise – Dannii Minogue
I loved this track from The Hits & Beyond, and it reminds me of the summer it came out!

12 Hot Summer Night (Radio Edit) – David Tavare (Feat. 2 Eivissa)
A relatively new track with a great hook and breezy production.

13 Jesus Doesn’t Love Me – Dragonette
Not really summery, technically, but I always associate it with summer because that’s when I first heard it! A fun electro-pop ditty with sinfully good lyrics! ;)

14 Crickets Sing for Anamaria – Emma Bunton
A perfect song for “summertime, when all the crickets sing”!

15 Thnks Fr Th Mmrs (Lenny B Short Term Memory) – Fall Out Boy
I listened to this and the BWO track a lot during that summer, despite not being a Fall Out Boy fan. I am a big fan of remixes, though, and this mix really has a lot of attitude!

16 Trippin’ Me Up (1st Demo Version) – Kylie Minogue
It’s not an officially released song, but it easily could have been – it’s fantastic!

17 Summertime – Geri Halliwell
Rather sexy, actually, and beautifully put together. I really like the guitars.

18 The Way – Fastball
If you listen to the lyrics, it’s a sad song. But if you just focus on the cool chorus, you’ll turn that frown upside down!

19 Long Hot Summer – Girls Aloud
Not my favorite Girls Aloud song, but it specifically mentions summer and I just had to include the Girls in this playlist!

20 From Paris to Berlin – Infernal
Oh man, what a scorcher! I absolutely LOVED and still adore this track. Memory time: I was shocked a few summers ago to hear this song on the boardwalk as my family and I left the nut house in Cape May – Morrow’s Nut House, that is! :D I had no idea the Nut House was that hip!

21 Ray of Light – Madonna
A really great, hyperactive song!

22 Faster Kill Pussycat – Paul Oakenfold ft. Brittany Murphy
Listened to this a few years back and loved it. I can’t believe Brittany Murphy, who voices Luanne on King Of The Hill (great show, btw!), did the vocals on this!

23 Umbrella (The Lindbergh Palace Radio Edit) – Rihanna
You couldn’t get away from this song a few summers ago, and why would you want to? This remix brings the song fully into the pop realm.

24 Cry For You (Radio Mix) – September
Ah, what a cool song. That cry of “you’ll never see me again!” is positively anthemic!

25 Kayitz (summer) – Ofra Haza
Hebrew for “summer,” “Kayitz” is a cute little ditty that you’ll love, even if, like me, you don’t speak Hebrew!

26 Tattva – Kula Shaker
Have yourself a psychedelic summer with this hippy-dippy tune!

27 Saturday Night Forever – Pet Shop Boys
An ode to the carefree joys of Saturday nights! Saturday nights in the summer are always worthy of celebration.

28 Those Lazy Hazy Crazy Days Of Summer – Nat King Cole
A absolute classic. It’s just not summer if I don’t listen to this! :D

I’ll be posting what I’ve got so far on my Summer 2009 playlist once I’ve got more songs than the few I have now! :)

Merry Christmas 2008!

I’ll get back to my “year in review” tomorrow – first, here’s a holiday gift from me to you! :)
I hope the holiday season is treating everyone well. To further enhance your Christmas experience, I give you my annual Christmas compilation!

