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.
WONGIE DUET OF THE WEEK / PLUS FULL ALBUM STREAM: kelly clarkson feat john legend - run run run / piece by piece
kelly clarkson feat john legend - run run run
what happens when you get two powerhouse voices to duet on a large epic heartbreaker? you get this emotional number that just begs for you to play on blast. the upcoming album 'piece by piece' is quickly turning into a solid collection of songs that marks this as one of kelly clarkson's better albums.
surprise! the whole 'piece by piece' album is here for you to stream in full! enjoy!!
NOW THAT'S WHAT I CALL LIVE: ed sheeran - dirrty (christina aguilera cover) (live @ bbc radio 1 live lounge)
ed sheeran - dirrty (christina aguilera cover) (live @ bbc radio 1 live lounge)
showing up to the live lounge yesterday with a 6 song set, ed surprised everyone by kicking it all off with this cover version of the classic Xtina hit (with the redman rap thrown in too!) press play and you might actually discover that you liked this song after all!
christina aguilera feat redman - dirty
ok... maybe not the original...
Wednesday, February 25, 2015
james bay - let it go
something wonderful happened last week thursday for british singer/songwriter james bay. in one prime time hour, TWO shows (greys anatomy / the vampire diaries) showcased the beautiful 'let it go' track to millions of viewers in the US. hopefully he'll soon be getting that highly coveted saturday night live slot too! with a 2015 BRIT awards critics choice under his belt (previous winners sam smith, ellie goulding and adele have all done quite well thank you), you will be hearing ALOT more of this guy in the coming months (if you're not already).
james bay - hold back the river
since we're on a james bay lovefest, check out the amazing current single which has been on repeat on our carmix 2014/2015 the second we heard this song last year!
hudson taylor - world without you
irish brothers harry & alfie hudson-taylor are set to finally release their debut album (they've been on the buzzlines for a good 2 years now) 'singing for stranger' next month. their latest single is easily their most radio friendly singalong number and hopefully will bring these troubadours the success they deserve. loving the heartfelt storytelling by video directors filmawi & esreal too!
Tuesday, February 24, 2015
rihanna - towards the sun (OST home)
a surprisingly positive epic number to represent the upcoming dreamworks animated film based on the children's book 'the true meaning of smekday', rihanna (who also is one of the lead voices in the film) is said to have created a whole concept soundtrack around this film. based on how strong this song is, i'm totally curious now!
nate ruess - nothing without love
i've always loved the fact that nate ruess writes songs with every hook in the book and then filters it through an epic majestic pop production. with his first venture as a solo artist, the ex-fun. frontman is leaving nothing to chance and offers up this instant singalong anthem that you'll be sick of by the 10th listen but will singing along to it nevertheless. you have been warned!
paloma faith - beauty remains
on the eve of her brit awards nomination/performance tonight, UK soul chanteuse paloma faith releases her brand new single as part of the deluxe version of her album 'a perfect contridiction: outsiders edition'. to be honest, i'm not quite sure this is her best work, but the video sure is gorgeous!
jess glynne - hold my hand (video premiere)
UPDATED WITH VIDEO PREMIERE! after her grammy win for best dance recording with clean bandit for the now classic 'rather be', jess glynne releases her latest uplifting dance pop single that'll definitely showcase the singer/songwriter/vocalist as an artist in her own right! we definitely have this song of repeat!
Monday, February 23, 2015
delta rae - scared
my fave vocal roots folk rock band return after touring for two years promoting their amazing last album 'carry the fire'. and it sounds like the road has made them a highly confident band, cause their new sound is larger than life! the first single is just the tip of the iceberg as you get an idea of the large production wrapped around their amazing vocals. there will be lots more postings for this album in the coming months... you have been warned!
just to prove how amazing they are as a vocal band, check out the group as they do an acoustic cover of an alanis morissette fan favorite:
delta rae - forgive me (alanis morissette cover)
hot chip - huarache lights
coming on strong for the first release off their upcoming album 'why make sense?' the hot chip boys have produced a killer smart disco number that you can't help but boogie along to. if this is any indicator of what's in store, then sign me up, cause mama wanna dance!!
everything everything - distant past
produced by stuart price (killers, madonna), my fave throw everything AND the kitchen sink indie band, everything everything, are back with yet another kooky track that sounds like 3 songs in 1. it's always an adventure with these boys and i can't wait to hear what other crazy shizz they'll have in the upcoming 'get to heaven' album!
lady gaga - the sound of music tribute (live @ the oscars)
what a performance! i've never heard lady gaga sing with her head voice and now i know it's pretty darn incredible. between the jazz album and now this wonderful tribute to the sound of music, i am back in love with gaga these days!
