Death on the Balcony
I watch top 40 music videos online every now and then to have some connection with what’s going on above ground. What are the kids listening to at sea level these days, and why? What motivates their tastes, in both fashion and music, and what holds their attention for longer than 30 seconds? My connection to the world of pop is limited considering I don’t have a television, nor a radio, but my exposure to it is constant thanks to the internet. After listening or viewing, however, I am not all too convinced that I should stay connected beyond my small brush with it for the sake of avoiding becoming some sort of musical hermit.
What DOES interest me, however, is the pop of the underground. After months, even years, sometimes, a few songs continue to stick around and are frequently played by DJs in their mixes or live sets in order to reach the crowd that still needs to hear something a tiny bit familiar in order to go in deep. What is it about these songs that keep them around for so long? It’s clearly not laziness on the part of the DJ as he or she will add in songs that are less well-known in addition to the “pop of the underground” stuff. It could be simply to keep us on our toes, following the line of thinking that maybe one familiar song (at least to people who actively listen to the music of the underground) will pull us deeper into this woven web of tracks we’ve never heard.
That’s exactly what the guys from Death on the Balcony from Leeds did for the latest Adventures with Soul Clap podcast. While released on 9/22, I just got around to listening to it (oddly, it’s impossible to listen to over 24 hours of music in one day…odd, right?) and fell in love right away. It’s just the right amount of soul, disco, house, new wave, and funk to soothe the ears and get you ready for a night out or help you get through your day in (work, of course). For those of you who follow this blog (or others where this type of music is a regular feature), some of the tracks may be familiar, and others may be brand new. Enjoy them all, and Happy Friday!
A little from Soul Clap on DOTB:
In many ways D.O.T.B. are also our brothers from other mothers as they hold down pop nights in Leeds and basically play as wide range of music as they need to survive as DJs in a small town (just like we did for so long). Now, it seems like they’re making like The Clap and outgrowing their small town roots by making some serious waves with their original productions for their Magicbag label, some awesome remixes and even a forthcoming release on Airdrop.
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– Retail DJ