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N.L.B.’s “Your Lies”: Listen To The Hypnotic House Track

Apr 24th, 2014 // Comment
Kiesza's "Hideaway"
kiesza hideaway
Watch the video for the housey dance single. Read More »
Route 94's "My Love"
The smash UK house track gets a US release. Read More »
Sigma's "Nobody"
The London duo flip Kanye's "Bound 2" & have a hit. Read More »
Duke Dumont's Anthem
Duke Dumont unveils UK chart-topper "I Got U". Read More »

Looking for a nice way to unwind as the afternoon wears on? Too bad, because we’re throwing a new deep house cut at you, courtesy of DJ Liam Keegan — here using the monicker N.L.B. (aka Never Look Back) — so get to dancing! The track, “Your Lies,” adds to Keegan’s impressive resume, which already includes remixes he’s done for such top-notch hits as Selena Gomez‘s “Come & Get It,” Pink‘s “Raise Your Glass” and Katy Perry‘s “California Gurls,” to rattle off just a few.

And, really, the above cover art for this gem is so iconic, how could we not make you aware of it? Head below to get yet another ’90s house fix, courtesy of “Your Lies,” which hit iTunes today. More »

Kiesza’s “Hideaway” Remixed By Sigma: Listen

Apr 24th, 2014 // Comment
Kiesza's "Hideaway"
kiesza hideaway
Watch the video for the housey dance single. Read More »
Sigma's "Nobody"
The London duo flip Kanye's "Bound 2" & have a hit. Read More »
Kiesza Talks
Our Popping Up interview with the "Hideaway" singer. Read More »
Kiesza x Haddaway
Kiesza Hideaway promo photo
What is love? Kiesza strips down the '90s classic. Read More »

A mere week ago, London drum and bass duo Sigma were sitting on top of the UK chart with “Nobody To Love,” their retro-sounding re-working of Kanye West‘s “Bound 2.″ They were replaced at #1 this past Sunday by Kiesza‘s own ’90s house send-up “Hideaway.” But to show that there are no hard feelings, Sigma have now remixed “Hideaway” and turned it into a slow-burning, atmospheric piece that eventually erupts into a drum-and-bass-fueled frenzy. (Added bonus: there are also slight flourishes of Massive Attack‘s classic “Unfinished Sympathy” throughout.)

Feast your ears on what happens when a trio of 2014′s brightest movers and shakers get together on the dancefloor. More »

Ariana Grande & Iggy Azalea’s “Problem”: Hear 2 More Snippets

Apr 24th, 2014 // Comment
"Problem" Preview
Ariana Grande 2014
Hear another snippet of Ariana & Iggy's collab. Read More »
The New Classic
Iggy Azalea The New Classic
See if Iggy's debut lives up to its name in our review. Read More »
Ariana in Elle
Grande graces their Women in Music issue. Read More »
Ariana x Breezy
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The collab's fate is unclear, but here's a preview. Read More »

Ariana Grande and Iggy Azalea are teaming up on “Problem,” which is shaping up to be a massive kiss-off anthem. Grande already posted a preview in which she belts out some relationship bitterness, and now she has posted a few seconds of Iggy’s sneering verse, with the Aussie MC rapping, “In no time, I’ll be forgettin’ all about you.”

And just for good measure, Republic Records’ Charlie Walk also posted a clip of the song, with an enthused listener in the studio holding up a sign “This is a hit.”

The future hit drops April 27. Hear both new snippets below via Instavid. More »

Kiesza Covers Haddaway’s “What Is Love”: Watch The Video For Her Rendition Of The ’90s Classic

Apr 23rd, 2014 // Comment
Kiesza's "Hideaway"
kiesza hideaway
Watch the video for the housey dance single. Read More »

Kiesza, her love affair with ’90s dance music and the success she’s having in the UK at the moment have all come full circle. Following the Canadian singer’s ascent to the top of the British chart this week with debut single “Hidewaway,” she’s unveiled a video for her haunting piano-and-synth cover of Haddaway‘s Eurodance staple “What Is Love,” which NME premiered this week.

Originally released in 1993, “What Is Love” danced its way to the upper reaches of charts around the globe (and, of course, even gained a second life later in the decade thanks to this Saturday Night Live skit). Here, Kiesza and several extras symbolically go naked in the visual and delivers a stunningly stripped-down version of the tune.

If you’re at all squeamish about NSFW material, be warned: there are (the top halves of) butts. Otherwise, head below to watch Kiesza’s take on the song, plus the original Haddaway video. More »

Coldplay Debut “Oceans” For BBC Radio 1: Watch

Apr 23rd, 2014 // 1 Comment
Coldplay's "Magic"
coldplay magic video
Coldplay's circus-themed video for new single "Magic". Read More »

After debuting a couple Ghost Stories tracks during their concert at SXSW, Coldplay have unveiled another album cut in a live setting, today (April 23) performing “Oceans” for BBC Radio 1′s Live Lounge.

While the restrained, generally hushed tone of the band’s new material has invited comparisons to their debut album, “Oceans” is the first track that truly feels like it could’ve come from a Parachutes session. There’s hardly a hook to be found, but it’s a lovely, slightly forlorn sway of a song, with an acoustic guitar anchoring Chris Martin‘s meandering falsetto amidst some swirling atmospherics. Perhaps the studio version has a heftier arrangement, but for now, it sounds like the unassuming, pre-”Clocks” iteration of the band.

