Monday, July 27, 2015
florence and the machine - queen of peace / long and lost
directed by vincent haycock, this back to back video brings our vocal heroine to the cliffs of scotland for a wonderfully dramatic music piece. officially the 3rd single off her 'how big, how blue, how beautiful' album, this is easily a good listen to two sides of a very dynamic album. we are fans, can't you tell?
for those who can't see the video above, you can try this link or this one.
WONGIE DANCE POP SONG(s) OF THE WEEK: robin schulz feat ilsey - headlights / feat francesco yates - sugar
robin schulz feat ilsey - headlights
there's something weirdly soothing about german dj robin schulz' chill dance euro hit "headlights". it's been on constant repeat over here and watching the way the song is spreading into a worldwide hit, i can see that i'm not the only one. totally obsessed!
want more? check out robin's latest single below:
robin schultz feat francesco yates - sugar
working with canadian singer/songwriter francesco yates, robin's latest single will no doubt have the same impact as previous efforts, but lemme still fawn over the last single will ya?
galantis - peanut butter jelly
the seafox mascot returns to wreck some boogie havoc with yet another instantly catchy dance/disco number for the masses. with the swedish duo christian karlsson (miike snow) and linus eklow (dj style of eye) releasing a full length debut under their side project moniker 'galantis', this will be a busy year for these guys. just lovingly wackadoo to make it quirky fun, this will be yet another big hit for these guys!
didn't hear the dance smash that is "runaway (u&i)"? check it out below:
galantis - runaway (u&i)
disclosure feat sam smith - omen
part 2 of the upcoming album 'caracal' video series by director ryan hope, this time the soundtrack is supplied with the vocal return of sam smith. will it have the same worldwide effect of their previous collab 'latch' ?
nothing but thieves - trip switch
what an instantly catchy single from the UK indie rock band nothing but thieves! sure, there are hooks galore that you've heard before (it's a little bit of muse meets alt-j), but this five piece definitely has a big hit on their hands and you can't fault them for that. on my radar!
Saturday, July 25, 2015
frank turner - the next storm
cult folk punk singer songwriter frank turner returns with a brand new album 'positive songs for negative people' and an equally inspiring anthem in the form of the albums' first single 'the next storm'. though his brand of empowering power singalongs isn't for everyone, the man is definitely one of my guilty pleasures.
vance joy - fire and the flood
part of the deluxe re-release of his debut album 'dream your life away', vance joy's new track definitely has more epic intentions than the simplicity of his first batch of songs that we all grew to love.
Friday, July 24, 2015
ciara - dance like we're making love
ciara hasn't been on my radar for awhile, but this new mid-tempo number (with it's borderline NSFW video) is generating some serious heat and deserves a shout out. the woman looks AMAZING and the song is pretty catchy fun too. happy sexy friday people!
major lazer feat ellie goulding & tarrus riley - powerful
another day another buzzy release from the major lazer camp. this time it's the premiere of their album favorite 'powerful' which brings together jamaican artist tarrus riley with ellie goulding on this power ballad with a major lazer twist. love this song!
janet jackson feat j. cole - no sleeep
this is what we call a slow burn. it's taken me a looong while to appreciate the jam that janet has produced for her return. perhaps it's the smart visuals thanks to director dave meyers or it's the newly added j.cole rap that has really given the track some depth. either way, janet is back and it's made me a happy camper!
c duncan - garden
this is some wonderful psychedelica from the classically trained scotsman chris duncan (aka c duncan). buzzed among the uk blogs for a few months, 'c-dunc' (ok only I am calling him this) is crafting some beautifully layered, borderline choral, electronica with a folk/trippy bent and it's all collected in his debut album 'architect'. definitely nerding out to this all weekend, you should too!!
beirut - no no no
though the album doesn't come out until early september, beirut has given his die hard fans a glimpse with the title track and its accompanying fun increasingly twisted video by brother willis. though it doesn't break new ground, it's still such fun to listen to zach condon and his band of merry men bring back his distinctive sound for the masses!
chvrches - leave a trace
continuing to release songs for fictitious 80's movie soundtracks, it's the welcome return of chvrches! setting up the release for their 2nd album 'every open eye', this is definitely your perfect late summer jam!
