Saturday, September 23, 2017
paloma faith - crybaby
looks like paloma faith's video for 'crybaby' is a kickoff chapter in a series that shows a bleak dystopian world where young men are subjugated to forced masculine norms or they have to pay a fatal price. it definitely seems like a big social commentary undertaking for an artist like paloma, but she calls the source of her new album 'the architect' stories from the world as opposed to her usual tracks about personal heartbreak and love. can't wait to see the follow up video and listen to the rest of the album!
gabrielle aplin - waking up slow
after releasing two successful albums as a singer/songwriter, gabrielle aplin is definitely taking a lighter approach to her sound and come up with a kick off single that is not only more pop but allows her fans to do a bit of a boogie while listening. like a lovely spritzer on a hot post summer day, turn this one up and feel the happiness!
Friday, September 22, 2017
macklemore feat kesha - good old days
with his new album gemini out the same day as the release of this excellent single with kesha, the one two punch is a nice change since it feels like it's been ages since we've had a good track from the seattle based rapper. though there was some backlash from his last release with ryan lewis, the rapper doesn't seem to be taking himself as seriously now and we are back to the days of catchy tunes mixed with insta-hooks. working with kesha is a smart move too! nice one this!
Monday, September 18, 2017
sam smith - too good at goodbyes
already #1 in 4 countries, the return single of sam smith is definitely a bonafide hit. though the crooner may have stayed in his lane for this moment, hopefully other material from his new album will showcase some exciting choices. for now we hum along to this one...
Friday, September 15, 2017
rae morris - do it
uk singer/songwriter rae morris has always been a slow burn fave with her chill attitude mixed with electro with a tinge of epic-ness thrown in. this time, rae brings us something so wonderfully catchy with an equally amazing video shot by noel paul making NYC/Brooklyn the most fun cool place to be at (i live here and i still want her version of this city!) if you're not familiar with rae, i'm gonna throw in another gem from her as yet untitled new album below. make her on your radar yo!!!
rae morris - reborn
Wednesday, September 13, 2017
lany - super far
lany (aka LA-NY) have slowly released solid track after track from their self-titled debut album, and this one looks set to offer the trio some serious crossover bizness. with their john hughes for a new generation sound, i've been enjoying these guys for a good part of this year (listen to the excellent breakup track below) and will happily chalk them up as one of the best new bands of 2017!
lany - the breakup
Friday, September 01, 2017
london grammar - hell to the liars (kölsch remix)
honestly i'm just going to let the 12 mins 41 secs of this remix speak for itself. holy shizz is this great!!!! turn it the f up and soak in it's heavenly spirit.
fink - not everything was better in the past
recorded in one take, fink offers up a real beauty of a song commenting on his relationship between old skool vs modern life. it's just the right kind of pensive song leading us into this rainy labor day weekend on the east coast. enjoy!
Thursday, August 31, 2017
jessie ware - selfish love
sometimes even a mallorca getaway can't fix a duplicitous relationship. throw in a latin cha cha number as the soundtrack and you get the awesomeness that is jessie ware's classy new gem. two diverse songs into her upcoming new album and i can't wait to hear what other surprises are in store for us fans!
Sunday, August 27, 2017
taylor swift - look what you made me do
[UPDATE: look what director joseph kahn and tswift did! mocking all the memes of taylor since the beginning of her career, this is pretty much the creation of taylor 3.0. it's also a hellofva fun video, so hopefully this will mark the end of the woe me era and into a more interesting look forward. we shall see.]
she's back! what do you think of the comeback song? rumored to be based around her feud with kanye & kim, the real news is that there's apparently a loop of right said fred's 'i'm too sexy' in this jack antonoff produced song. can you hear it?
Friday, August 25, 2017
pnau - control your body
aussie-land's best dance act pnau have just released their new EP featuring three very diverse dance tracks for their fans. my fave one is this tech-house jam that is just one sick hook after another, reminding me of the big bombastic beats of the chemical brothers of yore. it's the perfect jam for your weekend so turn this track the F up!!
want more? check out the other two tracks from the 'into the sky' EP below:
pnau - into the sky
title track for the EP is also a bit of a rock dance jam featuring band member nick littlemore on vocals. it's fun and probably their most pop friendly track they've put out in ages.
pnau feat vera blue - young melody
this is your traditional classy house number featuring the very hot singer/songwriter vera blue on guest vocals. shame she's been sampled down, would have been interesting to hear a full song with celia pavey (aka vera blue) on lead.
