Wednesday, March 05, 2014
iggy azalea feat charli xcx - fancy
aw yeah!! single #4 from iggy is not only a fun jam but pulls in the underrated charli xcx (who sure can write a pop hook) for some of the action. throw in the fact that the video is inspired by 'clueless' and we are in happy camper land!
george ezra - cassy o'
we swooned over george's other single budapest a few weeks back and now he's releasing an official song in the form of the more upbeat retro pop folk number 'cassy o'. it's an insta-catchy number that you'll be singing along to for days on end. already selling out his first ever headlining mini tour, i can't wait to check this guy out when he comes stateside!
wilkinson feat detour city - too close
i swear that a sweet vocal over an old skool drum n bass track is just like catnip for me! taken from dj wilkinson's hit packed album 'lazers not included' (this is single #6!) i can't believe that it's taken me so long to dig this tune, but better late than never!
faul & wad ad vs pnau - changes
already a smash throughout europe, this dance anthem (with a side of sax) by french duo faul & wad ad looks set for worldwide club domination. with spring just around the corner, this will be a dance soundtrack for alot of people just gagging to strip down from their winter clothes!
ezra furman - anything can happen
there's something really cool about the rawness of ezra furman's voice while he sings over well crafted garage rock with a retro twist. if you like what you hear, you'll be VERY excited to know that he's also released two albums last year (one is a re-release) and is gearing up with his band of boy-friends to perform some buzzy shows at sxsw. so happy with these new discoveries lately!
samantha crain - somewhere all the time
hailing from oklahoma, this singer/songwriter has been getting serious buzz on npr for the past few months and after hearing this breezy sweet lazy afternoon gem, i can understand why. nice one.
alphabet. feat ila - just another day
made up of producer/musician duo jamie hartley and jacob savage, alphabet. actually only formed last october and are already causing some buzz on the internet (they were name checked under the bbc introducing series a few weeks back). if this chilled out first single is any indication, there will be some good music to come in 2014.
Tuesday, March 04, 2014
editors - shuffle
nothing like messing with your mind by playing with the spatial and audio spaces in the confines of the video. directed by belgian extraodinaire joe vonhoutteghem, the band shot this cool vid over 3 days and well... it's pretty darn awesome!
Monday, March 03, 2014
though the awards itself was ok, it was the wonderful live performances from the original song category that really made this a special night. here are all the performances in full!
pharrell williams - happy (despicable me 2)
u2 - ordinary love (mandela)
karen o & ezra koenig - the moon song (her)
idina menzel - let it go (frozen)
pink - somewhere over the rainbow (the wizard of oz anniversary performance)
Tuesday, February 25, 2014
ellie goulding - beating heart (divergent OST)
with hopes that the upcoming YA film adaptation of 'divergent' will translate into the next 'hunger games', there's alot of pressure for everything around the film to also succeed. so it's really nice that they've chosen our gal ellie to kick start the soundtrack (she also has two more songs on it!) though the lyrics are ahem... a bit schoolgirl... the song is a fine epic-lite number that will appease the fans or both the book and ellie.
coldplay - midnight
surprising their fans with an un-hyped new release, coldplay return with an electronic mood piece that hopefully showcases a more experimental (albeit, VERY bon iver) direction. curious.
beyonce - partition
one of the album highlights gets an official release, and if you didn't know it before, it's HAWT!!!! jake nava gives an aristocratic bey a fantasy burlesque persona and well... someone monica lewinsky'd over her dress!
Monday, February 24, 2014
augustines - nothing to lose but your head
talk about anthem! this song just grabs you by the heart and just shakes you back down from the clouds for a reality check then kicks you flying back out with an enthused energy to take on the world (okay, maybe not that powerful, but the song is kind of brilliant in that way). trimming down their namesake to just the augustines, there are no cut corners with the bigness of this song. just rocking epic!
the family rain - trust me... i'm a genius
we actually buzzed about this brotherly trio back in 2012 (!!) and especially on this rawkus track that is just wonderfully raw and unkept in all the best ways. fast forward to a year of heavy touring and the release of their debut lo-fi album 'under the volcano' where we can revisit this awesome song again. still a rocking great time!
the neighbourhood - sweater weather
it's kind of amazing how saturated music can be in this day and age. if your music doesn't show up on the blogs/playlists/personal radars of your friends, you just don't hear a song (even if it's been #1 on the alternative charts and racking 21 million hits on youtube). so here is an example of how a song has FINALLY hit my radar and it's actually quite good. these boys are LA based and have been around since 2011... actually you probably already know that! well, better late than never.
metronomy - love letters
i love how something so simple can keep you transfixed for the whole length of the video. thank you michel gondry for returning to the music video world!
little dragon - klapp klapp
there's something both motown and electronic at the same time going on in the 1st single off of swedish indie band little dragon's upcoming 'nabuma rubberband' album. since the quartet enjoy throwing various influences into the mix, i can only imagine what surprises are in store for the long player!
