Monday, October 16, 2017
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!
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.
kehlani - touch
calvin harris feat kehlani & lil yachty - faking it
Friday, October 13, 2017
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!
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!
hurts - chaperone
what a surprise! hurts have released this bare-boned love song that is simple and kind of fantastic (and VERY different from their usual dramatic pop). taken off their new album 'desire' i've already played this song a few times since the 1st play! nice one!
jessie ware - alone
as the 3rd single from her upcoming album 'glasshouse', this ballad just feels like the perfect closing credits to a rom-com/feel good movie! between the retro 80's jam, spanish styled pop and now this, i'm VERY curious about the different sounds the upcoming album will produce. so far... so good!
Monday, October 09, 2017
kimbra - everybody knows
new zealand indie pop diva kimbra returns after a 4 year break and the result is a wonderful track that keeps on adding sonic layers, ending in a big cool fuzzy guitar jam by the end. hopefully this is an example of the kind of energy to expect from the upcoming album!
Friday, October 06, 2017
sam smith - pray
giving his fans the closing song of his upcoming album 'the thrill of it all', the lyrics to 'pray' seem to channel the current state of mind culminating with the rousing lyrics of 'everyone prays in the end'. it's a admirable sentiment helped by the producing skills of timbaland (who knew he could do a gospel ballad like this?)
Thursday, October 05, 2017
jacob banks - unknown (to you)
my fave baritone of the moment keeps on putting out beautifully emotional tracks (which are better experienced live if you ever get the chance) leading up to his debut album coming out next spring. 'unknown' is in fact a track that was released two years ago via his EP 'the paradox', but over the years of performing the song, jacob has found a new connection with it's sentiments and wanted to share it with his fans. the end result is just gorgeous. LOVE THIS GUY!
Tuesday, October 03, 2017
maren morris & vince gill - dear hate
with all proceeds going to the music city cares fund to help victims of las vegas, maren morris has released the perfect song that she wrote 3 years ago, but never felt it was the right time to release it...until now. press play, feel that love is gonna conquer all.
Monday, October 02, 2017
haim - little of your love
after getting a full-on 14 mins live performance love-fest from director paul thomas anderson, it looks like the appreciation continues with haim's latest celebratory, dance filled video! once again the haim sisters offer up a fun clap along anthem that's easily been an album fave. two stepping never looked so joyous!
muna - in my way
watching the lovely trio of katie gavin, josette maskin & naomi mcpherson (aka muna) celebrate their friendship in an honest loving way is the best visual accompaniment to their equally sweet gem of a song. there's always been something perfectly john hughes retro soundtrack to their sound but with a cool modern queer twist thrown in. love these ladies!
Saturday, September 30, 2017
armand van helden vs butter rush - i need a painkiller
sometimes all you need are old skool house chords and a simple vocal hook to make a song your dance song of the weekend. armand van helden returns with this insta jam that you'll probably hate by the end of next week cause you've played it too much. but for now turn it up!!!
little dragon feat faith evans - peace of mind
originally an unreleased track from their album 'season high' the swedish quartet couldn't let go of this track and asked the esteemed raphael saadiq to add some producer magic on it. he suggested faith evans as a co-vocalist and the rest is this airy soulful magic track that you hear right before you. little dragon have consistently put out amazing future soul this year and this caps off their incredible year perfectly!
Friday, September 29, 2017
j balvin, willy william feat beyonce - mi gente
like this song couldn't get any bigger! the queen bey added her own lyrics/verse to the worldwide smash and is offering all proceeds of this song to relief efforts helping mexico and puerto rico. turn this the F up!!!
Tuesday, September 26, 2017
haim - valentine (dir: paul thomas anderson)
capturing three performances live to tape, director paul thomas anderson offers us a wonderful look at the haim sisters doing what they do best. somehow these songs sound even better than their studio recordings and gives us new appreciation of their songwriting talents. enjoy "right now", "something to tell you" & "nothing's wrong"!
Saturday, September 23, 2017
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!
gabrielle aplin - waking up slow
after releasing two successful albums as a singer/songwriter, gabrielle aplin is definitely taking a lighter approach to her sound and come up with a kick off single that is not only more pop but allows her fans to do a bit of a boogie while listening. like a lovely spritzer on a hot post summer day, turn this one up and feel the happiness!
Friday, September 22, 2017
macklemore feat kesha - good old days
with his new album gemini out the same day as the release of this excellent single with kesha, the one two punch is a nice change since it feels like it's been ages since we've had a good track from the seattle based rapper. though there was some backlash from his last release with ryan lewis, the rapper doesn't seem to be taking himself as seriously now and we are back to the days of catchy tunes mixed with insta-hooks. working with kesha is a smart move too! nice one this!
Monday, September 18, 2017
sam smith - too good at goodbyes
already #1 in 4 countries, the return single of sam smith is definitely a bonafide hit. though the crooner may have stayed in his lane for this moment, hopefully other material from his new album will showcase some exciting choices. for now we hum along to this one...
