#Review: Chromeo – Head Over Heels ūüφ


   

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Muzik Speaks Loves Atlantic Records - SmallerChromeo are an electro-funk duo from Canada, consisting of David “Dave 1” Macklovitch and Patrick “P-Thugg” Gemayel. To date, the pair have released four studio albums, but Head Over Heels marks their fifth album and debut release with our pals over at Atlantic Records.

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The first I knew of Chromeo, was their remix of Maroon 5‘s ‘Wait’ (as featured on our re:MIXTAPE playlist), so I must be forgiven for not having heard much of their back catalogue. However, taking this album at face value, it is a strong release with a stunningly contemporary take on disco and funk music.

Having worked together for the past 15 years, it’s clear to see that these guys have perfected their sound, which is a perfect amalgamation of modern, electro-pop music with synth-driven disco and bass-slapping funk.

This is certainly an album that doesn’t take itself too seriously – it’s intentionally fun and funky, with its saucy innuendos and genre-perfect production qualities, the likes of Giorgio Moroder and Nile Rogers would be proud of.

The album kick-starts with the tantalising¬†‘Must’ve Been’¬†(featuring¬†DRAM) – a slap bass, groovy-guitar, vocoder-infused anthem, that excellently demonstrates what’s in store throughout the rest of the record.

With the music up and a house to yourself (…or packed with friends), there really will be no holding you back!

Other memorable moments include the wonderfully repetitive¬†‘Don’t Sleep’ (featuring French Montana¬†and¬†Stefflon Don)¬†with its laid-back 80s vibes and sensational vocal harmonies, whilst¬†‘One Track Mind’¬†is an understated yet seriously catchy track consisting of beautiful talk box, vocal melodies towards the end – it’s very similar to something you might hear by¬†Charlie Puth.

Meanwhile,¬†‘Bad Decision’¬†is all about splashing the cash on a girl and has a definite¬†Prince-esque vibe to it; high-pitched vocals on top of some superb little guitar riffs and¬†‘Right Back Home To You (Interlude)’¬†is a track you can get surprisingly hooked on – think funky soul meets jazz lounge, topped with sweeping high-pitched vocals; there’s a real 70s quality to it.

Towards the end of the album, it all comes together on the two-part, ‘Bedroom Calling’. Part One is a truly anthemic mellow jam with atmospheric, reverb-driven bass notes and slow drum beats, whilst Part Two¬†(featuring The-Dream) is a much more upbeat, pop tune that is oozing with shimmering synths.

To those who say quality disco music doesn’t get made any more, I would simply reply, “Chromeo”. This is definitely not an album you can listen to without, at the very least, bobbing your head and tapping you toe, but in reality, with the music up and a house to yourself (…or packed with friends), there really will be no holding you back!

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‘Head Over Heels’¬†is out now and can be downloaded from iTunes –¬†https://itunes.apple.com/gb/album/head-over-heels/1380944674


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Must’ve Been featuring DRAM (Official Video)

Juice (Official Video)


We hope you’ve enjoyed this review! What do you think of this duo’s latest record? Does it fulfil all your funk needs or leave you wanting more? What would you rate it? Please leave your thoughts in a comment or via our social media.


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#FeelGoodFriday: Cerrone – ‘Move Me’ featuring Brendan Reilly


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Cerrone is a french disco drummer, composer and record producer; he is considered to be one of the most influential disco producers of the 70s and 80s, within Europe.

His music has been sampled by many artists, including Modjo, Bob Sinclar, The Beastie Boys,¬†Run‚ÄďD.M.C.¬†and he has worked with singers such as¬†Nile Rodgers,¬†Jocelyn Brown and¬†La Toya Jackson.

This year, 2016,¬†Cerrone¬†has released a new studio album, in the form of¬†Red Lips, which features a lot of talent, including¬†Aloe Blacc,¬†Yasmin and¬†Kiesza. One track from the album is¬†‘Move Me’¬†featuring¬†Brendan Reilly. The song is brimming with funky, old-school disco vibes, yet somehow has pushed through a current edge to it!