Sunday, February 23, 2014
check out two gems from james blake's current album 'overgrown' that is hitting the airwaves. one is gorgeous and hypnotic, while the other is a hot remixed version featuring chance the rapper that is crossing over to the mainstream but equally brilliant. we love james blake if you haven't figured that out by now!
james blake - to the last
james blake feat chance the rapper - life round here (remix)
john grant & conor o'brien - glacier
i love the baritone voice of queer folkster john grant (and i'm not the only one since he got nominated for best international male artist this year at the brit awards), throw in his brilliant lyrics and you quickly understand why he's caused quite a swoon from fans this past year with his wonderful album 'pale green ghosts'. it's taken me awhile to appreciate his genius, but better late than never right?
wanna hear more, check out one of my fave songs from last year in the form of GMF. just brilliant!
john grant - gmf
tom the lion - sleep
surrounding himself in a shroud of secrecy, multi-instrumentalist thomas lombardi (aka tom the lion) prefers to let his lush music speak for itself. in the case of this album title track, just press play and bask in all of it's uplifting electronic glory. love this!
vancouver sleep clinic - collapse
this little internalized folktronic gem has been floating around for a few months over in australia where 17 year old tim bettinson (aka vancouver sleep clinic) hails from. already a bit of an indie darling back home, VSC is gearing up for some cross continental appreciation. we like... we like alot!
MØ - don't wanna dance
danish singer/songwriter MØ is set to release her debut album 'no mythologies to follow' next month and this little indie pop gem has all the trappings to satisfy your hipster girl needs (some old school horn sections, a bit of scandinavian coolness, alot of catchy) she's on the radar folks...
vv brown feat kele okereke - faith
re-recorded to add bloc party lead singer kele okereke vocals into the gorgeous hypnotic track, vv brown offers up her 3rd single from the haunting 'samson & delilah' album and it's kind of wonderful. there's something powerfully epic here even with the electronic dance undertones. just awesome!
supreme cuts feat channy - envision
there's something so free flow with this song, as if there's no song structure (even though it falls under dance music) which makes it totally compelling. turns out chicago based producer/dj's austin keultjes and mike perry (aka supreme cuts) call their surrealist sound "exquisite corpse" (where one person adds on elements after another one finishes). throw in the vocals of polica's channy and you've got a strange interesting sound for your week.
Saturday, February 22, 2014
calling her music a religious rave, zhala is a swedish musical genius/weirdo (depending on your tastes) that recently signed onto robyn's konichiwa records. the songs are interesting to say the least and i'm kind of still not quite sure if i like her or not. but it's worth a listen. check out zhala's two current compositions to the masses. one, which made it's world premiere on the swedish grammis (featuring label boss robyn), the other a track from her new EP. all wackadoo, all something you need to experience!
zhala & robyn - prophet (live @ swedish grammis 2014)
zhala - efter livet
peking duk feat nicole millar - high
aussie duo adam hyde and reuben styles (aka peking duk) gained serious buzz with their remixes of passion pit and ben howard (see below). looks like peking duk are ready to get some love with their own material. with this pop friendly slice of indie dance as their latest single, i'm predicting we'll be hearing ALOT of these guys in 2014!
syron feat horror stories - three dreams
i'm a sucker for 90's rave piano hooks! throw in those block rockin beats and i'm all yours syron!
american authors - best day of my life
after meeting at the prestigious berklee college of music, the four piece of zac, james, dave and matt moved to brooklyn to try to hone their songwriting/performance skills for world domination. it looks like it's working cause their current (very catchy) single is causing ripples in multiple formats. heading towards the top 10, you have been warned!
j cole feat amber coffman - she knows
though the album is almost 9 months old, j cole still manages to offer up compelling videos to bring new interest to his singles. don't want to give anything away, but lets just say skipping school for this young skateboarder doesn't turn out too good for him.
john newman - out of my head
offering up a bit of diversity from his retro soul sound, john gives us a big ballad for your pleasure. it's a solid song and a nice change from previous releases, so thumbs up from our end!
