Sunday, April 26, 2015
beyonce - blow (country club martini crew acoustic mix)
with just a guitar, the acoustic remix of blow by country club martini crew is all sorts of awesome!
conor maynard - royalty
i have to be honest here, as much as i'm a fan of conor maynard, i much prefer his previous single 'talking about' than this jazzy pop number. hopefully there are better songs in the upcoming album to choose from.
conor maynard - royalty (live @ red bull music)
actually this stripped down version is MUCH better. they really should do a remix with a more ragtime arrangement.
jessie j - flashlight (OST pitch perfect 2)
illuminating the barden university campus from the film pitch perfect, jessie j offers up the kind of power balladry that she is known for. it feels a tad dated to my tastes, BUT the video does feature scenes from the upcoming PP2 and i simply cannot wait for it to happen!!
Saturday, April 25, 2015
loreen - paper light (revisited)
we've been fans of swedish singer loreen ever since her eurovision win back in 2012. though she still remains a star back in the EU zones, intl success seems to have eluded her. to be honest, it doesn't matter since the woman continues to put out interesting signature releases that places loreen in her own category. with a new single just out, the label competes with itself by putting out this 'revisited' version by salvatore ganacci and it's pretty damn hot! definitely on repeat!
btw, there is nothing wrong with the original single. it's a wonderful slice of smart pop, which is what we love from our loreen. check it out below:
loreen - paper light (higher)
Friday, April 24, 2015
lunchmoney lewis - bills
the song is a worldwide smash and you should be bopping along to it, like yesterday, only cause you will hate this song in a months time. the florida based rapper will hopefully figure out a way to rise above the success of this song cause if not, the words one hit wonder will be etched pretty quickly here. just sayin...
the chemical brothers - sometime i feel so deserted
besides their contribution to the hunger games soundtrack last year, it's been almost 5 years since the chems have put out new material. with their album 'born in the echoes' coming out in july, this first single shows us the brothers still know how to work it out. definitely hypnotic, i can't wait to hear more in the coming months!!
major lazer feat ellie goulding and tarrus riley - powerful
the next official single from the upcoming major lazer album features ellie goulding and jamaican artist tarrus riley on vocals. a bit of a departure from their heavy dance sound, this is almost a power ballad (it's still major lazer, so not quite). definitely offering a diverse bunch of tracks, the new album is shaping up to be pretty darn interesting.
Thursday, April 23, 2015
sia - fire meets gasoline (heidi klum intimates)
used as the official music for heidi klum's latest campaign for her intimates collection, the ad also ropes in ex-game of thrones hottie pedro pascal as her feiry partner in crime. the ad makes no sense, but heidi and pedro look great and really that's all we can ask for.
Wednesday, April 22, 2015
jason derulo - want to want me
um i think this is the song of the summer... i've said it. too catchy for it's own good! i'll probably hate it in a few weeks, but for now it just brings a smile to my face and a boogie in my step!
Tuesday, April 21, 2015
lianne la havas - unstoppable
it's been three years since we've heard new material from the gorgeous UK soulstress lianne la havas, and that wait has produced this lush large single for us fans! with an almost freestyle structure, this gives us a preview of her upcoming album 'blood' produced by the grammy winning paul epworth. from what i've heard, this makes me very excited!
adam lambert - ghost town
it's the return of adam lambert in the form of a strong dance pop number produced by max martin / shellback that is destined to be a hit. my only issue with the song is their need to add that dub bass which i find unnecessary since the song could do with some subtler cooler groove. this probably means the remixes are right around the corner, but for now this sets up what could be a big big year for adam!
Sunday, April 19, 2015
NOW THAT'S WHAT I CALL LIVE: rhodes - blank space (taylor swift cover) (live @ bbc radio 1 piano sessions)
rhodes - blank space (taylor swift cover) (live @ bbc radio 1 piano sessions)
uk singer/songwriter david rhodes (aka rhodes) goes on bbc radio 1 and gives a seriously yearning cover of taylor swifts hit smash and turns the whole spirit of the song into something quite lonely and desperate. we are definite fans and will post more of him in the coming days, but for now, enjoy this beautiful gem.
Friday, April 17, 2015
erik hassle - no words
this is easily the most pop friendly release by swedish singer erik hassle and hopefully it'll bring more fans to the soulful singer/songwriter and a longtime wongie favorite.
rac feat alex ebert - tear you down
channelling some serious old skool talking heads, this album favorite from RAC that features edward sharpe and the magnetic zero's alex ebert FINALLY gets an official release. actually it's kind of perfect with spring in the air, this is exactly the kind of light fun boogie that'll kick your winter blues away!
