Watch Sebastian Ingrosso, Tommy Trash, John Martin 'Reload' (Jodeb, dir) [Review]
The much-anticipated video for Sebastian Ingrosso's "Reload" finally premiered today, and boy, it sure has been worth the wait. Be prepared to be stunned. It's a video to sit down for with your undivided attention and the sound turned up so you can fully immerse yourself in the out-of-this-world experience that is about to be unleashed right in front of your eyes. The grand and cinematic quality of the video perfectly matches the intensely anthemic stylings of the song that is flying up the charts on both sides of the Atlantic.
The highly imaginative short film for "Reload" was directed by Canadian filmmaker Jodeb (aka Jonathan Desbiens) who previously directed music videos for Zedd, Porter Robinson, Deftones and Cypress Hill. (We can only imagine how much fun he and his team much have had storyboarding the "Reload" video to present their vision.)
Part Medieval fantasty flick, part love story and part sci-fi blockbuster, the full "Reload" video tells the tale of a man's fight to save his true love from the claws of an all powerful monster. Shot in Iceland and Guatemala it features dramatic and ice-barren landscapes, the deepest jungle and fiery volcanoes. At the core of the video lays the message that love will conquer all no matter what elements life throws at you.
Refune Records founder/label boss – and one third of world-dominating, electronic superstars Swedish House Mafia, Sebastian Ingrosso teamed up with rising star, Tommy Trash and long time lyrical collaborator John Martin, for this remake of "Reload."
While the drums and pulsing, distorted bassline ensure that energy is kept at fever pitch throughout, the melody builds to its climax in a wave of soaring synths. Fellow Swede John Martin adds his unmistakable vocals (he featured on both Swedish House Mafia multiple-million selling singles "Save The World" and "Don't You Worry Child") that helps put "Reload" in pole position for worldwide chart success this summer.
Sebastian Ingrosso, artist
Tommy Trash and John Martin, featured artist
Courtney Davies, producer
Vision Ent, production company
Yon Thomas, director of photography
Geoff McLean, executive producer
May 31, 2013 | Permalink
Exclusive: Listen to Natalia Kills 'Problem' (Kat Krazy Remix)
While we are eagerly, anxiously and frankly somewhat impatiently awaiting more new music from Natalia Kills, producer Kat Krazy satisfies some of our immense pop cravings with a brand-spanking new remix of Natalia Kill's "Problem." Krazy does what Krazy does best and adds a massive new club vibe to Kill's gritty original that without a doubt will be embraced on and off the dancefloor.
When Kat Krazy (aka Ben Preston) first heard "Problem" he was instantly inspired to remix the track and give it a unique spin of his own. "The original was dark, dirty and edgy," he tells me. "I wanted to keep these elements but build an uplifting remix with a cool twist on the original that didn't take itself too seriously."
He adds, "Instead of filling out the drop after the chorus with layers, I decided to keep it stripped back and bass driven to give the remix a different impact."
Kat Krazy is a bonafide expert at creating pop-savvy remixes that pack a mighty dancefloor punch while never straying too far from the original tune. He previously remixed tracks for artists like Robyn, Far East Movement, Rihanna, Coldplay, Pixie Lott, Stooshe, Little Mix, Imagine Dragons, The Good Natured and many others.
This new remix for Natalia Kills came together rather quickly for Kat Krazy (who is a ferociously skilled multi-tasker). He tells me, "I took me around a week between other projects to finalize this remix. No fretting and it came together sooner than expected."
Listen to the remix exclusively below. Make sure to check out the original version of Natalia Kills "Problem" here, and look out for the release of Kill's highly-anticipated LP "Trouble" later this year.
May 31, 2013 | Permalink
Hot New Talent Alert: Watch Alex Adams "Control" from Debut EP 'Open Eyes'
The thing that instantly grabbed me about "Control" is Alex Adams' finely-tuned soul-pop vocals that is reminiscent of artists like Sam Smith and Alex Clare. Adams' poignant and moving delivery add a palpable intensity to the song's production that is truly one of a kind. "Control" is taken from Adam's new EP, entitled "Open Eyes," that was released on in the U.S. this week.
