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
[for those who can't see the video, check out the audio stream for now, i'll update the video once a new version is available] 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
Monday, March 23, 2015
mnek - more than a miracle
with his debut ep 'small talk' coming out soon, uk soul songwriter/producer mnek released this fun catchy bop from the collection to his fans! it's an insta-hit! press play and enjoy!
mnek - suddenly
oh look! mnek just offered up ANOTHER new track from the EP and it's vocal heaven! just listen to the harmonies!!
[UPDATE] small talk EP (stream)
sufjan stevens - carrie & lowell
written in response to the death of his mother in 2012, this could be sufjan's most personal album which makes for a highly intimate experience. give yourself the space and listen to this sad gorgeous album.
nero - the thrill
nero are back! after a bit of a quiet period, the UK breakbeat/big beat trio return with this cool jam that begs to be turnt up! love these mid-range dance songs these days!
Thursday, March 19, 2015
jill scott - you don't know
with details of her upcoming album under wraps, all we can gage from this new video from jill scott is that there will be some demons being exorcised in these tracks. first up 'heartbreak' and boy does she use all her skills to give you a case of the loneliness blues. type in sad face emoji here.
Wednesday, March 18, 2015
various artists - insurgent OST
with the likes of m83, haim, lykke li, woodkid, royal blood, sohn and imagine dragons all contributing new tracks to the upcoming soundtrack to the immensely popular 'divergent' sequel, hopefully this will bide the time before the actual film gets released this weekend!
kendrick lamar - to pimp a butterfly
getting some of the best reviews of his career, kendrick lamar's new album 'to pimp a butterfly' is a complex hip hop album with some tracks that defies song structure yet completely captivates. it begs repeated listens and introduces new elements with each play. i'm hooked!
Sunday, March 15, 2015
sam smith feat john legend - lay me down (red nose day 2015)
as the official single for this years UK comic relief charity fund red nose day, sam smith got john legend in on his latest track and well... the vocal gods converged and made some beautiful stuff together! the duo will be performing live this rendition on friday at the face the funny all day comic relief telethon so be prepared to come back for updates.
[UPDATE] as promised, here is the live version recorded on friday for the comic relief telethon which raised over 1 million pounds for the event!
sam smith feat john legend - lay me down (live @ red nose day)
just what is red nose day? check out the promo for this years show below:
raleigh ritchie - the greatest (video premiere)
[UPDATE now with video premiere]
fans of game of thrones will definitely recognize actor jacob anderson (aka raleigh ritchie) as fan fave grey worm. but for the past few years, the young cutie has been honing his skills as a uk soul singer/songwriter with a buzzy debut EP to boot. with his latest catchy offering, raleigh ritchie offers up a playful soul jam with retro references that'll get you singing along in no time. nice one this!
Saturday, March 14, 2015
carly rae jepsen - i really like you
can't believe i missed this video when it premiered last week! starring tom hanks as a happy go lucky 'tom hanks', he joins up with carly rae jepsen after a day of saying hi to fans and walking up and down crosby street in soho. it's hella cute and like the song uber catchy! sing along!!
Friday, March 13, 2015
so here is something different... i've had SUCH a backlog of great dance tunes in a special file that i've finally given in and created what i hope will be a running monthly playlist that will entertain you from time to time.
40 (and counting) current beat friendly tunes that'll get your booty shaking and maybe give you some musical surprises along the way!
