Bingo Players- Dutch Dance Music

The thing about playing bingo is that it seems to be either for little kids or old people and during the years between you realize that their are better ways to spend your time. However the musicians, Bingo Players have been at it for a few years now and they are neither children or senior citizens. They are Dutch, and whenever I hear the word Dutch I think of Michael Caine in Austin Power’s 3 saying the only thing he hates is people who are intolerant of other cultures and the Dutch.

I think Michael Caine would approve of these fellas though. Two cool guys that have been making electronic dance and house music for the last few years and deserve more recognition for their sweet sound. Like a lot of artists on the site these musicians are European and why they might have fame overseas these are often artists who might not be played in the U.S. and deserve a little radio and commercial success in America.

Give a listen to the Bingo Players biggest song, Cry(Just a Little). This is the track that got me excited about the group and I also really enjoyed the track featuring the Far East Movement, Get Up(Rattle). Give a listen to both songs if you like electronic dance music and let me know if you’ve heard these guys before or if like Michael Caine, you have no time for the Dutch.

GOLDHOUSE Breathes Electric

GOLDHOUSE has really made a presents in the dance music scene. He began making a name for himself with remixes of songs we hear on the radio. His most successful remixed song on YouTube is Cobra Starship – You Make Me Feel. Pulling in over a half of Million views. With his remixes doing so well and pulling in close to a million hits with all of them together he decide to come out with his original music with an album. His single is called Last One You Love, very catchy and nice to listen to. If you like happy music you can dance too, you can’t go wrong with GOLDHOUSE. He kinda remind me of Metro Station with his rhythm and voice. He was a special guest on a tour with The Ready Set & Outasight tour. Below you can find a video of his performance. Let me know what you think of him. I believe he will be on his way to fame if he keeps up the good work. You can visit his site here.



Lykke Li- Ready for Radio

Lykke Li is another great artist out of Sweden. Someone has to tell me why Sweden pushes out so many great music artists. For a country populated with roughly the same number of people as New York City it seems like a lot of great new artists that I find come from Sweden, Norway, or Finland.

Anyway Lykke Li has been around for a few years and her music has done really well on youtube but that hasn’t quite translated to commercial success.

The first place I heard Lykke Li was last year. I was watching this funny video from a series of videos where this girl just dances in public places. The video series is called “Dance Like Nobody’s Watching” and the Lykke Li song that she dances to is titled, “I’m Good, I’m Gone. One of favorite bands 3oh!3 also does a version of this Lykke Li song.

I liked the track and didn’t think too much about it and the for the past few months Lykke Li’s name has just been popping up so I thought it was time to give her a shout out before she really blows up as a household name.

Her voice and sound reminds me a little of Adele. I know that comparison is going to be met with disagreement, but that’s the vibe I got. Her sound has much more of an electronic and indie influence than Adele but I’m just picking up a similar sound in the tone of Lykke Li’s voice.

The tracks that I enjoyed besides I’m Good, I’m Gone were some awesome electronic remixes of her tracks. Give a listen to the track mentioned above and then continue your listening enjoyment with Lykke Li- I Follow Rivers (Magicians Remix) and Lykke Li- Little Bit (AutoErotique Bootleg Remix)



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Bake Music

Baker is a very promising singer-songwriter from New York. Being a former acapella singer and classically-trained cellist, one might say Baker knows his music. I like his dance beats and his lyrics are always catchy. I will be looking for him to be on the radio in then near future. His beats are always dance worthy for fun and lyrics plus voice makes his music a sensation to be played for good times. Like is you agree. Visit his site here.


Ratatat- Wildcat (2006)

Music You Might of Missed- Do you know Ratatat? They are an experimental electronic rock duo from New York that have been making music since 2001. I wanted to pay a special homage to their track, Wildcat.

This song has a special significance for me. With most of the songs that I write about for Music You Might of Missed, they relate to specific times in my life and when I hear them it brings up those memories. With Wildcat it takes me back to almost any long car ride with friends from 2007-2009.

My friends and I would often get bored on long drives so to pass the time we would try our best to do some freestyle rapping. I had put “Wildcat” on a mixed CD and then discovered that the song had a perfect beat for attempting to lay down some rhymes.

The goal was usually to make the other people in the car laugh so when I hear it now it reminds me of those good times. If you’ve ever wanted to try your hand at freestyle rapping, with friends or in the privately in your bedroom or car, you should put this track on and give it a go.

The great thing about the song is that there are no lyrics, only the occasional bad-ass cougar growl, and the tempo is a nice, steady speed for spitting a flow.

As a bonus I have to give one more track shout out to Ratatat. Like I mentioned most of their music contains no lyrics, but they did do this great remix of the Notorious B.I.G. track “Party and Bullshit”. The Biggy track is part of hip hop history and Ratatat just adds a cool and catchy electronic vibe to an already great song.

Check out both of the tracks below so you can get your rap on and then you can get your party on.


