{One huge thing that stuck out from this movie} The important use of music in Guardians of the Galaxy

So I recently saw Guardians of the Galaxy right? And I loved every minute of it! I could write a review about how fantastic the movie was, talk about how it has the perfect blend of action and comedy, a thrilling plot and instantly likable characters, but you could read that anywhere. It would just be my opinion anyway, but as a friend and a fan of comic books and especially good movies, GO SEE THIS MOVIE. Now, with that out of the way, I can explain in my opinion on what I think is the most impressive and important element of the movie, the use of the music. Not the orchestra score that is basically required every big budget movie but the classic rock/blues songs that are randomly featured. These songs continuously reflected the tone of the movie. Ok, briefly without royally spoiling movie, I’ll explain what I mean. In the movie, the main protagonist, Peter Quil (Chris Pratt), is abducted from earth at a young age. The only thing from his home planet that he is able to take with him is an old walkman that housed an “awesome” mixtape his mother created for him. The songs that feature on the mixtape, serve as the in- movie soundtrack. So in other words, whatever Peter Quil is listening to within his headphones or on his makeshift stereo, becomes the theme song to whatever moment he is in.

Whether he is escaping from a band of space pirates, exploring a moon’s dark crater or charming an extraterrestrial hottie, his music serves as the theme of the moment. Not only was this a clever way to display human attributes within the title character (that spends the entire movie among people that aren’t from earth); it explained that he is still tethered to earth in some form. Music was still a major influence to his mood and personality. It also gave the audience a chance to listen and appreciate music from decades ago. The audience got to hear some awesome cuts from Davie Bowie, The Runaways and Elvin Bishop. It was also a smart way for director James Gunn to use a recycled trick in movies. If you were watch a movie from two decades ago, every time there was a some sort of scene that suppose to exhibit emotion with the characters on screen (ideally a love scene), title music was used. For it’s time, it was the standard in all movies, that’s why you have all these awesome theme songs that remind you of classic movies, think Rocky with “eye of the tiger” or Top Gun “Take my breathe away”.

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As I said before, most of songs featured are older classic songs, so most likely you’ve heard them before. Maybe you might have heard it in a commercial, the supermarket or from an older relative. But overall the use of music was another brilliant part to an already breathtaking movie. And through the graces of the Marvel gods, Peter Quil’s “awesome” mixtape is available for download on Itunes, so you too can be a dancing fool. Check out of the track listing below…

Title Artist(s) Length
1. “Hooked on a Feeling” Blue Swede 2:52
2. “Go All the Way” Raspberries 3:21
3. “Spirit in the Sky” Norman Greenbaum 4:02
4. “Moonage Daydream” David Bowie 4:41
5. “Fooled Around and Fell in Love” Elvin Bishop 4:35
6. “I’m Not in Love” 10cc 6:03
7. “I Want You Back” The Jackson 5 2:58
8. “Come and Get Your Love” Redbone 3:26
9. “Cherry Bomb” The Runaways 2:17
10. “Escape (The Piña Colada Song)” Rupert Holmes 4:37
11. “O-o-h Child” Five Stairsteps 3:13
12. “Ain’t No Mountain High Enough” Marvin Gaye and Tammi Terrell 2:29
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{Music You Never Knew You Liked} Adventure Club Feat Yuna- GOLD (Minnesota Remix)

Wow is this song amazing. Not to be cheesy but this song, is it’s title, Gold.  Adventure Club usually makes incredible tracks that cannot be topped but somehow, someway, Minnesota did it. Just by slowing down the tempo and turning up the chopping, the song sounds totally different. It still has elements of dubstep original song, but dare i say more exquisite? This rework has a charm that can get you pumped at a club or used for a relaxing night drive, it simply just pops more than the original, you be the judge. Tell me what you think below?  Good looks on this find Elizabeth, you have great taste.

{Must Listen} Pat Lok Feat Alo- Move Slow

This is a song that i have been listening to for quite some time, just haven’t gotten the opportunity to write about it. This is one of the more complicated Electro- Soul songs out right now. There is no percussion or typical pop formula that makes the song easy to like.  There are many levels to it without it being to disorganized. While it is very layered, it’s so satisfying to listen to.

It’s one of the songs that connects at all the right parts. You know how certain some songs that are too short or some are just too long. This song is just right. The production is as sensual as Alo’s voice, with the sounds blending and echoing into each other it almost sounds as if its one sound being broken into a thousand little parts. It’s very fascinating to listen to, and Pat Lok has a goldmine on his hands. The video for the song  is extremely artsy. It’s odd and somewhat disturbing at first, it quickly blossoms into something gorgeous. Watch it below.

{Music that you Never Knew You Liked} Ellie Goulding-Beating Heart (Vindata Remix)

Now i have been listening to this song for a couple of weeks now, and i think it is the definition of incredible. I have been listening to Ellie Goulding’s music for a long time and have an extensive collection of her remixes, but Vindata’s, this has to be the best I have ever heard. V The production at first takes on a quality of a video game from the 90s, then you hear Ellie’s voices that grounds the song. Her voice isn’t altered (liked in most of her remixes), the quality of her voice cares the songs. The song sends you into a trance like state and snaps you back with its strong bass in the chorus. Vindata are a electronic music production duo from Los Angeles, United States. They have a small fan bass, but if they will continue to put out work like this, they will only become bigger and bigger.  It’s a incredible piece of electronic music, enjoy!

Theophlius London

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I have been wanting to do a post about this artist in particular for quite sometime. Usually when I write about music, I say: This artist is one of my favorite or this artist is smooth and makes music that make you move. When it comes to Theophlius London, he is one of a kind in every way possible. While most artists use music to facilitate their personal styles, the Brooklyn native is style and fashion incarnate. He doesn’t dress wild and crazy to get an audience-ahem, Lady Gaga, nor is he Kanye West trying to reinvent style with the use of his music. London is style that has been transformed into a listening form. He reminds the listener/viewer that style is what you make it and that it is important for it to vary with each person. He not only thrives in electronic music, he somehow manages to still be a hip-hop/R&B artist. London is eclectic, all the while being musically balanced and in his music, there isn’t too much of any genre of music to label him as a specific type of artist. He caters to the majority of listeners. Some can argue that he sounds too old school because he has many 80s sampled tracks or too flamboyant, but one thing you can’t argue is that no one in music sounds anything like him. He’s original in a music world where everything on the radio uses the same template of percussion to make a hit. Theophlius London will draw you in with charming ways and his unabated style.

Must Hear:

Jam: 2008

This Charming Mixtape : 2009

I Want You: 2010

Timez Are Weird These Days: 2011

 

 

Moon Boots

Moon Boots is another underground producer that usually sets the internet a blaze with his colorful and smooth electronic tracks. His remixes to songs are what Travis Barker’s are to Hip Hop songs, he doesn’t change them, just enhances them.. Moon Boots tends to produce music that is easy to digest, meaning you can listen to it driving in a car or at club and dance the night away. He finds a way to remix songs and make you love them even more, example – Little Boots, Janet Jackson, CHVRCHES, or Allison Valentine to name a few. One listen to his music and you will find yourself wanting more.

Bit Funk

Bit Funk is one of my favorite underground EDM artist. He usually has wonderful melodic tunes that are easy to love but highly complex. Hailing in from Brooklyn NY, his music is not to be slept on, it’s almost fair to say he’s one of the best in the underground circuit. Here’s a couple of tracks, he will be performing February 22, 2014 at the Glasslands Gallery in Brooklyn NY for just $12.  I’m sure the show will be a lot of fun and will be a chance to dance to some sweet music. If you can, don’t miss out.