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1. Jingle Bells (Bing Crosby)
2. Happy Xmas [War Is Over] (John Lennon)
3. Wonderful Christmas Time (Paul McCartney & Wings)
4. Christmas Angels (Clannad)
5. December Will Be Magic Again [Bongo Version] (Kate Bush)
6. I’m Gonna Spend My Christmas With A Dalek (The Go-Gos)
7. Oíche Chiún [Silent Night] (Enya)
8. All I Want For Christmas Is You (Mariah Carey)
9. Santa Baby (Kylie Minogue)
10. Silent Night [Ghost of Oxford Street Version] (Sinéad O’Connor)
11. Christmas Day (Dido)
12. Carol of the Bells (Moya Brennan)
13. Jingle Bells / Jingle Bell Rock (The Muppets)
14. Last Christmas (Wham)
15. Mary’s Boy Child / Oh My Lord (Boney M)
16. I Wonder As I Wander (Jewel)
17. I’ll Be Home For Christmas (Dannii Minogue)
18. Thank God It’s Christmas (Queen)
19. Christmas Don’t Be Late (Alvin & The Chipmunks)
20. Christmas Eve / Sarajevo 12/24 (Trans-Siberian Orchestra)
21. Sleigh Ride (Spice Girls)
22. Christmas Time Is Here Again (Ringo Starr)
23. Merry Xmas Everybody (Girls Aloud)
24. Wonderful Dreams (Holidays Are Coming) [Radio Version] (Melanie Thornton)
25. The Christmas Song (Nat King Cole)
26. White Christmas (Bing Crosby)

BONUS TRACKS (“Bonus” because they aren’t hugely essential tracks to me, but they’re pretty darn spiffy anyway!)
27. Christmas Time Is Here [Vocal Version] (Vince Guaraldi Trio)
28. Happy Christmas [War Is Over] (Sarah Brightman)
29. December Will Be Magic Again [Single Version] (Kate Bush)
30. A Dream In The Night (Clannad)
31. Little Drummer Boy / Peace On Earth (Bing Crosby & David Bowie
32. My Only Wish [This Year] (Britney Spears)

Cheery bye!

Summer Playlist 2008

This is a little late, but hey – summer tunes are good for brightening a chilly October day! :) Here is my complete Songs of Summer 2008 playlist! A last-minute addition to the list was “Dégénération” by Mylène Farmer, which I started digging toward the end of summer. I think my two favorite songs of the summer were “Love Is Noise (Radio Edit)” by The Verve and “Disturbia (Main Radio Edit)” by Rihanna.

  1. MadonnaGive It 2 Me (Original Video Edit)
    Love that synth bassline! This shortened version of the album track is a perfect bite-sized bit of electro-Madonna that is guaranteed to heat up your summer.
  2. Kylie MinogueThe One (Freemasons Edit)
    One of the best remixes to come out of the X era, this edit takes the already flawless “The One” and upgrades it for the dance floor!
  3. Dana InternationalBamakom Hachi Namooch Be’e Tel Aviv
    A melancholy but ultimately uplifting disco tune!
  4. Crystal Waters vs. SpeakerboxDancefloor (Speakerbox Radio Edit)
    One of my favorite divas, Crystal Waters, lends her distinctive delivery to this ode to letting it all hang out on, well, the dance floor! This is already one of my “summer anthems”!
  5. The VerveLove Is Noise (Radio Edit)
    Sounds a bit like it could’ve been on one of Richard Ashcroft’s solo records – and to me that’s super!
  6. SeptemberCry For You (Candlelight Mix)
    The radio edit of “Cry For You” was on my summer playlist last year, and this summer it returns in a piano- and string-soaked ballad. A beautiful way to cool down on a hot summer day!
  7. Monica NaranjoEuropa (Radio Edit)
    This edit scraps the awesome operatic opening but the song works just as well without it. Can’t get enough of this one!
  8. The Pussycat DollsWhen I Grow Up (Main Mix)
    I never used to like The Pussycat Dolls, but I’m hooked on this song! A great club banger that I can just bet will be played on the boardwalk at the beach.
  9. Kate RyanElla Elle L’a
    Fab synths and fantastic vocals make this an irresistible dance track!
  10. The Ting TingsShut Up And Let Me Go (Haji & Emanuel Radio Edit)
    This mix brings the punchy “Shut Up And Let Me Go” to the club!
  11. Donna SummerStamp Your Feet (Jason Nevins Radio Edit)
    A fun ode to confidence and attitude!
  12. SolangeI Decided (Part 2)
    The Freemasons mix this Motown-minded track up into something fierce!
  13. AnnieI Know UR Girlfriend Hates Me (Soul Seekerz Radio Edit)
    Ultra-catchy and just plain great!
  14. Alex Gaudino feat. Crystal WatersDestination Calabria (Original Radio Edit)
    This was also on my summer playlist of 2007, but I think this will become an annual summer anthem for me. LOVE this song!
  15. Kula ShakerTattva (Lucky 13 Mix)
    Another song that was on my 2007 summer playlist, but this time it’s this trippy, largely instrumental remix!
  16. RihannaDisturbia (Main Radio Edit)
    This has become one of my fave songs of the summer – thanks to Aaron of FABTASTIC! Music for suggesting that I add it to my playlist! :D
  17. Ofra HazaTaw Shee
    An updated version of one of Ofra’s most energetic tracks!
  18. Pop LeviDita Dimone
    Cool, boogie-down-worthy funk!
  19. Gabriella CilmiSave The Lies
    A Xenomania-produced pop/rock gem!
  20. Erin HamiltonControl Yourself (Solar City Radio Mix)
    This underrated dance diva is back with a corker of a dance tune!
  21. Elisabeth CarewDestructive
    Great beats and nice vocals from this new artist!
  22. Michelle WilliamsWe Break The Dawn (Karmatronic Radio Edit)
    One-third of Destiny’s Child proves she’s worth listening to, too! :)
  23. VelvetTake My Body Close (Radio Version)
    Pure dance beats and synths!
  24. Mylène FarmerDégénération (Radio Edit)
    Hypnotic and sexy!
  25. (BONUS) Nat King ColeThose Lazy Hazy Crazy Days Of Summer
    It just wouldn’t be summer without this perennial favorite! Not just a Summer 2008 song, but a summer song, period!

