Monday, June 27, 2016
rihanna - sledgehammer (star trek: beyond OST)
after hinting about this last week, rihanna officially released the main theme song for the upcoming star trek film (the 13th!!) called 'sledgehammer'. the over the top production and vocals can only mean it's a sia and co. track. perhaps within the context of the credits, this song will be fun to listen to, but for now it's just ALOT.
Friday, June 24, 2016
gavin james - nervous (the ooh song / mark mccabe remix)
oh my gosh i LOVE this remix from gavin's album 'bitter pill', easily an album highlight this remix might just turn the ballad into a massive crossover smash of the summer (not that i'm one for big statements!)
Thursday, June 23, 2016
troye sivan & alessia cara - wild
after a long standing lovefest covering each others songs, troye sivan has gotten alessia cara to offer up a new verse for his album favorite 'wild' which officially comes out this weekend as a "remix". the song is still a gem and now with alessia on harmony, it's just even more lush!
at the very young age of 17, declan mckenna has gone from unknown competition winner to a major label artist with critical acclaim as a wise songwriter that covers topics from the corruption of FIFA (brazil), the life of transgender youth (paracetamol) and how religion is the cause of war (bethlehem). taylor swift he is not! one can only imagine what other interesting perspectives declan has on the world around him, but for now it's darn fascinating to experience whats out already. one to watch indeed!
declan mckenna - bethlehem
declan mckenna - brazil
declan mckenna - paracetamol
barns courtney - hands
after finding his music held up indefinitely from a bad recording contract, barnaby "barns" courtney finally found traction with his music when a certain harvey weinstein personally chose his "fire" demo and placed it in the 2015 film 'burnt'. that placement and subsequent US charting led to a new record label and now FINALLY a debut album for the bluesy rockster. definitely one to watch this year!
wanna hear the song that re-ignited barn's music career?
barns courtney - fire
beyonce - sorry
co-directed by kahlil joseph & beyonce, 'sorry' is easily one of the standout tracks off the 'lemonade' album and caused the biggest internet chatter about "becky with the good hair". but like much of the tracks off the album, there lies a lingering sadness that overshadows the whole collection, even in a F you anthem like this one, which is probably why people love these tracks so. oh and tennis superstar serena williams likes to bounce yo!
bastille - good grief
[update: spanish collective nysu offer up a surreal twisted video for bastille's comeback single and it's bizarre and kind of amazing! enjoy!!]
it's the return of bastille!!! dan smith and co have come up with an insta singalong track perfectly teasing their upcoming album 'wild world'. this is turning out to be a wonderful week of new summer music don't you think!
Wednesday, June 22, 2016
passenger - somebody's love
with little hype, mike rosenberg aka passenger, released the 1st single taken off his upcoming new album 'young as the morning, old as the sea' to his massive fan base over the weekend. shot in iceland, the video reflects the organic earthiness of the new single which is a nice change to the acoustic guitar that we now associate his sound to (there's a steel guitar in this track!). looking forward to hearing more!
billie marten - la lune
for a 17 year old, the releases of singer / songwriter billie marten are all pretty incredible. with such confidence in her songwriting, her latest is a teaser track for her upcoming debut album which is already shaping up to be one of the more solid collections of the year. damn this girl is great!
Tuesday, June 21, 2016
birdy - words
as the official 3rd single off her album 'beautiful lies', i have to admit that i haven't been as vocal about these releases as i've been of birdy's work in the past. call it a case of good music that just falls by the wayside of 'sexier' releases, but every time i hear tracks from this album i think to myself 'i must talk about it', then forget. well... forget no more as the latest track is a gorgeous ballad (co-written by aussie conrad sewell) that showcases the 20 year old's maturing confidence in her vocal styles. i gotta say, i've been playing this a few times already!
but don't think I haven't been listening to birdy, for those following my carmix 2016, you'll be well versed in these lovely remixes of birdy tracks below (which i've been listening to more than the originals)
birdy - wild horses (matrix & futurebound remix)
birdy - keeping your head up (jonas blue remix)
birdy - wild horses (sam feldt remix)
maggie rogers - alaska
after blowing away pharrell williams at a music nyu masterclass (to which the video went viral), singer songwriter maggie rogers releases her meditative dancey folky spacey number to the masses and got herself immediately into the apple itunes charts and spotify fresh music list. it's amazing how we can all discover music these days!
