The Walker Brothers – Deadlier Than the Male

This song was the title track for the 1967 British action film Deadlier Than the Male. Watch Elke Sommer and Sylva Koscina killing off some men in this nicely done video montage by davidfromlille.

MC Tha – Rito de Passá

Samba-esque funky pop from Brazil. I don’t pretend to know what’s going on here, but I like what I see and hear. Apparently, some of the scenes depict an authentic Umbanda ritual. I enjoyed it so much that I listened to the whole album (Youtube, Spotify).

I quote a translated snippet from Rolling Stone Brazil:

“Rito de Passá”, by the voice of MC Tha, is a powerful act of celebrating the constant movement, the constant transformation. It seeks the understanding of the now, too, be it painful or euphoric. Nothing is static, everything changes.

 

Lauren Desberg – Out for Delivery

Out for Delivery is a wonderful album blending traditional jazz with contempory pop and even a little soul. Lauren Desberg’s classy smooth voice is backed by an exceptional band. Don’t just watch the video, listen to the full album. It’s surprisingly diverse. And like all of Lauren’s albums it’s available for free as a name-your-price download.

David Hasselhoff & Blümchen – Summer Go Away

There is no way around it. I have to share this. Blümchen is back and she brought David Hasselhoff along. Blümchen was one of the most successful German artists of the 90s. She started in the mid-90s when only 15 years old and with songs like Boomerang and Herz an Herz she helped techno transition into the mainstream. It seemed that everybody liked her even though not everybody necessarily liked her music. She was the cutest and friendliest person so you couldn’t really be offended even when she butchered Queen’s Bicycle Race.

In this regard, I guess it makes sense to have a new song out together with David Hasselhoff. Another German hero of the 90s thanks to his extremely popular tv shows Knight Rider and Baywatch. Not to mention that he somehow managed to perform his song Looking for Freedom standing on top of the ruins of the Berlin Wall just two months after the wall came down in 1989. Since then there will always be two songs connected to the end of the German Democratic Republic und the reunification of Germany: Wind of Change by the Scorpions and Looking for Freedom by the freaking Hoff.

30 years later and here we have Summer go away. It sure is no revolutionary song. It’s a lightly flowing pop song for the summer and the two don’t take themselves too seriously. I can’t help myself tapping my foot along the rhythm. It’s damn catchy.