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Charlotte Sometimes’ ‘By Request’ EP: Idolator Premiere

Feb 24th, 2014 // Comment
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Following her stint on the second season of The Voice, Charlotte Sometimes released Circus Head in 2012, and is now set to follow that up with another EP, her fifth altogether, next week (March 4). Titled By Request, the tracklist for the four-song acoustic set was decided upon after Charlotte let fans select songs to be re-worked into more stripped down versions for the release. Included is a reinterpretation of the singer-songwriter’s “Losing Sleep” (originally from her debut album Waves And The Both Of Us), as well as a cover of Foster The People‘s summer 2011 smash “Pumped Up Kicks” and a new song, “Magic.”

Charlotte entered New York’s Cutting Room Studios to lay down By Request, which was recorded live in one day. From the opening acoustic guitar chords of “Magic” to Sometimes’ final, heartfelt vocal yowls on “Losing Sleep,” it’s clear that this special release is a unique vehicle that once again showcases the 25-year-old singer’s incredible wealth of talent.

Head below to give By Request an early listen, ahead of its official release on March 4. More »

Hear t.A.T.u’s Non-Comeback Comeback Single “Love In Every Moment”

Feb 24th, 2014 // 3 Comments

Russian fake-lesbian duo t.A.T.u. reunited for a performance at the Sochi Olympics opening ceremony, then announced plans to stage a full-on comeback with a tour and new music on the way. A few days after that, Lena Katina and Julia Volkova swiftly canceled all those plans. However! The new single, “Love In Every Moment,” survived the wreckage and it has hit the Web.

It’s a brooding blast of Euro-pop, with the ladies singing in Russian, and the chorus is a tasteful crescendo of cascading synths. Alas, there’s also a brostep breakdown with Russian rapper Ligalize that sounds instantly dated, but otherwise, the single is a tantalizing taste of what could have been.

Hear it below.  More »

Danja Reveals Two Unreleased Britney Spears Demos & “Hot As Ice” Remix: Listen

Feb 23rd, 2014 // 6 Comments
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Producer Danja revealed two unreleased demos for Britney Spears. Both were informed by the first time he worked with her, on her fifth album Blackout.

Danja says that initially for 2008′s Circus, he aimed for a “raw, edgy, rock vibe” but, after it wasn’t received well, instead went “all the way urban” as he did for Blackout. The resulting demo kicks off with ominous fanfare, as an mid-career T.I. track might have, but then allows room for pleading lyrics: “Boy, why won’t you follow?” (Spears doesn’t sing here, so fans have to imagine how she’d interpret it all.)

His next demo, for Britney Jean, is even better. “I thought we were going do a Blackout 2, so I felt like this was Blackout 2,” he says. It’s as uptempo and energetic as promised, although with its thumping beat, canned-orchestra flourishes and piercing fire-alarm synths, it also feels like “Kill the Lights” – also a Danja production – with even more drama.

Hear Danja’s demos, plus a “Hot as Ice” remix after the jump. More »

Justin Bieber Drops New Song “Broken”: Listen

Feb 22nd, 2014 // 5 Comments
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Justin Bieber has surprised fans with a new song, “Broken.” For even casual listeners, it sounds like a response to reasons why he’s gained attention as of late — not for his music, but for his antics.

Bieber released “Broken” for free as he did with 2013′s Journals, only this time in a mixtape by his official DJ Tay JamesWe Know the DJ Radio 4. Throughout, he croons to a funk guitar and record scratches, a setting fit for ’90s R&B. “They give me what’s mine / someone like me is hard to find / Ooh, I cannot be broken / ooh, I cannot be broken,” Bieber sings at the hook.

Bieber’s lyrics never name exactly who “they” are: those who give him what’s his, those who want a reaction, those are trying to get at him. If anyone else was to have released this song, “Broken” would read as nothing short of empowering. Instead, it’s terribly hard to hear this without recalling his Instagram post comparing himself to Michael Jackson, following his arrest for a DUI and drag racing.