if you wanna see the critique that had pharrell all excited, check it out below:
maggie rogers / pharrell williams NYU masterclass song critique (start at 18'15")
Monday, June 20, 2016
mumford & sons, baaba maal, the very best, beatenberg - wona
recorded over a two day period while on tour in south africa, mumford & sons gathered together the amazingly talented baaba maal, the very best and beatenberg to write the just released EP johannesburg. treating it like a creative summit, the tracks from this session are at once celebratory of everyone's differences and the power of how music really has no language barrier. to be honest, i haven't been excited about mumford & sons in awhile, but this collection gives me much hope of their musical direction and openness.
wanna hear more? check out this live version of there will be time from the wonderful johannesburg EP:
mumford & sons, baaba maal and the very best - there will be time (live in south africa)
christina aguilera - change
with christina originally gearing up to release new material, she has held off her plans for the time being to release this powerful single with all proceeds going to the victims families of the orlando shooting. it's a beautiful message that she dedicates to all those who perished and are affected by the events at the pulse club last weekend. if you want to donate directly please go to this link.
usher - crash
after some re-jigging with his delayed album 'flawed', usher released this subdued mid tempo soul number with little fanfare last week. because of the subtlety of the track, 'crash' does feel like 'climax' pt 2, which is a good thing since it was one of my fave songs of 2012 and this jam might just end up on this years list considering the amount of times i've played this song today! directed by christopher sims it's awesome to also see usher doing some beautiful dancing in the video. just great stuff all around!
Friday, June 17, 2016
calvin harris feat rihanna - this is what you came for
they're baaack! the hit making duo meet up once again with this fluffy dance number that'll sell like hotcakes cause it's just so damn easy to singalong to. riri looks amazing as usual and calvin barely makes an appearance smartly allowing the pop diva to steal all the visual glory in this simple yet dynamic video by emil nava. it's friday, what more do you want!
poté - katz
london based dj/producer poté offers up this wonderfully tribal house number for your weekend! it's percussion heavy with a lovely dose of deep house just to get your boogie butt going. happy friday people!
hayden james - just a lover
almost a year ago hayden james released his house smash (and wongie 2015 year end fave) 'something about you' to worldwide acclaim. now the aussie dj/producer is gearing up for a debut release with this house number that's just as hypnotic and lush as his previous hit (plus it ends with a lovely piano solo that just reeks of class). love this!
Thursday, June 16, 2016
jarryd james feat broods - 1000x
what a lovely duet between jarryd james and georgia nott of broods! feeling very end credits of a soundtrack, this track also kicks off new album material from the australian singer songwriter which will hopefully come out in the fall. swoon!
hozier - better love (the legend of tarzan OST)
check out our hozier as he releases this epic ballad for the upcoming big budget action adventure 'the legend of tarzan' starring alexander skarsgard. written in just 3 weeks after seeing a rough cut of the film, hozier roped in collaborators from his debut album to craft this orchestral love song which totally keeps the singer's essence while matching the largeness of the film. until his next album comes out, this definitely is a wonderful in-between piece for us fans.
Wednesday, June 15, 2016
lion babe - endless summer
collaborating with a few friends (including singer joel compass), this summer jam is filled with beautiful latin / flamenco grooves with a hella beachy chorus that you'll be smiling along to with the top down hopefully! taken off their upcoming mixtape sun joint, i can't wait to hear what other fun tracks they have for this release!
Tuesday, June 14, 2016
disclosure surprised their fans today with the release of their latest EP 'moog for love' which features collaborations with dj eats everything and also sampling the legendary al green. more like extended groove players, the three tracks below are definitely more instrumental fare that don't necessarily fit into the structure of their long players. all good cause we are always excited to hear what the lawrence brothers have up their sleeves!
disclosure & eats everything - moog for love
disclosure - boss
disclosure & al green - feel like i do
sg lewis feat gallant - holding back
what a gorgeous spatial soulful world sg lewis has created for his brand new single 'holding back' with US artist gallant. the UK dj/producer world premiered the song over on bbc radio 1xtra yesterday and kicks off new material in hopes for a proper debut album. it's been on serious repeat and so should be the same for you too!
Monday, June 13, 2016
MØ - final song
yeah this is a damn near perfect slice of indie pop from the danish singer MØ. after gaining worldwide fame with her major lazer collab "lean on", this mnek/noonie bao collab should be just the mix to bring this cool chick into the mainstream in her own right (though i felt her previous single 'kamikaze' could have done the trick... oh well). we love!!!
btw, if you've never heard last years 1st single produced by diplo, check it out below, it's just as catchy and damn good!
