Saturday, May 30, 2015
ryn weaver - pierre (acoustic)
so here's the thing about ryn that i love and hate at the same time her obvious talent is so front and center, that it sometimes comes across as try hard and show off-y. alot has to do with her ambition to succeed, you can just see that her every move is pre-planned (those sideways looks!). but then again, ryn's songs are uber dynamic and insta hipster pop ready. don't get me wrong, i'm a big fan... i'm just calling it as i see it...
kelly clarkson - invincible
co-written by the almighty sia, this is a nice power ballad anthem that kelly can belt out in her sleep. not my fave track off her current 'piece by piece' album, but it's not bad either.
Friday, May 29, 2015
little mix - black magic
co-written by camille purcell and ed drewett, this is a wonderful return to the pop charts by my fave uk girl band. though it's catchy as all heck, the girls also seem to have picked up some weird poses (neck snaps and eye stares) which i hope will be dropped soon, cause it looks hella false. all good, still love them to bits!
disclosure feat gregory porter - holding on
i mean... this is all sorts of awesome!! the return of disclosure also introduces the husky voice of jazz singer gregory porter to the masses. nothing wrong here!!
hayden james - something about you
this relaxed house jam has been playing on my carmix for quite some time, but now it looks like aussie producer/dj is ready for some serious international crossover buzz as his single is gearing for a worldwide release next month. get on the awesome sauce now!!
Tuesday, May 19, 2015
ryn weaver - octahate
we've been fans of this awesome indie pop song since back in october of last year, now with fresh relaunched support from the label, it looks like 2015 is going to be the year of ryn weaver. between this still awesome gem and her album title track 'the fool, we are officially having a moment with this gal!
josef salvat - till i found you
aussie singer josef salvat is slowly turning into 2015's debut solo male singer making epic dramatic pop for the masses. it's hella wonderful (with solid videos to match) and definitely on our radar!
Monday, May 18, 2015
david guetta feat nicki minaj & afrojack - hey mama
world premiering on vessel, we continue our love of nicki with this fun jam for the summer.
nicki minaj feat beyonce - feeling myself
world premiering on tidal, check out this perfectly cheeky jam from nicki minaj and beyonce. loads of fun!
taylor swift feat kendrick lamar - bad blood
it's a crazy cast, but t-swift has some serious a-list connections:
Bad Blood Cast:
Taylor Swift as Catastrophe
Selena Gomez as Arsyn
Karlie Kloss as Knockout
Kendrick Lamar as Welvin Da Great
Martha Hunt as HomeSlice
Jessica Alba as Domino
Serayah as Dilemma
Lena Dunham as Lucky Fiori
Hailee Steinfeld as The Trinity
Ellie Goulding as Destructa X
GiGi Hadid as Slay-Z
Hayley Williams as The Crimson Curse
Zendaya as Cut-Throat
Lily Aldridge as Frostbyte
Ellen Pompeo as Luna
Mariska Hargitay as Justice
Cara Delevingne as Mother Chucker
Cindy Crawford as Headmistress
Friday, May 15, 2015
britney spears & iggy azalea - pretty girls
i still stand by my 'it's barely a song' statement, but it does make me happy to see britney embracing her silly and dancing with her crew again.
Sunday, May 10, 2015
cazwell - downtown
blunt smoking, porn loving, bootie shaking, gay rapper cazwell returns with yet another naughty video that both titillates and entertains at the same time. it's the weekend, so watch this in the privacy of your home you pervs!
ed sheeran - photograph
honestly just press play and watch ed sheeran go from baby to superstar. awwwwww!
Friday, May 08, 2015
ryn weaver - the fool
we fell in love with ryn's previous single 'octahate' last year (which is getting some pop radio traction these days) and now she charms us with her new single which is just magical (especially if you listen to it late at night). allegedly inspired by the animation of studio ghibli the video is equally inspired. definitely a fan!!
sinead harnett - she ain't me
UK singer/songwriter sinead harnett has been working towards bringing her soulful vocals to the masses for a good few years. featured in tracks with wiley, disclosure and rudimental, sinead is now front and center with her latest single that is easy on the ears and sets sinead up for what could be a solid debut album. she's on our radar!
btw, if you wanna check out sinead sing this catchy number live take a look at her wonderful acoustic performance below:
sinead harnett - she ain't me (live @ vevo dscvr)
petite meller - baby love
directed by a.t. mann and fashion photographer napoleon habeica, this highly stylized celebration of colors, wildlife and the youth of africa by french pop gal petite meller is something to admire. throw in the pop rave house (with sax!) track that is instantly catchy and you've got your hipster obsession for the summer. you have been warned!!
