Face Off features two tracks, both unknown and unheard by myself. Did I mention these tracks are selected specifically because they encompass genres that I am ignorant of, or generally avoid? Well, there’s that too. Oh, and they are from the Hype Machine charts, so apparently they are fairly popular.
Face Off is meant to be a fun interlude in the seriousness of music blogging…if blogging can be called serious, which it cannot. I tackle songs I would never give a second thought, or delve into genres where I’d be better off sticking my own foot in my mouth than try to talk intelligently about them. Read and listen responsibly. Enjoy!
Lykke Li – “Dance Dance Dance (Buraka Som Sistema Remix)” – #5 on the remix only charts
Truth telling time. It looks like after a few week hiatus, we’ve finally gotten a Face Off edition with something I am completely uneducated on. It’s time to be educated.
Would you find me unreliable as a music blogger if I told you that this is only the third track I’ve ever heard with Lykke Li on it? How about if I told you I cannot even remember the other two? I’m a terrible person, I know. Horrible taste as well, apparently.
This remix got necro’d back from the dead by Avenge The Virgins, which then lead to me listening to it while preparing for this little Face Off feature I run each week. Props to them for bringing back an oldie but goodie, and shame on me for never hearing this before. I’m in love with this mix. I guess I need to add Lykke Li to my catch up catalog alongside Kavinsky. It’s gonna be a hell of a trip home to Knoxville on Friday.
From the pixie like voice to the infectious, playful nature of the track…man. Just..ah, I can’t explain it.
Kings of Leon – “Wait For Me” – Mechanical Bull (pre-order) – #2 on no remix charts
Kings of Leon.
It’s been a while, gentleman.
The first and only time you graced Sirens of Decay was shortly after we launched in 2010, where I expressed my disappointment in your latest album Come Around Sundown. You see, despite the mass appeal Kings of Leon carries nowadays (and the subsequent backlash that typically generates from folks like me), I’ve always loved the Kings. I’m one of the rare folks who love Because of the Times the most out of all their albums – or as I call it, the one where they learned how to harness their immense potential. Don’t get me wrong, I destroyed iPods and CD’s alike of Youth And Young Manhood and Aha Shake Heartbreak, but they didn’t hit me at the perfect time in my life like Because of the Times.
Ancient history lesson over, the more recent versions of Kings of Leon have left some things to be desired. I didn’t even play Come Around Sundown after the week it was released. The only track I remember from the LP is “Radioactive”, and only because I thought it was a strange name for a Kings of Leon track. I never hated them though – bands gotta grow. It’s not selling out folks, it’s called getting old. Trust me, I’m there right now.
I’ve kept my expectations measured and managed for Mechanical Bull and was pleasantly surprised by “Supersoaker”. Unfortunately it seems that “Wait For Me” is more along the lines of Only By The Night – a touch more simple and straightforward than I’d prefer. It’s not a bad track, particularly for mainstream radio, but it’s barely an average effort from a band that has gems like “Holy Roller Novocaine” and “Knocked Up”.
I think it’s pretty clear. When you come at the Kings, you best not miss (<3 Omar & The Wire). Lykke Li + Buraka Som Sistema fucking nailed it.