Tamar Braxton shows off her sultry side with her new single, “Let Me Know.” Featuring Atlanta rapper Future, the song includes a throwback sample of Aaliyah‘s 1994 single “At Your Best (You Are Love).” The smooth mid-tempo finds the R&B diva letting her man know just how much she loves him, as Future assists with his Autotuned-vocals on the hook.
“Let Me Know” follows Braxton’s 2013 album Love and War, which featured tracks like “The One” and “All The Way Home.” It is the first single from her forthcoming, as-yet-to-be titled third studio LP.
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Charli XCX follows up the bad-ass single “Break The Rules” with the latest – and fittingly titled – “London Queen.” The song, off the chanteuse’s forthcoming sophomore LP Sucker, finds her channeling her inner punk rocker. The punchy chorus (“I never thought I’d be living in the USA, doing things the American way/ Never thought I’d be living in the USA, living the dream like a London queen”) gives off a subtle Ramones vibe, as the singer emphasizes her staccato Cambridge accent.
Combine that with handclaps, dreamy harmonies and fiery electric guitar riffs, and it seems like Charli XCX has yet another hit on her hands. Look out for Sucker on December 16, and listen to “London Queen” below. More »
Tony Bennett and Lady Gaga may have channeled the jazz greats for their chart-topping album Cheek To Cheek, but legendary producer Giorgio Moroder is taking the pair straight to the modern day dancefloor with his remix of “I Can’t Give You Anything But Love.”
It’s not a jarring overhaul, either; rather, Moroder gives his re-working a charming pop sheen with simple chords, bright synths and a bouncy bassline that compliments the cute, playful nature of Tony and Gaga found in the vocals of the song.
Listen to Giorgio’s interpretation of “I Can’t Give You Anything But Love” below. More »
Something happened along the way while David Guetta was making new single “Dangerous,” in that the song is actually not another terrible addition to the string of so-called EDM garbage currently clogging up the airwaves. It’s like Guetta finally got it into his noggin that, yes, EDM has run its course, stumbled off the track and fallen face-first into a ditch. (The lazily-titled genre, that is — not all actual electronic dance music.)
Anyway, here we are with “Dangerous,” which sounds like something lifted from the Drive soundtrack (so, think Kavinsky or the Chromatics or Electric Youth) mixed with a funky disco bass and the pipes of Sam Martin, who had previously teamed with Guetta for “Lovers On The Sun.” Overall, this wouldn’t be a bad thing to hear on the radio, which is something we probably haven’t said about a David Guetta song since “Titanium.”
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Calvin Harris scored another massive smash with John Newman-assisted floorfiller “Blame”. It topped the UK singles chart (his fifth number one single in that market) and is already top 40 on the Billboard Hot 100 stateside. It’s as good a time as any to start rolling out the remixes, which include an off-kilter — in a good way — overhaul from BURNS.
Given his stranglehold on international house music, it’s kind of disconcerting to hear a trap-influenced interpretation of Calvin’s latest. BURNS plays around with the BPM and rearranges the track in a relatively familiar way but then there’s a huge drop and “Blame” takes some very unexpected twists. It took a couple of listens to fully process but it’s actually pretty great. Take a listen after the jump. More »
AlunaGeorge have been very quiet all throughout 2014 (save for a synthy remix of Coldplay‘s “Magic” back in June) – but that all changed today! The London-based electronic duo just released a new single, titled “Supernatural,” which premiered on Annie Mac‘s BBC Radio 1 show.
The ominous lyrics (“Is this dead or it is alive?”) combined with the electro-R&B production keeps with the duo’s signature sound, as seen with songs like “Best Be Believing.” Lead singer Aluna Francis‘ breathy vocals sound very sultry, and the dark vocoder sound effects are definitely Daft Punk-worthy.
There’s no word of a follow-up album to 2013′s Body Music, but for now we have a smooth groove that is bound to hit the dance clubs. Take a listen to “Supernatural” below. More »
Maybe labeling Nick Gardner‘s “Lose You” a Future Hit is jumping the gun a bit, but that just underscores how much we dig this single. The song takes more than a few cues from Phil Collins‘ spaced-out 1981 pop classic “In The Air Tonight,” from the ghostly vocals to the chilly synths to the Collins-esque drum crash. And it’s got a killer chorus.
As for Gardner, he’s a handsome gent from the UK who, judging by a quick flick through his Facebook photos, started off by uploading his covers of well-known songs to YouTube, and then spent the better part of 2013 and 2014 recording an album for Universal in Los Angeles and posting pics of himself with the likes of Ne-Yo, Backstreet Boys, Adam Lambert and Sean Garrett while doing so. “Lose You” was released as a single recently on iTunes, ahead of Nick’s stint as opening act for Maroon 5 on the band’s upcoming European dates.
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A$AP Rocky has a beef to settle with his tense new song “Multiply” – not with other rappers as once expected in hip-hop, but rising fashion brands.
Specifically, he calls out Been Trill and Hood by Air (HBA) in between annoyed assertions that he, who has name-checked 25 worthier brands in a song called “Fashion Killa,” is the true trendsetter: “Nah, I ain’t really into throwin’ shots, but these motherf**ckers better give me props.”
Been Trill, helmed by Kanye West‘s style adviser Virgil Abloh, has collaborated with Eminem and producer Mike WiLL Made It. HBA, by Shayne Oliver, has been worn by West, Rihanna and Ciara. A$AP Rocky’s beef with the latter is especially curious – last year, the Harlem rapper modeled pieces from its fall 2013 collection at its debut New York Fashion Week runway show. More »
Erasure had announced its new, Richard X-produced album The Violet Flame with “Elevation,” an effervescent anthem about love conquering all. That song proved that, even 16 albums and 30 years after their landmark debut, the enduring synthpop duo can sound both current and timeless while balancing EDM experimentation with sharp pop writing.
And as a new “Elevation” remix by Jack Antonoff (of fun. and Bleachers) now shows, Erasure has also likely inspired a current generation of artists to follow the same path. Antonoff starts by grounding the song with somber strings and looping Andy Bell‘s determined vocals, but then he ups the ante with metric-ton slams and neon-tinged synths. His remix sounds tailor-made for Hollywood’s next sci-fi thriller. More »
Jessie Ware married her childhood sweetheart, Sam Burrows, late this summer. The couple even posed for a wedding photo in matching leather jackets, like Kanye West and Kim Kardashian did at their own ceremony.
Her latest tune “Cruel,” however, isn’t exactly a love song. While the Sade-inspired singer does maintains her composure, Ware sings of being frustrated over her love’s indecision, over whether to fully commit or to leave. “If I told you what you said before, would you be just as certain what’s going on?” she sings.
A 90-second preview has Ware’s voice unfurling over a glitchy rhythm and swelling strings at the hook, a moment that evokes Frank Ocean‘s sprawling yet suspenseful “Pyramids.” It’s another promising look into Ware’s new album Tough Love, which also features Miguel collaboration “Kind of… Sometimes… Maybe” and current single “Say You Love Me,” which she co-wrote with Ed Sheeran.
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