Posts Tagged ‘Samantha Urbani’

August 31, 2017

Earlier this month, magnetic songwriter, vocalist, filmmaker, and producer Samantha Urbani released an excellent new EP named Policies Of Power. It’s a can’t miss collection of songs that seamlessly melds past and future, retro and modern in its nostalgia saturated songs. This week, she’s shared a music video for EP cut Hints & Implications, and its quite the spectacular and splashy watch to go with the snappy luscious R&B funk and resilient synthpop on the song. Its hard to tell if we’ve been transported back to the 80s, 90s, or 2000s whilst taking in this eye popping video and Hints & Implications’ punchy and hyperactive pop. Or we could’ve been shot forward to a revolutionary future decades from now, too. Stream Policies Of Power in full on Soundcloud, here. Purchase from iTunes, here.

July 7, 2017
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I don’t know about you, but I’ve certainly been missing Samantha Urbani these days. The American singer songwriter, filmmaker, and producer last gave us a taste of her 90′s inspired, 80′s inflected pop and two years ago. Aside from her solo music, I’ve also enjoyed her cameos on Blood Orange’s plucky nostalgic offerings in the past. Samantha’s finally returned this month with a foggy swirling, steamy lush single named Go Deeper, and I can’t get enough of its incendiary heat, its glossy sheen, and its syrupy yet snappy R&B funk & retro pop. Go Deeper comes with a murky music video which Samantha Urbani self directed. News of a debut EP are afloat, with further information to follow. The EP will be released by Lucky Number, in conjunction with Samantha’s label, URU. Go Deeper is available in the meantime, here.

June 26, 2015
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I’ve always loved Samantha Urbani’s sound, whether through her contributions to boyfriend Dev Hynes’ Blood Orange music, or via her role in Brooklyn band Friends. Samantha recently returned with her first solo track in some time. U Know I Know is a radiant, snappy pop song with a Ryn Weaver meets Charli XCX spunk. Throw in a touch of retro 80′s Madonna and some of that Blood Orange groove, and U Know I Know is a fabulously, infectiously sweet ballad that glistens and shines brilliantly. I’m hooked.

OFFICIAL VID: Blood Orange – You’re Not Good Enough

June 10, 2014

Earlier today, I was utterly enthralled by this new music video Gia Coppola created for Blood Orange’s song You’re Not Good Enough. The director just finished up on indie film Palo Alto, which I can’t wait to watch. If you’ve kept up with the news, you know that Blood Orange, aka Dev Hynes, scored the music for that film. Apparently, the soundtrack will also include this song, which was originally on Blood Orange’s fantastic album Cupid Deluxe. The video Coppola created for You’re Not Good Enough is replete with awesome dance moves and retro style. Samantha Urbani, who guests on the song as well as most of Cupid Deluxe, looks stunningly glamorous in the video. I’ve always found Dev and Samantha to be an adorable couple. I’ve also come to realize that grooving single You’re Not Good Enough is my favorite track off last year’s Cupid Deluxe. 

OFFICIAL VID: Blood Orange – You’re Not Good Enough

June 10, 2014

Earlier today, I was utterly enthralled by this new music video Gia Coppola created for Blood Orange’s song You’re Not Good Enough. The director just finished up on indie film Palo Alto, which I can’t wait to watch. If you’ve kept up with the news, you know that Blood Orange, aka Dev Hynes, scored the music for that film. Apparently, the soundtrack will also include this song, which was originally on Blood Orange’s fantastic album Cupid Deluxe. The video Coppola created for You’re Not Good Enough is replete with awesome dance moves and retro style. Samantha Urbani, who guests on the song as well as most of Cupid Deluxe, looks stunningly glamorous in the video. I’ve always found Dev and Samantha to be an adorable couple. I’ve also come to realize that grooving single You’re Not Good Enough is my favorite track off last year’s Cupid Deluxe. 

OFFICIAL VID: Twin Shadow – There Is A Light That Never Goes Out feat. Samantha Urbani

February 15, 2014

Brooklyn synthpop musician Twin Shadow, or George Lewis Jr., has been giving us endless covers of other artists’ songs for the past while. In his latest offering, he covers something that many would consider untouchable. He covers the Smiths. Not only that, he covers There Is A Light That Never Goes Out. Yep. That’s right. Who does that? It’s a risk, one that he decided was well worth taking. And boy, does he pull through on it. Twin Shadow’s cover also features vocals by Samantha Urbani of Friends, who recently guested on a large part of her boyfriend Blood Orange’s excellent album Cupid Deluxe. Together, they give us one of the most surprising covers of the year so far.

