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Monday, July 17, 2017

WONGIE SONG OF THE WEEK: rationale - loving life


rationale - loving life
by far singer/songwriter tinashe fazakerley's (aka rationale) most pop inclined tune, 'loving life' also gives us an idea that rationale definitely has eyes on world domination in the best way. with a video that celebrates a day in life of hipster east london, it definitely adds to the joy of listening to this song over and over again. i can't stop playing this track!

WONGIE VIDEO OF THE WEEK: superfruit - worth it (perfect)


superfruit - worth it (perfect)
stemming from their popular vlog on youtube, pentatonix members mitch grassi & scott hoying have evolved their funny camaraderie into the musical offshoot superfruit that's now taking on a life of it's own with 2 ep's under their belt. the new release 'worth it (perfect)' brings young dancers kaycee rice and sage rosen switching gender roles and making it wonderfully normal. i couldn't stop smiling and hopefully it will bring you the same joy that this video brought me.

Friday, July 14, 2017

VIDEO PREMIERE: the script - rain


the script - rain
it looks like everyone is changing up their sound today! irish band the script have returned after 3 years with a danceable new number that has the spirit of a santana jam with speckles of ed sheeran/one direction throughout. the good news is that danny o'donoghue is still a wonderful songwriter and well... he's come up with an insta catchy number that you'll be singing all summer! nice one!

VIDEO PREMIERE: echosmith - goodbye


echosmith - goodbye
now that the band are a threesome (sibling jamie left for personal reasons), it sounds like echosmith are embracing alot more electronic instruments culminating in this lite disco jam that's kind of wonderful. 'goodbye' marks the first of new material since their debut 4 years back, so i'd say this is a very nice return!

WONGIE INDIE POP SONG OF THE WEEK: tigertown - warriors


tigertown - warriors
i first discovered sydney based tigertown last year with their insanely insta-catchy anthem 'lonely cities'. with a kind of joyous musicality and singalong chorus, it was an exciting kick start for this husband/wife core / with perspective family members in tow band. now the gang offer up their latest single "warriors" and it's equally brilliant! these guys are gonna be big yo, so get in with the love program!

want more? check out the awesome song that started it all for me!


tigertown - lonely cities

WONGIE DANCE SONG OF THE WEEK: ghetto vanessa - yuh live nice


ghetto vanessa - yuh live nice
nothing like bopping your body to the jerky post-carribbean / dancehall / bass sounds of a german teenager based out of the dominican republic. background details aside, this is just a great jam that needs to be blasted out loud for the summer. it's a hoot and my choice for party anthem of the week!

Thursday, July 13, 2017

WONGIE SONG OF THE WEEK: raphaella - turn around


raphaella - turn around
love me a good stripped down jam these days! after guesting with the likes of gorgon city, mnek, rudimental and wilkinson, singer/songwriter raphaella has gone and released "turn around" as a solo artist. with this as an intro for most people, i can only imagine what else this talented young singer has in store for us!

Wednesday, July 12, 2017

VIDEO PREMIERE: vance joy - lay it on me



vance joy - lay it on me
can't believe it's been 4 years since we were first introduced to vance joy via his now classic "riptide"! after a bit of a break, the singer songwriter has returned with this epic track (horns and all!) that kicks off an as yet untitled new album. with a video featuring the lovely angela sarafyan (hbo's westworld), press play to enjoy his wonderful return!

WONGIE SOUL JAM OF THE WEEK: mnek - paradise


mnek - paradise
building on top of ultra nate's 90's club classic "free", mnek has created a thoroughly modern soul track that has all the makings of a new jam that'll influence for years to come. welcome to your perfect sunset soundtrack!

Monday, July 10, 2017

WONGIE INDIE POP SONG OF THE WEEK: sigrid - plot twist


sigrid - plot twist
there's something wonderfully fierce about 20 year old norwegian singer/songwriter/pop gal sigrid. with just an EP to her name, there is already a solid 1/2 album of strong material that most newbies would kill to have under their belt. her latest single "plot twist" is all the more interesting with the mantra inducing shout-along "shots fired" as part of the chorus hook. easily one of my fave pop songs of the summer! want more? check out her glastonbury debut of her 1st single "don't kill my vibe" which is equally catchy and wonderful!

sigrid - don't kill my vibe (live @ glastonbury 2017)

Friday, July 07, 2017

WONGIE VIDEO OF THE WEEK: dua lipa - new rules


dua lipa - new rules
you gotta give it up to director henry scholfield who's not only reworked the strength of a girl support system via clever dance/visuals but has also given dua lipa her best video yet. throw in yet another fun track by dua that's going to play all summer long and you've got the perfect mix of talents. nice one!

