Wednesday, December 10, 2014
Saturday, September 13, 2014
apologies for the break in posting, but work has taken me away from here for 2 weeks. i'll try to put up big releases sporadically, but they will be few and far between. keep coming back though, i'll be here in no time!
Monday, September 01, 2014
produced by fraser t smith (set fire to the rain), these 2 demos didn't make the cut for adele's last album '21' but does set up some serious hype for her upcoming secret album (shall we call it '25'?) listen to these tracks before they get pulled, but they're nice numbers to remind you how amazing her voice is!
adele - never gonna leave you
adele - you'll never see me again
Sunday, August 31, 2014
CRAM JAM: 10 MORE feat jessie ware / asgeir / milky chance / the griswolds / george ezra / saint raymond / tove lo / lights / bastille / steve angello feat dougy
jessie ware - say you love me (alex adair remix)
what a classy mellow dance remix of this wonderful song!
asgeir - king and cross
a year after we discovered this song, team asgeir FINALLY put out a video to accompany this now classic folktronic gem. still one of the sweetest jams around!
milky chance - down by the river (flic flac edit)
i swear if the german duo release this version, they will have another massive hit on their hands. what a lovely remix by flicflac!
the griswolds - beware the dog
i love the indie party pop sound of these aussie boys! you can hear their musical references throughout the song, but when it's this happy, who the F cares!
george ezra - blame it on me
4th single off george's wonderful debut album 'wanted on voyage' which is accompanied by this funny video directed by roger guardia. nice one!
saint raymond - i want you
at only 19 years old, callum burrows (aka saint raymond) is definitely getting people buzzing over his music. it helps when the songs are as catchy as this one!
tove lo - not on drugs
we buzzed about the single a few weeks back and now here is the trippy video to accompany it!
lights - portal
what a pretty dreamy evening drive soundtrack of a song from the canadian chanteuse. is this your end of the summer anthem?
bastille - bad_news
released as part of the upcoming 'oblivion' EP!
steve angello feat dougy from temper trap - wasted love
superstar dj steve angello ropes in the gorgeous vocals of dougy from the temper trap and brings us this little gem thats the perfect soundtrack to blast at the end of night.
Saturday, August 30, 2014
CRAM JAM: 10 MORE SONGS! feat bondax / elliphant / e.n.v / doug locke / coldplay / gerard way / haim / kimbra / katy b / mary lambert
bondax feat tanya lacey - all i see
co-written by mnek and becky hill, this is another soulful dance gem from the UK producers!
elliphant feat skrillex - only getting younger
whoa! newbie ellinor olovsdotter (aka elliphant) really knows how to rip into that dub bass! this time skrillex gets in on the action and well... press play. it's pretty darn good!
e.n.v feat little nikki - your love
a bit of pop house for your weekend thanks to UK producer e.n.v and little nikki!
doug locke - #thiscouldbeus
honestly, anything with a # for a song title is something i try to avoid, but the pure poppery of this single by actor/songwriter doug is just catchy enough for me to forget. throw in the touching video and you've got something pretty decent here.
coldplay - true love
though the song is meh, the jonas akerlund video featuring actress jessica lucas and chris martin, is a sweet story about two big spirits just wanting to dance. LET THE PEOPLE DANCE!!
gerard way - no shows
ex my chemical romance frontman gerard way brings his love of 90's britpop as his new sound as a solo artist. setting up his upcoming 'hesitant alien' debut, this is a catchy fun indie rock number that is miles away from his previous glam rock persona. i'm digging this!
haim feat a$ap ferg - my song 5
with a video featuring a slew of guest stars including snl's vanessa bayer, kesha and ezra koenig from vampire weekend, this song is easily the odd man out from their debut album 'days are gone' (they admitted to being inspired by timbaland). i kinda dig it more because of that!
kimbra - miracle
embracing some serious disco here, this joyous new single by kimbra is just pure happiness!
katy b - little red light
released just in time for last weeks notting hill carnival in london, this reggae tinged number is just perfect for the sound stages of the day.
mary lambert - secrets
the voice of last years 'same love' anthem, gets her own catchy poppy singalong single that you'll be humming along to in no time.
