People Are Losing It Over Dustin & Suzie’s Song On Stranger Things 3

People Are Losing It Over Dustin & Suzie’s Song On Stranger Things 3

Claudia Maddaluno · 7 months ago · Music

A few days ago the British pop star Limahl posted a status on Instagram in which he said that his song NeverEnding Story surprisingly reached a new peak in streaming plays in the last week (after 35 years from its release) and that this could happen thanks to Stranger Things 3.

In the final episode of season 3, the authors of the beloved Netflix series have chosen to feature the theme song from the cult classic ’80s film, reopening a newfound interest in the iconic song.

The singer Christopher Hamill aka Limahl says he didn’t watch the hit series and that his 23yr old nephew Josh messaged him to say that his NeverEnding Story song is being featured in Stranger Things 3. So he only watched the duet scene featuring Dustin Henderson (Gaten Matarazzo) and his girlfriend Suzie (Gabriella Pizzolo) and was so touched that he thanked Netflix for giving the song a chance to reach a whole new audience.

YouTube reports that the daily views of his original music video have totaled an increase of 800% on July 6, while Spotify confirms that the streams of the track soared about 825% compared to the previous week.

Moreover, this is not the first time that Netflix gives a second chance to Limahl’s music.

Last Christmas, Black Mirror: Bandersnatch featured his hit Too Shy in the series original soundtrack and it was also a surprise for the singer because, as he explained to EW, “I had nothing to do with the licensing“.

But this time it’s different because people are losing it over Dustin and Suzie singing “NeverEnding Story” on Stranger Things 3 final episode.

The duet scene moves us because that’s the first time we meet the character of Dustin’s long distance girlfriend Suzie, the one that he can’t stop talking about throughout the season.
We only know her in the finale when it’s revealed that Suzie is an actual human and not an imaginary friend Dustin created.

Suzie finally asks the Dustin call on the radio and helps him and his friend to save the world giving the numbers in Planck’s constant. But she first forced his boyfriend to sing a duet of NeverEnding Story‘s theme song with her.

The moment is a surprise romantic break to the tension of the final episode and it’s one of the best moments ever seen on Stranger Things 3.

Everything smells like 1985, not only for the memory of Falkon the luckdragon woken up by this song: the set design of Suzie’s bedroom, the walkie talkies also remind us that era.

If we go on YouTube to see that scene several times it’s because we are true romantic lads or because we are hopeless nostalgic retromaniacs in love with our past. Maybe it happens because, now that these episodes are over, we want to live again the emotions of this third season. In my opinion, the best one so far.

We could have also another reason for it.

In this wonderful storytelling and in this huge amount of 80’s quotes that Stranger Things gives to us, we are happy to find the same, reassuring, truth already present in NeverEnding Story: in the struggle between good and evil, only the love will save the world.

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10 videos you need in your life this week

10 videos you need in your life this week

Claudia Maddaluno · 7 months ago · Music

070 Shake – Nice To Have

Being caught in traffic under a tunnel is one of my worst nightmares.
In this video Dani Moon aka 070 Shake is the cause of the jam, after an accident between her and a flowe truck. The images documenting the incident may hurt your sensitivity but they are also dramatically beautiful.

Devendra Banhart – Abre Las Manos

I admit that it’s not the prettiest video, because it collects a series of Caracas’ pictures taken by amateur flickr accounts.
But the song… the song is a masterpiece!

Mereba – Sandstorm ft. JID

The visual shows the inevitable end of a relationship through a beautiful black and white filter. The director Dawit N.M. explores this instrospection with a series of cinematic shots in which he captures also the back elegance and the natural beauty.

Jay Som – Tenderness

Take a sit and enjoy the fluffy 70s atmosphere created by Jay Som.

Slow Hollows – Come Back In

You have to press play twice: the first time to watch the picturesque sunset, the second time to listen to this dreamy track by Slow Hollows with your eyes closed.

Marika Hackman – the one

A video dedicated to all those who work in the office and would gladly set fire to all those damn photocopiers.

Lusine – Not Alone (feat. Jenn Champion)

The video for Luisine’s Not Alone shows the mental journey of a hacker struggling with a virtual experiment finalized to connect her mind with a computer. It is a scary scenario but we know that it is not too far from reality.

