Friday, September 30, 2016
pwr bttm - i wanna boi
nothing like kicking off the weekend with this queer punk pop anthem by the new york based duo pwr bttm. having met at the upstate art college bard, ben hopkins and liv bruce have released a debut album 'ugly cherries' packed with songs about gender identity and what it means to be queer in 2016. i'm a tad obsessed people and so should you!
zara larsson - ain't my fault
swedish pop star zara larsson is FINALLY poised to break international waters as she releases this uber catchy jam (co-written by mnek) that kicks off her worldwide debut album. we've been tracking this talent for years! love her!
jack garratt feat little simz - far cry
holy cow this live performance of jack garratt is AMAZING!!! jack gets little simz (who did a remix of her own last month) in on the video and boy her verse is just as stunning. if you don't understand why this guy was easily my fave act of last year, this should give you an idea why. DAMN this is great!
Thursday, September 29, 2016
niall horan - this town (live, 1 mic 1 take performance)
with little fanfare, ex-one directioner naill horan released his 1st single with a live performance of 'this town'. co-written by jamie scott, the acoustic version hints at a singer/songwriter path for the debut album. can't wait to hear more in the coming weeks.
WONGIE GUILTY PLEASURE OF THE WEEK: kideko & george kwali feat nadia rose and sweetie irie - crank it (woah!)
kideko & george kwali feat nadia rose and sweetie irie - crank it (woah!)
a few months back, we came across the highly celebratory house track 'crank it' featuring some kick ass latin grooves and a hypnotic vocal hook. fast forward to the fall and the original version is now packed with actual lyrics and hooks galore. it's definitely made it cheesier but somehow i can't stop silly dancing to this version. sometimes you just want to have fun... now crank it!
years & years - meteorite
this is pretty much the poppiest track that the years & years crew have ever put out. unabashedly catchy, like the video, just put on your best glitter outfit and just dance like no ones watching. whee!
the weeknd feat daft punk - starboy
setting up the weeknd 2.0 (he literally snuffs out his previous persona), 'starboy' kicks off a new version of the weeknd with some help from daft punk on electro funkiness. can't wait to see what abel (aka weeknd) has up his sleeve for his new album!
Friday, September 23, 2016
dirty projectors - keep your name
it's been 4 years since we've heard new material from the dirty projectors (4 years!) and they return with this artfully glitchy soulful ballad that also incorporates rap and a warped loop of a previous release. because they are musical geniuses, of course this crazy multidimensional divorce song works out perfectly. welcome back you lovely crazy people!
Wednesday, September 21, 2016
lady gaga - perfect illusion
i'm definitely on the 'meh' side of appreciation for this song, but there is something so captivating about lady gaga finding her euphoria that i can only hope that other tracks from the upcoming 'joanne' will match my curiosity. co-produced by mark ronson, kevin parker (tame impala) and bloodpop, the repetitive glam of this track just feels too underproduced for my tastes (plus the chorus is repetitive), can't wait to hear what's next please!
Tuesday, September 20, 2016
bomba estereo - soy yo
this torben kjelstrup video for columbian duo bomba estereo (aka simon mejia & liliana saumet) has definitely gone viral with the cute sassy sarai isaura gonzalez feeling oh so very confident in front of well... everyone! definitely a girl power anthem for the fall, just press play and smile already!
Monday, September 19, 2016
carmix 2016 for some serious jams that i'm buzzing about. See you guys soon!
Tuesday, September 06, 2016
sia - the greatest
featuring 49 young dancers, sia once again uses her muse maddie ziegler to channel ryan heffington's movements that reflect and honor those who died in Orlando's pulse nightclub. it's quite a powerful image really. #weareyourchildren
Monday, September 05, 2016
beyonce - hold up
it took them long enough to release this as an official video, but queen bey released it on her bday for the fans and well... if you don't already know this song back to front, then you've been hiding under a rock and in for a treat. co-written by ezra koenig of vampire weekend, the indie references extend to the yeah yeah yeahs in this song too. easily a highlight of the lemonade collection, turn this one up!
