Thursday, December 07, 2017
back in the 90's dj / producer shinichi osawa broke international ground by creating his acid jazz/neo soul side project mondo grosso. featuring a rotating group of vocalists that not only sang in their original japanese language, but the band was also part of the world music scene where listeners didn't let the language barrier stop their appreciation of mondo grosso's amazing music. fast forward 14 years later and osawa has brought back the group, this time expanding the dance sounds to include house, electronica and other genres. once again working with various singers, check out two tracks filtered through the genius that is shinichi osawa. welcome back mondo grosso!!
mondo grosso feat hikari mitsushima - labyrinth
winner of mtv japan's dance video of the year!
mondo grosso feat ua - spring awakens eternally
Wednesday, December 06, 2017
sigrid - strangers
oh yeah! scandi pop gal sigrid gives us this insta-electro pop jam that just grabs you from the very first note onwards. throw in some bittersweet lyrics and you've got a very robyn-lite number on your hands. continually proving why she's been one of this years best new artists, press play on your pop obsession of the day!
sufjan stevens - tonya harding
obsessed with the fallen figure skater since the 90's, sufjan finally finished his ode to tonya harding. unfortunately it didn't fit into the upcoming i,tonya movie, so he's decided to release it on it's own as a parallel celebration of this woman. you'll be touched. go see the magnificent film this weekend too!
Thursday, November 30, 2017
Wednesday, November 29, 2017
sam smith - one last song
ah sam smith offers up "one last song" as his latest single which seems to fit perfectly in the winter days with a hint of retro soul in the process. it's a perfectly fine tune, not pushing any boundaries and in the wheelhouse of previous hits. i'll probably be singing along to this incessantly then...
want more? sam smith's much better song, "palace" is the official theme song for the holiday iphone x ads:
Saturday, November 25, 2017
there's just a wealth of wonderful new songs coming out at the moment and though you can see them added to my carmix2017 on a weekly basis (which you can follow on spotify) or through the facebook page, i figured i'd do a playlist to showcase 15 of my fave new songs that have come out the past few weeks. feel free to have this playlist play in your background cause it's really a nice mix!
the songs are:
pussy riot - police state
rae morris - atletico
jack vallier - rebekah
brandi carlile - the joke
rosie carney - winter
patrick watson - broken
lauv - paris in the rain
sir rosevelt - something 'bout you
kamille - give more
sampa the great feat nicole gumbe - black girl magik
jadu heart & mura masa - u never call me
sigrid - strangers
ruthven - evil
george fitzgerald - burns
icarus - no sleep
Friday, November 24, 2017
lauv - paris in the rain
ari staprans leff (aka lauv) has been penning introspective love songs with an electronic/r&b/jazzy edge since he was 14. but this year has been a big turning point with songs he's written for other artists charting (charli xcx 'boys', cheat codes / demi lovato 'no promises), plus he's getting much love with his own work gaining popularity around the world. i'm highly obsessed with his latest quiet swagger filled single as it's been on repeat for a good week already! turn this up and fall in love yo!
brandi carlile - the joke (live from studio a)
at some point in this performance, brandi is almost inhabited by something bigger than herself and transforms into a goddess. it's truly transcendental and it's a real honor to see it captured live like that (no wonder her upcoming tour is sold out already!) as the 1st single from her upcoming album 'by the way, i forgive you', it feels like the singer/songwriter is going for larger sounds and it suits her perfectly. can't wait to hear the rest of the album! goosebumps people!!!
p!nk - beautiful trauma
i LOVE it when p!nk dances in her videos, but i REALLY LOVE it when p!nk dances to the goldenboyz (aka nick florez & rj durell) (like in the video for try). this time roping in the wonderful channing tatum, the duo go through some fun twisted kinky couple stuff all the while dancing circles to the fun choreo. paired to one of my already fave songs of the year and you have the perfect combination. LOVE THIS!!!
