Marina & the Diamonds // Power & Control (Krystal Klear Remix)
“Power & Control” is a very good song. It has a nice music video, with smooth editing that makes it look like something Madonna would have put out in the mid 90s. There’s subtlety in the production, making it a joy to listen to. All that is ruined in this remix, which chops up the vocals, sprinkles it with a 90s house piano loop, and puts some techno wizardry on top. It sounds brilliant.
Marina & the Diamonds // Power & Control (Single Cover)
well this is nice.
Marina & the Diamonds // Boyfriend (Radio 1 Live Lounge Cover)
So they got Marina. Never under estimate the power of extremists like Justin. They sense any weaknesses, they pounce like jungle cats. And the whack pack just gets bigger and bigger. But at least they have a pack. I was used to being by myself, but I have never felt more alone.
Marina & the Diamonds // Primadonna
It’s been a while since “Radioactive” debuted (6 months in fact!), but after a few a snippets and album tracks to keep us going Marina has finally dropped “Primadonna”, the lead single from her “Electra Heart” album.
When some fans saw the words Dr Luke on the production credits, no doubt there were some worries that we’d end up with another “Price Tag” or “Teenage Dream” knockoff. But Marina being the headstrong woman she is, hasn’t let her individuality get lost in the production. Trust me when I say that the song isveryMarina.
“Primadonna” doesn’t sound anything like indie Marina however. It’s very pop. And I don’t mean pop in the Ellie Goulding sense. No, this is more like pop in the sugary and sweet, I’m going to give you way too many cavities way. But Marina’s always been pop; and very dramatic - so the song is nothing too drastically different for her.
Starting out with a mellow harmonica and acoustic laced chorus, electronic blips prepare us for the heavy bassline during the verses. It’s the reverse of what I expected, as the chorus seems to be the calmer part of the track in all it’s acoustic glory. I really like that though, the mixture of sweet acoustic licks of guitar and the bass is just perfect.
A build-up of electric guitar and progressive drums make way for the final chorus, which goes all the way, combining the acoustic elements with that dirty bassline. It’s simple, fun pop, in which Marina admits her self absorbed ways, all wrapped up in an extremely catchy package. Hopefully it will fare a little bit better than “Radioactive” on the charts, she certainly deserves it.
Marina’s “Electra Heart” album cover is perfection. She got everything spot on.
Marina & the Diamonds // Homewrecker
After releasing the brilliant “Radioactive”, Marina is prepping to release “Primadonna” as the ‘first’ single off her “Electra Heart” album. Yes, you heard it - she’s calling it the first single from her new album. Does that mean that “Radioactive” won’t make the album? I hope not, but Marina seemed pretty disappointed that it didn’t do as well as she was expecting. Nevertheless, while the track was untypical from Marina, it no doubt deserves a place on her new album.
But that’s enough about that whole mess, we’re here to talk about a new Marina song which she’s giving away for free on her official website in order to stir up some buzz before she drops the new single. I was expecting “Homewrecker” to not click with me immediately, like it happened with “Fear And Loathing” - but “Homewrecker” is a whole different kettle of fish that I loved from the first listen.
Bridging the gap between commercial and alternative Marina, “Homewrecker” is a great pop song with spoken verses and a massive chorus. With sun drenched lashes of guitar against hard hitting synths and pounding drums, “Homewrecker” manages to be in your face in the subtlest of ways. I know that’s an oxymoron, but this song is like Jackal & Hyde, being half 80s laidback driving song and half pulsating Eurodance anthem.
With clever, witty lyrics that seem to play on Marina’s idea of hating society despite acknowledging that she is everything she loathes in society, “Homewrecker” sees her take the role of a heartbreaker in a particularly fun way. This is a great song in every way, and if it is any indication of what’s to come then “Electra Heart” should be a lot better than I originally thought. Use the password “ELECTRASHEART” to get the song for free from here.
Marina & The Diamonds // Radioactive [Music Video]
‘Radioactive’ is the first single from Marina’s second album, after she gave us a preview of what’s to come with ‘Fear and Loathing’.
The song sees Marina take a new direction as ‘Radioactive’ is a big dance song. Luckily the song is more Calvin Harris than JLS, plus Marina’s distinctive vocals help it stand out from the crowd.
The video’s set in the California/Nevada desert, where it seems all the best music videos are made. Marina dons a blonde wig as she fulfills everyone’s dreams of driving about the desert in a dated American car and messing about in diners and cheap motels. This video just reeks of vintage Americana, and really makes the song. Plus there’s animal masks involved, so now you have to watch it.