Three decades later and Madonna is still going strong. The material girl has been working on her 14th studio album and some big names have made her collaboration list. Over the weekend Madonna posted on her Twitter that she would be working with with Dj Dahi and Blood Diamond. Dj Dahi is the name behind Drake’s “Worst Behavior” and has previously worked with such artist as Kendrick Lamar, Lily Allen, and SchoolBoy Q. As big as these names are they aren’t the only ones on the list. Diplo, one of the most sought out producers in the EDM scene and has been working on at least 5 of the tracks on the upcoming album. The album is set to release in 2015 and although it has no tittle just yet, we can expect it to be full of hits.
— Madonna (@Madonna) September 21, 2014
As the end of summer is quickly approaching, we have listed some new artists that should be a household name. With genres spanning from folk to synth pop and from hip hop to alternative pop rock, here are eight new artists that you need to know:
How To Dress Well
Tom Krell, also known by his stage name How To Dress Well, is no newcomer in the music industry. Starting in 2009, he started releasing his EPs for free online, and quickly was recognized by Pitchfork as an artist to keep an eye on. Coming off his latest release of “What Is This Heart?” Krell is looking for his well deserved recognition before he sets off on his U.S. tour. The album features soulful and dreamy vocals mixed over upbeat drums and bright synths, but still makes you sit back and reflect on life. Two of my favorite songs on the album are “Words I Don’t Remember” and “Precious Love,” which both will be on the playlist at the end of this post.
At only 16 years old, Shawn Mendes found his success through social media like a lot of young pop stars. Most being found on YouTube, Mendes went a different route and posted covers of pop songs on his Vine account, gaining millions of followers in a matter of months. His top single, “Life of the Party,” has peaked at #5 on the Billboard charts, is absolutely amazing. It reminds me a lot of “Stay,” by Rihanna and Mikky Ekko. A piano driven love ballad, with soft spoken vocals matched with the keys, makes this sixteen year old stand out as an artist to watch.
Jon Bellion isn’t a household name, but definitely should be. You may know the song “Monster” by Eminem and Rihanna, but what you don’t know about it is that Bellion was the writer of the song’s chorus. Most of his monetary success has been from songwriting, but that’ll soon change. He has released a couple mixtapes, and signed to Visionary Music Group, headlined by rapper Logic. This week he is releasing a new album, but what will set this apart from the rest will be the animated film he is releasing alongside the album. The short film was also 100% written and directed by Bellion himself. He is by far one of my favorite artists in music right now, as he fuses hip hop production, into powerful pop and soul vocals mixes with amazing storytelling. His musical talents are through the roof, and continues to impress me along every release. Keep an eye out for an album and film review later this week.
Known for his single “Riptide,” James Keogh, is hearing his hit single across all airwaves. Soon it’ll be more than his one single that America is familiar with, as he just released his debut album Dream Your Life Away. The singer-songwriter released the album on September 9, which peaked at #17 in the US, but topped the charts in his home of Australia. The newest single on the album, “Mess is Mine,” is an upbeat song with a catchy chorus that’ll soon find success that Riptide did. He draws comparisons to Mumford and Sons, mainly because of the common folk traits used by each, but his powerful vocals reminds me a lot of Marcus Mumford’s. “Wasted Time,” one of my favorite songs on the album, James shows his soft side and shows everyone how vulnerable he is when it comes to love.
Afie Jurvanen, known by his stage name, Bahamas, is finding his way to success mainly online through music blogs. I discovered his single “All the Time,” while surfing through my usual blogs. This was one of my favorite songs of the summer, with its slower, electric guitar driven, and falsetto vocals driving the song. What I loved most about the song was that I felt this suspense coming through me for some reason, and then at the 1:35 mark the guitar takes over, and again around 3 minutes into the song. Growing up on classic rock, I heard those guitar riffs and fell in love with the song and more importantly I was won over as a fan. “All Time Favourite,” starts off with multiple voices humming, all in harmony, then comes in with an acoustic guitar and vocals coming right at you. It’s a very honest feeling song, and shows Afie’s versatility as an artist, as he can switch up he styles on the album and still sound great.
You + Me
Now, I doubt you know this duo from the name, but if you hear their debut song “You and Me,” they made sound familiar. Well the duo consists of Pink, and Dallas Green, the lead singer of City and Colour. At the moment this is their only single, but their debut album, RoseAve, is due to release October 14. Not a traditional love song that you would hear on the radio, but still a love song nonetheless, and in my opinion better than the typical love songs. It feels darker than most, due to the perfect harmonies made by the two, paired with strings in the background that makes the song have a mystery factor. I can’t wait to hear their whole album when it releases in a couple weeks.
Norwegian EDM/pop duo of Ketil Jansen and Ulrik Denizou, Lemaitre, is shooting up the charts after their release of Singularity in July. This project only has 4 songs, but each one is so different it fills all musical cravings you might be having. It ranges from piano-pop (High Tide) to old school disco (Wait) to a more traditional electro house song (All I Need). The four song project also features Chuck Inglish, one half of The Cool Kids, and LOLO, an upcoming artist on DCD2 Records, an imprint of Fueled By Ramen. This was a daring move for them to leave their roots of primarily electro house, and start to become more versatile as a duo.
