Thursday, April 27, 2017
haim - right now
capturing the haim sisters performing their new song live, paul thomas anderson has single handedly brought back a new enthusiasm for the trio that may have waned since their too close social association with a certain ms. swift. the excitement of watching the song unfold in real time should be the basis of all releases from now on. that's how you 'f**king' do it indeed!
Saturday, April 22, 2017
hurts - beautiful ones
just watch this brutal then beautiful video about an anti-lgbtq act of violence, yet full of pride, told in reverse. what's also interesting is that this video represents the return of hurts after a 2 year break and perhaps a peek into the kind of personal / political direction for their upcoming new album. oh and lead singer theo hutchcraft makes for a damn pretty woman!
tinashe - flame
this has been on high repeat over on the wongie carmix mainly because of it's pop perfection from beginning to end. it's actually tinashe's most radio friendly song and will hopefully bring this talented singer/dancer a whole much deserved audience. love this song and so should you!
Friday, April 21, 2017
zayn feat partynextdoor - still got time
gosh darnit! a perfectly wonderful song gets a skanky accompanying video with blunt clouds and booty tatty gals. ugh! ignore the video enjoy the caribbean infused jam.
zayn feat partynextdoor - still got time (team salut x ray blk remix)
enhancing the caribbean vibe even more, this remix is AWESOME!!
Thursday, April 20, 2017
paramore - hard times
marking 4 years since paramore released new material, hayley williams and co (founding member zac farro is back) put out this 80's afro new wave jam as their official return single and it's kind of awesome! throw in a colorful video and it's no surprise they garnered 2.4 million views in less than 12 hours of it's release! they're back people and it's a pretty good thing!
Wednesday, April 19, 2017
lana del rey feat the weeknd - lust for life
offering the title song of her upcoming album as her new single, lana del rey continues her journey into dreamy david lynch/bat for lashes/shangri-las territory, this time bringing the weeknd along with her. it's beautiful and of a bygone era that is strictly in a lana world. gosh this is good!
kendrick lamar - dna.
i think the first thing you gotta do (after watching don cheadle channel kendrick in the 1st half of this video) is put on that cc: button and read exactly what kendrick is saying in this song...CAUSE it is dense! torn between his fame, his expectations, what it means to be a black man in this america, his history, his connection to telling his truths, ALL OF THAT is rolled up in this hard hitting number (does the man even breathe in the 2nd part of this song?) with kendrick doing some of his best raps that defy form. it's kind of awe inspiring really...
Monday, April 17, 2017
lady gaga - the cure
over the weekend lady gaga offered her fans a surprising new single in the form of the uber poppy 'the cure'. to be honest, the track sounds like a soundtrack demo that never got picked up, but hey, it's still catchy as heck and a lovely surprise! don't expect this to be part of a pop makeover for gaga, this feels like a one off.
want more? check out gaga world premiering this track at coachella over the weekend:
lady gaga - the cure (live @ coachella)
Friday, April 07, 2017
steps - scared of the dark
when it comes to steps, there is nothing but pure unadulterated love that i have for these five wonderfully cheesy performers! the song (written by carl ryden & fiona bevan) deserves an award in it's perfect crafting of an ABBA-esque modern pop sound (there's even a key change!!). then the dancing! oh the dance number than even your grandma can do! i love how the boys still have no reason to be there but be backup dancers and well... it's the perfect experience that only steps can do! 20 years in the making and it's just awesome!
beth ditto - fire
calling this her country sound (damn if this is country music then it sure is a rollicking great time!), beth ditto sets us all up for her upcoming new album 'fake sugar' with this gem of a jam! turn this the heck up cause it sure is fun!
kyle feat lil yachty - iSpy
i mean the song is just waaaay too catchy to ignore! cali-rapper kyle is prepping for the release of his new album and this insta jam will definitely bring a whole slew of fans old and new to the fore. this will definitely keep on playing through the summer, you have been warned!