Wednesday, November 22, 2017
sia - santa's coming for us
with 10 new xmas songs to get us in the festive spirit, sia kicks off her 'everyday is christmas' album with this jolly 1st single and celeb-studded affair featuring kristen bell, her husband dax shepard, j.b. smooth (curb your enthusiasm) as santa, henry winkler & susan lucci as the parents, plus sophia lillis (it), wyatt oleff (it), and caleb mclaughlin (stranger things) as the children. don't fight it people... xmas is around the corner!
Thursday, November 09, 2017
bastille - world gone mad (ost: bright)
i mean even bloody bastille lead singer dan smith is a cutey patootie! as the 1st official soundtrack release from the upcoming will smith / joel edgerton film 'bright', bastille kicks off an exciting collection that features new material from logic, rag n bone man, camila cabello, portugal the man, alt-j and even sam hunt. this is a nice orchestral epic number from the guys!
ed sheeran - perfect
i have to be honest, i was not a fan of this song when i first heard it. to me it felt like a 'thinking out loud' knockoff with even more twee lyrics. but you gotta give it up to director jason koenig who manages to take the cheese out and instead gives us a sweet video that shines even brighter with actress zoey deutch as the love interest. ski cabin bookings will go through the roof after watching this video!
fuse odg feat ed sheeran & mugeez - boa me
released on the same day comes this afro-beat jam by fuse odg with our boy ed giving a wonderful hook to the proceedings. it's a fun catchy song that will do wonders for the scene! love it!!
p!nk - barbies (live @ cma awards)
[please wait the 30 sec for the ads to play out to watch the performance... or click on this link]
i mean... no need for any explanation here. p!nk is easily one of the best live acts around. why she's singing at the cma awards is beyond me, but hey, she does this ballad proud. sooooo good!
Thursday, November 02, 2017
lucy rose - end up here
recorded during the sessions of her current album 'something's changing', singer/songwriter lucy rose has offered this brand new song that's just lush! totally acoustic, the sparse song allows us to really enjoy lucy's beautiful vocals that has charmed her fans worldwide. what a joy to get this tune today!
want more? check out a live recording of album track 'moirai' that has been playing on repeat since this summer (easily one of my fave songs of the year!)
lucy rose - moirai
Wednesday, November 01, 2017
n.e.r.d. & rihanna - lemon
when rihanna asks to shear your head, you not only say 'hell yea' but you do the coolest freestyle dance to it too! part of pharrell's 'the baes' dance squad, the gorgeous mette towley becomes an instant star as she boogie downs to the return of n.e.r.d. and kicks off the lemon tutorial by freeing herself getting her locks cut. gosh i can watch this over and over again!
bishop briggs - dream
one of the stronger new vocalists around these days, bishop briggs offers up this lush hopeful song that swoops into largeness while completely vulnerable at the same time. basically it's kind of perfect! if this is an example of the work she's putting into her debut album, i cannot wait to hear more. so good!
sza - supermodel
the acoustic loop playing below sza freestyle vocals is easily one of the highlights of her acclaimed debut album 'ctrl'. when the drums kick in at the end it's like we are officially in total celebration of her thoughts and it's kind of genius. no wonder people have been buzzing about this talented voice for the past year. i'm a late-comer but damn i sure enjoy the discovery!
Saturday, October 28, 2017
clean bandit feat julia michaels - i miss you
yeah clean bandit have once again tapped into their hitmaking well and come up with this chilled out super catchy number with songwriter julia michaels on lovely vocals. throw in a cool video (directed by the band), this is another popular jam that you'll be singing along to for the next few months. nice one!
Friday, October 27, 2017
cam - diane
what i've always loved about singer/songwriter cam is that you can hear the wide variety of influences in her music that definitely allows her to straddle various genres and not JUST 'country music'. with 'diane', you can just hear her love of joyous harmonies that made fleetwood mac and indigo girls such favorite singalong bands. what a wonderful song for your weekend (even though it's about a philanderer!)
taylor swift - ready for it?
there's something missing from the music that taylor swift has put out ahead of her new album 'reputation'. it's like she's making music that 'should' be populist but lacks the soul that used to set her apart as a singer/songwriter that could make great pop songs along the way. the end result just seems immature and soulless. at least they spent a crapload of money and joseph kahn made her look amazing.
