PREVIEW: Lorde “Everybody Wants To Rule The World” (for The Hunger Games: Catching Fire Soundtrack)”

When I saw the tracklisting for the upcoming soundtrack to the second hunger games film I was hoping that this Lorde contribution was going to be a cover of the Tears For Fears song and now we have a 1.30s preview of what its going to sound like… and oh my. Its completely Lorde’s and so different from the original yet still amazing.

To listen to the full song and the rest of the soundtrack head on over here to iTunes for the stream. 



The National: “Lean (from The Hunger Games: Catching Fire Soundtrack)”


Last year’s Hunger Games soundtrack was quite good with contributions from Kid Cudi, The Civil Wars and Arcade Fire. This years looks like its only going to get better, we’ve already heard a track from Sia, Diplo and The Weeknd so here’s now The National and the mumbly “Lean”. Always good to hear that baritone.

Its also available for free download. Pre order the soundtrack here



Sia, The Weeknd & Diplo: “Elastic Heart (from The Hunger Games: Catching Fire Soundtrack)”

I kind of imagine that Sia would appear on The Hunger Games: Catching Fire soundtrack but Diplo? The Weeknd? 

It works though, I can imagine it over some scenes set in the capitol and obviously the lyrical content captures the dark undertones of the books and movie. And its weird to hear The Weeknd sing this and not a hazy drug filled tale of the night.



Coldplay: “Atlas (from The Hunger Games: Catching Fire soundtrack)”

It leaked a little last night, but here is ‘Atlas’- Coldplay’s contribution to the upcoming Hunger Games: Catching Fire official soundtrack. Written specifically for the film by Chris Martin, it is the band’s first new material since 2011’s Mylo Xyloto

'Atlas' is a perfect song for the film franchise and yet at the same time it is unmistakably Coldplay.



LIVE: The Secret Sisters “Tomorrow Will Be Kinder”

This is one of those songs that stops you dead in your tracks. All it is really is a guitar and two people singing, but it is so beautiful and so quietly optimistic that it is incredible, it was written after the devastating tornados in Alabama.

It was later included in The Hunger Games soundtrack.



What Was Liked Last Month: March/April

Seriously where is the time going? We are racing towards halfway through 2012 and I can barely keep up, soon it will be summer and then it will be autumn and BOOM christmas and new years- stop it time!! 

Anyway, in an attempt to slow things down let’s all revisit what we loved and listened to in March and April!


We kicked off March by going back and discovering the amazing The Cocteau Twins due to their influence on one Abel Tresfaye and The Weeknd- particularly the sample of The Cocteau Twins “Cherry Coloured Funk” on the fantastic “The Knowing”.

At the moment there seems to be an influx of talented male sometimes folksy singer songwriters and in March we finally got round to listening to the wonderful Ben Howard and “The Wolves”- amazing driven indie folk kind of pop things.

Everyone seems to want to be anonymous and mysterious these days and it has worked wonders for acts like Summer Camp, The Weeknd and now One Room. Part of the Heavy Roc Family (like St. Lucia, Alex Winston, The Knocks) One Room have that lo-fi mysterious sound with hip hop inflections which sound wonderful over tight production on tracks like “Believe”.

March gave us even more upbeat synth pop with Emil & Friends “Crystal Ball" (check out their amazing cover of M83 "Midnight City" too!)

Early this year Daytrotter opened up a studio in London so now there are so many more amazing acts to check out its just getting silly. I’ve been away for two weeks and I have SO much to catch on- until then though check out these amazing sessions from favourites The Naked and Famous and Clock Opera

Chillwave impresario St. Lucia has been exciting the ears since he dropped “The Old House Is Gone” last year, finally now there is a debut EP that is perfect for summer. Check out “Closer Than This

Ever wondered what a cover of Adele’s “Rumour Has It” would sound like recorded live in the kitchen with some tupperware? Questions have been answered with this from The Dolls.

Lots of lovely dreamy indie pop from acts like Wages and “South China Sea”.

Back in March we originally just wanted to post up Aluna George’s fantastic remix of Lana Del Rey’s “Born To Die”- instead I fell in love with the amazingly smooth “You Know You Like It

March/April were months for brand new things from Beach House, The Temper Trap, Mystery Jets, Edward Sharpe & The Magnetic Zeros, Sigur Ros and Marina & The Diamonds

Charli XCX had us, and still does, with the amazing “Stay Away

Californian indie pop came under our radar in March from the fantastic Lady Danville with “Operating”- check out our interview too!

