A month or so ago while bored and browsing Facebook i came across a status update from Johnny Neon mentioning a new project being launched. The name of the project is Prada. It features Johnny Kotze (Johnny Neon) and his friend Yannick Ilunga (of Popskarr fame). In truth it doesn’t stray far from the type of synth gold that both alter egos are famous for but this is no bad thing. The trademark Johnny Neon voice remains only this time he’s ably assisted by Illunga’s smooth vocals. It’s electro pop heaven.
My favourite Johnny Neon track has and always will be “Laserkill”. I usually try and slip it onto any playlist i make. I love everything about it. The snaking synths, the upbeat lyrics, the bleeps and THAT lead melody line that almost takes the role of a second voice as it sweetly gloops all over the track. I went to the bother of sitting down with my guitar one drunken night and learning every little note of it and converting it into a playable guitar line. It sounds amazing with the delay pedal. But seeing as i’ve already posted “Laserkill” before then i’ll stick something else in here. As for Illunga and Popskarr, well i’d never really heard much of them until i caught notice of a few tracks that popped up on electrotrash a while back. It’s a site i started following when i first started getting into Johnny Neon about 2 and a bit years ago.
MP3: Johnny Neon – Hearts
MP3: Popskarr – S.P.I.L.L.S.
As i mentioned before the first song from Prada doesn’t veer far off the musical path that Johnny Kotze and Yannick Illunga so majestically tread but why fix something if it’s not broken and who cares when it’s this good/catchy/uplifting. If it was released a few months earlier we’d have easily been looking at it being the anthem of the summer.
It started off life being titled “Lagoss” before being mastered, tweaked a bit, lengthened by about an extra 90 seconds and completing it’s transformation into “Regerde Moi”. Both are available for free download below.
MP3: Prada – Lagoss
MP3: Prada – Regerde Moi
You can keep up to date and “like” all stuff Prada on their facebook.
Well we’re on the subject of Prada, the fashion label not the Neon and Ilunga concoction, i remember a few years ago hearing that Cassettes Won’t Listen had scored the soundtrack for a Prada commercial. Here’s the vid.
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Hot on the trails of the $elling Out mixtape comes “Standing On The Edge Of Pop”. The concept stays the same on this mix. Although this time its not quite so blatant. $elling Out was designed as a mix that (hopefully) everybody would recognise the songs from. Tracks and artists that pretty much everyone has or should have heard of at some point in their musical life. Standing On The Edge however is a more varied mix that features artists and songs who are well known and some artists who (i believe) should have pop recognition but are still unknown to a certain extent, well unknown to most ears anyway. All of the bands involved in the mix have a certain degree of pop sensibility regarding melody thus their tunes are catchy. Any one of the songs wouldn’t sound out of place on your work radio. Depending on which station you listen to that is. Unfortunately for me, everyone in the garage i work in has a taste in Clyde 102.5 or Real Radio….both are pish. Bring back XFM Scotland! ….. Back to the mix, i tried to make it as variable as i could to cater for many different types of listeners. Every song is a pop gem, some you’ll recognise, some you won’t but i hope you enjoy nonetheless.
Standing On The Edge Of Pop Tracklist
1. Apparat – Hailin’ From The Edge
2. Julian Plenti – Only If You Run
3. The Radio Dept – Where Damage Isn’t Already Done
4. TV On The Radio – Wolf Like Me
5. Jape – Floating
6. Fleetwood Mac – Everywhere
7. Moby – Natural Blues
8. Faker – This Heart Attack
9. Two Door Cinema Club – Hands Off My Cash, Monty!
10. Johnny Neon – Laserkill
11. Yes Giantess – Tuff N Stuff
12. Familjen – Det Snurrar I Min Skalle
13. Yazoo vs Snap! – Don’t Go Rhythm Dancer
14. TNT Jackson (feat Chris Corner) – You And My Pearldiver
15. Maurice Williams and The Zodiacs – Stay
16. MPHO – Box ‘N’ Locks
17. Jordin Sparks – Battlefield
18. Free Energy – Dream City
19. Miike Snow – Animal
20. Arctic Monkeys – Dance Little Liar
21. Wild Beasts – Hooting And Howling
22. K-Os – Sunday Morning
SECRET TRACK : Bob -I’ve Seen Things………
MP3: Someones In The Wolf – Standing On The Edge Of Pop Mixtape
http://www.mediafire.com/file/zmyk5xxjtmt/ – Standing On The Edge Of Pop Mixtape
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The “Six Mix” is another new section of the blog. I’m going to try my best to make it a weekly or at least a fortnightly thing. It’s going to be a selection of 5 random songs that i happen to be listening to and one video. Totalling up to 6 tracks in all, hence, the Six Mix. The artists will range from A Perfect Circle to Zombie Nation (thats just a fancy way of saying A to Z) and many more inbetween, just whatever takes my fancy at the time really. Oh yeah and the title of the post will be a mash up of the bands or songs i’m posting about. eg. A Picture Trail Of Fake Vitriolic Neon Heartbeats includes a segment of all the featured bands from this specific post. And don’t worry all future “Six Mix” posts won’t have all this babble at the beginning, they’ll be straight to the point with the 5 songs and a video.
Here goes nothing….making onto the first “Six Mix” are…..
My Vitriol looking slightly pissed off
MP3: My Vitriol – War Of The Worlds
MP3: Pictureplane – Goth Star
MP3: Faker – This Heart Attack
MP3: And You Will Know Us By The Trail Of Dead – Mistakes & Regrets
MP3: Breakbeat Heartbeat – As The Snowfalls
VIDEO: Johnny Neon – Laser Kill
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