Vengaboys vs. Britney Spears – Boom Boom La La (Smada Leinad Mashup)

A commenter points out that this sounds like "Carameldansen," and I really can’t think of a better comparison to emphasize the six-year-old’s sugar rush this mashup gives me. Apart from some harmonic clashing, “Ooh La La” sounds written for “Boom Boom Boom Boom!“‘s marshmallow cereal charms. It’s the perfect setting for the frivolity of the central line – “Baby come with me and be my ooh la la!” – with which Dr. Luke et al.’s club thump clashes. Another cool trick that Smada Leinad (side note: worse stage name than FKA Twigs?) does is stuttering Britney’s “Ooh” on the lead-in to the chorus, emulating the Vengaboys’ classic hook.

Bits and Pieces

More fleshed out thoughts on other musical works to come later, but here are some small blurbs on things that have tickled my fancy lately.

  • "Complètement Fou" has me seriously excited for the rest of Yelle’s new album of the same name. Dr. Luke et al.’s involvement had me raising an eyebrow, but it’s clear from this that the most they’ve done is added an extra sprinkle of pop dust, as “Fou” is a sonic first cousin of “Que Veux-Tu.” The extended outro builds on a future-funk groove until it glitches and spirals out of control to its abrupt ending.
  • Kimbra’s new album The Golden Echo is distended and tough to sit through, which is a shame because there are some seriously gorgeous sonics on it. “Madhouse” sounds like MJ’s “Black and White” if it were even more maximalist, while ”Everlovin’ Ya” grinds and hiccups in such a menacing way that you can’t ignore it. But "Carolina" is the best track, glimmering like the sun on a wind-swept bay.
  • Jacob Latimore’s new single, which I blurbed about today, sports some of the best pop songwriting I’ve heard this year. And a tasteful appearance from T-Pain?
  • It’s a good thing Ryn Weaver’s EP is only fifteen minutes long; any more and her ever-undulating vowels might wear thin. Though I tend to gain more appreciation for songs that I remix (ahem), “Octahate” might be the weakest look. The closer “Sail On” is beautiful, with Weaver finally finding a good bedding for her rueful lyrics.
  • Anjunabeats’ releases have been vastly improving lately, going from watery big room house to more considered electro/trance hybrids. Jacob Ross’ remix of Parker and Hanson’s “Gravity” features an ample percussive backing that keeps the groove up while maintaining the original’s gossamer build. My favorite part is the gear-spinning sound at the end of every four bars.
This weekend I moved back to school. I’m juggling unpacking and organizing the recruitment process for my improv group and also trying to keep my gym momentum going, so unfortunately this blog has fallen to the wayside. I have lots of thoughts, like on the remix suite for Coldplay’s “Midnight,” the Porter Robinson album, the Imogen Heap album, the Raveonettes album, and the good trance that’s come out this year. I just… haven’t written them down. Give me a week or three.
Oh, and the picture is there just to clarify that from now on I’m blaming any problems/minor inconveniences on Iggy Azalea.

This weekend I moved back to school. I’m juggling unpacking and organizing the recruitment process for my improv group and also trying to keep my gym momentum going, so unfortunately this blog has fallen to the wayside. I have lots of thoughts, like on the remix suite for Coldplay’s “Midnight,” the Porter Robinson album, the Imogen Heap album, the Raveonettes album, and the good trance that’s come out this year. I just… haven’t written them down. Give me a week or three.

Oh, and the picture is there just to clarify that from now on I’m blaming any problems/minor inconveniences on Iggy Azalea.