Thursday, August 24, 2017
katy perry ft nicki minaj - swish swish
directed by dave meyers, 'swish swish' gets a star studded video hodge podge in the form of a basketball game. if her fans love anything, they sure love katy perry making fun of herself! pop culture fans can spot peeps from 'stranger things', 'glee', 'glow' and even sport stare, how many did you spot in this video?
Wednesday, August 23, 2017
WONGIE INDIE DANCE SONG OF THE WEEK: sub focus & rudimental feat chronixx & maverick sabre - trouble
sub focus & rudimental feat chronixx & maverick sabre - trouble
with so many talented people in on this song you'd think it'd be one big hot mess! but instead the perfect blend includes sub focus kicking up the drum n bass, rudimental on classy musicality, chronixx on a reggae tip (he was just in the area when they recorded his vocals) and maverick sabre soulfully rounding out this mix. it works people! now turn this up!
Thursday, August 17, 2017
justin bieber & bloodpop - friends
working with bloodpop and songwriters julia michaels & justin tranter (the team behind 'sorry'), "friends" marks new solo material in over a year and potentially kicking off a new album. now that he's on tour hiatus, he'll have more time to do that!
logic feat alessia cara & khalid - 1-800-273-8255
gotta give it up to director andy hines for directing this powerful short film with an all star cast led by child actor coy stewart. of course true props have to go to rapper logic for even crafting this touching song about suicide prevention with alessia cara & khalid on additional verses. the end result is a collective effort to get the message across to at risk youth. it's kind of amazing.
Wednesday, August 16, 2017
lcd soundsystem - tonite
after world premiering the song on zane lowe's beats 1 show, lcd soundsystem offer up their latest electro disco single with the usual self-critical lyrics by james murphy. apparently inspired by listening to lyrics in taxis late at night which frequently focused about the importance of the evening, this is the murphy version... and it's fab!
p!nk - what about us
[VIDEO PREMIERE: directed by georgia hudson and choreographed by goldenboyz, the collective collaboration makes for a pretty emotional and politically charged video.]
with her album 'beautiful trauma' set for release in oct, p!nk returns after a little break with this soaring instantly anthemic single co-written by super producer steve mac ('shape of you' 'rockabye') and snow patrol's johnny mcdaid.
Thursday, August 10, 2017
kelela - lmk
kicking off her upcoming debut album 'take me apart', kelela is bringing her 90's soul sound with her latest single 'lmk' and it's all kinds of wonderful! throw in some warped grooves in the musical background and a non-binary dance party directed by frequent bjork collaborator andrew thomas huang and you've got our jam of the week!
Tuesday, August 08, 2017
mnek - paradise
[8/8 UPDATED WITH THIS WONDERFUL NEW POLITICIZED VIDEO!!]
building on top of ultra nate's 90's club classic "free", mnek has created a thoroughly modern soul track that has all the makings of a new jam that'll influence for years to come. welcome to your perfect sunset soundtrack!
Friday, August 04, 2017
lorde - perfect places
co-written by jack antonoff, hip hop hitmaker frank dukes & andrew wyatt of miike snow, this is the kind of insta pop anthem that just begs to be a hit. lorde follows up her 'green light' smash with this jam that feels more akin to her debut sound than what she's been offering up on this album. all good!
jessie ware - midnight
[UPDATE: THE VIDEO PREMIERED LAST NIGHT!]
OMG YAAAAAS!!!!! jessie returns to our lives with this amazing gem of a smooth soul jam that just oozes the kind of sophisticated sensuality that we crave from ms ware! with an album filled with collabs with christine and the queens, ed sheeran and even julia michaels, it's good to hear that they all are there to elevate her sound to new levels. welcome back!!!
Wednesday, August 02, 2017
khalid - young dumb & broke
there's something wonderfully sentimental about khalid's new single which happily captures the slacker / aimless / haze of high school teenage apathy which in some weird way resonates just as much to this way old 'adult' at the same time. already a sensation with his massive hit 'location' earlier this year, this 19 year old singer/songwriter is easily one of the breakout stars of 2017. love him!
Monday, July 17, 2017
rationale - loving life
by far singer/songwriter tinashe fazakerley's (aka rationale) most pop inclined tune, 'loving life' also gives us an idea that rationale definitely has eyes on world domination in the best way. with a video that celebrates a day in life of hipster east london, it definitely adds to the joy of listening to this song over and over again. i can't stop playing this track!
superfruit - worth it (perfect)
stemming from their popular vlog on youtube, pentatonix members mitch grassi & scott hoying have evolved their funny camaraderie into the musical offshoot superfruit that's now taking on a life of it's own with 2 ep's under their belt. the new release 'worth it (perfect)' brings young dancers kaycee rice and sage rosen switching gender roles and making it wonderfully normal. i couldn't stop smiling and hopefully it will bring you the same joy that this video brought me.
