Tuesday, January 16, 2018

WONGIE SONG OF THE MONTH: first aid kit - fireworks

first aid kit - fireworks
swedish folk sisters klara and johanna söderberg (aka first aid kit) have continued their journey celebrating old skool country/americana in their latest album 'ruins'. releasing 'fireworks' as an album preview track late last year, they've now officially made it a proper single with a creepy 80's prom theme (with a rapture involved) accompanying video. we loved this song so much that it made our best of 2017 song list and remains a fave!! LOVE THIS SONG!

Monday, January 15, 2018

ONE TO WATCH: cautious clay - juliet + caeser / joshua tree

cautious clay- juliet + caeser / joshua tree
ooh it's always a good day when you discover a new act that shows up locked and ready with a sound that's distinctly theirs. at just 24 singer/songwriter josh has released a few singles that showcase his eclectic soulful sound with a twist of indie thrown in. it's lush really! turn up these two jams and look out for this brooklyn based performer when he embarks on live performances later this year. LOVE THIS!

WONGIE SONG OF THE WEEK: nathaniel rateliff & the night sweats - you worry me

nathaniel rateliff & the night sweats - you worry me
taken off their upcoming album 'tearing at the seams', it's been two plus years since we've heard new material from nathaniel rateliff and the night sweats! moving away from their soulful singalong big jams, the band are giving us a more intimate sound hinting at a more personal album this time around. love the first release!

Friday, January 12, 2018

WONGIE SONG OF THE WEEK: troye sivan - my my my

troye sivan - my my my
it's the wonderful return of troye sivan!!! kicking off 2018 with it's 1st great song, 22 year old troye is celebrating his queerness with this lovely joyous love song that'll get girls swooning and everyone else bopping along happily. with all the shite news in the world, we definitely need this 3'33" minutes of bliss.

WONGIE POP SONG OF THE WEEK: dua lipa - idgaf

dua lipa - idgaf
after the worldwide popularity of 'new rules' it was a no brainer to bring back director henry scholfield to come up with this dynamic 7th single (!!!) off of dua's debut album. throw in creative team mosaert (paul van haver (aka stromae!) and luc junior tam) dua's latest single comes with yet another creative fun visually catchy number that just adds to the already immediacy of the song itself. LOVE THIS!!!

NEW TAYLOR SWIFT: taylor swift feat ed sheeran & future - end game

taylor swift feat ed sheeran & future - end game
the logistics of shooting in miami / tokyo / london must have been craaazy, but if anyone can make it look like a fun experience it'll be t-swift video collaborator joseph kahn who's given this song serious cred. it basically is a verse an artist number that makes up for alot of hip hop 'remixes' these days. it's nice to see taylor try something like this, but now i'm curious about what the ACTUAL remix will sound like and who will she get to verse on that one...

Friday, January 05, 2018

WONGIE INDIE POP SONG OF THE WEEK: superorganism - everybody wants to be famous

superorganism - everybody wants to be famous
nothing like kicking off 2018 with this quirky new 8 member band (they live in a communal building in london) fronted by the very teenager orono who's much younger than those she performs with. each member has their own function but collectively they are making some real catchy all over the place pop gems that sound super self assured and highly identifiable. it's going to be a fun 2018 for these guys!!

want more? check out a live version of their 1st single 'something for your m.i.n.d.' below:

superorganism - something for your m.i.n.d. (live @ later with jools holland)

WONGIE BEST OF 2017: sufjan stevens - mystery of love (OST call me by your name)

sufjan stevens - mystery of love (OST call me by your name)
though 'mystery of love' sits happily at #13 of wongie's best songs of 2017 it doesn't mean that i don't swoon every time i hear it. but now with this wonderfully curated video featuring scenes from 'call me by your name' we can all swoon together at the beautiful summer that elio/oliver spent together. ah... swoooon some more!!!

WONGIE VIDEO OF THE WEEK: jay z feat beyonce - family feud

jay z feat beyonce - family feud
honestly this 8 minute star studded video short with over 20 major stars that have worked/collaborated/or will work with ava duvernay is something to watch in awe. showcasing a future run by women or people of color, the end result might still end in shakespearean tragedy since power can corrupt the best of us. as the song says, 'nobody wins when the family feuds' but boy do we get to watch something epic in return!

