Archive for June, 2011

June 28, 2011

Betty Black “Slow Dance” EP


Slow Dance EP - Betty Black
BETTY BLACK
SLOW DANCE EP
FRAU PINK PRODUCTIONS / KID RECORDINGS
KIDDEP 10008 
DIGITAL RELEASE DATE:
JUNE 28, 2011

GENRE: ALTERNATIVE, RETRO 60s POP
FOR FANS OF: LYKKE LI, PHIL SPECTOR, DUSTY SPRINGFIELD, PJ HARVEY, ROME, ADELE, KIMBRA

New Betty Black single on PopMatters.com !

“Sylvia’s voice–a supple coil of smooth velvet”

Time Out New York

“Tropicalized goth…a weird meld of torrid and frigid, alluring and domineering”
Simon Reynolds

Musical chameleons like SYLVIA GORDON do not come along every day. The multi-talented singer, songwriter, musician and artist (who has worked with BLACK EYED PEASMOBY and SPANK ROCK) boldly dons multiple personas as an outlet for her restless, adventurous spirit. She embraces and explores several muses by way of her various musical projects including ART WORLD KILLER (formerly known as KUDU), BETTY BLACK, SYLVIA BLACK and VIVIAN ALIVE!.

June 28th, she unveils Slow Dance, the long-awaited debut EP from her mesmerizing BETTY BLACK project (a second EP is scheduled for release later this summer). The first in a trilogy of thematic releases about the blossoming of young girls into womanhood (from blissful naiveté and longing to the harrowing pangs of innocence lost, self discovery and maturity)

On the 6 track set, Sylvia summons a rapturous collection of unflinchingly heartfelt torch songs and over a hazy pastel backdrop sunbathed in black. Enchanting, languid melodies and soothing strings prove to be the perfect partner-in-crime for this southern-steeped storytelling anchored with smoldering, lilting vocals and slow-burning musical landscapes heavily inspired by early 60’s girl groups (The Shirelles, The Ronettes and The Shangri-Las), Nashville country, Memphis blues and Phil Spector’s cacophonous “wall of sound”.

Songs like the euphoric and atmospheric “Spring Blossoms”, “Ever Fallen in Love” (Buzzcocks cover) and the title track recall Siouxsie and the Banshees’ enigmatic post-punk mystique, PJ Harvey and Nick Cave’s visceral poeticism and the fragrant heartbreak pop of Dusty Springfield and Patsy Cline. While the mascara-tainted ballads – “Came Home Cryin’” and “Will You Still Love Me” (a sublime cover of the Carole King-penned classic) – showcase the set’s oceanic beauty, soaring lyrical depth and intricate musical sophistication.

The heat-you-up-melt-you-down sensibility and sultry sensuality that permeates throughout the EP reflects Gordon’s intuitive ability to craft vivid, melodic tales of love, loss and longing (with equal parts smoke and bite) has made her an in-demand songwriter and collaborator, having worked with WILLIAM ORBIT, KELIS, BENNY BENASSI, TELEPOPMUSIK and N-DUBZ.

And then there are her co-writing credits on the BLACK EYED PEAS’ “Meet Me Halfway” and “The Best One Yet (The Boy).” The four-million-selling “Meet Me Halfway” was the third Top 10 single from the Peas’ multi-platinum, Grammy-winning fifth album, The E.N.D, while “The Best One Yet” is featured on the hip-pop act’s sixth studio album, the multi-million-selling The Beginning.

Gordon recently won an ASCAP POP MUSIC AWARD for the melancholic and rhythmic “Meet Me Halfway” – one of the most performed pop music song of 2010.

 TRACKLISTING:
1. Spring Blossoms
2. Slow Dance
3. Will You Still Love Me
4. Ever Fallen In Love
5. Came Home Cryin’
6. Low Tide Lullaby

June 21, 2011

Vanessa Daou “Heart Of Wax” (The Remixes) PT.II


Heart of Wax (The Remixes), Pt. II - Vanessa Daou

VANESSA DAOU
HEART OF WAX (THE REMIXES) PT. II
DAOU RECORDS / KID RECORDINGS
KIDD 10006 
DIGITAL RELEASE DATE:
JUNE 21, 2011 

GENRE: PROGRESSIVE, DEEP HOUSE, MINIMAL/TECH, CHILL OUT/DOWNTEMPO
FOR FANS OF: HED KANDI, BUDDHA BAR, MUSIC FOR DREAMS, BUZZIN’ FLY, TOOLROOM KNIGHTS

“Beauty never beats in a heart of wax, it comes down to that”

Following the success of her Top 40 Billboard Hot Dance Club Play single “CONSEQUENCES (THE REMIXES)” and tender late night grinder “HEART OF WAX (THE REMIXES)” PT. I, VANESSA DAOUreturns with the long-awaited companion set “HEART OF WAX (THE REMIXES)” PT. II. Much like her previous dance releases, the single is sure to gain support from the international DJ cognoscenti who have continually championed the sensual and provocative dance/electronic icon including QUENTIN HARRIS, ROBERTO RODRIGUEZ (aka MANOLO), TEDD PATTERSON, HEC ROMERO, ERIC KUPPER, BENJI CANDELARIO, KING BRITT, DIXON, SHAHROKH SOUND OF K. and TERRY LEE BROWN JR., DAOU dives deeper into the sultry slow-burner to unearth a dynamic set of mixes largely aimed at the dancefloor. Where PT. I was a decidedly more subtle club excursion, PT.II amps up the energy delivering a more pumped selection of sweaty big room workouts courtesy of RICHARD MOREL, CRAIG C., and EMJAE, while the closing salvo from BLANK & JONES slows things down to put the final exclamation point on the simmering, emotive ballad, 

MOREL cleverly recasts the original into a gritty and sexy, primetime floor-filler laced with his signature progressive/alternative grooves that propelled his mixes for artists like YOKO ONO, CYNDI LAUPER, LILY ALLEN, LA ROUX, DEPECHE MODE, NEW ORDER and THE KILLERS to the top of the club charts. The mix has become a staple in his DJ sets at his BLOWOFF bi-monthly residences (with partner,BOB MOULD) in DC, New York and San Francisco.

Denver-based producer/remixer CRAIG C. takes a more above-ground approach to his mixes, reshaping the song into a sun splashed summer anthem heaving with swirling filtered synths, pulsating rhythms and melodic guitar riffs. EMJAE (aka MATT JOHNSON of Boston-based nu-disco outfit NIGHTRIDERS) serves up two distinct interpretations – the more commercial, 90s house inspired “Club Mix” (think Robin S. and Nightcrawlers meet Kylie Minogue)and the hypnotic, minimal glitch-house flavored “Subterranean Disco Dub”. BLANK & JONES round out the package with their trademark brand of pastoral moodscapes and hazy Balearic downbeats.

TRACKLISTING:
1. Heart Of Wax (Richard Morel Mix)
2. Heart Of Wax (Richard Morel Dub)
3. Heart Of Wax (Craig C’s Master Blaster Mix)
4. Heart Of Wax (Craig C’s InstraBlaster Dub)
5. Heart Of Wax (Emjae Club Mix)
6. Heart Of Wax (Emjae’s Subterranean Disco Dub)
7. Heart Of Wax (Blank & Jones Late Night Mix)