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Stream New Bravery Songs


New York's synth rock outfit The Bravery are streaming clips from three new songs on their web site. I saw the band perform tracks from their new album "The Sun And The Moon" during a showcase in December and was really impressed. I'm glad Sam Endicott and the guys stayed true to their new wavish, electro-inspired sound despite the flack they received from many rock purists. The first track you hear streaming on the their web site is "Believe," a definite single contender with its soaring chorus and rock and roll swagger.

February 26, 2007 in Audio Streams | Permalink | Comments (2)

Another Timberlake Remix


Timbaland and Timberlake have given DJs plenty of good material to remix with. I discovered another excellent electro-house revamp of Timberlake's "What Goes Around" that was produced by French DJ Sébastien Léger. Head over to Léger MySpace page to stream it in the audio player. I don't think this remix is available commercially at this time. )Click here to stream all the other "What Goes Around" remixes I posted before.)

February 26, 2007 in Audio Streams | Permalink | Comments (0)

Free Download: Team Facelift "Rub Down Music"


The guys from Team Facelift are living the high life. New York's "sauciest" dance/rap trio combines swanky melodies with stories about "extreme hedonism, including sex, drugs, all-you-can-eat buffets and seaweed facials," as they like to describe it.

The track "Rub Down Music" is taken from the group's new album "Mixed Emotions." The song was inspired by a trip to Brazil where Fat Jew, Machine and Karim Fonda played a charity gig. "We performed for about 2 hours, and were thoroughly exhausted," Fat Jew writes me. "After the show we went to a spa to get European facials, chemical peels, massages, and to generally unwind. At the spa there was a band playing Brazilian country music called 'sertanejo,' which was quite soothing, and Machine looked up from his massage and said 'Now this is rub down music.'"

"Mixed Emotions" got marked with a parental advisory sticker for a reason. Team Facelift is often explicit in their storytelling, but it is all in the spirit of good fun.The effervescent "Rub Down Music"  might not be your cup of tea, but if you enjoy some tight, sexy beats and laid-back raps this might just be the tune to kick your week into gear. (Click here to download their entire album on iTunes.)

Download Team Facelift "Rub Down Music" [MP3]

February 26, 2007 in MP3 | Permalink | Comments (7)

Disco Friday: Seamus Haji "Last Night The DJ Saved My Life"


Arguable one of the biggest dance tunes to be released this season is DJ Seamus Haji's remake of Indeep's classic "Last Night A DJ Saved My Life." The track will be unleashed on March 26 on Apollo Recordings/Universal in Europe.

Haji's revamp is actually based on a remix he produced in 2004 and  which was a popular spin on Ibiza in the summer of that year. This new version is a fine, funky workout with KayJay's vocals that should please fans of pop-oriented European electro house.

Also, look out for the video for the song that was filmed last week at Bethnal Green Working Men's Club in London. The music video is a flash back to the early '90s with fierce vogue battles. Click here and here for photos of the shoot. (Click here to pre-order Seamus Haji's new single at 7Digital in WMA format.)

Listen to Semus Haji "Last Night A DJ Saved My Life"

February 23, 2007 in Disco Friday | Permalink | Comments (4)

Free Download: A Kiss Could Be Deadly "The Book, Not The Feeling"


A Kiss Could Be Deadly is one my favorite new indie bands to emerge this year. Their potent fusion of pop, electro and rock is very infectious, danceable and fun to listen to. The band is offering Arjanwrites.com readers a guilt-free MP3 download of their new track "The Book, Not The Feeling."

The song was inspired Stephen Kings' novel "Misery." "I like writing songs with double meanings," songwriter/keyboard player Chris Deadly tells Arjan. "So while it sounds like it's about your typical dysfunctional relationship, it has a bunch of subtle references to King's book."

"The Book, Not The Feeling" is a confident slice of synth-pop much in the vein of Shiny Toy Guns and other California electro rockers. After an extended guitar into, it jumps right into a soaring synth riff. This band definitely has a knack for melody. I particularly like how Lauren's crystal-clear voice sounds on this track. It channels the best of '80s group Berlin.

Label mates pay attention. A Kiss Could Be Deadly is still independent. Sign them now! Their tour van broke down and I'm sure they can use a little extra cash to get back on the road again soon.

Download A Kiss Could Be Deadly "The Book, Not The Feeling" [MP3]

February 22, 2007 in MP3 | Permalink | Comments (2)