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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 »

Rick Ross, Diddy & French Montana Channel Notorious B.I.G. On “Nobody”: Listen

Feb 20th, 2014 // Comment
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As Stereogum astutely points out, Rick Ross‘ “Biggie Smalls corpse-humpery levels” hit an all-time high with new Mastermind track “Nobody,” which uses the same beat and hook as Notorious B.I.G.‘s Life After Death track “You’re Nobody (Til Somebody Kills You).” French Montana is on hook duties here, while Diddy is doing “Hate Me Now”-style yelling in the background — and he’s even credited here as Puff Daddy, the moniker he used back during the Biggie days, to remind you that THIS IS A WORK OF NOSTALGIA.

Hear it below, but honestly, it’s a pretty lazy re-creation, so you’re better off just spinning the original.

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Rita Ora’s “I Will Never Let You Down”: Listen To A Minute Of The Calvin Harris-Produced Song

Feb 19th, 2014 // 2 Comments
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The new Calvin Harris single is so upbeat and so pure pop — not to mention vaguely reminiscent of his masterful 2007 collab with Kylie Minogue, “In My Arms” — it literally might leave you dancing on air. I guess it should be mentioned that the new Calvin Harris single is actually the new Rita Ora single, which her DJ/producer/singer/chart wiz beau Calvin whipped up for her.

“I Will Never Let You Down” is previewed in a Rimmel London makeup ad, and judging by the 54-second clip above, I’ll just go out on a limb and say this has the potential to become the first BIG moment for Rita. Don’t believe me? Check out the snippet over at Vogue Italy and hear for yourself. More »

Ellie Goulding Unearths Skrillex Collab “Because”: Listen

Feb 18th, 2014 // 1 Comment

Ellie Goulding put together a 40-minute mix for BBC Radio 1, and for the final track she unveiled an unreleased Skrillex song she was featured on back when they were dating. It’s called “Because,” and Skrillex says they recorded in a hotel room two years ago.

Goulding’s vocals are much more manipulated here than they were on their 2011 collaboration “Summit,” as they’re blanketed in fuzz, warped and chopped into loops. For the DJ, the track shows he was already forgoing brostep for the atmospheric, restrained territory of Burial even before dropping “Leaving” last year. Hear the collaboration below. More »

Lady Gaga’s “Brooklyn Nights”: Listen To A Clip Of The Unreleased Song

Feb 18th, 2014 // 1 Comment
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Sometimes-depressed nudist Lady Gaga has been busy collaborating on future projects with Britney Spears and the Real Housewives cast, but a piece of her past has recently surfaced online in the form of an unreleased song snippet. The track in question is “Brooklyn Nights,” which is said to have been recorded during sessions for Mother Monster’s most recent LP, ARTPOP.

In fact, we turned to the ever-reliable Gagapedia for info on this mysterious track, so why don’t we just let them do the talking and post the music below? Good? Good. More »

Betty Who’s “Heartbreak Dream”: Listen To The New Single, Which Is Out Today

Feb 18th, 2014 // 1 Comment
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Ahead of the springtime release of new EP Slow Dancing, Betty Who has unleashed the sunny new single “Heartbreak Dream”(out today on iTunes). The track, another collaboration with producer Peter Thomas, couldn’t really come at a better time, as we’re all buried under snow and ice and could quite frankly use a bright ray of pop to warm our polar-defeated souls.

Is it possible for a song about heartbreak to sound this upbeat? Betty Who makes it seem effortless. Head below to give the song a listen! More »

Candice Glover’s ‘Music Speaks’: Album Review

Feb 18th, 2014 // 4 Comments
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Candice Glover‘s rendition of The Cure‘s “Lovesong” reappears on her debut album Music Speaks (out today, ), as it should. She first performed it as a top-six finalist on American Idol‘s Season 12, when tasked to sing a song she wished she wrote. So she tackled it as Adele would, with a deft cabaret turn from its gloom-rock origins. She was as commanding and charismatic as Dame Shirley Bassey, at least until judge Mariah Carey stepped on stage to shower her with glitter.

Season 12 posed a nagging question, on its volition and otherwise: How was Glover passed over twice already? She has said that she arrived with a big voice but little else, like the instinct to sing “Lovesong” despite Idol‘s producers. (“Everybody was more supportive of my big voice, and so I said I didn’t want to scream at America every week,” she said to Yahoo!.) Or, perhaps, to approach Music Speaks as she did. A sharp snapshot of R&B then and now, Music Speaks inspires the latest Idol winner to exercise even more restraint than she did on the show. More »

Kylie Minogue’s ‘Kiss Me Once’: Listen To The Album

Feb 17th, 2014 // 9 Comments

A month ahead of the March 18 release of Kylie Minogue‘s new album, a sampler of Kiss Me Once has now been put online. Upon hearing the clips from the pop queen’s 12th outing, it becomes clear that she opted for a blend of upbeat dance-pop tunes (“Into the Blue,” “Million Miles,” “Les Sex”), disco throwbacks (“I Was Gonna Cancel,” “Sexy Love”) and lush ballads (the Enrique Iglesias pair-up “Beautiful”). So far, title track “Kiss Me Once,” produced by the LP’s executive producer Sia, is standing out as a major highlight.

Listen below and let us know what your own thoughts on what you’ve heard so far from Kylie’s latest! More »