DJ Roxanne Roll gave us this fantastic remix of SEASFIRE’s “Falling" one of our favourite tracks already of 2012 as did Cruelty.

New discoveries in March care of catching the end of a random TV show with this from Jonathan Seet and “Precious Things

We went a bit Hunger Games crazy at the end of March (too many times and counting). The soundtrack is very good with standouts from Arcade Fire “Abraham’s Daughter" and Maroon 5 "Come Away To The Water

Magnificent on her massive collaboration with Gotye on “Somebody That I Used To Know” here’s Kimbra in her own right, making a song from scratch for a spotify session at this year’s SXSW.

New things from Theophilus London featuring Blood Orange “Take It Off

Something big for 2012 in the shape of The Neighbourhood and “Sweater Weather

Hoodie Allen released his debut commercial EP on iTunes All American and the response was cray. With number 1 in US, top ten in UK and a tour currently in the works- this self made kid is on FIRE.  

The music world got very excited by southern rock outfit Alabama Shakes and their fantastic debut “Hold On”.

Kanye West and G.O.O.D. Music are doing a very good job of teasing us for the record label’s album- especially with “Mercy”.

Check out our interview with indie doo wop pop outfit Now You See Them

March and April saw 2 of the US’s biggest music festivals come around with SXSW and Coachella- check out our favourite performances from Jay- Z, Bon Iver, The Weeknd, Dre, Snoop and that 2pac hologram.

Getting very excited for the Sade-esque smooth sounds from Jessie Ware on tracks like “110%" and "Running".

Another of our favourite acts for 2012 is Mikey Mike and the wonderfully honest “Chainsaw Love” EP. We also chatted to Mikey Mike about just life and stuff.

Otherworldy and Arcade Fire-esque- Frankie Rose “Interstellar

Beautiful icelandic indie pop from Ourlives “We Lost The Race

disCOVERs- Some fantastic covers over the last two months from Mr & Mrs Fox and their mashup cover of M83 and Simple Minds “Midnight City/Don’t You Forget About Me”, the amazingly wonderful Emily Elbert and her cover of the classic “Crazy" by Patsy Cline, this year’s The A.V. Club’s Undercover Sessions kicked off with this delightful covers of R. Kelly’s "Ignition" by Young The Giant and The Head and The Heart covering Fleetwood Mac’s "Go Your Own Way”, The Rosebuds released a project covering Salt-N-Pepa’s “Push It” and Talking Heads “Road To Nowhere”Community's Alison Brie covered fellow castmate Donald Glover aka Childish Gambino with this live rendition of “Some Girls" and Marina & The Diamonds tackled the Biebs with this cover of "Boyfriend

and finally ITYLTS and Selfish D had our first annual Summer Off.



Maroon 5: “Come Away To The Water”

Come away little lamb, come away to the slaughter//Give yourself so we can live anew

Come Away To The Water Maroon 5 by Elyse’s Music

This should expunge all memories of “Move Like Jagger” (which despite myself I still find myself getting caught up in, it’s a catchy one.) I previously posted on Arcade Fire’s contribution for The Hunger Games Soundtrack but Maroon 5’s “Come Away To The Water” (w/Rozzi Crane) is by far the standout track for me. It is a world away from the mainstream pop Maroon 5 and they are so much better for it. Dark and foreboding with brooding guitars, “Come Away To The Water” sets the tone perfectly. 



Arcade Fire: “Abraham’s Daughter”

So this past week I’ve got a little obsessed with The Hunger Games. I wanted to finish the first book before I saw the film (which I saw last night) and now I’m onto the third. A few weeks ago amidst all the hype surrounding the upcoming film the detail of the official soundtrack was announced with artists such as Taylor Swift, Neko Case, The Civil Wars, The Decemberists Kid Cudi and Arcade Fire contributing to it. Arcade Fire opens the soundtrack with the haunting “Abraham’s Daughter” with Regine Chassagne taking lead on the vocals resulting in an eerie mixture of sweet melodies and military drums. It’s sound fits perfectly to the film and its also classic Arcade Fire.

Arcade Fire - Abraham’s Daughter by thiagoney

The rest of the soundtrack is pretty good so go and listen to it on spotify to give yourself a taste.