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Monday Mixer #9 [Any Other Language]

Monday Mixer is a weekly mixtape put together by bloggers from around the world. This week it’s our turn to host this behemoth of musical prowess. The theme: Any language other than English.

 

Yelle – Ce Jeu (The Twelves Remix)

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Chris @ DailyBeatz

Before last weekend, I knew nothing about Yelle except that there was a female involved.  I’ve since learned that Yelle is a French pop group (founded by frontwoman Yelle) and a great one at that.  At Coachella last weekend, I decided to check them out during one of those times when I wasn’t really interested in anyone else playing and it was one of the best decisions I made all weekend.  The set was so packed full of energy that it erupted into one of the biggest dance parties of the weekend all in the middle of the day.  And since I also saw Brazilian DJs The Twelves earlier that day, I figured a combination of both would be a good fit here.


Olof Arnalds – Innudir Skinni

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Confusion @ Pigeons and Planes

There’s a line in Shawshank Redemption that goes: “I have no idea to this day what those two Italian ladies were singing about. Truth is, I don’t wanna know. Some things are better left unsaid. I’d like to think they were singing about something so beautiful it can’t be expressed in words, and it makes your heart ache because of it.” That’s exactly how I feel about this song by the Icelandic singer. I’ve thought about researching it and finding the meaning behind it, but I think I don’t think knowing could make this song any more enjoyable.

 

Amadou & Mariam – Sabali

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Ben @ The Metropolitan Jolt

When Marcus told me this weeks theme was going to be foreign language, I was already excited to see what everyone would come up with. Sabali instantly came to mind. My issue lay with which of the amazing remixes to submit. I ended up going with the original. So many great remix have come from this track, make sure to check them out.

 

Don Omar – Danza Kuduro (ft. Lucenzo)

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Ian @ 1146 Miles

He vivido en Miami durante el año pasado and it was interesting. So I defaulted to a hot Latin joint from reggaeton artist Don Omar for a foreign language track. I should warn you: it’s pretty infecciosas

 

Mujuice – Mertviy Malchik

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Marc @ Umstrum

It is often said that music is the only language that can cross any border and deliver its message. I for one really believe this is true and I aim to prove my point with this song. Written and composed by Moscow-based electronic artist Roma Litvinov (aka Mujuice), Mertviy Malchik is a song which, in my opinion, destroys the language barrier and brings to the surface raw emotions that anyone can relate to. The Russian lyrics (sometimes interspersed with English words) are merely instrumental in this disarmingly honest piece and the real meaning lies beyond these isolated words.

 

Namaste – L’absurde

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Cory @ Silence NoGood

I haven’t explored too much into foreign music – other than electronic, which doesn’t focus on words (obviously) – but I did got a chance to interview a French band a while back.

In my interview with Namasté, the group helped me understand what their music was all about, while I got to vibe off their sounds.  I still may not quite understand it all, but damn can they carry one hell of a tune + Raphaël (vocalist) flows oh so well over it.  Check it, and anyone in France needs to see these guys live!  I wanna :(

 

Munk – Rue De Rome (Cécile Remix)

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Joseph @ Nashville Nights

Non-English? How bout a German producer writing a song about Rome sung in French and remixed by Italian producer! Munk‘s lastest full length, The Bird and the Beat is the perfect accompaniment to some much needed summer weather. I was happy to see Cécile in the remix comp for this track. I’ve been a fan of his work ever since I heard his Theives Like Us rework roughly a year ago. His newer Rue De Rome mix is a windows-down driving anthem. Lush female vocals speak nonchalante french words over a filtered guitar and heavy percussion. Très bien.

 

Stereo Total – I Amour a Trois

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Daniel @ On My Radar

As I was searching through my iTunes library, I realized that I do not have a single song that is in a different language.  Now I probably seem like a culturally unadept individual which may be very true, but low and behold, I discovered an artist. Stereo Total, a French-German duo with a synth-pop/new wave/electronic sound. I do not understand the lyrics, but I really like the funky kind of playful sound that they have.

