ROBYN and i are DANCING to her sweet new jam that has been ON MY stereo since OWNing it

stilettos and broken bottles, i’m spinning around in circles

♫ Robyn – Dancing On My Own

Robyn has been known to pump up the energy, get people dancing, and even get emotional, but perhaps not until now has she blended them all so elegantly. “Dancing On My Own” is Robyn’s broken-hearted goodbye to an ex-lover who is flaunting his new wares right there on the dancefloor while she looks on through hazy eyes. Shit. We’ve all been there in a way, and now we have an anthem to dance our way through the pain. It doesn’t get much better than this, either musical or cathartically. Robyn’s first collection of new tunes in 5 years is only the first in a planned trilogy for 2010. Body Talk Pt. 1 drops June 14/15 and I can safely tell you that it is fantastic. I got on board Robyn’s 2005 (/2008) acclaimed album later than most but only a few tracks grabbed me. These 8 new tracks, however, are all jams. Even the one in Swedish that sounds like the opening credits to a Scandinavian horror film about possessed children is alright. The amazing thing about Robyn here is her range. “Dancing on My Own” is her completely exposed and vulnerable to the whims of an ex while a song like “Hang With Me” has her imploring someone not to fall madly in love with her because it will end badly (“I know what’s on your mind, there will time for that too” is one of the best cautionary love-song lyrics ever). The fact that she is completely believable and relatable on both tracks is a testament to her lyrics as well as her delivery. Through all these tracks she pulls off swagger and emotion in a way few can. Subtly amazing album opener “Don’t Fucking Tell Me What To Do” (ok, so the amazingness of the song is subtle, not the title) is a perfect example. Seriously people, if you are like me and have always felt Robyn was overly creamed-over then this is your moment to join the party train. I’d post more tracks but it’s such a short album and so solid that I trust you all to go get it based on this track and my urging. Remember, there is no time to sleep because Body Talk Pt. 2 will be out in a matter of months! Watch the great video for “Dancing” below where Robyn dances away her demons.

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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.

♫ Born Ruffians – Sole Brother / The first taste from Born Read more

Remix Roundup Vol. 18 – 3.8.10 [Gorillaz, Miike Snow, Vampire Weekend, The Temper Trap]

Time is tight and I’m late for a date with with the sandman so I’m gonna forgo my usual ramblings for an edited version. I’ve arranged these in a loose order of great to merely relevant so use that as a guide. Or just cherry pick. Whatevs.  If enough people miss my personal notes then I can bring ’em back but if not then frankly I could use the extra time. Word.

♫ The Hood Internet vs The 2000s – Decalogue / The hood Internet take an epic 6 minute trip through the 2000s. A must listen for anyone who has been alive for the past 10 years and enjoys good times and great memories. For realz. Crank this and bust your moves all up on memory lane.

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I BLAME COCO and her jam CAESAR for ROBYN me of my desire to not rock out

we’re gonna knock down the walls

♫ I BlÃ¥me Coco – Caesar feat. Robyn

Ho. Ly. Shit. This is a straight mind stomper! That raspy voice you hear dominating the vocals is that of Eliot Pauline Sumner a 19 year old Lodoner who goes by the stage-name of I Blame Coco. The other voice is Robyn, whose soaring chorus is a striking contrast to the song’s grit and ferocity. I get that Island Records want’s to introduce their new investment to us with the help of an established songstress but I Blame Coco needs no coddling. The fact that she both wrote and played all the music on her debut album herself makes it clear that this lass is firing on a whole different set of cylinders than your average Britney, Gaga, or Ke$ha. Have a listen to an older track of hers to get a sense of the kind of range we are talking about here. With these two jams back-to-back it’s pretty easy to imagine the rest of the album could be equally epic. If only we had a release date to look forward to.

♫ I BlÃ¥me Coco – How Did All Did All These All People Get In My Room?

Oh, and that “dad” she keeps singing about? That would be Sting.

Bury your face in MySpace

Remix Roundup /// Vol. 4

Here at TBE I like to focus on new artists we are about to love and new tracks by artists we already love. BUT! Sometimes a remix comes along that just hast to be shared (danced to), and even more often a dozen remixes come along, hence the Remix Roundup. This week has some fantastic remixers (Designer Drugs, Don Diablo, Bloodshy & Avant, etc) remixing some TBE faves (La Roux, Basement Jaxx, Frankmusik, etc.). Crank the volume, clear the dance floor and download away!

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Troy This is living the American Dream… with Robyn!?


you can always look good when your shit looks bad

Troy This – American Dream (Happy Song) ft. Robyn

Umm, so this is from Troy This’ page:

Imagine if Tina turner and David Bowie had a three way in the 80s while Jay-Z videotaped Madonna giving a strip tease while singing over some house remixes of some cop killing hip hop…

What the hell else am I supposed to say? He lives in Los Angeles? He’s got Robyn giving him guest vocals? Yeah, I mean he only gets fresher.

Troy This – Back That Up!

If “American Dream” is the soundtrack to sunny days then “Back That Up!” is for dancing in your underwear (at home or in the club, whatevs). After all, it is Thursday…

Bury your face in MySpace /// More tracks at Ohh Crapp… [Thanks!]