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I am really liking this trend towards vocal percussion. I was lucky enough to see the Kimbra show at The Bardot Club at Monday night’s “KCRW School Night.” One of my favorite songs “Settle Down,” that she performed had a lot of vocal complexities–so much that while she sang, she seemed to be conducting and notating her vocals with her hands on an invisible staff in front of her. Her use of vocal percussion reminded me of last summer’s hit by tUnE-yArDs called “Gangsta.” Rhythm, Rhythm, Rhythm.

This technique is especially impressive live. ‘Wow, I didn’t know a voice could do that!’

Below are Kimbra and tUnE-yArDs videos exemplifying this percussive vocal style:

Wall-E, Got Ya?

Posted: March 7, 2012 in Music
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I don’t think I have written about this type of music before, but I’d like to share this song that

a) makes you want to dance–even if you’re sitting down

b) makes an excellent exercise song

c) is a great remix

d) could lyrically relate to your life…possibly


I could do a whole post of great remixes. I’ll have to remind myself to do that in the future.

Let’s get down to the nitty gritty details. This song is by Gotye. My cousin and I were wondering how to pronounce his name, so we looked it up and proceeded to laugh for the next few minutes:

From Wikipedia–“Wouter “Wally” De Backer (born 21 May 1980), also known professionally by his stage name Gotye, (pronounced Go-te-yae), is a Belgian-Australian[1] multi-instrumental musician and singer-songwriter. The name “Gotye” is derived from “Gaultier” (or “Gautier” or “Gauthier”,) the French equivalent of “Wouter” (“Walter” in English.)”

Like Jean Paul Gaultier (the designer)!

Now you’re smarter thanks to me (and mostly Wikipedia).

Okay, so here is the remix done by 4FRNT. I’ll also include the original below the remix. ENJOY!

Remix: Feel the urge to dance. Go ahead. Feel it. Make sure you watch/hear the original, too.

Original:not as powerful/makes you feel more sad rather than empowered as the remix does. Interesting video and still music you could listen to on repeat.