Thursday, May 31, 2018
so my day job is kicking in and i've gotta take a mini-break from this site for the next couple of weeks. i'll definitely try to update when big releases come out or you can always check out the facebook page for (hopefully) daily news / posts! i'll be back but check out the carmix 2018 for weekly updates of new music too! i'll see you guys end of may!
Saturday, May 19, 2018
sza - garden (say it like dat)
how cool that sza and donald glover (aka childish gambino) have a friendship that allows for them to pop up in each other's videos (did you see her in the cameo for 'this is america'?). now he returns the favor by frolicking in the forest with the soul singer as she expresses her insecurities in the vulnerable 'garden'.
years & years - if you're over me
i love how years & years have pulled a total 180 on us and given fans a pure pop gem as their latest single! throw in the continuing theme of an emotionally confusing relationship (as kick started in sanctify) and you've got yet another catchy number with a sexy fluid video to boot. LOVE these guys!
king princess - talia
i have to say that king princess (aka mikaela straus) has quickly become one of my fave queer indie pop stars of the year. we loved the single '1950' and am really into her latest heartbreak single 'talia'. honestly not much more to say than she's kicked off a tour and it's already sold out! LOVE her and so should you!
Sunday, May 06, 2018
childish gambino - this is america
released just as donald glover went on SNL to be both the host and musical guest, childish gambino's new single (which he also world premiered that night) tackles gun violence and police brutality with the kind of surprise randomness situated next to dancing and celebratory singing. it's shocking to see, but just the kind of video you expect from this creative genius that's having a stellar year both in front and behind the camera.
want more? check out childish gambino performing another new song on saturday night live!
childish gambino - saturday (live @ saturday night live)
Saturday, May 05, 2018
nicki minaj - barbie tingz
nicki minaj - chun li
it's here! FINALLY we get to see the two videos accompanying nicki minaj's excellent releases! with 'barbie tingz' nicki collaborates with creative giovanni bianco to make a sparse but colorful piece that matches the sass of her retro celebratory jam. on 'chun-li' superstar photographer steven klein takes the reins and gives us some of his seriously kick ass vision. they're both fun to watch and gives us the nicki that we've been hankering for quite some time!
Thursday, May 03, 2018
shawn mendes - in my blood
[UPDATE 4/24: here is the video premiere of shawn mendes single (finally!)]
welcome to the power ballad section of the shawn mendes discography! at it's midnight release fans were given a nice surprise new single that starts off like an acoustic ballad but kicks into full on rock pop territory that showcases a possible more adventurous direction with his upcoming album. we shall see, until then, play. swoon. repeat.
shawn mendes - lost in japan
a week later, shawn gave his best soulful pop presentation in the form of 'lost in japan', offering a breezy jam that is more than what basic folks are calling a JT knockoff. this song is just a solid number that easily will play through the rest of the summer. love this!!
shawn mendes feat khalid - youth
[UPDATE 5/3: check out the lyric video of the new track which also features khalid]
florence + the machine - hunger
announcing the release of her new album 'high as hope' at the end of june, florence also gave us the album track 'hunger' which she wrote on her own while taking a creative getaway to los angeles. can't wait to hear more!!!
aurora - queendom
she's baaack! the 21 year old norwegian indie pop singer returns and with a much more self confident image than when we last saw her 3 years back. kicking off with the excellent lead single 'queendom', i can only look forward to what else this young woman has in store for us!
christina aguilera feat ty dolla $ign & 2 chainz - accelerate
taking time off has not made christina into a shy woman! she's back and so orally fixated that she's made a video where we see more of her mouth/tongue than we really need to. the kanye west produced track (hm... is it a good idea to be associated with him at the moment?) is busy, but every now and then you hear a brilliant song trying to break out. i think i like it... i'm not sure... but she's baaack!!!
5 eliza's - first burn (hamilton the musical)
if you haven't been following for the past year, hamilton creator lin manuel miranda has given fans a new #hamildrop every month to not only celebrate the musical but to give different creatives a way to interpret the songs for a new audience. this month he's managed to gather 5 actresses (arianna afsar, shoba narayan, lexi lawson, rachelle ann go, julia harriman) who have played/or are playing scorned wife eliza to sing a 1st draft of her anthem 'burn' called 'FIRST burn'. fans of the song will be surprised to hear some lyrical changes and well... just press play!
