Back in spring 2011, “Bounce,” the Kelis-featuring lead single from Calvin Harris‘ third album 18 Months, first surfaced. A year and a half later, the LP itself was released, and now, in this early stretch of 2014, said record’s eighth and final single, “Thinking About You,” is still hovering in the lower reaches of the Billboard Hot 100.
When Harris’ next album will arrive is anyone’s guess, but at least the ball seems to be slowly but surely rolling in the lead-up. This afternoon the Scottish DJ/producer teased his Instagram followers by posting a six-second snippet of new track “Summer.” As you might guess, it’s a balls-to-the-wall dance cut — one that, so far, doesn’t give any indication as the what the lyrics are or who might be singing them.
Get the first taste of Calvin’s “Summer” jam below. More »
Well this is interesting. A purported Daft Punk song featuring Jay Z called “Computerized” has made its way onto the Internet. It’s allegedly a leftover from their Random Access Memories sessions, and some sites are even claiming that it was produced by Kanye West. The track certainly sounds authentic, and I can’t recall ever hearing these Jay verses before.
Consequence of Sound agrees on the Jay front, and points out that some Reddit sleuths concluded “Computerized” contains some elements from the Robots’ Tron soundtrack. So it’s possible that this was a real track which was scrapped, and parts of it served as the foundation to a different song on the 2010 soundtrack. But you could also argue that some enterprising copycat simply pulled elements from the duo’s Tron work to create a very convincing simulacrum here. But then, where did Jay’s vocals come from? Now that True Detective is over, this song is our new Yellow King mystery.
Check it out below, but seeing as how Daft Punk counterfeits are all over the Web (remember all the fake “real” versions of “Get Lucky” before the full single was released?), one must go into this with a healthy dose of skepticism. More »
We recently heard temporary Queen front man Adam Lambert belt out The Darkness‘ “I Believe In A Thing Called Love” for Glee, and now we can hear the cast’s rendition of Boston‘s “More Than A Feeling.” The 1976 anthem is perfectly suited for the show, with all those wails and the backing vocals on the refrain and, ya know, all that talk about “feeling.”
The song will appear on the March 11 episode, which will skew toward some classic tracks like U2‘s “I Still Haven’t Found What I’m Looking For” and Neil Diamond‘s “America,” with OneRepublic‘s “Counting Stars” thrown in for some modern flair. And then, of course, next week is part one of the show’s 100th episode, which will feature over a dozen songs over the two halves.
The song was premiered at Billboard, and you can hear it below. More »
Surprise, Austin — indie rock god Justin Bieber showed up for a face-melting performance of his jangle-pop jam “As Long As You Love Me” at Scooter Braun‘s Sunday Funday SXSW showcase. Actually, he led things off with the rap from “Boyfriend” — yep, the “swag, swag, swagoo” bit — before dedicating “As Long As You Love Me” to his “baby.” And given that Bieber spent Friday in Texas getting cozy in public with Selena Gomez (they really are “on” again, aren’t they), we’ll just go out on a limb and say he was implying the song was going out to her.
Give the least likely SXSW performance of the year a watch above. It’s guaranteed to be a better viewing experience than watching Bieber’s deposition tape, at least. More »
The curious case of Angel Haze continues, this time with her video for “A Tribe Called Red,” her fire-breathing EDM banger from Dirty Gold. There was a decent amount of extraneous bullshit surrounding that album’s release, so perhaps as a reaction to all that, she’s kept the visual for this track pretty minimalist, allowing the music to be the focus again.
The black-and-white clip finds Angel rapping on a soundstage, with a few cool lights littered across the floor. It was directed by Rollo Jackson, and shows that the MC is at her best when the music is poppy but not neutered and the rapid-fire rhymes are inspirational without being cloying.
Check it out up top. More »
The Pet Shop Boys are currently readying their Alan Turing stage project, A Man From The Future, and gearing up for their second North American tour in support of acclaimed 2013 LP Electric, but the duo still found the time to re-work a recent viral gay rights speech by Dublin drag queen Panti Bliss into a 10-minute dance track. Panti, whose real name is Rory O’Neill, appeared on Ireland’s The Saturday Night Show in January and commented on gay oppression and homophobia, causing a subsequent flood of commentary and even legal threats against the RTE broadcasting company.
In response to the outcry, O’Neill gave his “Noble Call” speech last month at Dublin’s Abbey Theatre, parts of which Neil Tennant and Chris Lowe pulled from and married to a synthy disco track.
Head below to hear the result — “The Best Gay Possible (Oppressive Dance Mix)” — and to watch O’Neill’s original Abbey Theatre speech. More »