I haven’t held back about New Arcades in the past, they’re a hard-working duo who have now remixed the track “The Knife” by songstress Kyla La Grange. Perhaps I was sleeping when the original came around last month, or perhaps it just felt too slight to stick, and with all things considered her sound changed quite drastically after she travelled to South Africa too- so maybe it should have resonated more? As a native those african drums and kalimbas flowing into her sweet vocal just didn’t quite sit properly for me, but this remix has given the original a second life. A dancehall-electro opening turns it into a punchier sound that suits a title like “The Knife” a lot better.
Take a quick trip over to Neon Gold Records where through a series of clicks you can download great remixes of my song of the summer ‘Young Blood‘ by The Naked and Famous. One’s from Sweden’s The Sounds Of Arrows, the other by Pink Ganter flipping the Passion Pit sounding track a little more towards The Knife.
Have you noticed that there seems to be a lot better music in commercials these days? Whether its an ad for the Sony Bravia television featuring Jose Gonzalez‘s cover of the Knife‘s Heartbeats or those rocking Yaris ads with music from The Deadly Snakes, television (and commericals specifically) are surely becoming a great medium to discover new music.
One company in Canada that is really making waves in this field is Vapor Music. They represent a hell of a lot of Canadian indie bands and labels (Maple, Arts and Crafts, Paperbag Records) and work to find placements and opportunities in the commerical world for these artists. Now, they’re going to be moving into the world of putting on concerts, set to deliver their first annual Vapor Independent Music Showcase.
Great lineup, great cause (*all proceeds to The Hospital For Sick Children). Check it out. Tickets are $10 if you e-mail Vapor or $12 at the door.