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.
Give the song a listen below. More »
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.
Hear Jessie Ware’s preview of “Cruel” below. More »
Avicii‘s new single “The Days” begins with an acoustic guitar melody. By now, fans of the DJ/producer have come to expect such genre-bending moves from him. With his debut LP True and mega-hit singles like “Wake Me Up,” he teamed up with artists like Aloe Blacc and Incubus guitarist Mike Einziger to create mainstream EDM with a folkish bent (or “country house,” as it was deemed on Twitter).
But once Brit-pop veteran (and former Take That member) Robbie Wiliams enters the song, singing of these promises to never get old, that acoustic melody fades in the background. Slowly, “The Days” transforms into this slick, Technicolor synth-pop anthem that’s also unabashedly cheerful and sweet – think Passion Pit‘s Manners. More »
For the upcoming Outsider’s Edition re-release of album A Perfect Contradiction in the UK, Paloma Faith is offering up several new songs. (Meanwhile, the album, first released overseas in March, will finally see the light of day in the States next week, on October 7.) One is the lead single, “Ready For The Good Life,” which was co-written by Faith and Klas Ahlund (Robyn, Katy Perry).
The song is a funky jam that makes good use of Paloma’s soulful pipes while bombastic instrumentation consisting of drums, a piano and horns carry the whole thing to giddy heights. “Ready For The Good Life” follows up Faith’s recent UK chart-topper “Changing,” a pair-up with duo Sigma. Give it a listen below. More »
Mary J. Blige channels her inner deep house diva on her new single, “Nobody But You.” It is the latest from the singer’s forthcoming 13th album, The London Sessions, which is set for a December 2 release.
Previous songs like “Therapy” and “Whole Damn Year” were deemed too mournful for a record that involves the likes of Disclosure and Naughty Boy. But “Nobody But You” definitely gives what we’ve been looking for – full-bodied vocals and a smooth, slinky house-inspired beat. Blige’s signature wails soar high on the track as she boldly confesses, “You’re the only one I’m there for, the only one I’m there for!”
The combination of emotive vocals and club-ready production harkens back to the early ’90s, where powerhouse voices dominated the house and techno dancefloors. The track is co-written by Sam Smith, who has previously worked with Blige on “Therapy” off The London Sessions and their “Stay With Me” duet.
Listen to “Nobody But You” below. More »
Cheryl Cole has zero phucks to give on her new single, “I Don’t Care” – the follow-up to her summer smash, “Crazy Stupid Love.” In contrast to her other songs like “Ghetto Baby,” there are no massive bass drops or an in-your-face dance theme – “I Don’t Care” is just a straight up Pop tune. In 2014′s haze of over-production, it’s actually quite refreshing!
The Girls Aloud solo star’s vocals shine as she nonchalantly tells the world, “It feels so fucking good to say, I swear that I don’t care!” It also has an ’80s carefree vibe to it, thanks to the breezy synths and pumping bass line. The track is the lead single from Cole’s upcoming fourth LP, tentatively titled Only Human.
Take a listen to “I Don’t Care” below. More »