Thursday, July 23, 2015
jamie lawson - wasn't expecting that
the surprise 4 year old ballad that's found new legs since ed sheeran signed the uk singer/songwriter jamie lawson to his new imprint gingerbread records. the folkster is having a bit of a moment as he's gearing up for his major label debut featuring tracks from his previous catalog (like this gem) and also new material. with the current single 'wasn't expecting that' already charting in ireland, new zealand and australia's top 10, very soon world domination will be at hand. trust me, this'll be huge!
wanna see jamie's label boss ed cover his track? check it out below:
ed sheeran - wasn't expecting that (jamie lawson cover)
the internet feat kaytranada - girl
this song is bringing back the soul jazz movement of the 90's in a big way! with members of odd future and seasoned musicians, the internet's new single is also one of the sexiest soul numbers dedicated to girl love that i've heard in ages. turn down the lights cause this is baby making music yo!!
romans - uh huh
already working with the likes of naughty boy, mary j blige, john legend and alunageorge, sam romans is ready for his own closeup. with the single debut of 'uh-huh', the singer/songwriter sets up a pretty good debut for himself. definitely on my repeat list, this is an act to keep an out for in the coming months!
george ezra - barcelona
simple and sweet, george ezra brings us single number 6 (!!) from his debut album 'wanted on voyage'
Wednesday, July 22, 2015
melé - ambience
celebrating the tribal house sounds of the 90's, just turn this the F up and just dance to those drums! awesome!!!
calvin harris & disciples feat ina wroldsen - how deep is your love
nothing like a classy dance track to make the summer soundtrack for july! co-written by ina wroldsen and disciples with calvin harris on production duties, this is going to be huge! just lovely!
tazer x tink - wet dollars
collaborating with female mc (and timbaland protege) tink, uk producer tazer has unleashed this 90's house jam that just needs to be blasted all summer long. it's a serious jam that is on repeat!! love this!
want to dance even more? check out this AWESOME remix by redlight:
tazer x tink - wet dollars (redlight remix)
TURN THIS UP!!!!!!
Tuesday, July 21, 2015
redlight feat prodigy of mobb deep - lion jungle
yeah we are celebrating more of the late night deep groove that redlight proposes (cause the song itself needs some proper verses yo!)
major lazer feat MØ - lost (frank ocean cover)
covering frank ocean's now classic track 'lost' from his 'channel orange' album, major lazer are gearing up for another (!!) new album called 'music is the weapon' due for release later this year. of course they still have a few singles left from their current album, so it'll just be a major lazer cluster F in the coming months. not complaining!
seinabo sey - pretend
sometimes you gotta just get together with your bestee and dance! celebrating the joy of friendship, swedish artist seinabo sey also launches into her new EP 'for maudo' that houses this wonderful BFF jam!
Wednesday, July 15, 2015
lana del rey - honeymoon
teasing new material from her new album with this new song, it looks like lana del rey is exploring lush melancholia in the way that only she can. not an easy song to appreciate instantly, it still has a haunting quality that asks for repeat listens.
Friday, July 03, 2015
getting serious buzz this week as part of zane lowe's first ever beats 1 playlist on apple music AND featured in the viral dance video choreographed by so you think you can dance alum phillip chbeeb, bedroom electronic soul singer/songwriter elliot moss is having a very important week. with his debut album set for september, this 21 year old looks set to offer up the soundtrack for introspective music lovers in the coming months. we are curious for sure!
elliot moss - slip (phillip chbeeb & renee kester dance video)
oh the dancing here is just beautiful! no wonder it's racked up 12 million views on facebook alone!
elliot moss - best light
definitely more upbeat than "slip" (it even switches it's bpms midway!) check out elliot's new house music inspired single!
elliot moss - slip (hippie sabotage remix)
giving this song some swagger, check out hippie sabotage's sexy take on this chill anthem!
