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Little Dragon Reveal ‘Nabuma Rubberband’ Artwork, Premiere First Single “Klapp Klapp”

Feb 13th, 2014 // Comment
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Little Dragon‘s 2011 album Ritual Union was a deceptively addictive collection of loopy, groovy pop, and after working with Big Boi in 2012, the Swedish group is set to return with new album Nabuma Rubberband (that’s the just-unveiled cover artwork). The album drops May 15, and they’ve just premiered the set’s lead single, “Klapp Klapp.”

The title is a dead giveaway as to what type of percussive sound plays a small but key role in the fast-paced electro-jazz number.

Check out the sugar rush of a track below. More »

MØ Covers Spice Girls’ “Say You’ll Be There”: Listen & Download For Free

Feb 13th, 2014 // Comment
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Danish songbird will release her debut LP No Mythologies To Follow on RCA in March, and ahead of that she’s done the one thing that’s guaranteed to get her name out there amongst the pop enthusiast set: A Spice Girls cover. The 25 year old chose the UK girl group’s 1997 (or 1996, depending on which country you live in) confection “Say You’ll Be There” to re-work as an electronic slow jam. Despite this being a completely different arrangement from the original, there is what sounds like a sweet guitar-sample solo in the middle bit, and MØ pulls off the “I’ll give you everything, on this I swear / just promise you’ll always be there!” shout-rap with aplomb.

Hear her take on this Spice gem below. More »

Little Daylight Deliver Again With “Siren Call,” Announce Debut LP ‘Hello Memory’

Feb 12th, 2014 // Comment
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We instantly fell in love with Brooklyn’s Little Daylight after hearing their euphoric single “Overdose,” and the electro-pop trio proves it wasn’t a fluke with new song “Siren Call.” This one’s more of a churning, moody affair, but it’s equally melodic — it’s just that some of those melodies come from synth plinks instead of earworm choruses. For an emerging band, they boast some impressively lush atmospherics (in that sense, they remind me of Chvrches, another synth-pop trio that burst onto the scene with muscular, glossy soundscapes).

The new track is off Little Daylight’s just-announced debut album Hello Memory on Capitol Records, which should see a summer release. Check out “Siren Call” via the visualizer below. More »

Phantogram’s ‘Voices’: Stream The Full Album

Feb 12th, 2014 // Comment
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We’ve already heard Phantogram‘s loopy, churning “Fall In Love,” the jittery “Black Out Days” and the gently swaying “Bill Murray,” but now the duo is streaming their entire album Voices a week ahead of its release. The formula for Sarah Barthel and Josh Carter’s crystalline, hip-hop-tinged electro-pop hasn’t changed much— precise sampling and clinical synths still dominate — but the new LP finds them exploring a few new textures. On “Never Going Home,” Carter takes the vocals and channels Peter Gabriel, while ”Howling At The Moon” exhibits some touches of dancehall and other tracks flirt with dream pop.

Meanwhile, Barthel’s voice is an even bigger star this time around, and it’s as arresting as ever. Voices is out February 18, but you can stream the whole thing right now over at NPR. More »

Mariah Carey’s “You’re Mine (Eternal)”: Hear The New Ballad & The Trey Songz Remix

Feb 12th, 2014 // 5 Comments
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Mariah Carey dropped her new single a little early today (February 12)! The diva posted “You’re Mine (Eternal),” an understated ballad co-written with Darkchild that fits right alongside the effortlessness of “Beautiful.” While not as immediately catchy as that song, this one’s got a nice, lilting beat and should keep fans satisfied about the direction she’s going in for this latest era.

Mimi reins in her powers for much of the song, making listeners wait for the payoff at the end, which of course is a triumphant whistle register to close out the track. And if that left you wanting more, you’re in luck because she also dropped the remix featuring Trey Songz.

The video for “You’re Mine” premieres tonight at 7:50 p.m. ET on MTV, and the video for the remix drops Friday on BET. Hear both versions of the new ballad below. More »

Betty Who’s “Heartbreak Dream” Premieres

Feb 11th, 2014 // Comment
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Betty Who‘s Slow Dancing EP will be out sometime this spring, but ahead of that — and before her spring tour kicks off — you can get an early listen to new single “Heartbreak Dream” online today. The upbeat pop song, another collaboration with producer Peter Thomas, will be available on iTunes on February 18.

