Monday, January 23, 2017
ed sheeran - castle on the hill
shot entirely from ed's hometown of framlingham suffolk, this beautifully sentimental anthem features kids cast from his high school. it's kind of wonderful and kicks off what looks to be an exciting album in 'divide'.
snakehips & MØ - don't leave
after working with zayn and tinashe, the producing duo of snakehips bring in the wonderful MØ as their latest single vocalist. definitely more emotional than previous releases, this also sees MØ offer up some acting chops as the gal in distress. slowly loving this song and so should you!!
declan mckenna - the kids don't wanna come home
the crazy talented declan mckenna kicks off 2017 with this youth anthem for the ages. at 19 this singer songwriter has already been the buzz of last year and looks set to create even bigger waves with the imminent release of his debut album. i love that he's on my radar and so should you!
Friday, January 20, 2017
jax jones feat raye - you don't know me (live)
i mean if this is the live version of this AWESOME house track then i kind of need to see jax jones perform in person! throw in bbc sound of 2017 finalist raye and you've got my fave jam of the week. TURN IT UP!!!
2ne1 - goodbye
here it is... one of kpop's biggest girl bands releases their final single in the form of this acoustic number which also showcases a threesome instead of the original four. 2ne1 really paved the way for kpop acts breaking international barriers and their brand of sassy multi influenced pop set a blueprint for what pop could sound like (wackadoo awesomeness!) as they venture into solo pursuits, the group itself will be sorely missed.
little mix - touch
co-produced by wongie fave mnek with a hot dance centric video choreographed by parris goebel this has smash written all over it. honestly if i didn't wholeheartedly love little mix already, this kind of kicks it up a notch for me. yaaay!
Friday, January 06, 2017
kiesza - dearly beloved
produced by stuart price, kiesza's return after 3 years is a surprisingly house-free guitar focused pop jam that ends in a celebratory choir that lays tribute to her best friend who passed away a year ago. as to what else to expect from the dance diva, hopefully we will be getting some dance tracks in the mix too! we shall see...
ed sheeran - shape of you / castle on the hill
after a 2 year wait, our fave ginger singer/songwriter superstar returns with not 1 but 2 new songs that gives us a look into the different sounds of the album 'divide'. i'm leaning more towards 'castle on the hill' on first listen... what do you think?
check out ed giving his 1st interview in 2 years on bbc radio 1
ed sheeran talks to scott mills
ed sheeran - castle on the hill (live @ bbc radio 1)
Wednesday, January 04, 2017
london grammar - rooting for you (live version)
kicking off the new year with new music, london grammar offer up the sparse single 'rooting for you' with zero fanfare. it's wintry gorgeousness at it's finest and kicks off what i'm hoping will be an exciting year for the chilled out trio! just tell me you don't get goosebumps when the orchestra sweeps in!! lush!!!
want to hear more? here's the radio release:
Friday, December 23, 2016
yelle - ici & maintenant (here and now)
what a wonderful new video by paul b. cummings & producer jean-francois perrier! showing off a seemingly banal day in the life of yelle (aka julie budet), with her 'shadow' played by comedian nathan barnatt in tow. whats funny and visually disruptive (as the shadow flails everywhere) turns glorious when the two find themselves sympatico during the day. you gotta watch this simple and lovely new gem from our favorite quirky french indie pop star!
Saturday, December 17, 2016
raleigh ritchie - straitjacket
first things first, grey worm (game of thrones) can sing!!!! now that we've got that out of the way, raleigh ritchie (aka jacob basil anderson) has decided to put out the electronic tinged EP 'mind the gap' to close out a very buzzy year after the release of his debut album 'you're a man now, boy'. directed by jacob himself, this is definitely a personal track for him which makes the beautiful track all the more compelling to listen to. love this!
alessia cara - seventeen
easily one of my fave songs of 2015 FINALLY gets an official release and still has the same effect on me a year later. this was the song that told me that alessia meant business with lyrics that spoke beyond her years and brought chills with the line 'never were there truer words in all my days i've ever heard when she told me little girl the answer is love'. chills! if this already wasn't a fave song of yours before, hopefully it will be now!
Thursday, December 08, 2016
jack garratt - strong enough
i'm just obsessed with jack garratt's blend of his celebration of soul / funk musical chords with a twist of uk modern. every jam literally is that, a hodge podge mix that weirdly meshes perfectly and turns it into something well... jack garratt. love this guy so much.
Tuesday, December 06, 2016
dj earworm - united state of pop 2016 (into pieces)
OMG have we hit that time of the year again when dj earworm puts together all the biggest hits into a way too catchy mashup? these were most of your pop smashes for the year people! enjoy!
