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Tuesday, February 09, 2016

WONGIE POP BALLAD OF THE WEEK: little mix feat jason derulo - secret love song

little mix feat jason derulo - secret love song
nothing like a solid cheesy power ballad to warm up your chilly winter sadness. the little mix gals join up with jason derulo and collectively have relationships on the DL (hence the sad face for all). i have a feeling that this might be one of lil mix's bigger hits as it really is a good ballad for the season.

Monday, February 08, 2016

WONGIE INDIE FOLK SONG OF THE WEEK: the lumineers - ophelia

the lumineers - ophelia
taken from their upcoming 2nd album 'cleopatra', the lumineers took a good 6 months to craft the sound of their new album since the worldwide success of their 2012 debut. it's a lovely new start don't you think?

Sunday, February 07, 2016

LIVE PERFORMANCE: coldplay superbowl halftime show (featuring beyonce / bruno mars)

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coldplay superbowl halftime show featuring beyonce & bruno mars
it's kind of interesting to see the division of star power on this massive live performance. starting with a band throwing out a mini singalong medley of songs that are borderline forgettable the second you hear the next tune, a showman who with just his buddies bring out a playful urban street corner jive and a mama bey who in an instant not only owns the whole show but also throws in a political 'X' while throwing girl power to the world. of course it all gets softened back into a playful boy v girl thing with chris martin jumping into the center with his 'hey guys... it's me' energy. was it a success? if your name begins with the letter 'B' i'm sure it was. oh wait 'C' follows that letter in alphabet right? (non-interested silence ensues)

Saturday, February 06, 2016

VIDEO PREMIERE: beyonce - formation

beyonce - formation
[UPDATE 2/7: damn! beyonce DID perform this female empowerment anthem at the superbowl! told you she could do anything!!]
i highly doubt beyonce will perform this politically charged surprise song at her superbowl 50 appearance tomorrow, but it's beyonce, she can do anything!

love the images by director melina matsoukas? well all day today there was a bit of a credit scandal (which has been resolved) by the influence of images taken from the awesome bounce doc by chris black & abteen bagheri below. all is fixed, new orleans sissy bounce gets a nice namecheck, still no queens (but bey) in sight. all is blessed.
that b.e.a.t. doc [WATCH THIS!!]

Tuesday, February 02, 2016

KPOP PREMIERE: 4minute - hate

4minute - hate
it's been awhile since i've posted some fun kpop for my people, so i figured i'd kick off my 2016 occasional coverage with the girl group 4minute and their skrillex produced single 'hate'. to be honest, every dance move and image feels a bit over thought wannabe 2ne1 to me, but the girls have offered a catchy dubsteppy pop song for your day. all good!

Friday, January 29, 2016

THE SOUND OF MEH: coldplay feat beyonce - hymn for the weekend

coldplay feat beyonce - hymn for the weekend
there's something so throwaway about this song that it's almost embarrassing to be associated with it (though i'm sure coldplay and co would rather call it 'joyful') also featuring bollywood actress sonam kapoor i'm not really sure what else i can write about this song except that i know these guys can write proper music. this is not the case.

VIDEO PREMIERE: zayn - pillowtalk

zayn - pillowtalk
while 1D release a not so veiled single about lack of bro-hood history (more on that in another post), zayn malik has left his boy band past behind to reboot our appreciation towards his new more dirty and raw sound (his words not mine). featuring gigi hadid, this is a pretty decent 1st release for the singer setting up what could be a solid debut in the form of the album 'mind of mine'. nice one!

Wednesday, January 27, 2016

ALBUM STREAM: rihanna - anti

rihanna - anti
(if you can't play the player above, try it track by track with this link onwards)
this falls under a massive oops as tidal accidentally leaked the whole album on their service prompting the label to put out the full release ahead of it's official friday drop. to be brutally honest i only hear 4 songs i like (work (feat drake) / kiss it better / same ol mistakes (tame impala cover) / never ending (co-written by dido!)  the rest are songs trapped in that weed induced nowheres-ville that have little impact to my tastes. maybe they're growers, but for now it's a tad underwhelming from riri.