Thursday, April 16, 2015
x ambassadors - renegades
music is a funny thing cause sometimes it just takes a few bars from a commercial to draw you in and keep you captivated for the duration of the ad; such is the case of the jeep ad using the music of ny based band x ambassadors. with their singalong chorus and simple song structure (throw in some fancy layering behind it all), "renegades" is set to be a big hit for the band who're currently working on their upcoming major label album.
wanna see the ad that grabbed my attention?
2015 jeep renegade ad
Tuesday, April 14, 2015
janelle monae & jidenna - yoga
[UPDATE] janelle monae owns this new track that makes yoga super sexy and empowering. no wonder we love her so!
THIS IS WHAT I WROTE TWO WEEKS BACK:
taken from janelle monae's new imprint wonderland records, this cheeky trap number also introduces her first signing jidenna. it's hella fun and i can't wait to see the video!!
florence + the machine - ship to wreck
[UPDATE: now with video premiere!] the second official single from her upcoming 'how big, how blue, how beautiful' album is a brighter jam than her previous releases, the irony is that the lyrics are about self sabotage.
mumford & sons - the wolf
[UPDATE] now with a live performance video which makes this song more bearable. i guess this album needs to be heard live instead of the studio version.
THIS IS WHAT I WROTE LAST WEEK:
so the song isn't bad and marcus sounds pretty rocking. but it's just kind of too easy to criticize this band for trying out a new sound for themselves and coming out kind of derivative (cough... foo fighters... cough). sigh...
want more? check out mumford and sons on SNL over the weekend:
mumford & sons - believe (live @ snl)
once again, this song sounds SO much better live!
Monday, April 13, 2015
prides - higher love
honestly the 80's celebratory synth pop song by these scottish lads speaks for itself! with only a few EP's under their belt, the trio are heading over stateside for a mini tour before going back to the UK summer festival circuit. i'm sure we'll be hearing alot from them in the coming months... and that makes me happy!
Sunday, April 12, 2015
rag'n'bone man - bitter end (live)
um... what just happened? watching rory graham (aka rag'n'bone man) perform this live version of his current single is like discovering chocolate for the first time. i think i may have found my fave male vocalist of the year!!
want more? check out his current single where he rips into the chorus like a mack truck and takes you down with him. awesome! (oh and the video is pretty dramatic too!)
rag'n'bone man - hard came the rain
Saturday, April 11, 2015
shura - 2shy
what a lovely introspective wallflower 80's jam of a pop song! aleksandra denton (aka shura) ventures from being a bedroom producer of music into the limelight as her new song has captured the admiration of some pretty influential music folks over in the UK. we will be hearing more of this young gal, if only she'll get off the wall and stand into the spotlight.
Friday, April 10, 2015
little big town - girl crush
i've been a long time fan of this country vocal quartet and they've just topped themselves with this simple electric guitar strummed old skool number that just harks back to the rock n roll ballads of the 50's. i'm swooning and so should you!
NOW THAT'S WHAT I CALL LIVE: madonna - bitch i'm madonna (live @ the tonight show starring jimmy fallon)
madonna - bitch i'm madonna (live @ the tonight show starring jimmy fallon)
damn right she is! the woman looks great and has a fun time getting down with her dancers. throw in diplo and a cameo of her son rocco and you've got a really fun performance that's bound to go viral. bitch press play already!
Wednesday, April 08, 2015
madonna - ghosttown
easily my favorite song off the album, here is the brand new madge video with terence howard as her guest star!
Tuesday, April 07, 2015
lethal bizzle feat diztortion - fester skank
sometimes all it takes is a catchy track and a silly dance to accompany it. uk rapper lethal bizzle has definitely got himself a # friendly hit on his hands.
Monday, April 06, 2015
tinashe - all hands on deck
any song with a pan flute breakdown is awesome in my book! a definite companion piece to her massive hit last year '2 on', tinashe puts out yet another low key club banger that just begs a bit of booty poppin' (i gotta learn some of the dance moves in this video too!). such fun!
rihanna - american oxygen
another day another tidal.com world exclusive that forces fans to check out the new audio/video platform. this time riri premieres her latest track creating even more buzz for her surprising album of non-pop music. with the influence of kanye everywhere on this song, it is all good until it gets kind of repetitive. shame.
WONGIE POP SONG(s) OF THE WEEK: charlie puth feat meghan trainor - marvin gaye / dear future husband
charlie puth feat meghan trainor - marvin gaye
from youtube sensation to pop ingenue, the smooth vocals of the charlie puth gets a proper sassy debut single and video with the help of singer songwriter meghan trainor. with it's retro pop and insta catchy lyrics, this is gonna be a massive hit for the vocalist!
actually meghan is on a bit of a retro pop roll as her current single is just as doo wop catchy as this song (and there's nothing wrong with that!):
meghan trainor - dear future husband
oh and look who plays the role of the future husband!
