On Ain’t Nobody, a 1983 hit single off Chaka Khan’s Stompin’ at the Savoy LP, the pop songstress described a relationship that started effortlessly and brought her nothing but bliss. While Emotions (Love Me Better), the lead single off Maverick Sabre‘s next album, borrows its chorus from that classic cut, the UK soul singer’s reinterpretation is considerably less upbeat. Over a hip hop-infused instrumental by Stephen McGregor, the Mercury/Universal signee laments his woman’s shady behavior in verses suffused with grief and romantic jealousy. Sanji Senaka‘s official visuals round out the package. Maverick Sabre’s sophomore set has yet to receive a title or a drop date, but we’ll keep you posted on the project as further details emerge.
Lilly Wood and the Prick (stylised as Lilly Wood & the Prick) is a French alternative, pop and folk duo composed of Nili Hadida and Benjamin Cotto. They are best known for their 2014 single "Prayer in C" which was remixed by Robin Schulz, the song has topped the charts in Austria, Germany, Switzerland, France, Netherlands and Belgium.
This memorial track for charity campaigner Stephen Sutton has gained lots of traction this week, storming into the iTunes charts and currently sits at number five in the mid-week chart. Forgetting the great cause it’s for for a moment, this is a very raw, basically produced number that you will either love or find awkward to listen to. The vocals sound quiet in the mix compared to the instrumental, and there’s a feel of a quick, live recording to it.
"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.
We had a feeling at the start of 2014 that Jess Glynne was going to be an artist to watch this year and she's more than delivered with new song 'Right Here'. Sounding like your new favourite summer song in 2014, 'Right Here' is driven by an infectious vocal and bassline.
"I Got U" is a song by British record producer Duke Dumont featuring fellow record producer Jax Jones. It was released as the second single from his forthcoming debut studio album on 16 March 2014. The song topped the UK Singles Chart. It also features on the compilation album Now 87
“Noble England” sees Mayall adapt the famous speech from Shakespeare’s Henry V. “Once more unto the pitch, dear friends, once more,” he reads. Mayall dressed as the monarch for the video, in which he inspires the footballers to “win for St George” before disappearing through a glowing archway with an English flag draped over his shoulders.
'One More Day (Stay with Me)' will be released on June 22.The latest single is from the singer's forthcoming album Live Life Living, which will be released on June 30.The album will be available in both standard and deluxe format, with the latter including four bonus tracks as well as a remix CD.Example recently headlined the In New Music We Trust stage at Radio 1's Big Weekend in Glasgow.
"Ghost" is the debut single by British singer-songwriter Ella Henderson. It was released on 8 June 2014 as the lead single from her upcoming debut studio album, Chapter One (2014). The song was co-written by Henderson and OneRepublic's Ryan Tedder, and produced by Tedder. The music video was filmed in New Orleans, Louisiana in March 2014.
“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.”
"Shake It Off" is a song by American recording artist Taylor Swift for her upcoming fifth studio album, 1989. Written by Swift, Max Martin and Shellback, the single, a departure from her signature country pop musical style, is an uptempo pop track instrumented by saxophone. The song premiered during a Yahoo! live stream session on August 18, 2014; its music video was also released the same day. Several hours later, "Shake It Off" was made available for digital download as the lead single from 1989.
A day after previewing the song, X Ambassadors and Jamie N Commons release the official remix of "Jungle" featuring Jay Z. The remix is part of the World Cup promo for BeatsByDre and appears in their latest ad for the event. The commercial features a number of players from the World Cup and even an appearance by Lil Wayne, while the Jay remix plays throughout.
"Lovers on the Sun" is a song by French house music producer and disc jockey (DJ) David Guetta featuring vocals by American singer-songwriter Sam Martin. It was released as a digital download on 30 June 2014. The song was written by Guetta, Sam Martin, Frederic Riesterer, Giorgio Tuinfort, Jason Evigan, Michael Einziger, and Avicii. It was produced by Guetta, Avicii, Riesterer, and Tuinfort, with additional production from Italian house production team Daddy's Groove.
Freshly returned from the Big Apple, rising talent Courtney Phillips brings us his new promo for the Route 94 remix of MK's iconic track 'Always', featuring vocals by Alana. Shot on NY's vast subway system using the C-300 and 5d, Courtney shows off his talent for shooting guerrilla style documentary film making as we follow W.A.F.F.L.E Crew, a collective of young urban dancers performing to an unsuspecting subway audience. The project was produced in four days through NY based production house Walter Pictures and has had over 30,000 hits on Youtube already
On top of that he directs his own videos ‘Take Me as I Am‘ was directed by Example and Kristian Young. Not only is he heavily involved with music and film he’s also involved with a lot of charity work, and is ambassador for the ‘Teenage Cancer Trust‘. Working closely with ‘Drop4Drop‘ a huge campaign in India for introducing the simple thing we take for granted, clean water.