AUDIO PREMIERE: rihanna feat drake - work

rihanna feat drake - work (if there's no player, try this link)
get ready for ALOT of rihanna in the coming days! with the news that the album 'anti' is scheduled for a surprise release as early as friday, the jamaican inspired single 'work' (and subsequent video) got a world premiere on tidal before being serviced to the usual outlets soon after. what's your take on this jam?

Wednesday, January 06, 2016

WONGIE SOUL SONG OF THE WEEK: brandy - beggin & pleadin

brandy - beggin & pleadin
um... where has THIS brandy been all my life? the singer/actress has taken her time to release any new material (since 2012 yo!) but if this all-in spirit is the way forward for her, then this will be a very exciting musical period for her! i'm excited!!!

Tuesday, January 05, 2016

wongieFM - Best of 2015 part 3: #49-1

Here it is, the last batch of the Best songs of 2015 for wongieFM!

You're probably not surprised with the choices made here cause all of these tracks made their imprint at some point in the charts or playlists around you. You MIGHT be surprised at how highly regarded some of these songs are, but they played continuously on my end and stood the test of time.

So press play, enjoy the year that was and if you want to hear the full 150 strong list of the best songs of 2015 according to us, then check out the spotify playlist (remember to follow us there too!).

Now onto 2016!

1. Major Lazer feat MO & Dj Snake – Lean On
2. Justin Bieber – Sorry / & Jack U (Skrillex, Diplo) – Where Are U Now
3. Naughty Boy feat Beyonce & Arrow Benjamin – Runnin’ (Lose It All)
4. Rudimental feat Anne Marie & Will Heard – Rumour Mill
5. Jack Garratt – Weathered / Breathe Life
6. Jessie Ware – Champagne Kisses
7. Drake – Hotline Bling
8. Christine and the Queens – Tilted / Saint Claude / Night 52
9. Taylor Swift – Style / Wildest Dreams
10. Alessia Cara – Here / Wild Things / Outlaws / Seventeen
11. Years & Years – King / Shine
12. Troye Sivan – Youth / Talk Me Down
13. Hozier – Like Real People Do / Something New
14. Ed Sheeran vs Rudimental – Bloodstream
15. Borns – Electric Love
16. Kygo feat Conrad Sewell – Firestone
17. Billie – Give Me The Knife
18. Little Big Town – Girl Crush
19. Ryan Adams – Blank Space / Out of the Woods
20. The Lone Bellow – Telluride / Watch Over Us
21. Chris Stapleton – Tennessee Whiskey
22. Shamir – On The Regular
23. Calvin Harris & Disciples feat Ina Wroldsen – How Deep Is Your Love
24. Chvrches – Clearest Blue / Leave a Trace / Tether (Eric Prydz remix)
25. Nao – Zillionaire / Bad Blood
26. Jamie xx feat Young Thug & Popcaan – I Know There’s Gonne Be (Good Times)
27. Tazer feat Tink – Wet Dollars
28. James Bay – Hold Back the River / Let It Go / Scars
29. Coasts – Oceans
30. Madeon – Home / feat Kyan – You’re On
31. Aqualung feat Luke Sital Singh – Be Beautiful
32. Adele – Send Me Love (To Your New Lover) / Water Under the Bridge
33. SOAK – Blud
34. Elle King – Ex’s & Oh’s
35. DJ Snake feat Bipolar Sunshine – Middle / feat AlunaGeorge – You Know You Like It
36. Joy Williams – Woman (Oh Mama)
37. Nathaniel Rateliff & The Night Sweats – S.O.B. / Nathaniel Rateliff – Liverpool
38. Zak Abel – Say Sumthin
39. Missy Elliott feat Pharrell Williams – WTF (Where They From)
40. Leslie Odom Jr & The Original Cast of Hamilton – Wait For It
41. Gavin James – 22 / Nervous / For You (Bearcubs remix)
42. The Paper Kites – Electric Indigo
43. Conrad Sewell – Start Again
44. Cam – Burning House
45. Bear’s Den – Elysium / Agape / Above The Clouds of Pompeii
46. Monakr – Calling Out
47. Wolf Alice – Bros
48. Tennis – Never Work For Free
49. Dotan – Hungry

Monday, January 04, 2016

wongieFM - Best of 2015 part 2: #99-50

Here is the 2nd batch of our best of 2015 list from #99-50! As you can see the closer we get to #1, the more poppier/mainstream the tracks get (which still tells me that i'm a pop gal at heart!).

