Wednesday, December 10, 2014
Tuesday, July 29, 2014
tony bennett & lady gaga - anything goes
a full on jazz standards album was always the route that i felt gaga should embrace as part of her musical portfolio. so it really is a joy to see her release this joint album of cole porter classics with the lovely tony bennett. they really do make a wonderful pair!
melanie de biasio - i'm gonna leave you
belgian jazz chanteuse melanie de biasio isn't usually the kind of act that i'd place on my music blog, but this 8 mins performance (of the nina simone classic) is one that initially seems repetitive, but slowly turns into a focused hypnotic emotional work of art. the woman is buzzing in music loving circles and her album 'no deal' is being called one of the albums of the year. wise up to this talent if you haven't already.
sheppard - geronimo
already a number one smash back in australia, this 6 member vocal indie pop band is gearing up for international admiration with their crazy catchy single "geronimo" (which reminds me of all of the 80's indie pop bands that had this sound of urgency mixed with a hint of earnestness). i've been bopping to this track for the past few weeks and just love these group to bits. more to come!
both - straight outta line
yeah, this song by the french/belgian duo both is going to be massive! with it's melancholic vocals mashed into the edm friendly chorus, this future hit is made better with the picturesque teenage hitchhiker storyline of a video above. you have been warned!
jungle - time
we were thoroughly enamored with their debut single and now the anonymous UK disco funk duo jungle return with an equally wonderful track and video (directed by oliver hadlee pearch) all in time for the release of their self titled album. gosh i love these two dancers in the video!
fka twigs - two weeks
tahliah barnett (aka fka twigs) is definitely turning into the cool new soul chick on the block! with this prince inspired track and free style vocalizing (plus the girl can dance), this UK act is SO ready to crossover to our side of the pond and be fully admired by muzos everywhere. totally intrigued and looking forward to discovering more from this lovely chanteuse!
Monday, July 28, 2014
lenny kravitz - sex
hot damn! lenny sure knows how to get back into our loins in a big wet way! how we existed during his musical break is beyond me, but i am VERY happy he's back!
thanks to hip hop n more for the image
jessie j feat ariana grande & nicki minaj - bang bang
ahead of it's official release tomorrow, here is the bombastic retro flavored pop gal jam launching jessie j's new album with a little help from ariana grande and nicki minaj. rumor has it that the three will be performing this at the MTV VMA's in august, so get to knowing this song now so you can bop along in a months time!
duke dumont - slow dance
last one for the day, but damn that duke dumont for tapping into my love of 90's house with this acid house jam for a new generation. i TOTALLY wanna slow dance to this!
diplo & swick feat tt the artist & lewis cancut - dat a freak
nothing like a celebration of booty to ramp you up on a monday! pop it! twerk it! werk it! love it!
don diablo - anytime
honestly the video makes up for a huge percentage of my enjoyment of this song. dj don diablo just looks like he's having ALOT of fun! turn it up, you'll be bopping to this choon in no time!
Sunday, July 27, 2014
royksopp & robyn - do it again
the song came out in april and well... the track FINALLY gets a video that you realize is well worth the wait! going against oppression in it's many forms, let us all rebel with a bit of a dance!
mnek - wrote a song about you
oh we fell in love with this uk soul jam last month and it's still sounds like one of the freshest numbers around at the moment (how every verse adds another layer til it explodes in the end!) kind of brilliant!
erik hassle - pathetic
it was a sexy slinky jam back in february and it still plays as one of the best soul songs of the year. tell me you're not making stank face neck twirls when you're listening to this song. SO good!!!
daley - look up
we loved this song back in september of 2013 and team daley FINALLY put out a video showcasing his growing fanbase in the US. the song is still a retro soul gem and if you didn't love it back then, you really should this time around!