Deanna’s Halloween Hullabaloo 2008!

It’s the spookiest time of year – Halloween season! :) Here is a playlist I’ve been listening to to get in the spirit. They’re not your typical Halloween novelty tracks (no “Monster Mash” here, I’m afraid!) but instead are songs that fit in with Halloween themes. It’s an eclectic way of getting your Halloween party started! :D

  1. Rihanna – Disturbia (Video Version)
    Creepy piano notes set the tone for this tale of mental anguish. Or something like that!

  2. Pet Shop Boys – The Ghost Of Myself
    Past loves can certainly haunt you, and this PSB tune sets that sentiment to flawless dark electronica!

  3. Natacha Atlas – I Put a Spell on You
    A superb cover of the Screamin’ Jay Hawkins classic.

  4. Madonna – Supernatural
    One of M’s lesser-known tracks is a spooktacular story about falling in love with a ghost!

  5. Kate Bush – Hammer Horror
    Fun and spooky!

  6. Sarah Brightman – Ghost in the Machinery
    “In the heat of the moment, in the dark of night – you never see his face for he’s the ghost inside!” A great tune from Sarah’s pop diva days.

  7. Moloko – Indigo [Radio Edit]
    It’s not particularly scary, but the mention of Ramses is enough to bring mummies to my mind!

  8. BWO – Voodoo Magic
    There’s some bewitching going down in this song!

  9. Arabesque – Lucifer’s Lover
    A camp account of what happens when you fall in love with the devil!

  10. Ladytron – Ghost (Single Edit)
    Buzzing electronics create a ghostly atmosphere in this song!

  11. Utada Hikaru – Devil Inside (The Scum Frog Radio Edit)
    A storming remix of this song about a “jealous angel deep inside”!

  12. Zombie Nation – Kernkraft 400
    The deep-voiced “zombie nation” hook will creep up on you if you don’t watch out!

  13. Armin Van Buuren – Blue Fear (Trouser Enthusiasts EBE Edit)
    An epic instrumental with a cool synth melody!

  14. Jes – Ghost
    “I was a ghost before you came / I was the same but then I changed” – I’d say so, you went from being dead to alive! ;)

  15. Poe – Haunted
    An awesome track with eerie sound effects!

  16. Pet Shop Boys – Vampires
    A sultry beat pushes this neat track along!

  17. Nick Cave & Kylie Minogue – Where the Wild Roses Grow
    A classic Kylie track, wherein she inhabits a character who for some reason (listen to the lyrics!) is called The Wild Rose – but her name was Eliza Day.

