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Listen to Gyspy & The Cat "The Piper's Song" (Aeroplane Remix)


Australian duo Gyspy & The Cat are one of the most exciting new acts to keep your eye on in the next few months. I alerted you about them last month after I saw them perform at the One Movement Festival in Perth, Australia and was blown away by their mesmerizing, melodic brand of pop.

The duo of Xavier Bacash and Lionel Towers successfully fuses warming synths with uplifting, hooky melodies and sun-soaked harmonies that can lift you up and move you. Powerful stuff. This is a band to believe in and I expect them to accomplish big things over the next 12 months.

Listen to a fantastic remix of their new single "The Piper's Song" that was produced by Belgian dance producer Aeroplane who adds a crunchy disco stomp (and yes, a cow bell) to the original track.

Currently, Gyspy and The Cat is taking on the U.K. to promote "The Piper's Song" and their forthcoming debut album that is slated for release in 2011 on Sony/RCA. No U.S. release dates have been set, but keep your eye on this blog for some exciting updates to come very soon.

October 31, 2010 in Gypsy & The Cat | Permalink

Touring Tree Sound Studios in Atlanta


As a music lover I've always been curious about what it actually takes to record a great piece of music. Yesterday, I got a peek behind the scenes of some of the word's most influential records when I toured Atlanta's Tree Sound Studios. This spacious studio complex just north of Atlanta is the largest and most sophisticated recording studio in the South that has a mission which goes way beyond just creating fine new music.

Tree Sound Studios is very well-known recording facility among artists, engineers and producers everywhere. The studio has been home to many upstarts and celebrity artists who have recorded their music here.

People like Outkast, Usher, Fergie, will.i.am, Elton John, Whitney Houston, Jamie Foxx, Lil Mama, B.o.B., Collective Soul, Justin Bieber, Fantasia and many, many others have recorded some of their best work here. As a testimony, the lobby of the studio is filled with golden plaques of the multi-million selling artists who have all worked at Tree Sound. Very impressive.

Tree Sound Studios includes multiple studio areas (large and small), a fully-featured rehearsal space (including an indoor rock climbing wall), living room areas and kitchen. Pictured above is the intimate and cosy Studio M. This is the space where most artists like to work, including Outkast who produced most of their ground-breaking work right in that space. Check out more photos and a virtual tour on the Tree Sound Studios' web site.

What's so unique about Tree Sound Studios is that the company not only rents its state of the art facilities to established artists, but the company of Paul Diaz, James "Groove" Chambers and Mali Hunter also supports emerging new talent. They're glad to work with people that may not have big budgets, but the drive, passion and talent to add something new and fresh to the scene.

On the cusp hip hop artists like Yelawolf and Cyhi have molded their sound here with the support of Tree Sound Studios. Also, mega seller B.o.B. recorded his smash hit album "The Adventures of Bobbie Ray" at the studio when he still had to convince a label to invest in his project.

But there are more ways that Tree Sound Studios gives back. Tree Sound Studios is a sustainable recording studio that has made energy conservation and other green values core part of its mission as a business.

A good example of their eco ethos is that a large portion of the studio runs on solar energy with large solar panels positioned on the roof. The studio staff also plants a tree for every invoice that they send out. The company also maintains Rock Farms, a large green farm south of Atlanta which provides organic fruits and vegetables.

Check out a very cool video series on Tree Sound Studios on Pandora's blog to learn more about this very, special company. 

(A big thank you my pal Steven for arranging the tour, Drew for giving me such a detailed overview and Mali for making me feel so welcome. See you soon!)

October 31, 2010 | Permalink

Ready to Pop: Mercedes "Shock Absorber"

Mercedes press shot2

Meet Mercdes. She's a 23 year-old rapper born in London, raised in Copenhagen, who started off her career as a model and dancer who toured with people like Will.i.am, Robbie Williams, LL Cool J and Snoop Dogg in Europe. Now she getting ready to strike out on her own with her spunky debut single, titled "Shock Absorber," that invokes memories of Neneh Cherry and other synth-driven, early '90s hip hop joints. Super fresh! Check out the Tonka Disco remix with ups the dancefloor intensity of the original. Pure candy.

Mercedes "Shock Absorber" (Tonka Disco Mix)

October 29, 2010 in MP3 | Permalink

Free MP3 Download: Mirrors "Ways To An End"


While on the topic of '80s new wave, grab a totally guilt-free MP3 of "Ways To An End" by British electro dance outfit Mirrors. The song is a sparkling synth stomper that is taken from their forthcoming debut album, "Lights & Offerings." The gorgeous video for their single "Hide & Seek" premiered earlier this week, but grab this new track right here, right now exclusively. Fans of Black Room, Hurts and related pop noir acts will be in for a treat.

Mirrors "Ways To An End"

October 29, 2010 in MP3 | Permalink

Free MP3 Download: Crystal Castles featuring Robert Smith "Not In Love"


Check out a sensational make-over of Platinum Blonde's '80s new wave smash "Not In Love" by Canadian alt-electro outfit Crystal Castles. This updated version includes the vocals of none other than The Cure's Robert Smith. Crank it up and swirl around the dancefloor like it is 1984 all over again. 

Crystal Castles feat Robert Smith "Not In Love"

October 29, 2010 in MP3 | Permalink