Vendredi sur Mer – Chewing-Gum

VHS cassettes, telephone booths, retromania: in this video the French pop artist revives her first love story, rewinding the tape only to be able to turn the painful moments into happy moments.

GEMITAIZ & MADMAN – Veleno 7

Speaking of vintage taste, even the new video by Gemitaiz and Madman contains references to the 80s and the 90s. The two, in fact, imagine themselves protagonists of vintage cult film like Home Alone and Ghostbusters.

Bon Iver – Faith

Bon Iver have announced a new album called i,i, out August 30 and we are already crying.

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Blood Orange Flies On The Wings of Angel’s Pulse

Blood Orange Flies On The Wings of Angel’s Pulse

Claudia Maddaluno · 7 months ago · Music

Last year, in her profile of Blood Orange for The New York Times magazine, Lizzy Goodman defines Dev Hynes as the archetype of a new model of artist, whose main talent is his ability to”assert his identity as an absence of one, to express his creative gifts while committing fully to none of them“. 

Blood Orange, like Donald Glover (also quoted by Goodman), has the gift of being unique, but at the same time completely divisible into different personalities, and for this reason so flexible and versatile. Unmistakable as well as unmistakable. This “gift” allowed him to be the visible and invisible hand of numerous projects (otherwise very different from each other) and to create his own identity in personal works like Freetown Sound, Negro Swan and the last (but his first) Angel’s Pulse mixtape.

Once again with this new project, which Hynes defines as a sort of epilogue of the previous Negro Swan, we realize how good he is at exploring all his personalities and all of the sides of Hynes’ sound and channeling them into his productions in a way that is far from uncertain and fragmented.

What I want to say is that although Angel’s Pulse in its mixtape nature gives Blood Orange the chance to be even more eclectic and free to mix all his colorful influences on the palette, the product still has a compact homogeneity and a recognizable artistic identity.

The arrangements and productions of the songs on Angel’s Pulse feels as light as angel feathers: some compositions recall the R&B of the 90s, other melodies emphasized by nostalgic synths take us back to the 80s, while the choice of collaborators is another reflection of randomness and idiosyncrasy of the project. Toro Y Moi, Arca, Ian Isiah, Tinashe, Joba and Kelsey Lu help the artist to experience the formless material of mixtape.

Even in this loose mood, there are also the touching themes that characterize Hynes’s writing, but in his previous albums, they had a more unitary and intentional narrative than now. In these 14 tracks, Blood Orange feels free to fly on the wings of Angel’s Pulse, combining gospel with rap, and dance music with psych-rock in less than half an hour and giving us a finished product with infinite possibilities.

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5 Gifts From Beyoncé’s The Lion King: The Gift

5 Gifts From Beyoncé’s The Lion King: The Gift

Claudia Maddaluno · 7 months ago · Music

We didn’t need another proof of Beyoncé’s enormous talent but the fact is that every time she releases something, she raises the bar much higher and we are forced to review the size of her talent.

It happened last time with Homecoming, the Netflix docu-film on the Beycella experience through which Queen Bey taught us the cultural importance of the African American community, conveying a strong message in an exquisitely pop show.

She did the last giant step with The Lion King: The Gift album entirely produced and edited by herself to accompany the release of the Disney’s live-action remake of Lion King in which she gave the voice to Nala, alongside Childish Gambino in the role of Simba.

The 27-track album features short dialogues taken from the film and a number of stars like Kendrick Lamar, JAY-Z, Tierra Whack, Childish Gambino, Major Lazer, Pharrell, 070 Shake as well as some of Africa’s most significant musicians.

On The Lion King: The Gift Beyoncé continues the undertakings of Homecoming, embodying and evoking what being black truly is: pride, strength and natural beauty.
Beyoncé describes The Lion King: The Gift as “a love letter to Africa”, a new tribute to the blackness in which, thanks to the collaboration of African musicians such as Wiz Kid, Burna Boy and Tiwa Savage, we are able to breathe deeply the “spirit” of the African land.

As is clear from its title, this album is a gift, indeed it contains a series of gifts (to Africa, to Blue Ivy, and to future generations). So here are the best gifts from The Lion King: The Gift album.