Friday, February 20, 2015
ingrid michaelson - time machine
featuring a fun collection of familiar comedic faces (rainn wilson, matt jones, jorge garcia, rob delaney, steve agee, brian baumgartner, dave koechner, garrett dillahunt and donald faison) the latest ingrid michaelson video just leaves you with a smile and a tune to hum along to for the rest of your day.
crookers feat jeremih - i just can't
it's trashy, it's silly and weirdly perfect. crookers bring in the hot jeremih and offer up your weekend guilty pleasure. turn it up and do your silly chicken dance.
eric prydz vs chvrches - tether
after world premiering his remix of the chvrches track at the ultra music festival last year, swedish dj eric prydz finally gets the bands blessing and officially releases the track to fans that have been dancing to it for the past 10 months. throw in this amazing video by vfx director julien vanhoenacker and you've got something to embrace this friday morning!
WONGIE (JOINT) INDIE POP SONGS OF THE WEEK : passion pit - lifted up (1985) / madeon feat passion pit - pay no mind (video premiere)
passion pit - lifted up (1985)
can't believe it's been 3 years since michael angelakos and co have released material. much has been because michael took some time off to recuperate from health issues. feeling better, passion pit return with a fun synth pop insta-anthem that harks back to the good ol mid-80's! can't wait to hear more from the upcoming album 'kindred'!!
madeon feat passion pit - pay no mind (video premiere)
with perfect timing, 20 year old french dj/producer hugo pierre leclercq (aka madeon) releases his latest single with PP's michael fronting the vocals. the soulful french disco number demands loud playback and teases a solid upcoming debut album from the young talent. definitely place madeon on your radar for the year!
Thursday, February 19, 2015
jack u feat kiesza - take you there (missy elliott remix)
missy is having a moment again!!! damn am i happy to have her back!!!!
NOW THAT'S WHAT I CALL LIVE: beyonce, ed sheeran & gary clark jr - stevie wonder all star grammy tribute
beyonce, ed sheeran & gary clark jr - stevie wonder all star grammy tribute
live from the wonderful grammy's special, 'the songs in the key of life - an all star stevie wonder tribute', queen bey reminded everyone that she is truly one of the best live acts around as she led a medley of songs which included "fingertips", "master blaster" and "higher ground" with ed sheeran and the crazy talented gary clark jr. not much more to say than press play and enjoy!
Wednesday, February 18, 2015
jose gonzalez - vestiges & claw (album stream)
with only 3 solo albums under his belt, swedish singer/songwriter jose gonzalez seems to have gone back to his roots and released a fully folk album with minimal arrangements and circular singing styles. it's so lovely to have him back!
1.With The Ink Of A Ghost
2.Let It Carry You
3.Stories We Build, Stories We Tell
10. Leaf Off The Cave
jungle - julia
once again the faceless UK soul group jungle return with a dynamic dance-centric music video that is just intoxicating to watch. already single #5 from their self titled debut, keep an eye out at the end when a few familiar faces from previous jungle videos make an appearance!
jack white - that black bat licorice
oh yeah, this is uber cool!!! by pressing 3 or b on your keyboard, you can check out the three different versions of this song. (jack white is the director of the live action version, james blagden the animated version and brad holland the headbang one). it's all very cool and fun and marks yet another awesome release by the prolific indie rocker.
Monday, February 16, 2015
NOW THAT'S WHAT I CALL LIVE: miley cyrus - 50 ways to leave your lover (paul simon cover) (live @ snl 40)
miley cyrus - 50 ways to leave your lover (paul simon cover) (live @ snl 40)
celebrating the 40th anniversary of the iconic saturday night live show, miley was invited to perform a rousing cover of 4 time host/performer paul simon and BOY did she deliver! definitely one of the surprise highlights of an incredible evening.
ariana grande - one last time
single number four from ariana's highly successful 'my everything' album, this david guetta track also features ariana's ex co-worker from her nickelodean show 'victorious', matt bennett, who plays her bf at the end of the world. all highly dramatic but watchable til the explosive end (thanks to new director max landis, son of 'animal house / trading places' john landis).
sufjan stevens - no shade in the shadow of the cross
looks like it's a return to sufjan's folk roots with the premiere of the 1st song from his upcoming album 'carrie & lowell'! there's very little else that is out there on this release, so for now, press play and enjoy the kooky lyrics.
Saturday, February 14, 2015
laura welsh - soft control
we've been long fans of uk singer/songwriter laura welsh since we heard her chilled out soulful tunes back in 2013 and we can now celebrate the official US release of her debut album featuring ALL the hits (plus a new duet with john legend) that we've grown to love. with the track 'undiscovered' placed in the #1 soundtrack for '50 shades of grey', things are definitely buzzing for our gentle chanteuse! curious for more? check out some of the album highlights above!
omi - cheerleader (felix jaehn remix)
already #1 in 5 countries (and counting), it took german dj felix jaehn to add the balearic beats and leonard bywa's soothing trumpet that brought this 2 year old reggae song onto the worldwide charts. it's a simple catchy jam that just begs to be your chill out anthem of the season. you have been warned cause once you press play, there's no turning back from the insta-hit!
