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.
They shot to fame on Britain's Got Talent, when Simon Cowell catapulted them into the live shows with his 'golden buzzer'.Now Bars and Melody, who are Port Talbot-born Leondre Devries, 13, and 15-year-old Charlie Lenehan from Bristol, are releasing their anti-bullying song 'Hopeful' later this month.
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.
The super-talented Melissa Steel has premiered her debut single 'Kisses For Breakfast'. The 20 year old from Bradford, who recently signed to Atlantic Records, has decided to drop a track which fits perfectly with a hot summers day as her first release! Melissa is currently writing and recording her debut album, the northern beauty is working with producers such as Bless Beats and Jamaica's Baby G. This album should be a great debut project! Make sure you keep your eyes on Melissa Steel as we are tipping her for great thing!
"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.
This is your weekend banger. Mark my words, this song will be in every mix you’ll hear for the next half of the year. Oliver $ from Germany and Jimi Jules from Sweden have paired up to create the infectious tune, “Pushing On,” as their debut release on Defected. ‘Pushing On’ is pure testament to these two’s epic skill. The track features vocal samples from English Soulful Jazz revival band, The Quantic Soul Orchestra set over a steady beat and tempered bass line. It’s got a groove to it that’s classic yet new, a homage to the past and a hellloooooooo to the future.
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
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.
"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.
One of the things I liked best about English MC Professor Green was his ability to make uptempo, uplifting, slightly edgy pop music without relying on genre cliches. Sadly new single ‘Lullaby’ fails to equal the likes of ‘Remedy’; it’s a plodding, overly sweet ballad that suggests he’s lost his way a little (or he’s listening to too many Yes Men). Cut from the same mould as Eminem and Rihanna’s ‘Love The Way You Lie,’ the mawkish tone and unoriginal harmonies make this a tune to forget.
This summer, musical whirlwind Bakermat is set to re-release the track that started it all – ‘One Day (Vandaag)’, this time accompanied by a remix from Amine Edge & DANCE. The instrumental deep house community agrees: Lodewijk Fluttert aka Bakermat is one of last year’s most promising newcomers. His breakthrough track “Vandaag”, featuring Martin Luther King’s seminal ‘I Have a Dream’ speech has so far been viewed more than 17 million times on YouTube and over 3.1 million times on Soundcloud, instantly earning him an enormous reputation in the scene. After initial shows in the Netherlands, Belgium, France, Germany, Austria, and Switzerland, the track has already made Number One in the charts in France and Holland, and hit the Number Two spot in Belgium.
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.
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.
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!
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.
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.
Lithuanian producer Mario Basanov, otherwise known as the elusive Ten Walls, dished out some of the most versatile tracks of 2013. He’s finally back in 2014 with a composition ubiquitously heard throughout BPM in Mexico, “Walking With Elephants,” released on newly minted label Boso. Reminiscent of the title tracks on Ten Wall’s previous EPs, the production mixes the orchestra formation of “Gotham” with the urgency of “Requiem.” The tuba-driven motif leaps and bounds across a soundscape of electronic-string instruments transcending the listener into a world of lumbering giants straight out of a Salvador Dali painting. Be on the lookout for Boso’s next releases if “Walking With Elephants” is any indication of what’s to come.
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.
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”.
“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.”
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.
Rizzle Kicks have debuted their latest music video for single ‘Tell Her‘. Members Jordan Stephens and Harley Alexander-Sule are known for their fun antics which is exemplified in this playful music video where they boys ride a monster struck, a plane and drag racing cars – all in miniature remote control form. ‘Tell Her’ was originally released as a single to coincide with Wimbledon where the duo teamed up with Evian in a video to find tennis star Maria Sharapova.