Monday, July 12, 2010

Summer 2010 Music Recommendations

There is nothing better than some great tunes to accompany you as you strut your stuff at the local pool or beach. This summer has brought some great music along with it and it is my duty as a fellow music lover to share the goodness with you. I have been listening to a few CDs over the past few weeks and there are some noteworthy finds.

First and foremost we will focus on Aphrodite - the musical return of the now 40+ queen of dance Kylie Minogue. Aphrodite is very smooth from start to finish. By now Kylie seems to have perfected the exact formula for creating a very enjoyable album experience. The beats and lyrics are strong and catchy and even though she doesn't really deviate much from her previous records, her sound remains fresh and appealing. The best songs in the album in my opinion are: "Put Your Hands Up", "Looking For An Angel", "All The Lovers" and "Aphrodite" - I give this album a 9 out of 10 for heavily relying on previous successes instead of willing to experiment and grow further.

Aphrodite

Next on our list is Kaskade's Dynasty. I must admit that even though I had always enjoyed Kaskade's sound I often found myself not being able to fully immerse in it due to its lack of lyrics. I love dance music in general but I tend to get bored of instrumental music quite quickly as I love singing along. Dynasty is a completely different story. In this new album Kaskade collaborates with various female artists to create a true masterpiece of both beats AND vocals. Dynasty has some amazing songs like "Fire In Your New Shoes" featuring Dragonette and my absolute favourite "Say It's Over" featuring Mindy Gledhill. The overall sound of the album is electro-dance and in my opinion Dynasty should be a part of anyone's CD collection. I give this album a perfect 10 due to the strength of its sound and the cohesiveness of the album. 

Dynasty

Unexpectedly so, Taio Cruz also really delivers on his debut album Rokstarr. As of right now Taio is not very famous in North America but he is already quite popular in Europe. His album is a mixture of contemporary love songs, hip hop music, and club hits. His smash single "Break Your Heart" is a good indication of what the rest of his album is like - if you enjoy that song I am sure you will love the rest of the record. For a debut album Taio did a great job in establishing himself as a recording artist. I give Rokstarr an 8.5 out of 10 for strong and seductive vocals accompanied by sexy beats. 

Rokstarr

Another famous dance artist to re-emerge this year is Goldfrapp with her album Head First. Goldfrapp has been known to inspire artists of the caliber of Madonna. Goldfrapp's album delivers exactly what Kylie's misses - a unique and experimental sound that will undoubtedly aid in the evolution of electronic music. The now classic song "Rocket" is just one of the many examples in which Goldfrapp shows her masterful use of music as a language. Head First is a deeper album in all meanings of the word and as such it can be deemed as artistic. I give this album a 9.5 out of 10 for its originality and for Goldfrapp's ability to combine old and new sounds with grace.

Head First 

The end of our musical journey ends today with a series of albums I stumbled upon simply by chance. I am referring to a compilation that gathers the best artists and songs of electronic music in the last five years and puts them together for our enjoyment. The Kitsuné Maison CD series is put together by the French fashion and electronic music label Kitsuné. Even though you may recognize some of the artists in this series I can guarantee that you will also discover some amazing new talents that will blow you away. To this date I am still grateful for having been able to come across these CDs as they are a true musical gem - a definite 12 out of 10 score! 

Kitsune Maison Kitsuné Maison Compilation 2 Kitsune Maison Compilation 3 
Kitsuné Maison Compilation 4 Kitsune Maison Compilation 5 Kitsune Maison Vol. 6
Kitsuné Maison Compilation 7 [Explicit] Kitsune Maison 8 Kitsune Maison 9

I hope this article helps you find some amazing new tracks to listen to.  And remember... living without music is not living. Enjoy!~

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Saturday, July 3, 2010

Cucumber Power


1. Cucumbers contain most of the vitamins you need every day, just one cucumber contains Vitamin B1, Vitamin B2, Vitamin B3, Vitamin B5, Vitamin B6, Folic Acid, Vitamin C, Calcium, Iron, Magnesium, Phosphorus, Potassium and Zinc.

2. Feeling tired in the afternoon, put down the caffeinated soda and pick up a cucumber. Cucumbers are a good source of B Vitamins and Carbohydrates that can provide that quick pick-me-up that can last for hours.

3. Tired of your bathroom mirror fogging up after a shower? Try rubbing a cucumber slice along the mirror, it will eliminate the fog and provide a soothing, spa-like fragrance.

4. Are grubs and slugs ruining your planting beds? Place a few slices in a small pie tin and your garden will be free of pests all season long. The chemicals in the cucumber react with the aluminum to give off a scent undetectable to humans but drive garden pests crazy and make them flee the area.

5. Looking for a fast and easy way to remove cellulite before going out or to the pool? Try rubbing a slice or two of cucumbers along your problem area for a few minutes, the phytochemicals in the cucumber cause the collagen in your skin to tighten, firming up the outer layer and reducing the visibility of cellulite. Works great on wrinkles too!!!

6. Want to avoid a hangover or terrible headache? Eat a few cucumber slices before going to bed and wake up refreshed and headache free. Cucumbers contain enough sugar, B vitamins and electrolytes to replenish essential nutrients the body lost, keeping everything in equilibrium, avoiding both a hangover and headache!!

7. Looking to fight off that afternoon or evening snacking binge? Cucumbers have been used for centuries and often used by European trappers, traders and explores for quick meals to thwart off starvation.

8. Have an important meeting or job interview and you realize that you don't have enough time to polish your shoes? Rub a freshly cut cucumber over the shoe, its chemicals will provide a quick and durable shine that not only looks great but also repels water.

9. Out of WD 40 and need to fix a squeaky hinge? Take a cucumber slice and rub it along the problematic hinge, and voila, the squeak is gone!

10. Stressed out and don't have time for massage, facial or visit to the spa? Cut up an entire cucumber and place it in a boiling pot of water, the chemicals and nutrients from the cucumber with react with the boiling water and be released in the steam, creating a soothing, relaxing aroma that has been shown the reduce stress in new mothers and college students during final exams.

11. Just finish a business lunch and realize you don't have gum or mints? Take a slice of cucumber and press it to the roof of your mouth with your tongue for 30 seconds to eliminate bad breath, the phytochemicals will kill the bacteria in your mouth responsible for causing bad breath.

12. Looking for a 'green' way to clean your faucets, sinks or stainless steel? Take a slice of cucumber and rub it on the surface you want to clean, not only will it remove years of tarnish and bring back the shine, but is won't leave streaks and won't harm you fingers or fingernails while you clean.

13. Using a pen and made a mistake? Take the outside of the cucumber and slowly use it to erase the pen writing, also works great on crayons and markers that the kids have used to decorate the walls!!

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