Saturday, July 26, 2014
rocket & the ghost - gold (live @ kings county distillery)
nothing like having a friend take you to a gig where you know very little about the act and then slowly, one song at a time, the band wins you over with their solid songwriting and focused live performance. this is the case of brooklyn based rocket & the ghost, led by singer/songwriter kiyoshi matsuyama. with a shy initial stage confidence (they're only a year old yo!), all that was totally forgotten by song four as the band performed strong song after strong song that make up their impressive repertoire. check out the tune that won the best love song category at the 13th independent music awards last week. i'm a fan!
oh there's something so very awesome about the music of haley bonar. channelling the alt sounds of female fronted acts of the 90's, haley is buzzing with two new releases that will no doubt bring her a new set of indie loving fans (yours truly included). just dig this gal!
haley bonar - kill the fun
haley bonar - heaven's made for two
Friday, July 25, 2014
deorro - five hours
honestly the build up to the song is worth the listen alone, then when it transforms into an early daft punk electronic disco jam, well all bets are off! best instrumental dance track of the moment!
wankelmut feat emma louise - my head is a jungle (mk remix)
honestly, it's just funny! director elliott sellers gives this current club hit a wacky premise and well... just press play!
ill blu feat jake isaac - fall out
oh this minimalist dance number is just pretty darn lush! throw in jake isaac's melancholic vocals and you have your introverted dance anthem for the week!
Thursday, July 24, 2014
jessie ware feat romy madley croft - share it all
featured as an album track off of jessie's upcoming deluxe version of 'tough love', this collaboration with the xx's romy madley croft is a gentle soft spoken love jam produced perfectly by julio bashmore. it's silky sensual and all sorts of perfect! damn this album is looking to be very very good!
sigma feat paloma faith - changing
[UPDATED with the new video!] um... this song is HUGE! following their massive success with their drum'n'bass refix of kanye's jam, sigma are back with an original jam featuring the large vocals of wongie fave paloma faith. the collaboration is sick and will give both acts one of the biggest hits of the year!
perfume genius - queen
by taking ownership of all the negative stereotypes of queer culture, mike hadreas (aka perfume genius) has crafted a raucous psychedelic (both in music and visuals) anthem that just may be the coolest gay song of the year! embracing the queen! long live the queen!
porter robinson feat urban cone - lionhearted
collaborating with the swedish indie band urban cone, dj/producer porter robinson is slowly crafting a role as an artist with proper songs to fill up an album. this indie dance pop number (that totally reminds me of early passion pit) is definitely moving in the right direction!
sbtrkt feat ezra koenig - new dorp. new york.
oooh this minimal dance number is slinky and sexy and perfect for that late evening body jam. who knew vampire weekend's ezra could sound so hot? mmm so tasty!!
Wednesday, July 23, 2014
pharrell williams feat miley cyrus - come get it bae
the song is not my fave off the 'grl' album, but what makes this video a treat is watching these dancers give the fatima robinson choreography a total workout! always love her work and it's being celebrated here!
sam smith - i'm not the only one
with a full album of future hits, team smith have decided that this mid-tempo soul jam is the best follow up to the worldwide smash 'stay with me'. can't wait to see the video (which will have longing looks galore in the visuals i bet). for now enjoy this audio first!
want more? check out this chill trap remix of 'stay with me' below:
sam smith - stay with me (prince fox remix)
Friday, July 18, 2014
WONGIE COVER OF THE WEEK: chet faker - (lover) you don't treat me no good (sonia dada cover @ triple j / like a version)
chet faker - (lover) you don't treat me no good no more (sonia dada cover @ triple j / like a version)
to be honest, i think this hit by chicago songwriter sonia dada may have skipped me altogether back in 1992, but the way chet faker covers it is pretty darn sublime! once again the triple j show 'like a version' proves to be a wonderful source of amazing covers!
wanna hear the original? check it out below:
sonia dada - lover (you don't treat me no good no more)
Thursday, July 17, 2014
moko - your love
produced by chase & status, this 90's house number perfectly sets up the london singer/songwriters upcoming new EP gold. love the solo dancing video and kinda love the song too!
laura welsh - break the fall
the UK soulstress is currently in the british charts with her successful collaboration with gorgon city, but for her fans, she's got a big in your face tune (that reminds me of ryan tedder's work) that you'll be humming along to all morning. all this is in preparation for her debut album, which i cannot wait to hear!
alt-j - hunger of the pine
directed by the amazing nabil, this violent video is actually a tad too cringe worthy for me (i have issues with sharp things), but i can admit that it's beautiful nevertheless. hunger games has nothing on this poor chaps experience!
want more? check out a recently released new song by the trio below
alt-j - left hand free
Wednesday, July 16, 2014
cam'ron feat nicki minaj & yummy - so bad
part of cam'ron's first of the month EP series, this retro doo-wap number is all sorts of awesomeness that you'll be hearing ALOT of in the coming weeks. LOVE!!!
