“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.”
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.
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.
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.
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.
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!
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.
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.
On his last single, Wild Wild Love, Pitbull injected a little folk-rock into his dancefloor-ready sound. While it didn’t reach the stature of his biggest hits, the experiment was enough of a success for the hip-pop hitmaker to take a similarly eclectic approach on his latest release, a single recorded to promote Brazil’s upcoming World Cup. We Are One (Ole Ola), is an ode to international unity with an quirky, adrenaline-pumping vibe. The unknown producer’s instrumental pinballs between a verse driven by clean guitar strums and whistling, and a blistering, woodwind-laced chorus (complete with stadium-ready “ole ola” chants). Fellow Latin-pop giant Jennifer Lopez urges listeners to shout along in her vibrant middle verse, and Brazilian pop phenom Claudia Leitte busts out a little Portuguese on the back end. One Love, One Rhythm: The Official 2014 FIFA World Cup is scheduled to hit record stores and online retailers May 9. Fans are also encouraged to check out Janelle Monae‘s cover of David Bowie’s Heroes, not featured on the LP but also associated with the World Cup.
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”.
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.
"Chandelier" is a song by Australian recording artist Sia from her sixth studio album, 1000 Forms of Fear (2014). Written by Sia and Jesse Shatkin and produced by Shatkin and Greg Kurstin, the song was released on 17 March 2014 as the lead single from the album. It is an electropop song, featuring electronica and reggae influences. Lyrically, the song has a melancholic theme, detailing the demoralization and rationalization of alcoholism through the typical thought process of a "party girl".
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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!
"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.
'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.
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.
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.
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.
"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.
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.
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 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.
"Really Don't Care" is a song by American recording artist Demi Lovato, featuring English recording artist Cher Lloyd. The song was released to US mainstream radio on May 20, 2014, as the fourth single from her fourth studio album Demi (2013). It was written by Lovato and Lloyd along with Carl Falk, Savan Kotecha and Rami Yacoub, and was produced by Falk and Yaboub. It accumulated the most views of all the songs Lovato streamed from the album prior to its release, and was also the best-selling non-single from Demi.
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.