  18. Sinéad O’Connor – I Am Stretched on Your Grave
    A freaky poem set to music!

  19. Enigma – Sadeness Part I (Violent US Remix)
    Mad screaming and creepy tinkling bells – what more could you want for Halloween?

  20. Kate Bush – Waking The Witch
    Downright frightening – frighteningly brilliant, that is!

  21. Siobhan Donaghy – Ghosts
    Reversed vocals give this sinister tune a really ghostly feel.

  22. Sarah Brightman – Sleep Tight
    Love that high note at the end of this song about Death!

  23. BONUS Madonna – Supernatural (Original Arms House Mix)
    Just another excuse to boogie down! :)

What are some of your favorite spooky songs? Let me know in the comments! :D

Various – Who Is Doctor Who (2000 compilation)

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“Fourth Doctor” (aka Best Doctor) Tom Baker

One of my favorite TV shows ever is Doctor Who. My local PBS station has been running the classic series at 12 midnight every Saturday for years now, and at 15 I discovered the show and have loved it ever since. Strangely, I find that I just can’t get into the new series – I seem to be stuck in the past, which is rather fitting for a show that involves time travel! ;)

The Doctor Who theme song is a classic TV tune and has been reinterpreted over the years, both on the show (the theme was reworked a few times throughout the 80s) and on record (one notably excellent version is by Orbital, simply titled “Doctor?”). The sci-fi spirit of the show itself has resulted in a number of songs that take their inspiration from the series. The compilation Who Is Doctor Who (charmingly subtitled “The Amazing Musical Adventures of Dr. Who And His Friends”) gathers together the best and the oddest of those tracks – a witty little collection!
wdwIn addition to including the original (and the best) Doctor Who theme by the BBC Radiophonic Workshop, Who Is Doctor Who features a bouncy 60s take on the tune by Eric Winstone And His Orchestra and a trippy electronic version by Don Harper’s Homo Electronicus. There are also a few instrumentals inspired by the series that are pleasant enough but largely forgettable.

What makes this album worth its weight in gold are the songs sung about the show or actually by Doctor Who regulars. “I’m Gonna Spend My Christmas With A Dalek” is a fabulously campy pop tune that gives us amazing mental images of kissing one of those menacing metal trash bins on “his chromium plated head”! “Who’s Who,” sung by Roberta Tovey (she played Susan in the Peter Cushing Doctor Who films) is a cute ditty about the good Doctor, but “Not So Old,” also sung by Tovey, isn’t related to the series at all but was included on the album as the song was “Who’s Who”‘s B-side.

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“Second Doctor” Patrick Troughton and Frazer Hines

If you haven’t found yourself rolling on the floor in laughter yet, listening to the next few songs will surely tickle your funny bone. Frazer Hines, who played Second Doctor companion Jamie McCrimmon, sets his sights on pop stardom with “Who’s Doctor Who?” – and it’s actually quite catchy! That song’s B-side, “Punch And Judy Man,” could ostensibly be about the Doctor and is a nice example of 60s pop. Frazer reprises his “pop star” role at the end of the album with “Time Traveler,” a truly craptastic tune that features some ultra-cheesy lyrics (“I’m a time traveler honey and I can’t get enough of your love” – poetic, innit?) and references to several of the stories Jamie appeared in. Fun stuff!

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“Third Doctor” Jon Pertwee

The highlight of the album, at least in my opinion, comes in the form of Third Doctor Jon Pertwee’s recitation of spacey lyrics over a groovy version of the Doctor Who theme. “Who Is The Doctor” was released as a single in 1972, and I can only assume that it went nowhere – which is a travesty! A song this odd deserved some chart success. The song’s non-Who-related B-side, also sung by Pertwee and called “Pure Mystery,” is actually a very depressing little tune about a magician or somesuch who is past his prime. Who expected that sort of depth on a Doctor Who album?!