Friday, July 14, 2017
the script - rain
it looks like everyone is changing up their sound today! irish band the script have returned after 3 years with a danceable new number that has the spirit of a santana jam with speckles of ed sheeran/one direction throughout. the good news is that danny o'donoghue is still a wonderful songwriter and well... he's come up with an insta catchy number that you'll be singing all summer! nice one!
echosmith - goodbye
now that the band are a threesome (sibling jamie left for personal reasons), it sounds like echosmith are embracing alot more electronic instruments culminating in this lite disco jam that's kind of wonderful. 'goodbye' marks the first of new material since their debut 4 years back, so i'd say this is a very nice return!
tigertown - warriors
i first discovered sydney based tigertown last year with their insanely insta-catchy anthem 'lonely cities'. with a kind of joyous musicality and singalong chorus, it was an exciting kick start for this husband/wife core / with perspective family members in tow band. now the gang offer up their latest single "warriors" and it's equally brilliant! these guys are gonna be big yo, so get in with the love program!
want more? check out the awesome song that started it all for me!
tigertown - lonely cities
ghetto vanessa - yuh live nice
nothing like bopping your body to the jerky post-carribbean / dancehall / bass sounds of a german teenager based out of the dominican republic. background details aside, this is just a great jam that needs to be blasted out loud for the summer. it's a hoot and my choice for party anthem of the week!
Thursday, July 13, 2017
raphaella - turn around
love me a good stripped down jam these days! after guesting with the likes of gorgon city, mnek, rudimental and wilkinson, singer/songwriter raphaella has gone and released "turn around" as a solo artist. with this as an intro for most people, i can only imagine what else this talented young singer has in store for us!
Wednesday, July 12, 2017
vance joy - lay it on me
can't believe it's been 4 years since we were first introduced to vance joy via his now classic "riptide"! after a bit of a break, the singer songwriter has returned with this epic track (horns and all!) that kicks off an as yet untitled new album. with a video featuring the lovely angela sarafyan (hbo's westworld), press play to enjoy his wonderful return!
Monday, July 10, 2017
sigrid - plot twist
there's something wonderfully fierce about 20 year old norwegian singer/songwriter/pop gal sigrid. with just an EP to her name, there is already a solid 1/2 album of strong material that most newbies would kill to have under their belt. her latest single "plot twist" is all the more interesting with the mantra inducing shout-along "shots fired" as part of the chorus hook. easily one of my fave pop songs of the summer! want more? check out her glastonbury debut of her 1st single "don't kill my vibe" which is equally catchy and wonderful!
sigrid - don't kill my vibe (live @ glastonbury 2017)
Friday, July 07, 2017
dua lipa - new rules
you gotta give it up to director henry scholfield who's not only reworked the strength of a girl support system via clever dance/visuals but has also given dua lipa her best video yet. throw in yet another fun track by dua that's going to play all summer long and you've got the perfect mix of talents. nice one!
Friday, June 30, 2017
mura masa feat christine and the queens - second 2 none
after getting it's world premiere on annie mac, mura masa officially released his secret collaboration with the amazing christine and the queens today! in a stroke of genius, the styles of both artists manages to merge seamlessly on this track, easily making it our song of the week! it's SOOOO good people!
kideko - dum dum
if you can't go to mardi gras then bring mardi gras to you! kideko definitely has the right idea as he offers up a big simple fun brazil influenced party jam that just needs to be turnt up! happy weekend people!
Tuesday, June 27, 2017
kendrick lamar - element.
once again kendrick offers up striking visuals about the expectations surrounding what is needed in order to be as a 'black man' (through violence, as a collective, as a child). co-directed by the little homies and the amazing jonas lindstroem, these haunting visuals will stay with you for some time. what a strong video for an awesome song!
birdtalker - one
sometimes a song just finds you and you are just the better person because of it. birdtalker are a collective of musicians rooted with the coupling of zack & dani green, who've spent the past year honing their sound culminating with the release of their upcoming debut album. "one" does that perfect thing where it draws you in with a kickoff hum then opens your heart with it's sage lyrics. when dani comes in with her counter melody all feels break loose and well... life is just grand afterwards. sigh.
nick jonas feat anne-marie & mike posner - remember i told you
some days you just want a simple pop song that doesn't offend or push too many boundaries but still sounds pretty darn good to bop along to. looks like nick jonas has found the perfect ingredients for his latest entry into the summer jam arena. throw in a fun video where everyone looks like they're just being "goofy" and there you have it, not great, not bad, but JUST right!
