Tag Archives: David Bowie

Music by Bergman: Artificial Pleasure

The British trio’s foray into an electro-funk-rock landscape—inspired by the sounds of Deutsch Amerikanische Freundschaft, LCD Soundsystem, and both Davids (Bowie and Byrne)—has been, for the most part, organic. Artificial Pleasure is barely two year old with some singles , and most of their material is mixed and produced by the band’s members; the London-based group consists of Phil McDonnell (vocals and guitar), Dom Brennan (synths), and Lee Jordan (drums), all of whom were previously part of the band Night Engine.

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Hit of the week: LCD Soundsystem “Tonite”

With less than a month to go before the release of LCD Soundsystem’s comeback album, American Dreamthe group has shared a new song. It’s titled “tonite” and was previously debuted live during LCD’s five-night stand at Brooklyn Steel back in April.  American Dream officially lands in stores September 1st. “tonite” follows the tracks “call the police” and “american dream”. The reunited outfit (thanks, David Bowie!) recently expanded its US tour behind the LP.

Best Covers: Los Coming Soon ‘Let’s Dance’

Lala y Patricio, los hermanos que lideran esta banda argentina ahora residente en Barcelona. Pese a llevar 7 años de carrera es ahora cuando sacan su primer disco con un título de lo más significativo We Are Los Coming Soon. Con este trabajo quieren mostrar la esencia del grupo en un disco compacto.  David Bowie es una clara influencia en su trabajo, donde versionan el tema Let’s Dance del artista británico y esa misma canción da nombre a su tour.

Best Covers: Trey Songz “Life On Mars?”

The producers of HBO’s Vinyl have pulled the masterful troll move of recruiting R&B loverman Trey Songz to cover “Life On Mars?,” David Bowie’s 1971 Hunky Dory all-timer. And while the mere existence of this cover will probably send some people into sputtering rages, it’s honestly not a bad version of the song at all. On his version, Trey Songz sings over a bare piano and nothing else, and he absolutely sings the shit out of the chorus. I don’t know how much time he’s spent thinking about what the song means, but as a pure vocal display, it’s deeply impressive.

Best Covers: Fenech-Soler “I wanna be your lover”

Electropop duo Fenech-Soler just dropped an EP that consists of covers of some of the 80s greatest hits. Appropriately titled “The Covers EP”, Fenech-Soler pays tribute to Prince, David Bowie, Talking Heads, Robin S., and Janet Jackson. The group released “Zilla”, their second album, in February, so it’s a nice surprise to get more music from them. Fenech-Soler does a great job keeping the essence of the original songs while infusing it with their unique style of electronic, pop, and a little rock. Prince’s “I Wanna Be Your Lover” is definitely our favourite one.

Best Covers: Seu Jorge ‘Rebel Rebel’

Known for being both an actor and a renewer of Brazilian pop be it solo or with Farofa Carioca, the band with which he debuted in 1998, Seu Jorge comes to Primavera Sound with a very special project: the live reinterpretation of the songs from “The Life Aquatic”, Wes Anderson’s film for which the Brazilian artist stripped down and put into Portuguese classic songs by David Bowie such as “Rebel Rebel”, “Life On Mars?”, “Starman”, “Five Years” and “Rock ‘N’ Roll Suicide”. This re reading of Bowie’s songs is only one of the multiple facets of a musician who has spent over fifteen years mixing samba, funk and bossa nova to offer his own vision of popular Brazilian music. He was playing last week at Primavera Sound.