Araabmuzik Electronic Dream Review

Araabmuzik Electronic Dream is an album aptly named. It’s dreamy, light electronic lounge music that hits with a lot of high hats.

Araabmuzik - Electronic Dream

This album is tough to review. On one hand, it’s pretty standard electronic dance music. Clubs with trendy names like “Fur,” “Lux” or “Lotus” are places where you would expect to hear this type of music. There you will find guys in shiny shirts and girls in short skirts overpaying for bottle service and listening to Electronic Dream with the bass turned up to the point of distortion. On the other hand, the album has its moments. Some of the songs are pretty catchy. Unfortunately, these moments are repeated ad nauseam for three or four minutes and then given a song title.

In an interesting move, a deluxe edition was released with several remixes of the songs found on the album. The remixes are much better than the originals, making me wonder why the originals even exist. Check out this remix of “Electronic Dream” from the deluxe edition, infused with a couple samples from other popular dance songs.


One other thing to bring your attention to – if you hear the audio watermark “You are now listening to Araabmuzik” on your copy of Electronic Dream, it’s legit. I’ve noticed A LOT of comments from people thinking they downloaded a promotional copy or accidentally got a bootleg. Apparently, this was done intentionally. I think it detracts from the album a bit, but in a world of downloaded singles and massive iPod hard drives with tens of thousands of songs, this audio watermark does remind you of who you are listening to when a track comes up on shuffle.

Party goer opinions

Tim: “It sounds like it belongs in a really bad trashy lounge.”

Adam: “I think it was aggressive, anxiety-provoking, and noisy.”

Verdict: People were NOT into this album. I’d say it is a pass. Save your money and time. Personally, I’m hoping the upcoming release from Orbital will be exactly what I’ve been looking for.

Justice Helix Cover

Justice recently ran a cover contest, asking their fans to recreate songs from Civilization. This cover was my favorite. I think it’s better than the version Justice put on their album.

Justice
“Helix” (Covered by Zakka)

I love it – Zakka’s skill with the Bebot app for accompaniment is nothing short of amazing. Check out some of his other videos, also very cool.

I downloaded Bebot to play with, but have mostly used it to mimic people’s inflection as they talk (kind of like a “copy cat”). People don’t think being “bebotted” is nearly as funny as I do.

Jeffrey Jerusalem Grimace Review

Jeffrey Jerusalem, Yacht’s touring drummer, shows off his skills as a producer and DJ in the electropop dance album Grimace.

I was going to review the Jeffrey Jerusalem album Disco Drymouth, but it seems that it was a promo disc I happened to get my hands on at his live show. Seeing as I don’t think it’s widely available, I thought it would be better to review Grimace instead. Many of the tracks on the Disco Drymouth promo disc can also be found on Grimace, so I think it’s a fair trade off.

It’s hard to describe Jerusalem’s sound. He labels it as “bedroom disco.” If you see him live, you’ll understand exactly what that means – you can imagine him dancing around in his boxers as he fiddles with his sampler to create his tracks. And he wants you to join in by jumping around your bedroom to the tracks he’s crafted. It’s the perfect music for little kids to go nuts to in your living room (well, not MY living room, but you understand what I’m saying).

What you’re going to hear on Grimace are a lot of electronic/synth sounds run through some effects and looped. Occasionally there will be some vocal sampling. Although there is a bit of experimentation and some songs with a more menacing edge, everything stays at dance floor tempo.

I really love some of the tracks. I’ve tossed them in party playlists and watched people really get into what they were listening to. The music is non-obtrusive if you don’t want it to be, but good enough that people will dance to it if given the slightest provocation.

But not everything is two scoops of raisins and sunshine – some of the experimentation gets tedious. This being Jersalem’s first full-length album, I definitely see a lot of promise. He just needs to keep experimenting with his music until he finds his niche.

Party Goer Opinions

Lauren: “His songs get stuck in my head, and I don’t mind.”

Verdict: Dig it. There are some gems on this album and Jerusalem is an under-appreciated artist. Check out the whole album, streaming, below.

Stand-out track: “Motown Blackout” – this is by FAR the best song on the album. If you’re only going to check out one track, listen to this one.

Upcoming Review: Jeffrey Jerusalem Disco Drymouth

Jeffrey Jerusalem is one of my favorite artists who no one knows about! He’s the drummer for Yacht’s live shows and sometimes their opening act. He calls his style “bedroom disco” – which makes total sense to me, because I told one of my friends I can see him dancing around his bedroom as he throws together samples.

I think everyone should know about his guy so I’m going to review the CD I picked up at his show, Disco Drymouth.

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Sébastien Tellier Pépito Bleu

New video from a crazy Frenchman, Sébastien Tellier! There is less synth than on Sexuality, his previous album, which is a check in the “cons” column for me. The last album was produced by Guy-Manuel de Homem-Christo’s, one half of Daft Punk, and you can hear the difference with Guy-Manuel’s absence.

Sébastien Tellier
“Pépito Bleu”
My God is Blue

Check out some of his previous videos:

Sébastien Tellier
“Divine”
Sexuality

Sébastien Tellier
“Kilometer”
Sexuality

Sébastien Tellier
“Roche”
Sexuality