Unless you’re an indie music nut, you might wondering why the name Caroline Polachek sounds familiar. She is the writer/producer behind Beyonce‘s “No Angel” (ie. the best song on Queen Bey’s stunning visual album) and therefore a tried and tested genius. For further proof, check out her spooky feature on SBTRKT‘s creepy new track “Look Away”.
Taken from the British producer’s forthcoming sophomore LP Wonder Where We Land (due October 7), “Look Away” serves up a nightmarish soundscape of sinister synths. It’s the perfect canvas for Caroline’s haunting vocals and is pretty much guaranteed to soundtrack a horror movie eventually. In the meantime, find the genuinely unnerving interactive video after the jump. More »
After scrapping five albums worth of material, Nicole Scherzinger is finally ready to unleash her sophomore/debut LP (depending on where you live). It’s called Big Fat Lie and boasts an extraordinarily sexy cover, which finds the thinking man’s Beyonce — just go with it — tussling her hair and rocking chunky jewelry that screams early Janet Jackson. I love it.
There’s no US release date yet but the album drops October 20 in the UK. The former Pussycat Doll unveiled the standard tracklist earlier today (September 16) in a crossword puzzle but the pre-order link (only for UK residents unfortunately) includes three bonus tracks as well as the videos for singles “Your Love” and “On The Rocks”. See the full tracklist after the jump. More »
After giving fans a taste of his sexy new R&B sound with buzz single “Chains”, Nick Jonas pulled the trigger with “Jealous”. Co-written with hitmaker Nolan Lambroza and singer/songwriter Simon Wilcox, the ’80s-influenced anthem is a rush of fizzy pop with slick synths and a monster chorus. Radio is eating it up, which means the 22-year-old could have a big hit on his hands.
The much-anticipated video dropped today (September 16) and it features a variety of segments/skits that include a very uneven basketball game, a piano duet in heaven and a cameo appearance from real-life girlfriend Olivia Culpo, who plays the cello in her lingerie. The things we do for love! It’s all very good natured and cute and most importantly has a great soundtrack. Watch after the jump. More »
Beyonce and Jay Z are allegedly working on a joint LP. Yes, a whole album of collaborations like “Crazy In Love”, “’03 Bonnie & Clyde” and my current favorite “Part II (On The Run)”. The world isn’t ready! Dash Radio’s DJ Skee reported the news this afternoon (September 16) but didn’t cite his source, so it’s probably best to take the revelation with a grain of salt.
There is some precedent for it, however. Hov recorded Watch The Throne with Kanye West and Bey has been hinting at releasing more new music. She was rumored to be working on a sequel to her game-changing visual album but a joint project could be less stressful and take the weight of expectation off her shoulders. (Topping Beyonce is going to be tough). Listen to DJ Skee’s interview after the jump. More »
If you missed Made In Heights the first time around (they released an album in 2012), there’s still time to get on board before they explode with their sophomore set. And the LA-based duo will do just that if gorgeous new single “Ghosts” is any indication of what they have up their collective sleeve. Make no mistake. This is one of the prettiest pieces of electronica to surface thus far in 2014.
“When all the ghosts are singing, taking my tears and filling their cups up,” sing-whispers vocalist Kelsey Bulkin over Sabzi‘s cascading synths in the song’s ever-so-subtle chorus. That gives you some idea of the song’s quirky lyrical content but probably doesn’t do justice to the whimsical production. Think of this as the complicated, stoner cousin of Clean Bandit‘s “Rather Be”. Listen after the jump. More »
Fall is nearly upon us, which means it’s already time to start bundling up for the chilly season. But before you go digging out the earmuffs, why not opt for a brand spankin’ new pair of glamorous over-ear headphones instead?
Introducing A-Audio‘s new Legacy Over-Ear headphones, built with a 3-stage listening technology for customized sound with bass enhancer, active noise cancellation and varying audio modes, allowing you to control the sound that suits you in the moment.
These bad boys are made with anti-vibration aluminum, leather, chrome plating and chic diamond-quilted stitching for durability, comfort and style, and come with dual jacks for sharing with fellow true lovers of music and a phone cord (with remote and mic!), plus a travel case to keep them safe during off-hours.
We’re giving away a pair of Legacy headphones in phantom black. Want to win a pair? It’s easy. Head down after the jump to find out how to win. More »
Jennifer Lopez and Iggy Azalea have fans salivating over the prospect of their eye-popping “Booty” video (the preview promises a sophisticated soft-porn extravaganza) but here’s a little something to quench your Jiggy — get it? — thirst while we wait for it to drop. The twerk-inducing floorfiller has now been remixed by the always-awesome Country Club Martini Crew.
The Brazilian DJ (it’s just one dude) has a knack of overhauling pop songs for the dancefloor without destroying the original’s mainstream appeal and he does it again with “Booty”. Diplo‘s thunderous beats remain largely untouched — everything has just been padded out with house-friendly synths. J Lo and Iggy fans will, no doubt, be dropping it low to this version in the very near future. Listen after the jump. More »
In just one week, Canadian synth-pop singer-songwriter LIGHTS will offer up new album Little Machines (on September 23). Ahead of that, the studio release, her third, is streaming in full courtesy of the New York Times. Quiet opening track “Portal” kicks the off on a mellow note, and the ride carries on through an impressive array of dance, electro and straight-up pop tunes. Don’t miss standouts “Same Sea,” “Speeding” and “How We Do It.”
Dare we say it, LIGHTS might have really outdone herself here — words we don’t toss around lightly, considering her 2009 debut The Listening is one of the finest albums to come out of the previous decade. More »
Remember when Lady Gaga and Cher recorded “The Greatest Thing” (it actually lived up to its title!) for the legendary diva’s Closer To The Truth LP but then it got ditched at the last minute because Mother Monster wasn’t happy with the fact that it sounded like the best song never to win Eurovision? Well, that mess is all in the past! The gay icons have made up and showed a lot of love for each other on Twitter yesterday (September 15).
It turns out someone sent Cher a copy of Lady Gaga’s jazz LP with Tony Bennett and she really liked what she heard. “SO F-ING PROUD OF U #GAGA HEARD (&SAW) AMAZING CD COLAB #CheekToCheek W/4 EVER HIP #TONYBENNETT BABE, UR CHANNELING JAZZ GREATS & KIL-N-ME,” the “Woman’s World” singer tweeted. (If you’re unfamiliar with Cher-speak that translates as “I enjoyed your album”). The ARTPOP pioneer was quick to return the love and even demanded her fans trend #MonstersLoveCher. See their cute exchange after the jump. More »
The internet exploded with talk that Beyonce was pregnant with a second child when Jay Z allegedly dropped the bombshell during an On The Run tour stop in Paris, France over the weekend. He was reported as switching the lyrics of Magna Carta Holy Grail interlude “Beach Is Better” from “I replace it with another one” to “cause she’s pregnant with another one”. (The audio isn’t exactly convincing).
In true Bey style, she refuted the baby talk not by holding a press conference or jumping on Twitter but by showing off her toned tummy in a series of scorching hot Tumblr posts. The 33-year-old rocked a tiny string bikini (and gold leaf tattoos) on her luxury yacht somewhere off the coast of France. It goes without saying that she looked completely and utterly amazing. See the sexy pics after the jump. More »