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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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 🙁
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.