If you’re looking for some new music to dance to this summer, check out Living Life Golden, the new album by Elliphant. While the album is rich of party-antics that is reminiscent of Kesha, Britney Spears, and Katy Perry, it does have some great electronic dance beats and synth work.
The album starts out strong with “Step Down,” a song driven by a heavy bass line and catchy chorus. The song is cowritten and produced by Joel Little, who is perhaps best known for cowriting and producing Pure Heroine by Lorde.
Little is one of those rare producers where I’ll listen to a song and instantly know he produced it, regardless of who the artist is. There’s something is his production that is unique – he tends to have intricate percussive sounds mixed with great synth/bass lines, which I think creates an enticing song. This is noticeable in “Step Down” and in the other two songs he cowrote/produced – “Where is Home” (which I would argue is one of the best songs on the album) and “One More (feat. MØ).” “Where is Home” is slightly different that Little’s usual aesthetic as he utilizes (to great effect) the electric guitar, something his other productions lack – he tends to focus on the bass and other synths to drive the song.
In a world of pop music that skews to the depressing, if you’re looking for something light and refreshing I’d certainly recommend Living Life Golden by Elliphant, especially her collaborations with Joel Little.
If I made a list of music producers I would love to work/learn/intern with, Joel Little would be high on the list. I can’t say I’ve heard all his productions…I’ve been looking, but it’s slightly hard because a lot of his stuff is New Zealand based and not released (as far as I’m aware) in America. Regardless, everything I’ve heard so far is absolutely phenomenal.
You may be familiar with Little’s work as he’s the mastermind behind Lorde, having cowritten and produced her album Pure Heroine, her EP The Love Club EP, and her Hunger Games hit “Yellow Flicker Beat.” From what I have heard, I think his other work is also mind-blowing. Little also cowrote/produced Broods’ album Evergreen which is just as great as Pure Heroine. I heard a snippet of the song he did with Sam Smith, which I was impressed with because I wasn’t sure how he would mix his style with Smith’s. He has a great way of creating beats and this electric energy within his songs that is so different and refreshing.
My love of Joel Little’s work has gotten to the point that I know anything he works on is going to be amazing, so when he tweeted out yesterday that a song that he worked on with Elliphant – “Where is Home” – is out, I instantly downloaded it. And it’s currently on repeat and stuck in my head.