check out the full playlist below:
1. the avener feat phoebe killdeer - fade out lines
2. sam feldt - show me love
3. omi - cheerleader (felix jaehn remix)
4. kygo feat conrad sewell - firestone
5. le youth - R E A L
6. blonde feat melissa steel - i loved you
7. alex adair - make me feel better
8. jess glynne - hold my hand
9. karen harding - say something
10. mnek - the rhythm
11. galantis - runaway (u&i)
12. grades - crocodile tears
13. philip george - wish you were mine
14. blonde feat alex newell - all cried out
15. tourist feat years & years - illuminate (mj cole remix)
16. major lazer & dj snake feat mo - lean on
17. madeon feat kyan - you're on
18. martin solveig & gta - intoxicated
19. dr. kucho! & gregor salto - can't stop playing (oliver heldens & gregor salto remix)
20. david guetta feat emeli sande - what i did for love
21. bakermat - teach me
22. tough love - so freakin' tight
23. tcts feat aniff akinola - coupe de ville
24. hannah wants & chris lorenzo - rhymes
25. tchami feat kaleem taylor - promesses
26. majestic & jungle 70 - creeping in the dark (armand van helden remix)
27. diztortion - bandolero
28. tkay maidza - switch lanes
29. shamir - on the regular
30. redlight - gold teeth
31. lady bee feat rochelle - return of the mack (oliver heldens remix)
32. will sparks feat wiley & elen levon - ah yeah so what
33. jack u feat aluna george - to u
34. tc - everything for a reason
35. ed sheeran & rudimental - bloodstream
36. dj fresh feat ella eyre - gravity
37. brookes brothers feat camille - anthem
38. becky hill - losing (tc remix)
39. sigma feat labrinth - higher
40. jack u feat justin bieber - where are u now
Thursday, March 12, 2015
muse - psycho
going back to their rock stadium roots, muse unleashed 'psycho' for their fans, therefore teasing a harder sound for their new album 'drones'. though this isn't the first single off the album, it is a kick in the face fuzzy guitar number that will no doubt inspire some intense air guitar-ing. go ahead... i won't judge (ok maybe i will).
bjork - lionsong
taken from her very personal 'vulnicura' album, bjork exposes her heart for all to see in her latest video as she describes the breakup of her 14 year relationship with artist mathew barney. it's kind of beautifully raw and expressive at the same time, which is what you'd expect nothing less from the icelandic icon.
fono - real joy
i don't even know what to call this. it's house in it's basic structure, but the sounds that get thrown in throughout is just AMAZING! i haven't heard anything that excites me this much in ages and hopefully will get you all jazzed up too!
jack Ü feat alunageorge -to u
looks like this will be the follow up single from the wonderful jack u album! turn it up cause it's a jam!!
cashmere cat feat ariana grande - adore
norwegian dj/producer magnus august høiberg (aka cashmere cat) is having a bit of a moment as his beautiful kanye west track 'wolves' is buzzing everywhere and now his new single with ariana grande (who he's previously worked on two tracks with) is out and it's LOVE-erly! it's definitely going to be a big year for this 27 year old talent, you have been warned!
clean bandit - stronger
oh clean bandit... with a grammy win and a worldwide hit in their pocket, they aren't straying too far from their successful sound these days. the new single (taken off the re-issue of 'new eyes') is kind of twee in it's house-y ways. all good. smiles all around!
Wednesday, March 11, 2015
azealia banks - wallace
in collaboration with google, this interactive video project directed by nick ace and rob soucy allows you to control azealia's face with the movement from your computer camera. just click on the interactive video link here!
sheppard - bombs away
already an ARIA award winning act back home in australia, the nu-folk singalong pop band sheppard FINALLY make their US debut with their album 'bombs away'. we've been big fans of their smash hit 'geronimo' since summer of last year and have been slowly discovering gems from this album since. now's your chance to give these lovely siblings (and the other members) a listen. check out the whole album for your pleasure here!
just in case you can't use the player (seems they are down at the moment) try this spotify stream
madeon - home
over the past few months, french dj hugo pierre leclercq (aka madeon) has slowly been releasing solid track after track to the masses and is now set to put out one of more exciting debut electronic albums of the year. to tease the upcoming album 'adventure' even more, madeon has given us this retro minded electro pop number which also features himself on vocals. it just reminds me of hopeful youth which is reason enough to be obsessed about it! repeat plays please!