Sunday, September 04, 2016
drake - childs play
so the question is does this song need a 12 mins video? to be fair i could have watched a whole mini movie with tyra banks in it, but hey this is drake's video and he wants to be surrounded by strippers in a sea of dolla bills. i definitely preferred the 1st half and maybe there's going to be a sequel as drake has announced another mini movie later this month, so drake... BRING BACK TYRA BANKS!
Tuesday, August 30, 2016
joey purp feat chance the rapper - girls @
as part of chance the rapper's savemoney crew, joey purp offers up the highly cheeky celebration of girls (and that groove!) taken from his iiidrops mixtape that i can't stop playing on repeat. turn it up and get your silly dance on!
NEW BON IVER!: bon iver - 33 "god" / 22 (over s∞∞n) [bob moose extended cab version] / 10 d E A T h b R E a s T ⚄ ⚄ (extended version)
taken from the upcoming '22, a million' album, bon iver's latest collection upon first listen sounds complex and disjointed. but strip away the seemingly random soundscapes, you can hear the same internal exploration of self that we've loved about this man from the very beginning. in fact i'd say that these songs are actually quite lush, but in that avant kind of way. here are 3 beautiful new tracks, trust me, it's worth the listen!
bon iver - 33 "god"
bon iver - 22 (over s∞∞n) [bob moose extended cab version]
bon iver - 10 d E A T h b R E a s T ⚄ ⚄ (extended version)
Monday, August 29, 2016
kanye west feat teyana taylor - fade
yeah... this was the hottest thing i've seen on my screen in awhile. damn that choreographer / singer teyana is hawt! and a cat!
beyonce - 2016 mtv vma awards lemonade medley
honestly 16 minutes of the best live performance you'll see this week. holy shizz was beyonce's lemonade medley perfect! press play and sit back.
pray you catch me (live debut)
hold up (feat "countdown")
don't hurt yourself
joseph - sos (overboard)
hailing from portland, oregon, the closner sisters (natalie, allison and meegan) have released a solid new album under their joseph guise with this single my easy favorite from 'i'm alone, no you're not'. poppy with some indie leanings i've been singing along to the catchy chorus for days and so should you! love this!
Friday, August 26, 2016
rudimental feat j angel - healing
seemingly out of nowhere, the drum n bass band rudimental have released this deep soul house number which the band have been playing all summer as a crowd favorite. with all the essence of what you love of rudimental tracks (the horns, the soulful vocals - sans breakbeat) this really is 7 mins of club bliss. turn it up!!!
Monday, August 22, 2016
frank ocean - nikes
we offered up frank ocean's visual album 'endless' last week and then in less than 24 hours, the singer/songwriter released another album 'blonde' with the accompanying 'nikes' video as the official first release. dreamy and loose, the whole album is a fascinating creative experiment that deserves multiple listens. either way, it's a massive welcome back that we will be breaking down in the weeks to come!
Saturday, August 20, 2016
frank ocean - endless (album preview)
though everyone was waiting last week for it to happen, frank ocean took his time to quietly release his new collection of songs under the title of 'endless'. featuring a slew of guests from radiohead's jonny greenwood to james blake, frank streamed the new tracks on his website via an installation piece where the singer/songwriter went ahead and built himself a sculpture made of boxes. does any of this make sense? who cares! we got new frank ocean stuff!!!
Thursday, August 18, 2016
cl - lifted
one of the biggest problems of kpop superstar CL's foray into international waters is that she is packaged so perfectly to become a star (the clothes! the swagger! the dave meyers video! the method man cameo!) that they kind of forgot the most important thing about it all... the songs! though her new single 'lifted' comes the closest to crossover success (the siren hook and the reggae grooves are pretty fun), but it's still a tad lite on the m.i.a./sass pop front. maybe this'll be a grower?
m.i.a. - bird song (diplo remix)
well looks like hell hath frozen over as mia & diplo have buried the hatchet and released a fun new remix of her current single 'bird song' (not without some behind the scenes drama with her label). claiming this is her last ever album, the reunion of the ex's does allow her career to come full circle if this is the case. either way, it's a perk for the fans!