Friday, August 29, 2014
10 SONGS OF THE WEEK WE LOVE ft christine and the queens / husky / little may / odesza / sheppard / seafret / vianney / generationals / christian gregory
to be very honest, ALL of these songs are wongie songs of the week. but with a bit of a hiatus coming up (work abroad), i figured i'd do a few BIG posts of these amazing songs for you to discover in your own time. they are gems and deserve your love. enjoy these cram mixes!
christine and the queens - saint claude
inspired by her visit to london and immersing herself in the drag community, héloïse letissier (aka christine and the queens) has quickly become the french hipster/fashionista pop star of the moment. if subdued, yet impactful singles like this one are part of her repertoire, we'll be hearing ALOT more from this gem.
husky - i'm not coming back
the perfect post summer folk jam from aussie band husky. setting up their sophomore release 'ruckers hill', this is an exciting tease of things to come!
little may - boardwalks
i mean how can you not love this gentle number from the aussie trio? with their debut EP coming out in october, this is a great single to kickstart their buzz. just wonderful!
odesza feat monsoonsiren - memories that you call
odesza feat zyra - say my name
wait, this glorious sound comes from seattle? college friends harrison mills and clayton knight are definitely gaining overground attention these days with their beautiful layered pop electronica. we love them so much that we are showcasing two tracks from their upcoming 'in return' album!
sheppard - something's missing
we've already fallen in love with this vocal folk pop act through their awesome singalong hit 'geronimo'. it's great to know that they have more equally catchy and charming songs up their sleeves. LOVE these guys!
seafret - give me something
this young UK duo are causing quite a stir with their beautifully acoustic debut single. it's quietly heartbreaking and just the perfect kind of music for me to get obsessive about! brilliant!
vianney - je te deteste
what a fun perfect pop song by debut french artist vianney. a definite local hit over the summer, the song's catchy framework translates beyond language into a gem for your audio pleasure. love this!
generationals - black lemon
high school buddies ted joyner and grant widmer have given us a perfect end of summer pop jam with happy electro boppiness that'll just make you smile. nice one!
christian gregory - count on you
released via michael kiwanuka's label, this retro soul number by new artist christian was recorded in one take! ONE TAKE! this marks for a very exciting debut if you ask me!
maroon 5 feat gwen stefani - my heart is open
here's a bit of a change of pace from the rest of today's postings, a lovely ballad penned by sia performed by maroon 5 and adam's voice co-chair of the season, gwen stefani. the thing about sia songs is that i always feel like you can hear her sing the original throughout (and probably better). it's a good ballad though...
the chainsmokers feat siren - kanye
this song is HUUUUUGE! super catchy and with a sprinkle of underlying sadness in this hopeful anthem, welcome to your jam of the fall!
grimes feat blood diamonds - go
we've practically had the whole summer to jam to this rihanna rejected track and though it was released as a curiosity piece, it has easily turned into a summer favorite and proper single for grimes. how cool is that?
Wednesday, August 27, 2014
ben howard - i forget where we were
after wowing us with his epic album cut 'end of the affair' two weeks back, turns out ben howard had an official single up his sleeve that's equally heartbreaking. setting up the upcoming album and tour with the same name, i'm DEFINITELY feeling the darker tones of what i'm hearing so far. a contender for album of the year perhaps?
usher feat nicki minaj - she came to give it to you
after performing the song live at the vma's over the weekend, usher premieres his latest pharrell produced jam featuring nicki minaj to the world!
Tuesday, August 26, 2014
jennifer lopez feat iggy azalea - booty (remix)
originally featuring pitbull on the rap verse, jlo ropes in iggy for the remix and hopes to create some buzz on her current meh period. to be totally honest, i kinda wished that iggy took the lead on the song with jlo as a vocal hook instead (the only good things on this diplo produced track are the 'booty' hook and iggy) oh well... i'm sure the upcoming hype williams video will be fabUTTlous!
