Tuesday, September 01, 2015
james bay - scars
i'm a little bit surprised that it's taken so long for this live and album favorite to be an official single. but it's better late than never cause after all these months, this power ballad is still a rousing dramatic piece that showcases why james is definitely one of the best artists to come out of 2015. love it!
Monday, August 31, 2015
miley cyrus and her dead petz - dooo it!
with a budget of $50,000, miley unleashed her secret music project, miley cyrus and her dead petz (which features collaborations with big sean, ariel pink and sarah barthel of phantogram) immediately after world premiering the song 'dooo it!' on stage at this years mtv vma awards. though this release isn't part of her major label contract (they didn't know about the album until recently), it's definitely an interesting look into the kind of non-conforming musical artist miley cyrus wants to be in the years to come. it's wackadoo but that's not a bad thing!
if you want to hear the rest of the psychedelic album (all 23 tracks!!), you can listen to the whole thing here!
[updated with video premiere straight after his MTV VMA appearance, co-starring john leguizamo!]
if you wanna watch the video without justin (which i'm sure some of you do, here is the one i um... prefer
justin bieber - what do you mean?
i gotta say, when you don't see justin bieber on your youtube screen, you realize that you're kind of ok with the new material that he's putting out. probably getting the most cred in his career with his jack u smash, that dance influence has filtered through to his latest single which has a chill dance pop edge that is pretty darn catchy. can't believe i'm saying this, but it's not bad...
nick jonas - levels
nick jonas is on a roll! with two very successful pop tracks (and this looks to continue his hit streak) under his belt, a supporting role in the family drama 'kingdom' and a possible dead man walking target in the upcoming 'scream queens', the actor, singer songwriter is definitely having a good much deserved moment. my only complaint is he's wearing too much clothes for this video!
taylor swift - wildest dreams
the song is yet another wonderfully swoony track from her '1989' album, but this time it has the even more swoony scott eastwood as the male lead and lush african landscapes shot by joseph kahn. there is nothing wrong here (tswift even plays over emotional in this!), just press play and well... swoon!
Friday, August 28, 2015
omi - hula hoop
with his #1 worldwide smash "cheerleader" still on everyone's minds, jamaican singer omi now has the tough job of coming up with a follow up hit. with his latest track hula hoop using every trick in the book (the sax is back!), it feels more like a companion piece than a massive smash. i could be wrong... here's hoping there are more tricks up omi's sleeve in preparation for his debut album.
ceelo - sign of the times
to be honest, this new ceelo green track is made even more awesome with the theme song from the classic tv series 'taxi' as it's backing sample. other than that, it's a fine soul number that doesn't really scream 'comeback' for this artist.
Thursday, August 27, 2015
macklemore & ryan lewis feat eric nally - downtown
holy land of the wackadoo! the return of macklemore & ryan lewis (who i can't seem to see anywhere in this video, but then again, he was probably busy co-directing this amazing video) features crazy set pieces (with mopeds), respect to the likes of 80's rappers kool moe dee, melle mel and grandmaster caz, some serious dance moves, an insane vocal from glam rocker eric nally and a massive finale that feels like it should be a broadway number instead. oh yes, it's all these things and more! turns out we were missing macklemore & ryan lewis all along, welcome back you awesome weirdos!!!
Tuesday, August 25, 2015
deorro feat erin mccarley - i can be somebody
how nice to see deorro collaborating with singer/songwriter erin mccarley and coming up with this subtle future edm pop anthem (don't get me wrong all the tricks are there, but it feels perfectly natural). it's a smash, now it's just a matter of when!
Monday, August 24, 2015
jarryd james feat julia stone - regardless
writing this late night soul jam with aussie single julia stone only took a day, but oh boy the amount of babies that will be made from these 4'33" of sexual energy! with the release of his US ep and debut album back home, jarryd is having a bit of a buzzy moment and for this talented singer songwriter i'm super pleased! nice one this!
want more? check out an ep track 'sure love' below:
jarryd james - sure love
Sunday, August 23, 2015
cl x diplo x riff raff x og maco - doctor pepper
like the song, this video is going down some lo-fi spring breakers aesthetic which just comes off a tad thrown together. i can only hope that the rest of kpop princess cl's debut english EP will be better cause this is just groove with no meat.
Saturday, August 22, 2015
the band perry - live forever
as a country act, the band perry have always been primed for a serious crossover moment, but now that it's actually happening, i'm not quite sure if it's working. nothing wrong with their first single working with redone, it just feels a little bit forced. but hey if the rumors that collaborations with diplo, audra mae and pharrell are true, then i'm game to hear the rest of this pop makeover!
Friday, August 21, 2015
one direction - drag me down
the curious thing about the new one direction single isn't the fact that it's post zayn, or the fact that it pretty much was released out of the blue. the real curious thing is that there is NO way in heck that these boys would pass the first round of tests to even get close to a space program. not dissing them, just the fact that 90% of any of us won't be able to either. just saying...
omi feat nicky jam - cheerleader (felix jaehn remix)
turns out what was missing from this #1 smash were spanish verses. who knew that it could get better than this? kind of loving it even more now.
birdy + rhodes - let it all go
this is a bit of a match made in heaven as singer songwriters birdy and rhodes all fall within the same realm of the kind of mellow paced lush pop that seems perfect for soundtracks. case in point their latest single 'let it all go' will no doubt be part of trailers and sad faced montages in the months to come. yaaay!
