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M83: Midnight City

Psychic children break out of an oppressive institution and run wild with their powers. What more could you want from a music video? Oh, how about some brilliant music, too?! Then here you go:

And the rest of M83′s album, Hurry Up, We’re Dreaming is exceptional. It’s been the soundtrack to my last couple of weeks.

In the video, a great mood is struck between the visuals and the music itself. They could make a whole movie about these kids’ misadventures in ‘Midnight City’ through each consecutive single release. I’d watch them all, as I’m sure you might, too.

In other psychic kid news, Warner Bros. have just greenlit a live action Akira remake. With this, the above, and the recent exploits of the students of Xavier’s School for Gifted Youngsters, it’s interesting how popular culture keeps returning to the theme of outcast, yet highly talented students. What’s going on there?

30 Day Song Challenge – Week Six

This entry is part 6 in the series 30 Day Song Challenge

Day 26: a song that you can play on an instrument

Bonobo – Black Sands (album)

I can’t play any instruments, but this is the album I like to play about with on Djay, mixing software for iPad

Day 27: a song that you wish you could play

Funkadelic – Maggot Brain

Voted best guitar solo ever, so get ready for a face-melter! Thanks to Andrew for the hookup.

Day 28: a song that makes you feel guilty

Chemical Brothers ft. Richard Ashcroft – The Test

Hmm… no comment.

Day 29: a song from your childhood

Leftfield – Melt

I remember this blaring out over the kitchen speakers as I began to develop a taste for music.

Day 30: your favorite song at this time last year

Way Out West – Only Love

These guys were the soundtrack to my summer last year – nearly that time again!


So there we have it, people – thirty songs that mean something to me in (at least in some small way). I hope this has been at all enlightening, it’s certainly been fun to put together. Don’t forget, you can always submit new music to me by adding to my collaborative Spotify playlist.

Happy listening, Tom x

30 Day Song Challenge – Week Five

This entry is part 5 in the series 30 Day Song Challenge

Day 21: a song that you listen to when you’re happy

Groove Armada ft. Will Young – History

You’ve got to love that eighties electro-vibe. GA are one of my favourites, too.

Day 22: a song that you listen to when you’re sad

Zero 7 – Look Up

This track starts you in one place, and ends up sorting you RIGHT out! Top marks.

Day 23: a song that you want to play at your wedding

Florence & The Machine – You Got The Love (The xx Remix)

Maybe not first dance material, but it’d sound great playing in the background somewhere.

Day 24: a song that you want to play at your funeral

Schmoov – Destination

Think it makes sense to have some deep house – no lyrics, just let people think for themselves.

Day 25: a song that makes you laugh

Gorillaz ft. De La Soul – Feel Good Inc

Despite being one of my most-played artists, when I think of them being imagined into existence I have to smile at their genius.

30 Day Song Challenge – Week Four

This entry is part 4 in the series 30 Day Song Challenge

Day 16: a song that you used to love but now hate

Jazzanova – I Can See

Hate is a strong word, but this is definitely far less cool than it sounded on all those Gilles Peterson podcasts.

Day 17: a song that you hear often on the radio

Adele – Someone Like You

Sure, this gets a lot of airtime, but it is bloody good, isn’t it?!

Day 18: a song that you wish you heard on the radio

Little Dragon – My Step

Possibly the best chorus of 2010. I’m addicted to this song.

Day 19: a song from your favorite album

Air – La Femme D’Argent

Moon Safari is such an incredible and timeless album.

Day 20: a song that you listen to when you’re angry

Landau Orchestra – Conceptions (4Hero Cover)

The right amount of thump to bring any angry person back to normality.

30 Day Song Challenge – Week Three

This entry is part 3 in the series 30 Day Song Challenge

Day 11: a song from your favorite band

Digitalism – Blitz

According to Last.fm, these are my most favourite musicians. Here’s their new one!

Day 12: a song from a band you hate

The Beatles – Let It Be

Don’t go hatin’ on me, but the fucking Beatles? They’re just so overrated.

Day 13: a song that is a guilty pleasure

Girls Aloud – Biology

These girls have a seriously good production team. Plus, you know… icon wink | 30 Day Song Challenge   Week Three | Digital Cortex

Day 14: a song that no one would expect you to love

Lady Gaga ft. Beyoncé – Telephone

I can’t embed the actual video, but this one’ll do. I heart Gaga, but I don’t know why.

Day 15: a song that describes you

LTJ Bukem – Horizons

How’s this: a bit electronic, a bit progressive, and a bit jazzy and with a consistently interesting beat.