Thursday, July 02, 2015
alessia cara - here
discovered via her youtube channel, toronto based singer/songwriter alessia is getting some serious buzz with her wallflower anthem "here" where she is seemingly vocal freestyling over the classic isaac hayes 'ike's rap II'. signed just a year ago to def jam, this is a very auspicious start for the young talent. radar alert!
shura - white light
edited down from the original 6 mins version, shura's latest single is a celebration of all things 80's synth pop (with guitar riffs and everything!) which in my book is never a bad thing!
rihanna - bitch better have my money (explicit)
directed by riri herself, there is some serious R rated visuals here that will surprise you (is it misogynist if it's done by a woman?). then again the song is called 'bitch better have my money' so one kind of expects this kind of extreme video.
Wednesday, July 01, 2015
disclosure feat gregory porter - holding on
[UPDATED] we brought you this track late may and now the disclosure boys officially launch their new album 'caracal' with the first of the series of videos directed by ryan hope. can't wait to see the rest of this mini movie!
[THIS IS WHAT WE WROTE BACK IN MAY]
i mean... this is all sorts of awesome!! the return of disclosure also introduces the husky voice of jazz singer gregory porter to the masses. nothing wrong here!!
kendrick lamar - alright
the magic of rapper kendrick lamar is that he can be at once political and poetic under the guise of popular music culture. though the pharrell produced jazzy number is uplifting, the lyrics tell a totally different story about black america propelled even further with this amazing video by colin lilley. just powerful stuff here.
pharrell williams - freedom
after world premiering the song at glastonbury over the weekend, pharrell went on to give apple music the exclusive for his dynamic new single 'freedom'. it's instantly sing alongable which also means you'll probably be hating this song in a few weeks time. until now, lets all sing for our freedom!
pharrell williams - freedom (live @ glastonbury)
with less than a month away, the new john green screen adaptation, paper towns, is slowly rolling out tracks from their indie pop skewing soundtrack. with new tracks from galantis, sam bruno, vance joy, grouplove and santigold, mixed with recent faves from haim and vampire weekend, it's a pretty fine collection to soundtrack your inner teen moments this summer. now go and find yourself a life adventure with a twist of romance and mystery will ya!
sam bruno - search party
even without the paper towns connection, this is a seriously perfect indie pop gem that deserves to be a massive hit. singer/songwriter sam bruno has already lent her vocals on dance tracks by gta and bisbetic, plus had a hand in co-writing kanye west's "the one". hopefully this will propel her into the mainstream spotlight cause the song is just wonderful!
santigold - radio
throwing her catchy hooks into the mix, santigold comes up with one of the most radio friendly tracks of her career (heck, it's even called radio!)
vance joy - great summer
aussie singer songwriter vance joy offers up a wistful post summer number to feel sentimental to. yaay!
grouplove - no drama queen
been a fan of these guys from the beginning and as usual they release a solid number that you can sing along to instantly.
Monday, June 29, 2015
jack u (aka skrillex & diplo) feat justin bieber - where are u now
initially a reluctant single from the justin bieber camp, this song has taken a life of it's own since the jack u album came out back in february and now 4 months later, here is the official video release of the word of mouth smash. sadly seeing justin bieber still makes me dislike him, but thank goodness the song is still SO good!
son lux - you don't know me
starring my favorite orphan black clone, tatiana maslany (and also noah segan), the ever captivating actress channels the melancholic loneliness in a relationship, all the while really being a cult priestess on in the inside! oh and the song fits the image too!
Friday, June 26, 2015
flo rida feat robin thicke & verdine white - i don't like, i love it
the utter simplicity and repetition of the chorus is like crack. you will bop along to this song until you want to stomp on it by the end of the summer. wasn't that another song robin thicke was involved in?
