America is always under the spot light and is a country that harbours many of the world’s favourite things. Here, Mood Swings has a look-see at the American’s in his record collection.
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admire the exports
The reason why everyone loves music is because it’s so democratic: anybody, anywhere, can both enjoy and make music. This week I’d like to talk about the most democratic country of all (in their own way): the USA. Without dwelling on how important American culture is in the history and making of modern music, here’s a (very) small list of what the US of A are contributing to contemporary music lately.
The first name that comes to mind is Diplo: this man has been producing tracks for some of the best acts in the past few years, starting from M.I.A. and including the likes of Beyoncé, Robyn, Nicola Roberts (on the track “Beat of my drum”, which was the very first track to appear on this column) and Marina and the Diamonds. His rise to fame was helped by the collaboration with another producer, Switch, under the moniker Major Lazer, the result of which has been a full length album in 2009 and a new one dropping in February. In 2012 his track “Express Yourself” has been a major club hit: enjoy the major booty action in the video…and watch out for those Grammy awards in February, Diplo is nominated for one.
Diplo – Express Yourself
Even though Nicolas Jaar is only 23 years old he is one of the most appreciated producers of the past years. His album “Space is only noise” (2011) caught everyone by surprise with its brooding minimal techno and notable musical mastery. He immediately gained a huge number of devoted followers and has been voted as the #1 live act of 2012 on Resident Advisor.
Nina Simone – Nicolas Jaar remix
2012 has been a very good year for Gigamesh: he got an EP published on French powerhouse Kitsuné, has remixed the likes of Two Door Cinema Club, Moullinex, Ladyhawke, James Curd and Citizens! (to name a few) and has created a noteworthy fanbase with his upbeat and disco vibes. Make sure you check his SoundCloud page for some juicy free downloands: https://soundcloud.com/gigamesh
Two Door Cinema Club – Sun (Gigamesh Remix)
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