Monday, August 25, 2014
beyonce - video vanguard performance (mtv 2014 vma awards)
performing a medley of her self titled album, the list includes mine / ghost / haunted / no angel / jealous / blow / drunk in love / rocket / partition / flawless / yonce / blue and XO
charli xcx - break the rules
[UPDATE: video premiere!!] after pretty much ruling the summer with her smash hit 'boom clap', charli sets up her upcoming new album 'sucker' with yet another insta catchy smart dance pop number that you'll be bopping around to. definitely on a roll, i'm uber happy that the past few months have made this talented songwriter into a worldwide star.
jessie j, ariana grande, nicki minaj - bang bang
launched officially at the mtv vma awards, here is the long awaited video!
Wednesday, August 20, 2014
nicki minaj - anaconda
it's here!!! apparently nicki was so hot during one of the sequences that drake's anaconda gave rise! DAMN girl!!
Tuesday, August 19, 2014
ella eyre - comeback
well this is a nice usage of the word 'motherf**ker' in a song! soulstress ella eyre has one tough gal streak (look at the way she flings water in the end!) and snarls with the best of them. who knew?
jessie ware - say you love me
co-written by ed sheeran, this ballad not only is jessie's most commercial adult song, but there's the chanteuse does some amazing things with her vocals here (restrained but utterly soulful). it's a gem and totally sets jessie up for big mass appeal this time around. yaaay!
lets show you another side of our gal kiesza as she covers the 90's dance classic 'what is love' by haddaway and one of the best songs of this year by hozier in ballad/acoustic form. both showcase her total control of her vocals and the ability to do stuff other than dance music. we are formally intrigued now!
kiesza - what is love (haddaway cover)
kiesza - take me to church (hozier cover)
Monday, August 18, 2014
taylor swift - shake it off
after teasing the worldwide live stream for a good week, t-swift announced her new album '1989' and world premiered her new video 'shake it off' to eager fans in one go. co-written by max martin and shellback AND directed by the iconic mark romanek, this is easily the best packaged pop release in awhile. press play and know that you'll be singing along to this for the next 24 hours!
Sunday, August 17, 2014
david guetta feat sam martin - lovers on the sun
roping in ray liotta to star as the baddie in your new video means that you're not doing badly these days! primed to be on summer dance playlists, this collaboration between david guetta, avicii and sam martin is treading on familiar ground, but crowd pleasing enough to not be an issue. plus the video ain't half bad...
timmy trumpet - freaks (original version)
i'm normally NOT a fan of this sort of euro techno, but there's something kind of whimsical about this song (i mean, when the trumpet kicks in midway, you can't help but smile). there's an updated version with a guy named savage rapping over this track (see below), but i personally prefer this original version. dorky and proud of it!
here is the meh-diocre version if you wanna compare...
timmy trumpet feat savage - freaks
tensnake & jacques lu cont feat jamie lidell - feel of love
director remy cayuela has put together a pretty funny new video for the collaboration between tensnake / jacques lu cont and soul vocalist jamie lidell. those poor sperms have no clue what kind of crazy perversity the outside world uses their sexual exertion for!
luvbug feat talay riley - resonance
before rising UK producer luvbug was exposed to actually being a new project of ex JLS member marvin humes, dj the white n3rd and producer/songwriter jkay, industry buzzmakers were calling the 'solo' artist one to watch for the year. fooled us all with this catchy soulful pop dance debut! so now you know!