VIDEO PREMIERE: justin timberlake - filthy

justin timberlake - filthy
call it a more toned down funk jam, but the return of justin timberlake is no doubt a risky release for those hoping for something more hyped (especially since the song reunites timbaland with JT post 'sexyback'). throw in a robot dancing video by mark romanek and you've got something that falls a bit short in my book. with more tracks coming out in the following weeks this is just a teaser of what to expect.

Thursday, January 04, 2018

HOT SOUNDTRACK! kendrick lamar, sza - all the stars (OST black panther)

kendrick lamar, sza - all the stars (OST black panther)
after teasing it on his last video LOVE. kendrick's gone and given us the official first release off his co-produced black panther soundtrack. adding excitement to the single, sza comes on and offers her awesomeness to it all. i simply can't wait to see the film next month, but until then imagine this song set to the visuals of the beautiful wakanda and it's prince t'challa (aka black panther)! 

NEW BRUNO MARS!: bruno mars feat cardi b - finesse (remix)

bruno mars feat cardi b - finesse
bruno mars ode to bobby brown from '24K magic' gets a remix featuring cardi b giving her best fresh prince rhymes set to visuals celebrating the 90's iconic show 'in living color'. it's ALOT of reference (the beta camera look! the dance moves!) which looks like a hoot to put together. jam like it's the 90's yo!!!!

Wednesday, December 27, 2017

WONGIE SONG OF THE MONTH: kendrick lamar feat zacari - LOVE

kendrick lamar feat zacari - LOVE
besides the fact that 'LOVE' has been on serious repeat since kendrick's album 'DAMN' came out back in april, it's also managed to stand the test of time and continues to be a favorite whenever i wanna get into a slow jam. throw in a hot video by dave meyers (AND a tease to the upcoming black panther soundtrack) and we got ourselves a repeat play in the visual department! LOVE this song!!!!

WONGIE JAM OF THE WEEK: sza - the weekend

sza - the weekend
i have to be honest, i totally misunderstood the intention of 'the weekend' when i first heard the song. rather than a woe is me being a side-piece jam, it's actually an... 'ok fine, i get him on the weekends, but i get the rest of the week to myself' anthem instead. to be honest, a fine lady like sza should have no problems getting a guy 100% of the time, but it probably wouldn't generate a number as good as this one. oh and the sparse video is directed by solange!

Tuesday, December 26, 2017

WONGIE COVER OF THE WEEK: james blake - vincent

james blake - vincent
as an xmas gift james blake took a break from radio silence (where have you been james?) and recorded a version of his concert cover favorite 'vincent' by don mclean. it's a sparse piano & a mic affair, but it's still and beautiful and brings a big fat awwwww to our hearts. thank you james!

Thursday, December 21, 2017

WONGIE LIVE PERFORMANCE OF THE WEEK: brandi carlile - the mother (live)

brandi carlile - the mother (live)
firstly... to have brandi write about you in such a beautiful way is such a gift... then to have her perform for you 'your song' as a solo concert is just an even bigger one! the mother of evangeline is a goddess and we love her even more about sharing her love of her daughter in this song! LOVE it!

WONGIE POP SONG OF THE WEEK: little mix - nothing else matters (glory days tour)

little mix - nothing else matters (glory days tour)
as a gift to their fans little mix offered up a surprise video release featuring bts footage taken from their 'glory days' world tour. what better way to celebrate a successful year than with this visual group hug! awwww's all around and looking forward to what these gals will be doing in 2018!

