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December 4, 2010 12:03 AM   Subscribe

Bored of Ke$ha, Fergie, and their various American contemporaries performing "hip-hop"-"tinged" "pop"? Say "alo" to apple-cheeked Romanian-German star Miss Platnum. Maybe start with Mercedes-Benz and She Moved In, before moving on to her earliest and biggest hit, Give Me the Food.

Bonus: A cover of Kate Bush's Babooshka.
posted by eugenen (47 comments total) 57 users marked this as a favorite

 
For the best new food pop electro, keep heading east -- Les Balkaneiras.
posted by iamck at 12:11 AM on December 4, 2010 [1 favorite]


hyper cool. thanks.
posted by - at 12:15 AM on December 4, 2010 [1 favorite]


Man, it takes a lot of guts to cover that Kate Bush song.

(Not quite as many as, say, "Get Out Of My House," but still.)

posted by mykescipark at 12:22 AM on December 4, 2010 [2 favorites]


I love the 50/60/70 of Mercedes Benz.
posted by Mblue at 12:24 AM on December 4, 2010


Nice, this is fun! She's cute too, like if the love child of Bjork and a young Dawn French had grown up to front her own collegiate ska-fusion band.
posted by hincandenza at 12:24 AM on December 4, 2010 [4 favorites]


These are great! Never would have found her on my own, thanks eugenen! I'm rocking the style of the She Moved In video, and the change-up halfway through just makes it even better. Awesome.
posted by snowleopard at 12:47 AM on December 4, 2010 [1 favorite]


I'm sure y'all will like Give me the food (Busy P & DSL remix) as well. It's been twirling in quite a few of my official.fm playlists for a while now.
posted by dabitch at 1:14 AM on December 4, 2010 [1 favorite]


This video contains content from Vevo, who has blocked it in your country on copyright grounds.
posted by alby at 3:10 AM on December 4, 2010 [1 favorite]


I also had the blocked by vevo message.
A search on yt shows that they're available anyway
Mercedes Benz
Give me the food
posted by joost de vries at 3:29 AM on December 4, 2010


Apparently she toured with Peter Fox of Haus am See fame.
Pretty rousing: Marry me.
posted by joost de vries at 3:37 AM on December 4, 2010 [2 favorites]


i prefer Peter Fox.
posted by Substrata at 3:44 AM on December 4, 2010 [1 favorite]


Peter Fox Schwarz zu Blau.
Great Banksy inspired video as well.
posted by joost de vries at 3:55 AM on December 4, 2010 [1 favorite]


I've been a fan of hers for a long time.
posted by kalessin at 4:28 AM on December 4, 2010 [1 favorite]


hipster
posted by joost de vries at 4:32 AM on December 4, 2010 [2 favorites]


I'd like to do a song of great social and political import.
posted by jenkinsEar at 5:08 AM on December 4, 2010


I think it's amazing how English is the language that all over countries' pop stars sing in. The next time you hear a Republican spout out some shit about how 'In twenty years we're all going to be speaking Spanish!' because some DMV in Montana started offering their driving test in Espagnol, send them some Euro-Pop.

The first song, Mercedes Benz, was not good. There were obvious budget restrictions. The second song actually sounded good, and was a much better video. As for the third, well...
posted by QueerAngel28 at 5:54 AM on December 4, 2010 [3 favorites]


The german part of the lyrics of Marry Me for those of you who, like me, need to read along to get the gist. Pretty good.
Not the kind of tedious bragging about Murcialago's etc that I associate with hip-hop.

Das ist der Deal, du brauchst 'n Ehemann
Ich brauch' 'ne Frau, die gut kochen und nähen kann
Du lebst im Bauernhaus, Kuhstall nebenan
Ich hol' dich raus, du fängst 'n neues Leben an
Aus dem Wollrock ins Negligeé
Ich schick' dich jeden Tag shoppen im Ku'damm Carree
Dein Vater kriegt 'n second hand Golf Coupé
Bei der Hochzeit glänzt er unter sei'm neuen Toupé
Wir feiern mit Fleisch und Selbtsgebranntem
Ich mache auf reich vor allen dein'n Verwandten
Die Onkels und Tanten sind am saufen und zanken
Und die Dorfmusikanten spielen auf und wir tanzen
Schnapsleichen liegen auf dem Rasen
Und die Blaskapelle ist zu blau zum Blasen
Man soll immer gehen wenn's am Besten ist
Mädchen, ich zeig' dir wo der goldene Westen ist

posted by joost de vries at 6:06 AM on December 4, 2010 [4 favorites]


Mmm... Selbtsgebranntem. My Romanian father-in-law brought some when he came to visit us last summer.
posted by Slothrup at 6:33 AM on December 4, 2010


Wait, you say this person is Romanian-German and is singing at least partly in German? That's amazing because none of these videos are available in my country, and I am in Germany.

Major record labels: what the fuck?