Friday, April 27, 2018
janelle monae - dirty computer (emotion picture)
as part of the release of her album dirty computer, the incredible janelle monae has given us a 48 mins companion film filled with sci-fi references and political statements about identity (in this case a poly one, featuring janelle and actress tessa thompson, that's slowly being erased from her memory). it's alot to pack in so i'm just going to let you enjoy this experience now!
Tuesday, April 24, 2018
janelle monae - i like that
it's single #4 from janelle monae's album 'dirty computer' and from all the previous releases, this album might be one of the best of the year (we find out this weekend!). the good news for fans is that janelle is releasing a 44 minute short film that janelle is calling an "emotion picture" that will premiere on mtv and bet. love this jam!
Friday, April 20, 2018
kylie minogue feat gente de zona - stop me from falling
oh the total joy of this kylie minogue remix! shot lovingly in cuba by director sophie muller, the pop diva has managed to merge her current jaunt of country sounds with the reggaeton vocals of gente de zona to create one of the happiest things you'll see this weekend! what a perfect upgrade from the original track!
zak abel - love song
one of my fave male soul voices of the past few years hails from north london and has been cranking out tracks that have been celebrated on this site constantly. zak abel now returns with the highly catchy 'love song' produced by hitmaker steve mac (ed sheeran) and well it's been playing on repeat since it was released a few weeks back. now we get a video to boot! it's time for this guy to hit it big, i just feel it!
Sunday, April 15, 2018
Beyonce’s Coachella 2018 Set List
1. “Crazy in Love”
2. “Freedom” Interlude with “Lift Every Voice and Sing” (Poem by James Weldon Johnson)
4. “Sorry” / “Me, Myself, & I”
5. “Bow Down” / “I Been On”
6. “Drunk in Love”
8. “***Flawless.” / “Feeling Myself” / “Top Off”
10. “Don’t Hurt Yourself”
11. “I Care”
12. “Partition / “Yonce”
13. “Mi Gente”
14. “Baby Boy” / “You Don’t Love Me”
15. “Hold Up” / “Countdown”
16. “Check On It”
17. “Deja Vu” with Jay Z
18. “Who Run the World”
19. “Lose My Breath” with Destiny’s Child
20. “Say My Name” with Destiny’s Child
21. “Soldier” with Destiny’s Child
22. “Get Me Bodied” with a dance break from Bey and Solange Knowles
23. “Single Ladies”
24. “Love on Top”
Friday, April 13, 2018
superorganism - night time
the uk based multi national superorganism posse have chosen this insta-catchy number from their self titled debut album as their new single! lead singer orono continues to compel with her deadpan vocals surrounded by a room full of uber talented multi-hypenates who are definitely older than her 17 years of age. which is probably why we love them so much!
Thursday, April 12, 2018
florence + the machine - sky full of song
do i even need to write anything? it's the first new track by florence + the machine since 2016! it's also wonderfully restrained and feels almost praise like in it's deliverance. it's lovely and our fave song this week. welcome back!
there's just SO MUCH good music these days that i decided to just do a blowout playlist of current hits, new jams and some tracks that are on constant repeat on my spotify playlist. you might know these tracks, but hey, play it in the background for your enjoyment or maybe you'll discover somethin along the way! enjoy!
1. janelle monae feat grimes - pynk
2. kacey musgraves - high horse
3. king princess - 1950
4. bazzi - mine
5. MØ - nostalgia
6. calvin harris feat dua lipa - one kiss
7. zak abel - love song
8. sza - broken clocks
9. maren morris - rich
10. kawala - do it like you do
11. x ambassadors - stolen car
12. editors - hallelujah (so low)
13. a$ap rocky feat moby - a$ap forever
14. diplo feat lil xan - color blind
15. louis the child feat joey purp - shake something
16. seinabo sey feat jacob banks - remember
17. lake street dive - i can change
18. cam - palace (sam smith cover)
19. gallant - gentleman
20. leon bridges - bet ain't worth the hand
21. shallou x kasbo w/cody lovaas - find
22. delaporte - me encanta
23. james tw - say love
24. james bay - us (acoustic)
25. ray lamontagne - such a simple thing
Wednesday, April 11, 2018
dj snake - magenta riddim
featuring a riddim heavily inspired by indian music, it's nice that dj snake also went to india to shoot the colorful video by vania heymann & gal muggia. it's wacky with a nice little twist at the end, but doesn't stop you from dancing along to this wonderful jam!