Saturday, December 16, 2017

WONGIE REMIX OF THE WEEK: sza x calvin harris - the weekend (funk wav remix)

sza x calvin harris - the weekend (funk wav remix)
sharing a dude with another person never sounded so relaxed and um... fun. mixed messages galore here, but i can't stop bopping to this remix by calvin harris. of course i love the original more, but this is a wackadoo jam for your weekend!

want to see the incredible sza perform this live? check out this snl performance a few weeks back. damn she's so good!

sza - the weekend (live on snl)

Friday, December 15, 2017

YEAR END MASHUP: dj earworm - united state of pop 2017 (how we do it)

dj earworm - united state of pop 2017 (how we do it)
it's that time of the year again when dj earworm gathers together the 25 biggest pop hits of the year and somehow manages to mash it up into something cohesive. nice to know that i still listen to enough pop radio to know all the songs on this list (whew... not a total out of touch oldie!)
this release also means it's pretty much the end of the year so kicking off the countdown press play, reminisce.. and there you have it.

the 25 songs are:
Bruno Mars - That's What I Like
Camila Cabello Featuring Young Thug - Havana
Cardi B - Bodak Yellow (Money Moves)
The Chainsmokers & Coldplay - Something Just Like This
Charlie Puth - Attention
DJ Khaled Featuring Justin Bieber, Quavo, Chance The Rapper & Lil Wayne - I'm The One
Ed Sheeran - Perfect
Ed Sheeran - Shape of You
French Montana Featuring Swae Lee - Unforgettable
Future - Mask Off
Imagine Dragons - Believer
Imagine Dragons - Thunder
James Arthur - Say You Won't Let Go
Kendrick Lamar - Humble.
Lil Uzi Vert - XO TOUR Llif3
Logic Featuring Alessia Cara & Khalid - 1-800-273-8255
Luis Fonsi & Daddy Yankee Featuring Justin Bieber - Despacito
Migos Featuring Lil Uzi Vert - Bad And Boujee
Portugal. The Man - Feel It Still
Post Malone Featuring 21 Savage - Rockstar
Post Malone Featuring Quavo - Congratulations
Sam Hunt - Body Like A Back Road
Shawn Mendes - There's Nothing Holdin' Me Back
Taylor Swift - Look What You Made Me Do
Zedd & Alessia Cara - Stay

GIVE THIS VERSION THE XMAS #1: ed sheeran & andrea bocelli - perfect symphony

ed sheeran & andrea bocelli - perfect symphony
ed has said that he plans on doing various duets for his uber ballad 'perfect' since the very beginning. so after getting queen bey for his 1st collab, he's gone and recorded this symphonic duet with opera singer andrea bocelli and its well... kind of perfect! i can only imagine who else he has up his sleeve! but regarding this version, just hearing andrea go into his sotto voice is enough to get lovely goosebumps!

Thursday, December 07, 2017

WELCOME BACK! mondo grosso - labyrinth feat hikari mitsushima / spring awakens eternally feat ua

back in the 90's dj / producer shinichi osawa broke international ground by creating his acid jazz/neo soul side project mondo grosso. featuring a rotating group of vocalists that not only sang in their original japanese language, but the band was also part of the world music scene where listeners didn't let the language barrier stop their appreciation of mondo grosso's amazing music. fast forward 14 years later and osawa has brought back the group, this time expanding the dance sounds to include house, electronica and other genres. once again working with various singers, check out two tracks filtered through the genius that is shinichi osawa. welcome back mondo grosso!! 

mondo grosso feat hikari mitsushima - labyrinth
winner of mtv japan's dance video of the year!

mondo grosso feat ua - spring awakens eternally

Wednesday, December 06, 2017


sigrid - strangers
oh yeah! scandi pop gal sigrid gives us this insta-electro pop jam that just grabs you from the very first note onwards. throw in some bittersweet lyrics and you've got a very robyn-lite number on your hands. continually proving why she's been one of this years best new artists, press play on your pop obsession of the day!

NEW SUFJAN STEVENS!: sufjan stevens - tonya harding

sufjan stevens - tonya harding
obsessed with the fallen figure skater since the 90's, sufjan finally finished his ode to tonya harding. unfortunately it didn't fit into the upcoming i,tonya movie, so he's decided to release it on it's own as a parallel celebration of this woman. you'll be touched. go see the magnificent film this weekend too!