Friday, June 30, 2017

WONGIE SONG OF THE WEEK: mura masa feat christine and the queens - second 2 none


mura masa feat christine and the queens - second 2 none
after getting it's world premiere on annie mac, mura masa officially released his secret collaboration with the amazing christine and the queens today! in a stroke of genius, the styles of both artists manages to merge seamlessly on this track, easily making it our song of the week! it's SOOOO good people!

WONGIE DANCE SONG OF THE WEEK: kideko - dum dum


kideko - dum dum
if you can't go to mardi gras then bring mardi gras to you! kideko definitely has the right idea as he offers up a big simple fun brazil influenced party jam that just needs to be turnt up! happy weekend people!

Tuesday, June 27, 2017

WONGIE VIDEO OF THE WEEK: kendrick lamar - element.


kendrick lamar - element.
once again kendrick offers up striking visuals about the expectations surrounding what is needed in order to be as a 'black man' (through violence, as a collective, as a child). co-directed by the little homies and the amazing jonas lindstroem, these haunting visuals will stay with you for some time. what a strong video for an awesome song!

WONGIE SONG OF THE WEEK: birdtalker - one


birdtalker - one
sometimes a song just finds you and you are just the better person because of it. birdtalker are a collective of musicians rooted with the coupling of zack & dani green, who've spent the past year honing their sound culminating with the release of their upcoming debut album. "one" does that perfect thing where it draws you in with a kickoff hum then opens your heart with it's sage lyrics. when dani comes in with her counter melody all feels break loose and well... life is just grand afterwards. sigh.  

POP GUY: nick jonas feat anne-marie & mike posner - remember i told you


nick jonas feat anne-marie & mike posner - remember i told you
some days you just want a simple pop song that doesn't offend or push too many boundaries but still sounds pretty darn good to bop along to. looks like nick jonas has found the perfect ingredients for his latest entry into the summer jam arena. throw in a fun video where everyone looks like they're just being "goofy" and there you have it, not great, not bad, but JUST right!

Monday, June 26, 2017

WONGIE SONG OF THE WEEK: highasakite - 5 million miles


highasakite - 5 million miles
you wouldn't know that highasakite was an actual indie band from the looks of this video. yes, lead singer ingrid helene havik is definitely a beauty but i've always known these guys as an group, so to see this heavily stylized fashion video is a bit of a letdown (as gorgeous as she looks). the good news is that the song still stands on it's own. since it's release back in april, '5 million miles' has been a steady favorite and easily one of my fave songs of the year. maybe close your eyes listening to this the 1st time around, the way i have been for the past two months?

Friday, June 23, 2017

WONGIE POP SONG OF THE WEEK: rita ora - your song


rita ora - your song
ah! ed sheeran is really having a moment as a strong pop songwriter as he offers his magical touch by co-penning rita ora's latest track. after a very public spat with calvin harris who banned the use of all songs written for her last (unreleased) album, the singer took some time off music to develop her brand by hosting tv shows and start from scratch musically. this official 1st single is kind of wonderful in it's simplicity but grows on you after a few listens. welcome back!

WONGIE VIDEO OF THE WEEK: haim - want you back


haim - want you back
when you're haim why not make an LA street your personal catwalk? what i love about this video is that director jake schreier not only gives each sister a moment to walk on their own, but the simplicity of their 'choreography' is enough to showcase the intricacies of the song's arrangement. oh and it's a great pop song for the summer! happy friday people!

Thursday, June 22, 2017

ONE TO WATCH: tom walker - blessings / just you and i


tom walker - blessings

tom walker - just you and i (mahogany session)
with just the EP 'blessings' under his belt, this manchester singer/songwriter has slowly turned into one of my fave debut acts of the year. with his manly growl plus sensitive lyrics overflowing with youthful phrasing, tom is primed for big things in the coming year. check out the double bill of the EP title track (and best video to showcase a successful threesome poly relationship!) followed by one of my fave songs of the year 'just you and i'. sigh...

