Archive for the ‘Madonna’ Category
Natalie Portman’s Shaved Head – Sophisticated Side Ponytail by the people who brought you that amazing video for Thunderheist’s Jerk It, That Go on Vimeo. Sorry for thec lack of posts lately, here’s a bunch to keep you busy.
Through A Keyhole (Le Castle Vania Remix) – Walter Meego / DOWNLOAD
Girls (Spruce Lee and Kato Remix – Walter Meego Recommended. / DOWNLOAD
Green Light (MSTRKRFT Remix) – John Legend / DOWNLOAD
F.A.N. (Yo Majesty Remix) – New Young Pony Club Recommended. / DOWNLOAD
4 Minutes (Laidback Luke Remix) – Madonna One of the best. / DOWNLOAD
Radar (Hot Pink Delorean Remix) – Britney Spears Highly Recommended. / DOWNLOAD
Mercury (Flosstradamus Remix) – Bloc Party Recommended. / DOWNLOAD
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Talk Like That (Dave Spoon’s Televized Mix) – The Presets Recommended. / DOWNLOAD
Lip Gloss (Kid Fresh & Haterboy ReFix) – Lil’ Mama / DOWNLOAD
Give It 2 Me (Tong & Spoon Wonderland Mix) – Madonna / DOWNLOAD
American Boy (VNNR Go West Remix) – Estelle The best American Boy remix you’ll find. / DOWNLOAD
No Substitute Love (Treasure Fingers Mix) – Estelle Recommended. / DOWNLOAD
I’ve been trying to get into writing intelligible reviews, but I get half way through and give up, or listen to the album so many times that I am physically unable to write a review. Nonetheless, I’m determined to finished this one because there is so much to talk about… plus it’s fucking cool to blog about Madonna these days (kidding.)
When I was first informed about Madonna’s upcoming hip-hop album I wasn’t skeptical in the least. If at the age of 50 you can pull off something like Confessions, you can accomplish anything. Confessions On a Dancefloor was the perfect cover up for any Madonna’s remaining human flaws. No quirkiness, no humor, just pure seamless dance music at it’s best. Doing a hip hop album after just made sense, and collaborating with Timbaland, Pharell, Justin Timberlake and Danja was pretty much a given. But can these four heavyweights pull off a Madonna album?
To me, Hard Candy seems like a compilation of best-ofs more than a full album. It’s almost like each producer pulled months of all-nighters working on their best beats, Madonna picked her favorites and voila, recorded some vocals. The results are a bunch of over-produced pop tracks that seem forced. Lucky for Madonna, this works for her. What would have been garbage for Gwen Stefani or Britney Spears turns experimental and utterly genius for M.
The opening track Candy Shop starts off with some uninspired lyrics and genuinely annoying chanting but then suddenly Pharell’s synths come in, and suddenly everything works. ”My sugar is raw” and “Sticky and sweet” becomes pure lyrical genius while slowly the song builds up through a series of stuttery vocals until Pharell finished it off with his signature gibberish. Second up is the Timbaland produced, Justin Timberlake written, club-banger 4 Minutes. I’m not gonna lie, I hated this song so much when it first surfaced, but it’s infectious brassy-riff and Justin’s irresistible hooks got the better of me. This song was meant to happen ever since Madonna made out with the rest of the Micky Mouse Club during the 2003 MVAs.
The rest of Pharell’s tracks like Incredible, Beat Goes On, Heartbeat and She’s Not Me stand out as the most original tracks on the album. They stand strong amongst the Timbaland with their countless breakdowns where Madonna chants “get your hands up and your body moving” and ”see my booty get down” on top of super techno-inspired synths. These songs are so pop, they aren’t pop anymore… it’s like a satire of pop music.
So I’m going to leave it at that. Madonna praises pop music as a genre by going up and over it’s limits. Combining everything good on the radio over the past few years into one album truly sounds like Madonna to me.
Here it is! Jacques Lu Cont is just whats missing from new-Madonna. Jacques Lu Cont (aka, Stuart Price) produced Madonna’s Confessions, and he puts his magic to work on her new single 4 Minutes. The best remix I’ve heard by far… probably because it reminds me of the good old Hung Up days. Enjoy.
4 Minutes (Jacques Lu Cont Thin White Duke Mix) / DOWNLOAD
I know I’m using this picture twice, but whatever it’s fierce. Here is a new version/remix of 4 Minutes; Timbaland’s remix. I am grateful to find this one because the original just didn’t cut if for me. It’s a solid song, just not good enough for the Madonna, Justin and Timbaland team. Here’s Timbaland’s rework of the song, and it’s just plain original Timbaland goodness. Enjoy it!
4 Minutes (Timbaland Remix) / DOWNLOAD