Saturday, August 16, 2014
ben howard - end of the affair
clocking at almost 8 minutes, this journey of a break up song feels like it goes through all the stages of grief and then miraculously comes through scathed but living in the end. the secretive return of ben howard is looking to be an exciting one!
slam dunk'd feat chromeo & al-p - no price
discovered in the vaults of legendary producer arthur baker's collection, chromeo and mstrkrft's al-p have joined forces to add vocals and FINALLY finish up this track 35 years later. this is the kind of disco we need back in our lives!
becky hill - caution to the wind
what a subdued interesting debut single for the UK singer/songwriter becky hill. after gaining popularity as a semi finalist in the 1st season of the voice uk, becky found herself as a go to session singer for both wilkinson and oliver heldens (see below) and created massive hits in the process. hence the surprise to hear something so lovely and restrained for becky's first release. i'm definitely curious to see whats in store for this lovely talented ingenue now.
wanna check out the tracks that becky hill delivered hit making vocals to? check them out below!:
wilkinson feat becky hill - afterglow
oliver heldens x becky hill - gecko (overdrive)
sasha keable - living without you
already getting loads of exposure through her contributions with dj zinc and disclosure the past year, UK soul vocalist sasha keable is slowly putting out stuff of her own. releasing the free EP 'lemongrass and limeleaves' (to which this awesome late 80's soul jam hails from), i can't wait to hear what other gems she has up her talented sleeves.
tove lo - not on drugs
swedish pop songwriter tove lo is currently causing quite a stir with her 'habits (stay high)' single here in the states (plus the remix did VERY well everywhere else), and is looking to find similar success with her rockier new track 'not on drugs'. i'm curious to see what the remixers will do for this number...
jacob banks - move with you
listening to this happy retro jam makes you wanna clap your hands and dance on table tops! with this infectious single setting up his upcoming debut album, UK soul act jacob banks is on my radar now. hot damn is this song catchy!
hollie cook - mr postman
daughter of sex pistols drummer paul cook, the gentle reggae sounds of hollie cook are as far away from her fathers punk rock, but still with an appreciation immediacy that makes you wanna find out more. with her 2nd album 'twice' just released, this fun number is a perfect late summer jam you wanna laze out to. respect!
Thursday, August 14, 2014
ariana grande feat zedd - break free
ariana sure is having a special week! while she's getting critical props on her awesome album r&b cut, team grande also released this catchy edm pop track produced by the wonderful zedd and voila, the girl now has got 3 songs buzzing at the moment! this surely is the summer of ariana!
Wednesday, August 13, 2014
iggy azalea feat rita ora - black widow
continuing her tribute to iconic female led films, iggy takes on kill bill and even brings in actor michael madsen as a target! though i kind of didn't realize that there was SO much cleavage in that film!
royksopp & robyn - monument
working with the creators project and director max vitali, this wonderful new video for the awesome royksopp/robyn collaboration is just hypnotic and beautiful. who knew rolling around on a light floor was so interesting to watch?
joywave feat kopps - tongues
upstate new york is in the house! not only have joywave and kopps created one of the best indie dance songs of the summer, but their NSFW video is just hilariously directed by the awesome daniels brothers! just turn this up and boogie, who knows you might be inspired to do it naked!
Tuesday, August 12, 2014
joel compass - girlfriends
originally poised to be a uk soul singer in the vein of frank ocean but with a strong poppier leaning, joel compass and co have obviously decided to throw in a completely lighter sound perfect for the summer. it's breezy and has a solid chorus, plus joel is so easy on the eyes! we like!
wanna hear some of his previous releases? check out the moody number 'forgive me' below:
joel compass - forgive me
ella henderson - glow
after the massive success of 'ghost', ella hopes to keep the momentum going with her anthem-esque new single 'glow'. with her debut 'chapter one' coming out next month, can you tell that we are pretty on board with this uk singer songwriter future pop star!
ariana grande feat big sean - big mistake
offered as a free download if you pre-order ariana's upcoming album 'my everything', this chill r&b track is actually a nice reprieve from the high energy smash hits that the girl has been releasing lately. if this is a hint of the diverse sounds on her album, i am definitely excited. solid!
Monday, August 11, 2014
fences feat macklemore & ryan lewis - fences
friends chris mansfield (aka fences), macklemore and ryan lewis got together to record this folk/electronic/hip hop new single as part of fences' major label debut. the end result is an interesting release as macklemore's verses about how the past two years have changed everything, kind of overshadows the rest of the song. oops!