Friday, March 31, 2017
kendrick lamar - humble
the buzz around a brand new kendrick lamar album has been kind of crazy since he offered up the anti trump track 'the heart part 4' last week, kicking off speculation that there's going be ALOT of new material coming out. well... kendrick did one better and premiered his 1st single 'humble.' which not only gives us an insight of the possible themes of the new album (fame, religion, power) but also the accompanying visuals thanks to his creative side project 'the little homies' and video maestro dave meyers. i won't say more except press play and be entertained! welcome back kendrick!
Wednesday, March 29, 2017
little mix feat machine gun kelly - no more sad songs
the world domination of little mix continues with their super catchy 3rd single off of 'glory days'. though i'm not sold on the fact that they needed machine gun kelly for popular impact (the song is good enough on it's own), i'm sure the powers that be are leaving no stone unturned to make sure this will be a massive hit! make it happen people!
Tuesday, March 21, 2017
james blake - my willing heart
shot just days before she gave birth to her newborn daughter, natalie portman looks amazing as she celebrates the beauty of pregnancy in the anna rose holmer (the fits) directed video for james blake. it's just hypnotic really.
Friday, March 17, 2017
cold war kids feat bishop briggs - so tied up (los feliz blvd)
re-recording their current single in a more stripped down version, there's something magical watching the amazing bishop briggs work so confidently with nathan willett. the end result is an ACTUAL duet that didn't really exist in the original. love this!
clean bandit feat zara larsson - symphony
directed by band members grace chatto and jack patterson, the brand new single by clean bandit is an emotional one fronted by the ever lovely zara larsson on vocals. to give anything away from what you'll feel by pressing play will not be fair to the experience, so press play already!
Tuesday, March 07, 2017
alt-j - 3WW
oh my gosh, this song is SO good! as if wandering the hallways, veering into different songs, one minute there's hints of west african tones, then it's a beautiful duet (featuring ellie roswell from wolf alice) next to a fuzzy trippy number, which surprisingly all makes total sense. it's kind of genius and kicks off anticipation of their new album 'relaxer'. chill never sounded so exciting!!
fleet foxes - third of may / Ōdaigahara
clocking in at almost 9 minutes, the return of fleet foxes (it's been 6 years people!!!) also kicks off their upcoming album 'crack-up', which if this 1st track is any indication, will be a beautiful swirl of musicality that is just lush! welcome back boys!!
Friday, March 03, 2017
riton feat kah-lo, mr eazi & davido - money
bringing together some of the biggest acts in africa at the moment (kah-lo was just nominated for a grammy yo!) uk dj/producer riton has just put out an insta-catchy dance number with a simple bass line over the songs' infectious melody & lyrics. this is gonna be huge, so turn it up and let this be your weekend jam!!!
Thursday, March 02, 2017
lorde - green light
to call this brand new material from lorde 'highly anticipated' is a bit of an understatement since it's been almost 4 years that we've gotten a taste of the new zealand indie superstar's last hit. co-written by jack antonoff of fun., this is lorde's version of a 'f.u.' song post breakup with dazzling disco grooves and indie chaos. it's apropos that the new album is called 'melodrama' don't you think? welcome back our fave indie pop kiwi, we can't wait to hear what else you have in store for us this year!
Wednesday, March 01, 2017
bruno mars - that's what i like
like all great bruno mars songs, there's an instant likeability factor that allows for obsessive multiple listens. his new single 'that's what i like' gives you that kind of feeling but delve deeper into the soul-tastic track and you'll find a surprising number that switches grooves and hooks throughout it's run. listen up cause it's kind of awesome!
