February 1, 2013

Sound Bites: Carmen Villain, Depeche Mode and Drake

Carmen Villain's "Lifeissin (Prins Thomas Remix)

Entrancing London-by-way-of-USA newcomer Carmen Villain caught AwkwardSound's attention at the start of the year with her beautifully mysterious and icy first single "Lifeissin." Now the track's morbid tones have been reworked into a shimmering remix by Norwegian electronic producer Prins Thomas, who puts a glittered-up disco spin on the otherwise melancholy original, produced by Emil Nikolaisen of Norwegian noise-gazing act Serena-Maneesh. Prins Thomas and Nikolaisen's credits will also be seen on Villain's debut album Sleeper, due out March 12 on the Oslo imprint Smalltown Supertown.

Depeche Mode's "Heaven"

Alternative electro-wave giants Depeche Mode return on March 26th with their 13th studio effort Delta Machine, due out on Columbia. The LP's first single is the dramatically hurling cut "Heaven," in which finds frontman Dave Gahan stretches his pipes way out toward the sky, perhaps seeking out an assist from the spirit of INXS' Michael Hutchence and his 1988 classic "Never Tear Us Apart."

Drake's "Started from the Bottom"

Aside from obligatory guest spots on crew mates A$AP Rocky and Kendrick Lamar's latest efforts as well as that random unreleased Aaliyah track he reimagined last year, Drake has been mostly quiet on the solo YOLO front (sorry, had to!) since releasing 2011's timeless sophomore effort Take Care. Out of nowhere on a Friday night, October's Very Own changes all that by dropping a new rattling and pumped cut titled "Started from the Bottom," produced by OVO's latest recruit Mike Zombie. On his blog, Drake confirms the track will appear on his next album, which is probably assume by the wording will arrive sometime this year.

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