Friday, August 08, 2014
asgeir - stolen dance (milky chance cover) (live @ triple j like a version)
aw... this is nice! happy weekend y'all!
Tuesday, August 05, 2014
the civil wars - you are my sunshine
though they've been on indefinite hiatus since 2012, the amazing vocal duo of the civil wars officially broke up today. it's a shame that singer joy williams and john paul white weren't able to reconcile their issues, so as a parting gift, they're sharing a free mp3 download of a rare vinyl cover of 'you are my sunshine' to their fans. here's what they had to say of the decision:
“I am saddened and disappointed by the ending of this duo, to say the very least. JP is a tremendous musician, and I will always be grateful for the music we were able to create together. I sincerely hope that ‘You Are My Sunshine’ will be accepted as a token of my gratitude for every single person that has supported our duo throughout the years. I’m so thankful and my heart is full. Looking ahead, I’m excited to share the music that I am writing and recording in the midst of this difficult transition. I’ve loved being back in the studio, and have missed performing live. I look forward to seeing you soon.”
“I would like to express sincere thanks to all who were a part of the arc of The Civil Wars—from the beginning, to the end, and all points in between. My deep appreciation goes out to all who supported, disseminated, and enjoyed the music. Whatever shape or form the next chapter takes, thanks for being a large part of this one.”
ed sheeran - don't
directed by emil nava (who's shot 'lego house' and 'give me love' previously for ed), ed sheeran's latest video features the awesome pacman (aka phillip chbeeb who you might recognize as a SYTYCD alum) body locking his way through various stages in a rags to riches life. it's a wonderful video that deserves some serious love!
Sunday, August 03, 2014
the magician feat years & years - sunlight
this boogie down number by belgian dj stephen fasano (aka magician) featuring the uk indie pop trio years & years, is gonna be HUUUUGE! disco friendly in it's intro, the song then turns into a BIG dance number by the chorus! you'll be hearing this alot in the coming weeks!
parov stelar - all night
it's really this dance video that went viral last year that brought some serious love to this catchy modern take on swing music. re-released once again through a catchy perfume ad for paco rabanne (see below), austrian dj parov stelar is having a bit of a moment!
paco rabanne - eau my gold (ad)
check out parov's latest single 'clap your hands' which continues to bring his electro swing sound to the masses:
parov stelar - clap your hands
hot natured & ali love - benediction
released two years ago, this disco number is the groove that keeps on giving as UK label ffrr officially re-releases the single with a bunch of sexy remixes. still dark and moody, press play and enjoy this now classic!
holy shizz! nicki minaj is having a MAJOR moment as she's currently #1 on itunes with the jessie j & ariana grande collaboration. plus her latest single 'anaconda' (sampling sir mix a lot no less!) made a leaked appearance over the weekend and proves that all that azz imagery from the single's cover is worth the hype. and finally the queen bey posted a collaboration with nicki for the remix of her upcoming single 'flawless'. it's all about nicki this weekend!!
nicki minaj - anaconda (hq)
beyonce & nicki minaj - flawless (remix)
Saturday, August 02, 2014
meghan trainor - all about that bass
if you haven't heard this retro doo wop pop celebration of 'normal' body shapes, then press play and catch yourself humming to this for the rest of the summer. nashville based meghan is not only finding herself with a bit of a buzzy hit on her hands, she also continues to supply songs to other artists like rascal flatts. heck she's also bringing booty back, according to this song!
zara larsson - carry you home
swedish pop gal zara is one lucky singer with some seriously talented songwriters backing her up. every release i've heard from the girl has been catchy with just a sprinkle of originality to make it interesting. the girl is on a roll with her latest single, it's a mid tempo pop ballad that deserves a few repeat listens. nice one!
laura welsh - bound (cover)
damn she is good!!! covering a stripped down mash up of the charlie wilson and original by ponderosa twins plus one, this is a gorgeous version that is strictly laura's own. awesome!
wanna hear the original? check it out below!
ponderora twins plus one - bound