Thursday, August 20, 2015
white - blush
um... what is this post punk disco with a funky groove and crazy sax thrown in? it's from new scottish 5 piece white and it's kind of genius in that sweaty 3am beyond drenched boogie kind of way. how lovely!
prides - little danger
welcome to your hokiest video of the week! the prides boys fight mafia bullies in order for get the girl! throw in some bad acting and you've got a totally cringe worthy gem that make me love the scottish pop trio even more. with their debut album 'the way back up' out now, one can only hope for more video adventures of this sort in the coming months!
Wednesday, August 19, 2015
e^st - the alley
with just two tracks under her belt, aussie singer songwriter is getting some premium buzz as a possible indie leaning pop gal with lorde success potential. there's something interesting here, so i'd keep a radar on her in the coming months.
chvrches - never ending circles
offering up an album track from their upcoming 'every open eye', the good news is that the scottish trio haven't fallen too far from their successful tree, BUT they have improved on their songwriting skills and the two tracks i've heard so far is just pop bliss! can't wait to hear more!
Tuesday, August 18, 2015
coasts - oceans
fans of the wongie FM car mix should be more than familiar with this insta anthem by coasts since we've been loving it since last year (plus the 4 million streams by fans on soundcloud!). looks like the track is finally getting some major love as bbc radio 1 claimed it as their track of the day of august. let the crossover success story happen now!
jack garratt - weathered
i can't explain what happened when i first heard this song. the mix of nostalgia, hopefulness and regret all rolled into it's 4'36" runtime definitely gave me pause to walk around my block an extra time to listen to the song again. i've always felt that jack's previous releases were a bit distracting with it's sudden jerky arrangements, but in this case, he's crafted a near perfect song that i easily my favorite thing out at the moment. i am obsessed.
wanna check out jack performing this song acoustically? :
jack garratt - weathered (live @ maida vale sessions)
chvrches - leave a trace
[UPDATED with video premiere!]
continuing to release songs for fictitious 80's movie soundtracks, it's the welcome return of chvrches! setting up the release for their 2nd album 'every open eye', this is definitely your perfect late summer jam!
Monday, August 17, 2015
lana del rey - high by the beach
nothing like creating a weed loving breakup anthem for the late summer. with a random bazooka blasting video accompanying her chill single, this is a welcome return to a more poppier sound after the psychedelica of her last album. nice one.
disclosure feat kwabs - willing & able
i'm just gonna say this, three tracks out and i've yet to freak fawn over any of these new disclosure songs. perhaps they wanted to go a more subtle adult route this time around, but there's just something missing here. shame, cause getting the awesome kwabs on vocals is a great thing. too bad the song is lacking...
v v - shift
[UPDATED with new video!] world premiering on popjustice, v v (aka vv brown) is bringing a futuristic fabulousness to her fans. sounding a tad japanese-y in it's musical references i can only imagine the video that is going to accompany this fun new gem!
Friday, August 07, 2015
sinead harnett - do it anyway
uk soul gal sinead harnett comes back with another fun new track fusing electro pop and even a smidgen of drum n bass. the new single just begs to be blasted with the car windows down so get ready for some stank face driving when this song plays from your speakers!
Thursday, August 06, 2015
josef salvat - open season
aussie singer songwriter josef salvat continues to release lush indie pop songs with equally smart visuals to match. in the case of his latest release, director rob jelley uses all the visual tropes of current music videos and packs them all into one sassy 4 mins clip. just chalk this up to yet another cool release of one of our fave acts of 2015. nice one!
UPDATE: obviously resonating with the frenchies, josef went and recorded a version francais for his fans! check out that version below!
josef salvat - une autre saison (open season)
melissa steel feat wretch 32 - you love me?
co-written by romans and produced by rodney jerkins, this new single by UK soul gal melissa steel is gonna be huge! with a perfect summer groove and catchy hooks, this might even be the track to crossover to the US with. i sure hope so, cause there's something very intriguing about melissa that seems to be missing in the soul scene in the states these days.
Wednesday, August 05, 2015
macklemore & ryan lewis feat ed sheeran - growing up (sloane's song)
with words to his newborn, ben haggerty (aka macklemore) exposes his inner thoughts to the world with a rousing chorus supplied by ed sheeran and beats by ryan. this also sets up the follow up to their massive album 'heist', which fans have been waiting almost 3 years for. welcome back boys!
soak - tiny desk concert
oh to be 19 and able to tour the world with your highly buzzed debut album 'before we forgot how to dream'. filled with teenage musings from a very talented young singer/songwriter, filtered through the indie charm of an irish lass and you have a pretty good idea of what you'll enjoy when you press play. stopping by npr music's tiny desk concert series, bridie monds-watson gives us a 3 song set of her current work.