WONGIE DANCE SONG(s) OF THE WEEK: kygo feat conrad sewell - firestorm / seinabo sey - younger (kygo remix)
kygo feat conrad sewell - firestorm
after gaining major buzz remixing the seinabo sey smash 'younger' (see below), norwegian dj/producer kyrre gørvell-dahll (aka kygo) releases his debut single with this wonderfully chill house number with up and coming aussie soul pop singer/songwriter conrad sewell fronting the vocals. it's an insta-hit so get ready to be hearing this track (and the inevitable remixes) ALOT in the coming months. you have been warned!
seinabo sey - younger (kygo remix)
btw, this wonderful track by swedish future soul single seinabo sey has remained on my playlist for the past year and with this kygo remix, continued on to my carmix 2015 as a staple repeat track. just brilliant!
grimes - realiti
um... so if this awesome track is JUST an unreleased demo released for her fans, what will her upcoming ACTUAL releases sound like? damn! shot throughout her asian tour, grimes offers up this gem for all of us to salivate over until the official new songs come out later this year.
Tuesday, March 10, 2015
kero kero bonito - picture this
what is going on here? this song is so cutesy emoji fabulous that i can't help but bop along to it's stupidness! the electro pop UK trio of sarah midori perry and producers gus lobban & jamie bulled look set to get the young ones giddy and create yet another musical reason to take a selfie for the world.
natalie la rose feat jeremih - somebody
there's something so wonderfully 90's retro about natalie la rose's current pop hit. maybe it's the fact that the dutch singer/dancer grew up inspired by the likes of mariah and whitney (which she even samples lines from 'i wanna dance with somebody' for this song), but the clean nature of the track has just enough sass to appeal to fans worldwide. it's a smash, so get used to this track for the next few months!
empire - original soundtrack from season 1
already a surprise sensation on tv, the lee daniels / danny strong series about the empire record label and it's behind the scenes drama between the family and their artists, is hoping that their success will transfer on the ACTUAL music front. with music supervision by timbaland and jim beanz, it's insane the amount of catchy songs that are on each episode (whether they're crossover hits is another thing), but press play to relive some of your fave memories from one of my current favorite shows!
mumford & sons - believe
first single off the upcoming new album 'wilder mind', this is a definite new direction for the ex-stomp along troubadours. falling more under coldplay/ u2 aspirations, i'm on the fence if i like this at all (though the banjo sing a longs were getting tired too). hopefully the rest of the album will convince me otherwise.
Thursday, March 05, 2015
walk the moon - shut up and dance (movie dance compilation)
with everything from grease to big to pulp fiction to american beauty to flashdance, tell me this compilation of movie dance scenes doesn't bring a smile to your face! it also makes me LOVE this song even more!
royce wood junior - midnight
with a debut album 'the ashen tang' coming out in may and a co-writer of kwabs gorgeous ballad 'perfect ruin', royce wood junior is definitely on the 'one to watch' lists of many music tastemakers these days. honestly press play and you'll totally understand why people are going a bit excitable around this talented young songwriters sound!
Monday, March 02, 2015
hozier - someone new
featuring the lovely natalie dormer (game of thrones), this soulful bluesy number is the 6th song lifted from hozier's wonderful self-titled debut! 6th!!! and he still hasn't release MY fave track from it yet!
major lazer & dj snake feat MØ - lean on
setting up their upcoming 3rd album, this collab with dj snake and danish indie gal MØ, marks yet another surprise sound that's part dancehall/part bollywood. can't wait to see what the video will look like!
conor maynard - talking about
after taking a mini break, uk youtube soul pop sensation conor maynard returns with this fun house pop number that he's been teasing for the past few weeks with the help other youtube stars (conor's team got these youtubers to do a cover version of the song before the public got to hear one note of the official single!) it's hella catchy and on repeat for the week!
Sunday, March 01, 2015
kanye west feat sia and vic mensa - wolves
as much as i'm not a fan of kanye, you gotta give it up to the man that he comes up with interesting music that is both experimental and aural friendly at the same time. this hypnotic piece is made all the more interesting with sia as the centerpiece of this interesting solemn exercise.
