Saturday, July 19, 2014
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!!!
sigma feat paloma faith - changing
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!
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!
Saturday, July 05, 2014
circa waves - young chasers
hailing from liverpool and gaining serious buzz in the UK, this boppy four piece fuzzy guitar band have managed to come up with a lively retro number that reminds me of old skool strokes. press play and have fun with this!
Friday, July 04, 2014
sam smith - how will i know (whitney houston cover @ sirius xm)
just some yearning for your july 4th weekend. have a good one!
Thursday, July 03, 2014
the dealer feat damon c scott - right beside you
since we're on the house kick, lets give this new house jam a mention as it not only uses damon c scott (the vocalist from the #1 house smash "look right through") on lead but it's just a catchy number for your summer! love this!
little nikki feat. dj s.k.t - right before my eyes
um... you need to TURN THIS UP!!! buzzing as the new dance girl on the uk scene, this is a really good jam to establish that for our little nikki. damn!
Wednesday, July 02, 2014
paloma faith - trouble with my baby
though this is bringing paloma back to the retro 60's soul vibe of her previous work, i still can't shake how amazing her last single was. so by comparison, a tad bit of a let down release if you ask me (though the woman looks amazing!).
lily allen - url badman
the woman is a social commentator at this point! taking on pop divas and industry standards for women, lily allen now goes after the internet bloggers. i should feel defensive, but then again i'm too caught up in my life to care.
kiesza - giant in my heart
when all else fails, you just don a wig and dance! 90's dance pop diva kiesza is the patron saint of happiness in my book!
the saturdays - what are you waiting for?
once again the gals of the saturdays come up with a perfectly generic dance pop anthem (thank you xenomania) with key words that mean nothing if you really think about it. but then again, why are you thinking in the first place when it comes to a saturdays song?
adam levine - lost stars (begin again OST)
i got to see this charming music based film last year (part of my day job) and it was easily one of my fave experiences of 2013. fast forward to this summer and i'm so happy to people will FINALLY be able to see what i've been talking about in person. interestingly enough, adam levine plays a bit of a douche pop star in the film and well... all good! go see this movie at a theater near you!
becky g - shower
nothing like a boppy pop number (with a perfect singalong chorus thanks to dr luke) to make your song of summer shortlist. we loved it back in april but now the relationship is cemented!
Tuesday, July 01, 2014
anders nilsen - salsa tequila
welcome to your stupid song of the summer! i am 70% offended and 30% giggling at the same time with this immature track by norwegian anders nilsen (who admits to not knowing one bit of spanish...except for the words that everyone has heard before) it's dorky and will be playing everywhere in a matter of seconds. you have been warned.
alvvays - archie, marry me
nothing like a fuzzy guitar backdrop to a retro pop song about marriage! this toronto five piece have crafted the perfect yearn anthem for your summer, marry her already archie!!!
slow club - suffering you, suffering me
with their album 'complete surrender' coming out next week, the duo of rebecca taylor and charles watson (aka slow club) release the wonderfully classic soul anthem 'suffering you, suffering me' to the masses. it's an instantly catchy number that just calls for crossover success. i'm a fan (and the video is darn rocky-tastic too!)
Monday, June 30, 2014
miranda lambert & carrie underwood - somethin' bad
bringing together two powerhouses of the female country music world wasn't so immediate, according to miranda, carrie took a few days to 'live' with the song before saying yes. thank god the stars aligned cause this is a killer country duet if i've ever heard one. bring on the thelma and louise country style!
little big town - day drinking
my fave country foursome return with the first single off their upcoming new album 'painkiller' and it's a catchy singalong jam that you'll literally be whistling along to in no time!
Sunday, June 29, 2014
demi lovato feat cher lloyd - really don't care
with pride celebrations happening across the US and around the world, this perfect insta-pop ditty makes great usage of demi's recent attendance at LA pride. to all the LGBTQ people around the world happy pride weekend!
grimes feat blood diamonds - go
submitted to rihanna and co, the rejected dance pop number has now been taken back and released by it's rightful originators! whether this means a new grimes album is coming out remains to be seen. for now we get this dub friendly gem!
Friday, June 27, 2014
maverick sabre - emotion (ain't nobody)
the soulful maverick sabre is back with this gritty gem that also incorporates the famous chaka khan classic. we like!
tourist feat lianne la havas - patterns
like his previous work, the slow build from simple notes to epic gospel singalong is what makes this collaboration with the amazing lianne la havas so wonderful. this is pretty awesome stuff for your weekend!
Thursday, June 26, 2014
Wednesday, June 25, 2014
jess glynne - right here
with over 1m in singles sales thanks to her contributions to the #1 hits by clean bandit and route 94, jess glynne is poised to be the next big uk soul act of 2014. with her debut single produced by gorgon city, this soul house jam is infectious (even though the video is SHITE!) and ready for big things.
ella henderson - ghost
why i totally missed posting this a few months back is beyond me, but now that the x factor alum has herself a #1 UK single with her debut (co-written by ryan tedder of onerepublic no less), i must do a catch up post to support this talent. easily one of my fave singers ever from the competition, this is a hopeful example of the smart sophisticated stuff that ella will be putting out in the coming year!
tori amos - trouble's lament
in some ways this is the most structurally 'normal' song that tori amos has written in awhile; yet it also sounds like vintage tori. so what do you do with these observations from two spectrums? nothing really, just press play and bask in the return of tori amos yo!
Tuesday, June 24, 2014
family of the year - hero
this gentle folk anthem was actually one of my fave songs of last year. but since i didn't put out a list, it really just stayed a gem on my car mix for 2013. but with the appearance on the trailer for the upcoming 'boyhood' by richard linklater and the fact that it's charting throughout europe, now is a great time to remind myself and those of you who haven't heard this song yet, the simple pleasures of a great beautiful song.
here's the trailer that reminded me of how much i love this song!
boyhood - trailer
broods - mother & father
oh yeah, this is easily the best electronic pop song out this week! at once emotional and beautiful, this is a sign of the maturity that will be showcased on their upcoming debut album. kind of awesome even after many repeat plays!
Monday, June 23, 2014
m.o - dance on my own
i'm the first to admit that this UK girl band has left me 'meh' with their previous releases (not for lack of trying), but this 90's garage track is not only uber catchy but also samples the classic 'flowers' by sweet female attitude. it's a jam, so turn it up!!
wanna go down memory lane? play the classic 2000 jam 'flowers' below:
sweet female attitude - flowers (sunship remix)
Sunday, June 22, 2014
basement jaxx feat nina miranda - sereia de bahia (mermaid of bahia)
gone are the days, back in the 00's, when every basement jaxx song was a home run jam that not only made you boogie but brought a smile to your face. this brazil celebration featuring the vocals of nina miranda is a nice return to form for the producing duo just in time for the world cup too!