MØ - kamikaze
jaded - 4000hz
nothing but fun big beat booty shaking here by the trio of nari, teo & jordan aka jaded. based in london this dj/production team have come up with a happy jam reminiscent of early basement jaxx which is always a good thing to honor. short and sweet, turn this mother up and boogie!
Thursday, June 09, 2016
mnek - at night (i think about you)
with a great 2015 under his belt, 21 year old singer/songwriter/producer uzoechi emenike (aka mnek) releases his 1st single of of 2016 and it's going to be another smash. believe it or not this also sets up his debut album (where did all his previous hits come from?) which is due later this year. kicking off another year of hits, this is a good one to be associated with.
Wednesday, June 08, 2016
justin bieber - company
easily a fan favorite since his album 'purpose' came out, justin finally releases this breezy number just in time for the summer. a frontrunner for song of summer 2016? sure why not!
i'm off on a work trip (i have a day job yo!) but keep coming back to the site as i'll still be posting some big releases throughout when i get the chance! OH and remember to follow the carmix 2016 for the complete soundtrack to new songs and things i'm obsessed about!
Friday, June 03, 2016
kungs vs cookin' on 3 burners feat kylie auldist - this girl
reworking the retro soulness of cookin' on 3 burners' original track, 19 year old kungs has crafted an instant summer jam that captures every single wedding/conga line/beach anthem/birthday/dad dancing essence in one go. it's completely cheesy and perfect and easily a frontrunner for song of summer 2016!
want to hear the original? check out the original version by cookin' on 3 burners:
cookin' on 3 burners feat kylie auldist - this girl
Thursday, June 02, 2016
alan walker feat iselin solheim - sing me to sleep
with 'faded' still running it's worldwide smash hit course of action (27 top 10 charts and counting), the rest of us now get to hear alan walker's follow up once again collaborating with the sweet vocals of iselin solheim. throw in the fact that the video is shot in my hometown of hong kong and well... i likey!
since we're still fans of the debut single 'faded' check out the strings version of the single that kick started the big year for alan:
alan walker feat iselin solheim - faded (restrung)
shura - what's it gonna be
with her debut album 'nothing's real' coming out early next month, uk indie pop gal shura continues her celebration of all things 80's with not only a wonderful new single but a perfectly john hughes-esque video by director chloe wallace with a bit of a modern twist. love it!
Friday, May 27, 2016
jessie ware - till the end (me before you OST)
though it's not an official return of jessie ware, this new track from the upcoming rom weepy, me before you, is a nice reminder of how much we are anticipating new material! gosh we heart jessie so much!
Wednesday, May 25, 2016
ariana grande - into you
after some disappointing releases from the ariana grande camp, it looks like the lil diva has finally found herself a sure fire pop smash that'll play well into the summer. nothing new on the songwriting front, this 2nd single is purely a crowd pleasing jam for the season. love it!
Tuesday, May 24, 2016
billie marten - milk & honey
the gentle assured sound of newbie singer/songwriter folk gal billie marten has been on my radar for a few months, but it's her latest single 'milk & honey' that cements my appreciation of this definite one to watch for 2016. at just 18 years old, i'd say the prospects are pretty darn good so far!
Monday, May 23, 2016
adele - send my love (to your new lover)
world premiered during the billboard music awards, adele's latest single is probably the most commercial 'pop' number from her 25 album (co written by max martin yo!) and still a fave after all these listens. working with patrick daughters (who hasn't shot a music video in ages!) adele goes full on kaleidoscope on us and even does a bit of a dancing in the video! nice one!
Friday, May 06, 2016
radiohead - daydream
radiohead's latest offering before the release of their full album (this sunday!) is a lush 6'26" interconnected maze of rooms and locations brought together by director paul thomas anderson. to say more is to take away from the hypnotic visual once you press play, so just do it already!
justin timberlake - can't stop the feeling (trolls OST)
setting up a most likely entertaining soundtrack for the upcoming animated film trolls, justin timberlake returns with this max martin summer anthem that you'll be hearing ALOT of in the coming months! featuring his co-stars anna kendrick, gwen stefani, james corden, kunal nayyar, ron funches and icona pop, the whole gang gather up to bop to this uber catchy pop number. will we be getting a proper JT album then? that remains to be seen.
