Wallpaper is the alias of Bay Area music extraordinaire Eric Frederic who excels at producing unique electro 'hip-pop'. Wallpaper has been working together with some top music players, namely writer Evan Bogart (Rihanna, Leona Lewis, Britney Spears), who has signed Frederic to his own record label. With the likes of Bogart in the full frontal Wallpaper offensive, it is clear this artist has a promising and fruitful career mapped out and will hit us hard.
"Stupidfacedd" is the story about hazy recollections and angsty rebellion in an urban environment aimed at predominantly younger listeners. There are continuous references to drug-taking, sexual promiscuity and overindulgence in alcohol, so those who are a tad prudish may not liken themselves to this brash cracker of a tune. That said, if your ears like such ingredients shoved into the new music mix, then this is the song for you. "Stupidfacedd" showcases the genius of Frederic for producing hybrid contemporary music with a vibrant, almost sordidly refreshing twist packed full of diversity. The song starts off with what can only be best described as an unsettling, even menacing circus tune that conjures up vivid imagery of lecherous clowns and murderous rusty carousels. Then BANG, Frederic bashfully slams down an indoctrinating and aggressive bass that is enticing and exuberant. It's this key element that cements the song through till the very end and such a heavy bass will get any dancefloor hypnotically grindin' away
The inebriated bassline, steady clapping and cleverly random bleeping in the background grasps at the listeners personal experiences with such social situations and throttles Frederic's message "You KNOW what I am talking about in this song because you have done it yourself in some way, shape or form", deep into the brain. The deep tonal mumblings of Wallpaper are cumbersome; a little amateurish even. Yet they work industriously well in combination with the composition of the song, furthering its overall appeal. The lyrics feel a tad infrequent and grubby, but once again, they have an interesting facet to them. Lines like "Face down in a blood stained carpet" and "White boy wasted" possess a real grotesque but oddly honest account of proceedings; a welcome transition to the usually hollow and vacuous tripe that other hip-hop artists churn out repeatedly. All in all this is a stomping tune, full of bass-fuelled thuds, theatrical melancholy and flippant lyrical wizardry to create a perfect track for reminiscing over past experiences or to carry out said experiences to, whether at a grotty houseparty or in a uber-cool club.
Check out the video below and show Wallpaper some love by visiting his Facebook/Myspace/Twitter pages. Go get wasted people.
KERLI - "ARMY OF LOVE" (SULTAN AND NED SHEPARD REMIX)
Anonymously known in her native Estonia by just her first name, Kerli is an established artist in much of Baltic Europe and in the United States thanks to the significance of being signed to the Island Def Jam Music Group to which her first album received moderate success back in 2008. Since then this snowy princess has kept a relatively low profile, discreetly having songs used in the US show "So you think you can dance?" and a guest track on the Alice In Wonderland film. Since then, Kerli has been re-crafting her musical style and metamorphosing into what is ultimately a sparkling and alternative music artist. If Bjork, Little Boots, I Blame Coco and September collided together, Kerli would be the fantastic car-crash result. Her newest song showcases this change of direction perfectly and she has the weight and credibility behind her to create a loyal gaga-esque following as a result.
The original "Army Of Love", released in December last year, is a wavy mixture of wallowing synths, wispy vocals and stereotypically European spaciness. The Sultan and Ned Shepard remix builds on this, and strengthens the foundations with guile and trepidation. What makes this song is the haunting and melodic vocals of Kerli herself; they are positively mythical and absorbing, almost bewildering; conjuring up evocative images of beautiful sirens luring sailors to their peril in treacherous seas. Lyrically the song isn't groundbreaking, sophisticated or that elegant; instead Kerli opts for inclusive, unifying words that embraces the title of the song itself, epitomising the meaning and purpose beautifully. Coupled with the animated chirping of steady synths, the low din of a stuttering bassline stuck under a more excitable European dancefloor ensemble and the blizzardy ghostliness of Baltic musical influences, this track has been perfectly remixed to compliment the niche sound of Kerli. As the song powers on through, there is a great sense of energy and dynamism as the feverish synths, imposing Baltic flair and untarnished vocals build into a crescendo of glistening aural excellence and harnesses the appeal of "Army Of Love" as a great dance track.
Kerli has a weighty stage presence and stands for a lot of values in her native Estonia. Deeply spiritual and believing in "integrity, love and unity"; these personal traits delicately envelop her music to which she labels her musical direction as "Bubble-Goth"; an amalgamation of glittery commercial pop and darker, more morose gothic music. The end product of this in "Army Of Love" is a mysteriously frozen jewel of European electro-dance-pop that entirely melts away to connect to it's listener with superb intimacy. Sultan and Ned Shepard have done this tune some justice, and Kerli has done herself no harm in melting our iced up ears and getting us dancing to this gem.
Check out the video below and pay a little visit to Kerli's Facebook/Myspace/Twitter pages.