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.
little mix - touch
co-produced by wongie fave mnek with a hot dance centric video choreographed by parris goebel this has smash written all over it. honestly if i didn't wholeheartedly love little mix already, this kind of kicks it up a notch for me. yaaay!
Friday, January 06, 2017
kiesza - dearly beloved
produced by stuart price, kiesza's return after 3 years is a surprisingly house-free guitar focused pop jam that ends in a celebratory choir that lays tribute to her best friend who passed away a year ago. as to what else to expect from the dance diva, hopefully we will be getting some dance tracks in the mix too! we shall see...
ed sheeran - shape of you / castle on the hill
after a 2 year wait, our fave ginger singer/songwriter superstar returns with not 1 but 2 new songs that gives us a look into the different sounds of the album 'divide'. i'm leaning more towards 'castle on the hill' on first listen... what do you think?
check out ed giving his 1st interview in 2 years on bbc radio 1
ed sheeran talks to scott mills
ed sheeran - castle on the hill (live @ bbc radio 1)
Wednesday, January 04, 2017
london grammar - rooting for you (live version)
kicking off the new year with new music, london grammar offer up the sparse single 'rooting for you' with zero fanfare. it's wintry gorgeousness at it's finest and kicks off what i'm hoping will be an exciting year for the chilled out trio! just tell me you don't get goosebumps when the orchestra sweeps in!! lush!!!
want to hear more? here's the radio release:
Friday, December 23, 2016
yelle - ici & maintenant (here and now)
what a wonderful new video by paul b. cummings & producer jean-francois perrier! showing off a seemingly banal day in the life of yelle (aka julie budet), with her 'shadow' played by comedian nathan barnatt in tow. whats funny and visually disruptive (as the shadow flails everywhere) turns glorious when the two find themselves sympatico during the day. you gotta watch this simple and lovely new gem from our favorite quirky french indie pop star!
Saturday, December 17, 2016
raleigh ritchie - straitjacket
first things first, grey worm (game of thrones) can sing!!!! now that we've got that out of the way, raleigh ritchie (aka jacob basil anderson) has decided to put out the electronic tinged EP 'mind the gap' to close out a very buzzy year after the release of his debut album 'you're a man now, boy'. directed by jacob himself, this is definitely a personal track for him which makes the beautiful track all the more compelling to listen to. love this!
alessia cara - seventeen
easily one of my fave songs of 2015 FINALLY gets an official release and still has the same effect on me a year later. this was the song that told me that alessia meant business with lyrics that spoke beyond her years and brought chills with the line 'never were there truer words in all my days i've ever heard when she told me little girl the answer is love'. chills! if this already wasn't a fave song of yours before, hopefully it will be now!
Thursday, December 08, 2016
jack garratt - strong enough
i'm just obsessed with jack garratt's blend of his celebration of soul / funk musical chords with a twist of uk modern. every jam literally is that, a hodge podge mix that weirdly meshes perfectly and turns it into something well... jack garratt. love this guy so much.
Tuesday, December 06, 2016
dj earworm - united state of pop 2016 (into pieces)
OMG have we hit that time of the year again when dj earworm puts together all the biggest hits into a way too catchy mashup? these were most of your pop smashes for the year people! enjoy!
Bruno Mars - 24K Magic
Calvin Harris & Rihanna - This is What You Came For
DRAM and Lil Yachty Broccoli
Desiigner - Panda
DJ Snake and Justin Bieber - Let Me Love You
DNCE - Cake By The Ocean
Drake feat Wizkid and Kyla - One Dance
Fifth Harmony and Ty Dolla $ign - Work From Home
Flo Rida - My House
Justin Bieber - Love Yourself
Justin Timberlake - Can't Stop The Feeling!
Lukas Graham - 7 Years
Major Lazer feat Justin Timberlake and M0 - Cold Water
Mike Posner - I Took A Pill In Ibiza
Rae Sremmurd - Black Beatles
Rihanna - Needed Me
Rihanna and Drake - Work
Sia - Cheap Thrills
The Chainsmokers and Daya - Don't Let Me Down
The Chainsmokers and Halsey - Closer
The Weeknd and Daft Punk - Starboy
Twenty One Pilots - Stressed Out / Heathens / Ride
Zayn - Pillow Talk
Friday, November 18, 2016
wongieFM carmix new tracks for November 2016
though my posts on this music blog are down to 1-2 a week, that doesn't mean that i'm not checking out new tracks whenever i can. in fact, if you're a follower of carmix 2016 on a weekly basis, you'll see the amount of new tracks that get added every week. as something i'll try to do bi-weekly, here are all the wonderful new additions that are on my radar and please remember to follow the spotify playlist to hear all my faves of 2016!