The Madden Brothers
Joel and Benji Madden started working on music as The Madden Brothers in 2011, as a side project of Good Charlotte. They would release a mixtape collaborating with a star studded roster of rappers in 2011. It took them 3 years to finally release their debut album, Greetings From California. This album sounds like its roots were based off of Joel and Benji’s experience in Good Charlotte, mixed with more modern synth driven pop. A couple stand out songs are “Dear Jane,” “Jealousy,” and “Bad.” The album is 2 parts, the first being a more upbeat, Good Charlotte-esque sound, and the second half is acoustic driven, which is my favorite of the two. I automatically think of Good Charlotte and mid-2000s alternative rock when I hear the vocals on each song, but the instrumentation and composition of each song keeps me coming back for another listen.
Here is the Spotify playlist featuring all of the songs covered in this post, I hope you enjoy!
This is the time when the leaves start turning and you can feel a chill in the air. However, if you live in California, sweater weather is still ways away. So as you wait to pull out your boots and endure the last days of this Indian summer, sit back and listen to our mellow playlist that is sure to get you through your hot and sticky day.
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Kendrick Lamar has been busy touring as the opening act on the Yeezus tour and working with Flying Lotus. However, It’s been two years since his debut album good kid, m.A.A.d. city and we haven’t heard any of his solo work since. This morning Kendrick revealed on Twitter the art for the single “i” off his new album believed to drop September 23. According to an interview with Rolling Stone, Kendrick’s new album will be produced by Dr. Dre and Digi+Phonics and he promises to bring “aggression and emotion” to his new album. “I have so much to say! It’s almost selfish of me.”
Pop songstress Lady Gaga has moved on and joined Tony Bennett in jazzier pastures in her latest rendition of “Nature Boy.” In a series of tweets, Lady Gaga explains the origins of the song. “The song was written 1941 by Eden Ahbez, a wandering man from Brooklyn.” It wasn’t till 1947 that the song would be published and eventually recorded by Nat King Cole. Nature Boy is now famously recognized from the movie Moulin Rouge! but as Lady Gaga explains, “Our rendition with the now late multi-reedist Paul Horn is spectacular.” The new track is of her new duet album Cheek to Cheek which will hit stores on September 22.
Fashion Rocks is the fusion of the music industries hottest performers with the fashion industries next seasons trends. After a 5 year hiatus, Fashion Rocks 2014 at the Barclay Center in Brooklyn was ready for its comeback. Ryan Seacrest hosted the star studded night which included music from country to EDM and everything in between. Usher Opened up the show with his new single “She Came To Give IT To You.” Through out the show celebrities such as Paris Hilton and Singer Justin Beiber (who became the most talked about part of the show by stripping down to Calvin Klein underwear) presented the rest of the musical guest. Performance included: Afrojack, Rita Ora, Miranda Lambert, Jenifer Hudson, Niki Minaj, Pitbull, and Jennifer Lopez. The star studded night ended with rock legends KISS as they performed their hit “Rock And Roll All Nite.” If you weren’t able to catch the CBS show , don’t fret, we have you covered. Watch some of the highlights here.
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The Strokes front man Julian Casablancas+ The Voidz have released the video for their new track of the forthcoming album Tyranny. During the BBC 6 Music show on Sept 8, the track “Where No Eagles Fly” debut during min 45:00. Tyranny follows Casablancas’ 2009 solo project Phraze For the Young. Details of the new album that is set to premiere Sept. 23 were released earlier this month alongside the 11 min track “Human Sadness.” The Album is up for pre order on the Cult Record store and can be bought in either cassette form or a USB drive shaped like a cigarette lighter. The band kicks off their US tour Oct 16th and you can buy tickets here.
LA native and singer songstress, Jhene Aiko has recently released her newest single and MV for ”The Pressure” directed by Donald Glover. The single is from her upcoming album Souled Out which is set to be released on Sept 9th. The mixed beauty has been around for a couple of years now, working with such artist as B2K, Cocaine 80,s, Childish Gambino and Drake.
Check out Jhene’s MV for, “Pressure”:
Kendrick Lamar joins forces on Flying Lotus’ new single “Never Catch Me.” The hip hop single with a jazz influence will appear on Flying Lotus’ upcoming album You’re Dead. The album is confirmed to release Oct 6th in the UK and Oct 7th in the US through Warp Records. This isn’t the first time that the LA natives have worked together as both artists worked together in preparation for Kendrick’s opening act on Kanye West’s Yeezus tour, last year.
There is still about a month before the album drop but these cool styling should hold you over till then.
In June, The Yeah Yeah Yeahs released the cover art for Karen O’s new solo LP “Crush Songs ” on Instagram. This was one of the few times we heard anything from the artsy – rock trio since their mesmerizing performance at Coachella in 2013. This morning, O released the track “Day Go By” for everyone who felt nostalgic of times of intimate living room listening parties around the the globe.
The lo-fi track was recorded around the time “show Your Bones” was released. In an interview with RollingStones, O explained the creation process of her new LP,”These songs were written and recorded in private around this time. They are the soundtrack to what was an ever-continuing love crusade.” Crush Songs is set to release under Julian Casablancas‘ label Cult Records on September 9th.