OMG lead vocalist brittany howard is a monster! ripping through these songs like her life depends on it, all the while showcasing skills that expresses vulnerability and desperation sometimes in the same sentence. if you've never seen this incredible band perform live, you now have a front row taste. with the new album 'sound & color' out next month, this is one spring release that we're very excited to get to know better!
alabama shakes - don't wanna fight (live @ snl)
alabama shakes - gimme all your love (live @ snl)
Saturday, February 28, 2015
skrillex & diplo present jack Ü
it's friggin here! the collaboration between dj's diplo and skrillex is put out in EP form with 9 original tracks featuring kiesza, aluna george, 2 chainz and justin bieber! there's no reason to turn this down, it's a massive party, jack u style and we'll just have to live with it!
Friday, February 27, 2015
BRIT AWARDS 2015 PERFORMANCES: taylor swift / sam smith / paloma faith / royal blood / george ezra / ed sheeran / madonna
TOTALLY proving that the kids are alright, this years BRIT awards performers were predominantly in their 20's and giving the current state of music a nice taste of something different and original. plus we throw in THAT madonna performance and well... it was a pretty darn good show if you ask me!
taylor swift - blank space
sam smith - lay me down
paloma faith - only love can hurt like this
royal blood - figure it out
george ezra - budapest
ed sheeran - bloodstream
madonna - living for love
david guetta feat emeli sande - what i did for love
from the very first time i heard this epic soulful house song, it just felt primed for worldwide success! with emeli's vulnerable vocals mixed in with the uplifting piano chords, this song is just massive!!
iggy azalea feat jennifer hudson - trouble
oh wow, this song just spells HIT! part of the 'reclassified' collection, get used to this retro soul jam played on repeat everywhere around you. you have been warned!
joywave - somebody new
director keith schofield has taken the skateboard posse vid and given it a warped up redux making them into video game freaks of nature. it's the best thing you'll see today plus, the new song by joywave is hella catchy too!
7 ACTS YOU NEED TO KNOW NOW: lion babe / raury / karen harding / elle king / clare maguire / josef salvat / BØRNS
nothing like introducing a bunch of new acts to the masses on a friday!
the truth of the matter is that i've got such a backlog of music i wanna share with you that these compilation days work the best for me from now on! so expect something like this once a week. spend some time, discover (or replay) some awesome stuff and head into the weekend all the wiser!
so check out 7 of my fave new voices around below:
lion babe - treat me like fire
hot damn do i LOVE jillian hervey's hair! throw in her silky vocals over the minimally sexy production of lucas goodman and you've got the buzzy duo of the soul scene right now. oh and one for the fact file, jillian is vanessa williams daughter, no wonder she's so gorgeous!
raury - god's whisper
there's something very exciting about atlanta based rapper/singer raury's music. no wonder he's turned into one of the more buzzed acts around with his folk hip hop soul sound. press play and experience one of the more interesting songs you'll hear this weekend.
karen harding - say something
with her soulful house debut single 'say something' making it into the uk top 10, this mnek signed artist is geared for big things from the uk soul scene. this track has been on blast since last year and still sounds hot today!
elle king - ex's & oh's
with her debut album 'love stuff' just released, raspy voiced elle king has the kind of country swagger and rip roaring retro soul that makes her just the powerhouse to seek out this year. you have been warned!
clare maguire - don't mess me around
after getting dropped from her major label deal, 27 year old songstress clare maguire spent some serious time working on new material and discovering her true voice. the result is this rip roaring retro soul number that just deserves some serious stomp on the dancefloor. welcome back!!!
josef salvat - hustler
mmmm this aussie singer/songwriter has crafted a soothingly tantalizing electronic lush pop number with an equally sexually ambiguous video to match. good stuff and i'm curious to hear more!
BØRNS - 10,000 emerald pools
cali-based electro folk newbie (and now taylor swifts indie pop obsession), garrett borns, has crafted one of the best indie pop songs of late! not much is known about the singer songwriter, but with a debut like this, i'm definitely in on future releases!
Thursday, February 26, 2015
purity ring - bodyache
as part of the upcoming release 'another eternity', purity ring have released the new song 'bodyache' to preview the new album. since we've been actually listening to the album stream for a few weeks, this is really an exercise in getting a hypnotic visual to the cool song.