VIDEO/BRAND NEW: Starcadian – “HE^RT” and “Home Away From Home (Starcadian Remix)”

Starcadian - "HE^RT"

Starcadian (or STΔRCΔDIΔN) is an unsigned musician from Brooklyn, who crafts these chilled-out, smooth, spacey 80s pop vibes. They’re irresistibly charming, and it comes as a genuine surprise that he has less than 100 fans on Facebook right now.

“HE^RT” is the lead single from Sunset Blood, the upcoming ‘motion picture soundtrack’. What exactly is that, you ask? Starcadian described it best in an e-mail to me:

“Essentially, it’s a conceptual album that serves as a soundtrack to the ultimate 80s movie that played out in your head when you looked at all those amazing hand-drawn VHS covers at the video club when you were a kid. Each song is a set-piece from the film and it serves as what I call an ‘ear movie’. My hope is that when people close their eyes, they can visualize the action playing out. Seeing bumbling Miami cops chasing Dan Aykroyd, when listening to “Sgt. Tagowski”. Don Johnson strutting into a bar to the sounds of “Ronnie”. Alex Rogan, the last starfighter, gazing at the stars while humming “HE^RT”. Every single song from the album is a movie in itself, a sentiment brought up by memories of John Carpenter, John Landis, Joe Dante, all those wonderful storytellers from way back when.”

Sunset Blood is tentatively slated for a late August release (it’s currently being mastered), but before then there will be a sampler released, so keep your eyes and ears peeled! In the meantime, check out the video for “HE^RT” below, and buy it on iTunes if you’re keen.

(video found via Pigeons & Planes)

If you’re looking for something that’s just as cool, and free, have a listen to Starcadian’s remix of Touch Tone’s “Home Away From Home” below too. I’d never heard the original until now, but they’re both worth checking out!

Above photo from the “HE^RT” video.

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VIDEO: Ultraísta – “Smalltalk”

Ultraísta

Ultraísta is the new project from famous Radiohead producer Nigel Godrich, drummer and producer Joey Waronker (both of whom play alongside Thom Yorke in Atoms For Peace), and London musician Laura Bettison. Godrich has worked with artists like Beck, Pavement, and Paul McCartney, and Waronker has worked with artists like Elliott Smith, R.E.M., and The Smashing Pumpkins. Amidst all of the news surrounding this new band, it’s hard to find much on Bettison, but it appears she performed at the Godiva Festival in 2006. At any rate, they’re a talented bunch, but that’s about all anyone knows right now.

They have one song out so far (and a video for it) – “Smalltalk”. Full of lush electronic instrumentation, excellent percussion (presumably from Waronker) and Bettison’s warm vocals, it looks like Ultraísta could be a band to watch. It’s also interesting to note that the band’s website has a link to download an acappella of Bettison’s vocals, so if you’re into the remix side of things, there’s that too.

Check “Smalltalk” out below.

Photo via the above video.

FEATURE: Last week’s new music.

I Am Giant - "Purple Heart"

Over the past week I’ve had a bunch of videos and songs that I intended to blog about, but never quite got around to. I don’t have the time that I’d like at the moment, so here’s quick roundup of what I was going to tell you all about.

New Zealand (now London-based) prog-rockers I Am Giant released a new clip for their track “Purple Heart”. It’s pretty intense, and I have no idea what the drummer is doing with his face, but it’s well worth a listen. It’s massive.

If you’re a fan of bands like Dead Letter Circus and Karnivool, check them out.


Star Slinger, the excellent UK producer and remix artist, has ‘refixed’ Drake’s “Crew Love (feat. The Weeknd)”. General comments I’ve seen indicate a mixed reaction from fans, but Take Care was a huge album, and I understand the conflict inherent in advocating a remix of something you’re attached to. Or maybe they just thought it was shit.

I really like it though. Amazing club vibe here. You can download it for free too if you want.


Venice, a five piece pop outfit from London, have done a few covers lately. Today I somehow got linked to one they’d done of Frank Ocean’s “Thinking About You”, and I was actually quite impressed. They might tread a little too close to sugary commercial pop for some of your tastes, but as far as I’m concerned, their song-writing and arrangements are great. If you aren’t sure – check out their cover of Nero’s “Reaching Out” too.

Aussie “hip-hop” group TZU have released the video for “Beginning of The End” – their first single in quite a while. It’s a bit of a return, after the band went on a four-year hiatus. Their last album, Computer Love, was released in 2008.

It’s an interesting single, and I’m looking forward to picking up their new album. Tone Deaf have an accompanying comic book for you to download alongside it all too! Check it out over here.


And last, but definitely not least, is the first original track ever from remix artist RAC.

I bang on about RAC enough already, but this is special. Featuring vocals from Penguin Prison’s Chris Glover, it’s a well-defined pop hit. It’s simple enough, but still works in a bunch of amazing hooks. I really can’t wait to hear the impending album, because knowing just what RAC can do, it should be amazing. Also, if you like it, you can download it for free!

Photo from I Am Giant’s above video.

