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The Knocks Remix The Preatures’ “Better Than It Ever Could Be”: Idolator Premiere

Feb 26th, 2014 // 1 Comment

New York City electronic duo The Knocks have tackled “Better Than It Ever Could Be” by emerging Aussie rockers The Preatures for their latest remix, which we’re excited to premiere. If you’ve heard the charming original, you know it’s a jangly guitar pop romp (and if you haven’t heard it, you should remedy that). For the remix, The Knocks have turned it upside down, taking the riffs out of the garage and into a neo-disco roller jam. In the process, they’ve homed in on singer Isabella Manfredi’s raspy “It gets better than it ever could be” declaration, chopping and looping it over a four-on-the-floor beat.

Dance along below, and keep an eye out for The Preatures at SXSW and Coachella this year.  More »

Pharrell & Justin Timberlake Reunite On “Brand New”: Listen To The ‘G I R L’ Track

Feb 26th, 2014 // Comment
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This time Daft Punk guests on Pharrell's song. Read More »

Back in 2002, Pharrell had a huge hand in Justin Timberlake‘s transformation from boy band heartthrob to adult pop star who deserved to be taken seriously. As part of The Neptunes with Chad Hugo, Pharrell produced the majority of Timberlake’s debut album Justified, including the hits “Like I Love You,” “Rock Your Body” and “Señorita.” For JT’s next three albums, though, he wouldn’t call upon Pharrell’s Midas touch (relying instead on that other dude who spins gold behind the boards, Timbaland). Fans always felt the partnership ended too soon. Luckily, Timberlake recently appeared on a Pharrell joint in the form of Jay Z‘s “BBC,” and now the two have reunited in earnest for “Brand New,” off G I R L.

The two trade lines about a relationship that still has that new car smell, over a soulful, tropical-tinged beat. Like much of The 20/20 Experience, it wraps lyrics about love’s comforting warmth with the equally warm analog tones of the ’70s. The retro sound certainly contrasts with the guys’ boundary-pushing collaborations from over a decade ago.

Hear it below. More »

Pharrell & Daft Punk’s “Gust Of Wind”: Listen To The ‘G I R L’ Track

Feb 26th, 2014 // 4 Comments
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Just when you thought the Pharrell Williams/Daft Punk musical love affair was winding down, the Robots have once again collaborated with the Grammy winning singer/producer/all-around radio king, on Williams’ G I R L track “Gust of Wind.” It’s a funky mid-tempo groove in a completely different lane than “Come Get It Bae,” Pharrell’s new pair-up with Miley Cyrus (which, quite frankly, is basically a “Blurred Lines” redux).

Here Thomas and Guy-Manuel’s vocals are put on chorus duty, while Pharrell extolls the virtues of his object of affection on the verses. Fill your sails with the breezy disco track below. More »

Rick Ross’ ‘Mastermind’: Stream The Full Album

Feb 26th, 2014 // Comment
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Rick Rossstar-studded Mastermind drops March 4, and the mammoth Maybach Music boss is streaming the mammoth album ahead of its release. Upon first listen, there seems to be a lot of standard Rozay fare, and one entirely too long skit (it clocks in at 2:53). So, not surprisingly, the songs with the A-list guests leave the biggest impression.

Of course, there’s “The Devil Is A Lie” with Jay Z, which is the truth, but there’s also Kanye West and Big Sean grinning on the warm, soulful “Sanctified,” and Lil Wayne getting introspective over the quiet boom-bap of “Thug Cry.” Also, I was not expecting “Mafia Music III” to be a foray into dub.

Hear the full album over at iTunes Radio. More »

Pharrell & Miley Cyrus’ “Come Get It Bae”: Listen To The ‘G I R L’ Track

Feb 26th, 2014 // Comment
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Pharrell recruited Miley Cyrus for “Come Get It Bae” off his forthcoming solo album G I R L. Their latest collab uses a playful beat built on handclaps, a lean guitar line and Miley’s “Hey!” yelps, making for a frenetic little bit of future funk. The young singer takes the hook, while Skateboard P half-raps/half-sings through the verses and offers up his own vocals, and while the sex-as-motorcycle metaphor is a little tired, this is that tireless and classic Pharrell sound that was fresh 15 years ago and still powerful today.