Tuesday, April 10, 2018
janelle monae feat grimes - pynk
though i'm not sure if the grimes version is the one for the video, but either way janelle monae's new single 'pynk' definitely celebrates womyn in all their glory! directed by emma westenberg the awesome video also marks the return of hot actress tessa thompson who also co-starred in the epic prince inspired smash 'make me feel' (see below). the whole thing celebrates pussy power which is definitely cause for major happiness!
janelle monae - make me feel
don't know why i never posted my love for this song, but it's definitely one of my favorites of the year!!
janelle monae - django jane
and just an example of how diverse the upcoming 'dirty computer' album is going to sound, here is janelle in boss mode!
Sunday, April 08, 2018
louis the child feat joey purp - shake something
we've been on this deep bass hip hop track by chicago dj duo louis the child for a good month, but now the cool track gets an official video with fellow chicogo-an joey purp in the mix. it's soooo good and still makes me crazy after repeated listens!
Saturday, April 07, 2018
drake - nice for what
truth of the matter, there isn't enough time to showcase all the fabulous beautiful women (tho where the asian stars at?), but drake's lauren hill 'ex-factor' sampled new track does a good period trying. directed by karena evans the video must have been a logistical miracle to get all the 16 actresses, but the final result of this awesome surprise track is worth a couple of repeat viewings!
Wednesday, April 04, 2018
lake street dive - i can change
normally when you hear a lake street dive song, you're expecting an upbeat fun retro jam led by the thick soulful vocal of rachael price. so imagine my surprise listening to their new single 'i can change' from their upcoming album 'free yourself up'. instead of a jazzy four piece number, it's a thoughtful acoustic ballad which strips down their sound to just rachael and a guitar. it's immensely lovely and tells me that the new album will be expanding their talents to incorporate some new sounds. yaaay!
but don't fret, you can still listen to rachael soul out vocally on their album's 1st release 'good kisser':
lake street dive - good kisser (live)
and since we're such big fans, here is the song that introduced me to this glorious posse:
lake street dive - you go down smooth (live)
Monday, April 02, 2018
leon bridges - bad bad news
directed by natalie rea and starring the gorgeous paloma elsesser, this jazzy groove jam marks an updated sound from the soul crooner that has diehard fans learning how to process potentially dancing to his music from now on. all this makes his upcoming album 'good thing' very exciting for the rest of us who are more than happy to go along with whatever musical direction he's taking us on.
leon bridges - bet ain't worth the hand
[UPDATE 4/2: check out the video premiere of this dreamy video!] ok fine, you want retro soul, you got it! leon channels the spirit of the doo wop era with lush orchestrations of the 60's thrown in. it's gorgeous and marks a perfect bookend of what's to come on this album. so excited!!!
Tuesday, March 27, 2018
sigrid - raw (live)
the simplicity of the video is what is so wonderful about it all. not only does it showcase a new song, but i love the fact that sigrid has the confidence to sing it totally live while doing a walk through in a day of her life. there's a reason why she was chosen as the sound of 2018 by the bbc and this video further cements her as star in the making! love it!
Monday, March 19, 2018
seinabo sey - i owe you nothing
oh what wonderful imagery from director sheila johansson to showcase swedish singer seinabo sey's awesome return single 'i owe you nothing'. building slowly til a full on choir kicks in by the end, seinabo is playing with the sound of soul by giving it a bare bones alt twist that is distinctly all hers. i've been a fan since her last album and i gotta say, this kicks it up a major notch! turn it up!!!
want more? as part of the double a single, check out the gorgeously sparse 'remember' duet featuring the amazing jacob banks below:
seinabo sey feat jacob banks - remember
OH MY GOSH this duet is soooo good!
Sunday, March 11, 2018
taylor swift - delicate
after taking herself way to seriously the past few videos, our girl taylor has reunited with director joseph kahn (again!) and is dancing her way back in our collective hearts with goofy movements and facial adorkability. it helps that this song is awesome too (one of our faves of last year). the only problem is the barefoot situation (LA is not clean taylor!) so hopefully she disinfected those feet by the end of the shoot!
Friday, March 09, 2018
mnek - tongue
THIS SONG IS SO FABULOUS!!! though we've been longtime fans of mnek, 'tongue' feels like a song by an artist totally embracing his power and going full steam whether we're ready for it or not! oh and he even dances in this video! turn it up and watch mnek come into his own.
john newman - fire in me
after taking a 2 year break, soulful baritone john newman comes back blazin with this insta catchy new single 'fire in me'. throw in an equally passionate video (who knew john could act!) and you've got the makings of a big hit that'll happily play through the summer. it's a welcome return and i can't wait to hear what else he's got up his sleeve this time around. nice one this!