Friday, August 12, 2016
the lumineers - nobody knows (pete's dragon OST)
sometimes you just need a sweet gentle song to make your weekend ever so nicer. co-written by the screenwriter of pete's dragon (with sentiments to match the new film no less) the lumineers continue their streak of putting out lovely tunes for their fans. nice one this!
Tuesday, August 09, 2016
d/c - badman (live @ mahogany session)
nothing like discovering a new soulful singer songwriter from the UK through this wonderful self penned track. just listening to daniel caplen's (aka d/c) gravelly storied voice telling his story of redemption through this gospel tinged gem is worth our collective love. definitely one to keep on our radar!
wanna hear the studio version of badman (and some other lovely tracks?), click on the soundcloud player below:
betsy - lost and found
there's something fascinating about the buzzy welsh pop lass betsy. visually rooted in classic 80's fashion tropes (think helmut newton) and dipping her sound in retro indie dance themes (massive attack meets billie ray martin) the end result is this insanely catchy new single that i've had on repeat all weekend long (i mean that string hook!). throw in her thick cabaret vocals and you've got a very fabulous left of center new act that you'll be hearing alot about the 2nd half of 2016.
Friday, July 22, 2016
troye sivan feat alessia cara - wild
two of my fave acts of 2015 join together to re-record troye sivan's single 'wild' and it's lush!!! after spending much of the past year covering each others songs on various shows, the duo got together to rework this track with a new verse by alessia and adding some sweet harmonies into the mix. just when you thought it couldn't get more loverly, this duet defo does the job! love this!!
now check out the covers below:
troye sivan - here (alessia cara cover)
alessia cara - youth (troye sivan cover)
kda feat tinashe - just say
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!!
francis and the lights feat kanye west & bon iver - friends
directed by filmmaker jake schreier (paper towns), this minimalist video showcases francis farewell starlite (aka francis and the lights) with his friends bon iver and kanye doing some choice dancing. oh and the song is damn awesome too!
dj snake feat george maple - talk
reworking aussie producer/dj george maple's wonderful 2014 single 'talk talk' into a summer jam, dj snake once again brings his magic touch to mass love. it's a worldwide hit and destined to be played well into the fall. we loved the song back then, we defo LOVE the song now!
betty who - i love you always forever
aussie pop gal betty who covers donna lewis' 1996 classic and reminds us how perfect this gentle song has been from day 1. throw in a pan cuddle party and you've got a something perfect for 2016. bring on the ahhhhs!
jarryd james feat broods - 1000x
[UPDATE: now with new video!] 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!
since we're on a update kick, check out this soulful album cut from the upcoming 'high' that is pretty darn awesome:
jarryd james - sure love
major lazer feat justin bieber & MØ - cold water
looks like we have a strong new contender for song of the summer as this mid tempo pop number by major lazer with justin bieber and MØ is all sorts of good! teased for the past week, the song FINALLY is available for you to download/stream today. yes please!!
Friday, July 15, 2016
snakehips feat zayn - cruel
oh my gosh, the new snakehips with zayn track is IT! like i can't get over how 90's soultastic it is! this kind of proves that the snakehips duo are not only two of the coolest producers out at the moment, but zayn is just completely right on with his smart collaborations as a solo artist. yeah this is good repeat again stuff!
britney spears feat g-eazy - make me
oh damn! this burns produced new track for britney spears is actually good... like REALLY good! by the time the harmonious chorus kicks in, i'm totally sold on this hopefully new direction of our pop princess. please don't release anything with the word 'bitch' in it ever again!
Wednesday, July 06, 2016
james vincent mcmorrow - rising water
irish singer songwriter (and wongie favorite) returns with brand new material leading up to his new album 'we move' coming out in the fall. sounding confident and more upbeat, james camped out in toronto to work with the team behind drake and revised his musical approach where his subtle quiver seems to be gone for the time being. basking in the minimal arrangement, there's a joy here that i haven't heard in james' sound before. me likey!!
local natives - villainy
sometimes a song just finds you, upon pressing 'shuffle' on my carmix, this brilliant swirling electropop gem shows up and entrances me for it's whole play. the layered textures of this song is just magical making me SUPER excited to hear what else this LA based indie band have up their sleeve for their upcoming album. yeah this is good stuff!
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)