Tuesday, February 21, 2017
little big town - happy people
kicking off their upcoming album 'the breaker', our fave country quartet little big town bring on the songwriting talents of lori mckenna (co-writer of their award winning now classic 'girl crush') and singer/songwriter hailey whitters in this breezy upbeat number that just puts a smile on your face. it's been on repeat and you should do the same! love these guys!
katy perry feat skip marley - chained to the rhythm
honestly when you have people like sia and max martin on co-writing duties on this insta-catchy track, you really can't go wrong. inspired by the series black mirror, the accompanying video gives the bubble gum sheen a twisted undertone which makes for a compelling companion piece to the already big hit. looks like 2017 is going to be yet another big year for our katy!
Monday, February 20, 2017
lana del rey - love
it's been two years since lana del rey graced us with tales from her dreamy corner of the world, so what a complete joy when a brand new single drifted in over the weekend. you'll be singing along to this insta-anthem within seconds so just bask in it's beauty. ah love!
Friday, February 17, 2017
gavin james - i don't know why (danny avila remix)
easily one of my fave male vocalist of the past few years, irish singer/songwriter gavin james just brings it in every time with his smooth falsetto. what's also interesting is that every remix of his guitar based tracks work to the point of enhancing from the original. this one from danny avila is no exception, just press play, sit back and kind of swoon away. happy weekend folks!
Thursday, February 09, 2017
alunageorge - not above love
the 6th (!!!) single off of alunageorge's 'i remember' album is also a solid girl power jam that celebrates individualism over dogged down love politics. hanging with her actual gang of fab friends, aluna francis looks darn awesome too! definitely a hot jam of the week!
Wednesday, February 08, 2017
lady gaga - john wayne
still riding high off her successful superbowl performance lady gaga surprised her fans with a brand new video for the single 'john wayne'. directed by the amazing jonas akerlund, the hyper kinetic video kicks into crazy grindhouse meets tim burton on acid levels by the end. it's fun, it's twisted and it makes for one of the best videos gaga has ever put out!
cold war kids - love is mystical
there's something wonderfully timely for LA rockers cold war kids to put out a positive foot stomping jam that celebrates hope and love in this current climate. of course it helps that frontman nathan willett has an amazingly soulful voice to lift this song to a new level. love these guys!
Tuesday, February 07, 2017
sampha - (no one knows me) like the piano
honestly there's no need for any description to why this song is on our fave songs of the week list. just listen to uk singer/songwriter sampha bare his soul as he plays over a simple piano. taken from his album 'process' this is just brilliant!
Monday, February 06, 2017
maggie rogers - on + off
it's been a quick rise from getting the thumbs up from pharrell during a student listening session to releasing her 3rd catchy single in less than a year for young maggie rogers. wonderfully composed and focused in who she is as an artist, if maggie continues to put out stuff like this, then 2017 will be a big year for her. nice one.
elbow - gentle storm
who'd of thought that new directions of the band (lead singer guy garvey settled down and has a show on bbc radio 6, original drummer richard jupp left) would allow for elbow to come back with a new album that sounds so effortlessly classy. kicking off with the breezy awesomeness of 'gentle storm' keep an eye around the midway mark for some cumberbatch action too!
Sunday, February 05, 2017
LADY GAGA SUPERBOWL HALFTIME SHOW
as promised lady gaga gave a pretty political free but energy packed performance of her greatest hits at this years superbowl halftime show. in 13 mins she managed to pack in 7 numbers starting off with 'god bless america / this land is your land' on the rooftop of the houston nrg stadium.
the setlist is as follows:
this land is your land / god bless america
edge of glory
born this way
Friday, February 03, 2017
zak abel - unstable
it's kind of crazy that it's taken almost 4 months for an official video to zak abel's jam, but better late than never. on our end, 'unstable' has easily become one of our fave songs of last year and will hopefully set up next month's debut album release 'only when we're naked' in a big way. we are fans, you should be too!
london grammar - big picture
oh my gosh! the return of london grammar is an epic (well as epic as the band can conjure) single that just builds and builds into the kind of musical blissful heartbreak that might just be one of the best songs of the year. throw in the gorgeous layered video by sophie muller and you've got a seriously A-grade release here. damn this is good!
muna - i know a place
LA based indie pop group muna have come up with an insta-catchy anthem that you'll be bopping along to within seconds. this gem of a song takes on a more powerful meaning once you know that it was written with the LGBTQ community in mind. inclusive never sounded so good!
