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Lindstrom remixes Frida’s ’80s hit “I Know There’s Something Going On”

Scandinavian artist Hans-Peter Lindstrom has released an 8-minute remix of Frida’s “I Know There’s Something Going On.” His techno/spacerock remix and dub version adds to the long line of covers and nods to the song since its release in the early ’80s.

The song has been covered by Finnish, Swedish and Italian bands — Foo Fighters borrowed the song’s drum line for their 2007 song “Erase/Replace,” according to the Foo’s Taylor Hawkins in this video. (You only have to skip ahead to the 2-minute mark to hear the reference.)

Some background:

In 1982, Abba singer Frida (Anni-Frid Lyngstad), while the band was on a break, struck out on her own with a solo album, “Something’s Going On.” The lead single, “I Know There’s Something Going On” ended up being a huge hit in the early ’80s, and has gone on to sell 3 millions copies to date. It’s actually got a killer guitar riff and a sexy sway to the song.

Frida’s voice is a pure standout, and she’s pretty much over whatever love she had with this guy — she’s ready to tell him the gig’s up. The chorus is incredibly catchy and never fails to stick in my head for hours, although it’s been several years since I heard this gem.

frida something going on

“If you want to leave, then why don’t you say it — your love is gone anyway,” she says matter-of-factly.

No real surprise the drum line is so popular — “Something’s Going On” was produced by Phil Collins, who also provides his signature shuffling/clapping drum sound. Some might know it as the “Miami Vice” sound.

Lindstrom’s covering Frida to celebrate her 70th birthday this year. The remix and a dub version will be released Oct. 23 along with a digital release by Polar Music. That release will be limited to 2,000 copies and will include a remastered CD of “Something Going On,” a documentary DVD, videos, a 7-inch single and a book of liner notes written by Frida.

You must also check out the incredibly dated video for “I Know Something’s Going On.”

Frida video

Frida’s dancing pretty tamely in what looks like a Grand Ole Opry dress with a backdrop of Star Wars-styled blue neon light strips. Music videos had to start somewhere; thank God they started in the ’80s.

Regardless, the song and remix are just enjoyable.

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Maribou State releases remix of “Rituals” single

12inch_3mm.indd Electronic-dub duo Chris Davids and Liam Ivory, aka Maribou State, have released a reworking to their recent mellow single, “Rituals.” Maribou State, with its origins in Potten End, West Hertfordshire, England, has been busy forging a new synthesis of jazz, dub, electronic and rock for their unique sound. For the last year and a half, the group has kept its nose to the grindstone, touring on weekends and working in the studio during the workweek. “Rituals (MS Edit)” is about another minute longer than the original, and that allows for more buildup to better embrace the tune’s lovely modern-synth feel. Listen to both versions at Maribou State will be touring North America starting in April. Their debut album, “Portraits,” is out June 1 on Counter Records, a Ninja Tune imprint. MARIBOU STATE TOUR DATES: Thu. Apr. 16 – Brooklyn, NY @ Verboten (Cabaret Bar) Fri. Apr. 17 – Washington, DC @ U Street Music Hall Sat. Apr. 18 – Toronto, ON @ Studio Bar Wed. Apr. 22 – Denver, Co @ 1Up on Colfax Fri. Apr. 24 – Los Angeles, CA @ Avalon Hollywood Sat. Apr. 25 – Vancouver, BC @ Electric Owl

PORTRAITS  TRACKLIST: 1. Home 2. The Clown (feat. Pedestrian) 3. Rituals 4. Steal (feat. Holly Walker) 5. Wallflower 6. Say More (feat. Jono McCleery) 7. Raincoats 8. Midas (feat. Holly Walker) 9. Natural Fools 10. Varkala

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Maya Jane Coles, as Nocturnal Sunshine, dims the skies with “Take Me There”

"Take Me There" is the first single of Maya Jane Coles' "Nocturnal Sunshine" record.

“Take Me There” is the first single of Maya Jane Coles’ “Nocturnal Sunshine” record.

British and Japanese producer Maya Jane Coles has released the first single, “Take Me There,” off her upcoming album, “Nocturnal Sunshine.”

Details on the new album include a track listing and musical collaborators. The musician Chelou provides his mysterious and earthy vocals on “Alright,” while Argentina’s Catnapp aids “The River.”

According to a press release, “Nocturnal Sunshine,” also Coles’ alias, will be released on Coles’ label, I/AM/ME, on May 26, via Kobalt Label Services.

Maya Jane Coles, aka Nocturnal Sunshine

Maya Jane Coles, aka Nocturnal Sunshine

Coles has also remixed an impressive and eclectic selection of top-shelf artists, including Florence and the Machine, The XX, Gorillaz, Bonobo and Ella Fitzgerald. Her self-produced debut album, “Comfort,” was released in 2013, and has steadily gained an underground following. For more, visit her Soundcloud page.

Nocturnal Sunshine – Nocturnal Sunshine
(I/AM/ME – May 26th)

Tracklisting :
1. Intro (Holding On)
2. Believe ft. Chelou
3 It’s Alright
4. Take Me There
5. Drive 
6. Footsteps 
7. Down By The River
8. Bass Bin
9. Can’t Hide The Way I Feel
10. Intergalactic 
11. Skipper
12. Hotel

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Peaking Lights announce four-date tour


Peaking Lights: “Cosmic Logic”

LA married duo Peaking Lights have announced a short West Coast tour in support of their latest album, “Cosmic Logic,” out now via Weird World.

If you’re unfamiliar with them, listen to the softened dance/dub and mid-80s retro haze  of “Everyone and Us.”

12-05-14 The Fox Cabaret – Vancouver, BC
12-06-14 Barboza – Seattle, WA
12-07-14 Holocene – Portland, OR
12-09-14 The Chapel – San Francisco, CA

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