Of course if you want to hear the playlist in full, feel free to check out the spotify playlist as it's all there for you to enjoy (and remember to follow me there too).

50. Florence + The Machine – Third Eye / Ship To Wreck
51. Seinabo Sey – Pretend / Younger
52. Kelly Clarkson – Piece By Piece / Take You High
53. Prides – Messiah / Little Danger
54. Tame Impala – Let It Happen
55. Vianney – Pas La / Je Te Deteste
56. Circa Waves – Stuck in My Teeth / Lost It
57. Mansionair – Hold Me Down
58. City Calm Down – Rabbit Run
59. Royce Wood Junior – Midnight
60. Charlie Puth feat Meghan Trainor – Marvin Gaye
61. Omi – Cheerleader (Felix Jaehn Remix)
62. Synapson feat Anna Kova – All In You
63. Meg Mac – Roll Up Your Sleeves / Never Be
64. Lord Huron – Fool For Love
65. Sam Bruno – Search Party
66. Will Joseph Cook – Beach
67. Snakehips feat Tinashe & Chance The Rapper – All My Friends / All My Friends (99 Souls remix)
68. The Weeknd – Can’t Feel My Face
69. The Dealer feat Shells – For A Night
70. George Maple feat Grande Marshall – Where You End And I Begin
71. Shura – 2Shy
72. Highasakite – Since Last Wednesday / Heavenly Father
73. Goldroom feat George Maple – Embrace
74. Rationale – Fast Lane
75. Wild Belle – Giving Up On You
76. Lonelady – Bunkerpop
77. Dawin – Dessert
78. Aurora – Running With The Wolves
79. Hana – Avalanche
80. Bleachers feat Sia – Like A River Runs
81. Kacey Musgraves – High Time / Late To The Party
82. The Coronas – How This Goes
83. Jai Wolf – Indian Summer
84. Handsome Ghost – Steps
85. Young Fathers – Rain Or Shine
86. Gang of Youths – Benevolence Riots
87. Sam Hunt – Take Your Time
88. Fred Page – Magnetically
89. Clean Cut Kid – Vitamin C
90. Alabama Shakes – Sound & Color
91. Kendrick Lamar – Alright
92. Hippo Campus - South
93. Cold War Kids – First
94. Filous feat James Hersey – Coming Over (filous Remix)
95. Hayden James – Something About You
96. Karen Harding – Say Something
97. 99 Souls feat Destiny’s Child & Brandy – The Girl Is Mine
98. Jake McMullen – If I Go
99. The Tallest Man On Earth – Sagres / Darkness of the Dream

wongieFM - Best of 2015 part 1: #150-100

Check out the first batch of our best of 2015 song list!
With such a rich year in music, these indie/dance/pop/r&b tracks definitely made an impression for us and hopefully will allow you to discover some new awesome tunes if you didn't know these acts before!

As always, if you want to hear the full list, remember to check out our spotify playlist too!

For now enjoy part 1 of our best of 2015!

100. The Very Best – Let Go
101. Matt Simons – Catch & Release (Deepend Remix)
102. George Fitzgerald feat Boxed In – Full Circle
103. Gemma Hayes – Palomino
104. Brothers Osborne – Stay A Little Longer (demo)
105. Caitlin Canty – Get Up
106. Cloves – Don’t You Wait
107. LA Priest - Oino
108. New Politics – Everywhere I Go (Kings and Queens)
109. Car Seat Headrest – Something Soon
110. Day Wave – Drag
111. Hockey Dad – I Need A Woman
112. C. Duncan – Garden
113. Fink – Pilgrim
114. Jarryd James – Do You Remember
115. Ryn Weaver – The Fool
116. Sheep Dog & Wolf – Glare
117. Charles Kelley feat Dierks Bentley & Eric Paslay – The Driver
118. Black Coffee feat Nakhane Toure – We Dance Again
119. Lost Frequencies feat Janieck Devy – Reality
120. SAFIA – Embracing Me
121. Urban Cone – Sadness Disease
122. Milk & Bone – Pressure
123. Jukebox The Ghost – Girl
124. Nothing But Thieves – Trip Switch
125. Lawrence Taylor – Bang Bang
126. Montgomery – Pinata
127. Sachal – Cover The Water
128. Fetty Wap feat Monty – 679
129. Lion Babe – Wonder Woman
130. Kelela – Rewind
131. Allan Rayman – Beverly
132. Willy William – Ego
133. Gregory Porter – Liquid Spirit (Claptone Remix)
134. Disclosure – Bang That
135. Hannah Wants & Chris Lorenzo – Rhymes
136. Mark Ronson feat Keyone Starr – I Can’t Lose (Duke Dumont remix)
137. Robin Schulz feat Ilsey – Headlights
138. Son Little – Lay Down
139. Sufjan Stevens – Death With Dignity
140. Pepa Knight – Clams
141. Cheat Codes feat Evan Gartner – Adventure
142. Baauer feat AlunaGeorge – One Touch VIP
143. Danny L Harle – Broken Flowers
144. Feder feat Lyse – Goodbye
145. Cosmo Sheldrake – Rich
146. Ezra Furman – Restless Year
147. Benjamin Clementine – Cornerstone
148. Marc Scibilia – Jericho
149. Villagers – Courage
150. Findlay Brown – Made of Stone