Monday, June 26, 2017
highasakite - 5 million miles
you wouldn't know that highasakite was an actual indie band from the looks of this video. yes, lead singer ingrid helene havik is definitely a beauty but i've always known these guys as an group, so to see this heavily stylized fashion video is a bit of a letdown (as gorgeous as she looks). the good news is that the song still stands on it's own. since it's release back in april, '5 million miles' has been a steady favorite and easily one of my fave songs of the year. maybe close your eyes listening to this the 1st time around, the way i have been for the past two months?
Friday, June 23, 2017
rita ora - your song
ah! ed sheeran is really having a moment as a strong pop songwriter as he offers his magical touch by co-penning rita ora's latest track. after a very public spat with calvin harris who banned the use of all songs written for her last (unreleased) album, the singer took some time off music to develop her brand by hosting tv shows and start from scratch musically. this official 1st single is kind of wonderful in it's simplicity but grows on you after a few listens. welcome back!
haim - want you back
when you're haim why not make an LA street your personal catwalk? what i love about this video is that director jake schreier not only gives each sister a moment to walk on their own, but the simplicity of their 'choreography' is enough to showcase the intricacies of the song's arrangement. oh and it's a great pop song for the summer! happy friday people!
Thursday, June 22, 2017
tom walker - blessings
tom walker - just you and i (mahogany session)
with just the EP 'blessings' under his belt, this manchester singer/songwriter has slowly turned into one of my fave debut acts of the year. with his manly growl plus sensitive lyrics overflowing with youthful phrasing, tom is primed for big things in the coming year. check out the double bill of the EP title track (and best video to showcase a successful threesome poly relationship!) followed by one of my fave songs of the year 'just you and i'. sigh...
Wednesday, June 21, 2017
isaac gracie - all in my mind
isaac gracie - reverie
isaac gracie - last words
yeah... can you tell i'm a fan? around the beginning of 2016 i heard a diy track by an unsigned singer/songwriter named isaac gracie that easily made my year end list. simple yet vulnerable, turns out i wasn't the only one that was floored by the debut, isaac quickly got signed to a major and has since put out two glorious EPs capturing his wonderful vocals while adding some proper orchestration to back this young talent (he's only 21 people!). collected here kicks off his latest single 'all in my mind', then moves into one of my fave songs of the year 'reverie' and then the track that started it all 'last words'. so yeah... we heart isaac gracie SO MUCH!!!
shawn mendes - there's nothing holdin' me back
took them long enough to make an official video for shawn mendes pop smash. part of the deluxe edition of his album 'illuminate', this song just stands the test of time as it still brings a wonderful amount of joy after two months of release. one of my contenders of the song of summer 2017 if you ask me!
Saturday, June 17, 2017
jax jones feat demi lovato & stefflon don - instruction
working with the prolific mnek this is one of those sassy summer jams that you will have no problem bopping your head to in the coming days. interesting to see demi lovato really embracing the dance community with her collabs these days (perhaps a peek into a new album?). it's silly, it's fun, we kind of love it!
little mix feat stormzy - power
how did i miss the release of this video two weeks back? my fave girl group offer up a track that comes across as a hot mess, but weirdly in the hands of little mix, is kind of fun. throw in the most colorful unicorn explosion of a video (drag queens, biker chicks, moms!) and you've got one of the guilty pleasures around.
Thursday, June 08, 2017
sia - free me
premiering her new song as a charity single for the #endhiv organization, sia gets zoe saldana to showcase her dance background with narration by julianne moore. worth a watch and listen, then donate to the cause to find a safe federally approved vaccine to end hiv once and for all.
fifth harmony feat gucci mane - down
i gotta say that the big brand new reboot of fifth harmony as a quintet is kind of underwhelming. releasing a 'work from home' lite when they should be coming out guns blazing in an en vogue 'free your mind' kind of anthem. hopefully the new material will be better than this perfectly find easily forgettable jam.
Monday, June 05, 2017
bastille - glory
honestly just play this brilliant road trip video between bastille lead singer dan smith and model may daniels. it's the ultimate cute experience to the point where you kind of want to see this couple in a movie based on this road trip! directed by daniel brereton it is easily our video of the week!