Written by Alex Adams and Rob Flynn, "Control" tells the story about the need of taking control of a situation in those times when you feel as if you're losing grip. "When I make a stab/You say make two," Adams sings in the song's first verse. "With every breath/I'm breathing you/I'm reaching out/But no one cares. "
Adams slowly but surely climbs out of his misery and gets back on top when the song's propels into its glittery chorus and Adams sings, "My body will explode when I don't scream out loud/Now I'm taking control." The video for the song neatly echoes the song's sentiments when it splashes color all over the dim-lit visuals that the video opens with. It's an impressive debut effort of a very exciting new talent. (Listen to Alex Adams' entire "Open Eyes" EP here.)
May 30, 2013 | Permalink
Watch Krewella's Acoustic Peformance of Global Hit Single 'Alive'
People who think that Chicago dance-pop trio Krewella is just an overnight sensation are sorely mistaken. The group's success has been long in the making and started back in 2009 when the group first hit the Chicago club scene with their peppy blend of pop and hip hop. Krewella's sound has evolved quite a bit over time, but the group's knack for hooky pop melodies and high-energy grooves has always been a part of their core DNA.
The trio's global hit single "Alive" encapsulates all of those elements and more. Too often dance-pop artists are looked upon by purists as talentless, unimaginative and just products of modern technology. To proof that they are not some sort of studio concoction, Jahan, Yasmine and Kris share an acoustic version of "Alive" that shows off their raw talent in its fullest glory.
This acoustic version of "Alive" also demonstrates the melodic power of the song that stands strong when stripped away from the production stylings that amplify the single version. This video clearly shows that Krewella are genuine, talented and passionate musicians with massive potential. There, I said it.
May 29, 2013 | Permalink
Hot New Talent Alert: Laura Jansen Debuts Video for New Single 'Golden'
Elba is the name of a tiny Mediterranean island off the French coast where Napoleon was exiled in 1814. The imprisioned French emperor crowned himself King of Elba in an effort to maintain face and some of his dignity. After the breakout success of her debut LP, Dutch-American singer Laura Jansen was fascinated with the idea of exile. She felt as if her international success was a form of creative banishment that included touring, writing and promoting her music. Jansen recorded "Queen of Elba" for her new album, aptly-titled "Elba," as a statement of empowerment in her world of ongoing artistic exploration.
The first single taken from "Elba" is Jansen's sublime pop record, entitled "Golden," that will be released in the U.K. on June 17. It's a tune filled with hope and humanity that comes along with powerful video that was directed by Dutch filmmakers Menno Fokma and Floris Vos. "There's a million sparks/Cause it's all a work of stars/We are golden," she sings. "In the middle of your heart/There's a place that's never dark/Never broken/Never scared."
"Elba" was recorded in Jansen's adopted hometown of Los Angeles with producer Matt Hales - fresh from co-writing and producing Lianne La Havas's Mercury nominated debut LP. The album features duets with Keane's Tom Chaplin (review) and Ed Harcourt, plus an inspired mash-up of Bronski Beat's "Smalltown Boy" and Fine Young Cannibals' "Johnny Come Home."
Born in Breda, Holland, to a Dutch father and an American mother, Laura Jansen began playing piano at age five while her family lived in Brussels, followed by Zurich and Connecticut. After spending two years at a music conservatory in Holland, Jansen transferred to Boston's renowned Berklee College of Music with a scholarship.
After graduating, Jansen moved to Nashville to pursue a songwriting career that ultimately led to her move to Los Angeles where she became a fixture at Hotel Café. In 2008, Jansen spent six weeks on the road singing back-up vocals and playing piano, as well as opening for Joshua Radin, followed by a slot on the national Hotel Café Tour alongside Ingrid Michaelson and Rachael Yamagata, before signing to Universal in 2009. "Elba" will be released in the U.K. via Decca/UMG. No U.S. release has been scheduled at this time.
May 29, 2013 | Permalink