Apparently there was supposed to be a “volume 2” of Who Is Doctor Who but it never materialized, which has caused me endless hours of sadness (or not). Until it sees the light of day, though, this compilation will do nicely.

Deanna’s Songs of Summer 2007!

I’ve made playlists of my “songs of summer” for quite a few summers now, and I was inspired by Jennifer’s recent “Sounds of Summer 2007” playlist post (over at her excellent Music Boutique!) to put my Summer 2007 playlist online. Here we go! :)
  1. Kate Bush – Delius (Song Of Summer)
    To start the summer off right, you gotta go with Kate! From her 1980 Never For Ever album, this is an airy, light song that might bring to mind a lazy day at the beach.
  2. Girls Aloud – Sexy! No No No (Original Radio Edit)
    The Girls’ newest single and quite possibly my favorite new song of the summer! A melancholy vocoded intro leads into some grinding guitars and a heavy drumbeat – and a catchy chorus that you can’t help but sing along with! “Hell yeah!”

  3. Fall Out Boy – Thnks Fr Th Mmrs (Lenny B Short Term Memory)
    I’m not a Fall Out Boy fan, but I heard this mix on the radio and loved it. Fantastic pulsing synths and a driving beat make this an energetic summer anthem!

  4. BWO – Chariots Of Fire (Credheadz Remix Radio Edit)
    A nice, uplifting pop track is taken into epic territory with this great remix.

  5. September – Cry For You (Radio Mix)
    I’ve just started listening to September and I love her tunes! ‘Cry For You’ and its good old-fashioned disco beats and synths got stuck in my head many times this summer.

  6. Dana International – Love Boy (Radio Edit)
    Speaking of disco – Dana’s comeback single is chock full of modern boogie-oogie goodness!

  7. Alex Gaudino feat. Crystal Waters – Destination Calabria (Original Radio Edit)
    Crystal Waters is great and it’s wonderful to hear her distinctive vocals again on a tune made for having fun at the beach! “Follow me and let’s go!”

  8. Rihanna – Umbrella (The Lindbergh Palace Radio Edit)
    One of the biggest songs of the summer gets a fabulous synth and string soaked (geddit?) remix courtesy of The Lindbergh Palace!

  9. Lisa Scott-Lee – Lately
    A fun, upbeat dance track that’s perfect listening on a hot summer night!

  10. Kula Shaker – Tattva
    I’ve just gotten into Kula Shaker and ‘Tattva’ is an excellent summery combo of pop and the “mystic East”!

  11. Candie Payne – I Wish I Could Have Loved You More
    It’s the 60s all over again with this song! Ideal for a swinging summer party or chilling under the summer stars.

  12. Dragonette – Jesus Doesn’t Love Me
    An electro-pop-rocker about “drugs, sex, rock and roll” – what more could you ask for during a long, hot summer? ;)

  13. Andain – Beautiful Things (Gabriel & Dresden Radio Mix)
    A lovely, low-key trance track from a few years back. It mixes acoustic elements with trance music sensibilities – cool!

  14. Richard Ashcroft – Break The Night With Colour
    I’m gonna get deep for a moment: I’ve loved this song since its release in 2006, but its lyrics had extra meaning for me this summer as I “move ahead”, out of a difficult past few years. Deep moment over! It’s got a nifty beat and a harpsichord, so how can you not love it? :)

  15. Emmy Rossum – Slow Me Down
    Up until I heard this tune, I knew nothing about Emmy other than that she was in the movie version of Phantom Of The Opera, and I didn’t even see that! But after hearing this song and the other two on her iTunes EP, I’m gonna make sure to listen out for her upcoming debut album! Obvious influences are Imogen Heap and Enya, but it sounds entirely new and fresh. Nice!

  16. Roisin Murphy – Overpowered (Radio Edit)
    Roisin has a fantastically striking voice and coupled with a thick electro bassline and slick beats, you have a winning formula!

  17. Billie Ray Martin – Undisco Me (Radio Edit)
    BRM’s latest single is an out of this world, ‘I Feel Love’-inspired trance tune!

