This week’s Hollyoaks musical highlights
Plan B – She Said
Taken from the concept album ‘The Defamation of Strickland Banks’, this track highlights a departure in style from Ben Drew aka Plan B’s previous offerings. Showcasing a slightly wistful Smokey Robison-style vocal this song fitted perfectly with the scene in which we find Malachy feeling blue about the state of his relationship with Mercedes while surrounded by other loved-up couples.
Ellie Goulding – Salt Skin
A lovely way to round off Ellie Goulding’s debut album ‘Lights’, the vocals of this melodic electro track once again echo the difficult place Malachy & Mercedes’ relationship finds itself in. Fans of Midlake might be interested to check out Ellie’s haunting version of the (in our humble opinion) classic track ‘Roscoe’.http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Fm83esswvBo
Vampire Weekend – I Think UR Contra
One of the more mellow tracks taken from ‘Contra’, Vampire Weekend’s album which carries us along on a wave of swift lilting African rhythms, a sound purportedly coined ‘Upper West Side Soweto’ by the band’s front-man Ezra Koenig. One of the highlights of the album for us was the video produced for the first single Cousins, which you can check out here:
http://www.myspace.com/vampireweekend On our stereo this week
Crystal Castles – ‘Celestica’
Ace come-back single from the Ontario two-piece taken from their new album ‘Crystal Castles II.’ A beautifully melodic electro track which steps up the gears nicely, carrying the melancholic verse melody cleverly into a sleek chorus. We used a lot of their debut album on the ‘Oaks so expect to hear some more in the future!
Kid Adrift – ‘Red Green & Blue’
Not a new track but in preparation for his forthcoming gig as part of Liverpool’s Sound City festival (he’ll be appearing at The Shipping Forecast on Friday 21st May) this twisted pop track with dark dubstep undertones has made a welcome return back on to the music department’s speakers.
You can hear the track here
…and find about more about Liverpool’s Sound City festival herehttp://www.liverpoolsoundcity.co.uk/index.html
Coming up next week in Hollyoaks listen out for ‘Death Letter’ by White Stripes, ‘One Life Stand’ by Hot Chip, and the fantastic Jakwob remix of Ellie Goulding’s ‘Starry Eyed’.
Kate and James