Sunday, April 05, 2015
beyonce - die with you
premiering on the new music streaming platform tidal.com (which i am not sold on), here is beyonce's new song released on the 3rd anniversary with her hubby jay z.
Saturday, April 04, 2015
kendrick lamar - king kunta
celebrating his compton roots, kendrick has ironically placed a throne in his driveway to not only give thanks to his background but also wax judgement on the lazy lyrics of his fellow rap peers. the man is a genius in my book!
Friday, April 03, 2015
sia - big girls cry
the final video from the maddie ziegler trilogy, the young dancer is once again front and center in a consecutive close up shot. hopefully the muse will make guest appearances in the future, but for now what a wonderful swan song to an exciting collaboration.
Wednesday, April 01, 2015
naughty boy feat zayn malik - i won't mind
with this demo taken off the internet a few hours after it was posted, producer naughty boy seems to have fanned the flames between one direction fans and their thoughts on ex-member zayn malik recording solo material. the song itself is definitely a raw but surprisingly mature track. could this be the direction zayn will be going into?
stromae - carmen
with 2.2 million copies sold worldwide, stromae is easily one of the biggest belgian rapper/singers that most of you have never heard of. for the rest of us, he crafted one of the best albums of last year which continues to crank out hits. the latest single works with the classic opera 'carmen' and is accompanied with visuals by the oscar nominated animation director sylvain chomet !
Monday, March 30, 2015
NOW THAT'S WHAT I CALL LIVE: madonna feat taylor swift - ghosttown (live @ iheartradio music awards)
madonna feat taylor swift - ghosttown (live @ iheartradio music awards)
madonna performed one of my fave songs from her 'rebel heart' album last night on the mehHeartRadio show with a very tall t-swift on guitar. apparently taylor couldn't stop crying after the performance cause she was so happy to be a part of it. how awesomely fangirl of her!
ill blu feat james morrison - lonely people
following in the footsteps of successful dj/producers translating into artists in the own right (gorgon city, naughty boy), the UK duo of ill blu are definitely doing a great job of introducing themselves as players for 2015. nabbing singer/songwriter james morrison (who hasn't released music since 2011!!), this pop house number has massive hit written all over it. plus any video where the dance protagonist throws talcum powder on the floor is awesome in my book! respect!
jamie xx feat romy - loud places
with his debut album 'in colour' set for a summer release, jamie xx brings us his latest single featuring his xx co-member romy madley croft on vocals. the melancholic chill ballad evolves into a gospel-esque singalong with the sadness deeply rooted through the tune. it's all sorts of brilliant really!
wanna hear more tracks from the upcoming album? check out some songs below!
Friday, March 27, 2015
Thursday, March 26, 2015
lion babe - wonder woman
channelling some serious classic erykah badu, the NY based duo of lion babe have come up with yet another jam that sets them up as THE exciting soul act of the year! throw in the sparse production by pharrell and you've got our soul song of the week. we like!
sonreal - preach
shot during his north american tour, vancouver native aaron hoffman (aka sonreal) and director dane collison came up with this highly visual, yet totally simple video that was nominated as video of the year at this years juno awards (they lost to keisza). finally getting a US release, sonreal has the makings of a crossover hit especially with normcore raps like this one. i'm a new fan!
tink - ratchet commandments
signed by timbaland, the chicago rapper/singer tink is coming out heavy on the hype and with a talking point jam that lists all the things you shouldn't be dating in the pool out there. apparently aaliyah showed up in a dream to tell timbaland to sign this girl, so really, tink has her to thank. looking forward to hearing what else is up her sleeve!
Tuesday, March 24, 2015
madeon - adventure (album stream)
we've been loving the previous releases by french dj madeon over the past few months, now we get the whole collection of electronic gems from his debut album 'adventure' and it's GOOD!! press play and enjoy!
major lazer & dj snake feat MØ - lean on
with this reggae/bollywood inspired track as a lead single for the upcoming 'peace is the mission' album, major lazer are setting up for yet another party jam collection that you'll be hearing out of sound systems this summer. with a second track offered to the fans (see below) we are officially all in!
major lazer - roll the bass
james bay - let it go
with the release of his debut album 'chaos and the calm', james bay officially put out the video of his biggest track which is turning into a word of mouth sensation. the british singer/songwriter is poised for big things especially with the high amount of future hits that you can hear from the collection below!
check out the full album stream:
james bay - chaos and the calm (album stream)
youtube music awards videos: ed sheeran & rudimental / kygo & parson james / shamir / fka twigs / charli xcx / martin garrix & usher (video premieres)
after taking a year off, youtube returns with it's video music awards by world premiering 13 new videos by a wide variety of artists, check out some of the musical highlights below:
ed sheeran & rudimental - bloodstream
kygo feat parson james - stole the show
shamir - call it off
fka twigs - glass & patron
charli xcx - famous
martin garrix feat usher - don't look down