BRAND NEW: letthemusicplay – “Waves (RAC Mix)”

letthemusicplay

I don’t know who letthemusicplay are. I think there are very few people who do.

The folks at RAC certainly don’t – or just aren’t telling us – going off the intriguing information they gave us via Facebook.

This one is a little strange because the artist is trying really hard to be anonymous. It’s “rumored” that the members are some of the biggest names in electronic music.

But at the end of the day, does it really matter? If letthemusicplay were awful then I’d be more than happy to criticise their anonymity as a gimmick to attract buzz, but they’re actually pretty good. Chances are, they’ll eventually gain enough attention simply through the quality of their music. You can check out the original cut of “Waves” here, and what I’m fairly sure is their only other track, “Space”, here.

And to top it off, this is an RAC mix we’re talking about! They’ve done so many brilliant mixes over the past few years. They can even make the Old Spice Guy sound like he belongs in a club for crying out loud.

Take a listen below. This catchy dance number is worth your time.

And yeah, that sounds like Dougy from The Temper Trap to me too.

BRAND NEW: Rihanna – “We Found Love (Star Slinger Refix)”

Rihanna - We Found Love

Almost surprisingly, I’ve always had a bit of a soft spot for this Rihanna tune. It probably has something to do with Calvin Harris being on board, because as far as musicians that can hit a beat go, he’s well and truly up there.

So I jumped at the chance to check out a remix of the track, by none other than Star Slinger – the UK producer who’s been making waves since mid-2010 – and who it’s taken me far too long to notice. This glitchy reinterpretation (not a remix, but a “refix” according to his SoundCloud page) singles out Rihanna’s chorus while putting a much more dominating beat behind it – one of those exciting beats that encourages dancing, but still has that dangerous edge that could throw you.

Check it out and grab a download below!

Also worth checking out is his Childish Gambino remix!

MIXTAPE: On The Tune Mixtape Vol. 5

On The Tune Mixtape Vol. 5

It’s certainly been a while between mixtapes, but hopefully this is a triumphant return to form! We’ve got something for everyone with this one. Guitar-based songs, softer tracks, a Talking Heads cover, sample-based electronic songs, hip-hop mash-ups, acoustic ditties, and some post-rock to finish everything up.

Plus, it’s all completely legal. I asked every single artist or their management if I could use the tracks. No guilty conscience for anyone involved. It feels nice, doesn’t it?

Enough of my ramblings though. Feel free to peruse this fine tracklisting and download the mixtape at your leisure. Happy listening!

P.S. Cover art is by the incredibly handsome Michael “Sea Monkeys” Forrest.

And don’t forget to like On The Tune on Facebook!

Download

Size: 131.09 MB

Tracklist:

1. Winter Street – A Little More

2. The Moniters – Lights Go Down

3. The Panda Band – The Fix

4. The Deer Republic – Feel Like Dancing

5. Millions – Those Girls

6. Udays Tiger – Machine

7. Tim Fitz – Disposable Youth

8. The Dead Leaves – This Must Be The Place (Naive Melody)

9. Buckley Ward – So Pretend

10. Anton Franc – Letting Go

11. Air France – It Feels Good To Be Around You

12. Lion & the Lotus – Vistas De Oro

13. Gotye –  Somebody That I Used To Know (Phatchance Hip Hop Remix) Remixed by One Above

14. The Trouble With Templeton – Bleeders

15. Cheer Advisory Council – Coach

16. Solkyri – This Can’t Wait!

17. Tom Day – Home

Don’t know how to unzip stuff? Download 7zip here.
Don’t know which download link to click? I don’t know what .msi files are either. Do you use Windows? Try this one.

BRAND NEW: Gotye – “Somebody That I Used To Know (Phatchance Hip Hop Remix) Remixed by One Above”

With Phatchance holding the pen and One Above working on the beat, this remix always had the right people behind it – but was it enough to do something special to the original? Was it enough to successfully remix a song that’s gone absolutely crazy in the Australian music scene?

I think the answer to that is a resounding “YES”. This track once again displays just how underrated Chance is in the hip-hop scene – the verses he delivers on this reworking keep the same tone as the original, and the imagery is so evocative. Not only that, but rhythmically Chance’s flow is at its very best here. I don’t know how he has managed to take such a distinctive and popular track, and contribute so much to it lyrically – although I really shouldn’t be so surprised.

And you know what? People are going to whinge. I know they will. “Oh he ruined the original!” Just try to listen to it as a stand-alone track. Listen to it as something completely new. Chance’s lyrics and style cement him as one of my favourite hip-hop artists, and this remix is gold. You are allowed to like both the original and this, you know that right? We’re all friends here, we all wanna hear good music. Wally is such a cool dude he even gave Chance the stems to use for the mix. Don’t be hatin’. Just listen, and hopefully enjoy! (You can download it too if you want! It’s on Chance’s mixtape.)

Also! For any budding producers/musicians who want to remix Gotye’s track, he’s made the stems available over here on his website! [direct link to download the stems]

Hi guys, unfortunately it seems Gotye has either taken the stems down or they ran out of downloads – they’re no longer available. However someone found an alternate link down in the comments if you’re interested.