Timeflies – More Than Just Youtube Famous

I’ve talked before about youtube being the greatest place to find new artists. With youtube you can make a song and a video and share it with the world and if it’s good people will pick up on it and share it with others. With the duo Timeflies they have been building an audience of subscribers for the last couple years that tune into their weekly, Tuesday released videos titled, Timeflies Tuesday. Most of the videos are covers of popular songs and many generate over a million views. With this popularity the question is can they harness that popularity into mainstream success with original music?

Judging from their recent track, Swoon, I would say that yes they have the talent to break out beyond youtube fame. The duo is made up of New York natives Rob Resnick (producer) and Cal Shapiro (vocalist). They are both white, Jewish Americans and their music can be described as hip hop with electronic influence.

So what can we expect from Timeflies in 2013? Well last month they partnered with Island Def Jam records to create their own label called Forty8Fifty. With this new label they plan on releasing another full length album this year.

Please listen to some Timeflies and tell me what you think. Are they a sick new music artist and are you looking forward to hearing more new music from them or do you think this duo should stick to the weekly videos on Youtube?


Similou- All This Love (2004)

So this week for, Music you Might of Missed, I want to talk about a fun European dance song called All This Love by the electronic duo, Similou. I thought I knew this song before I started writing this article, but I was wrong. ]

I first heard this song on the local dance music radio station in Seattle and after I heard it I did what I usually did when I found a cool song in 2004, I went on Napster to download it. I figured the name of the song was Rainbow Styling because they say it repeatedly in the chorus. I found Rainbow Styling through the Napster title search and it said the artist was Royksopp, a Norwegian electronic dance duo.

I put the track on a CD and blasted it in my car and some of my friends who were riding with me really liked the fun beat and catchy chorus of the track. So later that summer in 2004 I was DJing a house party and decided to throw it on. Most of my friends weren’t into electronic music so I was a little nervous about doing this. This was the summer of 2004, the summer that gave us Usher’s, “YEAH”. YEAH was such a huge hit that during that same time period Lil Jon reused the exact same beat for the song “Freak-a-Leak” and nobody seemed to notice or care, that’s how huge that song was. You could have two hits with the exact same beat. The only other time I can think of this happening is Tone Loc’s Wild Thing and Funky Cold Medina. Anyway, the point is, you can only play “Yeah” so many times at a party so I decided to put on the track with the chorus about Rainbow Styling.

My drunk friends were hypnotized by the track and started dancing. They loved it and the weird thing about my friends is that the dudes love to dance with each other. I know that might sound a few alarms about the sexual preference of some of my friends, but I assure you it was all about having fun and making each other laugh. It’s hard not to laugh at a living room full of drunk dudes dancing to a song about rainbows. My friends even put together a signature move to the song where they would put their arms straight up into the air and then jump side to side. (I need to post a video of this.)

Anyway, the song brings up some great memories of house parties and laughing with friends so I wanted to write about it for “Music you Might of Missed”. With every track I like to give a little background and at the very least tell what year the music came out. For this track I googled Royksopp, Rainbow Styling and a bunch of results came up, even some Youtube videos of the track with Royksopp as the artist. After searching for the album and release date of the track I discovered the song wasn’t by Royksopp and it’s not called Rainbow Styling. For years I’ve had it all wrong and the actual artist is Similou and the song is really called All This Love. Apparently I’m not the only one to make this mistake and it’s just something that has continued to confuse people. The moral is don’t believe everything you read on the internet, but I’m glad I can now give the track proper credit and a proper shout out to the proper electronic duo, Similou, who come from Sweden and not Royksopp, who are another great electronic duo from Norway.

Here is the track and I encourage you to listen. If you are alone or with friends and are very brave, turn it up and try the dance move created for this track. Put your hands in the air and jump side to side to the music. Let me know if you like it and if you’ve ever had a time where you thought a song was by a different artist until you found out later.

Krewella- Sup Ladies?? and Dude

Krewella is an electronic pop music group made up of two girls and one dude from Chicago, Illinois that formed in 2007 and over the last year have really been making a name for themselves in the electronic music scene. The girls are really attractive, but don’t let that distract you from the actual music which is really good. I heard about them and watched their newest video Alive. After watching the video for Alive I thought that they were okay, but that track seemed a little too generic, like it was following a formula that sounded like a lot of electronic dance song from the last few years. I was going to leave it at that and not write about Krewella, but instead I decided to check out some of their other stuff from the last few months.

So I put on a video from last August titled, Feel Me, and I was surprised to hear a different sound. It was a unique blend of dubstep and pop that had a fresh feel to it and it changed my opinion. It might be a personal preference, but one of the things that I really like is when artists pull from different genres to create unique sounds. For me, Feel Me, does that and now I’m excited to hear more from them when their album comes out, scheduled for a summer 2013 release.