Friday, September 15, 2017
rae morris - do it
uk singer/songwriter rae morris has always been a slow burn fave with her chill attitude mixed with electro with a tinge of epic-ness thrown in. this time, rae brings us something so wonderfully catchy with an equally amazing video shot by noel paul making NYC/Brooklyn the most fun cool place to be at (i live here and i still want her version of this city!) if you're not familiar with rae, i'm gonna throw in another gem from her as yet untitled new album below. make her on your radar yo!!!
rae morris - reborn
Wednesday, September 13, 2017
lany - super far
lany (aka LA-NY) have slowly released solid track after track from their self-titled debut album, and this one looks set to offer the trio some serious crossover bizness. with their john hughes for a new generation sound, i've been enjoying these guys for a good part of this year (listen to the excellent breakup track below) and will happily chalk them up as one of the best new bands of 2017!
lany - the breakup
Friday, September 01, 2017
london grammar - hell to the liars (kölsch remix)
honestly i'm just going to let the 12 mins 41 secs of this remix speak for itself. holy shizz is this great!!!! turn it the f up and soak in it's heavenly spirit.
fink - not everything was better in the past
recorded in one take, fink offers up a real beauty of a song commenting on his relationship between old skool vs modern life. it's just the right kind of pensive song leading us into this rainy labor day weekend on the east coast. enjoy!
Thursday, August 31, 2017
jessie ware - selfish love
sometimes even a mallorca getaway can't fix a duplicitous relationship. throw in a latin cha cha number as the soundtrack and you get the awesomeness that is jessie ware's classy new gem. two diverse songs into her upcoming new album and i can't wait to hear what other surprises are in store for us fans!
Sunday, August 27, 2017
taylor swift - look what you made me do
[UPDATE: look what director joseph kahn and tswift did! mocking all the memes of taylor since the beginning of her career, this is pretty much the creation of taylor 3.0. it's also a hellofva fun video, so hopefully this will mark the end of the woe me era and into a more interesting look forward. we shall see.]
she's back! what do you think of the comeback song? rumored to be based around her feud with kanye & kim, the real news is that there's apparently a loop of right said fred's 'i'm too sexy' in this jack antonoff produced song. can you hear it?
Friday, August 25, 2017
pnau - control your body
aussie-land's best dance act pnau have just released their new EP featuring three very diverse dance tracks for their fans. my fave one is this tech-house jam that is just one sick hook after another, reminding me of the big bombastic beats of the chemical brothers of yore. it's the perfect jam for your weekend so turn this track the F up!!
want more? check out the other two tracks from the 'into the sky' EP below:
pnau - into the sky
title track for the EP is also a bit of a rock dance jam featuring band member nick littlemore on vocals. it's fun and probably their most pop friendly track they've put out in ages.
pnau feat vera blue - young melody
this is your traditional classy house number featuring the very hot singer/songwriter vera blue on guest vocals. shame she's been sampled down, would have been interesting to hear a full song with celia pavey (aka vera blue) on lead.
Thursday, August 24, 2017
katy perry ft nicki minaj - swish swish
directed by dave meyers, 'swish swish' gets a star studded video hodge podge in the form of a basketball game. if her fans love anything, they sure love katy perry making fun of herself! pop culture fans can spot peeps from 'stranger things', 'glee', 'glow' and even sport stare, how many did you spot in this video?
Wednesday, August 23, 2017
WONGIE INDIE DANCE SONG OF THE WEEK: sub focus & rudimental feat chronixx & maverick sabre - trouble
sub focus & rudimental feat chronixx & maverick sabre - trouble
with so many talented people in on this song you'd think it'd be one big hot mess! but instead the perfect blend includes sub focus kicking up the drum n bass, rudimental on classy musicality, chronixx on a reggae tip (he was just in the area when they recorded his vocals) and maverick sabre soulfully rounding out this mix. it works people! now turn this up!
Thursday, August 17, 2017
justin bieber & bloodpop - friends
working with bloodpop and songwriters julia michaels & justin tranter (the team behind 'sorry'), "friends" marks new solo material in over a year and potentially kicking off a new album. now that he's on tour hiatus, he'll have more time to do that!
logic feat alessia cara & khalid - 1-800-273-8255
gotta give it up to director andy hines for directing this powerful short film with an all star cast led by child actor coy stewart. of course true props have to go to rapper logic for even crafting this touching song about suicide prevention with alessia cara & khalid on additional verses. the end result is a collective effort to get the message across to at risk youth. it's kind of amazing.
Wednesday, August 16, 2017
lcd soundsystem - tonite
after world premiering the song on zane lowe's beats 1 show, lcd soundsystem offer up their latest electro disco single with the usual self-critical lyrics by james murphy. apparently inspired by listening to lyrics in taxis late at night which frequently focused about the importance of the evening, this is the murphy version... and it's fab!
p!nk - what about us
[VIDEO PREMIERE: directed by georgia hudson and choreographed by goldenboyz, the collective collaboration makes for a pretty emotional and politically charged video.]
with her album 'beautiful trauma' set for release in oct, p!nk returns after a little break with this soaring instantly anthemic single co-written by super producer steve mac ('shape of you' 'rockabye') and snow patrol's johnny mcdaid.
