Nowadays, reimagining a classic music staple into our chic electronic world is either a hit or a flop; remakes don’t necessarily make the man. But for Berlin born, LA based award winning gem of a producer/composer, Robot Koch, it does. Lending his inspiring sound of electronic music to The Mammas and The Papas original classic “California Dreamin'” alongside Delhia De France‘s mysteriously beautiful vocals, the modern track is fit for a modern world, with an exquisite music video capture to accompany shot and directed by one of our faves, Sven Dreesbach.
The film industry likes Koch, too. His tunes have been used on plenty of TV shows and films including NBC’s “The Blacklist” and Fox’s “Rake” while he continues to connect with a global, growing audience. He also collaborated on the recent Tensnake album, which makes us kind of ecstatic. As for Delhia De France, she’s one to add to your radar of pleasurable tunes. She has quite the collaborative bone and has teamed up with artists like Robag, Wruhme, Marlow, Gunne and others. She’s also the main B of electronic band, Pentatones.
Instead, this British homeland-infused track carries tropical notes fit for life on the beach, sexy spoken word vocals and an eclectic video by visual artist Rose Pilkington, which brings out all the lovely notes. On inspiration behind the track Jamie states, “I made this track in order to play out back home as I knew the year to come would be spent largely in the UK, DJing and making my own album. It serves as a reminder, not to take any time for granted at home or away.” This music mix master definitely never drops a bad tune in our lap.
Lola Blanc, the trained ventriloquist and music writer to other pop names and genre relevant producers, debuts her video for “Bad Tattoo” – the epitome of a catchy pop track. The bouncy verses blend perfectly with the colorful – yet a little weird – imagery. Reminiscent of Miley’s “We Can’t Stop” video, but less horrifying and more humorous. Blanc drips blue frosting out of her mouth, grinds on a tiger, takes comfort in a small box, sings into bananas and blue ice cream cones, all while surrounded by pastel, doll-like, babes – one being Lime Crime’s founder, Doe Deere, FYI.
Blanc’ look is a mix of 50s housewife and 90s club kid. Donning platform sneakers, neon colors, Betty Paige bangs, and rocking Jeremy Scott, Blanc’s style is eye-catching with a voice to follow. It is no wonder the pop queens seek her expertise – but they better watch out, they may just get de-throned.
The olive-eating, Canadian-bred band Islands is back with their new video for “Wave Forms.” Directed by Strike Anywhere, the new vid follows Islands as they join a lone roller skater (played by Cory Zacharia) as he rolls through the streets of, ahem, Lancaster. Zacharia has been a recurring character in Mike Ott’s films, including “Littlerock,” “Pearlblossom Highway” and the upcoming “Lake Los Angeles.”
Cheers to a band that can keep our attention since the pimply, ForeverXXI days of 2006.
Check out the video below:
Self-proclaimed bruja, Jarina de Marco, uses Screamin’ Jay Hawkins’ classic “I Put a Spell on You” to introduce herself to the world, and it is fitting. Signed to Wyclef Jean’s new independent label, AllHandzOnDeck, the latin songstress gives you english and spanish lines with a fun beat – no need to be bilingual to know this song is catchy.
In her first video, “Spell on You,” director Pablo Lozano uses traditional Dominican vodou imagery to truly embody a witches’ idea of revenge – vodou doll in hand. DIY plastic rosaries draped in her hair and gold chains hanging from her neck, De Marco sings “Mira pendejo you should know better than mess with a chica a chica like me.” She may look innocent in her two-piece, brightly colored outfits, and flowers in her hair, but she obviously means business – evil business in this case.
While we shouldn’t invest in chicken parts, dolls, and spells to solve our heartbreak, Jarina de Marco knows how to make it look like a good time. Unfortunately, we aren’t quite sure how many other bad things De Marco can convince us to do because very of her few songs are on the interwebz, so just play the video over and over, you won’t regret it.
