this time she’s rocking a big Electro sound, as far as attempts at a big Marina dance track it’s a million times better than the Stargate produced mis-step ‘Radioactive’, I still can’t shake the feeling that Marina is being forced in with bland dance producers by her record label. Which is a shame, given room to do her own thing, as with her first record, the results are amazing.
We don’t mind saying that Marina And The Diamonds has been, and is, one of our favourite singer/songwriters of the past few years, we also don’t mind saying that her last single, ‘Radioactive’, was a big let-down. ‘Radioactive’ was a pretty awesome song that suffered from some atrocious, and really dated, ‘90’s hands-in-the-air Trance production from Stargate. Marina’s new track, ‘Homewrecker’, thankfully restores our faith in her.
Marinas uniqueness in her personality, approach to creativity and especially her voice, is her biggest asset, ‘Radioactive’ tried to hide that and homogenize her, ‘Homewrecker’ shines a spotlight back on it. It;s big ol’ stumpy ElectroPop tune taken from her forthcoming ‘Electra Heart’ album. We’re not sure whether this is Marina or Electra talking though, probably Electra.
♫ Marina And The Diamonds – Homewrecker
Marina And The Diamonds’ next proper single will be ‘Primadonna’
Marina And The Diamonds’s forthcoming single ‘Radioactive’ is a weird one. It’s a good song, let down by dated production from Stargate. As we said in our post fearing the video we were excited to hear some of the reMixes. In our view there is no better way to kick thing off than with ElectroPop/Nu-Disco producer extraordinaire Starsmith.
Bewilderingly, this reMix won’t be featured on the single (someone is making bad decisions for our Marina), in fact the decision is made all the more strange by the fact that Starsmith’s version of the track feels and sounds like a more well rounded, contemporary and relevant single that the Stargate produced original. This is how the track should have sounded all along. This is Marina back on the top of the quirky ElectroPop pile. Thank you Starsmith.
♫ Marina And The Diamonds – Radioactive (Starsmith Rework)
‘Radioactive’ is also slated to be her next single and it’s a proper dancefloor track, more-so that we’d expect from Marina, what with it being full of big late 90’s trace sounds. It’s a good song though, can’t wait for the reMixes.
So, whet we have here is part one of ‘Electra Heart’ which is, or who is, apparently a singer (not an alter-ego) who “epitomises and embodies the lies, illusions and death of American ideologies involved in the corruption of self.”. We’ll have to watch an see how this plays out. This first part is called ‘Fear And Loathing’ which features a track from Marina’s forthcoming album…called ‘Fear And Loathing’. I’m seeing a pattern here!
Directed (again) by Kinga Burza the video has Marina once again shaking off record company clown-shoes to be who she wants to be.
The single is backed up with some great reMixes, most notably from one of the hottest producers around, Grum, who has taken time out from basking in the success of his amazing début album to work his bass heavy Nu-Disco skills on Marina. Max Sanna and Steve Pitron turn in a more traditional club mix that could take over the clubs this summer.
Utilising Marina’s unique voice in a way no other reMixer has really grasped, using it as an instrument, Clock Opera weave it in and out of their piano and strings backing creating something beautiful, epic and still danceable.
Not actually a new video, but surprisingly well timed for the re-release (or first proper release) of ‘I Am not A Robot’, the video we have here will make up part of the visuals for Marina And The Diamonds forthcoming UK tour. Filmed on Hollywood Boulevard, it actually makes quite a nice promo clip.
A few reMixes in and we’re now starting to get a real feel for L&G’s style. I love the way they use their synths, it’s pretty stripped down, just concentrating on the groove, it’s like raw Electro Disco. I can imagine them, not surrounded by thousands of pounds worth of studio gear, but with a handful of trusty analog synths and a four-track! This reMix has a killer bassline, pretty aggressive but sweetened by the blanket of retro synth work over the top, and we know the original’s a good song anyway!