Berlin is the perfect meeting place for creative people. They come here from all over the world with many ideas, some they share and than they start projects together. Music producer Robar from Australia and vocalist and songwriter Dominique from the USA went through exactly that and have their own Berlin baby that was born sometime last year. Forsthays is its name and I like to describe it as “Future RnB” because it walks a unique path between RnB vocals and electro pop music. Last year a small series of singles and remixes for other artists where released that caught my attention and admiration. And even though the two of them went seperate paths – one of them staying here in Berlin and the other one going to the United States – they continued their work over the long-distance and created their first EP titled Begins With You that was released just a few days ago. You can listen to 3 of the 5 songs after the jump and if you like it, you should buy the EP over at their bandcamp.
We’re currently on a little Holiday hiatus as you might have noticed. But I still wanted to send you some Christmas cheer. Firstly I would like to announce the winners of our 3 Christmas packages. The first package is already on its way to Svenja (comment #50), the second package will be going to Anna (comment #14) and the third one goes to Elisa (comment #20). Congratulations! Thanks to everyone for taking part! We wish you all a merry Christmas. After the jump our fellow bloggers from Dandy Diary are singing a little Christmas song for you in authentic 90′s boyband style. Enjoy!
After Kele’s little excursion into the land of solo artists he now got back together with his band Bloc Party to make another album. The new single Octopus just came out and it sounds just like the old Bloc Party. I personally preferred Kele’s more electro-driven solo songs, that’s why I really like the RAC Remix more then the normal video version. You can download the Octopus RAC Remix over at Melt! legally and for free for a limited time. And for the video just head over the jump.
There are songs about more or less any mayor city in the world: „New York, New York“, „London Calling“ or Scott McKenzie’s „San Francisco“ are some of them. Naturally, there are also numerous songs about Berlin. Here is a selection of 10 great songs about Berlin . More after the jump.
I am in full festival mode, as the International Short Film Festival Oberhausen is currently on and I am part of the team. So I worked heaps but also saw a lot of films since last Thursday. The MuVis, our Music Video Program is one that I look forward to every year. Inspired or even driven by music the filmmakers creat perfect little symbioses between film and music and my colleague really digs out the best of them.
So instead of long films, this week it’s short music videos we’ll be taking a look at.
Oh my, how many times did you get asked what you are doing for New Year’s Eve these past days? So many parties, so many choices, but you don’t know what to do? Then we have a little surprise for you: We are inviting you to our iHeartBerlin New Year’s Eve House Party! Yes, all of you. We have invited six of our favorite DJs to give us the best music for the most celebrated night of the year: Hara Katsiki, Eliza Foxxx, Oh Sophia, Joey Hansom, Hannes Smith and Mate.
And where does the party take place? At YOUR house, silly! Our DJs made some exclusive mixes and mixtapes for your NYE house or warm-up party. We have something for everyone: party pop, indie rock, techno, electro, wave and old time classics. And to bring all of our iHeartBerlin readers into your house, we made the biggest iHeartBerlin party photo slideshow from our favorite parties of the past years. Have fun with our mixes and photos after the jump. Here’s to the New Year!
Lykke Li – I Follow Rivers
Berlin-based online music channel tape.tv has asked us and many other German bloggers: What were your favorite music videos this year? These results mixed with the favorites of the tape.tv editorial team make up a big chart show that is going to sum up this year in music and pictures perfectly. Have a look after the jump to see my personal top ten or head over to the best of 2011 channel on tape.tv.
Even though their last album Head First was not really my cup of tea, Goldfrapp still remains one of my all-time favorite bands with amazing songs such as Utopia, Strict Machine, Oh La La and A&E. In the beginning of Febuary 2012 they will release their first Best Of album summing up all their singles plus two brand new songs. One of them has been released a few days ago: the charming and dreamy Yellow Halo, with a video that was shot with an iPhone by director Lisa Gunning who also happens to be Alison Goldfrapp’s girlfriend. Have a look at it after the jump.
When we think of New Zealand mostly things like Kiwis, beautiful landscapes and Lord of the Rings comes to mind. Not at all would be think that a super-cool indie-pop princess would come from these magical lands. But let me introduce you to Kimbra. Her debut album Vows hasn’t been released in Europe yet, but it should be! Her amazing singles Settle Down and Cameo Lover speak for themselves (have a look at the lovely videos after the jump). In times where our ears are poluted by Lady Gaga, Britney and all the other over-the-top pop divas, Kimbra is a welcome change. Enjoy after the jump.
I missed her. Feist. Her album The Reminder was the soundtrack to so many Sunday breakfasts and cosy dinners. Her new album Metals just came out last month and I’m glad to have a new soundtrack. The beautifully haunting video to her new single How Come You Never Go There reminds me a bit of the online concert performance of Iamamiwhoami. Have a look after the jump.