Tuesday, May 03, 2016
radiohead - burn the witch
after blanking out all of their social media platforms (twitter/ facebook/ radiohead.com) radiohead relaunched them all with a brand new single with a stop motion video inspired by the cult horror film 'the wicker man'. whether this will kick off a strand of equally unsettling new songs remains to be seen, but for now this string heavy track is a massive curiosity for their fans!
Friday, April 29, 2016
ingrid michaelson - hell no
seriously ingrid needs to get some serious love (or stock) from snapchat cause her latest single was shot entirely using their wacky face capture function in their system. the song itself is just your good ol female empowerment anthem that ingrid is so good at, but really it's the visual hook that'll get the multi clicks this time around.
calvin harris feat rihanna - this is what you came for
as excited as i should be about the reuniting of calvin & riri, i gotta say this is low key dance number relies way too much on the vocal hook which isn't as amazing as it could be. it's still a nice kick start into your weekend, but it definitely doesn't have the obsessive factor of his previous single 'how deep is your love' or even the classic 'we found love'
Tuesday, April 26, 2016
florence + the machine - third eye
the 9th and final chapter of the florence odyssey video series, ends with a stirring acapella vocal and powerful mantra from one of our fave songs of last year. once again vincent haycock directs with ryan heffington on choreo making this collaboration truly wonderful!
Monday, April 25, 2016
jack garratt - surprise yourself
directed by tom clarkson, the simple concept of everyday people overcoming their anxieties by working thru them, is something quite beautiful and profound (especially with jack's excellent new single as it's soundtrack). a tear may have been shed but definitely cause it made me happy!
Sunday, April 24, 2016
beyonce - lemonade (album film)
seriously there are no words to describe the great album that is lemonade. between the raw tales of being cheated on, to the plight of black women in this world, to admitting true love, there is something both deeply personal and completely stellar as a storyteller to the masses. the woman is a queen bey for a reason and this visual album has taken her to a new level!
Friday, April 22, 2016
little mix feat sean paul - hair
there's something super drag about this song, which in the case of rupaul drag race loving little mix, is a total compliment! once again the gals come up with a super catchy singalong girlpower anthem with a side of dorky which makes me love them even more. yaaas!
Tuesday, April 19, 2016
tom odell - magnetised
the official first single off tom's upcoming 'wrong crowd' album (we offered up the title track video a few weeks back) has a hint of coldplay's foray into 'dance' music last year, but thank goodness sounds much better! once again, elements of dance play a big part in tom's sound, yet he still gives the tune an organic songwriter vibe (and killer choir) that made us love him in the first place. nice one this!
Monday, April 18, 2016
alunageorge - i remember
looks like alunageorge's new album is turning into a highly curated collaboration lab as the title track joins forces with aussie producer flume in this syncopated soul jam. though there's no release date set for the album (they're still recording it yo!) the duo are definitely on the right track with what they've put out so far. damn is this song good!
Thursday, April 14, 2016
mitski - your best american girl
the fact that we have a new rock gal to admire is something to make note of (there's alot of electronic or folkie indie gals but rock... it's few these days). then mitski miyawaki goes and writes a great kick ass song about not being able to find her 'american' identity due to her bi-racial background and you've got someone with a solid voice that will influence and inspire people (she's already a big tumblr star). i'm new to this gal, but damn, i'm totally into it!
Wednesday, April 13, 2016
mura masa feat bonzai - what if i go?
alex crossan (aka mura masa) has been on our radar since his collaboration with uk soul singer nao made our best of list last year (#25 yo!). he's now back with another wonderfully romantic jam with the help of bonzai that's just been a favorite on our carmix 2016. with a whole new generation of modern soul music coming from the UK these days, mura masa is definitely one of the buzziest acts making the rounds now. we like this guy ALOT!
Tuesday, April 12, 2016
the temper trap - fall together
after a 4 year 'time-off', aussie indie band the temper trap returns with this singalong anthem that just reminds everybody how good they are as crafters of catchy music. already on multiple plays over here, we welcome back to the charts boys!
Monday, April 11, 2016
le youth feat tay beckham - boomerang
LA based dj/producer le youth returns with an original single that continues his celebration of 90's soul jams with a pop house twist. it's a pre-summer formula that totally works and deserves a few loud plays. oh and if you love this tune you can get a free download of it here!