“Broken” may make for a fine throwback, but it also leaves a bitter taste because of how it arrives after — and seems to address — recent events. Hear the new song after the jump. More »

50 Cent Returns With “The Funeral”: Watch

Feb 21st, 2014 // Comment
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The newly indie 50 Cent has dropped the first taste of his forthcoming album Animal Ambition, a day after announcing he was leaving Shady/Aftermath. Considering its significance as the beginning of a new phase of Fiddy’s career, “The Funeral” is fairly innocuous. Not that it isn’t good (it is!), it’s just not a “spectacle,” which is kind of refreshing.

“The Funeral” is a brooding ghetto tale about the fallout from a shootout, including vengeance, mourning and family drama, with 50 spitting over an old school boom-bap. The video was directed by Eif Rivera, check it out up top. More »

Jessie Ware Helps Out On Julio Bashmore’s “Peppermint”: Watch

Feb 21st, 2014 // Comment

Emerging British producer Julio Bashmore was one of a the key forces on Jessie Ware‘s wonderful debut, Devotion, assisting on weightless tracks like “Sweet Talk.” So Ware recently returned the favor, taking vocal duties on “Peppermint,” a song off Bashmore’s forthcoming debut album. It’s a pulsating house track, with Ware repeating, “I’m hot for you / What you gonna do?” over neon synths and drum machines.

For the video, unfortunately, we don’t see the two of them. Instead, it’s a whacked-out, fever dream CGI animation. Watch it below. More »

Kendrick Lamar’s “m.A.A.d city” Remixed By James Blake: Listen

Feb 21st, 2014 // 2 Comments

James Blake returned to BBC Radio 1 under his Harmonimix moniker, where he last offered up a “Drunk In Love” remix. This time the Brit threw a reworking of Kendrick Lamar‘s “m.A.A.d city” into his mix, and it is so loopy! There’s an organ riff that gives the proceedings the feel of a hockey game, wiping away the original’s pent-up energy for a sense of carnival madness.

Not bad for something he apparently put together on a plane. Hear it below. More »

Bright Light Bright Light & Elton John’s “I Wish We Were Leaving”: Listen To The Duet

Feb 21st, 2014 // Comment
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On “I Wish We Were Leaving,” a song off Bright Light Bright Light‘s upcoming, same-titled EP (out April 7), Rod Thomas brings us another lyrical tale of a relationship that’s taken an irreversible turn. Except this time he has one Elton John on board to share the vocal duties. The pair-up came about once Sir Elt rang up Rod to praise the latter’s debut album, Make Me Believe In Hope.

“From then I kept hearing his voice on the track,” Thomas tells The Guardian. “In time I played him ‘I Wish We Were Leaving’ and he added his vocals. Although it wasn’t written as a duet, I love that his voice taking lead in the second verse is a reminder that every relationship has two sides and two voices.”

The result is at once both mournful and optimistic. Hear Bright Light Bright Light and Elton John make beautifully sad music together below. More »

Foster The People’s “Pseudologia Fantastica”: Hear The Space-y ‘Supermodel’ Epic

Feb 21st, 2014 // 3 Comments
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Foster The People‘s lead Supermodel single “Coming Of Age” was a pleasant, if rather unassuming, bit of guitar pop. New album cut “Pseudologia Fantastica” is much weirder and more substantial in every way, from the title on down. It starts off with galactic synth textures and thumping percussion, but then the chorus is driven by a chunky piano chord and driving bass line. Just when you think things can’t get prettier, a shoegaze-lite swirl of feedback enters the mix.

The chorus vocals are reminiscent of AM-era Arctic Monkeys, and the rest of the song is like a less riff-driven Tame Impala for the pop set. If it weren’t clear yet, this is their most ambitious rock exercise to date.

Head below to hear the song and see the full lyric sheet the band posted to Twitter. More »

Florrie’s ‘Sirens’ EP: Preview The Three Tracks

Feb 20th, 2014 // 2 Comments
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The coming (hopefully warmer) months will see EP releases from Erik Hassle and Betty Who, and now Florrie has thrown her hat into the ring. When the Bristol, England, songstress first piqued our curiosity four years ago, she had yet to release Introduction. Three EPs (but, surprisingly, still no album) later, the 25-year-old is prepping Sirens for a spring release.

The bad news: There will only be three tracks. The good news: Each of those songs will be accompanied by music videos, clips of which you can catch in the preview video above. Florrie (real name: Florence Arnold) asks very nicely that you subscribe to her YouTube channel so you can see the videos as soon as they premiere. More »