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Future & Andre 3000 Are Bitter On “Benz Friendz (Watchutola)”: Listen

Apr 17th, 2014 // Comment
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Future is streaming his long-awaited LP Honest ahead of its April 22 release, but one song that he didn’t reveal on the official stream was “Benz Friendz (Watchutola),” his collaboration with Andre 3000. Welp, it has now landed on the unforgiving plains of the Internet allowing all to hear the double dose of ATLien behavior. It’s a screed against the trappings of success and the women who are attracted to that sort of peacocking, so it’s fitting that the track starts with what may be a clever callback to Outkast‘s whacked-out kiss-off “Roses.” After the sounds of a car crash, Andre repeats “I told that bitch,” and if you’ll recall in “Roses,” he squealed, “I hope she’s speeding on the way to the club, tryin’ to hurry up to get to some baller or singer or somebody like that, and try to put on her make up in the mirror and crash, crash, craaaash into a ditch.”

Anyway, back to reality. It’s a simple beat with a looped choral chant, which contrasts nicely with all the moving parts the pair throws at us. 3 Stacks is on hook duty, plus he spits a lengthy, broken-in verse and a separate sung-rapped verse. Future multitasks as well, alternating between rapping and robo-reggae crooning.

Hear it below, and stream Honest here. More »

Iggy Azalea & Rita Ora’s “Black Widow” Sounds An Awful Lot Like Katy Perry’s “Dark Horse”: Listen

Apr 17th, 2014 // 5 Comments
As if, Iggy!
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Iggy Azalea & Charli XCX re-create Clueless for "Fancy" vid. Read More »

Iggy Azalea‘s Rita Ora collaboration, “Black Widow,” has hit the Web a few days before the April 22 release of The New Classic, and the first thing that jumped out at us? It sounds an awful lot like “Dark Horse!” Turns out that’s because it was co-written by none other than Katy Perry. The potential single has a similarly snappy, sparse trap beat and the refrain (which is presumably the part KP wrote) follows that song’s formula of a slow-build chorus that never quite bursts.

You know that phenomenon where a guest outraps the song’s primary MC? That’s sort of the case here, with Ora bodying the hook and outshining Iggy’s snarling, bitter verses — even that triple time bit. Hear the song below. More »

Tomboy’s “Roll Out” Is Another Synth-Pop Standout For 2014: Watch

Apr 16th, 2014 // Comment
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Stream the debut EP from another promising new synth-pop duo. Read More »

2014 has been a great year for new synth-pop, from Allie X‘s soaring “Catch” to X priest X‘s uplifting “Sophie K” and a bevy of new acts without an “X” in the name. And now we have another addition, with Brooklyn duo Tomboy.

Sarah Aument and Will McIntyre’s debut single “Roll Out” (not a Ludacris cover, that would be “Rollout”) matches tribal-flavored fills and a yearning, wordless vocal melody with a synthetic four-on-the-floor pulse that pumps liquid-mercury synths. The result is a punchy and assured piece of dance music, made even more impressive when you realize it’s from their forthcoming self-titled debut EP.

The “Roll Out” music video premiered today (April 16), so check it out below. More »

Chvrches Remixed Their Three Biggest Songs: Listen

Apr 16th, 2014 // Comment
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Hear the clever mashup "The Umbrella We Share." Read More »
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Chvrches cover goth classic "Bela Lugosi's Dead." Read More »
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Hear CHVRCHES cover HAIM's "Falling." Read More »

Chvrches have made a nice little side-career covering other artists, and now the Scots have covered themselves. For the deluxe reissue of their highly enjoyable debut The Bones Of What You Believe, the trio have remixed the LP’s three marquee tracks, turning “The Mother We Share,” “Recover” and “Gun” into plaintive bits of dream-pop. The synths in all three take a back seat to Lauren Mayberry’s vocals this time, thus highlighting the subtle emotions that she’s able to evoke with her instrument.

The chipper and pulsating “Mother” has been transformed into a swaying ballad, and “Recover” likewise has been toned down with a bed of atmospheric Atari electronics. And the once-jittery kiss-off “Gun” is nearly unrecognizable, sounding even more deceptively sweet than before.

Stream the three reworked tracks below. More »

POWERS’ “Touch The World”: Idolator Premiere

Apr 16th, 2014 // 1 Comment
Kylie's "Blue" Video
She takes us into the blue with her cinematic clip. Read More »
"C'mon Let Me Ride"
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Skylar Grey teams up with Eminem on the playful track. Read More »
Kiesza's "Hideaway"
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Watch the video for the housey dance single. Read More »
Chelsea's "Ghost"
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KidinaKorner associate Mike Del Rio is known for writing and/or producing cuts for other artists, like Christina Aguilera‘s “Make The World Move,” Skylar Grey and Eminem‘s “C’mon Let Me Ride” and, most recently, Kylie Minogue’s lead Kiss Me Once single “Into The Blue.” But the 27-year-old musician also lends his talents to his own duo, POWERS, fronted by fellow singer-songrwiter Crista Ru (aka Crista Russo, who, along with Del Rio, penned Selena Gomez‘s “Birthday”).

