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TBE Digest 7 – 3.27.10 [MGMT, Foals, Born Ruffians, LCD Soundsystem, The Very Best, …]

If this is your first time to the Burning Ear then welcome to The TBE Digest, a place where I take a break from my usual gushing enthusiasm and cover some recent tracks that I am not so in love with but are still interesting/relevant/whatever. I’ve also started throwing covers in as well because, well, because I love covers. Dive in!

♫ MGMT – Flash Delirium / The first single from MGMT’s follow-up, Congratulations, which is streaming for free at their website. I haven’t heard it yet because frankly, “Flash Delirium” doesn’t really make me want to. It’s not that it’s even “not as good as “Kids”/”Time To Pretend”/”Electric Feel,” it’s just not very listenable.

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Remix Roundup Vol. 17 – 2.19.10 [Special Edition: The xx & Theophilus London]

What do a group of pale, barely 20, sexed-up Londoners have to do with a black hip-hopster from Brooklyn and why put them in the same roundup? Well, besides both being pumped through my speakers nonstop lately, neither can seem to keep their hands clean of remixes. There is one track on which their paths even cross. Theo’s remixes aren’t really my favorite but they definitely provide an interesting view on one of the more eclectic artists on the scene lately and they certainly don’t lessen my excitement for a proper debut from the dude.

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ELLIE GOULDING has got me STARRY EYED over her cover of BLACK & GOLD

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you look at me, it’s like you hit me with lightning

♫ Ellie Goulding – Starry Eyed

I dare you to tell me that the voice you hear in this song evokes the same face you see in this photo. But that’s exactly it! The track has merit, sure, but there is a gloss to it that I tend to slide off of. “Starry Eyed” has ben bouncing around my iTunes for months but was never posted because I never felt certain that Ellie was worth the notice. Then I heard her cover of Sam Sparro’s “Black & Gold” and knew there was something here. With a little research I think I might even like her new single “Under The Sheets” even more than “Starry Eyed.” It has a bit more gravitas. But whatever you think of her solo stuff, she is clearly working on some real shit here. Besides “Black 7 Gold” she has recorded an amazing cover of Bon Iver’s “The Wolves (Act I and II)” as well as Passion Pit’s “Sleepyhead.” Get over your post-Sleepyhead self and check them bot out at PMA because they are serious business. Her fantastic producer Starsmith is due credit as well. I’m hoping for big things from Ellie because i’ve definitely got my eye on this one.

♫ Ellie Goulding – Black & Gold (Sam Sparro cover)

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