Their version of There Is A Light That Never Goes Out is so different from the original, so weirdly astray, that it’s rather befuddling at first. That is, until you realize in the very next second that the cover is absolutely BRILLIANT. The first few seconds of the cover comes off sounding like the work of Blood Orange, aka Dev Hynes, with its synthy, dreamy, hazy, but grooving production and Urbani’s familiar smoky vocals. Then George’s vocals kick in, and it’s so obviously Twin Shadow. It all made my jaw drop to the floor, and I had to listen to it, over and over again. What balls to do what he did to a song so many of us love devotedly. And what an amazing updated version we now have… So synthy, so lustrous, so intoxicatingly good. It’s ominous, yet still melancholic and angst ridden. MIND BLOWN.

OFFICIAL VID: Twin Shadow – There Is A Light That Never Goes Out feat. Samantha Urbani

February 15, 2014

Brooklyn synthpop musician Twin Shadow, or George Lewis Jr., has been giving us endless covers of other artists’ songs for the past while. In his latest offering, he covers something that many would consider untouchable. He covers the Smiths. Not only that, he covers There Is A Light That Never Goes Out. Yep. That’s right. Who does that? It’s a risk, one that he decided was well worth taking. And boy, does he pull through on it. Twin Shadow’s cover also features vocals by Samantha Urbani of Friends, who recently guested on a large part of her boyfriend Blood Orange’s excellent album Cupid Deluxe. Together, they give us one of the most surprising covers of the year so far.

Their version of There Is A Light That Never Goes Out is so different from the original, so weirdly astray, that it’s rather befuddling at first. That is, until you realize in the very next second that the cover is absolutely BRILLIANT. The first few seconds of the cover comes off sounding like the work of Blood Orange, aka Dev Hynes, with its synthy, dreamy, hazy, but grooving production and Urbani’s familiar smoky vocals. Then George’s vocals kick in, and it’s so obviously Twin Shadow. It all made my jaw drop to the floor, and I had to listen to it, over and over again. What balls to do what he did to a song so many of us love devotedly. And what an amazing updated version we now have… So synthy, so lustrous, so intoxicatingly good. It’s ominous, yet still melancholic and angst ridden. MIND BLOWN.

December 17, 2013
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Both genius producer/musician Blood Orange and Brooklyn nu-disco/synthpop duo Holy Ghost! put forth new albums this year that I’d consider on my top 50 albums list of the year. Dynamics and the recently released Cupid Deluxe are great full lengths that will be listened to and remembered for many years to come. So, it’s another match made in my heaven when I saw that Holy Ghost! did a “bootleg”, or remix, of one of my favorite Cupid Deluxe songs, the Samantha Urbani (Friends) featuring You’re Not Good Enough. The popping tune gets an even more club floor friendly revision by the dance floor filling Holy Ghost!. 

December 17, 2013
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Both genius producer/musician Blood Orange and Brooklyn nu-disco/synthpop duo Holy Ghost! put forth new albums this year that I’d consider on my top 50 albums list of the year. Dynamics and the recently released Cupid Deluxe are great full lengths that will be listened to and remembered for many years to come. So, it’s another match made in my heaven when I saw that Holy Ghost! did a “bootleg”, or remix, of one of my favorite Cupid Deluxe songs, the Samantha Urbani (Friends) featuring You’re Not Good Enough. The popping tune gets an even more club floor friendly revision by the dance floor filling Holy Ghost!. 

November 26, 2013
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Blood Orange, aka Dev Hynes, is one super talented musician and producer. He just released his album Cupid Deluxe, which includes the fantastic You’re Not Good Enough, which features Samantha Urbani of Brooklyn band Friends in a match made in heaven. The match up doesn’t stop there. Blood Orange has remixed Friends’ The Way (which he produced himself in the first place), and it’s an incredible, make you melt R&B treat. Dev adds his own vocals to the update, creating a duet out of the tune. The end result is sizzling hot, and I want Samantha Urbani and Dev Hynes to continue creating music together. Actually… Just get married and have some beautiful babies. You two are way too hot together, at least in your music. Tacking on You’re Not Good Enough again below, because it’s way, way beyond good enough.