“Well, it’s not really a breakup song,” Betty Who (aka Jess Newham) tells SPIN of her new single. “A lot of my songs are like that, looking at complicated relationships rather than just being about being in love and being happy. It’s more about the kind of relationship that you probably should end but for some reason neither of you can — nobody’s happy, nothing good is happening, you complain about it all the time, but you just don’t end it.”

Sounds perfect for Valentine’s Day! Go give “Heartbreak Dream” a listen over at SPIN.

Demi Lovato’s ‘Neon Lights’ Tour Shines Bright In Vancouver, Canada: Live Review

Feb 10th, 2014 // Comment

Demi Lovato kicked off her Neon Lights tour with a flashy yet strikingly intimate concert at Rogers Arena in Vancouver, Canada last night (February 9). During one of her many heart-to-hearts with fans, the 21-year-old said touring isn’t about dancing or fireworks but “you and me” and that personal approach resonated through every aspect of her hugely enjoyable show.

There was no choreography and only one costume change but you don’t need shiny distractions when you can belt out songs like Demi and connect with the crowd on such an emotional level. That’s not to say that the production was boring. Far from it. LED lights laced the stage and a giant screen showed beautiful projections from the diva’s career. It’s just that they were used to accentuate the experience rather than to divert your attention from vocal shortcomings. Think a Kelly Clarkson concert with more razzle dazzle.

Recent top 10 hit “Heart Attack” was the perfect way to open the show and fire up the already frenzied Lovatics before taking a trip down memory lane with 2010′s “Remember December”. It was one of several songs she performed from Here We Go Again, which could reflect the influence of creative/musical director Nick Jonas. He clearly favors Demi’s pop/rock phase, which is wise because that sound really suits her and translates better live. More »

Neneh Cherry & Robyn’s “Out Of The Black”: Listen To The Collaboration

Feb 10th, 2014 // Comment
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“Out Of The Black,” Neneh Cherry‘s lead single off of her first album in 18 years, Blank Project, is a pair-up with Robyn. A remix of the track surfaced last week, but now the drum ‘n’ synth-tinged album version has officially premiered, and it’s quite the entertaining back-and-forth between the two songbirds, who share equal vocal time over the course of five minutes.

Robyn has been on a collaborative tear so far in 2014. The Swedish pixie recorded new music with Royksopp, which is due out this year, and she also plans to tour with the Norwegian electro duo. Last week it was also announced (via Instagram) that Robyn has been in the studio with famed R&B-pop producers Jimmy Jam and Terry Lewis.

Head below to give Neneh and Robyn’s “Out Of The Black” a listen. More »

This Ke$ha-Only Remix Of “Timber” Is The Answer To Our Prayers

Feb 10th, 2014 // 1 Comment
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Some enterprising Ke$ha fan (or Pitbull hater) has swapped out Dale for more Dolla in a bootleg Ke$ha-only remix of their chart-topping hit “Timber,” and it is wonderful. The reinterpretation has been floating around for about a month, but thankfully Buzzfeed spotted it which means Animals worldwide can now begin the campaign to stream it enough times to unseat the original version.

Just how was Mr. Worldwide excised from the song? His verses were replaced with K$’s raps from her unreleased demo “Woo Hoo.” And they line up pretty closely! It’s not perfect, but it’s not Pitbull, and really that’s the important thing.

Check it out below.  More »

Here’s The Title Of Mariah Carey’s Next Single

Feb 9th, 2014 // Comment
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Producer Jermaine Dupri has revealed the title of Mariah Carey‘s next single. The pop diva had performed the song for this year’s BET Honors, though since the awards show doesn’t air until February 24, Dupri (also Carey’s new manager) decided to update fans himself.

Carey’s next Art of Letting Go single will be “You’re Mine,” out February 14. As Dupri teased on Instagram, she performed it for BET Honors while perched on a piano and dressed as a nightclub singer. See his snapshot after the jump. More »