 

Malajube – Montreal -40°c

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Mikayla @ Loose L!ps

As Dan from On My Radar so aptly pointed out, I really lucked out on this weeks theme seeing as I currently reside in a non-English-speaking country. However, rather than go the easy route, I’ve necided not to feature a French artist, but rather a Francophone artist instead. So yeah, basically we’re going the scenic route on this. It seems only appropriate to feature Malajube anyway, as they were the first French-speaking band I loved, even if they are only from Canada. Montréal -40ºC is a slightly cynical love song devoted their hometown, Montreal. It served as the first song on my wake-up playlist for an entire year. Just listen, and you’ll see why.

 

Ali Farka Toure with Ry Cooder – Ai Du

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David @ SFCritic

I once read Ali Farka Toure described as the John Lee Hooker of Africa. This album, a collaboration with Ry Cooder, is exceptional. There’s not much more to say. I can just let the blues speak for itself. It does.

 

メトロオンゲン – Eden

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Marcus @ A Pocket Full Of Seeds

Having toyed with Casiokids, Les Tetes Raides and Sigur Ros for a few days, I remembered an awesome compilation I bought from a Japanese label a few months ago. P+M Magazine, put together by abcdefg records, is a great PDF  magazine which includes an mp3 compilation and cool photos, go check it out.  メトロオンゲン (Metro-Ongen) finish of the latest P+M in phenomenal style, reminding anyone of how much fun compilations are. They have a new album out, have yourself a mouthful of it here. I’m still working on finding the “Buy” button, I haven’t really got my Japanese down.

 

 

Don Omar - Danza Kuduro (ft. Lucenzo)

He vivido en Miami durante el año pasado and it was interesting. So I defaulted to a hot Latin joint from reggaeton artist Don Omar for a foreign language track. I should warn you: it’s pretty infecciosas

Running To Standstill

Scott returns

Nosaj Thing is very talented. He plays an MPC like he has been classically trained from a young age to do so. Attentive to the highest degree, his tweaks make the whole track, nay album, subtly unique throughout. Drift deserves to be praised.

Nosaj Thing – Fog

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It’s probably because this particular track is called Fog or the fact my battered imagination is getting pretty lazy in its old age, that it reminds me of weather.

Bad weather. Grotty damp weather.

The type of weather that those tyrannical PE teachers of yore seemed delighted to make me run cross-country amidst, circa 1998.

About half way through said cross-country struggles a melody would always sneak into my brain. Now I don’t know if other people do this, so if you don’t please allow me this oddity, but my breathing pattern would start to mimic the melody. Once it started I couldn’t stop it until I was safely back in the changing room surrounded by all the usual array of testosterone-induced distractions.
Mostly I didn’t mind but one time it was Hey Mickey, and not even the original. The god awful B*witched cover with all its bullshit Irish nuances made my life hell for a good half hour.

This song takes me back to those solitary hours spent alone pounding through the bracken and the mud but for some reason not in a bad way.

The heavily panned breaths, not skimping on the reverb, drive this track along at a chubby joggers pace, with the perfectly uncomplicated beat reminiscent of every pick up and footfall made. The inclusion of the airy pad synth adds to the
deeply ominous mood created. The fact that it briefly changes mid way through to something replicating a coming of age scene from an average John Hughes movie only adds to my bizarre emotional attachment.

I suppose I love this song because I know I don’t ever have to stand in the old sports hall waiting to jog ever again. That fact alone, even on a rainy day, is enough to make me smile.

 

scott

Odysseus

 

Ernest by Nicholas Stevenson

Narrative is all about the beginning, middle and end, right? Right. I have my acoustic moments, fads, every now and then ever since my father told me about “this new Bob Dylan fellow… Connor Oberst”. I had kind of missed out on the whole “indie” thing till then. But that Bright Eyes summer was bliss. It pushed my musical adventure in so many different ways. And now that adventure has paused for a while with Nicholas Stevenson. Especially his EP “The Aeroplane Darling”.