blonde feat charli taft - higher ground
nothing like a poppy synth tune to make your scorching summer bearable! the duo of adam englefield and jacob manson (aka blonde) have crafted a lovely late afternoon jam with the sweet vocals of singer songwriter charli taft. it's on repeat and should be the same for you!
melissa steel feat popcaan - kisses for breakfast
maybe cause the weather has been miserable here in the east coast, but this slice of reggae lite pop is the perfect escapist jam for the week! already featured in one of our fave dance songs by kove out at the moment, melissa is definitely having a BIG moment with all the attention surrounding this north london singer songwriter. definitely on our radar for female soul debut of the year!
wanna hear more from this talented soul singer? check out her A64 session for sbtv covering bob marley. it's lovely!:
melissa steel - turn your lights down low (bob marley cover @ a64:sbtv)
kove feat melissa steel - way we are
[UPDATED with the official video!] known mostly as a drum n bass dj/producer, james rockhill (aka kove) has given us a massive 90's house track (chock with the funky drummer and piano chords!) that will rack up there as one of our summer jams of 2014. you have been warned!
Tuesday, July 15, 2014
broods - mother & father
i swear i am LIVING this tune these days. easily on constant repeat, this new tune from the NZ siblings have struck a nerve with my state of mind this summer. oh and it's electro pop perfection so it's pretty much full proof if you ask me!
jenny lewis - just one of the guys
getting her buddettes anne hathaway, brie larson and kristen stewart (who is surprisingly awesome in the video) to play in her band, jenny lewis is guaranteeing a large curious audience to check out her latest sweet simple lament, which also sets up her upcoming album 'voyager'.
Monday, July 14, 2014
duke dumont - won't look back
[UPDATED WITH VIDEO PREMIERE] HOT DAMN is this throwback house track going to be massive! with those piano chords and the rip roaring vocals by an as yet anonymous diva vocalist (how strange), you will be dancing to this black box sounding gem all summer long! smash!
Friday, July 11, 2014
vance joy - mess is mine
with the mega smash riptide still making it's way around the world, james keogh (aka vance joy) is prepping for the worldwide release of his debut album 'dream your life away' with this new gem! throw in this awesome video and james' got another indie hit on his hands. nice one.
dotan - home
currently #1 in his native netherlands, dutch singer/songwriter dotan harpenau is getting some serious buzz around the region with his gentle singalong anthem (though please ignore the fact that it takes a good minute before you get to hear anything in this video). a quiet gem, this.
dancing years - places we've roamed
just listen to this celebratory, yet sentimental, introspective adult piano ballad from leeds quintet dancing years! there's a dense musical arrangement in this song that marks them a tad different from the folkies around them. definitely a band to watch!
Thursday, July 10, 2014
john legend - you & i (nobody in the world)
though the song leaves me a tad 'meh', this lovingly shot video is a wonderful celebration of women and is linked to john's #operationgirl organization. worth a watch!
rac feat matthew koma - cheap sunglasses
with the video premiere, let's officially call this perfect pop song a contender for song of summer 2014. just turn it up and bop happy won't cha!
meg mac - roll up your sleeves
oh her voice! meg sets up her debut EP with this gospel infused soul number that is just the kind of uplift you need for your day. we LOVED her previous single "every lie" and we're already playing this on repeat!
want more? check out meg's AWESOME cover of the broods "bridges" below:
meg mac - bridges (broods cover @ triple j like a version)
Wednesday, July 09, 2014
WONGIE R&B SONG OF THE WEEK: usher feat nicki minaj - she came to give it to you / HOT REMIX: usher - good kisser (disclosure remix)
usher feat nicki minaj - she came to give it to you
producer pharrell sprinkles his magic dust on yet another track and it's phenomenal! usher takes on one of the more complex vocals of his career (the vocal jazz phrasings on some lines is SICK!) and nicki just kills it with her verse. your fun breezy jam for the week!
want more? check out this HOT remix by disclosure for usher's current single!!
usher - good kisser (disclosure remix)
foxes - glorious
with the simultaneous worldwide release of her debut album 'glorious', the title track has also been picked as the next single. it's epic pop in the best of ways! [UPDATE: check out this new stepford inspired video for the indie pop chanteuse!]
jessie ware - tough love
firstly, the video by brthr is utterly gorgeous! secondly, this slow burn of a song just keeps adding new layers every time you listen to it. i loved it a month ago when i first heard it, i'm obsessed with it now!