Although he was just named one of the twelve artists in this year's XXL freshman class, the latest track from Vic Mensa can barely be considered a rap song. The Chicago rapper makes great use of his nimble mercury-slicked flow on "Down on My Luck", removing the spaces between words so that they tumble into each other like dominoes, but with its soft neon fog and translucent chords, the song could've slotted onto the back half of Settle—last year's breakout debut from Disclosure—without raising any eyebrows.
“My Type” starts with a single horn, without much force. But force surfaces very quickly, because the rest of the horn section jumps in. Then, percussion and guitar add to the sound. During the song, the horns and the band choir jump in and out. And a piano is used effectively starting at the 2:10 mark. There’s a lot going on, but the song never becomes “too busy.”
As with predecessor 'Hideaway', 'Giant In My Heart' does well in showcasing the sheer power that sits behind Kiesza's voice. The track opens with subtle electro smatterings and distinctly more grave sounding synths. However 'Giant In My Heart' anticlimactically breaks into familiar pulsing garage and dance sounds. Kiesza has proven that she has the potential to push boundaries and create sounds that stand apart from the acres of generic dance music that saturate the current state of music. Nevertheless, 'Giant In My Heart' is all that you'd expect from her follow-up, which is exactly why it leaves us feeling a little disappointed.
The radar missed this one. Nobody saw them coming. Now, all of a sudden, here they are – and basically it seems as if they have always been here, that’s how special, how unusual, how unique they are: Clemens & Philipp alias Milky Chance from Kassel. In finest DIY fashion, they nonchalantly dropped their debut album “Sadnecessary” in October 2013 and went platinum in Germany with their smashing hit single “Stolen Dance”. The video of “Stolen Dance” has now chalked up 10 million views on YouTube and after selling more than 300.000 digital tracks in Germany, Milky Chance are now ready to drop a 4-track EP which will be released February 7th and comes with heavy-hitting remixes from the Vienna based deep house duo FLICFLAC, who did remixes for Vance Joy, Bedouin Soundclash, Bon Iver and Lykke Li!
Jennifer Lopez has released lead single First Love in the build up to her new album A.K.A. Her tenth album is to include contributions from Nas, Rick Ross, Pitbull, French Montana, Chris Brown, Maxwell, Diplo and more, with First Love being produced by the radio-friendly Max Martin (Katy Perry). First Love is an up-tempo pop number, dealing with the stars romantic past and the often-confusing side of relationships. The song walks the line between pop and hip-hop and is largely driven by the raw percussive drums on the track. They are big, energetic and keep the song moving at great pace.
The once mysterious Zhu that is now one of the hottest acts to watch out for has released his first ever music video to his hit song "Faded" off his successful debut EP The NIGHTDAY. The video is both directed and edited by Zhu himself, it's shot almost entirely in the legendary Social Club in Paris, France. The video conveys a gritty dark side of nightlife bringing the infectious dance single to life. This leaves us only wanting more Zhu.
Musically recalling love song writer extraordinaire Jason Mraz, Sheeran keeps things relaxed and loose for on "Thinking Out Loud." Little starts and stops of his acoustic guitar keep pace underneath a bit more flared playing in the mix, which adds to the intimate nature of the track in the "I'm singing this around a beach campfire" type of way. Even when the drums kick in, there's no real displacement on this song... it's all one smooth, casual ride to the marriage altar.
Maroon 5 is out to give those yearning, unrequited friends in love hope with a brand new song. Today (July 29), the Adam Levine led band released the second song from its upcoming album V as a part of an iTunes pre-order, "It Was Always You." Co-written and co-produced by GRAMMY winning team The Monsters and the Strangerz (Cher Lloyd, Big Sean, Carly Rae Jepsen), the new single further separates Maroon 5 from its funk rock roots. Incorporating electronic and pop elements, this song takes the band's new poppy direction and makes it dark, with yearning vocals and deep twists and turns in the melody, with Levine exploring the lower side of his register.
With a global combination of EDM's new icon Martin Garrix and Tomorrowland DJ's Dimitri Vegas and Like Mike you know the result is going to be nothing short of epic. They manage to fuse a surprising amount of melody into this aggressive, gritty festival geared anthem. In the sea of progressive and electro house tracks all sounding similar, this one manages to really stand out.
