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“Diferente” by Gotan Project

How does one combine Argentinean Tango and Electronica?

See below.


Title: Diferente / Artist: Gotan Project / Album: Lunatico, 2006

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“In my Head” by Psapp

I’ve used to be a fan of the TV show “Nip Tuck” because of its outrageous story lines, its Miami setting and its incredible soundtrack.  “In my head” is from a Nip Tuck episode in the second season of the show.  It took me a few weeks of research to finally track down the song but it was definitely worth the effort.  

Psapp is most famous for having produced the theme song for “Grey’s Anatomy”.

“In my head” has the classic Psapp sound which consists of plucky violins, guitars, lavish electro-pop melodies and sultry vocals.  The song was released on the band’s “Early Cats and Tracks” EP which was made available exclusively for digital download in 2006.

The most interesting thing about Psapp is that they are credited for having invented a new musical style known as “Toytronica” which is a type of electronica that involves using Toy instruments. The band uses toy guitars and flutes as well as real ones.


Title: Always in my Head / Artist: Psapp / Album: Early Cats and Tracks, 2006

“Desert” by Emilie Simon and Thievery Corporation

Remixes often attempt to recreate the “feeling” associated with an original song by rearranging  the music. This is a monumental task if you consider the fact that other factors such as the state of mind you were in when you heard the song for the first time, colour how you respond to it.

It is therefore nearly impossible to recreate that feeling.  It is only in a few exceptional cases that we encounter a remix that genuinely challenges the original…. This is one of those exceptions.

Thievery Corporation took Emilie Simon’s “Desert” from great to exceptional. They stripped down the track to its bare minimum, leaving only a single melody from its original version, and then gave it a whole new feel. They added some weight to the baseline, re-worked the drums to get that “head nod” going, crafted new melodies and sprinkled some of their trademark spacey effects on the mix.

“Desert” is about dealing with the solitude experienced when away from a significant other.

“Mon coeur est lourd/ Je compte les heures/ Je compte les jours”
Translates to: “My heart is heavy/I’m counting the hours/I’m counting the days…”.


Title: Desert (Thievery Corporation Remix)
Artist: Emilie Simon
Album: Versions (Thievery Corporation), 2006


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