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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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Justin Nozuka – Golden Train May 16, 2009

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I heard this track on my own recommended station on Last.fm which I recommend highly because if you like the music that you’ve heard on this blog then you’ll definately like the tracks they play there. To this day, no matter how many times I am bored with my own collection of music and decide to pop on that station, I end up finding so much great music that leads me to new artists so I recommend you check it out. As I’ve said, this is a track I heard on that very station and it lead me to seek out the album of this artist which I’ve found to be of similar quality but none were quite as catchy, as seemily organic and as joyus as this song. It starts off with a gentle and honest tone but picks up halfway through with a bouncy acoustic guitar rhythm that hits you where it matters and resonates through your body like every good new track you hear should. Check it out.

Justin Nozuka – Golden Train
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[ From the Album “Holly” ]

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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Dario G – Voices (Acoustic Version) July 4, 2008

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I was first acquainted to this song after hearing it at the close of the film “The Beach”. At the time I didn’t pursue the track as I didn’t know who the track was by, or realise how awesome it was, which is why it took me a while to research and rediscover it. After hearing the tune of the softly played guitar at a restaurant diner in Prague (don’t I sound incredibly cultured right now…) and struggling to figure out where that soothing, tropical sound was from, I did my research and found it to be by the same people who brought out the hits “Sunchyme” (which hit number two in the UK charts back in that magical time when Top of the Pops was still being shown on a Thursday night) and “Carnival de Paris” (which featured as a theme song to the Football World Cup in 1998). Anyway, once again it’s a really chilled out cathartic sounding tune, one that fit the closing to the motion picture “The Beach” perfectly.

Dario G – Voices (Acoustic Version)
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[ From the Album “Sunmachine” | Buy CD: | Download: ]

I decided to share the previous song after hearing a live set performed by Coldplay last month (sorry for the excess Coldplay posts) when they did their new live rendition of their hit “Yellow”. I’ve managed to get my hands on a recording of it, and you can hear the definite similarities between the two tracks, both managing to convey the same feelings of inspiring, hopeful and happiness in their sound. And both definitely worth checking out.

Coldplay – Yellow [Live at Brixton Academy – 16-06-08]
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[ From a live recording on BBC Radio One ]

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.

Frank Turner – Photosynthesis.mp3
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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.

Frank Turner – Vital Signs.mp3
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[ From the Album “Sleep Is For The Week” | Buy CD: |
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Newton Faulkner – Dream Catch Me & Gone In The Morning September 20, 2007

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I saw this dude when he opened for John Mayer at a concert recently. He was pretty good and very good at keeping the crowd happy, even if it resorted to singing the SpongeBob SquarePants theme before he left the stage. You may have heard “Dream Catch Me” around which I thought sounded fantastic acoustically but I challenge you to listen to the second track I’m uploading and not have it stuck in your head by the time it ends.

Newton Faulkner – Dream Catch Me
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[ From the Album “Hand Built By Robots” | Buy CD: |
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Newton Faulkner – Gone in the Morning
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Tilly and the Wall – Rainbows in the Dark September 19, 2007

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I discovered this track when on my daily Myspace stalk and thought it was incredible. It has a similar sound to a Polyphonic Spree track – incredibly feel-good and bouncy – without paying attention to the lyrics which my mate suggested at one point is about, erm, rape.. “Then I met a man with a fist for a hand/Held me flat on my back, taught me how to give in” – but it comes off feeling very optimistic “I’m finally feeling the stitching of beautiful seams“. I really can’t stop listening to it. Definitely a song to check out.

Tilly and the Wall – Rainbows in the Dark
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Say Anything – Alive With The Glory Of Love August 8, 2007

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Scrubs has so much awesome music on the show. Although the show is getting incredibly tiresome coming into it’s sixth season (seasons 1-3 ftw), the music is still spot on each time. This was played at the end of season five and what a track to go out. Haven’t stopped listening to it since I found it. Happy, bouncing, upbeat, energetic with tongue-in-cheek lyrics. Just awesome.

Say Anything – Alive With The Glory Of Love
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