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Felix Da Housecat Hearts Prince

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I went over to Felix da Housecat's home a couple of nights ago to meet up with him and MOTOR's Bryan Black. Bryan was in town to record a few final tracks for Felix's new double album.

I previewed a bunch of his new songs and it sounds very, very good. Punchy electro-house with big, atmospheric highs and soulful lows. Felix has such a great ear for new sounds. It's no surprise that the two time GRAMMY nominee is such an icon among dance music lovers.

One of the songs that immediately stood out to me is a track titled "We All Wanna Be Prince." It's a funked up dance jam with lyrics that are cut and pasted from difference Prince songs. Felix is "the number one" Prince fan and this is his tribute to the Minneapolis master. He confided that he previewed the track to Mark Ronson and Dallas Austin as well and they both loved it.

Also look out for the first single off this new double record. The track's video features the crazy fun and over-the-top American Apparel heir, Johnny Makeup.

January 31, 2009 in Dance | Permalink | Comments (0)

Misstress Barbara Covers Leonard Cohen's "Dance Me To The End Of Love"

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Italian techno DJ/producer Misstress Barbara will release her much anticipated debut artist album, titled "I'm No Human," in May. The lead single, a cover of the legendary Leonard Cohen’s “Dance Me To The End Of Love,” was released on iTunes this week.

Misstress Barbara decided to cover the classic track during the writing process for her new album. “I was really inspired and did it in one afternoon,” she says. The result is a stunning emotional spin on a classic song. Using a minimal techno approach that stays true to her roots in electronic music, Barbara adds an exciting new element – her own sultry, arresting vocals. Plus, it is great to see that a techno DJ reached beyond her genre to find inspiration. We need more of that.

"I’m No Human" will be comprised of 11 tracks with production, vocals and lyrics by Misstress Barbara, and also includes contributions from Sam Roberts, Brazilian Girls and Bjorn Yttling of Peter, Bjorn and John.

Listen to Mistress Barbara "Dance Me To The End Of Love"

January 31, 2009 in Audio Streams | Permalink | Comments (0)

Video Premiere: Annie Lennox "Shining Light"

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Today, AOL's Spinner premiered the video for Annie Lennox's brand-new single "Shining Light," a cover of Ash' original. The song is taken from the singer's forthcoming greatest hits compilation, "The Annie Lennox Collection."

It's an excellent, middle of the road pop song with a fitting video which features lots of saturated colors and a backing band consisting of multiple versions of Annie herself.

"I didn't know who the band was going to be because I really don't have a [regular] band," she tells Spinner. "I was thinking, 'I'll get some women [and] it'll be an all-female band.' Then I had another thought, 'Well, maybe I could just be all the women in the band,' and that would be fun. So I'm all the characters in the band at the same time. I mime bass and lead guitar really badly. [But the video is] really sweet and it's beautiful."

This woman never ceases to amaze. She's still so full of energy and looks mighty fit in that silver spandex outfit. Not bad for a 54-year old lady!

January 30, 2009 in Annie Lennox | Permalink | Comments (0)

Free Download: Yacht "Summer Song"

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Formerly the solo project of Jona Bechtolt (who Vibe Magazine dubbed “indie rock’s Timbaland”), Yacht has recently expanded to include new full-time member Claire L. Evans. Together they make kicky nu-disco with a loveable, quircky live show.

Check out their track "Summer Song" as a guilt-free MP3 download that is marked by subtle beats, handclaps and a deliciously bouncy bass. A slighty different version of the track will appear on the duo's forthcoming LP "See Mystery Light" that will be released this spring on DFA records. (Photo credit: Sarah Meadows)

Download Yacht "Summer Song"

January 30, 2009 in MP3 | Permalink | Comments (1)

Preview Scissor Sisters' Cover of Roxy Music's "Do The Strand" for War Child Compilation

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While putting the final touches on their third album, Scissor Sisters took some time out of their busy schedule to record a cover of Roxy Music's "Do The Strand." The track is included on "Heroes," a compilation CD that will benefit War Child.

The concept behind the album is that some of the biggest names in music select their personal favorite song from their own song writing canon, and nominate an artist from the next generation to create a modern reworking of that classic song. Many acts that were keen to join the project have now completed and delivered their tracks, and the album has been mastered at the legendary Abbey Road studios in London

The full track of "Heroes" listing includes contributions from Duffy, Elbow, Hot Chip, Beck, Rufus Wainwright and The Kooks.

EMI has made a substantial upfront payment to War Child, and will release the album on its Parlophone label. Parlophone are donating all their profits to War Child’s work to protect the most marginalised children in war zones, who would otherwise be overlooked: street children, child soldiers and children in prison.

I commend Parlophone and all the artists for donating their time and music available for this album. Check out a very brief clip of Roxy Music's "Do The Strand" as covered by Scissor Sisters. It's good to hear Scissor Sisters go electro again. Reminds me of their early work up tune "Electrobix." Make sure to support this cause and pre-order your copy of "Heroes."

January 30, 2009 in Scissor Sisters | Permalink | Comments (0)