Bruno Mars - 24K Magic
Calvin Harris & Rihanna - This is What You Came For
DRAM and Lil Yachty Broccoli
Desiigner - Panda
DJ Snake and Justin Bieber - Let Me Love You
DNCE - Cake By The Ocean
Drake feat Wizkid and Kyla - One Dance
Fifth Harmony and Ty Dolla $ign - Work From Home
Flo Rida - My House
Justin Bieber - Love Yourself
Justin Timberlake - Can't Stop The Feeling!
Lukas Graham - 7 Years
Major Lazer feat Justin Timberlake and M0 - Cold Water
Mike Posner - I Took A Pill In Ibiza
Rae Sremmurd - Black Beatles
Rihanna - Needed Me
Rihanna and Drake - Work
Sia - Cheap Thrills
The Chainsmokers and Daya - Don't Let Me Down
The Chainsmokers and Halsey - Closer
The Weeknd and Daft Punk - Starboy
Twenty One Pilots - Stressed Out / Heathens / Ride
Zayn - Pillow Talk
Friday, November 18, 2016
wongieFM carmix new tracks for November 2016
though my posts on this music blog are down to 1-2 a week, that doesn't mean that i'm not checking out new tracks whenever i can. in fact, if you're a follower of carmix 2016 on a weekly basis, you'll see the amount of new tracks that get added every week. as something i'll try to do bi-weekly, here are all the wonderful new additions that are on my radar and please remember to follow the spotify playlist to hear all my faves of 2016!
new tracks added:
dua lipa - room for 2
etta bond - all of my love
terror jr - 3 strikes
lliam taylor - to you
tkay maidza - simulation
pharrell williams - runnin'
c. duncan - other side
jaws - just a boy
the japanese house - swim against the tide
tkay maidza - drumsticks no guns
peking duk feat elliphant - stranger
gryffin feat bipolar sunshine - whole heart (dave winnel remix)
Friday, November 04, 2016
after much talk about a mixtape curated and produced by hamilton creator lin manuel miranda, we are FINALLY getting to hear the results in advance of it's december 2nd release. don't worry we will be updating these tracks as soon as they're available!
kelly clarkson - it's quiet uptown
how fascinating to spin the song from a mother's perspective. kelly clarkson's version is a completely different take on what is probably the most emotional crux of the hamilton score and it's equally heartbreaking. try to not cry when the words "forgiveness" is sung. brilliant!
the roots feat busta rhymes, joell ortiz & nate ruess - my shot
OMG the busta rhymes section is EVERYTHING!!
kda feat tinashe - just say
[UPDATE: one of my fave songs of the year gets an official video with tinashe dancing like a well... press play!!]
OMG this kda house tune with it's progressive tribal beats is the perfect dance song i've heard in ages! throw in tinashe's smooth vocals and you've got a massive club smash on your hands. it's SO good!! turn it up!!
beyonce feat dixie chicks - daddy lessons
with a collaboration that celebrates how artists will always have music in common, the beyonce/dixie chicks union has caused some big talk on what it means to be 'country' when the collective went on the CMA awards two nights ago. making their first appearance in years after being shunted by nashville for being politically vocal, the dixie chicks not only came back in style but brought on the queen bey to add to their defiance. beyonce hopefully reminded country music fans that so much of their roots came from bluegrass/soul music therefore making her attendance totally valid. either way the re-recording of 'daddy lessons' has all the spirit of a foot stompin party which at the end of the day, isn't that what we really want to be listening to on a friday!
not sure how long this will stay up, but here is the controversial / wonderful cma awards performance that has everyone talking:
beyonce & dixie chicks - daddy lessons
sigma feat birdy - find me
just one play and you'll be able to sing along to this instantly catchy breakbeat lite pop track headlined by the wonderfully melancholic vocals of wongie fave birdy. throw in a video performance by millie bobby brown of stranger things and well... all is perfect really!
Wednesday, November 02, 2016
zak abel - unstable
i've always been a fan of uk singer zak abel's soulful voice, but his latest track 'unstable' not only kicks off his debut album 'only when we're naked', but showcases his broad voice amid a tropical insta-catchy groove that you'll be humming for a long time. i'm calling it a pop hit yo!
Tuesday, November 01, 2016
little big town - better man
after releasing a special gospel tinged pharrell produced side project earlier this year, my fave country group little big town return to what they do best, catchy country music that pretty much are insta hits in the coming months. written by taylor swift, remember to stay on til midway when karen fairchild goes acapella. chills i say! chills!
kiiara - feels
after putting out the incredible viral smash "gold" last year, kiiara has been taking her time to get her debut album recorded correctly. while we wait for a full length, us fans are still enjoying the jams taken off her EP 'low kii savage' with the track "feels" finally released as an official single. soulfully ethereal, this is just beautiful!