new tracks added:
dua lipa - room for 2
etta bond - all of my love
terror jr - 3 strikes
lliam taylor - to you
tkay maidza - simulation
pharrell williams - runnin'
c. duncan - other side
jaws - just a boy
the japanese house - swim against the tide
tkay maidza - drumsticks no guns
peking duk feat elliphant - stranger
gryffin feat bipolar sunshine - whole heart (dave winnel remix)
Friday, November 04, 2016
after much talk about a mixtape curated and produced by hamilton creator lin manuel miranda, we are FINALLY getting to hear the results in advance of it's december 2nd release. don't worry we will be updating these tracks as soon as they're available!
kelly clarkson - it's quiet uptown
how fascinating to spin the song from a mother's perspective. kelly clarkson's version is a completely different take on what is probably the most emotional crux of the hamilton score and it's equally heartbreaking. try to not cry when the words "forgiveness" is sung. brilliant!
the roots feat busta rhymes, joell ortiz & nate ruess - my shot
OMG the busta rhymes section is EVERYTHING!!
kda feat tinashe - just say
[UPDATE: one of my fave songs of the year gets an official video with tinashe dancing like a well... press play!!]
OMG this kda house tune with it's progressive tribal beats is the perfect dance song i've heard in ages! throw in tinashe's smooth vocals and you've got a massive club smash on your hands. it's SO good!! turn it up!!
beyonce feat dixie chicks - daddy lessons
with a collaboration that celebrates how artists will always have music in common, the beyonce/dixie chicks union has caused some big talk on what it means to be 'country' when the collective went on the CMA awards two nights ago. making their first appearance in years after being shunted by nashville for being politically vocal, the dixie chicks not only came back in style but brought on the queen bey to add to their defiance. beyonce hopefully reminded country music fans that so much of their roots came from bluegrass/soul music therefore making her attendance totally valid. either way the re-recording of 'daddy lessons' has all the spirit of a foot stompin party which at the end of the day, isn't that what we really want to be listening to on a friday!
not sure how long this will stay up, but here is the controversial / wonderful cma awards performance that has everyone talking:
beyonce & dixie chicks - daddy lessons
sigma feat birdy - find me
just one play and you'll be able to sing along to this instantly catchy breakbeat lite pop track headlined by the wonderfully melancholic vocals of wongie fave birdy. throw in a video performance by millie bobby brown of stranger things and well... all is perfect really!
Wednesday, November 02, 2016
zak abel - unstable
i've always been a fan of uk singer zak abel's soulful voice, but his latest track 'unstable' not only kicks off his debut album 'only when we're naked', but showcases his broad voice amid a tropical insta-catchy groove that you'll be humming for a long time. i'm calling it a pop hit yo!
Tuesday, November 01, 2016
little big town - better man
after releasing a special gospel tinged pharrell produced side project earlier this year, my fave country group little big town return to what they do best, catchy country music that pretty much are insta hits in the coming months. written by taylor swift, remember to stay on til midway when karen fairchild goes acapella. chills i say! chills!
kiiara - feels
after putting out the incredible viral smash "gold" last year, kiiara has been taking her time to get her debut album recorded correctly. while we wait for a full length, us fans are still enjoying the jams taken off her EP 'low kii savage' with the track "feels" finally released as an official single. soulfully ethereal, this is just beautiful!
Friday, October 21, 2016
sofi tukker feat betta lemme - awoo
firstly when did new york city spawn the wonderful dance influenced duo of sophie hawley-weld and tucker halpern (aka sofi tukker) and secondly how have they only just shown up on my radar (shows you how behind i am with things!) with their house grooves and soulfully tribal rhythms, these guys might just become my fave new band of the moment. press play, bop to their awesomeness and check out their other musical gems from their debut EP below.
sofi tukker - drinkee
OMG this song is AMAZING!!!!
crystal fighters - all night
though this track was released late summer, it looks like london indie band crystal fighters are finally riding the swell of appreciation that is kicking in for this celebratory borderline world music insta jam! already b-listed on bbc radio 1's playlist, i promise you'll be hearing this song from their new album 'everything is my family', for months to come! brilliant!
little mix - shout out to my ex
they're baaack!! my fave gal band kicks off their upcoming 4th album 'glory days' with this insta-catchy single that celebrates their usual brand of girl power with a hint of sass. love these girls!
Friday, October 07, 2016
amber coffman - all to myself
what a surprisingly retro borderline doo wop ballad (filtered through some modern phrasings cause this is amber coffman, possible ex of the dirty projectors!) amber calls this jam a love song to yourself. so slow dance like theres no one watching! hey amber does it!