Friday, January 01, 2016

VIDEO PREMIERE: taylor swift - out of the woods

taylor swift - out of the woods
co-written by jack antonoff (the bleachers), taylor kicks off the new year with a retro 80's soundtrack directed by joseph kahn allegedly based on her relationship with harry styles. setting up the one year anniversary of the '1989' album release, it also further proves that there are still some bigs hits to come out from this wonderful collection. what a nice start to the new year!

Friday, December 25, 2015

JUST AWESOME: radiohead - spectre

radiohead - spectre
yet another epic xmas gift for music fans! radiohead decided to offer up their rejected james bond single for free on xmas day! epic yet totally internal, i understand why the 007 folks opted for sam smith's horrible bombastic version instead. but what a lovely tune to get lost in! 007's loss is our gain. happy xmas!!

WONGIE XMAS 2015: lcd soundsystem - christmas will break your heart

lcd soundsystem - christmas will break your heart
after 5 years of disbanding, lcd soundsystem went ahead and released this downer xmas track on christmas day! though there are no reports of reuniting, maybe james murphy and co will release one off singles every year now! will it be a christmas miracle?

Friday, December 04, 2015

XMAS 2015: elliphant - north star (bloody christmas)

elliphant - north star (bloody christmas)
doing some serious counter releasing here, but swedish singer/rapper elliphant has put out a darker christmas carol for the season and it's kind of beautiful. taken from her upcoming album 'living life golden' this is your anti xmas anthem. you're welcome!

Wednesday, December 02, 2015

MASHUP 2015: dj earworm - united state of pop 2015 (50 shades of pop)

dj earworm - united state of pop 2015 (50 shades of pop)
is it that time of the year already? dj earworm brings together 50 of the biggest hits of the year to mash into this 5 mins opus. marking the 9 year anniversary of this pop music celebration, the challenge is to guess how man of these 50 songs you know off the top of your head without looking at the list below!

