Friday, August 19, 2011

Musica: Doctor Rosen Rosen's Girls, Vol. 1

Los Angeles-based music producer/remixer/writer Doctor Rosen Rosen is not necessarily a household name but I have been keeping an eye on his talents since he released a semi-authorized re-rub of UK singer Lily Allen's 2009 album "Allright, Still".  He used Lily's original vocal tracks but built up a brand new aural soundscape around them delivering a pretty stunning companion piece to the original album.  If you haven't done so yet, you can download all twelve tracks for free here.

If you love the original album and have yet to hear this companion piece, download it here and  It still stands as a great companion album to the original.

The Doctor has also taken stabs at remixing tracks from other artists, some by commission and some not, including Britney Spears, Lady Gaga, Kanye West, La Roux, M.I.A. and Phoenix (you can download some of those tracks here).

GIRLS GIRLS GIRLS!: This week, though, brought the release of Doctor Rosen Rosen's first proper original artist album in the form of a 4-track EP called "Girls, Vol. 1".  And, let me tell you, it's a great blast of sugary summertime pop.

On his website, the Doctor explains that this is the first of several EP's he'll be releasing in the next few months and that each track will feature a different female vocalist.

For this release, the tracks are:

"Five O'Clock" (feat. Jessie & The Boy Toys)": A rollicking kiss-off track that starts with the tic-toc of a clock and, at times, sounds like a modern version of "Rock Lobster" from the B-52's.

"Poison" (feat. Meg Myers): Over at Arjan's blog, Rosen says he drew inspiration for this track from The Cure's "Lullaby" but, to me, it sounds a bit more like late 80's Siouxie infused with some M.I.A./Basement Jaxx swagger over a Nirvana-ish grunge guitar background.

"Hot" (feat. Kay): A slowed-down ragga-infused deep-bass party track. "All my party people are you feeling the bass yet?" Kay sings. Oh, yes.

"Sex-Ed" (feat. Anjulie): This is just pure NYC summer fun, circa 1985, probably the best song of the lot. Then again, I've always loved a bouncy, cheeky, blippy track you can blast while driving a jeep.  And I don't even have a jeep.

Really, it's a great EP and I love the fact that it gives four different up and coming female performers a chance to shine.  Go download it now and let me know what you think about it.



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