Thursday, June 25, 2015
chet faker - bend
originally a track from his last album 'built on glass' but pulled last minute, aussie soul man chet faker officially releases his latest single for his fans. hopefully this is an indication that new material is right around the corner!
Wednesday, June 24, 2015
miguel - coffee
i should have been praising this song last week, but better late than never right? definitely the sexiest song out at the moment! thank you miguel!!
andra day - forever mine
oh that timeless soulful voice! newcomer andra day sounds like a blast from the past, but she is fully entrenched in the now garnering fans as diverse as stevie wonder to spike lee (who directed this video) by offering her takes on current hits via her youtube channel. with her debut album 'forever mine' due for release, check out her current single "forever mine" (and DEFINITELY that crazy note she slides into at the 3'15" mark) and you'll understand why this soul gal is seriously on our radar.
lianne la havas - what you don't do
this is just joy! lianne la havas has offered up one of the most commercial friendly soul songs of her career and it's just full of pure smiles. the album 'blood' is shaping up to be an interesting release and this awesome track proves that the UK chanteuse is definitely one of the best soul gals around!
with their debut album 'communion' coming out in two weeks, years & years are posting a bunch of album tracks for their fans to chew on. check out the dramatic balladry of 'foundation' then click on the mid-tempo dance number 'worship' (which can definitely turn into a single if given a bit of a meatier tweak). love these boys and so should you!!!
years & years - foundation
years & years - worship
Tuesday, June 23, 2015
foxes - body talk
[UPDATED WITH VIDEO PREMIERE!] channelling some serious 80's synth fabulousness, louisa rose allen (aka foxes) returns with this new gem that captures some of that stevie nicks fairy dust essence (and that's always a good thing). nice one!
robyn & la bagatelle magique feat maluca - love is free
working with the late producer/dj christian falk and her tour keyboardist markus jägerstedt, robyn has created an interesting celebration of dance beats, vocals and jams that'll give your summer mix a perfect boogie down. turn this up and get ready to shake that booty!
rudimental feat anne marie & will heard - rumour mill
so nice to see rudimental working with up and coming UK young soul voices for their latest single 'rumour mill'. taking out their usual drum n bass beats for a low key house groove, this is definitely a fun cool number that lasts into the late night. just wonderful!
janet jackson - no sleep
after a 7 year break, comes the much anticipated, surprisingly low key, return of janet jackson. working with jimmy jam and terry lewis, hopefully this is a subtle foray back into 'ms jackson if your nasty' land, cause this track leaves me definitely wanting much more.
Sunday, June 21, 2015
madonna vs taylor swift - bitch i'm madonna / bad blood
taiwan dj andy wu musicland goes and mashes up madge and taylor's current hits to become your viral buzz track of the weekend
Wednesday, June 17, 2015
madonna feat nicki minaj - bitch i'm madonna
here is the video premiere of the taylor...i mean, madonna video with all her celeb friends
Thursday, June 11, 2015
lucy rose - like an arrow
uk singer/songwriter lucy rose continues her sweet folksie pop journey with the 2nd single off her upcoming album 'work it out'. like a lovely evening summer breeze this one!
kacey musgraves - biscuits
pretty much a sequel to her smash hit 'follow your arrow', country singer/songwriter kacey musgraves once again gives her fans something catchy and cheeky to sing about. throw in a kooky colorful old skool hee haw of a video and you got our fave country song this week!
prince royce feat jennifer lopez & pitbull - back it up
bringing on his bronx buddy jlo into the mix, this is pretty much a straight up happy go lucky summer jam that sets out to bring a nice bop to your step. looks like prince royce has a big crossover hit on his hands!
Wednesday, June 10, 2015
sage the gemini feat nick jonas - good thing
the song is fine until the chorus hits and WHAM you're instantly hooked. who knew that the oakland rapper and soul pop singer would make such a good collaboration together!