Wednesday, March 07, 2018
metroplane feat bree runway - word of mouth
metroplane is actually the side project between dj/producers alex metric and aeroplane. after having club success with the insanely catchy 'bahp', they've now gone and added vocals by bree runway and is paving the way for a proper crossover dance pop success story. it definitely works cause i've been listening to this (loudly mind you) on repeat since discovering it a few days back. TURN IT UP!!!
wanna hear the original without bree's vocals? here is 'bahp'
metroplane - bahp
years & years - sanctify
it's the return of olly and his gang! the synth pop trio bring their 1st single 'sanctify' with a high concept video set in the futuristic palo santo where humans are captured to bring entertainment to androids (can't wait to see where the rest of the story will lead to). the song itself is an uber catchy electronic soul number that we've come to love so much from these guys! welcome back!!
simian mobile disco feat deep throat choir - hey sister
as part of a three part video series, 'hey sister' falls perfectly in the middle of the emotional dance odyssey and has the benefit of being voiced by the amazing deep throat choir. taken off their upcoming new album murmurations, simian mobile disco have released a dance track that is both wonderfully haunting and surprising! definitely my favorite song this week!
Friday, March 02, 2018
p!nk - whatever you want
giving us a look into pink's behind the scenes world, one forgets how much work goes into being an A-list performer of her caliber. culminating in her recent superbowl cough drop moment this video really is a celebration of a year in the life. oh what a life!
george ezra - pretty shining people
oh the build up to the insta catchy chorus of george ezra's new single 'pretty shining people' is just wondrous! i haven't been too enamored of the first few tracks from his upcoming 'staying at tamara's' album, but this just makes up for it all! we are indeed all right together! welcome back george!
lucy rose - all that fear
singer / songwriter lucy rose finally offers up her popular album track as a proper release for the fans. taken from the album 'something's changing' which seems to have an endless amount of gems to choose from, lucy is finishing up a successful world tour by finishing up in the US the next few weeks. the woman is great live so check her out if you get the chance!
Saturday, February 24, 2018
since it's the weekend, i felt it would be nice to offer a nice playlist of some current 'chilled' tracks that i've been listening to lately. it's a pretty diverse list mixed with indie bands, a sprinkle of kpop (god i love that suzy song!), singer songwriters and just flat out electro pop that we love so much! they're all quite wonderful so press play, experience some feels (ed sheeran & the boxer rebellion..oof!) and enjoy and chill on this eclectic batch!
1. the naked and the famous - young blood (stripped)
2. isaac gracie - last words (live & acoustic)
3. manchester orchestra and julien baker - bad things to such good people (pedro the lion cover)
4. james bay - wild love
5. betty who - ignore me
6. suzy - sober
7. troye sivan - my my my (acoustic)
8. ed sheeran - supermarket flowers (live from the brits 2018)
9. the boxer rebellion - here i am
10. dma's - in the air
11. vance joy - take your time
12. superorganism - reflections on the screen
Saturday, February 17, 2018
brandi carlile - the joke
we've been in love with this song since last year and even christened it one of our fave songs of 2017 , but with the release of her new excellent album 'by the way i forgive you' it's nice to see an official video to the anthem! the visuals are pretty simple but emotionally effective, which definitely continues to give continued life to this battle cry of a song. LOVE it! #TheJokesOnThem
drake - god's plan
you gotta give it up to drake, spending almost 1 million on donations, grants and just flat out cash money gifts, he spends the whole 'god's plan' video dancing away like a happy santa. it's highly moving and simple and makes everyone love drake even more!
Friday, February 16, 2018
HOT SOUNDTRACK! kendrick lamar, sza - all the stars / the weeknd - pray for me / jay rock, future, james blake - king's dead (OST black panther)
kendrick lamar, sza - all the stars (OST black panther)
damn! the dave meyers directed video has SO many beautiful images to look at! with the movie coming out next week worldwide, the kendrick produced soundtrack kicks off the crazy buzz with this lovely sza collab. by the weekend we'll be able to hear the rest of this collection and check out how james blake, khalid, anderson paak & jorja smith sound when inspired by what some are already calling one of the best marvel superhero films ever.
want a peek? check out the weeknd track below:
kendrick lamar, the weeknd - pray for me
kendrick lamar, jay rock, future, james blake - king's dead
OH MY GOSH, with the soundtrack officially out, this collab with rappers jay rock & future is kind of incredible!!! their phrases are sooo good and this video! the soundtrack just keeps on giving!!!