Friday, October 21, 2016
sofi tukker feat betta lemme - awoo
firstly when did new york city spawn the wonderful dance influenced duo of sophie hawley-weld and tucker halpern (aka sofi tukker) and secondly how have they only just shown up on my radar (shows you how behind i am with things!) with their house grooves and soulfully tribal rhythms, these guys might just become my fave new band of the moment. press play, bop to their awesomeness and check out their other musical gems from their debut EP below.
sofi tukker - drinkee
OMG this song is AMAZING!!!!
crystal fighters - all night
though this track was released late summer, it looks like london indie band crystal fighters are finally riding the swell of appreciation that is kicking in for this celebratory borderline world music insta jam! already b-listed on bbc radio 1's playlist, i promise you'll be hearing this song from their new album 'everything is my family', for months to come! brilliant!
little mix - shout out to my ex
they're baaack!! my fave gal band kicks off their upcoming 4th album 'glory days' with this insta-catchy single that celebrates their usual brand of girl power with a hint of sass. love these girls!
Friday, October 07, 2016
amber coffman - all to myself
what a surprisingly retro borderline doo wop ballad (filtered through some modern phrasings cause this is amber coffman, possible ex of the dirty projectors!) amber calls this jam a love song to yourself. so slow dance like theres no one watching! hey amber does it!
bruno mars - 24k magic
after 4 years away from releasing new material, bruno mars is BACK with an 80's funk jam filled with catchy phrases and fun dance steps. though i can't say it's his best work, it's a nice tease of the sound that's yet to come!
Thursday, October 06, 2016
jamie xx - gosh
after more than a year since it's release, jamie xx offers up the most spectacular video by director romain gavras which was completely shot in hangzhou, china and features an insane cast of 400 dancers. it's a sight to see! press play and then watch the doc about the making of the video below!
gosh - behind the scenes
Wednesday, October 05, 2016
emeli sande - hurts
the urgent message of vulnerability that emeli proclaims for her return single is just wonderfully epic. if this is a hint of what's to come from the new album 'long live the angels' then i am all in! welcome back ms sande!
Tuesday, October 04, 2016
WONGIE LIVE PERFORMANCE OF THE WEEK: d.d dumbo - walrus / tropical oceans (npr music field recordings)
d.d dumbo - walrus / tropical oceans (npr music field recordings)
first things first, d.d dumbo (aka oliver hugh perry) is incredible live. with his 12 string guitar, a simple drum set and loops galore, the aussie creates a sound that is totally his own while offering vocals that are just lush. secondly it's taken a few years to put out a debut solo album (this live performance was done back in 2014!) but the wait for 'utopia defeated' is definitely worth it. i wanted to have you check out the live version of d.d dumbo skills first, then enjoy the studio version of his latest awesome single 'walrus' below.
d.d dumbo - walrus
clean cut kid - make believe
we've been circling around clean cut kid since last year and i have to admit that it's taken awhile for the liverpudlian quartet to rotate back into our radar again. already hailed as the hottest record in the world by bbc radio 1's annie mac, the band are back with their lovely fuzzy guitars and infectious harmonies. sometimes it's totally fine connecting with no awkward lags in between!
solange - cranes in the sky / don't touch my hair
just the visual language alone that solange has for her videos (co-directed by her hubby alan ferguson) sets her up as an artist that's doing interesting things for herself. but then throw in the genre busting music from her new album 'a seat at the table' and you've got one of the coolest releases of the year! nice one!
Friday, September 30, 2016
pwr bttm - i wanna boi
nothing like kicking off the weekend with this queer punk pop anthem by the new york based duo pwr bttm. having met at the upstate art college bard, ben hopkins and liv bruce have released a debut album 'ugly cherries' packed with songs about gender identity and what it means to be queer in 2016. i'm a tad obsessed people and so should you!
zara larsson - ain't my fault
swedish pop star zara larsson is FINALLY poised to break international waters as she releases this uber catchy jam (co-written by mnek) that kicks off her worldwide debut album. we've been tracking this talent for years! love her!
jack garratt feat little simz - far cry
holy cow this live performance of jack garratt is AMAZING!!! jack gets little simz (who did a remix of her own last month) in on the video and boy her verse is just as stunning. if you don't understand why this guy was easily my fave act of last year, this should give you an idea why. DAMN this is great!
