Following a 5-year hiatus that has felt like a lifetime - my favorite synth-pop ginger has FINALLY whet our insatiable musical appetite with a brand new album - Trouble In Paradise.
The debut single “Sexotheque” is absolutely brilliant and a charmingly seductive track. A very different offering from her previous album, Trouble In Paradise leans more into Elly’s vocals and upbeat ethereal melodies - even the darkest and dramatic lyrics are masked by a buoyant, almost optimistic sound. Perfection all around and I’m officially obsessed.
Lykke Li - No Rest for the Wicked (Ft. A$AP Rocky)
In prep for the release of her new album I NEVER LEARN, Lykke Li enlists a rather unexpected collaborator in A$AP Rocky, to put a spin on her latest single “No Rest for the Wicked”. Anchored by delicate piano chords, the track builds around Lykke Li’s vocals into a strapping ballad. With little warning (but perfect execution) beats drop and A$AP lays down his lyrics as his signature trap beats set in and carry through for an extra punch in the final crescendo.
Exitmusic - The Cold
A highlight of the brilliant music that enveloped last night’s episode of “Shameless”. Kudos to the show’s music curator who consistently brings to light the fact that music is everything - the finishing touch necessary to transport the audience.
The NY-based husband/wife duo - Exitmusic - are truly a transcendent force in the music realm. Chills will inevitably pass through your body as you take in the beautifully melodic, yet visceral sound - courtesy of the aching, guttural vocals of Aleksa Palladino.
Hozier - Take Me to Church
A cavernous and hauntingly beautiful track from Irish musician - Hozier. Using love and ecstasy as a religious metaphor, the song is about asserting oneself and reclaiming your humanity through an act of love and by turning away from the theoretical to instead worship/love something that is tangible and real - that can be experienced.
After releasing the track, Hozier returned with a poignant video that has become a message of human rights; a statement against state/societal oppression and homophobia.
My lover’s got humour She’s the giggle at a funeral Knows everybody’s disapproval I should’ve worshiped her sooner If the Heavens ever did speak She is the last true mouthpiece Every Sunday’s getting more bleak A fresh poison each week 'We were born sick,' you heard them say it My church offers no absolutes She tells me ‘worship in the bedroom’ The only heaven I’ll be sent to Is when I’m alone with you I was born sick, but I love it Command me to be well Amen. Amen. Amen
Take me to church I’ll worship like a dog at the shrine of your lies I’ll tell you my sins and you can sharpen your knife Offer me that deathless death Good God, let me give you my life
Nirvana - Heart Shaped Box (Covered by Kawehi)
Cover perfection from Hawaiian one-woman act - Kawehi. With a bottle of wine by her side and some incredible musical instincts, the Lawrence, Kansas based artist re-imagines unlikely tracks, like this brilliant cover of “Heart Shaped Box” and her previous work on NIN’s “Closer” http://vimeo.com/69575198
With artists like Grimes paving the way for female experimental/electronic musicians, you can expect to see more of Kawehi and her musical peers.
Cherub - Doses & Mimosas
Born into success via true word-of-mouth and the power of the interwebs, this Nashville futuristic funk, electro-pop styling duo have officially made their mark on the music world and are destined for stardom.
With a sound that is both timeless (a la Prince), yet contemporary (think Outkast or Pharrell) their viral hit “Doses & Mimosas” is superbly brilliant in composition, just plain fun AND a perfect anthem when you need to vent/escape.
Peking Duk - High (Ft. Nicole Millar)
Australian DJ and production duo - Peking Duk - are back on the scene with a brand new offering to help you ascend from the mid-week slump. Get “High” with this track’s progressive and melodic builds, wickedly smooth base drops and electronic songstress Nicole Millar’s liquid vocals.
Banks - Brain (Prod by Shlohmo)
Brand new track by way of a perfect collaboration between left coast electronic producer Shlohmo and LA’s sultry vocalist, Banks.
In true Shlohmo form, the song begins in the most simplistic fashion - with Banks crooning atop melodic beats and minimal soothing electro elements, setting the stage for an amazing drop at 2:08 that builds from there and carries the track through to the final crescendo.
Benjamin Francis Leftwich & Kanye West - Atlas Hands (Thomas Jack Bootleg)
Australia’s emerging talent, Thomas Jack, drops a brilliant interfusion of hip hop and indie acoustic fare. The real beauty of the track is in the intertwinement of unique instrumentation, which effortlessly swirl around the folk and rap elements. The melding of BFL and Kanye is already unexpected, but the singular style of the 20-year old rising star is what sets this mashup apart from the rest.
Eminem ft. Rihanna - Monster
In prep for his highly anticipated new album - due out 11/5, Eminem drops a HOT new single with Rihanna - “Monster”. On par with the greatness that was “Love the Way You Lie” it’s no question this track will be going gangbusters throughout the musicsphere.