Solange is doing swap-meet chic meets disco-queen in her new video for “Lovers in the Parking Lot” off her True EP. Wearing metallics, bright pinks and hot pants, Solange dances as if no one is watching – very reminiscent of Robyn a la the Call Your Girlfriend music video. In this nearly deserted Houston, Texas (baby) mini mall, we get cameo’s of Bun B and Mannie Fresh, attempting to keep up with the quirky dance moves Solange executes so well.
“Lovers in the Parking Lot” is an ode to truly not knowing what you got ’til it’s gone. She’s vying for her lover back, and obviously knows no other way to accomplish that task than to just be flat out adorable. Hey, it works on us.
Longtime friend of the LAC clubhouse and self-proclaimed dork, Maceo Paisley kicks up the tempo and into the most sweltering heat of deep summer with his new video, “Vacation.” The dancer/rapper/sock designer (how’s that for a slashie?) takes to the LA River in a playful and charming attempt to convince a girl to take some time off with him. Whether his charismatic approaches work or not, we’ll never know, but the tune is sure to get stuck in your head on your drive home from work. And can we breathe a collective sigh of “awww” for the world’s cutest mini-Maceos in this video?
oh and this:
Saturated shots of barrenness, children playing, caped individuals, fading moments of affection, and more. Detroit-bred, now LA-based, singer and producer JMSN reveals his intriguing new video for single “Love & Pain.”
Directed by Stephen Mallett (who previously directed the video for “Jameson”), the video strikingly captures clips of life’s themes: Spirituality/Purpose, Adolescence/Innocence, and Connection/Intimacy. Opening with a sax-heavy standout from his self-released debut †Priscilla†, which is slated for re-issue October 2013, this melancholy track is a perfect showcase of JMSN’s well honed Alternative-R&B sound. You may either want to get sexy, or cry, or both – hey, we don’t care to know what you do when you’re in love or in pain. Just make sure this song or its video is on when you do what you do.
After a long-awaited 13 months, Fiona Apple reunites with filmmaker Paul Thomas Anderson for the deceptively simple, vintage-looking video for The Idler Wheel track “Hot Knife.” The video, which includes older sis Maude Maggart who also sings on the track, portrays an ever so slight Maya Deren-esque, surreleast triptych of her harmonies. We’re fans and totally diggin’ this over the whole octopus thing…
Watch the new video below:
At LA CANVAS, we have our eyes and ears everywhere. Sometimes we’re better off for it and sometimes, unfortunately, we wish we could hit the rewind button and recoup our time.
Recently, we fell deep through the Youtube abyss to scour through some of our favorite/most creative music videos released this last week. What we discovered, aside from the fact that puppies and baby cheetahs make an amazing, unlikely duo, shark attack videos are morbidly engrossing, Robin Thicke’s “Blurred Lines” new vid is, well, kinda rapey, and Miley Cyrus needs to just chill (c’mon Diane Martel! We love you, but real talk, girl, we would never let T.I. anywhere near our hair), there are, in fact, some real gems in the mix.
Peep our fave video releases from this past week:
M.I.A. – “Bring The Noize”
The pink haired provocateur is back with the new release off her upcoming album, Matangi. Bring the Noize (a tribute to Public Enemy’s 1987 classic of the same name) follows M.I.A. to an underground club (or a synth-pop version of Diddy’s White Party) where she and fellow dancers, all clad in white, dance to a ridiculously infectious beat. Love it or hate it, props to a girl who can rock out in all white and come out of it without a single stain.
M.I.A.’s fourth album, Matangi is due out this fall.
Yeah Yeah Yeahs – “Despair”
Who the hell knew the Yeah Yeah Yeahs would be the first to film a video atop the Empire State Building? The band filmed on the observation deck from 2 a.m. until just after sunrise, before the public was admitted. The song builds slowly, as does the imagery, beginning in a bummer dive bar to crescendoing atop the iconic building as the sun begins to rise. Itchy trigger fingers should skip to the end of the video, where helicopters capture a spectacular long shot of Karen O and the band prancing along one of the world’s tallest buildings.
