Dig These Discs :: Lana Del Rey, Foxes, Hercules & Love Affair, Deluka, Brooke Candy
Hercvles and Love Affair team up with a wide assortment of artists for their 10-track album. Lana Del Rey sings sadly in "Ultraviolence." Brooke Candy shovels out the fun and filthy rap cuts in her new album, "Opulence." Deluka relocates to L.A. and finds their bliss. And Southampton singer Foxes drops her promising debut album.
"The Feast of the Broken Heart" (Hercvles and Love Affair)
It’s no-holds-barred with Hercvles and Love Affair’s new album, a collection of 10 tracks, each with a different featured artist. They give the old Moog a workout with their intro, "Hercules Theme 2014," and it sounds straight out of "Beverly Hills Cop." Krystle Warren adds a disco patina to "My Offence," a funky dance cut, with the refrain, "I’ve come too far from the girl I used to be for you to make a bitch outta me." Damn, that’s badass! She adds mystery later, when she sings in "The Light," singing how she knew a change was in the air, but "what that change would look like, I could not entertain." John Grant waits patiently for his love to come to him in "I Try To Talk To You," a darker song that has him sounding as depressed as Morrissey. He lends his voice again in the trance-dance track, "Liberty," with its dubstep break. Gustaph brings the funk to "That’s Not Me," singing, "don’t go down for that rebound." It’s one of the best on the album. He’s back for "Do You Feel the Same?" a popping tune with a strong bass line, clap tracks reminiscent of a ’70s dance floor, and a liturgy of feats that love would do for you. The beats are memorable in "Think" with Rouge Mary warning you to "find the devil you know." Always good advice. She also chimes in on "5.43 to Freedom," another catchy tune fueled by beats, with a lot of vocal samples and the inspiring refrain, "be yourself." And she helps close the album with "The Key," an inspired track with rocking horns. From first to last, this album will truly satisfy you.
"Opulence" (Brooke Candy)
American rapper/singer Brooke Candy first caught our attention co-starring in the music video for Grimes’ hit single "Genesis," and went on to release several hot videos, including "I Wanna Fuck Right Now." This is hardly a surprise; the pink cornrowed, metallic bikini-wearing Candy is the daughter of the Hustler Magazine CFO and Hustler Casino CEO. Candy raps about getting jewels at Tiffany’s in "Opulence," a prom queen, doing the wrong things in this electronic dancefloor cut. You better recognize her opulence as she pulls up in her whip! Her cut "Pop Rock" has an island beat like Rihanna puts in her tracks as she promises to "put ya in my mouth, pop you like a pop rock." Suggestive? You bet! She literally says "I’m a make you come come." The springs are squeaking in the fast-rap cut, "Bed Squeak." "I can’t make it any clearer come nearer I’ll make your head freak/Lose your inhibitions, get strippin’ and make the bed squeak," Candy sings. Cory Enemy chimes in on "Feel Yourself (Alcohol)," a pulsing, quick-moving song with prominent keyboards about imbibing a bit too much. She tacks the Nicki Minaj tack in the fast-rapping, cash-focused "Godzillionaire." This EP will leave you wondering what Candy has next for her fans.
British indie rock aand new Wave group Deluka is back with "Bonds," a five-song EP of their newest work, a tapestry of pop, electro and rock. Lead singer Ellie Innocenti has brought her team of producer/guitarist Kris Kovacs, bass player Robbie G. and drummer Stevie J. Palmer to Los Angeles from Brooklyn to "peel back the clutter and agitation of the city" and focus their sound. This new EP, "Bonds" features only five songs, but it’s enough to make you happy that they’ve stuck with it. The soft, spacey rock is synthesizer heavy, and mild enough to showcase Innocenti’s talented pipes. "Your energy danced around me, keeps me warm keeps me alive/ and you feel like a place to sleep when its late somewhere I can close my eyes," she sings in the first track, "Home," as she begs to return to her city. She brings the indie wave sound hard in "Dead of Night," a story about a rocky relationship, a "battle between love and hate." Innocenti rocks out in one of the best cuts on the album, "American Skies," with the chorus, "you need a lesson in love," and the chorus of ladies counting down. Her cut "The Only Ones" is a bit more predictable in its anthemic sound, and "Blackout" is a rock ballad that we can all get behind, with its girl-band sound and clap track. If you’re on the West Coast, catch Deluka at your local nightclub.