Wednesday, November 29, 2017

NEW SAM SMITH: sam smith - one last song

sam smith - one last song
ah sam smith offers up "one last song" as his latest single which seems to fit perfectly in the winter days with a hint of retro soul in the process. it's a perfectly fine tune, not pushing any boundaries and in the wheelhouse of previous hits. i'll probably be singing along to this incessantly then...

want more? sam smith's much better song, "palace" is the official theme song for the holiday iphone x ads:

Saturday, November 25, 2017

wongieFM: 15 songs you should know right now! #winter2017

there's just a wealth of wonderful new songs coming out at the moment and though you can see them added to my carmix2017 on a weekly basis (which you can follow on spotify) or through the facebook page, i figured i'd do a playlist to showcase 15 of my fave new songs that have come out the past few weeks. feel free to have this playlist play in your background cause it's really a nice mix!

the songs are:
pussy riot - police state
rae morris - atletico
jack vallier - rebekah
brandi carlile - the joke
rosie carney - winter
patrick watson - broken
lauv - paris in the rain
sir rosevelt - something 'bout you
kamille - give more
sampa the great feat nicole gumbe - black girl magik
jadu heart & mura masa - u never call me
sigrid - strangers
ruthven - evil
george fitzgerald - burns
icarus - no sleep

Friday, November 24, 2017

WONGIE SONG OF THE WEEK: lauv - paris in the rain

lauv - paris in the rain
ari staprans leff (aka lauv) has been penning introspective love songs with an electronic/r&b/jazzy edge since he was 14. but this year has been a big turning point with songs he's written for other artists charting (charli xcx 'boys', cheat codes / demi lovato 'no promises), plus he's getting much love with his own work gaining popularity around the world. i'm highly obsessed with his latest quiet swagger filled single as it's been on repeat for a good week already! turn this up and fall in love yo!

WONGIE LIVE PERFORMANCE OF THE WEEK: brandi carlile - the joke (live from studio a)

brandi carlile - the joke (live from studio a)
at some point in this performance, brandi is almost inhabited by something bigger than herself and transforms into a goddess. it's truly transcendental and it's a real honor to see it captured live like that (no wonder her upcoming tour is sold out already!) as the 1st single from her upcoming album 'by the way, i forgive you', it feels like the singer/songwriter is going for larger sounds and it suits her perfectly. can't wait to hear the rest of the album! goosebumps people!!!

WONGIE SONG OF THE MONTH: p!nk - beautiful trauma

p!nk - beautiful trauma
i LOVE it when p!nk dances in her videos, but i REALLY LOVE it when p!nk dances to the goldenboyz (aka nick florez & rj durell) (like in the video for try). this time roping in the wonderful channing tatum, the duo go through some fun twisted kinky couple stuff all the while dancing circles to the fun choreo. paired to one of my already fave songs of the year and you have the perfect combination. LOVE THIS!!!

Wednesday, November 22, 2017

HAPPY XMAS: sia - santa's coming for us

sia - santa's coming for us
with 10 new xmas songs to get us in the festive spirit, sia kicks off her 'everyday is christmas' album with this jolly 1st single and celeb-studded affair featuring kristen bell, her husband dax shepard, j.b. smooth (curb your enthusiasm) as santa, henry winkler & susan lucci as the parents, plus sophia lillis (it), wyatt oleff (it), and caleb mclaughlin (stranger things) as the children. don't fight it people... xmas is around the corner!

Thursday, November 09, 2017

HOT SOUNDTRACK: bastille - world gone mad (OST: bright)

bastille - world gone mad (ost: bright)
i mean even bloody bastille lead singer dan smith is a cutey patootie! as the 1st official soundtrack release from the upcoming will smith / joel edgerton film 'bright', bastille kicks off an exciting collection that features new material from logic, rag n bone man, camila cabello, portugal the man, alt-j and even sam hunt. this is a nice orchestral epic number from the guys!

NEW ED SHEERAN: ed sheeran - perfect / fuse odg feat ed sheeran & mugeez - boa me

ed sheeran - perfect
i have to be honest, i was not a fan of this song when i first heard it. to me it felt like a 'thinking out loud' knockoff with even more twee lyrics. but you gotta give it up to director jason koenig who manages to take the cheese out and instead gives us a sweet video that shines even brighter with actress zoey deutch as the love interest. ski cabin bookings will go through the roof after watching this video!

fuse odg feat ed sheeran & mugeez - boa me
released on the same day comes this afro-beat jam by fuse odg with our boy ed giving a wonderful hook to the proceedings. it's a fun catchy song that will do wonders for the scene! love it!!

