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Train – Hey, Soul Sister June 25, 2010

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So anyways, did you like Jason Mraz’s I’m Yours? How about Bedouin Soundclash’s When The Night Feels My Song? And we all know everyone likes Israel Kamakawiwoʻole’s Somewhere Over the Rainbow. Well then you’ll like this. It’s that simple. I discovered this track from a promo video advertising my first university’s summer ball so props to whoever chose the track. If you recognise any of those earlier tracks then you’ll know what to expect – a strumming banjo, a  carefree vibe and a fresh, feel-good sound:  perfect for the summer.

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Train – Hey, Soul Sister

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Margot & The Nuclear So And So’s – As Tall As Cliffs March 10, 2010

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I discovered this song on a site called thesixtyone which describes itself as “a musical adventure”. The site is definitely worth checking out. I first came across it a year or so ago but found the site to be cluttered and difficult to navigate, however now it is as simple as pie to use. It works by giving you points each day you sign in which you then use to promote songs that the site plays for you. If you like a song, you use one of your points to promote it and if other users also rate it, you get further points as a reward. It is an awesome way to discover new music, like the track I’m going to share now by a band called Margot & The Nuclear So And So’s. It’s a great, folky and upbeat track that lifts the spirits and builds to a great crescendo.

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Margot & The Nuclear So And So’s – As Tall As Cliffs

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Tilly and the Wall – Beat Control August 2, 2009

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I previously posted a track from Tilly and the Wall some time ago which I still listen to this day and get the same feeling that I did the first time I heard it. Realising this fact makes me content because it hopefully reaffirms the notion that the songs I post on this blog will live on long after I end up no longer updating it. Well here’s another that I hope to see have the same longevity as “Rainbows in the Dark“. It has a beat thats hot enough to grace any dance or hip hop dance floor. It’s positively hot. Check it out.

Tilly and the Wall – Beat Control
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[ From the EP “Beat Control” ]

Feel-good Remixes January 7, 2009

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Alright, alright. Here’s my update. Sorry about the delay, I’ve started doing a Masters so time isn’t as ample as it was. I’ve decided to add an extra page to my site to let you know about the site status and when to expect new posts etc.

A friend of mine shared me these two feel-good remixes of tracks that were good in the initial form but the remakes definitely add something new and inventive as opposed to 99% of the usual remixes that aren’t worth bothering with. The first is a track I heard in it’s original form on the radio often and had a sort of “meh” response to it although did think it had an insanely catchy chorus – but this remix takes the track to a new height. It gives the song a new funky, electro vibe and it’s just incredibly upbeat.  I’ve played this in the presence of others and it definitely has a universal appeal. So that should include you.

Black Kids – I’m Not Gonna Teach Your Boyfriend How To Dance With You (The Twelves Remix)
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[ Original from the Album “Partie Traumatic” | Buy CD: | Download: ]

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The second is a remix of a song that was already pretty awesome to begin with, but comes with added production from the Neptunes (who sounds like that they’ve used the same drum machine  from the track “Lapdance” to create their funky beat). With the extra touches that don’t overpower the melodic sound of the original, the track packs a new punch that takes it over the edge.

Ben Harper – Steal My Kisses (The Neptunes Remix)
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[ Original from the Album “Burn to Shine” | Buy CD: | Download: ]

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Jason Mraz – I’m Yours March 5, 2008

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Jason Mraz is an artist that I discovered around the same time as John Mayer. )During that period, they were often compared with one another in terms of their somewhat similar musical styles, however while John Mayer went on to develop his sound with a more Blues feel to it and gained massive critical acclaim with his album “Continuum”, Jason Mraz instead adopted a similar sound to his first LP and, in turn, was quite brutally slaughtered by the critics for his album “Mr. A-Z”. Warranted, while that album was not half as fun as his first (“Waiting For My Rocket To Come”), it wasn’t the complete catastrophe that you may have led to believe. That said, I won’t be sharing any tracks from it, but instead a new track from his third soon-to-be-released studio album titled “We Sing, We Dance, We Steal Things”. It’s penned to be out on 20th May and will be the first from Mraz to have proper collaborations on it from the likes of Colbie Caillat and British singer-songwriter James Morrison. This track “I’m Yours” will be the first single. It sounds a shade too similar to Israel Kamakawiwo’ole’s (what a name eh?) cover of “Somewhere Over the Rainbow” but that said, it does still hold it’s own as a great, breezy, chilled out song.

Jason Mraz – I’m Yours
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[ From the Album “We Sing, We Dance, We Steal Things” |
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I thought I’d also share the first single ever released by Mraz which made me take notice of him initially. It’s a track which I instantly fell in love with the moment I heard it due to its positively gleaming outlook on life. It is the very definition of the perfect pop song, stupidly catchy and a track that leaves a smile on your face long after you’ve heard it. At least, that’s the effect it had on me. Other picks from this album include “I’ll Do Anything”, “Curbside Prophet” and “You and I Both” – all of which are worth checking out if you enjoyed what you’ve heard here.

Jason Mraz – The Remedy
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[ From the Album “Waiting For My Rocket To Come” | Buy CD: | Download: ]

Frank Turner – Photosynthesis February 15, 2008

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Frank Turner is a singer-songwriter from England with a difference from most other singer-songwriters. frankturnerloveiresong.jpgThere is something undeniably British about him and the thing that drew me to his music from the outset are his constant bittersweet tales of living as an adult who refuses to give up his adolescence. His songs share his rebellious attitude which wants to change the world but can’t seem to be arsed to bother doing so at the same time, as is the case with the song “Once We Were Anarchists” from his fantastic first album “Sleep Is For The Week”. That album came out well over a year ago and after accompanying me through my final year of university, I’m ecstatic to find out his new album “Love Ire & Song” will be released on 31st March.

This first track is his new single “Photosynthesis” which has all the traits mentioned above of a classic Frank Turner song. It’s a fun track with quite a folky feel to it, which according to his blog is something we should expect from the rest of the album. I feel a bit odd sharing this track after reading his stance on downloading his music, but after going to one of his shows and admitting I downloaded his first album, a Jack and coke was all he requested as compensation. I even got a picture with him to show there was no hard feelings, so I’m sure this will be fine… I think (edit: guess not). Anywho, the quality of the file isn’t the best as it’s taken from his Myspace page but it’s definitely enjoyable nonetheless.

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[ From the Album “Love Ire & Song” | Buy CD: |
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I also thought I’d share a track from his first album which I suggest you listen to first if you haven’t heard it to understand why I reguard this guy so highly. This track, “Vital Signs”, is about experiencing life for the moment and not worrying about what the future has to hold (“Well I’ll never get to grey hair/And I’ll never be in the black/But I can tell stories that most can hardly dream”). As cheesy as my description sounds, it’s a freaking awesome song so check it out. Immediately.

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will.i.am – Impatient & Fantastic September 28, 2007

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Some groovy tracks here. And I’m aware I can’t pull off saying the word groovy without coming off incredibly camp but these tracks really are (groovy that is, not gay). Don’t let the awful first single “I Got it From My Mama” turn you off, these two tracks come from the same will.i.am album (“Songs About Girls”) and are great. Will.i.am certainly shows his versatility as a producer with an essentially pop album after producing great hip-hop beats for the likes of ‘The Game’ and ‘Nas’. “Impatient” is more of an instrumental but something you can definitely get down to and “Fantastic” plays almost like a Jackson Five track. Check it out.

will.i.am – Impatient
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will.i.am – Fantastic
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