To be honest, though, I prefer the duo’s other new collaboration, Buddy‘s “Smoke Signals” — but this is still a worthy addition to their budding partnership. Hear it below, and if you dig it, stream the full album. More »

The Vamps’ “Last Night”: Listen To The Boy Band’s Jubilant New UK Single

Feb 25th, 2014 // Comment
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Aiming to give One Direction a run for their money, UK boy band The Vamps made their US TV debut last week on Live With Kelly & Michael. They’ve already been wildly successful in their home country, landing their first two singles “Can We Dance” and “Wild Heart”) in the Top 5. Now the quartet’s follow-up, “Last Night,” has popped up online, following its first radio play on Capital FM.

“Last Night” plays like The Vamps’ most immediately catchy (not to mention most blatantly pop) offering yet from the quartet’s forthcoming debut album. “Wake up in the morning with the sunlight in my eyes, my head don’t feel so right, what the hell happened last night,” the guys cheerily croon on the chorus over the party jam, while a slew of backup-vocal whoaaaas fill the rest of the song.

Give it a listen below. More »

Coldplay Premiere Surprising New Song “Midnight”: Watch The Video

Feb 25th, 2014 // Comment
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Viva La Vida was Coldplay‘s “experimental” album, and while ambitious and occasionally quirky, it still stuck to a strictly Coldplay brand of grandiose arena rock. But on new song “Midnight,” we’re now hearing what a truly experimental Coldplay product sounds like. The first thing to jump out is the vocals: When did Chris Martin‘s voice get soulful? When did he learn to use the vocoder? Soon enough, the entirety of the song shows itself to be a departure from their usual blueprint.

It’s a haunting electronic soundscape that not only lacks the band’s trademark anthemic choruses and stadium-filling guitar lines, but boasts nary a hook and has few decipherable lyrics. Not to mention there’s a full-on trance bridge. No word yet on whether this cut is from their forthcoming album, but it’s certainly a bold offering. (And it’ll be interesting to see if they’re applauded for evolving their sound, or if they’ll be accused of ripping off acts like Bon Iver and Imogen Heap.)

Check out the video up top. More »

Miley Cyrus Soars On Buddy’s Pharrell-Produced “Smoke Signals”: Listen

Feb 25th, 2014 // Comment
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Pharrell recruited Miley Cyrus for the vocal hook on emerging rapper Buddy‘s new song “Smoke Signals,” an addictive track built on Pharrell’s breezy beat and Miley’s echoing background vocals. She’s in true siren mode here, and it is powerful.

While the “Smoke Signals” title probably has you thinking you’ll hear more of her tired drug sing-raps, this is nothing like that! In between Buddy’s verses, Miley gives an elegant vocal turn that shows when she isn’t mugging for the cameras or chewing up the studio scenery, she’s really pleasant to listen to. It was easy to forget that!

The song is off Buddy’s Idle Time mixtape. Stream it below. More »

Ellie Goulding’s “Beating Heart”: Watch The ‘Divergent’ Track’s Lyric Video

Feb 25th, 2014 // Comment
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Ellie Goulding has four songs on the very buzzworthy Divergent soundtrack, and after previewing “Beating Heart” the song is now out with a lyric video comprising scenes from the film. “Beating Heart” starts off with the same sort of twinkling synths heard in her breakout song “Lights,” and from there you get the familiar mix of warm, lush atmospherics that are just ever so danceable, a sweet spot Goulding has mastered at this point.

Her voice sounds a tad more British than usual, and while the song is more subdued than “Burn,” the chorus (“Wanna hear your beating heart tonight / Before the bleeding sun comes alive”) is still anthemic. Check it out below. More »

Nicki Minaj, Lil Wayne & Tyga Go “Senile”: Listen

Feb 24th, 2014 // 2 Comments
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Nicki Minaj can’t stop won’t stop. Her latest salvo is on “Senile” (that’s the very Golf Wang-esque artwork) with Lil Wayne and Tyga, off the Young Money compilation Rise Of An Empire (out March 11). David D.A. Doman’s minimalist beat creeps and bobs, so the track doesn’t lead to the type of fireworks Minaj has been spitting lately, but she still drops plenty of heaters in her verse (e.g. “All these rappers is my sons, and I’m always nine months”).

As for Wayne, he swoops in with the third verse, and it’s suitably whacked-out and wizardly. Overall, it’s like the YMCMB answer to G.O.O.D.’s “Clique” (Tyga is so their Big Sean) — and it serves as a tantalizing little appetizer for the new albums coming from Nicki and Weezy later this year.

Hear it below. More »