Thursday, August 10, 2017
kelela - lmk
kicking off her upcoming debut album 'take me apart', kelela is bringing her 90's soul sound with her latest single 'lmk' and it's all kinds of wonderful! throw in some warped grooves in the musical background and a non-binary dance party directed by frequent bjork collaborator andrew thomas huang and you've got our jam of the week!
Tuesday, August 08, 2017
mnek - paradise
[8/8 UPDATED WITH THIS WONDERFUL NEW POLITICIZED VIDEO!!]
building on top of ultra nate's 90's club classic "free", mnek has created a thoroughly modern soul track that has all the makings of a new jam that'll influence for years to come. welcome to your perfect sunset soundtrack!
Friday, August 04, 2017
lorde - perfect places
co-written by jack antonoff, hip hop hitmaker frank dukes & andrew wyatt of miike snow, this is the kind of insta pop anthem that just begs to be a hit. lorde follows up her 'green light' smash with this jam that feels more akin to her debut sound than what she's been offering up on this album. all good!
jessie ware - midnight
[UPDATE: THE VIDEO PREMIERED LAST NIGHT!]
OMG YAAAAAS!!!!! jessie returns to our lives with this amazing gem of a smooth soul jam that just oozes the kind of sophisticated sensuality that we crave from ms ware! with an album filled with collabs with christine and the queens, ed sheeran and even julia michaels, it's good to hear that they all are there to elevate her sound to new levels. welcome back!!!
Wednesday, August 02, 2017
khalid - young dumb & broke
there's something wonderfully sentimental about khalid's new single which happily captures the slacker / aimless / haze of high school teenage apathy which in some weird way resonates just as much to this way old 'adult' at the same time. already a sensation with his massive hit 'location' earlier this year, this 19 year old singer/songwriter is easily one of the breakout stars of 2017. love him!
Monday, July 17, 2017
rationale - loving life
by far singer/songwriter tinashe fazakerley's (aka rationale) most pop inclined tune, 'loving life' also gives us an idea that rationale definitely has eyes on world domination in the best way. with a video that celebrates a day in life of hipster east london, it definitely adds to the joy of listening to this song over and over again. i can't stop playing this track!
superfruit - worth it (perfect)
stemming from their popular vlog on youtube, pentatonix members mitch grassi & scott hoying have evolved their funny camaraderie into the musical offshoot superfruit that's now taking on a life of it's own with 2 ep's under their belt. the new release 'worth it (perfect)' brings young dancers kaycee rice and sage rosen switching gender roles and making it wonderfully normal. i couldn't stop smiling and hopefully it will bring you the same joy that this video brought me.
Friday, July 14, 2017
the script - rain
it looks like everyone is changing up their sound today! irish band the script have returned after 3 years with a danceable new number that has the spirit of a santana jam with speckles of ed sheeran/one direction throughout. the good news is that danny o'donoghue is still a wonderful songwriter and well... he's come up with an insta catchy number that you'll be singing all summer! nice one!
echosmith - goodbye
now that the band are a threesome (sibling jamie left for personal reasons), it sounds like echosmith are embracing alot more electronic instruments culminating in this lite disco jam that's kind of wonderful. 'goodbye' marks the first of new material since their debut 4 years back, so i'd say this is a very nice return!
tigertown - warriors
i first discovered sydney based tigertown last year with their insanely insta-catchy anthem 'lonely cities'. with a kind of joyous musicality and singalong chorus, it was an exciting kick start for this husband/wife core / with perspective family members in tow band. now the gang offer up their latest single "warriors" and it's equally brilliant! these guys are gonna be big yo, so get in with the love program!
want more? check out the awesome song that started it all for me!
tigertown - lonely cities
ghetto vanessa - yuh live nice
nothing like bopping your body to the jerky post-carribbean / dancehall / bass sounds of a german teenager based out of the dominican republic. background details aside, this is just a great jam that needs to be blasted out loud for the summer. it's a hoot and my choice for party anthem of the week!
Thursday, July 13, 2017
raphaella - turn around
love me a good stripped down jam these days! after guesting with the likes of gorgon city, mnek, rudimental and wilkinson, singer/songwriter raphaella has gone and released "turn around" as a solo artist. with this as an intro for most people, i can only imagine what else this talented young singer has in store for us!
Wednesday, July 12, 2017
vance joy - lay it on me
can't believe it's been 4 years since we were first introduced to vance joy via his now classic "riptide"! after a bit of a break, the singer songwriter has returned with this epic track (horns and all!) that kicks off an as yet untitled new album. with a video featuring the lovely angela sarafyan (hbo's westworld), press play to enjoy his wonderful return!
Monday, July 10, 2017
sigrid - plot twist
there's something wonderfully fierce about 20 year old norwegian singer/songwriter/pop gal sigrid. with just an EP to her name, there is already a solid 1/2 album of strong material that most newbies would kill to have under their belt. her latest single "plot twist" is all the more interesting with the mantra inducing shout-along "shots fired" as part of the chorus hook. easily one of my fave pop songs of the summer! want more? check out her glastonbury debut of her 1st single "don't kill my vibe" which is equally catchy and wonderful!
sigrid - don't kill my vibe (live @ glastonbury 2017)