  18. Kylie Minogue – Lose Control
    One of the new album demo tracks that leaked toward the beginning of the season, this hypnotic song has the potential to be a classic Kylie tune!

  19. Maroon 5 – Makes Me Wonder (Album Version)
    A fun and funky groove!

  20. Justin Timberlake – Lovestoned (Justice Remix)
    A very cool, string-laden remix of one of FutureSex/LoveSounds‘ best tracks.

  21. [BONUS] Nat King Cole – Those Lazy Hazy Crazy Days Of Summer
    Why is this a “bonus”? Because it’s timeless and isn’t just a song of Summer 2007, it’s simply a perennial Song of Summer! :)

Various – Ultra 80s Vs Electro

I don’t consider myself a great expert on music genres, so my thoughts on this great compilation will likely not be those of a true electro fan. Pretty much all I know about electro comes from what I’ve read in Q magazine and a Mighty Boosh episode called… “Electro.” And strangely enough, it was around the time that I started watching The Mighty Boosh (early 2006) that I picked up this album.

Perhaps that’s why I like this album so much – when I listen to it, it reminds me of winter break from my first year in college, a magical time of being lazy whilst noodling around on the internets and… er… digitally obtaining episodes of my new fave show. (C’mon now, I live in the US – until the BBC sees fit to do the sensible thing and release TMB DVDs playable in US DVD players, I shall have to continue digitally obtaining the show! I did buy the radio series CD, though. I’m a good fan like that. :) )

Someone else who listens to this album will not have those nifty memories attached to it. So is the music good?

u80sWell yes, of course! Why else would I write about it? ;) The only track I ever skip is the first one on Disc 1, “Shout,” by Tears For Fears. It’s far too 80s-tastic for my tastes. So my Ultra 80’s vs Electro listening experience begins with “Trans-Europe Express” by Kraftwerk. (Upon listening to this track, I realized that Madonna’s “Music” owes a lot to this song, as has been noted by reviewers before.)

Like I said, I don’t know much about electro, and from what I’ve read about this compilation it doesn’t do electro any justice. And I don’t give one toot about that. It’s a fun album with some really excellent tunes and I think if you put your musical pretensions aside, you’ll like it too. :)

Mylène Farmer – Dance Remixes (1992)

Mylène is considered the most successful and provocative female French recording artist of all time, and the only artist to have each of her studio albums sell over a million copies in France… Mylène’s refusal to record in English leaves her virtually unknown outside of continental Europe. Farmer gained fame with songs featuring ambiguous and/or shocking lyrics, and somewhat explicit music videos… (Wikipedia)

Or, to put it more simply, Mylène Farmer is pretty much the French Madonna. I only very recently started listening to Farmer but it didn’t take very long to fall in love with her voice and music. She is famous for her sophisticated pop tunes and ballads that deal with themes of love, death, and spirituality. Do yourself a favor and check out some of her songs – you won’t be disappointed!

Mylène Farmer’s Dance Remixes (1992) features remixes and extended versions of songs from her first three studio albums, Cendres de Lune (1986), Ainsi soit Je… (1988), and L’Autre… (1991).

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They’re fairly straightforward mixes that don’t stray very far from the sound of the original tracks (particularly in the case of the extended versions). Tracks like “Libertine” are played around with, vocals are manipulated, new instrumental passages are introduced – and the result is excellent.

The tracks that stood out to me are “Libertine (Carnal Sins Remix),” “Plus grandir (Mother’s Live Remix),” and “Sans Logique (Illogical Club Remix).” I was slightly disappointed with the remixes of “Je t’aime mélancolie” and “Pourvu qu’elles soient douces” as they didn’t really match the strengths of the album versions. I still find myself getting the stuttering beginning of the “Pourvu” remix stuck in my head, though! :)

This album is a great introduction to Mylène Farmer’s earlier work. If you like what you hear, then I would suggest also trying one of her more recent albums, because they are really gorgeous (Innamoramento is beautiful!).