Sunday, March 14, 2010

Lights and Music

I often ask myself why artists limit themselves to certain genres. In the dizzying world of electronic-produced music, there are countless numbers of genres that may be explored. If you possess the right software, maybe a keyboard synth and basic rhythm you can whip up some sort of track relatively easily.

I have now worked out why artists don't do this now, and the answer can be metaphorically represented by Lights Over Los Angeles.

Lights Over Los Angeles, or LightsoverLA... or LOLA... they seem to name themselves different variations of the same idea... are two guys from Phoenix, Arizona. They're not signed to any label, they don't have an EP as yet and as far as I can tell they are just two more guys making music with their laptop from that toilet bowl of a nation - the US of A.

Their remix of 'What You Know' by Two Door Cinema Club was released two days ago to the world wide web. And I really like it. Similar to their Delphic remix, the two tracks are simple yet effective (pioneered by Erol Alkan). The vocals remain intact, with little alterations to the major melodic hooks and the overall result is funky, groovy and thoroughly enjoyable.

Then... you listen to their debut single 'I Don't Want to Die Like This'. It is an amalgamation of MSTRKRFT and the Bloody Beetroots and it's just awful. It must be heard to know what I'm talking about.

Dear LOLA,
Please pick a genre and stay there.
The music community of the world.

I Don't Want to Die Like This - Lights Over Los Angeles

This Momentary (LightsoverLA Remix) - Delphic

and the pick of the litter...

What You Know (LightsoverLA Remix) - Two Door CInema Club

You can check out LOLA on their website.

Peace and Love.

1 comment:

  1. Its lightsoverla haha trust me..The blogs we sent our first tracks to picked three different ways to name our tracks (its annoying but what can ya do?).

    We started with this project to do "bangers" about a year ago. IDWTDLT (wow that's long) was written quite awhile ago (before our delphic/two door cinema remixes) but we just recently put it out as a single.

    The single did alright but it is definitely not where we wanna go with our music so i can assure the music community of the world we have picked a genre and plan on staying there.

    Thanks for the honest review and keeping it real!