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Say Lou Lou Are Golden On “Everything We Touch”: Listen

Mar 13th, 2014 // Comment
"Better In The Dark"
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Say Lou Lou, like fellow emerging synth-poppers Kate Boy, share an Australia-Sweden pedigree, and Say Lou Lou’s new song “Everything We Touch” shares a line with the chorus from Kate Boy’s “Northern Lights” — but the similarities end there. “Everything We Touch,” which gets an official release on May 19, is straightforward pop at its finest, finding 22-year-old twins Miranda and Elektra Kilbey delivering their most anthemic song yet.

Following the sullen glamour of “Better In The Dark” and “Beloved,” this track is, first and foremost, a singalong. Their usual billowy electronics are there, of course, but this time it’s all complemented with some earthier elements — namely, pianos and guitar reverb — with the chorus soaring over everything.

The song will appear on their debut LP, out later this year on Columbia Records. Hear it below. More »

Sky Ferreira’s “You’re Not The One” Gets Official Remix From Cid Rim: Listen

Mar 12th, 2014 // Comment
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Sky Ferreira‘s “You’re Not The One” was one of the sharpest pop tracks of 2013, thanks to the acerbic lyrics and crisp guitars. But Austrian producer Cid Rim has pared away the pop-rock bite on this official remix, turning the song into a jittery bit of electronica. Sky’s vocals are pitched up and cut up for the chorus here, and the verses get a brittle, handclap-assisted beat underneath them. It’s a wholesale makeover, making for an intriguing listen.

Hear it below. More »

Watch Coldplay Debut “Another’s Arms” At SXSW

Mar 12th, 2014 // Comment
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Another of Coldplay‘s songs from their iTunes Fest SXSW set has hit the Web, after the full concert streamed last night (March 11). In addition to playing “Midnight,” “Magic” and “Always In My Head” live for the first time, here we have their debut of Ghost Stories track “Another’s Arms.”

As with the rest of the new material we’ve heard, the mid-tempo piece is restrained and utilizes repetitive guitar lines and eccentric (for Coldplay, at least) electronic flourishes (this time, those theremin-like space signals). But the track builds into what is the heftiest offering from the album yet, though it still never fully hits their usual anthemic rush.

Watch “Another’s Arms” below. More »

Watch Coldplay Debut “Always In My Head” At SXSW

Mar 12th, 2014 // Comment
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Coldplay's "Midnight"
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Coldplay kicked off iTunes Fest SXSW last night (March 11), taking a break from rocking stadiums for an 11-song set at Austin’s Moody Theater. The performance included the live debuts of four songs from the forthcoming Ghost Stories (out May 19), including “Midnight” and “Magic.” And while the whole concert was live-streamed, the only video that has survived this morning is album opener “Always In My Head.”

As with the two prior cuts, this is a subdued one. Unlike those, the straightforward ballad doesn’t delve into atmospheric electronics; instead it’s built around a couple alternating notes on the guitar and a swaying beat. Overall, a pretty innocuous choice for the first track on the LP.

Check it out up top. More »

Skrillex Pulls A Beyonce: Stream His Surprise Debut Album ‘Recess’ In Full

Mar 11th, 2014 // 1 Comment
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Skrillex pulled a Beyonce, dropping his (debut) album Recess at roughly 3 a.m. ET early this morning (March 11). Well, it’s available for streaming — the actual release date is March 18. Yes, after a couple Grammy wins for the DJ/producer and what feels like an eternity of brostep-soundtracked movie trailers spawned in his image, this is Skrillex’s first proper album. Featured guests on the 11-track effort include Diplo, Passion Pit‘s Michael AngelakosCL (from 2NE1), Chance The Rapper and Niki & The Dove, among many others.

And just in case you questioned the dude’s self-awareness, the first track is called ”All Is Fair in Love And Brostep.” Recess is supposed to be streaming on iTunes Radio’s “First Play,” but the link sent out from his camp doesn’t seem to be functioning. However, some enterprising fans have already ripped the album to SoundCloud, so you can stream the whole thing below. More »

Calvin Harris’ New Single “Summer”: Listen To A Preview

Mar 10th, 2014 // 1 Comment
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Back in spring 2011, “Bounce,” the Kelis-featuring lead single from Calvin Harris‘ third album 18 Months, first surfaced. A year and a half later, the LP itself was released, and now, in this early stretch of 2014, said record’s eighth and final single, “Thinking About You,” is still hovering in the lower reaches of the Billboard Hot 100.