Anyway, I managed to find some of her songs and they're fun. Thanks for the tip!
posted by sixohsix at 8:07 AM on December 4, 2010 [5 favorites]


It *almost* sounds like what would happen if she didn't speak any english at all and was just singing phonetically. Especially in Mercedes Benz.
posted by gjc at 8:08 AM on December 4, 2010


I really wasn't terribly impressed by the Mercedes Benz song, but Give Me the Food was a treat.
posted by Edgewise at 8:11 AM on December 4, 2010


These are remarkably well produced.
posted by empath at 8:13 AM on December 4, 2010


Oh, just caught Babooshka...I'm not familiar with the original, but that song, performance and video were all significantly more impressive than Give Me the Food.
posted by Edgewise at 8:17 AM on December 4, 2010


This is seriously rad. Thanks for sharing!
posted by giraffe at 8:49 AM on December 4, 2010


I started with Mercedes Benz as instructed and was *very* meh for the first minute or so until she talked about how her husband could fuck off because she can't drive his Benz with her girlfriends. Stuck with it through the second linked vid and got to Give me the Food and in am now completely besotted. Now I'm spending Saturday working from home, watching the snow blanket the backyard and looping her albums on grooveshark. Whee!
posted by hecho de la basura at 8:51 AM on December 4, 2010


This is just fantastic: Drink sister drink.
posted by freya_lamb at 8:52 AM on December 4, 2010


The experience of hecho mirrors my experience. I am eternally grateful to be introduced to this woman and her music :)
posted by drmanhattan at 9:18 AM on December 4, 2010


I'm totally with this. I approve completely.
posted by yeloson at 9:40 AM on December 4, 2010


She Moved In also has great production values.
posted by kalessin at 10:00 AM on December 4, 2010


P.S. I also like Why Did You Do It.
posted by kalessin at 10:03 AM on December 4, 2010 [3 favorites]


Can someone link to some more eastern european hip-hop? I love the sound of this.
posted by empath at 10:10 AM on December 4, 2010


ska-fusion

You realize that Balkan brass band music has nothing to do with ska, right?
posted by speicus at 10:21 AM on December 4, 2010 [1 favorite]


Can someone link to some more eastern european hip-hop? I love the sound of this.

I don't know if this will totally fit you, but I really enjoy the Tipsy Gypsy podcasts.

Also, Balkan Beatbox is often fantastic.
posted by kalessin at 10:24 AM on December 4, 2010 [2 favorites]


Oh, just caught Babooshka...I'm not familiar with the original

Here is the original Kate Bush and video. It is somethin' else. Also an interview about the song. Previous Kate Bush.

posted by curious nu at 10:40 AM on December 4, 2010


empath: "Can someone link to some more eastern european hip-hop? I love the sound of this"

The only one I've heard is Russian Abstract/Alternative hip-hop group 2H Company. Here's the one track of theirs that I've had favorited on last fm (youtube link) Огурец мозга (which apparently, according to google, translates to "cucumber brain")
posted by symbioid at 11:54 AM on December 4, 2010


Mersi mult, sie ist wirklich toll!
posted by vkxmai at 12:12 PM on December 4, 2010


Here is the original Kate Bush and video

I really had no idea how much Tori Amos lifted from her before watching that.
posted by empath at 12:34 PM on December 4, 2010


Derail: every karaoke I've ever been to has Kate Bush on the song list, and I have never seen anyone attempt it. I've never been drunk enough to think it's a good idea myself, and I have been pretty drunk at karaoke. /derail
posted by JoanArkham at 2:19 PM on December 4, 2010


You all need to check out Kultur Shock, and Let 3 and Atomik Harmomik. Kultur Shock is bases in Seattle but Balkans to the backbone. Let 3 are ou of Croatia and wild. Atomk Harmonik are from Slovenia and on top of being good, are really cut. All these groups can be found on YouTube
posted by Katjusa Roquette at 2:40 PM on December 4, 2010


her earliest and biggest hit, Give Me the Food.

What a fun video. There is a brass band in the hot tub! Someone was asking me yesterday what my favorite junk food was and I was thinking a top five contender were these little waffles that you used to be able to buy from windmill-shaped huts in the main downtown area of Bucharest. For like ten cents a woman in a windmill would pop some waffle dough in a waffle press and a minute later you'd have a sticky crunchy mini-waffle with burnt sugar baked right in that you could carry with you while you froze your ass off walking around downtown. Give me the food.

Mulţumesc foarte mult!
posted by jessamyn at 3:16 PM on December 4, 2010


I have to turn the wife on to this. I hate Kesha in the car. Thanks for this.
posted by Splunge at 3:42 PM on December 4, 2010


Symbioid: If you like Atomik Harmonik the you might just appreciate this mashup of Atomik Harmonik and Laibach:
The Youtube description is worth quoting in full:
"Laibach, the Trans-Slovenian conquerors of agitpop, and Atomik Harmonik, the ÜberKrainer champions of turbo-folk, meet at last.
It sounds like a reconciliation. Under the Savica Waterfall - in the name of Vilko, Slavko and the Holy Accordion."

posted by razorian at 5:46 PM on December 4, 2010 [1 favorite]


This is cool, but what's with the air-quotes?
posted by setanor at 1:12 AM on December 5, 2010


I see Peter Fox has been mentioned, but still no mention of the band he was (perhaps still is) in: Seeed. May I recommend Ding, especially if you're into busy raccoons and drunk gorillas.
posted by bjrn at 1:18 AM on December 5, 2010


Bah. Busty raccoons.
posted by bjrn at 1:18 AM on December 5, 2010


I close my eyes and this sounds like one my old ciotkas (aunts) singing dance-pop. Not that they ever did, of course.
posted by tommasz at 5:31 AM on December 5, 2010


Heeeey, she's on Four Music Productions GmbH? that's the company of my favorite German rap band (well, old school, anyway -- lately I've been rocking out to Skero instead...)
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