Adele - Hello
AlunaGeorge and DJ Snake - You Know You Like It
Andy Grammer - Honey, I'm Good.
Ariana Grande ft. The Weeknd - Love Me Harder
Big Sean ft. E-40 - I Don't F*** With You
David Guetta ft. Nicki Minaj & Afrojack - Hey Mama
Demi Lovato - Cool For The Summer
Drake - Hotline Bling
Ed Sheeran - Photograph
Ed Sheeran - Thinking Out Loud
Ellie Goulding - Love Me Like You Do
Fall Out Boy - Centuries
Fetty Wap - Trap Queen
Fetty Wap ft. Remy Boyz - 679
Fifth Harmony ft. Kid Ink - Worth It
Flo Rida ft. Sage The Gemini - GDFR
Jason Derulo - Want To Want Me
Justin Bieber - Sorry
Justin Bieber - What Do You Mean
Major Lazer ft. MO & DJ Snake - Lean On
Mark Ronson ft. Bruno Mars - Uptown Funk
Maroon 5 - Sugar
Meghan Trainor - Lips Are Movin
Meghan Trainor ft. John Legend - Like I'm Gonna Lose You
Natalie La Rose ft. Jeremih - Somebody
Nick Jonas - Jealous
Nicki Minaj ft. Drake & Lil Wayne - Truffle Butter
Omarion ft. Chris Brown & Jhene Aiko - Post To Be
OMI - Cheerleader (Felix Jaehn Remix)
One Direction - Drag Me Down
Pitbull ft. Ne-Yo - Time Of Our Lives
R. City ft. Adam Levine - Locked Away
Rachel Platten - Fight Song
Rihanna - Bitch Better Have My Money
Rihanna ft. Kanye West & Paul McCartney - Four Five Seconds
Sam Smith - I'm Not The Only One
Selena Gomez ft. A$AP Rocky - Good For You
Shawn Mendes - Stitches
SIlento - Watch Me
Skrillex & Diplo ft. Justin Bieber - Where Are U Now
Taylor Swift - Blank Space
Taylor Swift - Style
Taylor Swift - Bad Blood
Taylor Swift - Wildest Dreams
Tove Lo - Talking Body
Walk The Moon - Shut Up And Dance
Wiz Khalifa ft. Charlie Puth - See You Again
The Weeknd - Earned It
The weeknd - The hills
The Weeknd - Can't Feel My Face

Tuesday, November 24, 2015

LIVE PERFORMANCE: adele - water under the bridge (live @ the tonight show with jimmy fallon) / hello + when we were young (live @ snl)

adele - water under the bridge (live @ the tonight show with jimmy fallon)
as part of the continual media tour of the US, adele stopped by the tonight show with jimmy fallon and gave a world premiere performance of one of the more upbeat tracks from her massive '25' collection. co-written by greg kurstin ("hello"), it's nice to hear other tracks from the album considering most of us are already burnt out from the 1st single.

BUT if you still wanna see how adele did on snl over the weekend, here are her WONDERFUL performances that evening (may be the best live ones yet!)

adele - hello (live @ snl)

adele - when we were young (live @ snl)

Saturday, November 21, 2015

VIDEO PREMIERE: cl - hello bitches

cl - hello bitches
chaelin lin (aka 2ne1's CL) has been working towards her english language debut for quite some time and this stank face stomp is a perfect kick in the neck intro for those who aren't already fans of the kpop star. working with choreographer parris goebel and her request crew (the dancers are also having a moment by being in the justin bieber "sorry" video), the only word that comes to mind is fierce. damn is CL fierce! can't wait to see what else she has in store, but this is a hot start!

WATCH THIS SHOW: adele at the bbc

adele at the bbc
[UPDATE: please allow for some time to load]
hosted by graham norton, adele went on bbc and gave a one hour special that included performances from 19 21 & of course 25 (with some fun q&a and silly sketches thrown in). it's a fun hour that you won't soon forget!

Thursday, November 19, 2015

WONGIE POP SONG OF THE WEEK: kelly clarkson - piece by piece

kelly clarkson - piece by piece
easily one of my fave tracks from kelly's album of the same name, it's the lyrics of this number that always gets to me, spinning a positive from what was a pretty bad early relationship in her life. with the track remixed for radio, this is officially her latest single and it's just beautiful.
in her own words, kelly talks about the lyrics of the song:
"I like to think of "Piece By Piece" as the happy ending to "Because Of You." It's not the happiest story in the beginning, but it's a real one that I decided to write after a conversation with my sister. So many of us had to grow up without parents to model a healthy relationship for us, so we often get into dysfunctional relationships because it is what is familiar. We end up settling instead of being with someone who is worthy of our hearts and our time. We all deserve to feel worthy of love. We all deserve to be truly loved. This song is basically my past, present, and future. It's my love letter celebrating and thanking my husband for being a man that knows how to love me and our children without expecting anything in return. Also, this is a promise to my kids that I will never cease to love them, and be present in their lives always."
feel like you know the song by now? check out a very emotional kelly as she tries to perform this song live a few months back. it'll make you tear up for sure!

kelly clarkson - piece by piece (live)

Wednesday, November 18, 2015

ALBUM STREAM: adele - 25 / when we were young (live @ the church studios)

UPDATE: check out the full album stream of '25' coming out this friday!!

adele - when we were young (live @ the church studios)
after previewing a snippet of adele doing a live rehearsal of the new song 'when we were young' for 60 minutes australia, the full performance world premiered today for everyone to enjoy. working with singer/songwriter tobias jesso jr (who adele big up-ed back in january as a fan), this is a wistful ballad filled with some serious sentimentality and a high note that is spectacular to witness. press play and enjoy!