When Harris’ next album will arrive is anyone’s guess, but at least the ball seems to be slowly but surely rolling in the lead-up. This afternoon the Scottish DJ/producer teased his Instagram followers by posting a six-second snippet of new track “Summer.” As you might guess, it’s a balls-to-the-wall dance cut — one that, so far, doesn’t give any indication as the what the lyrics are or who might be singing them.

Get the first taste of Calvin’s “Summer” jam below. More »

Alleged Daft Punk & Jay Z Collaboration “Computerized” Hits Web: Stream The Track

Mar 10th, 2014 // Comment
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Well this is interesting. A purported Daft Punk song featuring Jay Z called “Computerized” has made its way onto the Internet. It’s allegedly a leftover from their Random Access Memories sessions, and some sites are even claiming that it was produced by Kanye West. The track certainly sounds authentic, and I can’t recall ever hearing these Jay verses before.

Consequence of Sound agrees on the Jay front, and points out that some Reddit sleuths concluded “Computerized” contains some elements from the Robots’ Tron soundtrack. So it’s possible that this was a real track which was scrapped, and parts of it served as the foundation to a different song on the 2010 soundtrack. But you could also argue that some enterprising copycat simply pulled elements from the duo’s Tron work to create a very convincing simulacrum here. But then, where did Jay’s vocals come from? Now that True Detective is over, this song is our new Yellow King mystery.

Check it out below, but seeing as how Daft Punk counterfeits are all over the Web (remember all the fake “real” versions of “Get Lucky” before the full single was released?), one must go into this with a healthy dose of skepticism.  More »

‘Glee’ Cast Covers Boston’s “More Than A Feeling”: Listen

Mar 10th, 2014 // Comment
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We recently heard temporary Queen front man Adam Lambert belt out The Darkness“I Believe In A Thing Called Love” for Glee, and now we can hear the cast’s rendition of Boston‘s “More Than A Feeling.” The 1976 anthem is perfectly suited for the show, with all those wails and the backing vocals on the refrain and, ya know, all that talk about “feeling.”

The song will appear on the March 11 episode, which will skew toward some classic tracks like U2‘s “I Still Haven’t Found What I’m Looking For” and Neil Diamond‘s “America,” with OneRepublic‘s “Counting Stars” thrown in for some modern flair. And then, of course, next week is part one of the show’s 100th episode, which will feature over a dozen songs over the two halves.

The song was premiered at Billboard, and you can hear it below. More »

Pet Shop Boys Turn Rory O’Neill’s Gay Rights Speech Into Dance Track: Listen To “The Best Gay Possible”

Mar 10th, 2014 // Comment
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The Pet Shop Boys are currently readying their Alan Turing stage project, A Man From The Future, and gearing up for their second North American tour in support of acclaimed 2013 LP Electric, but the duo still found the time to re-work a recent viral gay rights speech by Dublin drag queen Panti Bliss into a 10-minute dance track. Panti, whose real name is Rory O’Neill, appeared on Ireland’s The Saturday Night Show in January and commented on gay oppression and homophobia, causing a subsequent flood of commentary and even legal threats against the RTE broadcasting company.

In response to the outcry, O’Neill gave his “Noble Call” speech last month at Dublin’s Abbey Theatre, parts of which Neil Tennant and Chris Lowe pulled from and married to a synthy disco track.

Head below to hear the result — “The Best Gay Possible (Oppressive Dance Mix)” — and to watch O’Neill’s original Abbey Theatre speech. More »

Kylie Minogue’s “Sparks”: Listen To The “Into The Blue” B-Side / ‘Kiss Me Once’ Bonus Track

Mar 10th, 2014 // 2 Comments
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Everything’s gone f***ing Kylie Minogue this week, as the Aussie songstress’ grand pop LP Kiss Me Once is now streaming in full ahead of its March 18 release. And while it might seem like forever ago that we first heard the album’s lead single, “Into The Blue,” the song was just made available in the UK yesterday. Tacked onto some versions of the release is the ethereal dance-pop confection “Sparks,” a co-write that comes courtesy of two song-makers who’ve worked with Kylie before: Karen Poole (“Red Blooded Woman,” “Wow”) and Matt Schwartz (“Timebomb”).

Whether or not you think “Sparks” should have been included on Kiss Me Once proper (I say YES!), at least the song made it onto the Japanese version of the album as a bonus cut. Give it a listen below. More »