pj morton feat adam levine - heavy
even though pj morton has been filling in as maroon 5's keyboardist, the soul singer is readying for his debut album to be released later this year. packed with bluesy soul jams and gospel influences, his 1st single 'heavy' is a good representation of this talented performer. time to get your soul jam on!
the 1975 - settle down
yeah this is a slice of guitar pop perfection that reminds me of the UK 80's bands that found as much influence in soul music as well as rock. what a song!
dan croll - from nowhere
stare all you want, dan croll is definitely one of our fave new acts of the moment! and with his debut album release 'sweet disarray' right around the corner, this new catchy gem is a fun teaser of what to expect. we like!
shakira - nunca me acuerdo de olvidarte
the english version of 'can't remember to forget you' with riri didn't fare as well as expected, so here's hoping the spanish one will do chart wonders (cause i kind of prefer this version more)...
duke dumont feat jax jones - i got u
the ultimate 'i'm ready for summer' anthem of the winter season! the best escapism song (that covers whitney houston) you'll hear all week!
bombay bicycle club - luna
with their album 'so long, see you tomorrow' just out, the BBC have once again gifted us a collection of catchy complex indie pop songs that allow you to discover new things with each listen. 'luna' has been doing exceptionally well on indie radio and easily plays as a crowd pleaser when you check them out at a venue near you. love these guys!
karmin - i want it all
we loved this disco pop number back in jan and we still love it now that it's got a fun roller disco video attached to it. these guys are truly underappreciated talents in the pop charts, but hopefully this will do the trick!
broods - bridges
new zealand is churning out some serious pop bands with indie leanings these days! brother and sister duo caleb and georgia nott (aka broods) gained some serious blog buzz the past few months and got signed to a worldwide deal on the basis of this particular song. with an EP of gems ready for you to listen, fall in love with this dreamy pop song first!
katy perry feat juicy j - dark horse
one of our fave songs from last year (sept!!) FINALLY gets a big budget video to accompany it's #1 billboard hot 100 status. better late than never!
george ezra - budapest
honestly just press play and fall in love to this new singer/songwriter that came in 5th on the bbc sound of 2014 list. i'm in swoon city!!
magic! - rude
though the quartet hail from canada, their debut single ended up being a smash pop hit in australia and new zealand first (the power of the internet certainly has changed marketing plans of worldwide record labels). now the rest of the world is playing catch up and you'll be sick of this future smash song by the end of the year. you're welcome!
serena ryder - what i wouldn't do
nominated for 5 juno awards this year, this canadian singer/songwriter is definitely someone you should keep an eye out for (if you haven't already). full of joyous stomp, this is the perfect single to acquaint yourself to this powerhouse of an artist.
Thursday, February 20, 2014
london grammar - hey now
we buzzed about the cool arty remix or their new single 'hey now' a few days back and now london grammar show us a beautiful stop motion video of the original to their fans. it's been an interesting year for the trio (from unsigned to one of 2013's buzziest bands) and i can't wait to see what's in store for 2014!
THE BRIT AWARDS 2014: beyonce - xo / disclosure feat lorde & aluna george - royals + white noise / bastille & rudimental feat ella eyre - pompeii + waiting all night / ellie goulding - i need your love + burn / katy perry - dark horse / bruno mars - treasure
though i can't say the performances were AMAZING this year, here are some highlights (which will be updated with new ones - so keep coming back!) of last nights event!
beyonce - xo
disclosure feat lorde & aluna george - royals + white noise
bastille & rudimental feat ella eyre - pompeii + waiting all night
ellie goulding - i need your love + burn
katy perry - dark horse
bruno mars - treasure
Wednesday, February 19, 2014
nicholas mcdonald - answerphone
aw bless, this years x factor uk runner up gets his debut single and it's a sweet little tween ditty that most of us are too old to admit to liking. so um... lets file this under guilty pleasure then? i won't tell if you won't tell...
the saturdays - not giving up
the sats are offering up single #5 (!!) from their album 'living for the weekend', and in their typical fashion, they showcase their lack of dancing skills (this time hidden with light sticks!) and budget (it's a podium... with light sticks!) but as a fan i kind of don't care. they're a camp hoot and they know it!
tensnake feat nile rodgers & fiora - love sublime
nothing like roping in the ubiquitous nile rodgers to add some groove to your disco romp! tensnake is taking a stab at crossover domination with this catchy number and it's pretty darn possible cause the song is so much fun!