Thursday, May 07, 2015
OST - fifty shades of grey remixed
though the film turned out to be a big successful meh, the wonderfully eclectic soundtrack of 'fifty shades of grey' continues to generate hits. which is probably why the label has decided to release a remixed companion album for the fans. the result is a surprisingly subtle collection of lush late night beats perfect for an evening of... um... staying in.
loreen - paper light (revisited)
[UPDATE now with video premiere!!]
we've been fans of swedish singer loreen ever since her eurovision win back in 2012. though she still remains a star back in the EU zones, intl success seems to have eluded her. to be honest, it doesn't matter since the woman continues to put out interesting signature releases that places loreen in her own category. with a new single just out, the label competes with itself by putting out this 'revisited' version by salvatore ganacci and it's pretty damn hot! definitely on repeat!
btw, there is nothing wrong with the original single. it's a wonderful slice of smart pop, which is what we love from our loreen. check it out below:
loreen - paper light (higher)
stromae - ave cesaria (major lazer remix)
though i still prefer the original, it's always nice to hear diplo and co do their magic on a track that you're familiar with. i wish there was more clever incorporation of the vocals, but this is a nice boogie for your day.
Wednesday, May 06, 2015
chris stapleton - tennessee whiskey (live @ the view)
with 15 years worth of songs under his belt for some of the biggest names in country (and one adele), singer songwriter chris stapleton is finally ready to take the center stage with his amazing raspy soulful voice and sensitive silent man stance.
ironically it was a cover of the george jones classic hit 'tennessee whiskey' (on THE VIEW no less!) that made me sit up and take notice of this talented 'new' artist. this performance is so perfect (chris even has his wife morgane on stage with him) that i may have gotten teary from the surprise of what i was watching! the new album 'traveller' just came out and you can listen to it in full on spotify now.
if you can't watch the video, check out the bluesy studio version below:
chris stapleton - tenneesee whiskey
lucy rose - our eyes
there's something so pleasantly breezy about UK singer/songwriter lucy rose's new single. throw in this kooky dorky video and you've got what could be her biggest crossover hit yet. i'm a fan and this just continues my love for her!
Tuesday, May 05, 2015
joy williams - woman (oh mama)
welcome to your female empowerment anthem of the week. co-writing with the amazing audra mae (and matt morris), this sparse gospel-esque jam just builds on itself until the powerful climax, showcasing what will be an exciting solo album for the ex-civil wars member. can't wait to see her live!
maverick sabre - walk into the sun
nothing like a happy soulful bop to make your week go by nicely! taken from the upcoming 2nd album 'innerstanding' i really love seeing our irish lad michael stafford in this happy spirit. it's a color that really suits him!
Sunday, May 03, 2015
britney spears feat iggy azalea - pretty girls
with the official premiere of this song at this years billboard music awards (in two weeks) hopefully we'll get to see a version of the artwork for the upcoming video! the song is whatever, but THE VIDEO... i can't wait!
Saturday, May 02, 2015
x ambassadors - renegades
music is a funny thing cause sometimes it just takes a few bars from a commercial to draw you in and keep you captivated for the duration of the ad; such is the case of the jeep ad using the music of ny based band x ambassadors. with their singalong chorus and simple song structure (throw in some fancy layering behind it all), "renegades" is set to be a big hit for the band who're currently working on their upcoming major label album.
wanna see the ad that grabbed my attention?
2015 jeep renegade ad
adam lambert - ghost town
[UPDATED: now with the hype williams directed video, the song has definitely grown on me more since it's debut a week and a half ago] it's the return of adam lambert in the form of a strong dance pop number produced by max martin / shellback that is destined to be a hit. my only issue with the song is their need to add that dub bass which i find unnecessary since the song could do with some subtler cooler groove. this probably means the remixes are right around the corner, but for now this sets up what could be a big big year for adam!
wanna see more? adam went on the ellen degeneres show and performed this song live for the first time:
adam lambert - ghost town (live @ the ellen degeneres show)
disclosure - bang that
while the disclosure brothers are working on their new album, they offered this fierce house track to the fans in the interim. turn it up cause it's faaaaabulous!
Tuesday, April 28, 2015
rudimental - never let you go
they're back! the rudimental boys seem to be entering into a more mature sound which incorporates their drum n bass beats but really it's about the lush arrangements surrounding the song. to be honest, the song is a bit too 'catch phrase-y' for my taste, but hopefully their other stuff will be great. we shall see!
Monday, April 27, 2015
mariah carey - infinity
jeez... all the stuff that the press release will no doubt champion (she showcases her vocal range! did you hear that last note! mariah's back with her signature style! the production is massive!) is literally the stuff that bugs me about her these days. it took 5 people to "craft" this song and in the end it's just bad rhymes, overproduced music, shrill trills and references to things i could care less about. just sing a song with no frills already... THAT'S the mariah we want back!
arctic lake - limits
ok fine, the similarities between london three piece arctic lake and the other three piece london grammar are very close. both have leading ladies with haunting beautiful voices and both swim in that shoegazing electronica that makes them interesting instantly. the only difference is that london grammar don't have new material out at the moment and the new band arctic lake... do! and what a lovely song it is! recently added onto the bbc radio 1 playlist, we will be hearing alot more from this trio in the coming months. you have been gently nudged.
