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.
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.
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.
"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.
Today there's been a resurfacing of two big names in the Swedish club music game on one major release. The first, producer Otto Knows, had his biggest success with the release of the catchy "Million Voices" back in 2012, but has been relatively quiet over the past year while continuing to tour. Today he's released "Parachute" on former Swedish House Mafia member Sebastian Ingrosso's progressive club house label Refune Records. Previously housing main room, pop-leaning club tracks that many times have an edge to them, "Parachute" capitalizes on the rock and roll inspired grit that has been the undertone to other releases on the label. Getting quite a bit more down and dirty than what we've previously heard from Otto Knows, this could be a venture into some new musical territory for both the label and the artist himself.
"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.
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!
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.
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.
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.
He became a chart sensation with his second single 'Too Close' from debut album 'The Lateness of the Hour', but Alex Clare seems to have toned the dance vibe down a bit since then and proves it by unveiling his new single 'War Rages On', ahead of the release of album two 'Three Hearts'. That dubstep vibe that made 'Too Close' such an addictive track has been completely omitted in favour of a more raw sound. 'War Rages On' maintains the carefully layered, polished composition, opening with clunky piano before those charismatic vocals kick in with immediate strength and the rapid pulse of a drum goes berzerk over the uplifting sonorous echoes.
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.
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.
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.
"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.
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.
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.
We're beginning to realise that 5 Seconds of Summer like pants. Breakthrough No.1 'She Looks So Perfect' lauds American Apparel as undergarment perfection, while people of all shapes and sizes show off their best frillies and y-fronts in the accompanying video. Comparatively, 'Don't Stop' sees the boys don their underwear as overgarments to become superheroes
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.
"Crazy Stupid Love" is a song recorded by English recording artist Cheryl Cole. The song features a guest rap from British rapper Tinie Tempah. The song was co-written by Cole, Tempah, Wayne Wilkins, Heidi Rojas, and singer-songwriter Katelyn Tarver and Kevin Anyaeji, and produced by Wilkins.[\It was released on 18 July 2014, as the lead single from her upcoming fourth studio album Only Human (2014). On 27 July 2014, the single entered at the top of the UK Singles Chart, and also topped the charts in the Republic of Ireland.
Oceana just released Everybody, the self-proclaimed summer hit of the year (although Rannamaja might be rivaling it). Kick back and feel the beat. As ever she mixes soul, funk, hip-hop, and reggae, and the music video nods to her French-Caribbean roots. It’s a definite party vibe in Ocean’s house! However, the song is seasonal, and it can’t have much chart success after September. The background noise also involves whistling.
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.
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'?
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.
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.
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.
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.
Beginning with the auto-tuned, insistently repeated line "Hangover," it launches immediately into the chorus and then we hear the frenetic melody of Jason Derulo-inspired horns. The first minute is almost perfect and in English, no less. But then it gets somewhat cringeworthy. The song itself is largely half-sung, half-rapped by Snoop Dogg. Not being a particular fan of Snoop Dogg, I wouldn't have minded so much if it were more of a collaboration, but it almost feels like the song is Snoop Dogg featuring Psy. Not something I would have expected.
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.
"Your Love" is a song recorded by American singer Nicole Scherzinger for her upcoming second studio album (2014). It was written and produced by Terius "The-Dream" Nash and Christopher "Tricky" Stewart with additional production was provided by Bart Schoudel. The song was released on May 30, 2014 by RCA Records as the lead single from the album.
Farruko and Sean Paul call up Wisin for the remix of “Passion Whine”, a slow tempoed latin-tropical track great for dancing closely. Not much changed besides the addition of Wisin, which isn’t a bad featuring. Wisin’s borderline screaming style is counteracted well by his soft singing portion which saves the remix from killing the original feel of the song. Overall, the remix of “Passion Whine” would be a great addition to anyone’s music library especially for those summer sunset one on one dances.
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.
“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.”
"Ive got the feeling that I’m gonna keep you up all night,” growls Tom Meighan ominously on ‘Eez-Eh’, the first track to be taken from their fifth album, ’48:13’. Is Kasabian’s comeback track an ode to getting busy? Or, with its bundle through nightmarish fairground sounds via Madness’ ‘House of Fun’, an attempt to unsettle and challenge everything you think you know about the Leicester band.