Song of the Day

Song of the Day: Digitalism – Zdarlight

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German electronic act Digitalism is finally playing a proper show here in the great city of Toronto. It is on Tuesday night and it will be a bloody good time.

The group has been on my radar since 2005 when they release the absolutely epic track “Zdarlight” (below). That track, with it’s pulsating beat and incredibly dramatic and thrilling climaxremains in my upbeat ipod playlist to this day. They just recently released their sophomore record, I Love You, Dude this year and the album continues with the Digitalism tradition of accessible, vibrant and exciting dance music. Check out Zdarlight though…

Tour dates

11/29 – Toronto, ON – Mod Club
11/30 – Montreal, QC – SAT
12/1 – Boston, MA – Paradise
12/2 – New York, NY – Webster Hall
12/3 – Philadephia, PA – Trocadero
12/5 – Washington, DC – U Street Music Hall
12/7 – Asheville, NC – Orange Peel
12/9 – Austin, TX – Parish
12/10 – Dallas, TX – Granada Theater
12/12 – Solana Beach, CA – Belly Up
12/13 – Los Angeles, CA – The Music Box
12/14 – San Francisco, CA – Mezzanine

Song of the Day: Skybox – In A Dream

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What do you get when you combine a danceable beat, synthesizers and a fantastic semi-falsetto, tied together with a bow of sincerity? Skybox.

I stumbled upon them last year when they opened for the indie trio Jukebox the Ghost at a Lollapalooza after party. I instantly knew I loved them when the lead singer kicked off their segment with “let’s get this crowd jumping!” – a shout out to my favorite, and only, dance move at concerts. When I bought their album Morning After Cuts post-concert, I discovered a sweet, delicate sound embroiled with just enough tension to make it interesting and topped off with the dense and yet whimsical lyrics of lead singer Tim Ellis. Set that to a percussion section that really does make you want to jump and you’ve got what makes Skybox magical. Give In A Dream a listen – if the opening beat doesn’t get you airborne I don’t know what will.

Song of the Day: Noah and the Whale – Love of an Orchestra

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There’s nothing better than an unexpected instrument making an appearance in a band’s musical repertoire. I’m talking about those saxophones, violas, glockenspiels, accordions and cowbells that suddenly ring out in the song you’re rocking out to, giving you that moment’s pause when you ask yourself, “This song is awesome – what instrument is that?”

Now compound that extra kick an interesting instrument gives a song by the factor of an entire orchestra – flutes, trumpets, trombones, violas, violins – and you’ve got Noah and the Whale’s very aptly titled “Love of an Orchestra.” Sure, I’m fairly certain that the soaring, sweeping, upbeat orchestral music in the background is supposed to serve as a somewhat ironic backdrop to the disheartening chorus of “if you’ve got to run, run from hope” but I still can’t get through this entire song without a ridiculously large smile on my face at the end. Even more so when I watch the adorable old dancing man in the video.

Song of the Day: I Am A Camera – Commuter Love

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I have a soft spot for sleazy synth lines, mid tempo dance tracks. It should be no surprise that I enjoyed the track Commuter Love by English duo I Am A Camera.
Sounding a bit like the band Client, this track definitely carries a steady groove and is set to be released Sunday December 4th. Check it out

I Am A Camera – Commuter Love by PurplePR