Monday, November 16, 2015

WONGIE SONG OF THE WEEK: snakehips feat tinashe & chance the rapper - all my friends / (99 souls remix)

every now and then one just needs to hear a catchy anthem that'll make the outside news less heartbreaking than it actually is. somehow this hip hop singalong by uk duo oliver lee and james carter (aka snakehips) has cut through and become my go to happy place for the week. with stories of parisians going back out to their local restaurants, watching movies and even listening to music again, this wonderful track just gives me hopeful images of total strangers gathered around and singing loudly to this in collective spirited joy.

snakehips feat tinashe & chance the rapper - all my friends

snakehips feat tinashe & chance the rapper - all my friends (99 souls remix)
oh and then check out 99 souls remix of the track making it into a house anthem with the same singalong effect!

Friday, November 13, 2015

WE HEART CHRISTINE AND THE QUEENS: christine and the queens - night 52 / jonathan (feat perfume genius) / paradis perdus / tilted

after slaying the charts back home in france for the past year with her debut album 'chaleur humaine', heloise letissier (aka christine and the queens) sets her sights for world domination with a re-edited version of her album filled with bi-lingual performances and new songs thrown in. part performance artist, part diva, part scruffy tom boy, the magic of this singer is the clear vision of her music, her visuals and her incredible live persona. after experiencing it last night, our love for christine and the queens is now in a fever pitch. check out some of our fave songs of hers at the moment:

christine and the queens - night 52
a reworking of her debut single 'nuit 17 a 52', i have to say that i'm surprised that this english version works better than the original (but that chorus! bliss!)

christine and the queens feat perfume genius - jonathan
a longtime fan of the canadian singer, heloise went straight to mike hadreas (aka perfume genius) to supply the male vocals to this heartbreaking track about hidden love. it's haunting and will stay with you long after the song is over. kind of brilliant.

christine and the queens - paradis perdus
i mean any woman that mashes up the classic 1973 song by christophe to kanye west's "heartless" is kind of worth your admiration don't you think?

christine and the queens - tilted
a pretty direct translation of her massive smash 'christine', this is the kind of self empowerment anthem that young people should be listening to. it gets better with this kind of music people!

Thursday, November 12, 2015

VIDEO PREMIERE: miike snow - heart is full

miike snow - heart is full
after a 3 year wait, miike snow (aka bloodshy & avant & andrew wyatt) finally reunites with new material for 'III' due 2016. world premiered on zane lowe's beats 1 show, the trio promise even more new tracks in the coming months, so expect crazy videos like this one to accompany their return.

VIDEO PREMIERE: missy elliott feat pharrell - WTF (where they from)

missy elliott feat pharrell - WTF (where they from)
oh it's been WAAAAAAY too long, but missy is FINALLY back! the hook heavy jam relies a tad too much to the chorus but damn, when missy is on, she is ON! oh and the puppets kind of steal the show (you can thank longtime collaborator dave meyers for that)... oops!

WONGIE BALLAD OF THE WEEK: aurora - half the world away (john lewis xmas 2015 theme song) / npr tiny desk concert

aurora - half the world away (video premiere)
getting the coveted theme song to front the annual john lewis xmas ad campaign has been very beneficial for past stars (ellie goulding, tom odell, lily allen) and this year 19 year old aurora gets the chance to pull at our heartstrings with her cover of the oasis hit "half the world away". all this means big things for the norwegian singer/songwriter who has been on our radar since the summer. with a debut album set for early next year, this is just the perfect track to create some crossover buzz.

wanna see the john lewis ad? here it is below:

john lewis christmas ad 2015 - #ManOnTheMoon

UPDATE: check out aurora performing her just released npr tiny desk concert:

aurora - tiny desk concert
"Murder Song (5, 4, 3, 2, 1)"
"Running With The Wolves"

Wednesday, November 11, 2015

WONGIE BALLAD OF THE WEEK: conrad sewell - start again

conrad sewell - start again
already a big hit back in australia, this lovely single was the track that got the singer/songwriter signed to the US and is officially released this week. it's just the perfect fall track with the right hint of ennui to get us through these chilly days. expect big things!

