After the release of her latest album Biophillia last year, Bjork has been busy delivering mini remix EP’s featuring reworks of the 10 tracks on the original album. The sixth series is accompanied by 16 Bit remixes of Mutual Core and Hollow. Watch out of the bass on these, it’ll get you right in the heart!
The best thing for Bjork-sters is that they’ll always have something new to get their hands on, and drain their wallets with. Everything’s repackaged with slick new artwork, new content, an extensive iPad app that I still can’t get my hands on, you know the drill. She must have a factory over there spitting out products left and right. It would behoove some other big whigs to release their music/media like this – but I won’t say any names. You know who you are.
While I appreciate all Bjork’s creative endeavors, and these remixes are sonically exquisite, i’d love to hear a more ‘traditional’ revisit from some of the legions of talent that are out right now. Something to dance to, you know? I’d recommend Simian Mobile Disco, Hot Chip, Strip Steve, Dimitri From Paris and Monsieur Adi to give these songs a bit more of oomph.
Her voice is so stunning, and works well with a good shake-your-ass beat, remember Big Time Sensuality?
Bjork‘s latest offerings come in the form of an 8 part Biophilia remix series, featuring reworks by 16-bit, King Cannibal, Current Value, Death Grips, El Guincho, Matthew Herbert, Hudson Mohawke, Alva Noto, and These New Puritans.
Drum and bass producer extraordinaire Current Value weaves some heavy bottom into the Icelandic diva’s Crystalline and Solstice. Listen to both remixes below, and grab them on limited edition vinyl designed by M/M and digitally on iTunes.
What do you think of the mixes, and are you still loving Biophilia?
Back in ’91 Bjork was part of The Sugarcubes. The band had many great songs but Hit is by far a favorite! Hit was accompanied by a fantastic video which was often seen on MTV’s 120 Minutes and helped gain the band much popularity. The song is a little more ‘pop’ unlike some of their other singles such as Birthday and Motorcrash.
The video has great imagery of Bjork and members of the band referencing the theme of a ‘love that was not supposed to happen.’ You see the young artist looking beautiful and singing in a bed about her surprise of love, preparing us for the eccentric singers soon to come solo career. I love seeing Bjork playing with the dolls and bringing them together as if they are falling in love.
We haven’t seen Bjork on television in ages, and it’s long overdue. The Icelandic beauty threw on her fire-hive wig to perform Cosmogony backed by a choir on Comedy Central’s Colbert Report. What at first seemed like an odd pairing of tastes, makes perfect sense when you watch.
She spoke with Colbert about the app, her new musical direction and confirmed that elves do in fact…exist. Biophilia focuses on the merge of nature, science and technology – not to mention bone-chilling, tightly orchestrated tracks. We’re in love.
Bjork kicks off her NYC residency next week, are you attending one of the shows? Biophilia is available now via iDevice app and as a stand-alone album here.
It’s about time Bjork actually presented herself as the fire-haired mother of the universe in the new video for Moon.
One long 4 minute shot sees Bjork singing, playing a harp and praying to a moon rock. All in a days work, eh? The single comes with it’s own app, said to draw ”…similarities between cycles in music and cycles of the moon and tides.” You can preview the gorgeous visuals here…
The app opens with a musical sequencer arranged as pearls strung out like ribs projecting from a central spine. Each pearl sounds in sequence and can play any note from the song’s pitch collection. Fluid in the spine rises and falls with the moon above and tides below, and pearls play when fluid spills out from the spine and washes over them. In song mode the phase of the moon changes with the song structure. In instrument-mode drag your finger across the pearls to change their phase and you change their corresponding pitch. Tap on the moon to change its phase, the amount of fluid it pulls up through the spine, and the number of pearls activated by the fluid.
While the Icelandic queen is still in the studio re-recording Biophilia, the album leaked in full last week (not sure if it’s the final version) – and it’s definitely worth a full listen. Watch Moon below and let us know what you think in the comments.
Biophilia drops October 11th – you can pre-order it here.
The full length stop motion video for Crystalline has just ben released! The clip was directed by the legendary Michael Gondry who also worked with the Icelandic beauty on Army Of Me, Human Behaviour and Declare Independence.
While visually stimulating, it’s hard not to wish she was actually visible in the video a bit more. As for the track itself, after many listens I much prefer Cosmogony.
What do you guys think? Leave your comments below!
There’s nothing like the heralding of new material from Bjork. A new track called Cosmogony has been released and it does not disappoint. Love the spooky vocal THX style inhale intro to the anthemic horns + her voice shines like it’s the only light in the universe.
According to the big B, Cosmogony is the ‘theme song’ for the entire Biophilia album /iPad app project. The first ‘main’ app for Biophilia will be available on July 19th through iTunes (check the link the a description and a few screen shots.)
What do you think of Cosmogony? Leave your comments below. If you haven’t heard the album’s first release Crystallinein full, be sure to listen to that as well!