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FRIDAY MUSIC FIX: A TASTE OF HONEY

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Do you believe in reincarnation? I do and I’ll tell you why. My unbridled love for disco music is clearly a carryover from my past life as a discotheque frequenting, flare wearing, dance floor boogying, New York living, Tony Manero type. I’m pretty sure that I partied at Studio 54 with Andy Warhol and Bianca Jagger because what else could explain the nostalgia I feel when I hear songs like ‘Boogie Oogie Oogie’ by A Taste of Honey? Or my love for flares? Ok, I don’t really love flares but I do love the energy and freedom of disco music which transports you to another place and time.

You can’t tell me that this song doesn’t make you want to flick your hips around a rainbow underlit dance floor?

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Celebrities during New Year's Eve party at Studio 54: (L-R) Halston, Bianca Jagger, Jack Haley, Jr. and wife Liza Minnelli and Andy Warhol. (Photo by Robin Platzer/Twin Images/Time Life Pictures/Getty Images)

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FRIDAY MUSIC FIX: HOZIER

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Occasionally you come across a song that literally shakes you to your core.  You hear the first few bars and the music reverberates from your ears throughout your body, creating a ripple of goosebumps along your limbs. It’s the combination of the artist’s voice, the lyrics and the piano arrangement that almost brings a tear to your eye because of its proximity to perfection. “Take me to Church” is such a song. Andrew Hozier-Byrne or Hozier as he is known,  is the 24-year-old Irishman behind this beautifully crafted piece of aural art.  His voice is dark, enchanting and eery with an almost spiritual holiness to it which is well suited as the song is about religion, heaven, sin and love.  The lyric, “I was born sick, command me to be well” will hold extra meaning for those of us raised in religions that denounce homosexuality and the accompanying video depicting a homophobic beating will strike a chord with anyone who has experienced homophobia.

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FRIDAY MUSIC FIX: COMPANY FREAK FT. VIVIAN REED

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A good song has the power to evoke feelings of joy, nostalgia and even melancholy but a great song will take you deeper, to another place and time.  That’s exactly the power that Company Freak wields in their first single “Sexaholic”. Featuring the vocals of Tony-nominated Broadway and recording star Vivian Reed, Sexaholic sounds like a synth-funk/electro-boogie anthem taken from a dance floor somewhere in 1981.

Company Freak stands as a homage to 70s orchestral disco-soul and 80s post-disco artists like Chic, Change, Kool & The Gang, Boney M, Kid Creole & The Coconuts, and Midnight Star – a retro feel that recalls the freewheeling sound of Studio 54 and the Paradise Garage, and the glistening nu-disco of the Scissor Sisters, Daft Punk, Hot Chip, Jessica 6 and Tensnake. Mixed by Eric Broucek (LCD Soundsystem) and engineered by Alex Nizich (Hercules & Love Affair, Antony & The Johnsons), Company Freak are a revolving multi-generational cast of vocalists and session players that include music legends from the 70s and 80s as well as up-and-coming 21st century stars.

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FRIDAY MUSIC FIX: CHERUB

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Currently fixed on “Jazzercise ’95” by electro-pop duo “Cherub”. Having been introduced to this song by a friend while on holiday in Los Angeles, this funky pep-me-up pop track will forever be synonomous  with cruising around the Hollywood Hills and the boulevards and prepping for wild nights on the town.

“Jazzercise ’95” is the epitome of my favourite type of music, music that I like to call summer sundowner sounds. This genre evokes warm feeling of balmy summer nights, long beach days and pool parties. It represents that time in the early evening when the sun has almost set and the anticipation of the night ahead causes a surge of excitement through your body like a small electric shock. It’s that perfect period when you’ve had just enough cocktails that you start to feel a relaxing buzz and the music begins to change from cruisey daytime tunes to more uptempo funk, signalling the arrival of the evening. It’s at the very moment, when everything is aligned in beautiful harmony that “Jazzercise ’95” comes on.

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FRIDAY MUSIC FIX: SKY FERREIRA

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Currently fixed on everything about Sky Ferreira. The 21-year-old rising star’s latest release, “You’re not the one” is a beautifully crafted pop song with an edgy twist that is bound to become the 2013/14 anthem of the hipster generation. While other pop stars her age have to twerk against old men to try convince audiences of their “sexuality”, Sky effortlessly oozes sex appeal in a leather jacket, bleached blonde hair and dark shades.

Like most other babes from Venice Beach, California, Sky is the ultimate slashy; she’s a model/singer-songwriter/actress and she’s just been named the new face of beauty brand Redken. And if that doesn’t boost her cool credentials in your eyes then the fact that she grew up around and was friends with Michael Jackson certainly should.

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FRIDAY MUSIC FIX: LORDE

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Currently fixed on “Royals” by 16 year-old New Zealand singer-songwriter Lorde (Ella Yelich-O’Connor).

Sounds Like: Sophisticated pop music from a teenager with a promising future. The next “Queen of Pop” perhaps?

Enjoy while: Lying on your bed with your best friend when you should be doing your homework.

Interesting fact: Lorde was born in Auckland, New Zealand where she is currently a Year 12 student attending Takapuna Grammar School. Royals debuted at Number 1 on the New Zealand Top 40 on 15th March 2013.

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FRIDAY MUSIC FIX: THE SWISS

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Currently fixed on “Elouisa” by Australian duo The Swiss.

Sounds Like: Tropo-funk disco

Enjoy while: Eating breakfast by the pool with some groovy ladies after a night partying at Studio 54.

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FRIDAY MUSIC FIX: VANCE JOY

Currently fixed on “Riptide” by Melbourne singer-songwriter Vance Joy.

Sounds Like: A soundtrack of folk songs from summer camp in 1973

Enjoy while: Drinking ciders with friends

Interesting fact: Vance has just signed a 5 album deal with Atlantic Records in the US

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FRIDAY MUSIC FIX: MR LITTLE JEANS

Currently fixed on “Oh Sailor” by Mr Little Jeans

Sounds Like: A merry-go-round of musical goodness

Enjoy while: Baking cupcakes

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FRIDAY MUSIC FIX: LESCOP

Currently fixed on “La Foret” by Lescop

Sounds Like: Brooklyn indie pop but in French.

Enjoy while: Eating a baguette. Wearing a beret. Sampling foie gras or doing anything else stereotypically French (like marrying your French boyfriend because same-sex marriage is legal in France!).

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