Ernest from the beginning was destined to die, but we are still captivated by his story. That’s the beauty of the narrative, the repetition, the progression, the resolution. We are held by the building tension to hear Ernest’s fate. Stevenson’s transatlantic inflections always remind me of the first time I heard Bright Eyes or Neutral Milk Hotel, and for those four brief minutes the nostalgia that only an acoustic guitar can bring seeps in.

Ten count.

Here is a debut post from an old friend. For me this is one of those moments where I am hearing music that I literally do not get. At all. There have been far more of these moments since we started blogging and I am now starting to realise that it’s not important if I get it, as long as someone does.

This is Scott. He gets it.


London Bridge station, half past five on a Friday evening. Anything that may be construed as a point of information is surrounded by desperate looking commuters. Every screen displaying the same little line of error code.

The whole system is down and I’ve never seen more genuine panic in peoples eyes.

I have no where to be in a hurry but I can’t help but notice the shift in my own behavior; I’m getting tetchy and find myself beginning to slowly drown in the charade of nonsensical anxiety.

Then shuffle chooses Dancing Blind by Antares for me.

Dancing Blind – Antares

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With its achingly tense intro that always lasts half a second longer than I expect, the first car crash of sound snaps me back into reality. The instant aggression followed swiftly by glorious discordant swells sedates me no end. By the time the song breaks down to a single guitar line two minutes in I’m the Mayor of Calmtown, and as another guitar awkwardly snakes it way around the first I start to feel pity for the folks of London.

This song shouldn’t be mistaken for some back alley brawler swinging wildly in the hope of landing a knock out blow, its the exact opposite. Its the most athletic and adept of all the prize fighters. It knows exactly where every punch is landing and the effect it’ll have on you.

Its so very eloquent with its dissonance that for a brief few minutes I could see the beauty of chaos.

scott

Evergreen (4) Seeds

So now the ‘Evergreen Seeds’ mixtape moves on to its 4th installment – I give you a seasoned seeder; James.

There is definitely something wintery about this song, I’m just not quite sure what that is yet. All I know is that I like it. It feels warm and comforting, like sitting by the fire or long journeys home. Simple vocals over an over-simplified acoustic riff are hardly a new formula, but to me this sounds fresh, it sounds real. Her voice is perfect, stark and forlorn but yet still dreamy and beautiful and the captivating live performances certainly seem to capture the audiences’ imagination if nothing else.

Lucy Rose – Middle of the Bed

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After featuring on the title track of Bombay Bicycle Club’s second album ‘Flaws’, Lucy Rose seems to have developed a close affinity with the band; supporting them at acoustic shows as well as joining them on stage for the few tracks to which she lends her voice. Still very young and relatively undiscovered I think Lucy Rose could well be someone we hear much more from in the future, in the meantime put this on your iPod, close your eyes, listen and enjoy.

Evergreen Seeds (Teil ii)

Roll on this winter-themed mixtape; today we say an international hello to Jason (who is evidently German)

Ich hab mich für dieses Lied entschieden da es die langen Tage im Winter, die Kälte , den Schnee und die Einsamkeit am besten beschreibt. Pantha du Prince ist einer meiner lieblings Künstler und seine Musik ist ideal zum entspannen. Wenn ich “Steiner im Flug” höre denke ich daran wie ich im Zug auf dem Weg nach Hause sitze und es dunkler und dunkler wird und die Fahrt nie aufhört und die ganze Welt an mir vorbeigeht. Ein Lied was mich an wichtige Tage meines Lebens errinert und gleichzeitig traurig macht. Ein sehr besonderes Lied.

Pantha Du Prince – Steiner im Flug

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