Exactly 3 months ahead of the World Cup in Brazil, Ivory Coast’s famous music band Magic System (those who brought you “Premier Gaou“) are releasing a brand new single for the cause. Titled “Magic In The Air“, the track was produced by international hit-producer Red One, who produced Jennifer Lopez’ “On The Floor”, Usher’s “More”, Lady Gaga’s “Bad Romance” and “Poker Face” to name a few.
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'?
Yes, it’s taken five years, but when the track (and video) are this good, who’s counting? That’s what we should all collectively be saying when we take in the now released kabuki-goes-moombahton video clip for Major Lazer‘s “Come On To Me” from their 2014-released EP Apocalypse Soon. Moombahton is a clear descendant of once massively top-40 influential reggaeton, and with this song and clip, Sean Paul – one of dancehall’s largest names in its pop-dominant era – spits patois-tinged verses over some top-tier mid-tempo global bass. The sample is Willie Colon’s “La Murga,” a Fania Records salsa classic from 1972. What is ostensibly a classic Latin Christmas carol being turned into a bass-rattling summer anthem just extends a party further throughout both history and the calendar year. The summer starts right now.
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.
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”.
“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.
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.
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.
Heavy hitters R3hab, Nervo and Ummet Ozcan have teamed up to produce and release a surefire dance hit, “Revolution.” The group presents a seamless blend of musical styles in this track for an innovative, exciting sound. R3hab brings his Dutch house style to the table but with a darker edge, while the Nervo sisters bring their amazing vocals and a progressive house flair. Ummet Ozcan adds his grand tech-trance touches. Together, they’re able to create a track that none of them could have done as well on their own, showing the true spirit of collaboration.
Taken from his recently-released second EP, Black and Blue, the epic sprawl of Stronger Than Ever details the realities Ritchie faced when he moved to London aged 17, its pretty pianos, grandiose strings and pounding beats underpinned by defiant lyrics such as "I won't be crushed by the weight of this town" and "I'm fine I just need time to turn this into home, I'm good believe me". For the excellent video – premiered here – Ritchie represents this strange pull of wanting to return to a home town he'd grown out of by sitting on a park bench and trying not to be blown away by a massive gust of wind.
Charli XCX has shared the video for "Boom Clap", her contribution to the Fault In Our Stars soundtrack (which will also feature music from Lykke Li). The clip follows the singer as she wanders around Amsterdam, interspersed with cartoonish scenes and snippets from the film. Check it out below, via MTV.
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.
"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.
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.
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.
Austin Mahone, 18, released “All I Ever Need” from his album The Secret on May 13, and the music video has finally been released! Diehard Mahomies will love Austin’s newest offering, which places the focus on the fans that brought him to where he is today. Austin Mahone’s New Music Video ‘All I Ever Need’ Released May 22.
What Are You Waiting For? is a song by English-Irish girl group The Saturdays. It was co-written by Uzoechi Emenike, Carla Marie Williams, Annie Yuill, Florrie Arnold, Tim Deal, Brian Higgins, Miranda Cooper, Tove Nilsson, Luke Fritton, Matt Gray, Gavin Harris, Nick Hill and Toby Scott, and produced by Xenomania and Higgins. It was released on 10 August 2014, as the lead single from the group's upcoming first compilation album, Finest Selection: The Greatest Hits
By far the strongest track on the EP is the title track ‘Pray for Love’ that opens kwabs-pray-for-love with a thumping strong drumbeat and a humming vocal. The R&B inspired track showcases Kwabs’ trademark deep and soulful voice mixed with a contemporary beat – the song perfectly balance contemporary electronics with soul. Proving once more why he is more than just a soul singer.
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.
Ed Sheeran has released his new single, "Don't." Co-produced by Rick Rubin and Benny Blanco, it is an intense, personal song about a girl who has cheated on him in the past. When Sheeran debuted the song on Saturday Night Live earlier this year, some speculated that the subject of "Don't" is singer Ellie Goulding. "But me and her we make money the same way/Four cities, two planes the same day," Sheeran sings over the somber keys. "Don't" appears on his upcoming sophomore album, x, due out June 23. More songs are on the way, as soon as next week according to Sheeran.
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.
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.
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.
"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.
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!
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.
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.
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.
2014 looks like being a big year for Prydz, having let slip that he is lining up a new album. Whether or not Liberate will feature remains to be seen, but it is proving to be a crowd favourite around the world on the festival circuit. Prydz commented that “It’s been getting a crazy reaction. It’s been going off… a lot of people are hitting me up about it”. It comes as no surprise with Liberate exhibiting his distinctive, big room sound; let’s hope it’s a hint of things to come.
"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
"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.