I am a huge fan of this song and defy anyone not to love the #FeelGoodFriday feel to it; what do you think? Check out the video below…

Please let us know your thoughts on this track or tell us what #FeelGoodFriday song you’d choose, either in a comment below or via our social media accounts.

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‘Move Me’¬†can be downloaded off¬†iTunes now –¬†https://itunes.apple.com/gb/album/move-me-feat.-brendan-reilly/id1150002388?i=1150002468


#FeelGoodFriday: RALPH – ‘Something More’


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I’m completely new to¬†RALPH (aka Raffa Weyman) but I’m already a fan!

Having recently been introduced to the songstress, I have been captured by her unique sound and the way she combines¬†uplifting 70s/80s disco synths with funky pop beats and her contemporary vocal style; she’s bound to gather a huge audience, quickly.

She has stated that¬†“‘Something More’¬†was inspired by Aziz Ansari’s Netflix show ‘Master of None’. The show honestly narrates the existential issues faced by young adults now. Consumed with social media and dating apps, we’re obsessed with the idea of something more or someone better, often leading us to sabotage the good things we have.”

Her honest lyricism and tempting sound make for a real auditory treat – this one’s definitely a great song to kick start your weekend! #FeelGoodFriday at its best!

No official music video has been released (that I can find!) as of yet, but of course, we’ll keep you updated on this.

What are your thoughts on this newcomer? Have you heard any of her previous releases? Has this song got you excited for more? Please share your thoughts or own #FeelGoodFriday choices in a comment below or hit us up via our social media accounts.

Have a great weekend guys!

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‘Something More’¬†can be downloaded off¬†iTunes now –¬†https://itunes.apple.com/gb/album/something-more-single/id1135404978


#FeelGoodFriday: Katy Perry – ‘Birthday’


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I can’t believe this song is already 3 years old already (…well 2 when the single was released, but 3 when the album was released).

‘Birthday’ is a very much disco-inspired (nu-disco) song from¬†Katy Perry‘s third studio album,¬†Prism. It has been compared to the likes of¬†Prince and¬†Mariah Carey and is rife with double entendres around the theme of celebrating a partner’s birthday.

The suggestive lyrics add to the fun of the song but the chorus is catchy and uplifting as anything! It’s just perfect for a #FeelGoodFriday song…I just had to post it…even if it’s not current!

What do you think of Katy Perry’s music? Is this the best of her songs for a #FeelGoodFriday track? Please share your suggestions with us and repost this.

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‘Birthday’ can be downloaded off iTunes now –¬†https://itunes.apple.com/gb/album/birthday/id690541132?i=690541280


#FeelGoodFriday: Justin Timberlake – ‘Can’t Stop The Feeling!’


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It’s been nearly 3 years since¬†Justin Timberlake released new music, but last week was when the day came for a new song from him!

Released as the lead song from the upcoming¬†Dreamworks Animation¬†film,¬†‘Trolls’, it has definitely got that feel-good factor! It’s got the perfect combination of dance-pop and funk mixed with a touch of old-school disco.

Critics have been loving this song, as have fans and it’s clear to see why – I really can’t get enough of it! Turn your volume to 11 and dance the hell out of it!

Are you a JT fan? Do you like this new sound? Would you like to hear more of this style from him? Please share your #FeelGoodFriday songs with us too.

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‘Can’t Stop The Feeling!’¬†can be downloaded off¬†iTunes now –¬†https://itunes.apple.com/gb/album/cant-stop-feeling!-original/id1110121889?i=1110121977


#ThrowbackThursday: Michael Jackson – ‘Don’t Stop ‘Til You Get Enough’


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This #ThrowbackThursday is a rather special one; Michael Jackson was, in my opinion, the most incredibly talented singer and performer and I think his work should be admired for how fantastic it was and still is.