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!
[UPDATE: here is part 2 of the series]
paloma faith - guilty
Wednesday, October 25, 2017
what's kind of amazing about the 22 year old kehlani is that she pretty much showed up like a full fledged boss artist with a look and sound that doesn't give off any whiff of newbie/one to watch status. the problem is that her songs so far haven't even come close to that presentation, which is probably why alot of people still haven't discovered this young talent yet. hopefully these two new releases will kick up her recognition factor. first up buzz track 'touch' is an electro-fied pop number that is catchy as! we back that up with the latest single off calvin harris' 'funk wave bounces vol 1' (and an album highlight) with kehlani as the main vocalist. you get the idea of her talents here and hopefully in the coming year we will be hearing ALOT of big things from this girl.
[10/25 UPDATE: video premiere of FAKING IT below]
calvin harris feat kehlani & lil yachty - faking it
check out this other song from kehlani that is just acoustic lovely!
kehlani - honey
camila cabello feat young thug - havana
there's alot to celebrate in camila's 6 mins long video directed by dave meyers, beginning with telenovelas to the sultry appreciation of her cuban heritage to the mantra of choosing your own destiny (bye 5th harmony) to the final words of dedication to the dreamers (aka DACA); basically it's alot and it wonderfully works. there's no question of the young girls talent and potential in the music world, this song is proof that there's ALOT more up her sleeve.
Friday, October 20, 2017
rita ora - anywhere
co-written by andrew watt (camilla cabello's "havana", kygo & selena gomez's "it ain't me") rita's new single is definitely pure pop with a twist of dance thrown in. totally catchy (i mean the build up to the chorus is literally a group singalong) and dreamy at the same time, i know what i'll be playing on a loop this weekend!
Tuesday, October 17, 2017
mgmt - little dark age
omg after 4 years of going off grid, andrew vanwyngarden & ben goldwasser (aka mgmt) have returned with this retro electro nu-wave jam that is the title track to their upcoming album of the same name. whether this is the direction of the whole album remains to be heard but damn this song is wackadoo awesome! welcome back!!
Monday, October 16, 2017
tom walker - leave a light on
we've been fans of tom since the summer and have been waiting for a new material to follow up to his wonderful EP 'blessings'. though there was a single co-produced by naughty boy (meh song GREAT video), i'm glad to say that 'leave a light on' is just the kind of release worthy of this talented singer/songwriter. produced by super producer steve mac (p!nk, ed sheeran etc), tom calls this one of the most honest songs he's ever written. love it! love tom!
Friday, October 13, 2017
jessie j - not my ex
there are two jessie j's out there, one that is super self aware of her talents and looks and therefore an artist that feels like she's trying way too hard. then every now and then, you get to see the jessie j that's raw and open and trying to tap into her honesty. with the release of her new single 'not my ex' there are more glimpses of the latter here that i haven't seen in awhile. when it works it's kind of chill inducing and i got me some chills watching this. please stay in this lane ms jessie!
sufjan stevens - wallowa lake monster
taken off his upcoming 'the greatest gift mixtape', this is a track that was never used for sufjan's last album 'carrie & lowell'. now it's part of 4 unreleased songs mixed in with demos and alternate versions of those sessions. it's a beautiful heartbreaking story of sufjan and his mother and i'm so happy that he's shared it with his fans. SO good!