It's no surprise she caught the attention of super-producers Two Inch Punch and Benny Blanco for new single 'Tough Love', even if the real shock was they were originally masquerading as Japanese teen newcomers BenZel. But if you thought Jessie would let high-profile collaborators dilute her sound, you shouldn't be so naive. "In the middle of the night all I think about is you," she coos over fluttering riffs and ricocheting beats spacious enough to fall into, while castigating her beau's indecisiveness. Jessie is pushing a hard line on all fronts, but when it sounds this sublime, she has good reason to.
Everything about this debut from Southampton singer-songwriter Louisa Rose Allen, better known as Foxes, strains to be huge. Booming drums evoke cavernous spaces, while fist-pumping choruses on songs such as Let Go for Tonight seem designed to fill them. Allen, 24, won a Grammy with dance producer Zedd for their collaboration, Clarity. Glorious ought to deliver more success. Though the album is formulaic and polished, there is enough crackle in its dark, lustrous soundscapes and tales of nocturnal romance to intrigue – and Allen's voice has the power to match those booming drums.
Marc Kinchen has once again delivered a piano house anthem on his remix of Wankelmut and Emma Louise’s “My Head Is A Jungle.”For his remix, MK takes percussion-heavy acoustic elements of the original track and reformats them for ample club play. A thumping bassline takes on a funky groove midway through, while rapid-fire 808s keep the intensity pulsing. Emma Louise’s whispery vocals are given a gorgeous piano chord backing, giving the track a dramatic flair. MK’s club mix extends the groove, while his dub mix hits even harder with skittering vocal cuts and grinding basslines. Watch the official video for the radio edit of MK’s remix above.The full remix EP for “My Head Is A Jungle” is out now via Positiva/Virgin Records and also includes reworks from Friend Within and Billon.
Stunting on an all-white, synthetic island. Wearing all-white clothing. Chilling with women clad in all-white. These are the things you can find Chris Brown doing in the new video for "New Flame," an Usher and Rick Ross-assisted track that will live on his upcoming album X. Also featuring a burning X, the video is about as luxurious as hip-hop videos get these days, with seemingly no holds barred when it comes to budget, concept and execution. Two people n this deserve special shout-outs: one is the girl in the red dress, the other is Ross, who refuses to wear a shirt.
Rude is the debut release from Magic!, a group led by the Grammy award winning songwriter and producer Nasri Atweh. As one half of The Messengers, a writing/production partnership with Adam Messinger, Atweh has been a creative force behind tracks from names such as Justin Bieber, Chris Brown and Christina Aguilera. As is perhaps to be expected then, Rude is just a bit of light-hearted fun. The track plays with a quasi-reggae kind of feel and tells the story of a man who asks a girl’s father for his marriage blessing, but is rejected. And so he laments: ‘Why you gotta be so rude?’ The song is an interesting mix of feelings.
If you are a fan of Paolo Nutini’s blue-eyed-soul you can watch a short film of Iron Sky taken from his third album Caustic Love, here. Now, if Hudson Mohawke brought you here, then you need to pre-order his new EP Chimes, out September 28 on Warp.
It's 5 Seconds of Summer release week and as the tension builds towards their self-titled debut album dropping this Friday, the boys are being kind enough to release a new song each of the three days before it. Today's newy is 'Amnesia', a low-key, acoustic track which is going straight for the heartstrings. Co-written by fried chicken enthusiasts/reality singing show coaches Benji and Joel Madden, the tune finds the 5SOS lads reminiscing over a failed relationship and all the ouchies that said memory holds.
Set to a smooth, grooving beat that somehow just emphasizes the song's lyrical heaviness, "Afire Love" also touches on the flip side of a tragic death: that family's will come together in the end, sometimes reuniting after years of feuds or fights. It's the type of honest, heartbreaking song that Sheeran so excels at, even if it does make you want to crawl in a hole and sob for a few days. At least it is effective.
It’s straight up nasty over here on the East Coast. It’s cold, wet, and the exact opposite of however you personally define “good.” Lucky for us, we have in our possession a new video from production duo, JUUN. For their DJBooth debut, When It’s Alright, the German DJs/producers grab UK sensation Sam Smith to create a Dance/Pop crossover record that will surely match your IDGAF mentality this summer. You know, when the season does eventually change over. So instead of worrying about the pile of paperwork on your desk and getting home sopping wet from the rain, step into a musical paradise with some new friends and simply press PLAY. If you enjoy yourself, remember to mark June 17, on your calender, which is the date Smith will unleash his formal debut, In The Lonely Hour.