WONGIE LIVE PERFORMANCE OF THE WEEK: p!nk - barbies (live @ cma awards)

p!nk - barbies (live @ cma awards)
[please wait the 30 sec for the ads to play out to watch the performance... or click on this link]
i mean... no need for any explanation here. p!nk is easily one of the best live acts around. why she's singing at the cma awards is beyond me, but hey, she does this ballad proud. sooooo good!

Thursday, November 02, 2017

WONGIE FOLK SONG(s) OF THE WEEK: lucy rose - end up here / moirai

lucy rose - end up here
recorded during the sessions of her current album 'something's changing', singer/songwriter lucy rose has offered this brand new song that's just lush! totally acoustic, the sparse song allows us to really enjoy lucy's beautiful vocals that has charmed her fans worldwide. what a joy to get this tune today!

want more? check out a live recording of album track 'moirai' that has been playing on repeat since this summer (easily one of my fave songs of the year!)

lucy rose - moirai

Wednesday, November 01, 2017

WONGIE SONG OF THE WEEK: n.e.r.d. & rihanna - lemon

n.e.r.d. & rihanna - lemon
when rihanna asks to shear your head, you not only say 'hell yea' but you do the coolest freestyle dance to it too! part of pharrell's 'the baes' dance squad, the gorgeous mette towley becomes an instant star as she boogie downs to the return of n.e.r.d. and kicks off the lemon tutorial by freeing herself  getting her locks cut. gosh i can watch this over and over again!

WONGIE INDIE POP SONG OF THE WEEK: bishop briggs - dream

bishop briggs - dream
one of the stronger new vocalists around these days, bishop briggs offers up this lush hopeful song that swoops into largeness while completely vulnerable at the same time. basically it's kind of perfect! if this is an example of the work she's putting into her debut album, i cannot wait to hear more. so good!


sza - supermodel
the acoustic loop playing below sza freestyle vocals is easily one of the highlights of her acclaimed debut album 'ctrl'. when the drums kick in at the end it's like we are officially in total celebration of her thoughts and it's kind of genius. no wonder people have been buzzing about this talented voice for the past year. i'm a late-comer but damn i sure enjoy the discovery!

Saturday, October 28, 2017

WONGIE POP SONG OF THE WEEK: clean bandit feat julia michaels - i miss you

clean bandit feat julia michaels - i miss you
yeah clean bandit have once again tapped into their hitmaking well and come up with this chilled out super catchy number with songwriter julia michaels on lovely vocals. throw in a cool video (directed by the band), this is another popular jam that you'll be singing along to for the next few months. nice one!

Friday, October 27, 2017


cam - diane
what i've always loved about singer/songwriter cam is that you can hear the wide variety of influences in her music that definitely allows her to straddle various genres and not JUST 'country music'. with 'diane', you can just hear her love of joyous harmonies that made fleetwood mac and indigo girls such favorite singalong bands. what a wonderful song for your weekend (even though it's about a philanderer!)

NEW TAYLOR SWIFT: taylor swift - ready for it?

taylor swift - ready for it?
there's something missing from the music that taylor swift has put out ahead of her new album 'reputation'. it's like she's making music that 'should' be populist but lacks the soul that used to set her apart as a singer/songwriter that could make great pop songs along the way. the end result just seems immature and soulless. at least they spent a crapload of money and joseph kahn made her look amazing.

NEW PALOMA FAITH: paloma faith - crybaby / guilty

paloma faith - crybaby
looks like paloma faith's video for 'crybaby' is a kickoff chapter in a series that shows a bleak dystopian world where young men are subjugated to forced masculine norms or they have to pay a fatal price. it definitely seems like a big social commentary undertaking for an artist like paloma, but she calls the source of her new album 'the architect' stories from the world as opposed to her usual tracks about personal heartbreak and love. can't wait to see the follow up video and listen to the rest of the album!  
[UPDATE: here is part 2 of the series]
paloma faith - guilty

Wednesday, October 25, 2017

ALL ABOUT KEHLANI: kehlani - touch / calvin harris feat kehlani & lil yachty - faking it / honey

what's kind of amazing about the 22 year old kehlani is that she pretty much showed up like a full fledged boss artist with a look and sound that doesn't give off any whiff of newbie/one to watch status. the problem is that her songs so far haven't even come close to that presentation, which is probably why alot of people still haven't discovered this young talent yet. hopefully these two new releases will kick up her recognition factor. first up buzz track 'touch' is an electro-fied pop number that is catchy as! we back that up with the latest single off calvin harris' 'funk wave bounces vol 1' (and an album highlight) with kehlani as the main vocalist. you get the idea of her talents here and hopefully in the coming year we will be hearing ALOT of big things from this girl.

