our latest feature in today's print edition of the Phoenix Staff Spinz
highlights what we're playing these days in our newsroom...
You" [Terrible Records] -- When
we caught Blood Orange at this year's SXSW, it felt like a euphoric
rush of sex amongst a hybridized wave of indie rock. Here he's teamed
with the also sultry Solange for a dose of R&B that's likely to
deliver a similar libido shock to the current influx of FM bubblegum
ratchet pop. Perpetually trapped in big sis Beyoncé's shadow -- nothing
to be ashamed of there -- "Losing You" isn't likely to change anything
in that regard for Solange. But like Philip Sherburne pointed out in his rather excellent take on the track for Spin, if this thing hits, the impact could be greater on a far more substantial scale.I
haven't turned on a radio in about two years. Not for any reason other
than my deep seated fear of what I suspect is ruling the airwaves at the
moment: A whole lot of domestic abusers running around like MJ gone off a pill and faux-satanists acting all crrraaayyyyzzz over the dubstep.
It sucks. And the recent influx of EDM invading our shores is certainly
to blame. But being the blanket term that it is, electronic dance music
doesn't necessarily have to incite frenzy to be incorporated within our
popular music. Example 1A: "Losing You." It's entirely sensuous and
more likely to have you feeling yourself too damn much on the dancefloor
than punching the air in some sort of demonic fratboy exaltation. It
piggybacks a bit off a very specific Ibiza-centric sound, pioneered by
Jamie Jones, Benoit & Sergio, and the like. Fully competent
producers within their own pockets of house music, if they ever happen
to wash their way upon our shores in a manner that's even a remote
sliver of what we experienced via ‘The Great Dubstep Explosion of 2K11,'
we could be in store for a seismic shift -- a very special, very
necessary seismic shift.Shot in South Africa, the video for Solange's track is embedded below. Tell your friends.