On Friday night, Halsey threw a Halloween party is Los Angeles, which is something that the pop musician has been doing for the last few years. 2019’s theme was as follows: “Almost Famous is an experiential Halloween Party in Hollywood, celebrating the Rockstars of the 60’s, 70’s, 80’s & 90’s.” Costumes at the … More »
King Princess really is royalty of a sort. Mikaela Mullaney Straus, the 20-year-old upstart who’ll release her debut album Cheap Queen tomorrow, is the daughter of Oliver H. Straus Jr., owner of Brooklyn’s Mission Sound Recording. Like many artists who find their way to fame before exiting their teenage years, she was born … More »
The four-album run is a staple of rock music history: If you’re a band or solo artist widely considered capital G Great, you probably at some point in your career dropped four albums back-to-back-to-back-to-back that people cite as an impressively consistent body of brilliant music.
• The Rolling Stones: Beggars Banquet, Let It Bleed, Sticky Fingers, and Exile on Main Street
• The Pixies: Surfer Rosa, Doolittle, Bossanova, Trompe le Monde
• Radiohead: The Bends, OK Computer, Kid A, and Amnesiac. (In this case, the last two act as a duology of brilliance within the band’s tetralogy of classics. That’s why dweebs love Radiohead!)
• EPMD: Strictly Business, Unfinished Business, Business as Usual, and Business Never Personal.
• Led Zeppelin: Led Zeppelin through Led Zeppelin IV.
What does this have to do with Madonna, the artist whom you originally thought you’d clicked on this article to read about?
Well, Madonna is part of the aforementioned exclusive subset of Capital G Great artists posited above (obviously), so does she have a run of four brilliant albums in a row to her name? Yes! Her first four studio albums: Madonna, Like a Virgin, True Blue, and Like a Prayer.
The news about Madge today is that she’s about to reissue her first four albums on crystal clear vinyl, so you would think I’d be rejoicing. Instead, however, I am steamed. Instead of coherently reissuing Madonna’s entire intact four-album run, the jabronis at Madonna, Inc. have decided to count the 1987 Who’s That Girl? soundtrack album as Madonna’s fourth album, even though it’s actually a various artists deal with only four Madonna songs.
Is this a tragedy? No. Is it a weird way to approach reissuing classic Madonna material? This reporter thinks so!
The reissues will be out November 8 via Rhino, and they coincide with the start of Madonna’s Madame X tour, for which there are frankly just too many dates, including a high number of multi-night stands in major cities.
Anyway, pre-order the albums here, blah blah blah, here’s another mismatched Simpsons reference:
Thomas Gold has been keeping busy producing music and touring, but the artist has kept it particularly fresh for fans as he continues to diversify his portfolio. Whether with his tech house alias AU-1 or experimenting with new sounds like tropical-leaning “Seventeen,” Gold is one of those producers who increasingly has something for everyone. His latest release is his remix of Madonna‘s “I Rise,” which is the final release from recent album Madame X.
Gold spoke with Dancing Astronaut about being chosen to do the remix, explaining, “It’s a great honor to do an official remix for Madonna. I grew up to all her music, she was kind of always ‘there’ as she released so many great songs throughout the years. So when I got the request to do a remix for ‘I Rise,’ I was like ‘Yes, I want to do this, but I want to deliver something which pays respect to Madonna’s voice and the vibe of the original song.’”
The original track is a slow and sultry tune that highlights Madonna’s vocals. A slow pulsating humming in the background is juxtaposed with her singing, leaving the vocals to do most of the work on the track. Gold speaks to his goal for the remix, saying, “As the original version runs at a much slower tempo than my remix, I had to find the right way to speed up the vocal and the sounds I intended to use – without losing the vibe of the original.”
Gold keeps Madonna’s alluring vocals intact with the same cool tone of the original, but he completely transforms the BPM and enlists a vintage house style that is fitting, as those who are familiar with Madonna’s earlier releases can attest.
He explains the creative process behind what yielded his final result, saying, “I went for a classic house style approach with some well-known organ and piano sounds (hello Korg M1!), which I thought would fit perfectly for her voice. For the verses, I created a completely new chord progression. It was actually just a spontaneous idea I had, but I liked it, so I kept it. Once I had put together the basic sounds and the layout structure of the remix, it was just about creating a good flow throughout the track. I also used almost the entire original vocal, this was not too difficult, and it was fun to see how everything came together nicely.”
Ultimately, Gold trades in some of the sultry mood for more of a euphoric one, and his remix takes the track to a dance-worthy and fun-loving piece of music that showcases both artists at their finest. It’s an infectious song to begin with, but Gold’s house touch takes the track to the next level.
“At the end, I was happy that I had been able to still maintain some of the typical ‘Madonna’ vocal sound whilst giving the music a completely fresh approach,” Gold says. “And I was super happy when I got the final approval from Madonna and her team!”
“Pulling a Beyoncé” has always been a fairly elastic concept. Even when the phrase came into vogue at the end of 2013, when she surprise-released her self-titled visual album and, in her own words, “changed the game with that digital drop,” people were crediting her with both the surprise album trend … More »
Madonna’s former art advisor and friend Darlene Lutz is auctioning off a bunch of the star’s personal items, including a 1995 breakup letter from Tupac and cassette tapes featuring unreleased demos and recordings. Madonna has been trying to stop the unauthorized auction for two years now, but she failed, and there are currently … More »
The weirdest song on Madonna’s weird new album Madame X — her best album in years, though not exactly a return to form — is “God Control,” a bizarre protest song about gun control with many stylistic twists and turns. Last week “God Control” got a violent music video that evoked … More »
The rush that comes with a perfect pop song is elusive but unmistakable. “Pop music” can mean many things, but there’s a certain kind of monster jam that scans as POP MUSIC in neon lights, the kind that sends euphoria coursing through your nervous system and launches your body onto the dance floor. More »
Madonna released her latest album, Madame X, a few weeks ago. Today, she shares a new music video for its “God Control” track. The video features a graphic nightclub shooting and a gun control PSA. It begins and ends with Madonna typing at a typewriter. “The video you are about to see is … More »
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