[10/25 UPDATE: video premiere of FAKING IT below]

calvin harris feat kehlani & lil yachty - faking it

check out this other song from kehlani that is just acoustic lovely!

kehlani - honey

WONGIE POP SONG OF THE MONTH: camila cabello feat young thug - havana

camila cabello feat young thug - havana
there's alot to celebrate in camila's 6 mins long video directed by dave meyers, beginning with telenovelas to the sultry appreciation of her cuban heritage to the mantra of choosing your own destiny (bye 5th harmony) to the final words of dedication to the dreamers (aka DACA); basically it's alot and it wonderfully works. there's no question of the young girls talent and potential in the music world, this song is proof that there's ALOT more up her sleeve. 

Friday, October 20, 2017

WONGIE POP SONG OF THE WEEK: rita ora - anywhere

rita ora - anywhere
co-written by andrew watt (camilla cabello's "havana", kygo & selena gomez's "it ain't me") rita's new single is definitely pure pop with a twist of dance thrown in. totally catchy (i mean the build up to the chorus is literally a group singalong) and dreamy at the same time, i know what i'll be playing on a loop this weekend!

Tuesday, October 17, 2017

VIDEO PREMIERE: mgmt - little dark age

mgmt - little dark age
omg after 4 years of going off grid, andrew vanwyngarden & ben goldwasser (aka mgmt) have returned with this retro electro nu-wave jam that is the title track to their upcoming album of the same name. whether this is the direction of the whole album remains to be heard but damn this song is wackadoo awesome! welcome back!!

Monday, October 16, 2017

WONGIE INDIE POP SONG OF THE WEEK: tom walker - leave a light on

tom walker - leave a light on
we've been fans of tom since the summer and have been waiting for a new material to follow up to his wonderful EP 'blessings'. though there was a single co-produced by naughty boy (meh song GREAT video), i'm glad to say that 'leave a light on' is just the kind of release worthy of this talented singer/songwriter. produced by super producer steve mac (p!nk, ed sheeran etc), tom calls this one of the most honest songs he's ever written. love it! love tom!

Friday, October 13, 2017

NEW JESSIE J: jessie j - not my ex

jessie j - not my ex
there are two jessie j's out there, one that is super self aware of her talents and looks and therefore an artist that feels like she's trying way too hard. then every now and then, you get to see the jessie j that's raw and open and trying to tap into her honesty. with the release of her new single 'not my ex' there are more glimpses of the latter here that i haven't seen in awhile. when it works it's kind of chill inducing and i got me some chills watching this. please stay in this lane ms jessie!

WONGIE SONG OF THE WEEK: sufjan stevens - wallowa lake monster

sufjan stevens - wallowa lake monster
taken off his upcoming 'the greatest gift mixtape', this is a track that was never used for sufjan's last album 'carrie & lowell'. now it's part of 4 unreleased songs mixed in with demos and alternate versions of those sessions. it's a beautiful heartbreaking story of sufjan and his mother and i'm so happy that he's shared it with his fans. SO good!

Thursday, October 12, 2017

WONGIE SONG OF THE WEEK: major lazer & dj maphorisa ft nasty c, ice prince, patoranking & jidenna - particula

major lazer & dj maphorisa ft nasty c, ice prince, patoranking & jidenna - particula
there's something really magical about the world that particula inhabits. filled with retro filters and african vibes, the party culminates into this awesome disco where south african artists like nasty c & dj maphorisa can jam with nigerian acts like ice prince, patoranking & jidenna (ok he's nigerian american ;) of course this makes sense when major lazer are involved! love this song! love the vibe! song of the week!