This Labor Day send summer off with a bang with these dance inducing tracks. They’re perfect for that last summer bash. Let’s get hot in here (while its still hot out)!
Magic System – Magic in the Air. All the songs from this Ivory Coast quartet embody the idea of “joie de vivre” and their song Magic in the Air will put you in the spirit of celebration. For some bubbly sweetness listen to their cover Sweet Fanta Diallo and for their classic zouglou throwback track listen to Zouglou Dance.
Roy (film) – Sooraj Dooba Hai Yaaron. You can’t have a dance party without Bollywood and this soaring harmonic dance hall track will having you letting go on the dance floor (or beach).
Kendji Girac – Conmigo. This Catalan crooner…ahem…French singer, mixes French and Spanish (both language and musical styles) in his tracks. He’s the winner of the French Voice and while are his lyrics aren’t particularly deep but their damn catchy and just plain fun. For more dancable tracks listen to Color Gitano and Andalouse.
LOONA – Vamos a la Playa. Yes, I went there. Listen to Dutch singer LOONA and get yourself to the playa while there’s still time. That’s all I have to say.
Zion.T and HAHA – $ponsor. Ok, you got me, I’m on a major Zion.T kick at the moment, I confess. Play this Korean chill funk track to slow it down and to show off those slow jam moves one last time before the night ends. For more groovy awesomeness try Click Me and See Through.
Enjoy the last of the summer sun everyone! For the playlist click here.
Bomba Estereo -‘Mar. This song is pretty much made of gentle waves of sunshine and appropriate for any situation….naps in hammocks, swinging on swings, dancing down cobblestone streets, splashing at the beach…the applications are endless!
The Solutions – Love You Dear. What’s summer without a feel good pop-rock anthem? Nothing I say nothing (darn you music industry crafting my seasonal music cravings). Anyway! the video is going to make you want to run around Seoul spreading summertime sweetness with your band. (Or is that just me? I gotta find a band quick!)
Yuna – Recue. Wonderful, Malaysian artist Yuna is part musician and part motivational speaker. Her song is a summery pep-talk. The sun is out and we all got life in our veins and we are ok!
Indochine – Alice & June. We had our Korean pop-rock anthem now its time for some throwback upbeat French punk. That’s right, for all you extreme athletes out there this song delivers some serious octane (just look at how fast everyone is running!).
G-Dragon and TOP (feat Park Bom) – Oh Yeah. As Sandy and Danny will tell you all summer days turn into summer nights (that demand appropriate musical accompaniment) and these Korean BFFs of Big Bang fame are the ones to transition you from day to night.
Be sure to check out the videos in continual playlist format here! Also, tell me what your international summer anthems are below!
SHINee is back! Guest poster and kpop enthusiast Emily is back to tell us about their new album.
International K-Pop sensation SHINee released their fourth full-length album on Monday. This album generated a lot of hype from loyal fans even before it was released. It had been two full years before SHINee’s last full album was released, so fans we understandably hungry for some new tunes.
I gave the album a listen on Monday. Let’s just say it’s … Odd: a fitting response to the album’s title, which is indeed “Odd”. Obviously the album name is a play on the title of the first song, “Odd Eye”, however, I believe the album title stands for more. The overall sound of the album is very different from their previous albums, which had a very pop/techno/dance feel to them. “Odd” is heavy on the R&B sound with heavy beats, smooth vocals, and rap, but also has a light, electric thread that lifts the sound.
Overall, I think the album is put together very well. All the songs complement each other nicely, and there is a good mix of upbeat tunes and sensual tracks. It is one of those albums that you want to listen to all the way through in order. The album tells a story. I cannot say that I have found many albums where I sit down, listen to the music, and enjoy every single song without skipping one I dislike. The whole album experience is very refreshing.
Fans seem to love the new album. The album is now SHINee’s best selling album on iTunes. The R&B beats and smooth doo-wop electronic thread gives the album a very summery feel. I can picture many ShaWols’ bopping around town or sitting on the beach with “Odd” basting through their ear buds.
The album is definitely one to check out. If you are interested take a listen to the track “View” to get a feel of the albums sound and tone: