Search

mandersmedia music shop

Retailers of music on Vinyl, CD, Cassette and other formats on Discogs

Tag

Song Exploder

Casey Deal Episode 213: Fousheé

“Deep End”



The story of how the song “Deep End” came into existence and became a hit is kind of wild. One person who really didn’t see it coming is the person who created it, Fousheé. She’s a singer and songwriter from New Jersey. You might have seen her competing on The Voice in 2018. Soon after that, she got asked to make a pack of vocal samples for the music platform Splice, where users can download samples and include them in their own songs, royalty-free. Coming up, Foushée tells the story of what happened with one of those samples, and how that led to her making “Deep End.” That song has now been streamed over 385 million times. Fousheé became the first Black female artist to hit the Top 10 Alternative Chart in over 30 years.

You can buy or stream “Deep End” here.

Illustration by Carlos Lerma.

footnotes
Itai Shapira, producer
Fousheé’s “Be Kind to Your Ears” sample pack on Splice
Fousheé’s “Deep End” TikTok video
“Deep End Freestyle” by Sleepy Hallow

The post Episode 213: Fousheé appeared first on Song Exploder.

from Song Exploder https://ift.tt/3yYOOsg
via IFTTT

Casey Deal Episode 212: AURORA

“Runaway”



AURORA is a singer and songwriter from Norway, who released her first EP in 2015, when she was 19 years old. It featured this song, “Runaway” and after it came out Aurora went on to win Norwegian Grammys for Best New Artist and Best Pop Artist. And she played the voice of the North Wind in Disney’s Frozen 2. This year, six years after that debut EP came out, Aurora’s song “Runaway” became a huge hit on TikTok. At the time this episode was recorded, between YouTube and Spotify, “Runaway” has been streamed over half a billion times. For this episode, Aurora looked back at how the song first began, and how it evolved over time, from the demo to the final version.

You can buy or stream “Runaway” here.

@iamauroramusic

I love this trend so much 🥀 there is so much beauty in this world. ##runawayaurora ##runaway

♬ Runaway – AURORA

Illustration by Carlos Lerma.

footnotes
Magnus Skylstad, producer and co-writer
Odd Martin, producer and guitarist

The post Episode 212: AURORA appeared first on Song Exploder.

from Song Exploder https://ift.tt/3dx1rT9
via IFTTT

Casey Deal Episode 211: Sparks

“This Town Ain’t Big Enough for Both of Us”



Sparks are the brothers Ron and Russell Mael, a legendary duo from Los Angeles. Over the last 50 years, they’ve released 25 albums. They’ve collaborated with Giorgio Moroder and Franz Ferdinand, and they’ve influenced bands like Joy Division, Faith No More, Björk, and countless others. Director Edgar Wright, whose films include Shaun of the Dead, Hot Fuzz, Baby Driver, and Scott Pilgrim vs the World, has made a documentary about the band called The Sparks Brothers. It premiered at Sundance, and comes out in theaters on Friday, June 18th. In this episode, Ron and Russell break down their hit song, “This Town Ain’t Big Enough for Both of Us,” which came out in 1974.

You can buy or stream “This Town Ain’t Big Enough for the Both of Us” here.

Illustration by Carlos Lerma.

footnotes
Adrian Fisher, guitarist
Norman “Dinky” Diamond, drummer
Martin Gordon, bassist
Muff Winwood, producer
Island Records
Top of the Pops
Whiskey a Go Go

The post Episode 211: Sparks appeared first on Song Exploder.

from Song Exploder https://ift.tt/3wAtys0
via IFTTT

Casey Deal Episode 210: Arlo Parks

“Black Dog”



Arlo Parks is a singer and songwriter from London. In January 2021, she released her debut album, Collapsed in Sunbeams. It hit number three on the UK charts, and she won this year’s BRIT award for Breakthrough Artist. Last year, NME called her song “Black Dog” the year’s “most devastating song.” In this episode, she breaks down “Black Dog,” which she made with producer Gianluca Buccellati.

I want to let you know that the song being discussed is about someone who is alive and well today, but was going through a period of depression and anxiety. Both the song and the interview allude to suicide, so please be mindful before listening. If you’re thinking about suicide, or if you have a friend who is, or if you just need someone to talk to right now, you can get support by calling the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 1-800-273-TALK (8255) or by texting HOME to 741-741, which is the Crisis Text Line. If you’re outside of the U.S., check out the list of international hotlines at suicide.org.

You can buy or stream “Black Dog” here.

Illustration by Carlos Lerma.

footnotes
Sufjan Stevens – “Should Have Known Better”
Arlo’s poem

The post Episode 210: Arlo Parks appeared first on Song Exploder.

from Song Exploder https://ift.tt/34DIqth
via IFTTT

Casey Deal Episode 209: Imagine Dragons

“Follow You”



Imagine Dragons are a Grammy-winning band from Las Vegas, Nevada. They’ve sold over 20 millions albums so far, and they were the most streamed band on Spotify in 2018. In March of this year, they released the song “Follow You.” Singer Dan Reynolds started the song at home, and then later, the band took it to the studio Shangri-La, to record parts of it with legendary producer Rick Rubin. In this episode, Dan breaks down the song, which tells a deeply personal story of his relationship to his wife.

You can buy or stream “Follow You” here.

Illustration by Carlos Lerma.

footnotes
Joel Little, producer

The post Episode 209: Imagine Dragons appeared first on Song Exploder.

from Song Exploder https://ift.tt/3v6kqe3
via IFTTT

Casey Deal Episode 208: girl in red

“Serotonin”



Marie Ulven is a singer, songwriter, and producer from Norway, who makes music under the name girl in red. She just released her debut album in April 2021, but she already has a big fanbase and she’s gotten a lot of critical acclaim from two EPs and singles that she’s released online, including a couple of songs that went gold. The New York Times included her work in their best songs of the year in both 2018 and 2019. Last year she was nominated for Best Newcomer at the Norwegian Grammys, and this year she won International Success of the Year. “Do you listen to girl in red?” has also become code on TikTok, a kind of shibboleth, to ask if someone’s a lesbian. In this episode, Marie breaks down the song “Serotonin,” a song that started as a video she posted to her own TikTok in the early days of lockdown in 2020. You’ll hear the original version she recorded on her own, before collaborating with Norwegian Grammy-winning producer Matias Téllez, and later, with Grammy-winning artist and producer Finneas O’Connell, in order to finish the song.

You can buy or stream “Serotonin” here.

@girlinred

feelin like posty ##fyp ##foryoupage ##worldinredbaby

♬ original sound – girl in red

Illustration by Carlos Lerma.
<!–

footnotes
Timpani
808

–>

The post Episode 208: girl in red appeared first on Song Exploder.

from Song Exploder https://ift.tt/3b2vd0O
via IFTTT

Casey Deal Episode 207: Porter Robinson

“Get Your Wish”



Porter Robinson is a Grammy-nominated electronic artist and DJ from North Carolina. In 2014, his first album hit #1 on Billboard’s Dance chart, he was named MTVU’s Artist of the Year, and one of the top DJs in the world — but then, he got stuck. He didn’t release his second album for seven years, until March 2021. In this episode, he talks about what he was grappling with in those intervening years, and how all of that became part of his song “Get Your Wish.”

You can buy or stream “Get Your Wish” here.


Illustration by Carlos Lerma.

footnotes
Daft Punk
Bon Iver

The post Episode 207: Porter Robinson appeared first on Song Exploder.

from Song Exploder https://ift.tt/3n9c4z1
via IFTTT

Casey Deal Episode 206: Lianne La Havas

“Can’t Fight”



Lianne La Havas is a singer and songwriter from London. She’s been nominated for a Grammy and a Brit award, and in 2020, she released her third album. In this episode, she breaks down her song “Can’t Fight,” and traces its evolution — along with her own evolution – over several years.

You can buy or stream “Can’t Fight” here.


Illustration by Carlos Lerma.

footnotes
Mura Masa, co-writer and co-producer
Aqualung, co-writer / co-producer
Davide Rossi, string arranger
Victor Wooten – Me and My Bass Guitar (Also, here’s Victor Wooten talking about his bass guitar and performing the song.)
Real World Studios

The post Episode 206: Lianne La Havas appeared first on Song Exploder.

from Song Exploder https://ift.tt/3wJF1X1
via IFTTT

Casey Deal Episode 206: Lianne La Havas

“Can’t Fight”



Lianne La Havas is a singer and songwriter from London. She’s been nominated for a Grammy and a Brit award, and in 2020, she released her third album. In this episode, she breaks down her song “Can’t Fight,” and traces its evolution — along with her own evolution – over several years.

You can buy or stream “Can’t Fight” here.


Illustration by Carlos Lerma.

footnotes
Mura Masa, co-writer and co-producer
Aqualung, co-writer / co-producer
Davide Rossi, string arranger
Victor Wooten – Me and My Bass Guitar (Also, here’s Victor Wooten talking about his bass guitar and performing the song.)
Real World Studios

The post Episode 206: Lianne La Havas appeared first on Song Exploder.

from Song Exploder https://ift.tt/3wJF1X1
via IFTTT

Create a free website or blog at WordPress.com.

Up ↑

%d bloggers like this: