It’s Friday, the night of the week on which our unhealthy but oh so gratifying bingeing routines commence. From heavy rib-wrenching bass drops to a large Snog frozen yoghurt with more toppings than you really need. Radio stations and music bloggers will spend the day feeding your exhausted, easily excitable brains remixed versions of tracks you wouldn’t listen to on any other day of the week. And why the hell not? It’s the weekend! So before you pass over this melancholy track in your search for the perfect house vibe, stop, give it a listen, and give yourself a thorough chill out session in preparation for an excessive and intensely satisfying night to come.
Chum of the late Michael Jackson, 21 year old Sky Ferreira’s delayed debut album is due for release in early 2014. Hopefully this song is a delightful porthole into what the album has in store for us. When I first heard of Ferreira I thought great, another blonde, posing, poppy princess to squeeze into the iTunes top track lists. But after hearing Lost in My Bedroom I reconsidered. Her voice is unique, pure but edgy and weirdly hypnotic. The song I’m giving you today, Sad Dream, is a huge contrast to Lost in My Bedroom, but it holds on to and zooms in on the meaning and soul behind Ferreira’s mature tone. Reminding me of an early Laura Marling, it’s pure, uncomplicated genius.
I, as I’m sure most did, presumed the man in the video was her father; he’s not. Once past that minor oddity the video is as entrancing as the song. Not a wholly original concept, but a beautiful visual to a beautiful song. Quietly immerse yourself for three and a half minutes, and let your ear drums be massaged and prepped for the freaky Friday night to come.
Avicii and Guetta should pack up their unimaginative and poppy beats and step aside. DJ/producer Attaque and his epic beats are deserving and ready for both commercial and underground recognition. This producer is making some of the best modern techno around, contending with such greats as Tiga, Erol Alkan, Fake Blood and Brodinski.
Attaque found is passion for electronic music listening to Laurent Garnier and The Chemical Brothers, and going to illegal raves in old aircraft hangers and condemned warehouses in Essex. He packed up his studio and headed for the bright, neon lights of Brighton to start making his mark on the techno scene. His debut album, When Light Falls, was released in April 2012, and consists of ten massive club tracks that the producer himself describes as ‘Pretty fucking banging’.
So turn off that mundane Monday afternoon radio station, put in your headphones and prepare to get crazy to Attaque’s latest track, Nightmares.
(See next post for music video for Nightmares)
I’m a huge fan of Benjamin Andre. His work with Outcast combines comic and musical genius; I would go so far as to say it is historic. Usually with so much musicality oozing from your fro, your acting skills are going to be way below average, but I don’t believe this is the case with Mr 3000. Four Brothers and Be Cool are both great films, and despite not having leading roles in either, he is excellent and a major part of the films’ success.
Andre 3000 is next set to play Jimi Hendrix, in a biopic of the guitarist’s short and incredible life. I have to admit that my first reaction was similar to my reaction to Idris Elba playing Mandela, ‘oh god…’, but I have quickly warmed to both ideas. 3000 knows music, he knows the culture of the industry and he’s talented. This could be potentially brilliant casting.
All Is By My Side is directed by John Ridley, and will show Hendrix at the peak of his powers between 1966 and 1967, just four years before his untimely drug-related death in 1970. Let’s hope Ridley and 3000 do this guitar god justice.