Thursday, September 29, 2016
niall horan - this town (live, 1 mic 1 take performance)
with little fanfare, ex-one directioner naill horan released his 1st single with a live performance of 'this town'. co-written by jamie scott, the acoustic version hints at a singer/songwriter path for the debut album. can't wait to hear more in the coming weeks.
WONGIE GUILTY PLEASURE OF THE WEEK: kideko & george kwali feat nadia rose and sweetie irie - crank it (woah!)
kideko & george kwali feat nadia rose and sweetie irie - crank it (woah!)
a few months back, we came across the highly celebratory house track 'crank it' featuring some kick ass latin grooves and a hypnotic vocal hook. fast forward to the fall and the original version is now packed with actual lyrics and hooks galore. it's definitely made it cheesier but somehow i can't stop silly dancing to this version. sometimes you just want to have fun... now crank it!
years & years - meteorite
this is pretty much the poppiest track that the years & years crew have ever put out. unabashedly catchy, like the video, just put on your best glitter outfit and just dance like no ones watching. whee!
the weeknd feat daft punk - starboy
setting up the weeknd 2.0 (he literally snuffs out his previous persona), 'starboy' kicks off a new version of the weeknd with some help from daft punk on electro funkiness. can't wait to see what abel (aka weeknd) has up his sleeve for his new album!
Friday, September 23, 2016
dirty projectors - keep your name
it's been 4 years since we've heard new material from the dirty projectors (4 years!) and they return with this artfully glitchy soulful ballad that also incorporates rap and a warped loop of a previous release. because they are musical geniuses, of course this crazy multidimensional divorce song works out perfectly. welcome back you lovely crazy people!
Wednesday, September 21, 2016
lady gaga - perfect illusion
i'm definitely on the 'meh' side of appreciation for this song, but there is something so captivating about lady gaga finding her euphoria that i can only hope that other tracks from the upcoming 'joanne' will match my curiosity. co-produced by mark ronson, kevin parker (tame impala) and bloodpop, the repetitive glam of this track just feels too underproduced for my tastes (plus the chorus is repetitive), can't wait to hear what's next please!
Tuesday, September 20, 2016
bomba estereo - soy yo
this torben kjelstrup video for columbian duo bomba estereo (aka simon mejia & liliana saumet) has definitely gone viral with the cute sassy sarai isaura gonzalez feeling oh so very confident in front of well... everyone! definitely a girl power anthem for the fall, just press play and smile already!
Monday, September 19, 2016
carmix 2016 for some serious jams that i'm buzzing about. See you guys soon!
Tuesday, September 06, 2016
sia - the greatest
featuring 49 young dancers, sia once again uses her muse maddie ziegler to channel ryan heffington's movements that reflect and honor those who died in Orlando's pulse nightclub. it's quite a powerful image really. #weareyourchildren
Monday, September 05, 2016
beyonce - hold up
it took them long enough to release this as an official video, but queen bey released it on her bday for the fans and well... if you don't already know this song back to front, then you've been hiding under a rock and in for a treat. co-written by ezra koenig of vampire weekend, the indie references extend to the yeah yeah yeahs in this song too. easily a highlight of the lemonade collection, turn this one up!
Sunday, September 04, 2016
drake - childs play
so the question is does this song need a 12 mins video? to be fair i could have watched a whole mini movie with tyra banks in it, but hey this is drake's video and he wants to be surrounded by strippers in a sea of dolla bills. i definitely preferred the 1st half and maybe there's going to be a sequel as drake has announced another mini movie later this month, so drake... BRING BACK TYRA BANKS!
Tuesday, August 30, 2016
joey purp feat chance the rapper - girls @
as part of chance the rapper's savemoney crew, joey purp offers up the highly cheeky celebration of girls (and that groove!) taken from his iiidrops mixtape that i can't stop playing on repeat. turn it up and get your silly dance on!
NEW BON IVER!: bon iver - 33 "god" / 22 (over s∞∞n) [bob moose extended cab version] / 10 d E A T h b R E a s T ⚄ ⚄ (extended version)
taken from the upcoming '22, a million' album, bon iver's latest collection upon first listen sounds complex and disjointed. but strip away the seemingly random soundscapes, you can hear the same internal exploration of self that we've loved about this man from the very beginning. in fact i'd say that these songs are actually quite lush, but in that avant kind of way. here are 3 beautiful new tracks, trust me, it's worth the listen!
bon iver - 33 "god"
bon iver - 22 (over s∞∞n) [bob moose extended cab version]
bon iver - 10 d E A T h b R E a s T ⚄ ⚄ (extended version)