The Great Gatsby OST (Full Album Stream)

We’ve heard full versions, snippets and rough edits of various tracks from this official soundtrack, and ahead of its release on Tuesday we get a full stream of the album in its completed format.

As listed previously, artists include Beyonce, Andre 3000, The xx, Lana Del Rey, Florence and the Machine, Emeli Sande, Q-Tip, Jack White and many more. Of course, Jay-Z also contributes a track in addition to being the album’s executive producer, rounding off what is surely one of the most star-studded film soundtracks in recent memory, whilst also remaining sonically diverse through its range of artist choices. I’ve got no doubts that there’ll be something on here for everyone, and you can stream it all courtesy of NPR below.

The Great Gatsby OST (Full Album Stream)

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Florence + the Machine – Ceremonials Review

I’m absolutely obsessed with Florence Welch – in fact I think my love for Florence + the Machine is 76% percent about the music and 24% about her, and I challenge anyone not to have loved Lungs. So imagine my joy when I finally got my hands on Ceremonials, the follow-up album from this flame haired Amazonian (she’s a very impressive 6ft).

Florence has an unbridled talent that the vast majority of UK female ‘pop’ artists can only dream about, but she had some MASSIVE shoes to fill after Lungs.  Ceremonials is certainly a lot ‘bigger’ than its predecessor  – most of Lungs was recorded in a series of obscure locations, such as an empty swimming baths and a Synagogue, and I genuinely think that lent to the sound.

Ceremonials doesn’t feel as personal to the listener as their previous album –  I’m Not Calling You a Liar felt like it was being sung in to your ear, and My Boy Builds Coffins was haunting.

Compared to these tracks, most of the songs on Ceremonials feel like Florence has been told to just ‘let go’. Gone are the whispered promises of her previous tracks – Florence means business and she’s giving it everything she’s got.

This is certainly not to say that I don’t like Ceremonials. I actually love it – it’s just different. Tracks to watch out for are Shake It OutWhat The Water Gave Me, and Leave My Body – all are fantastic and totally encapsulate what this group are all about. I genuinely think that Shake It Out is possibly the best song that they have ever released. Yes, better than Rabbit Heart.

If anyone can deliver the ceremony and melodrama required to pull off these big, turbulent songs it’s Florence. I don’t think there’s any stopping this band, and I’ll be whipping this album out at every available opportunity over the coming months.

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Florence + the Machine and The Weeknd-Shake It Out Remix

A collaboration that will set faux-hipster eyes alight. The promising radio rip originally surfaced last week after Zane Lowe’s Radio 1 premiere, and the track officially made its way to iTunes last night.

The Weeknd adds his trademark dark, ambient spin onto the powerful, emotive vocals of Florence with a series of experimental samples, attention-grabbing percussion hits, and a soft key melody floating in the background. The hook adds a little more verve and energy, with a driving synth and vocal distortions that add a somehwat paradoxical chaotic melancholy, and whilst The Weeknd doesn’t seem to actually contribute vocally, his distinctive sound is all over this one. Very good remix that effortlessly floats across alternative and pop. Grab it on iTunes below.

Florence + the Machine-Shake It Out (The Weeknd Remix)

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Mick Boogie and Terry Urban-Award Tour

A fun, remixed uptempo happy good time consisting of the best remixes and rarites of this years Grammy nominees. Featuring remixed music by everyone from Lady Gaga, La Roux and Rihanna to Kanye West, Vampire Weekend and Florence & The Machine, there’s something for everybody for sure.

Looks very interesting to say the least, and the duo of Boogie and Urban never fail to deliver when it comes to these original projects. There are some serious names on this one, and the tracklist will defnitely whet your appetite. Click below for the download, and even further below for the tracklist.

Mick Boogie and Terry Urban-Award Tour
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Florence + The Machine Cover “You Got The Love”

A relatively new band to me; Florence + The Machine, have included in their new album Lungs a cover of You Got The Love orignally by The Source and Candi Staton.

Its a pretty decent cover actually, not as powerful as the original or the more recent “club” efforts that most of you will have heard, but its still a very likeable track. Shame the singer is a ginger. They have also recorded a video for this, which you can view here. I only got about a minute in before closing it though… make your own judgements.

I expect a lot of you have heard this before, but just as many will have missed this (seeing as it’s fairly mainstream stuff) so check out the selection of tracks below.

Florence + The Machine- You Got The Love
The Source Feat Candi Staton- You Got The Love (Now Voyager Remix)
The Source Feat Candi Staton- You Get The Idea

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