Thursday, 19 June 2008

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By Hello Mozart!!

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Wednesday, 18 June 2008

Iglu & Hartly

By Hello Mozart!

It's rare that I write a blog post for a specific band or song, but I felt this appropriate. Iglu & Hartly, haven't heard of them? You will. The buzz on the internet quite rightly says they "are really just one Jo Whiley play and/or well-received televised festival appearance away from becoming one of the summer's success stories."

It's taken me a couple of listens to really get them, but they're sickly hooky vocals, especially in the chorus, make their track 'In This City' one of the top contenders for this summers massive anthem.

It's late, and I can't be bothered to write much more, but the track speaks for itself. If you wanna know more, hit up google, they're one of the most talked about bands on the net.


Iglu & Hartly - In This City [MP3, zShare]

HM x

Monday, 9 June 2008

There comes a time...

By Hello Mozart!

So the summer is finally here, the students are, for the most part moving away from Bournemouth, or going home until September. This year has been amazing for us, we've seen Big in Japan go from strength to strength bringing Bournemouth some of the best and most exciting DJ's and live acts from the UK.


So for all you party people who are staying to soak up the sun for a month or two before (probably) moving up to that place we call 'The City' - We will be here to supply you with the weekly dose of Big in Japan.
So in commemoration of the amazing year that we've had, the amazing summer were going to have, and the amazing year we'll start in September - here are a few 'best of' and summer tunes.

MGMT kind of came out of nowhere. A few months ago they exploded onto the blog scene and for me, their song Time to Pretend is not only an anthum for the summer, but for our generation.

"This is our decision, to live fast and die young.
We've got the vision, now let's have some fun. Yeah, it's overwhelming, but what else can we do.
Get jobs in offices, and wake up for the morning commute."

MGMT - Time to Pretend [MP3, FileDen]

Sonny J is fast proving himself the king of retro samples. D.A.N.C.E eat your heart out with this perfect example of how to use samples. Such a summer tune, as was his last single 'Handsfree', its perfect to whack on a friday afternoon while heading to the beach.

Sonny J - Can't Stop Moving [MP3, FileDen]

This tracks hella old now, but my love for it was refreshed at the Institubes Party at Fabric a few weeks back. Hearing Das Pop belt it out at 4AM was one of the most perfect moments of the night. It's definitely a feel good track, love the bass which is held back til the perfect moment just after the 2min mark, feels a little Daft Punky - but definitely one of my favorite Para One remixes.

Ayumi Hamasaki - Greatful Days (Para One Remix) [MP3, FileDen]

Twice time Big in Japan favourite's, The Shoes love song. I can only imagine how many girls they've sung into bed with this track. However, the fact remains its a beautiful cover, a rare find in the electro scene of today. Perfect for when the sun is coming up and you havn't slept yet, grab that blanket, go sit outside with all your mates and watch the sun come up. (That sounded much less cheesy in my head)

The Shoes - I'm 4 Real [MP3, FileDen]

Next of Kin is the second song from the institubes boys that i've posted, but definately deserves a spot on this summer hit list. It's 80's feeling vocals and the crowd samples int he backgroundhelp to make this song feel like its going to be a big hit. Whether it is or not doesn't matter, cause its a perfectly formed pop track - totally radio playable, yet definitely Surkin. Perfect.

Surkin - Next of Kin [MP3, FileDen]

I chose to put this track on purely for the fact its saved me so many times at Dusk Til Dawn. When the dancefloor's looking a little empty, and people are all smoking - its one of those songs that the people at the back will move their asses down to the dancefloor for. It's impossible not to dance to this track with its stupidly catchy lyrics and vocals, delivered by that (somewhat annoying, but only person who could pull it off) french kid Uffie!

Justice - The Party (Feat. Uffie) [MP3, FileDen]

Finally, one that should be party of every itunes and on every ipod - Big in Japan by those 80's legends Alphaville. It's easy to see why we named our night after it with a hook line like: 'Thing are easy when you're Big in Japan" - it's certainly kept me sane while staying in the culturally dead Bournemouth! So when your playing that house party and I ask for this track, I want no excuses! ENJOY!

Alphaville - Big in Japan [MP3, FileDen]


Love HM x