Maybe you’ve heard them and maybe you haven’t. Below I’ve posted the video for Feel Me and also for Alive. Let me know in the comments if you agree that Feel Me is the better track or if you like the sound of Alive and disagree with my opinion that it sounds too much like other songs and artists.


 

Olly Murs- Dance with Me Tonight (2011)

You might recognize the name Olly Murs. Maybe you’ve been enjoying this British singers work over the last couple years or maybe you’ve just recently heard him on the radio singing his track Troublemaker featuring Flo Rider. I’m not a huge fan of the song Troublemaker because Olly and the music sound WAY TOO MUCH like Maroon 5. particularly the Maroon 5 song, This Love. I’ll post a link to both tracks below so you can compare and then you can tell me I’m not crazy for hearing a striking  resemblance between the two tracks.

Anyway, that’s not a huge deal breaker. Many songs sound the same and often people don’t notice. The track I want to talk about for music-you-might-of-missed Monday this week is Dance with Me Tonight by Olly Murs. The song was the 2nd single off of his album, In Case You Didn’t Know, from 2011. The song is unique because it has this great Motown throw back sound that really is hard not to like. Olly made this track after being frustrated with the way guys and girls might meet at a club and then communicate via text or facebook. Olly wanted to do a track that recalled the times when a guy would ask a girl on an actual date and they could have a nice night, even possibly going out dancing.

To give some more backround on Olly Murs, he rose to fame after being the runner up on the X-Factor in 2009. That was the British X-Factor, not the American X-Factor with the many faces of Britney Spears. I think Olly Murs is pretty good, but this specific song is really the special track for me that can be put on at any time and can bring up all those great memories of Motown music with a modern twist. I also am a big fan of Chiddy Bang so I really like there collaboration on the track, Heart Skips a Beat.

The video for Dance with Me Tonight is below. Leave a comment if you’ve heard this track or are hearing it for the first time. Also as promised the new Olly Murs track and below that the Maroon 5 song for you to compare and tell me I’m not completely crazy for thinking these tracks are way too similar.



 

TIMES ARE CHANGING- The YouTube Effect

So I’ve been keeping an eye on the Billboard Hot 100 to see how many weeks Macklemore could stay at #1 and I was surprised to see a new #1 song this week. Before I go into the new #1 I have to explain a change that was made this last week that impacts how they determine the Billboard rankings. The Billboard charts have been around for over 50 years and many factors go into determining which song ranks where (sales, airplay, etc.) This last week, however, a new factor was added to the criteria, YouTube streaming data. It just so happens that this new addition had a huge role in the fate of the #1 spot this week. Macklemore  and Ryan Lewis’ Thrift Shop was bumped to #2 by none other than Baauer with the viral sensation, “Harlem Shake”.

You would be living under a rock if you haven’t seen one of these Harlem Shake videos and maybe you’ve even participated in one. Since every one of those home-made videos uses Baauer’s track, all of those millions of video plays count toward his Billboard ranking. The thing you need to know about the song by Baauer is that the track was released last June and didn’t crack the top 100 ever until this week, from nowhere to #1.

The reason I’m bringing this up is that, I think, it signals a huge shift in how we get our music and how we separate the good from the bad. For new and up-coming artists this is a very good thing. We saw in the last few weeks that Macklemore and Ryan Lewis could have the #1 song for 4 straight weeks and they made it happen without a record label, by producing their album, The Heist, independently and shooting all of their music videos on their own dime. What I see is that all of the walls are coming down and anybody who wants to be heard can be heard. We live in an amazing time where you can make your own music and share it on the internet and reach millions of people without jumping through the hoops you used to have to just to make your music available.

For Baauer it was about a video trend helping his song to be at the right place at the right time. Does that make Baauer an amazing artist? I don’t think so. Music isn’t always about just being good, it’s about being good at the right time. Will Baauer have another hit? I’m pretty confident in saying no. The same can be said for Psy’s Gangnam Style. It was just the right time for that specific song and the odds of another hit are not very likely. To think of it another way, let’s imagine that Skrillex was born in the 1960s and put out Scary Monsters and Nice Sprites in the 1980s, Can you imagine what the reaction would have been to that kind of sound at that time. If you can’t imagine it all you need to do is play it for a parent or grandparent and watch their face. Music has to be good and it has to fit the time.

With YouTube, iTunes, and the internet in general anybody can do it. If you are a musician, or want to be a musician, hopefully you realize how lucky you are and take advantage of all the opportunities available to put yourself out there. If it doesn’t happen right away just keep working on getting better and building a fan-base. People like us are listening and waiting to tell as many people as possible about you. Baauer might have felt discouraged after he released a song last June that wasn’t a hit. Now that song is the #1 song in the country and the whole world is dancing to it. It could happen to you or it could happen to someone you know so keep working hard and supporting artists who put themselves out there.

Please comment with your thoughts on this post and the future of music. Below is a compilation of some of the best Harlem Shake videos and also the video for the full Baauer track if you want to hear more than just the 30 seconds that made it popular.