Todd Terje: Inspector Norse
Glastonbury 2015 came and went, with performances from Jamie xx, Hot Chip, Mark Ronson, Caribou, Jessie Ware, Mary J. Blige to Kanye West—and even a cameo from the Dalai Lama—to save in the archives for a long time. One of the more memorable live performances came from Norwegian producer Todd Terje who brought his house/disco album to life with a full band—including his brother on the drums. This live version of “Inspector Norse” involves a flute, dancers in drag, Terje on keys and lots of smiles from everyone on stage rocking their hearts out.
Netherlands duo Klyne isn’t so, so new—they debuted as Nick Klein (who’s on vocals, and Ferdous Dehzad produces) but did a quick name change after they spotted another Nick Klein also gaining traction within the music blogosphere. “Paralyzed” marks their first-ever music video, and the simplicity of two dancers in sync pairs well with the soulful yet stripped electronic track.
Remi Miles: Under Light Symphonies
Nigerian-born, US-raised and now Brighton-based singer/songwriter Remi Miles performed his track ”
Under Light Symphonies” at London venue KOKO, and his sharp suit and bouncy moves perfectly reflect the breezy touches of reggae and swing that his song possesses. The pop track—from Miles’ EP of the same name—is sweet and a little glittery, but steers clear of being saccharine or showy.
Beach House: Sparks
Beach House have kept fans patiently waiting since their 2012 album Bloom, and this week the dreamy Baltimore alt rock duo released their first single off of Depression Cherry, out next month. “Sparks” is a chaotic synergy of vocal loops and unexpected chord progressions that resolves towards the end, as the song refines into Beach House’s now instantly recognizable tone. Complex, rough and stormy, “Sparks” awakens something from the deep.
Chicago: Saturday in the Park (Live in 1973)
Released in 1972, Chicago’s hit “Saturday in the Park” still warms the cockles of our collective hearts to this day. Robert Lamm wrote the song after a stroll through Manhattan’s Central Park on the 4th of July, inspired by the vibrant celebrations taking place throughout there. Bottling the carefree feelings of summer into a light-hearted jam, “Saturday in the Park” sets the mood for this weekend’s 4th of July festivities.