B a noBody
want more? check out some of her dreamy tunes that have been on repeat for the past few months:
soak - blud
soak - b a nobody
cam - burning house
oh the clarity of country singer/songwriter cam's voice (plus you can hear influences in both folk and country in the way she writes her songs)! the end result is something pretty sparse and spectacular that is not only different from what's popular at the moment but also gaining deserved word of mouth traction. with only an EP called 'welcome to cam country' under her belt i can't wait to hear more from this exciting talent!
like what you hear? check out cam singing "burning house" live at the grand ole opry
cam - burning house (live @ grand ole opry)
wanna know more about cam? check out this video intro by cam herself:
welcome to cam country
Tuesday, August 04, 2015
calvin harris & disciples feat ina wroldsen - how deep is your love
nothing like getting supermodel gigi hadid to distract you from the annoying breaks throughout the music video. shame cause the song is such a summer gem that i was hoping a great video would accompany it.
melanie martinez - sippy cup
fans of the voice will no doubt be long time fans of the 20 year old singer/songwriter with the cool vocals. with her new album 'cry baby' poised for release, melanie currently also has the pleasure of having 5 of those tracks on the itunes singles chart. definitely someone to keep an eye out for.
Monday, August 03, 2015
Sunday, August 02, 2015
aurora - running with the wolves
at just the young age of 18, this norwegian performer is definitely setting herself apart from her contemporaries by making smart epic indie pop music NOT for the masses. definitely on our radar!
mark ronson feat keyone starr - i can't lose
it's always interesting when you hear a song in it's excellent remixed version and then go backwards to hear the original. though it still sounds wonderful, i'm definitely more partial to the one with the stronger dance beats. that's just me...
Saturday, August 01, 2015
rac feat nate henricks - back of the car
what a total indie pop gem! now play this on your next car ride!
sigma feat ella henderson - glitterball
doing a bit of catch up with some gems that i've not had the chance to write about. just press play and enjoy the mix!
Friday, July 31, 2015
greg holden - boys in the street
NY based singer songwriter greg holden is exposing himself as an LGBT ally with this touching song that is turning into a bit of a viral hit. with zane lowe announcing the song as a 'world record', the stamp of approval will most likely propel the song even further in the coming weeks. press play, listen to the sometimes twee lyrics, maybe even get a chill and tear in the process. kind of brilliant.
meg mac - never be
oh my fave aussie female vocalist offers up her brand new soulful single and it's a solid epic number that just adds onto meg's already impressive release discography. if you haven't discovered this gem by now, it's time people!
Thursday, July 30, 2015
aqualung feat luke sital singh - be beautiful
matt hales (aka aqualung) has brought on one of my fave singer/songwriters of last year, luke sital singh, and released this joyous uplifting indie pop number that deserves to crossover big. LOVE this tune!!
Wednesday, July 29, 2015
lion babe - impossible
the NYC based duo that is jillian hervey and lucas goodman (aka lion babe) return with yet another catchy soul pop number that showcases their hip sassy sound. we like!
the weeknd - can't feel my face
the funky instahit by the weeknd finally gets a dramatic fiery video and it's kind of crazy! yeesh!
Tuesday, July 28, 2015
clean cut kid - vitamin c
oh yeah, this debut single by liverpudlian quartet clean cut kid is pretty darn darn wonderful. with fuzzy guitars underlying a singalong love song (a duet no less), the track is just the perfect sweet gem that you can still feel cool about post gush (the band has beards and tattoos so back off!) if this is their debut, i can't wait to hear what else they have in store.
Monday, July 27, 2015
florence and the machine - queen of peace / long and lost
directed by vincent haycock, this back to back video brings our vocal heroine to the cliffs of scotland for a wonderfully dramatic music piece. officially the 3rd single off her 'how big, how blue, how beautiful' album, this is easily a good listen to two sides of a very dynamic album. we are fans, can't you tell?
WONGIE DANCE POP SONG(s) OF THE WEEK: robin schulz feat ilsey - headlights / feat francesco yates - sugar
robin schulz feat ilsey - headlights
there's something weirdly soothing about german dj robin schulz' chill dance euro hit "headlights". it's been on constant repeat over here and watching the way the song is spreading into a worldwide hit, i can see that i'm not the only one. totally obsessed!
want more? check out robin's latest single below:
robin schultz feat francesco yates - sugar
working with canadian singer/songwriter francesco yates, robin's latest single will no doubt have the same impact as previous efforts, but lemme still fawn over the last single will ya?
galantis - peanut butter jelly
the seafox mascot returns to wreck some boogie havoc with yet another instantly catchy dance/disco number for the masses. with the swedish duo christian karlsson (miike snow) and linus eklow (dj style of eye) releasing a full length debut under their side project moniker 'galantis', this will be a busy year for these guys. just lovingly wackadoo to make it quirky fun, this will be yet another big hit for these guys!
didn't hear the dance smash that is "runaway (u&i)"? check it out below:
galantis - runaway (u&i)
disclosure feat sam smith - omen
part 2 of the upcoming album 'caracal' video series by director ryan hope, this time the soundtrack is supplied with the vocal return of sam smith. will it have the same worldwide effect of their previous collab 'latch' ?