Wednesday, December 10, 2014
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
charli xcx - break the rules
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.
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
Friday, August 01, 2014
WONGIE POP SONG OF THE WEEK: jessie j feat ariana grande & nicki minaj - bang bang / (live @ elvis duran)
thanks to hip hop n more for the image
jessie j feat ariana grande & nicki minaj - bang bang
ahead of it's official release tomorrow, here is the bombastic retro flavored pop gal jam launching jessie j's new album with a little help from ariana grande and nicki minaj. rumor has it that the three will be performing this at the MTV VMA's in august, so get to knowing this song now so you can bop along in a months time!
[UPDATE] check out jessie j sing this song INCREDIBLY live on elvis duran's show below:
jessie j - bang bang (live @ elvis duran)
sam smith - i'm not the only one
working with his usual video collaborator luke monaghan, sam now has the clout to bring in dianna agron (glee) and chris messina (the mindy project) to act out his songs of woe and sadness!
the barr brothers - even the darkness has arms
hailing from montreal, this americana quartet have released this beautifully calm gem that just hints at some of the quiet genius of their upcoming album 'sleeping operator'. i'm new to these guys, but they sure have made an impression from the strength of this song!
the lake poets - honest hearts
though martin longstaff (aka the lake poets) is a solo act, he brings in alot of musical friends to fill in the lush sounds of his music. slowly gaining folk cred in the UK by constantly touring, there's some good buzz surrounding this singer songwriter these days. we definitely like!
want more? check out the HEARTBREAKING "april" below:
the lake poets - april
luluc - small window
hailing from brooklyn by way of australia, the duo of zoe randell and steve hassett have put together a wistful late summer gentle breeze of a song that also introduces us to their highly buzzed about new album 'passerby'. there's something wonderfully timeless about these guys and i can't wait to see them perform live soon!
nick mulvey - fever to the form
mmmm! what a lovely build up from simple guitar to a song of orchestral proportions! UK singer songwriter nick mulvey claims this was the song that convinced him that it was the right decision to break from his previous band and go on a solo journey. it's just all sorts of wonderful!
agnes obel - words are dead (live @ berlin sessions)
i love how there is a moment of silence before and after this song, so you as a listener, can soak up all the beauty that is right before you. the danish vocalist strips her music down to the bare minimum and allows for that space to draw you in. taken off her exquisite album 'aventine', if you like what you hear, please make an effort to bask in the rest of her long player. you will thank me for it!
Thursday, July 31, 2014
katy perry - this is how we do
it's like a target ad went on a pop art acid trip and came back to sing about it! chalk the awesome visuals to the skills of kiwi director joel kefali who will no doubt be VERY in demand after this video! katy as usual brings a perfectly charming pop number that you'll be bopping to for the rest of the summer. lets twerk with the ice cream sundaes yo!!
bastille - oblivion
game of thrones actress sophie turner takes on center stage at a demolition derby for the new video by bastille. though not an immediate highlight from the album 'bad blood', this turns into a moving song especially accompanied with these visuals. nice one.
clean bandit feat stylo g - come over
shot between svalbard (norway) and marrakech, single number 5 from clean bandit is actually a surprising take on the jamaican sound filtered through the classical pop sounds of the quartet. it's a fun romp that isn't my fave off their 'new eyes' debut, but it's a harmless summer jam nonetheless.
Wednesday, July 30, 2014
wild beasts - mecca
oh boy this song is just lush! taken off their new album 'present tense', this uk quartet continue to make alt pop with an art bent (especially with this single). throw in the equally amazing video by studio moross and you have something uber special here. LOVE this!
paul thomas saunders - appointment in samarra
at the age of 24, this UK indie boy is making music that sound beyond his youthful years. call it dream pop or epic folk, there's something interesting here that deserves to be on your radar. while you're at it, check out his debut album 'beautiful desolation' to see what other gems the kid has up his sleeve.