Tuesday, November 10, 2015


pell - queso
to be honest the thought of food (i LOVE me some queso!) brought me to the world of new orleans based hip hop rapper pell. but sometimes these shallow reasons brings a positive outcome as his catchy 70's afro retro infused single has been on repeat since discovering it last week. already buzzed as a one to watch on loads of tastemaker music sites, let this be my hype addition to an exciting new artist to keep an eye out for!

Monday, November 09, 2015

AUDIO PREMIERE: fleur east - sax / sax (live @ x-factor uk)

fleur east - sax
to be honest, there is nothing new here (especially since fleur made public impact last year when she performed 'uptown funk' on the x-factor uk), this pretty much is a carbon copy of the bruno mars smash but i have to say, once those michael jackson-esque horns kick in almost all is forgiven cause all you wanna do is bop your head. the song will be a massive hit, you will feel manipulated throughout. gosh darnit!

UPDATE: check out last night's performance of "sax" live on x-factor UK

fleur east - sax (live @ x-factor uk)

Sunday, November 08, 2015

VIDEO PREMIERE: little mix - hair

little mix - hair
for those of you who follow my music blog, you know i have a soft spot for little mix. ever since the x factor uk days to now, these four lovelies have found a great quirky sound that usually tries a few genres within the context of their songs. as a build up promo single for their new album 'get weird' the gals once again prove that they do pop beyond the rules out there. yeah, i kind of love them!

Saturday, November 07, 2015

1st LIVE PERFORMANCE: adele - hello (live @ nrj music awards)

adele - hello (live @ nrj music awards)
giving her first live performance of "hello" anywhere, adele brought her salutations to the nrj music awards and gave us a glimpse of what we'll be hearing in the coming weeks. hopefully we'll start hearing new songs too... please!

Friday, November 06, 2015

WONGIE COVER OF THE WEEK: sam smith - love is a losing game (amy winehouse cover)

sam smith - love is a losing game (amy winehouse cover)
taken off his just released 'in the lonely hour : drowning shadows edition', sam covers the amy winehouse classic with a bit of lush strings and smith-ian phrasings thrown in. it's a different kind of heartbreak, but kind of perfect for a friday.

Thursday, November 05, 2015

ALBUM STREAM: alessia cara - know it all

alessia cara - know it all
19 year old singer/songwriter alessia cara went front and center with her wallflower anthem 'here' during the summer and since then EVERY audio release has showcased her amazing lyrics and cool musicality to make her easily one of my fave new acts of 2015. first discovered on youtube, alessia's smooth vocals is at once soulful, folky and pop in one fell modern swoop, it's the voice of someone who will only do massive things in the coming years. oh and the debut album is pretty brilliant too!

WONGIE LIVE PERFORMANCE OF THE WEEK: justin timberlake & chris stapleton - tennessee whiskey / drink you away (live @ CMA awards)

justin timberlake & chris stapleton - tennessee whiskey / drink you away
chris stapleton is easily one of the best 'new' acts to come out this year. with his gravelly soulful voice, the man gives me goosebumps every time he opens up his mouth. for this years CMA awards the singer/songwriter walked away with 3 big awards including album AND male vocalist of the year. if you've never seen this man perform get ready to freak out with this AMAZING live performance with his special guest justin timberlake (and morgane stapleton who is always on perfect harmony with chris). these three tear the roof off and you will be so happy for pressing play!

Monday, November 02, 2015

AUDIO PREMIERE: sam smith - drowning shadows (apple music world premiere)

sam smith - drowning shadows (apple music world record)
sam smith went on zane lowe's beats 1 radio show to world premiere a never released track that was re-recorded for the upcoming repackage of 'in the lonely hour'. it's a pretty song, but definitely still in the vein of his previous saddo themes. bless.

AUDIO BUZZ: 99 souls - the girl is mine

99 souls - the girl is mine
after being played as a bootleg mashup since late last year, the duo known as 99 souls FINALLY have the chance to release their club smash to the masses. putting together destiny's child (girl) against the brandy/monica classic and you've got a potential #1 in the works. i've been bopping to this gem for ages and now you can too!