“MOOD 4 EVA”

The track that features her husband JAY-Z as well as her Lion King co-star Childish Gambino opens with a sample from the Malian songstress Oumou Sangaré from the song called Diaraby Nene. “MOOD 4 EVA” is produced by Just Blaze and Dj Khaled, and despite the features, Beyoncé sets the rules and the mood of the song.
She raps around a tropical beat instrumental with incendiary bars like “I am Beyoncé Giselle Knowles-Carter, I am the Nala, sister of Naruba, Osun, Queen Sheba, I am the mother” reminding us who she is.

“Spirit”, the Oscar-winning song

“Spirit”, the first single off of her album, is an Oscar-winning song.
It’s absolutely epic, exciting and full of tension and could definitely consecrate Beyoncé as a pop Queen, giving her the victory at the next Academy Awards.
This is the only piece in the film’s soundtrack that was not produced by Elton John but by Beyoncé herself (along with Timothy McKenzie and IIya Salmanzadeh) who seems to have written it for the Oscar prize.
Hearing her powerful and heavenly vocal on this song lets us come nearer to the Paradise.

The fashion-filled visual for“Spirit”

“Spirit” is accompanied by an evocative visual that through a series of images, situations and looks enhances the natural beauty of the African territory and its people.
Beyoncé looks so beautiful in each of the 12 outfits styled by Zerina Akers, and blends perfectly with the colors of the background. The soft lines are a triumph of sensuality because the style mixes the tribal with the luxurious, the eccentric with the essential.

Africa conquers U.S.

It’s incredible that one of the most influential female singers in the world is engaging with the African sounds to “open a big crack” in the American streaming industry.
The meeting between U.S. and Africa reminds us the hit movie’s soundtrack Black Panther: The Album, produced by Kendrick Lamar. Similar to Black Panther-inspired album, The Lion King connects regional genres with the American rap, featuring globally recognised talents alongside underestimated African musicians in order to make the Spirit of Africa even more authentic.

It was important that the music was not only performed by the most interesting and talented artists but also produced by the best African producers. Authenticity and heart were important to me.”

So the rap and the tribal rhythms, the American music stars and the African artists, as well as the American designers and the Senegalese brands mix to talk about a spectacular and culturally alive Africa.

The Blue Ivy’s debut on “Brown Skin Girl”

Beyonce’s little lion Blue Ivy made a cameo in the video for “Spirit”, wearing the same outfit of her mother and that had already made us crazy. But hearing her voice on the album gave us the death blow.
Brown Skin Girl” is such an emotional song because it’s an ode to the black females: “Brown skin girl/ your skin just like pearls/ the best thing in the world / I’d never trade you for anybody else”. That’s why this song has an important message to the young girls of today and tomorrow.

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10 videos you need in your life this week

10 videos you need in your life this week

Claudia Maddaluno · 7 months ago · Music

Majid Jordan – Caught Up (feat. Khalid)

The OVO duo released Caught Up, a new track in collaboration with the talented R&B artist Khalid. The video that accompanied the single finds Majid and Jordan enjoying a psychedelic experience after eating tacos in a special pink sauce. At this point one might well wonder what that pink sauce is.

slowthai – Toaster

After releasing his debut album, slowthai returned to his childhood home in Northampton where he shot this innovative video which is half documentary, half performance.

KOTA The Friend – SEDONA

Every opportunity is good to remind you that you have to listen to KOTA The Friend’s debut album FOTO.

Metronomy – Walking In The Dark

Metronomy’s new double album Metronomy Forever is out in September and they’ve just released new single Walking In The Dark that reminds us The Look‘s vibration. The video of the song is directed by band leader Joe Mount who plays with greenscreen and Clara Bacou’s animations.

Masego: NPR Music Tiny Desk Concert

20 minutes of pure satisfaction.

Oh Sees – Heartworm 

Let’s give it up for the Oh Sees new video that brings together totally random scenes, keeping us glued to the screen.

Marvely – Mollami

Who is Marvely? A singer and producer from the Congo who writes sweet songs like candy floss.

Carla dal Forno – Took a Long Time

There are two flowers looking in the mirror: one is a real flower, the other (the most beautiful) is Carla dal Forno who has announced her upcoming album Look Up Sharp with this lovely track.

Joviale – Taste of the Heavens

If you want to know what the taste of heaven is like, press play above.

Travis Scott – WAKE UP

Jonah Hill directed the music video for Travis Scott’s Wake Up that features the rapper floating around a luxury mansion populated by a lot of dead bodies.

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