After a week in which I may have been a little off the pace in terms of sticking to the regular 2 posts a day minimum, Tuesday rolls around again and it’s time for another selection of fine music videos from the folks over at Rormix. Don’t knock it until you’ve tried it, actually, don’t knock it after you’ve tried it – it’s ace! Here are five more tunes for your amusement;
Milk & Bone – New York
Camille Poliquin and Laurence Lafond-Beaulne AKA Milk & Bone, a brand new project which has produced this captivating video. The two studio and touring musicians met when Electronic-Pop band Misteur Valaire invited them to sing a lead duo on their most recent album ‘Bellevue Avenue’. Their vocals harmonise perfectly, and the proof is in the pudding with their debut video ‘New York’. Recently chosen as a staff pick on Vimeo and now, more importantly, a staff pick on Rormix. We LOVE it.
St. Paul & The Broken Bones – Call Me
Very different feel for this one – get your funk n’ soul head on! Front man Paul Janeway’s handle “St. Paul” is a wry allusion to the vocalist’s grounding in the church. Like many a legendary soul singer, Janeway, a native of the small town of Chelsea, Alabama, was raised on the gospel side, in a non-denominational, Pentecostal-leaning local church. Virtually no non-religious music could be heard in his devout household. Janeway says, “The only secular music that I heard at all was a ‘70s group called the Stylistics, and Sam Cooke. That was about it. The rest of it was all gospel music. When I was about 10 years old, I was groomed to be a minister. My goal in life until I was about 18 years old was to be a preacher.”
We’re glad that he went towards the musical side of things – this seven piece soul band is bound to get you dancing. And if you don’t, it’s only because it’s Tuesday.
The Actions – The Echo
London based alternative rock band The Actions was founded by Silty and Mo Stellato. The duo have played hundreds of gigs in Europe including MTV On Stage, the Arezzo Wave Festival, the Heineken Jammin’ Festival, opening for R.E.M., GREEN DAY, GARBAGE, DISTILLERS, I AM KLOOT and many more.
One of their singles “The Real Thing” has been chosen by MTV US and included in the movie “My Super Psycho Sweet 16″ O.S.T. airing in the USA and worldwide on MTV channels. Recently The Actions have been introduced by Tom Robinson on BBC Radio 6 Music with their brand new single “The Echo”, so we’re very excited to feature the video to the track on Rormix – check it out!
Parra For Cuva – Unfold
Parra for Cuva is the brainchild of German musician Nicolas Demuth, who studied audio design at the University of Popular Arts in Berlin. You can definitely tell, this guy is a musical genius – describing in a recent interview (which you can find on the Rormix blog tomorrow) how he carries round a field recorder to capture random noises he hears out an about which inspire him.
What Nicolas creates is classic house music, which I can’t say I’m usually a massive fan of – however he does it differently and I have to say he has won me over. He entered electronic music primarily through playing the piano, having training in classical as well as jazz piano, which is definitely apparent in the music he creates.
Youth Club – People
Just as the cold weather starts to draw in – this is the perfect track for a pick me up. After 5 years of touring with NZ pop artist Ladyhawke, Danny Blanco joined his brother Joe Fran and almost-brothers Gerarrd Duffield and Rees Broomfield to form Youth Club and set about writing their debut album.
Inspired by summer and all things colourful, the band are not confined by the boundaries of any particular genre but draw influence from many styles; soulful vocals, pop choruses, synths and warm guitars – the authentic sound of summer. Youth Club’s crisp production could have come from Phillipe Zdar’s mixing board, and could see the band mistaken for long lost brothers of Phoenix or Two Door Cinema Club; a testament to the bands sound.
And any video which features a French Bulldog on the fruit machines is a winner in anyone’s book, surely?