Wednesday, June 21, 2017

WE HEART ISAAC GRACIE: isaac gracie - all in my mind / reverie / last words


isaac gracie - all in my mind

isaac gracie - reverie

isaac gracie - last words
yeah... can you tell i'm a fan? around the beginning of 2016 i heard a diy track by an unsigned singer/songwriter named isaac gracie that easily made my year end list. simple yet vulnerable, turns out i wasn't the only one that was floored by the debut, isaac quickly got signed to a major and has since put out two glorious EPs capturing his wonderful vocals while adding some proper orchestration to back this young talent (he's only 21 people!). collected here kicks off his latest single 'all in my mind', then moves into one of my fave songs of the year 'reverie' and then the track that started it all 'last words'. so yeah... we heart isaac gracie SO MUCH!!!

WONGIE POP SONG OF THE MONTH: shawn mendes - there's nothing holdin' me back


shawn mendes - there's nothing holdin' me back
took them long enough to make an official video for shawn mendes pop smash. part of the deluxe edition of his album 'illuminate', this song just stands the test of time as it still brings a wonderful amount of joy after two months of release. one of my contenders of the song of summer 2017 if you ask me!

Saturday, June 17, 2017

WONGIE DANCE POP SONG OF THE WEEK: jax jones feat demi lovato & stefflon don - instruction


jax jones feat demi lovato & stefflon don - instruction
working with the prolific mnek this is one of those sassy summer jams that you will have no problem bopping your head to in the coming days. interesting to see demi lovato really embracing the dance community with her collabs these days (perhaps a peek into a new album?). it's silly, it's fun, we kind of love it!

NEW LITTLE MIX!: little mix feat stormzy - power


little mix feat stormzy - power
how did i miss the release of this video two weeks back? my fave girl group offer up a track that comes across as a hot mess, but weirdly in the hands of little mix, is kind of fun. throw in the most colorful unicorn explosion of a video (drag queens, biker chicks, moms!) and you've got one of the guilty pleasures around.

Thursday, June 08, 2017

VIDEO PREMIERE: sia - free me


sia - free me
premiering her new song as a charity single for the #endhiv organization, sia gets zoe saldana to showcase her dance background with narration by julianne moore. worth a watch and listen, then donate to the cause to find a safe federally approved vaccine to end hiv once and for all.

VIDEO PREMIERE: fifth harmony feat gucci mane - down


fifth harmony feat gucci mane - down
i gotta say that the big brand new reboot of fifth harmony as a quintet is kind of underwhelming. releasing a 'work from home' lite when they should be coming out guns blazing in an en vogue 'free your mind' kind of anthem. hopefully the new material will be better than this perfectly find easily forgettable jam.

Monday, June 05, 2017

WONGIE VIDEO OF THE WEEK: bastille - glory


bastille - glory
honestly just play this brilliant road trip video between bastille lead singer dan smith and model may daniels. it's the ultimate cute experience to the point where you kind of want to see this couple in a movie based on this road trip! directed by daniel brereton it is easily our video of the week!

WONGIE INDIE SONG OF THE WEEK: arcade fire - everything now


arcade fire - everything now
what is happening? with it's dancing queen grooves and a frigging pan flute hook, arcade fire have unleashed one of the poppiest songs of their career! but strip away the glean of the track and you have one of the more biting commentaries of society excess around. and you can still dad dance to the track! kind of genius!

Friday, June 02, 2017

WONGIE COUNTRY SONG OF THE WEEK: little big town - happy people


little big town - happy people
there's something to be said about watching people smile back at you for 3 mins ;) one of my fave songs off of little big town's 'the breaker' album is also one of my fave songs of the year. it's simple it's sweet and it just brings a joy to me whenever i hear it. have a happy people weekend!!

WONGIE SONG OF THE WEEK: beth ditto - we could run


beth ditto - we could run
this is what happens when beth ditto gets inspired by a bit of the boss and a bit of u2 filtered through some stevie nicks, a pop rock anthem that just needs to be blasted all weekend long! gosh i love this! happy weekend y'all!

Thursday, June 01, 2017

SURPRISE EP: major lazer - know no better EP


major lazer - know no better EP
out of nowhere, major lazer kick started your summer soundtrack by releasing this 6 song EP featuring the likes of camila cabello to j balvin to jidenna! turn up the volume cause there are no fillers here!