Update: Now with video! Watch them perform “Oceans” and “Magic” below.
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Courtney Love’s “You Know My Name”: Listen To Her New Solo Single

Apr 22nd, 2014 // Comment
Lorde x Nirvana
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The singer fronts the band at the Rock & Roll Hall. Read More »
FOB x Elton x Courtney
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Elton John & Courtney Love feature on the new LP. Read More »
LDR Covers Nirvana
Did Lana do "Heart-Shaped Box" justice? Read More »
R.E.M.'s Automatic
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The Georgia band's 1992 album turns 20. Read More »

Fresh off the news that the classic ’90s lineup of Hole have reunited to knock the dust off their catalog (and possibly record new material) — and ahead of her May UK tour dates — rowdy rocker Courtney Love has unveiled one-half of her upcoming double A-side solo single, “You Know My Name”/”Wedding Day.”

With a run time of less than three minutes, Courtney yelps, screams and howls like it’s 1994 atop crunchy guitars and a final squelch of feedback on the slick “You Know My Name,” a track that ought to keep her fanbase more than satisfied. The song will be released May 4, but you can give it a listen below. More »

Boots Steps Out Of The Shadows On “A Day In The Life Of Jordan Asher”: Listen

Apr 22nd, 2014 // Comment

Shadowy producer Boots was a literal no-name when pop listeners found out he was behind the boards for a significant portion of Beyonce‘s self-titled album. Little by little, though, we’ve learned about the man, and now he has dropped a song with his full name in the title, making it that much harder to remember a time when nobody knew who the hell this Boots character was, and making it clear he doesn’t hope to replicate The Weeknd‘s early strategy of buzz via mystery.

On “A Day In The Life Of Jordan Asher,” Boots strikes his rap pose, calmly rhyming about everything from America’s working class to his luck with the ladies to a grisly NYC subway death that occurred in 2012. As with the rest of Boots’ material thus far, it stands on its own, regardless of the Bey connection.

The song is off Boots’ forthcoming self-produced, self-written WinterSpringSummerFall project, which will include previously heard tracks like “Ride Ride Ride” and “Dust.” Check it out below. More »

Kelis’ ‘Food’: Album Review

Apr 22nd, 2014 // Comment
Dan Black x Kelis
Dan Black "Hearts" Kelis
Watch the pair's video for "Hearts." Read More »
Kelis' Food
kelis food album cover art
Eat up the tracklist and cover art for her new album. Read More »
Kelis' "Jerk Ribs"
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Hear a soul jam off her new album Food. Read More »
Duran Duran x Kelis
David Lynch directs a live gig featuring the two. Read More »
Kelis is not the first to reinvent herself, and she surely won’t be the last. We can credit Madonna as perhaps the purveyor of sharp turns when it comes to style and sound. Kelis, though, is different. Her following isn’t based on the idea of her; rather it’s deeply rooted in her full-bodied vocals and varied beat selections that have inadvertently led her to develop one of music’s least likely cult followings. Why? Because she doesn’t embody epic; she merely embodies honest. As she brings her sixth solo album Food (out today, ) to the forefront, reinvention is the obvious theme, and it’s (for the most part) for the better. More »

Iggy Azalea’s ‘The New Classic’: Album Review

Apr 22nd, 2014 // 6 Comments
Iggy's Clueless
iggy azalea charli xcx fancy clueless
She & Charli XCX pay tribute to the film in their "Fancy" video. Read More »
Iggy & Keyshia
The ladies resurrect "I'm Coming Out." Read More »
Iggy Gets Racy
iggy azalea gq top
Iggy strips down for a GQ shoot with her boyfriend. Read More »
Iggy Tour Dates
She's heading on a spring tour to celebrate her debut LP release. Read More »

Trials, tribulations, the desire to succeed — a rapper’s motivation is vital to their work, yet there’s seemingly little driving Iggy Azalea‘s “Fancy.” A breezy single featuring Charli XCX which charted as Azalea’s biggest hit yet, “Fancy” drops only a solitary hint in its Clueless-inspired video that the Aussie rapper gives a damn about street cred – a whiteboard listing candidates for GOAT emcee (Eminem, Andre 3000, Jay Z). And that’s fine. After the past few years of lackluster, unhelpful guest verses from male rappers (Rick Ross, Big Sean and, actually, Jay Z), Azalea’s “Fancy” reminds instead that, yes, rap can get along with BFF pop.

Unfortunately, the rest of Azalea’s major label debut The New Classic (out today, ) doesn’t have that spark. More »

Miguel Sings Of Sweet, Unholy Thoughts In Carlos Santana’s “Indy”: Listen

Apr 21st, 2014 // Comment

“Did it hurt when you fell?” Miguel sings in Carlos Santana‘s slow-burning “Indy,” before he sighs and answers the question himself (“Probably not, I can tell”). He may be singing a popular pick-up line among declarations of sweet, unholy metaphors involving the Himalayas, holy temples and personal salvation. But, thanks to his and Santana’s equally blissful performances, “Indy” makes even pick-up lines sound inspired.

“Indy,” produced and written by Miguel, appears in Santana’s next album Corazon (out May 6), along with features by Gloria Estefan, Wayne Shorter, Ziggy Marley and Pitbull. Meanwhile, while recording for the Girls OST and Elton John‘s Goodbye Yellow Brick Road reissue, Miguel has teamed with the likes of Jessie Ware and J. Cole for his follow-up to 2012 breakthrough Kaleidoscope Dream.

Hear Santana’s new song after the jump. More »

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