Sunday, April 26, 2015
beyonce - blow (country club martini crew acoustic mix)
with just a guitar, the acoustic remix of blow by country club martini crew is all sorts of awesome!
conor maynard - royalty
i have to be honest here, as much as i'm a fan of conor maynard, i much prefer his previous single 'talking about' than this jazzy pop number. hopefully there are better songs in the upcoming album to choose from.
conor maynard - royalty (live @ red bull music)
actually this stripped down version is MUCH better. they really should do a remix with a more ragtime arrangement.
jessie j - flashlight (OST pitch perfect 2)
illuminating the barden university campus from the film pitch perfect, jessie j offers up the kind of power balladry that she is known for. it feels a tad dated to my tastes, BUT the video does feature scenes from the upcoming PP2 and i simply cannot wait for it to happen!!
Friday, April 24, 2015
lunchmoney lewis - bills
the song is a worldwide smash and you should be bopping along to it, like yesterday, only cause you will hate this song in a months time. the florida based rapper will hopefully figure out a way to rise above the success of this song cause if not, the words one hit wonder will be etched pretty quickly here. just sayin...
the chemical brothers - sometime i feel so deserted
besides their contribution to the hunger games soundtrack last year, it's been almost 5 years since the chems have put out new material. with their album 'born in the echoes' coming out in july, this first single shows us the brothers still know how to work it out. definitely hypnotic, i can't wait to hear more in the coming months!!
major lazer feat ellie goulding and tarrus riley - powerful
the next official single from the upcoming major lazer album features ellie goulding and jamaican artist tarrus riley on vocals. a bit of a departure from their heavy dance sound, this is almost a power ballad (it's still major lazer, so not quite). definitely offering a diverse bunch of tracks, the new album is shaping up to be pretty darn interesting.
Thursday, April 23, 2015
sia - fire meets gasoline (heidi klum intimates)
used as the official music for heidi klum's latest campaign for her intimates collection, the ad also ropes in ex-game of thrones hottie pedro pascal as her feiry partner in crime. the ad makes no sense, but heidi and pedro look great and really that's all we can ask for.
Wednesday, April 22, 2015
jason derulo - want to want me
um i think this is the song of the summer... i've said it. too catchy for it's own good! i'll probably hate it in a few weeks, but for now it just brings a smile to my face and a boogie in my step!
Tuesday, April 21, 2015
lianne la havas - unstoppable
it's been three years since we've heard new material from the gorgeous UK soulstress lianne la havas, and that wait has produced this lush large single for us fans! with an almost freestyle structure, this gives us a preview of her upcoming album 'blood' produced by the grammy winning paul epworth. from what i've heard, this makes me very excited!
Sunday, April 19, 2015
NOW THAT'S WHAT I CALL LIVE: rhodes - blank space (taylor swift cover) (live @ bbc radio 1 piano sessions)
rhodes - blank space (taylor swift cover) (live @ bbc radio 1 piano sessions)
uk singer/songwriter david rhodes (aka rhodes) goes on bbc radio 1 and gives a seriously yearning cover of taylor swifts hit smash and turns the whole spirit of the song into something quite lonely and desperate. we are definite fans and will post more of him in the coming days, but for now, enjoy this beautiful gem.
Friday, April 17, 2015
erik hassle - no words
this is easily the most pop friendly release by swedish singer erik hassle and hopefully it'll bring more fans to the soulful singer/songwriter and a longtime wongie favorite.
rac feat alex ebert - tear you down
channelling some serious old skool talking heads, this album favorite from RAC that features edward sharpe and the magnetic zero's alex ebert FINALLY gets an official release. actually it's kind of perfect with spring in the air, this is exactly the kind of light fun boogie that'll kick your winter blues away!
Tuesday, April 14, 2015
janelle monae & jidenna - yoga
[UPDATE] janelle monae owns this new track that makes yoga super sexy and empowering. no wonder we love her so!
THIS IS WHAT I WROTE TWO WEEKS BACK:
taken from janelle monae's new imprint wonderland records, this cheeky trap number also introduces her first signing jidenna. it's hella fun and i can't wait to see the video!!
florence + the machine - ship to wreck
[UPDATE: now with video premiere!] the second official single from her upcoming 'how big, how blue, how beautiful' album is a brighter jam than her previous releases, the irony is that the lyrics are about self sabotage.
mumford & sons - the wolf
[UPDATE] now with a live performance video which makes this song more bearable. i guess this album needs to be heard live instead of the studio version.
THIS IS WHAT I WROTE LAST WEEK:
so the song isn't bad and marcus sounds pretty rocking. but it's just kind of too easy to criticize this band for trying out a new sound for themselves and coming out kind of derivative (cough... foo fighters... cough). sigh...
want more? check out mumford and sons on SNL over the weekend:
mumford & sons - believe (live @ snl)
once again, this song sounds SO much better live!
Monday, April 13, 2015
prides - higher love
honestly the 80's celebratory synth pop song by these scottish lads speaks for itself! with only a few EP's under their belt, the trio are heading over stateside for a mini tour before going back to the UK summer festival circuit. i'm sure we'll be hearing alot from them in the coming months... and that makes me happy!