Tuesday, May 23, 2017

WONGIE SONG OF THE WEEK: james vincent mcmorrow - true care


james vincent mcmorrow - true care
calling it some of the best music he's ever made in his career, james vincent mcmorrow gave us a first listen of the title track of his new album that he's releasing on friday. allegedly recorded in a freer atmosphere, james himself says that you'll hear alot of 'mistakes' on the album, but yet he's in love with the imperfections. i'm definitely in love with the first listen! this is just gorgeous!

Saturday, May 20, 2017

WONGIE DANCE POP SONG OF THE WEEK: raye - the line


raye - the line
south london singer/songwriter raye comes back into our radar after her super successful run collaborating with jax jones earlier this year. this time she brings a party anthem (reminding me of her buddy charli xcx) that has one of my fave bridges i've heard in awhile. turn it up cause you'll be singing along to this jam in no time!

Friday, May 12, 2017

VIDEO PREMIERE: katy perry - bon appetit


katy perry - bon appetit
i swear, i veer from borderline liking this track to being totally ambivalent with it. you got to give props to katy, cause she is trying something new, but.... not good. it's repetitive and it's neither here nor there with little moments of pop miracle. who knows if this will be the crossover hit she wants, but for now this is the proposed song of the summer!

WONGIE POP SONG OF THE WEEK: zara larsson - don't let me be yours


zara larsson - don't let me be yours
zara larsson has had access to some of the best songwriters out there for her intl release 'so good' and the results have been some of the more interesting pop songs out at the moment. i gotta say that her latest release might be my favorite of the lot. co-written by ed sheeran, the song structure builds up to a hook that is wonderfully restrained and immediately goes back to a stripped down mode. it's kind of brilliant really!

VIDEO PREMIERE: miley cyrus - malibu


miley cyrus - malibu
the return of miley marks a more earthy musical direction kicking off with this raw sounding pop rock number which is actually quite good. allegedly about her relationship about her fiance liam, this is a nice kick off to her upcoming new album in july. i like!

Monday, May 08, 2017

VIDEO PREMIERE: harry styles - sign of the times


harry styles - sign of the times
no matter how beautiful the scottish backdrop of the video or the epic orchestrations of the song itself, i'm still not sold on a song that repeats it's verse / chorus over and over again and has an air of self importance when there's really nothing there but money pumped into a whole lotta 'meh'. thank goodness harry's follow up track sweet creature is SO much better (listen below)

harry styles - sweet creature

Thursday, May 04, 2017

NEW ED SHEERAN: ed sheeran - galway girl


ed sheeran - galway girl
giving the irish town a great name by showcasing a fun evening of darts, dancing, tats and best of all saoirse ronan! the song is just a tad bit obvious for my tastes, but it's ed so i'm totally willing to move on from this already bit hit. guess we will all be doing some irish jig this summer!

Wednesday, May 03, 2017

WONGIE INDIE POP SONG OF THE WEEK: paramore - told you so


paramore - told you so
jeez...the speed of new material from big releases this year is crazy! just two weeks after launching the return of paramore with their wonderful 'hard times' track, the trio return with an afro-tropicana jam that's equally catchy and joyous! who knew that i've become a paramore fan?

WONGIE SONG OF THE WEEK: haim - want you back


haim - want you back
though we got a live performance video from the haim sisters last week, turns out the official 1st single off their new album 'something to tell you' is this insta catchy breezy pre-summer jam that perfectly captures the spirit of the haim sound that we fell in love back in the day. world premiering on bbc radio 1 earlier today, the haim album is slowly turning into a must hear for the season!

Thursday, April 27, 2017

WONGIE SONG OF THE WEEK: haim - right now


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

WONGIE VIDEO OF THE WEEK: hurts - beautiful ones


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!

WONGIE POP SONG OF THE WEEK: tinashe - flame


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

WONGIE SONG OF THE WEEK: zayn feat partynextdoor - still got time / (team salut x ray blk remix)


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

WONGIE POP SONG OF THE WEEK: paramore - hard times


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

WONGIE SONG OF THE WEEK: lana del rey feat weeknd - lust for life


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!

WONGIE RAP SONG OF THE WEEK: kendrick lamar - dna.


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...