Friday Music

Bunch of stuff to do today, so I’m getting this one out a bit earlier than usual.

First up, a bit of pre-“Love Shack”-era B-52s, which I happen to know is a favorite of and : The B-52s – “Wig.”

During the past week, I received a bit of Friday Music karma from , who sent me the debut CD of the UK band White Rose Movement. I fucking LOVE it. The album sounds like a mix of the Cure, Depeche Mode and Duran Duran, swirled into a lovely 21st-century froth. Here’s a track from the album: White Rose Movement – “Idiot Drugs.”

Arsenal is a Brazilian group which produces a nifty mix of World Beat pop and electronica, mixing Latin, African and European rhythms, sounds and vocals. Here’s the first track from their album Oyebo Soul: Arsenal – “Angola.”

Astroladies are a pop group from Belgium whom I discovered during the past week. I’ll admit that I was first attracted to listen simply by the very cyberpunk title of the single. It turned out to be not what I was expecting, but still very, very cool: Astroladies – “Neon Tokyo.”

Another great dance mash-up, this time mixing Justin Timberlake’s new single “SexyBack” with the classic 80s sound of Corey Hart’s “Sunglasses at Night.” Two great tastes that taste great together! Justin Timberlake vs Corey Hart – “I Wear My SexyBack At Night (cheekyboy edit).”

Next up, another new discovery, and one that I’m so jazzed by, I’m giving you two tracks. Trentemøller is an electronic act from Denmark, led by a guy named Anders Trentemøller. The sound is amazing. Give a listen to these two tracks: Trentemøller – “Moan (feat. Ane Trolle)” and Trentemøller – “Take Me Into Your Skin.”

The newest track from Lady Sovereign, the short white girl MC from London. This one is for , but a lot of you will like it. Lady Sovereign – “Love Me or Hate Me.”

Last up — Turkish artist Tarkan (who did “Simlik” the single that I posted last month — which was covered by Stella Soleil as “Kiss Kiss.”) has just released a new album, where he sings in English. The sound is still amazing Middle-Eastern-tinged dance-pop, but now you can decipher the lyrics! Tarkan – “Just Like That.”

Enjoy, kids. More next week.