Given such an illustrious pop pedigree, you’re probably curious to hear what these two sound like when putting their musical minds together for their own material. Today Idolator is premiering POWERS’ crunchy electro stomper “Touch The World,” which features a thick bassline, throbbing synths and Crista Ru’s breathy talk-singing, over both the verses and a chorus that you’ll be hard-pressed to get out of your head after just one listen.

Give POWERS’ new single “Touch The World” a play below. More »

Future’s ‘Honest’: Stream The Full Album

Apr 16th, 2014 // Comment
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Future is streaming his long-delayed, highly anticipated album Honest ahead of its April 22 release. We could spend a whole post just talking about the features — there’s Kanye West, Pharrell, Drake, Lil Wayne, Pusha T, Wiz Khalifa and even Andre 3000 (although, that last one was purposely left off the stream) — but it’s more rewarding to absorb the project as a whole.

It’s such a varied and sprawling offering, going from the cold-as-fuck “Move That Dope” on one end of the spectrum to the doting “I Won” on the other end, and it covers just about everything else in between. It’s the type of thing that could only be pulled off by this robo-crooning, hollering, ATL trap astronaut.

Stream the album below. More »

Pharrell Becomes A Balladeer On “Here”: Listen

Apr 16th, 2014 // Comment
"It's On Again"
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Pharrell, Alicia & K-Dot star in Spider-Man MV. Read More »

Pharrell is looking to keep his soundtrack streak alive with “Here,” from The Amazing Spider-Man 2‘s soundtrack. While he was behind the scenes for Alicia Keys and Kendrick Lamar‘s “It’s On Again” from the film, for this one he’s the primary vocalist, teaming up once again with his G I R L friend Hans Zimmer on the arrangement.

And, whoa. This is no lean funk pastiche or disco-cheez revival — it’s a straight-up soft rock ballad, with Pharrell legit crooning like he’s a long-lost member of Savage Garden or some shit. It’s a tad jarring, but it proves that even after “Move That Dope,” the guy is as mom-friendly as ever.

Hear “Here” below. More »

Stream Elliphant’s Star-Studded ‘Look Like You Love It’ EP

Apr 15th, 2014 // Comment

Sorta-Swedish pop firebrand Elliphant dropped her Look Like You Love It EP on Mad Decent today (April 15), and the star-studded affair is available to stream in full. Enlisting an A-list roster of producers, including Dr. Luke, Diplo, Skrillex and Dave Sitek, the pan-global enigma has put together a hybrid of EDM, dancehall, rap and Swedish pop, resulting in something that’s uncategorizable and instantly captivating.

We’ve already heard the bombastic “Revolusion,” and her tracks with Diplo and Skril are equally propulsive. But even when she quiets things down, like on “Everything 4 U,” there’s still a nervy energy behind her raspy refrains.

Stream the full EP below. More »

Ariana Grande & Chris Brown’s “Don’t Be Gone Too Long”: Hear A Preview

Apr 15th, 2014 // Comment

After delays due to a certain someone‘s ongoing legal troubles/perpetual spiral of insufferable behavior, Ariana Grande and Chris Brown‘s “Don’t Be Gone Too Long” had been delayed. But not for too long, it seems. While Breezy is currently behind bars awaiting trial stemming from assault charges, his camp released a video preview of the duet.

The visual shows a backlit Breezy dancing to the song’s robo-pop beat, and the only vocals come in on the chorus, with Ariana and Chris singing, “Don’t be gone too long, tell me who’s gonna love me when you’re gone?”

Still no word on when the song will be released. Brown’s album X is scheduled for a May 5 release, but we’ll hold off until May 5 before making a final call on that. Check it out below. More »

Kelis’ ‘Food’: Stream The Full Album And See Her Upcoming North American Tour Dates

Apr 14th, 2014 // Comment
Kelis' Food
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Eat up the tracklist and cover art for her new album. Read More »

For her sixth album Food, “Jerk Ribs” singer/culinary school grad Kelis turned to Dave Sitek for guidance on the production end. And like CSS did with their 2013 LP Planta, Kelis spent time recording the record at Sitek’s house in Los Angeles. The result is a trek through indie-soul territory, which we’ve already gotten a, um, taste for with previously released tracks like “Rumble.”

Now you can whet your appetite by hearing Food in full ahead of its release next week (on April 22), courtesy of a stream on NPR‘s site, as well as see the dates below for Kelis’ just-announced seven-date North American tour in support of the album. Bon appétit! More »

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