Mary J. Blige channels her inner deep house diva on her new single, “Nobody But You.” It is the latest from the singer’s forthcoming 13th album, The London Sessions, which is set for a December 2 release.
Previous songs like “Therapy” and “Whole Damn Year” were deemed too mournful for a record that involves the likes of Disclosure and Naughty Boy. But “Nobody But You” definitely gives what we’ve been looking for – full-bodied vocals and a smooth, slinky house-inspired beat. Blige’s signature wails soar high on the track as she boldly confesses, “You’re the only one I’m there for, the only one I’m there for!”
The combination of emotive vocals and club-ready production harkens back to the early ’90s, where powerhouse voices dominated the house and techno dancefloors. The track is co-written by Sam Smith, who has previously worked with Blige on “Therapy” off The London Sessions and their “Stay With Me” duet.
Listen to “Nobody But You” below. More »
Cheryl Cole has zero phucks to give on her new single, “I Don’t Care” – the follow-up to her summer smash, “Crazy Stupid Love.” In contrast to her other songs like “Ghetto Baby,” there are no massive bass drops or an in-your-face dance theme – “I Don’t Care” is just a straight up Pop tune. In 2014′s haze of over-production, it’s actually quite refreshing!
The Girls Aloud solo star’s vocals shine as she nonchalantly tells the world, “It feels so fucking good to say, I swear that I don’t care!” It also has an ’80s carefree vibe to it, thanks to the breezy synths and pumping bass line. The track is the lead single from Cole’s upcoming fourth LP, tentatively titled Only Human.
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Clean Bandit and Jess Glynne have come back together for another absolute stunner of a pop-house track, following the global success of “Rather Be.” We were already fans of UK quartet Clean Bandit’s debut LP New Eyes, but new song “Real Love” instantly blows most of the tracks on the album out of the water.
So far “Real Love” is slated only for a European single release, as part of an apparent upcoming repackaged edition of New Eyes. For now, us Yanks will just have to enjoy it online.
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During our recent interview with Gorgon City, members Matt Robson-Scott and Kye Gibbon discussed writing Sirens track “Go All Night” with “Hideaway” songbird Kiesza, then ultimately getting Jennifer Hudson to lend her vocals to the song.
“That track, we kind of didn’t really think it was gonna get on the album, because Jennifer Hudson delivered her vocals so late — it was two days before the album was meant to go to master,” Matt explained. “We were like, we haven’t got the vocal. We’re gonna have to put something different on the album. Then we just got an email in the inbox that’s like ‘J-Hud vocal’. We were like, ‘It’s here — got a day to finish it. Quick!’”
The result is a straight-up house track that finds Hudson letting her roof-blowing voice rip. If you ever wondered what J-Hud would sound like on an all-out dancefloor stomper, satiate your curiosity below! More »
Nicole Scherzinger is gearing up for the release of her sophomore LP Big Fat Lie, and the first single – called “Run” – has arrived. We first posted the radio rip earlier this month, but now the official version is here.
The song, which is produced by Felix Snow, is a heartfelt, piano-based ballad that contrasts Scherzinger’s usual upbeat pop tunes like “Your Love” and “Don’t Hold Your Breath.”
Listen to “Run” after the jump, and look out for Big Fat Lie on October 20. More »
NYC rising songstress-turned-blogosphere darling VÉRITÉ has certainly been making a name for herself as of late, having already supplied two rich, hook-filled pop offerings thus far: “Weekend,” and the creeping “Strange Enough.”
Today, the singer debuts her third track to date: “Echo,” which will also be the title track from her forthcoming debut EP, available on October 20.
With its layered vocals, textured beats and pounding drums, the new song conjures elements of experimental electronic artists like Imogen Heap and Oh Land. Fittingly, given the name of the song, it’s also a repetitive little ditty: “I can hear the echo,” she repeats over and over through the stomping track, adding even more goodness to her increasingly solid mini-repertoire.
Listen to “Echo” below, and let us know what you think in the comments below. More »
Catching Kylie Minogue live in London? I should be so lucky — and in fact, I was!
Last night, the iconic pop diva discoed down to London Town for the first of three headlining nights at the O2 Arena on her Kiss Me Once Tour, which kicked off last week in Liverpool.
As opposed to the grand Grecian architecture of the Aphrodite: Les Folies Tour or the futuristic flashing screens of KylieX2008, the Kiss Me Once Tour is a vastly stripped-down affair in comparison: The stage consists of a single series of structural beams and, apart from the use of a few key props — a light-up pair of lips, a bathtub (more on that later), and of course, some sexercize balls — stays stationary the entire time.
Then again, Kiss Me Once was also a markedly quieter era for Kylie, who spent a majority of the time acting as a judge on The Voice UK as opposed to engaging in heavy promotional duties for her latest LP. But while this particular tour might be less of a visual extravaganza (no water fountains this time around, sadly!), the production stayed true to the very essence of Kylie: Campy smash hits, coquettish cooing and loads of confetti and glitter. More »
With the release of Tinashe‘s debut album Aquarius just days away, the singer has dropped another track off the LP. Simply titled “Bet,” the slinky tune is a departure from the club-ready “2 On” that we were first introduced to. Tinashe’s commanding vocals are at the forefront, which are anchored by a hypnotic production filled with haunting echoes and sparkling synths. Featured artist Dev Hynes (of Blood Orange) sneaks in towards the end with an anguished guitar solo.
While the other cuts off the album feel too on trend, “Bet” is a much-welcomed return to the sultry R&B vibe that was found on Tinashe’s mixtapes. The singer has previously released slow jam “Feels Like Vegas” and the A$AP Rocky-assisted “Pretend.”
Look out for Aquarius on October 7, and take a listen to “Bet” after the jump. More »
Believe it or not, next year will mark a full decade since Carrie Underwood was crowned the winner of American Idol. To celebrate, the country-pop queen is releasing her collection Greatest Hits: Decade #1 on December 9. Not a bad stocking stuffer, there.
Producer Mark Bright (Rascal Flatts, Scotty McCreery) co-wrote the compilation’s lead single, “Something In The Water,” with Carrie, and the uplifting song finds Underwood belting out inspirational lyrics over a lush, piano-and-guitar-driven wall of sound. “And now I’m singing along to ‘Amazing Grace,’ can’t nobody wipe this smile off my face / got joy in my heart, angels on my side / thank God almighty, I saw the light,” she sings.
Listen to “Something In The Water” below. More »