Friday, February 13, 2015
sigma feat labrinth - higher
call it a winning formula, but after the success of their collaboration with paloma faith, sigma have smartly found the talents of another vocalist/singer songwriter, labrinth, and given his sound a solid breakbeat backdrop. pre-destined to be a crossover hit, get ready to be hearing this track ALOT in the coming weeks!
florence + the machine - what kind of man
whoa! there's some seriously disturbing images in director vincent haycock's interpretation of florence's brand new single "what kind of man". throw in ryan heffington's awesomely tumultuous group choreography (which reminds me of lars von trier weirdly enough) and you're looking at some dark thoughts behind florence's take on relationships. it's all very exciting don't you think?
want more? check out this beautiful title number from the upcoming album 'how big how blue how beautiful':
florence + the machine - how big how blue how beautiful
look florence dances with herself!
taylor swift - style
taylor's 3rd single is also a wonderful throwback to electro 80's moody pop! easily one of album '1989' highlights, the video by filmmaker kyle newman and is just all sorts of wonderful! pop song of the week!!!
Thursday, February 12, 2015
mnek - the rhythm
press play and just bask in the glorious soulful dance number that should escalate UK singer/songwriter mnek from fan fave to crossover success. one of my fave acts of 2014 deserves big love and THIS insta-catchy number will do just the trick. LOVE!
HOT SOUNDTRACK: the music of 50 shades of grey - and where they are placed in the film (feat annie lennox, laura welsh, ellie goulding, the weeknd, sia, beyonce, vaults and skylar gray)
whatever you think of the upcoming 50 shades of grey film, you can't deny that the soundtrack is pretty darn sexy with a good cross section of solid tracks to fulfill all your BDSM scenarios (heck it's heading to #1 on the billboard charts!)
but if you wanna know where these lovely songs fit in conjunction with the film (which i've just seen) here is your spoiler filled breakdown for those who can't wait until tomorrow to find out!
annie lennox - i put a spell on you
featured in the opening credits introducing both christian grey (jamie dornan) and anastasia steele (dakota johnson) to the world, we also get a good look at grey's impressive tie collection and ana's vw beetle!
laura welsh - undiscovered
laura's wonderful track is sadly placed as background music as ana and her roommate kate babble on about the interview where our heroine first meets her future spanker.
the weeknd - earned it
christian takes ana on a helicopter ride! she's trying to keep her swoon in check (lips are bit), but little does she know it's to sign the non-disclosure agreement for what's to come!
sia - salted wound
after finding out about ana's V card, christian decides to show her a great first time... and it's like, TENDER!
beyonce - crazy in love
after a few times in the sack, ana finally gets to go into the REDRUM and uh oh... we've started getting tied up for sex now!
ellie goulding - love me like you do
no sex! grey takes ana for a car ride and it's a great and gasp, normal date kind of day for all!
vaults - one last night
um... they have sex again...
skylar grey - i know you
the big reveal to how ana feels about all this gets said and bam! it's time for the credits!
well there you have it! it's like watching the movie right? want more? check out the full soundtrack below:
alison wonderland feat wayne coyne - u don't know
working with flaming lips lead singer wayne coyne, sydney based dj/producer/ singer alice scholler (aka alice wonderland) is definitely gaining some intl cred with her latest single 'u don't know'. featuring none other than mclovin christopher mintz-plasse in the video, the trap friendly indie dance pop tune is already on the influential triple j hitlist and set for release internationally in the coming months. turn it up!!
ed sheeran vs rudimental - bloodstream
giving his new single 'bloodstream' for his buddies rudimental to do a reworking, ed sheeran's latest track turns into a pretty epic drum n bass jam that just needs to be blasted on LOUD. should we start a new genre called acoustic folk dnb? i'm game! damn is this good!!!
jessie ware - champagne kisses
oh man... jessie ware's album 'tough love' was easily one of last years most overlooked albums. with gorgeous soulful songs after another, it easily offered some of my swooniest soundtracks for the year. continuing her love of love, jessie brings us her 4th official single this time with wacky sexy visuals from director chris sweeney. make this song a hit people!!!
calvin harris feat haim - pray to god
unless he was in a bear suit, it's kind of fascinating that calvin harris stepped back and just let the hippie beauties of haim take over the whole video stage. there's some serious channelling of stevie nicks (in both the spinning and guitar hook) but all in all, this is a jam that deserves some repeated listening!