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There's not much Messina could do to make us hate him. Except maybe break Agron's heart. Granted, in real life this would be impossible since Messina is actually married to someone completely different. In the world of Sam Smith's new song "I'm Not The Only One," the two high-power stars are married, but Messina is hookin' up with another girl. While Agron's Glee alter ego would indeed burn the house down, Agron's music video character only fantasizes about it and then takes a much different approach.
"Black Widow" is a song by Australian rapper Iggy Azalea, from her debut studio album, The New Classic (2014). The song's hook is sung by British recording artist Rita Ora, and its lyrics chronicle subjects of revenge and feminism in a failed romantic relationship. "Black Widow" was written by Azalea, Katy Perry, Sarah Hudson, Benny Blanco, and duo Stargate; the latter also produced the song.
"Make U Bounce" is a single by DJ Fresh vs. TC, and the third single from Fresh's forthcoming fourth studio album. It was released on 29 June 2014 in the United Kingdom and 30 June 2014 in the Belgium. The song is a reworking of an old TC track by Fresh, and features vocals from Little Nikki.
"Break Free" is a song by American recording artist Ariana Grande featuring German musician and producer Zedd. The song serves as the second single from Grande's second studio album My Everything (2014). It premiered on July 2, 2014 on Total Ariana Live, MTV's revival of Total Request Live and was released later that day. Musically, the song explores EDM and electropop genres, a musical departure for Grande, whose previous music had been mainly pop and R&B.
Coming hot off of his debut performance at EDC Las Vegas, London-based 23-year old, James Rockhill (aka Kove),has been on quite run this past year, and quite shockingly at only a halfway mark. With releases on Viper Recordings, Toolroom Records, Mercury records, and more, he now returns with a 4-track EP on MTA Records that is sure to amaze listeners across the musical spectrum. Containing two originals, and two edits, the collection contains a vast variety of both flavor and sounds, pleasing in the most impressive of ways. Teasing us these past few months with mere snippets of what to expect on this release, he is now full-on to deliver what may be the EP of the year (if not, one of the best). Vocal support comes from Melissa Steel, with the two genre-divided edits being of his title track, “Way We Are”.
We suspect it rarely has to be will.i.am's birthday for the Black Eyed Peas star to do what he wants. The rapper has forged a fruitful solo career for having barmy ideas slightly outside the box, without becoming too zany to alienate his chart appeal. His latest effort, 'It's My Birthday', hears him turn to Bollywood for a whiff of inspiration, expanding a sample of A R Rahman's 'Urvasi Urvasi' into an electronic pop ditty for mass consumption.
Nadia Mladjao (born 5 April 1979), better known by her stage name Imany, is a French Afro-soul singer. Her stage name, Imany (Imani) means faith in Swahili. Her debut album, The Shape of a Broken Heart, which was released in 2011, reached Platinum status in France, Greece and triple Platinum in Poland.
"Lyrically it's very relatable, it's about drowning out feelings and emotions," the band said of their new single 'Louder'. "It's about not being in control of the way you feel because of someone else and wanting to turn everything up louder to escape that.
Jess Glynne drops her debut single 'Right Here' which is set for release on July 16th and has all the characteristics to be a summer anthem! After featuring on two Number #1 singles already this year in the shape of Clean Bandit's catchy smash hit 'Rather Be' and Route 94's dance anthem 'My Love', Jess has given herself the best possible start to 2014 and after hearing her new song 'Right Here' this chart success is likely to continue.
Lenny Kravitz has announced the release of “The Chamber,” the first single off his highly anticipated tenth studio album Strut. The new album will be available for pre-order on iTunes starting TOMORROW, June 24th with "The Chamber" provided as an instant gratis track. In addition, the artist has released the album’s cover art, as well as exclusive album details including the track listing and a lyric video for “The Chamber,” which is premiering on Vevo today.
Ugly Heart starts off with a charming ukelele introduction before bursting into a more cliche tune. The verses are toned down, which is a breath of fresh air and while the melody is quite generic and the instrumentals drown out the groups clearly skilled vocals at times, it still retains its catchy appeal. The lyrics tell of a how the girl is over her ex-boyfriend who is pretty, but has an ugly heart. Ugly Heart is a nice effort from G.R.L and it should do well as a follow up to the groups previous single and Pit Bull collaboration. It will be interesting to hear how the groups upcoming full-length release delivers.
The Vamps have released the music video for their new single "Somebody To You," featuring Demi Lovato, which can be viewed below. The song is The Vamps' fourth single release to date from their debut album Meet The Vamps.