Swedish producer Style Of Eye is one of the buzziest tunesmiths of the year — he co-wrote “I Love It” for Icona Pop alongside Charli XCX and has a lot of big things tipped for 2014 — and now his biggest solo effort to date has been unveiled with his new single “Kids,” featuring Scandic pop oddball Sophia Somajo (also known as Soso) and our beloved Elliphant (in an uncredited spot).
The icy four-on-the-floor beat suggests that it’s a standard dance fare, but the acidic lyrics are in a class of their own: “Everyone’s special in the exact same way / You live your life on a Facebook page,” Soso sings over the hypnotic rhythm in a blistering takedown of — of what? Modern culture? Youth? Consumerism? Hipsterdom? It’s not clear, and really, it doesn’t matter. More »
Well! Ellie Goulding is on the cover of the January issue of Cosmopolitan UK, showing some skin in a sparkly cocktail dress and talking about how she “beat self-doubt” (among other things), and it’s a nice little interview! Goulding sounds self-possessed and grown and all of that is important. “I feel very independent and feminist right now — I think maybe it’s being single,” she says.
She talks less about music (there’s no mention on new tunes on the way, unfortunately) and more about her personal life — specifically, her relationships with ex-boyfriends Greg James (a Radio 1 DJ) and Skrillex — the latter of whom she says she wrote “Anything Could Happen” about because she wasn’t expecting to fall for him, which is quite sweet! More »
Lorde has been added to the line-up to the Grammy Awards nominations special concert, which broadcasts live from Los Angeles at 10 p.m. ET on CBS this Friday. Oh, the Grammy Awards nominations concert, titled The Grammy Nominations Concert Live!! — Countdown to Music’s Biggest Night? Yes, you remember it from last year — that thing where LL Cool J (who’s hosting again this year!) runs through the nominations in a deeply awkward way, interspersed with inexplicable performances. It’s weird. Real weird.
At any rate, here’s what you can expect: Lorde will perform (hopefully shooting a withering look at LL Cool J as she mutters, “That simpleton,” under her breath), and T.I. and Robin Thicke will also perform “Blurred Lines” alongside members of Earth, Wind & Fire, and Keith Urban will sing Bill Withers‘ “Ain’t No Sunshine” with Miguel, and also there will be pre-taped performances from Taylor Swift and Katy Perry, so if it sounds like music’s strangest night, you’re already right. More »
Giorgio Moroder has remixed HAIM‘s early breakthrough “Forever,” and the unlikely pairing demonstrates just how versatile and undefinable the California band’s sound is (BTW, Moroder defines it as “timeless”). For his reinterpretation, the disco and synth wizard added a synthetic four-on-the-floor beat and his own vocodered verses to alternate with Danielle Haim’s. You’ll also hear the requisite synth splashes and chorus buildups.
Basically, it gives us a peek into a bizarro world in which Daft Punk enlisted HAIM for “Get Lucky,” with Danielle’s husky voice and punchy guitar replacing Pharrell‘s airy croon and the pristine plucking of Nile Rodgers. Turns out that’s a world we’d want to visit! Hear it over at Soundcloud. More »
Stomping drums, springy synths, a singalong chorus — it’s a tried and true formula these days, but with “Overdose,” Little Daylight have managed to make it sound fresh. The Brooklyn newcomers have crafted one of those straightforward pop songs that is just immediately pleasing and catchy, a song that you don’t even realize you’re singing along with by the end. And that is mainly because the track’s hooky refrain leads into an addictive, chanting post-chorus that’s tangled up in noodly synths, with these melodies shrouding a deceptively layered arrangement.
For the video, colorful CGI globs float around and bodies flit across the screen amidst psychedelic collages. There’s a lot to process — luckily, we have director Campbell Hooper to explain: “I wanted to create these scenes where the characters’ inner physiological space becomes manifested outside of their bodies… That’s why the forms themselves have this fluid, organic character — like body organ’s extending outside the body. It’s a mind, released from logic, in a flight of fantasy.” <<< What he said.
Check out the video up top, and keep an eye out for the trio’s debut on Capitol Records next year. More »
One Direction continue their winning streak with their new LP Midnight Memories as the record lands at #1 on the Billboard 200 today, knocking previous chart-topper Eminem to the #2 slot with his album, The Marshall Mathers LP 2. Billboard reports that this makes One Direction the first in history to debut at #1 with their first three albums (chart trivia!); their latest offering moved an impressive 546,000 units, while 2012′s Take Me Home sold 540,000 and 2011′s Up All Night sold 176,000.
Sales gains abounded this week, even if One Direction’s competition wasn’t particularly stiff: Eminem’s album moved a healthy 199,000 copies, showing a 65% sales gain, while Katy Perry‘s Prism shot from #11 to #5 with 136,000 copies, showing a 252% gain over the previous week. Lady Gaga‘s ARTPOP, too, moved up — one slot to #7, selling 116,000 copies — a 154% gain over the previous week.
Head below to see this week’s Top 10. More »