Although bands have applied before to shoot atop the Empire State Building before, nobody had met the production requirements. Anthony E Malkin, president of the Empire State’s operators was surprised it took 84 years for the first video to happen: “Credit to [Yeah Yeah Yeahs] for having the gumption to ask.” We second that.
“Despair” is the latest single from Mosquito, the Yeah Yeah Yeahs’ fourth studio album.
Robyn feat. Snoop Dogg – “U Should Know Better”
While the song may be off of Robyn’s 2010 Body Talk album, the music video was just released last week. To which we say, “What took you so long Robyn? This track is killer.”
The video features a boy Robyn and She-Snoop kicking ass and taking names all over the neighborhood while challenging gender roles at the same time.
Cloud Control – “Dojo Rising”
Shot on location in Bolivia, this bizarre video has us captivated. From sad clowns to demonic children and bullet wounds made of glitter, the video is beautiful from start to finish. Even if we don’t totally get it.
“Dojo Rising” is the latest single from the Australian band Cloud Control off their forthcoming album Dream Cave due out in September.
Hanni el Khatib – “Penny”
We have to admit, we were a little surprised with El Khatib’s newest release. While “Penny” may be more of a pop ditty than we’ve ever heard from the rocker, the video brings the edge right back. In it, orange-suit clad inmates are portrayed crooning to the track, becoming more and more emotive as the song progresses. The Simon Cahn-directed video is a humorous juxtapostion of lyric and imagery.
Be sure to look for the Hanni El Khatib’s Head in the Dirt LP on sale now.
Solange – “Losing You”
Ok, ok, this one isn’t a newbie. but this video and Solange are just so damn charming, we can’t stop watching it.
Directed by famed video director Melina Matsoukas and styled by Ty Hunter, the vid takes us on a super stylish, cinematic journey through the streets of Cape Town with bold prints and gorgeous colors. It is a visual feast, better than the track itself, and will make you hit replay over and over again. We certainly did.
You can purchase the whole album here
Rare Times is a soulful Los Angeles-based quartet who’ve found themselves aligned with the hedonistic partying scene of the city’s downtown warehouses. It’s no wonder, then, that their video for the single ‘No One’s Looking Out’ feels like something from the 80’s or early 90’s, with its alternately dark and neon scenes, sultry and yet evocative of the infamously grimey Skid Row where young Angelenos often frequent afterhours parties. Rare Times‘ video confirms our belief that Angelenos are often stuck chasing a past era, but in this case, we don’t mind it one bit. Watch on for this strangely seductive journey.
L.A. beat-smith Tokimonsta comes back at us with a video that is sure to melt your face off. The new track featuring some rhymes from Kool Keith plays out like an iTunes visualizer taken to the next level. The graphics were put together by Japanese design guru Teppei Maki, a fan who reached out to Tokimonsta in search of a collaboration. Because the video will most likely leave you wanting more, look out for her full album Half Shadows out this April or get to Low End Theory at the Airliner this Wednesday to see her set live.
In his new video for “Say That,” Chaz Bundick hits that indie-kid sweetspot where creepy and awkward adds up to apathetically cool. It’s this ideal crux that his one-man electro-machine Toro Y Moi has always embodied, peppering funky lo-fi cheese with shurgged-shoulder stoicism and a sort of regular-guy ease. And, he looks good in khakis.
The new clip zooms in and out on the songwriter/producer as he lackadaisically lounges, sings, or grooves amidst various landscapes. Meanwhile, a steady beat bubbles along at a languid pace, delivering a West Coast electro-funk flavor and inspiring the sleepiest of dance moves. No need to get off the couch for this one.
Bundick is scheduled to release his third album as Toro Y Moi on January 22nd. Written and recorded after a move from South Carolina to Berkeley, Anything in Return has a distinctly Californian bent. Catch Toro Y Moi in LA at the Fonda on March 3rd.