Artist: Anoraak Song: "Guest Star (Club Edit)" Album: Chronotropic
"The original version of 'Guest Star' is on my new album, Chronotropic," Frederic Riviere tells Rolling Stone. "Like many of my songs, album versions have a clear dance floor feeling, and are definitely not built for a DJ to use. So I decided to make a club edit of 'Guest Star' to enhance the basic house groove of this track."
Artist: Maria Taylor Song: "This Is It" Album: Something About Knowing
"'This Is It' is the last song I wrote and recorded for the record," Maria Taylor tells Rolling Stone. "The chorus came to me while I was driving. I pulled over and sang the melody into my iPhone. Once this song was recorded, I knew the record was complete!"
Artist: Crushed Stars Song: "Flowerbomb" Album: Farwell Young Lovers
"This will sound like a cliche, but I was standing in a cafe line and was intrigued by the fragrance of the person in front of me, so I asked what it was," Todd Gautreau tells Rolling Stone. "She answered Flowerbomb, which I thought was an interesting word since you don't normally associate the gentleness of a flower with the intensity of an explosion. So I was inspired to write a song about a hypothetical girl who would have both of these qualities."
Artist: Gossling Song: "That Feeling" Album: Harvest of Gold
"'That Feeling' is about trying to recreate an experience or feeling that spontaneously occured one new years' even," Helen Croom tells Rolling Stone. "It's a feeling or euphoric state that's unattainable and impossible to regenerate no matter how hard you try."
It all started one night in a small apartment in Cincinnati. Then it moved to a much smaller apartment in New York City. Then it moved west. Now it's...everywhere. We are Tom and Jenn Korbee, and we are songwriters, in the truest sense. Our lives, our thoughts, our truths are spilled out in the music we write. Struggle, hope, perseverance, love (in its most honest, and sometimes harsh form) all permeate through, and form the bedrock of the world that we create in our songs. We write sweeping melodies coupled with honest, creative lyrics. Our music challenges today's listeners to think and listen a little deeper while sitll giving them the pop/rock smash that they have been raised to expect. Korbee pulls no punches when delivering our truth. We have traveled a desolate road in search of a new, familiar sound; something that pays homage to their roots in rock, folk and blues, while bridging the gap to contemporary pop music.
Artist: Flight Facilities Song: "Clair De Lune" feat. Christine Hobert (Motez Remix) Album: Clair De Lune (Single)
"It's probably no secret that Debussy's 'Clair De Lune' was the inspiration for our "Clair De Lune,'" Hugo tells Rolling Stone. "All we really wanted was to make a bed time song that anyone could put on repeat, and eventually become unaware of where it starts or finishes. We've always been big advocates for remixes staying true to the original, and Motez made the perfect adjustment to tastefully bring our least club-driven song onto the dance floor."
Artist: Stornoway Song: "Tumbling Bay" Album: You Don't Know Anything
"'Tumbling Bay' is named after an old swimming area built into a tributary of the Thames River here in Oxford, set in the late summer, hence the blackberry references," Brian Briggs tells Rolling Stone. "It is about discovering you have been the subject of someone else's affections, but not wanting to return them. The bird songs and other suburban sounds were recorded one sunny evening in East Oxford by holding a microphone out of our garage door."
Artisst: Pinkunoizu (Facebook)
Song: Perish In Hilton
Album: The Drop
"'Perish In Hilton' is a b-side from our recording sessions for The Drop," Andreas Pallisgaard tells Rolling Stone. "I remember how the initial idea for the song came from visiting the Hoa Lo prison in Vietnam - the prison better known as Hanoi Hilton. This was where the American troops were held during the Vietnam War. The title also hints at Hollywood glitter culture and its flip side."
Artist: Vikesh Kapoor (Facebook) Song: Bottom of the Ladder Album: The Ballad of Willy Robbins
"'Bottom of the Ladder' is inspired by the frustrations of being stuck in limbo - climbing some ladder, sticking to some societal framework, and doing so seemingly forever and without progress," Vikesh Kapoor tells Rolling Stone. "My debut album follows a narrative and within that context this opening song shows the speaker struggling to come to terms with expectation verus self-fulfillment. Discouraged with making ends meet for his family, he dreams of jumping off that ladder and abandoning the life he's been expected to live."
Artist: PillowTalk (Facebook) Song: "Move Like This" Album:Love Letters
"'Move Like This' was created in the original PillowTalk studios where I was living for a short while after moving back to SF from LA and staying on the couch," Michael Tello tells Rolling Stone. "Sammy and I were always getting down with the disco, funk, and throwback sound that was making waves on dance floors at the time. The premise of this song is to call dancers out on the floor."
Artist: Bing Ji Ling
Song: Every1's a Winner
Album: Por Cada Nube
"When given the opportunity to raid the RAK vaults for tracks to cover, Hot Chocolate's material was our first port of call," Quinn Luke tells Rolling Stone....
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Artist: Clara Moto
Song: Hedonic Treadmill
Album: Blue Distance
"'Hedonic Treadmill' describes the tendancy of people to adapt to good events - or bad - and then return to the same level of happiness," Clara Moto tells Rolling Stone. "In...