Not only that, but his first, adult, solo album,¬†‘Off The Wall, is due for re-release on 26/02/16, accompanied with the brand new Spike Lee documentary,¬†Michael Jackson’s Journey from Motown to Off The Wall¬†– which I am very lucky to be going to see the premier of, today, at the BAFTA headquarters in London! The film is said to chronicle¬†Michael Jackson‘s rise through the creation of the¬†‘Off The Wall’ album, and is the second Jackson-orientated documentary that Lee has made.

‘Don’t Stop ‘Til You Get Enough’ was released back in 1979 and was written solely by Jackson himself. It was co-produced by Jackson, alongside producer-extraordinaire,¬†Quincy Jones, who went on to collaborate with Jackson, many more times throughout his career.

This song gained¬†Michael Jackson his first solo Grammy Award and American Music Award – both massive achievements! It’s just a down-right, awesome, funk-filled, disco-dancing anthem; I love it!

Are you an MJ fan? What song of his would you pick for a #ThrowbackThursday? Share you thoughts in a comment below or on social media, along with this link.

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‘Don’t Stop ‘Til You Get Enough’¬†can, of course, be downloaded off¬†iTunes right now –¬†https://itunes.apple.com/gb/album/dont-stop-til-you-get-enough/id159292399?i=159293312


#ThrowbackThursday: Earth, Wind & Fire – ‘September’


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Can you throwback to a time your weren’t even born yet?! I don’t know, but I’m going to!

Earth, Wind & Fire released this massive tune,¬†‘September’, back in 1978. At the time of it’s release, it reached Number 3 in the UK charts. It was then remixed by¬†Phats & Small and re-released (as¬†‘September 1999’) in 1999.

It has also been covered countless times and appeared in many forms of media, including Family Guy, American Dad! and The Cleveland Show.

This song is just about everything fun you could want in a song; it’s the perfect blend of R&B and Disco and has enough Funk to almost be considered lethal; it’s awesome!

Are you a fan? Will this song get you groovin’? Please share it on your social media accounts! Much love ūüôā

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‘September’¬†can be downloaded off¬†iTunes now –¬†https://itunes.apple.com/gb/album/september/id157433509?i=157434128


#FeelGoodFriday: Mark Ronson – ‘Uptown Funk’ featuring Bruno Mars

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This song has been a sensation all over the world and it’s still making it’s mark on the chart today (28 weeks it’s spent there to date!)

Mark Ronson and Bruno Mars have been collaborating for a while (Ronson produced several of Mars‘ tracks) and this song blew up for the pair, scoring Ronson his first UK and US Number 1 single and album!

The song’s funk and disco vibe set it apart from a lot of other mainstream singles, with clear influences from bands such as¬†Earth, Wind & Fire and¬†Wham!

This song has deserved its success as it’s a quality produced, funk-loving, boogie-fuller marvel! The music video is the perfect visual companion to the song too! The pair must be revelling in their genius for this one!

I still can’t get enough of this song! Are you over this tune yet or still loving it? Please share this across your social media platforms. Share the love ūüôā

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‘Uptown Funk’ can be downloaded from iTunes now –¬†https://itunes.apple.com/gb/album/uptown-funk-feat.-bruno-mars/id943946661?i=943946671


#ThrowbackThursday: Modjo – ‘Lady (Hear Me Tonight)’

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It’s an insane thought to me, that this song is now nearly FIFTEEN! (Yes, 15!!!!!) years old! That means I was only 12 when this song came out! I distinctly remember buying the CD single of this track – I played it on repeat for weeks on end and I love it just as much now, as I did back then!

The song features¬†a guitar sample of ‘Soup for One’, originally by¬†Chic.

When it was released, it peaked at Number 1 in the charts, back in 2000, for 3 consecutive weeks (10th September 2000 – 24th September 2000). This track was pretty much a one-hit wonder for the French duo – although they released subsequent tracks from their album, the rest failed to enter the Top 10.

I hope you can get your groove on to this track today, as much as I can.

Does this song hold any memories for you? If so, what? What Throwback Thursday are you feeling this week?

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