Monday, January 30, 2017
ed sheeran - shape of you
nice little twist for this jason koenig directed rocky inspired video for ed sheeran. it's a mini movie with a romantic edge thanks to the very gorgeous co-star jennie pegouskie. nice one ed!
Friday, January 27, 2017
luke sital-singh - killing me
oh the feels you're going to get from listening to luke's new single based on his grandmother who has survived over a decade after the death of her husband. the track also kicks off his latest album which is due later this year. gosh this song is sad...
martin garrix & dua lipa - scared to be lonely
dj/producer martin garrix kicks of 2017 with this catchy moody dance pop number with vocals from wongie fave dua lipa. the collab is totally seamless and allows for our pop gal to reach a new set of fans who aren't clued into her current fabulousness. love this... so should you!
zayn & taylor swift - i don't wanna live forever (OST fifty shades darker)
with valentines day right around the corner, that means we get to celebrate the most romantic day of the year with some good ol fashioned bdsm loving thanks to fifty shades! to be honest the soundtrack has always been better than the film itself and this round gets a kick off thanks to this uber catchy zayn / taylor swift duet. throw in a very adult look for our pop princess and we are heading into a new chapter in the t-swift transformation. oh and zayn still has the best looking eyes in pop!
Wednesday, January 25, 2017
starley - call on me (ryan riback remix)
after finding a massive worldwide audience with her catchy single, australian dj ryan riback offered his take on starley's track, casting an even wider net for people to fall in love with the inspiring song (now with a hands in the air chorus). if you didn't know the song already, now's a great time to get all warm and fuzzy about it.
want more? check out the original version which racked a surprising 7 million listens on spotify when it was first released back in october last year
starley - call on me
Tuesday, January 24, 2017
cloves - better now
aussie singer songwriter kaity dunstan (aka cloves) has been on my radar for a year now with her wistful gems that pack a punch in her personal lyrics. with a debut album set for this year, cloves latest single LITERALLY offers a sonic punch amidst her solid storytelling skills. love this track and so should you.
troye sivan feat betty who - heaven
with a video celebrating those in the lgbtq community who fought for their rights leading up to the world we live in today, troye sivan offers a powerful visual history of how far the community has come (and will continue to evolve in the coming years). just wonderful.
Monday, January 23, 2017
ed sheeran - castle on the hill
shot entirely from ed's hometown of framlingham suffolk, this beautifully sentimental anthem features kids cast from his high school. it's kind of wonderful and kicks off what looks to be an exciting album in 'divide'.
snakehips & MØ - don't leave
after working with zayn and tinashe, the producing duo of snakehips bring in the wonderful MØ as their latest single vocalist. definitely more emotional than previous releases, this also sees MØ offer up some acting chops as the gal in distress. slowly loving this song and so should you!!
declan mckenna - the kids don't wanna come home
the crazy talented declan mckenna kicks off 2017 with this youth anthem for the ages. at 19 this singer songwriter has already been the buzz of last year and looks set to create even bigger waves with the imminent release of his debut album. i love that he's on my radar and so should you!
Friday, January 20, 2017
jax jones feat raye - you don't know me (live)
i mean if this is the live version of this AWESOME house track then i kind of need to see jax jones perform in person! throw in bbc sound of 2017 finalist raye and you've got my fave jam of the week. TURN IT UP!!!
2ne1 - goodbye
here it is... one of kpop's biggest girl bands releases their final single in the form of this acoustic number which also showcases a threesome instead of the original four. 2ne1 really paved the way for kpop acts breaking international barriers and their brand of sassy multi influenced pop set a blueprint for what pop could sound like (wackadoo awesomeness!) as they venture into solo pursuits, the group itself will be sorely missed.