VIDEO PREMIERE: justin bieber - i'll show you

justin bieber - i'll show you
out of nowhere, the bieber released this skrillex produced mid tempo gem off of the upcoming 'purpose' album. as part of the apology recordings, this is also 3 for 3 from the bieber that i'm actually digging. WHAT IS GOING ON?!

Sunday, October 25, 2015

WONGIE BALLAD OF THE WEEK: sara bareilles - she used to be mine ("waitress" musical)

[VIDEO PREMIERE: sara officially releases a video to pair up to theme song of her upcoming broadway musical]

sara bareilles - she used to be mine ("waitress" musical)
taken from the upcoming spring 2016 broadway musical 'waitress' (based on the classic movie), singer songwriter sara bareilles has expanded her skill set by writing its music and lyrics (which already has had a sold out run at the american repertory theater). if the rest of the music is as touching as this track, then expect some serious play during the award season next year. i'm just saying...

Friday, October 23, 2015

POP GAL: carly rae jepsen - run away with me

carly rae jepsen - run away with me
working with the tech production company interlude, pop gal carly lets you choose her worldwide adventure for her as she brings you her brand poptastic new single to you. it's a fun interactive experience which continues to explore how music videos are at the forefront when it comes to incorporating technology with your imagination. i'm a fan!

WONGIE POP SONG OF THE WEEK: justin bieber - sorry

justin bieber - sorry
who'd have thought that the rebranding of justin bieber would be so successful? his 2nd single 'sorry' is not only a catchy slice of pop but it's ACTUALLY pretty darn good pop! co-produced by skrillex and blood pop, the presentation is made better with the sexy choreography by new zealander parris goebel and the ladies of request/the royal family dance crews! do we need to see a proper video with the bieber? i think i'm good!

NEW ONE DIRECTION!: one direction - perfect

one direction - perfect
as the countdown to the end of 1D continues, the four piece are slowly putting out soft rock pop anthems that will probably go down in time as timeless singalongs you'll hear on the radio (you scoff now, but this is how i feel). co-written by louis and harry, the video seems like a thrown together lo-fi shoot but is in fact done by big time director sophie muller (really soph? this is throwaway even for you). not the most exciting release, but it still gets me wistful for 1DDay...

VIDEO PREMIERE: adele - hello

adele - hello
i'm not gonna say much. here is the return of adele. it's been 4 years. the video is directed by xavier dolan. the lover is played by tristan wilds. the song is co-written and produced by greg kurstin. hello. welcome back.

Thursday, October 22, 2015

WONGIE POP BALLAD OF THE WEEK: troye sivan - talk me down

troye sivan - talk me down
teasing his upcoming debut album 'blue neighbourhood', troye sivan is definitely proving himself beyond his internet sensation tag and showcasing some serious cred with the songs he's already shared with his fans. this dreamy ballad is not only a highlight of the lot, but paired with it's emotional video, is also tear worthy. swoon away kids.  

Wednesday, October 21, 2015

VIDEO PREMIERE: florence & the machine - delilah

florence & the machine - delilah
directed by collaborator vincent haycock, flo's high concept 'odyssey' series reaches a pinnacle as her character readies herself for the inevitable disastrous end. it's all in the wild dance choreographed by holly blakey... duh! oh and here's a portrait from the video shoot. just eerie and lovely!

VIDEO PREMIERE: gwen stefani - used to love you

gwen stefani - used to love you
after premiering it at a concert a few days back, gwen stefani officially releases her new single which may or may not be alluding to the breakup of her marriage. to be honest, the video feels a tad forced (oh ms stefani sure knows how to give 'face'!) but the fans are going to eat this song/video up!

LIVE PERFORMANCE: matt corby - monday

matt corby - monday
recorded in one take, the amazing matt corby gives us a preview of what a live acapella performance of "monday" would sound like. it's just a joy to see this lush tune pieced together section by section. brilliant!!

VIDEO PREMIERE: drake - hotline bling

drake - hotline bling
nothing like watching drake do some serious cha cha dad dancing! it's been on serious repeat for the past few weeks and all i do is sing "ever since i left the city youuuuuuu" over and over again. i'm hooked and so should you!