Thursday, October 12, 2017
WONGIE SONG OF THE WEEK: major lazer & dj maphorisa ft nasty c, ice prince, patoranking & jidenna - particula
major lazer & dj maphorisa ft nasty c, ice prince, patoranking & jidenna - particula
there's something really magical about the world that particula inhabits. filled with retro filters and african vibes, the party culminates into this awesome disco where south african artists like nasty c & dj maphorisa can jam with nigerian acts like ice prince, patoranking & jidenna (ok he's nigerian american ;) of course this makes sense when major lazer are involved! love this song! love the vibe! song of the week!
hurts - chaperone
what a surprise! hurts have released this bare-boned love song that is simple and kind of fantastic (and VERY different from their usual dramatic pop). taken off their new album 'desire' i've already played this song a few times since the 1st play! nice one!
jessie ware - alone
as the 3rd single from her upcoming album 'glasshouse', this ballad just feels like the perfect closing credits to a rom-com/feel good movie! between the retro 80's jam, spanish styled pop and now this, i'm VERY curious about the different sounds the upcoming album will produce. so far... so good!
Monday, October 09, 2017
kimbra - everybody knows
new zealand indie pop diva kimbra returns after a 4 year break and the result is a wonderful track that keeps on adding sonic layers, ending in a big cool fuzzy guitar jam by the end. hopefully this is an example of the kind of energy to expect from the upcoming album!
Friday, October 06, 2017
sam smith - pray
giving his fans the closing song of his upcoming album 'the thrill of it all', the lyrics to 'pray' seem to channel the current state of mind culminating with the rousing lyrics of 'everyone prays in the end'. it's a admirable sentiment helped by the producing skills of timbaland (who knew he could do a gospel ballad like this?)
Thursday, October 05, 2017
jacob banks - unknown (to you)
my fave baritone of the moment keeps on putting out beautifully emotional tracks (which are better experienced live if you ever get the chance) leading up to his debut album coming out next spring. 'unknown' is in fact a track that was released two years ago via his EP 'the paradox', but over the years of performing the song, jacob has found a new connection with it's sentiments and wanted to share it with his fans. the end result is just gorgeous. LOVE THIS GUY!
Tuesday, October 03, 2017
maren morris & vince gill - dear hate
with all proceeds going to the music city cares fund to help victims of las vegas, maren morris has released the perfect song that she wrote 3 years ago, but never felt it was the right time to release it...until now. press play, feel that love is gonna conquer all.
Monday, October 02, 2017
haim - little of your love
after getting a full-on 14 mins live performance love-fest from director paul thomas anderson, it looks like the appreciation continues with haim's latest celebratory, dance filled video! once again the haim sisters offer up a fun clap along anthem that's easily been an album fave. two stepping never looked so joyous!
muna - in my way
watching the lovely trio of katie gavin, josette maskin & naomi mcpherson (aka muna) celebrate their friendship in an honest loving way is the best visual accompaniment to their equally sweet gem of a song. there's always been something perfectly john hughes retro soundtrack to their sound but with a cool modern queer twist thrown in. love these ladies!
Saturday, September 30, 2017
armand van helden vs butter rush - i need a painkiller
sometimes all you need are old skool house chords and a simple vocal hook to make a song your dance song of the weekend. armand van helden returns with this insta jam that you'll probably hate by the end of next week cause you've played it too much. but for now turn it up!!!
little dragon feat faith evans - peace of mind
originally an unreleased track from their album 'season high' the swedish quartet couldn't let go of this track and asked the esteemed raphael saadiq to add some producer magic on it. he suggested faith evans as a co-vocalist and the rest is this airy soulful magic track that you hear right before you. little dragon have consistently put out amazing future soul this year and this caps off their incredible year perfectly!
Friday, September 29, 2017
j balvin, willy william feat beyonce - mi gente
like this song couldn't get any bigger! the queen bey added her own lyrics/verse to the worldwide smash and is offering all proceeds of this song to relief efforts helping mexico and puerto rico. turn this the F up!!!
Tuesday, September 26, 2017
haim - valentine (dir: paul thomas anderson)
capturing three performances live to tape, director paul thomas anderson offers us a wonderful look at the haim sisters doing what they do best. somehow these songs sound even better than their studio recordings and gives us new appreciation of their songwriting talents. enjoy "right now", "something to tell you" & "nothing's wrong"!
Saturday, September 23, 2017
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!