World renowned Dutch DJ and electronic music producer Armin van Buuren is back with his latest music video for his track "Ping Pong." It was posted on May 2 on his official YouTube channel. The video's concept is witty yet clever and it should not be taken seriously. What people may not about the song is that it started out as a joke, especially since the track was never intended for release, however, since it instantly became a fan-favorite in his live shows, Armin and his team decided to release it. I am glad they did since it showcases his wide range as a musician and producer.
"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.
Young Money caught all fans of Lil' Wayne and Drake by surprise when they dropped on Friday night (May 2) the first single from Weezy's forthcoming album 'Tha Carter V'. Produced Boi-1da and Vinylz, 'Believe Me' can be streamed below.
Love Runs Out opens with a driving piano intro, before 70’s rock and soul-inspired handclaps and backups join in. Tedder exhibits his trademark vocal acrobatics as he delivers the verses that continue to be driven by the piano, as well on the pulsating choruses that are as chantable as earlier releases from the album. They appear to be tapping into their hiphop past, the track exhibiting a darkness and lyrical repetition reminiscent of Kanye’s Love Lockdown. The instrumentation seems minimal yet deep, Tedder capturing the energy in his voice to generate the addictiveness of the tune.
After offering up the track during several live performances, the studio version of "Photograph" offers few surprises to fans, at least musically. The acoustic core of the song is omnipresent, from the sweet guitar licks at the beginning of the song to the fuller orchestral swells underneath the later choruses. "Photograph" is one of Sheeran's more simplistically beautiful songs. Yes, "Afire Love" and "Thinking Out Loud" touched on the love song angle and definitely pulled at your heartstrings, but there's a specific blend of love song elements Sheeran used for "Photograph" that makes it the perfect swoon-fest.
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.
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.
If I Go is really, really hard to dance to. Just as you’ve got an awkwardly British rhythm going, it switches. That – along with, y’know, her incredible voice – is the best thing about Ella’s debut single. It’s slow, it’s dancey, it’s slow again, then it’s suddenly building up to that crescendo of excitement perfectly suited to peak drunkenness at a sunny festival (5.43pm, Saturday) where you think the only thing you need to do at that moment is scream the lyrics at the sky.
Wilkinson is showing no sign of slowing down in 2014. 2013?s most exciting and hottest new D&B producer and DJ is kicking up a storm already this year. Single Too Close ft Detour City was one of the most played songs across the UK clubs, and the video has already picked up over 1 million views. Next up, Wilkinson releases single Half Light, featuring Tom Cane on the 2nd June. The single will be followed by Lazers Not Included 2.0, to be released through RAM / Virgin EMI on 18th August.
"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.
Babou Nicolai Nelson Lowe (born 7 December 1994) better known by his mononym Babou is a Danish singer of mixed Danish-Gambian origin. He came third in Danish X Factor in 2011. He has released one album and his single "Supernova" has charted in Denmark, becoming the theme song for season 10 of the Danish version of the reality television series Paradise Hotel.
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.
Alexandra Stan is the woman behind 2011's ear-worm hit 'Mr. Saxobeat'. You couldn't escape its clutches, and still to this day it gets played on the daily. It's cheesy Euro-pop at its finest, but Alexandra is trying her luck to erase her one-hit wonder status with a brand new tune. Alexandra's new single 'Cherry Pop' will have you singing along in no time as she has once again perfected the catchy sing-along chorus. The song is heavily influenced by Romanian house and juxtaposes hard, grinding beats with beautiful twinkles that only add to the song's zany feel.
'Tonight (We Live Forever)' veers away from the well-trodden path of shot-downing and clubbing to the equally exhausted vein of love. "I have the best time every time you're by my side/ 'Cause we're living for tonight," they sing with just the right amount of "woahs" and an uplifting "It's all good" refrain. Union J may be upping their game by taking on songwriting duties for their new album, but their decision to play it safe ultimately stops their lead track from progressing little beyond the realm of 'party time' throwaway.
Next to be unveiled is second single ‘Around Town’, packed with gospel choir, fuzzy bass lines and uplifting sentiments. Pegged by frontman Luke Pritchard as the cornerstone to the album, ‘Around Town’ was the “catalyst” that kickstarted the album’s creation.
George Ezra is a British singer-songwriter from Hertford who has been doing exceedingly well over the last year, having played Glastonbury in 2013 and come in fifth place for BBC's 'Sound Of.2014'. Now, his new single 'Budapest' has been certified platinum in Italy. So what's so good about George Ezra and 'Budapest'?
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.
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.