When I heard the news that ‘David Bowie is’ – possibly one of the greatest retrospective of this generation was coming to the Philarmonie de Paris, I was more than thrilled. I was even more excited because my lack of organisation has led me to miss the exhibition at the V&A back in 2013. This time I was not going to miss it.
David Bowie is a living alien genius, his contribution to music, art and fashion is undisputable and this exhibition definitely fulfilled my expectations. Word has it that he visited it under disguise at the V&A on it’s opening day, I really wonder what he thought of it.
Everything you know/do not know/need to know about Bowie is there. Lyrics, original his stage AMAZING costumes, photographs, album artwork, rare performance material, set designs – everything is there. To the point that one may feel like they are, for an hour or so sharing a special and unique experience with the master himself.
Everything about this exhibition is flawless. I loved the fact that the music changed depending on where you were in the room. You’d be looking at artwork from the era of ‘Young Americans’ and hear ‘Fame’ in the backrground. His metarphosis throughout the ages from Major Tom, to Ziggy Stardust, Aladdin Sane to Halloween Jack is central to the exhibition vbecause it’s central to his life and to his work.
The omnipresence of Bowie (he IS everywhere) somehow makes you feel like he is there with you, or at least his body is. I never felt so close to him. And I loved it.
The exhibition is touring all over the world so don’t miss it. A few dates : It ‘ll be in Melbourne from the 16th July and Groningen from 15th December 2015.
After making waves with his output to date acclaimed Spanish arist, DJ, producer and composer Ed is Dead, AKA Edu Ostos, introduces his genre bending debut album ‘Change‘. The lead single “Praise“,feat. Odille, can best be described as eclectic and we mean that in a good way.
Edu himself describes his sound as “Queens of the Stone Age, Maceo Plex, The XX and Queen, getting drunk and making music” and it’s this refusal to play by the rulebook of any single genre that makes ‘Change‘ such an enjoyable experience. Featuring a selection of top collaborators this is one release you don’t want to miss.
After music press (quite rightly) went a touch giddy for their debut album ‘Take It Personal’ back in 2012, Philco Fiction toured Europe and China before settling back in Norway to record their new album. After signing to quality indie label ‘Killing Moon’ in the UK (Fickle Friends, Racing Glaciers, Malpas) we are happy to share the first track with you, right now.
‘Bodies’ features Philco Fiction’s signature atmospheric all-engulfing sound – as we often expect from the Scandies these days – but it’s also the affecting delicacy of this tune that hits home. Singer Turid Alida’s haunting voice combined with intricate electronic arrangements leaves a pure fingerprint on our sullied souls.
“It’s ten past Saturday. Call my name – make me stay. I got time if you need to waste it with me. Don’t let my body walk away.”
As-yet-untitled album details to be announced later in the year. Bodies is out now.
Ronny W recently released his brand new video for the single “Never Gone” to coincide with Memorial Day in the United States. This date wasn’t selected at random considering the track’s lyrics were co-written with the Semper Fi Sisters, a charity helping veterans find their feet.
Ronny himself is a veteran of the IDF where, as a tank commander in Lebanon in 2006, he was severely injured and left paralysed from the waist down. Such a tragic outcome would have broken most men but Ronny is not most men. Instead he immersed himself into his music even appearing on the Israeli version of X-Factor. This perservarance saw him relocate to Los Angeles in the past year to focus his attention fully on his music career.
On “Never Gone” he collaborated with longtime friend Ido Sagir who provided the accentuations with his fine Oud playing. It is this willingness to combine modern rock and pop elements with middleeastern influences that makes Ronny‘s music standout in his new town.
One thing is sure, this won’t be the last you hear from Ronny W.
MALKA is an electro-Alt-Pop starlet from London UK, AKA TamaraSchlesinger. She is former frontwoman of the acclaimed folky outfit ‘6 Day Riot’ who has flirted with the UK charts, toured both sides of the Atlantic, and had music featured in major TV and films.
Her self-produced debut album as MALKA ‘Marching to Another Beat’ is out June 2015 and in the meantime we have a musical morsel in form of her single ‘I Never Needed Love’ – an upbeat, playful, ner-ner-ner-ner-ner bass-heavy ditty with should almost certainly come with a free bottle of Lambrini. Not that lads won’t enjoy the tribal electro-rhythms of this heavily layered ear worm also. And not that lads can’t drink Lambrini if they want to either, of course they can. Just saying.
Either way, uplifting new single ‘I Never Needed Love’ comes resplendent with a carefree chorus chant, invigorating bass groove and soul claps, this is a great tune and we can’t wait for the album.
By day, the ladies of Charisma.com are holding down days jobs like any ordinary people however during the night, these women are breaking new grounds in the music world. Ever heard of electro-rap? Probably not, because up until two years ago, no one ever thought that it was possible to combine rapping with electronic music. Truthfully, the EDM scene in Japan is still in its infancy, so the majority of artists are just pigeonholed under the EDM banner.
Although EDM has been slowly seeping into Japanese culture, hardly anyone knew about the genre outside of JPOP songs with influences from Zedd’s sonic elements. With JPOP taking Japan by storm, Japanese EDM artists went under the radar for years, though that isn’t to say that they were lacking talent compared to international DJs.
In other parts of the world, electronic DJs became household names in casino nightclubs that were filled with a mix of excitable tourists. Nightclubs in casinos are the perfect platform for worldwide recognition – which Japanese DJs lack access to due to government regulations on gambling. Although all this could change given the potential to improve the economy it is a long way off yet. Even the Japanese civilians have demonstrated their interest in online gambling, giving reason for the world’s first casino InterCasino to penetrate the Japanese market if the opportunity were to arise. The loose regulations on online gambling, along with the prospective for integrated resorts to boost the economy and tourism for the 2020 Tokyo Olympics, could mean that casino legalization may be well on its way.
But for now, Japanese DJs will have to find other ways to make a name for themselves, and truthfully, a number of them have done a remarkable job despite the missing presence of casino nightclubs, including the aforementioned Charisma.com. What started as merely an outlet for the built up rage from work and daily life turned into a new genre of music that captured the souls of fans all over the world, performing in the annual Baycamp and Rock in Japan Festivals and the Japan Expo in Bangkok just last year. And hopefully, it won’t be long before they embark on their first global tour.
If you’re curious and want to listen to their music, check out the video below.
David Rosen is a prolific composer and producer based out of Las Vegas. Although his show reel is filled with ads and film work I am more interested in his personal compositions which have started to make their way to us at Cougar HQ more and more frequently.
“If Only Tonight I Could Sleep” is the first track I ever heard from him and without knowing anything about his background I was instantly drawn to it. With hindsight the the cinematic qualities present in the song are quite evident and the accompanying video works a treat drawiing accompanying the viewer- and the protagonist- on an enticing journey.
Lara Snow introduces herself to the world with “We Are Animals“, her collaboration EP with producer $aFrA. The leadoff track “I Like Snow” is a raw blast of energy coming across like a collision between Grimes and Die Antwoord with a breakdown that would make Refused proud.
The singer has been honing her skills for the past few years working on her songwriting and production skills, collaborating with other people in her scene and setting up an electric live performance with drummer and regular collaborator Jonatan Harpak.
Now that everything is in place “I Like Snow” represents just the first step in a busy few months ahead for the white haired songstress.