Will.i.am has released a new interactive music video for “The world is Crazy” off his 2013 #willpower album. The Touchcast video is a newscast with WIl.i.am as a newscaster mothing out the lyrics to his song. As the stories of, Eric Garner, protest, and climate change paly on the screen the viewer is able to click or touch the story which directs them to a hyper link of the specific image. This new technology can give new meaning to “protest music” and shed light on things other than big butts and boat loads of money. In an interview with Rolling Stone, Will.i.am uses Bob Marley as an example to the type of music that would have greatly benefited from this the technology. “I wish I could see exactly what Bob Marley was talking about. If he was to have these tools today, he would’ve shown you all the trials and tribulations that he was talking about in the songs.”
The video can be seen on i.am/NEWS or it can be downloaded on the iTunes app store.
This will be a popular series I will begin posting, as I will pick a new artist each week. This week’s artist is CHVRCHES.
The premise behind this idea is that I will recommend new artists for you to listen to based on the original band posted. So in this post I will give you new recommendations that are similar to the sound and style of CHVRCHES. CHVRCHES is an electro-synth-pop band, whose single “The Mother We Share,” is still talking over airwaves. Soon enough their song, “Gun,” will join it on the top charts.
So now to the recommendations:
1) MS MR, a duo from New York, has the same vibe to them as CHVRCHES has. The vocals and composition by Lizzy are beautiful. The lyrics and composition of their single “Hurricane,” are much darker than CHVRCHES, and its evident without the bright synths. But nonetheless phenomenal. I suggest listening to “Hurricane,” and “Bones,” both dark but yet both beautiful when it comes to talent and storytelling.
2) BANKS, a signee of Capitol Records, fresh of her debut album Goddess is making listeners turn heads. “Beggin For Thread,” is a combination of MS MR and CHVRCHES. The storytelling and artistry behind it is similar to MS MR’s style, and the instrumentation is more similar to CHVRCHES. I’ve probably have played her new album over 30 times so far since its release. The second song I suggest listening to is “Warm Water.” It’s a very popular track for DJ’s to remix and for good reasons; her vocals in this song are breathtaking. Less instrumentation in this song, which has a “stripped down” vibe to it, where you need to listen to the vocals and the story being told.
3) Grimes, a Canadian producer as well as artist, takes the chilling vocals that are similar from each band so far listed, but combines it with driving drums, and hints of EDM in her work. “Go,” has a lot of the EDM feel to it, but only when the chorus comes in. Other than that part of the song, it sounds more like a faster pace BANKS. “Genesis” has a lot less of an EDM feel to it. This song makes me feel like all time around me has sped up, and I’m in slo-mo just floating there, watching everything happen normally. No idea why I feel that way, but I close my eyes and that’s what I feel. But the beauty is there’s no right answer. Close your eyes and listen to “Genesis” yourself, and see what it feels like to you!
I’m in love with female vocalists. Radio will usually only play normal pop, cookie-cutter songs with female vocals. Nothing dark, nothing experimental, nothing true. I could sit here and submerge myself into my own thoughts to music like this, but still be able to have a smile on my face and be happy while listening! Let me know what you think of these artists, and here is the Spotify playlist for you to check out!
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!
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.
Brooklyn based rapper Theophilius London has released his new single, “Tribes” feat. Jessie Boykins III. The two minute track produced by Brodinski and Club Cheval is the the first single off his forthcoming album, “Vibes!” which is set to release later this fall. The release of “Tribes” comes days after London released the cover art for his album. The cover art was created with the help of non other than the legendary Karl Legerfeld of Chanel.
If the art direction and new single are any indicators of what’s to come, we can surely anticipate seeing more of TL in the upcoming seasons!
Images via nextmanagement.com and wordpress.com
“Midway upon the journey of our life I found myself within a forest dark, for the straightforward pathway had been lost.”
The iconic words of Dante’s Inferno appear at the beginning of Grimes new music video, “Go” Ft. Blood Diamond. Grimes also known as Claire Boucher originally wrote the song for Rihanna but after she declined, Boucher reclaimed it as her own. “Go” was her first song in two years which released in June as part of her forthcoming EP. The song reached over 1.5 million plays on Soundcloud and now the video that was produced by Boucher and her brother Mac (Roco-Prime) is making a splash with its dark post-apocalyptic/ 90’s fisheye theme.
In her post on tumblr Gimes explains her video, “It’s supposed to be dante’s inferno (abstractly), different layers of hell etc. super visually inspired by like x men, metal gear, dune. haha, maybe thats too all over the place and doesn’t make sense, but yea, enjoy!”
UK group Bastille has been busy touring after their recent success of their singles “Pompeii” and “Bad Blood”. Hitting almost every festival in the circuit and still having 33 dates left, it’s nothing short of a great feat that the band has managed to release a new single and music video for “Bad News”.
The video features front man Dan Smith, walking down an empty corridor as different scenes that can only be described as grainy clips from something out of the twilight zone. Complete with cartoons, children, cops, clowns, and a floating mouth singing the song,
Bad News is a new song from the forthcoming EP Oblivion and it is set to release September 8th but it is available for pre-order on shop.virginemi.com.
On Monday, Taylor Swift released the album cover for her new album “1989″ during the highly anticipated live stream on Yahoo! The album is available for pre-order as a download or physical copy on Taylorswift.com however, the album itself won’t hit stores until October 27th. The CD version will include bonus songs and three “voice memo” that she recorded on her phone. if that wasn’t already a jammed packed live stream, Swift made sure that a picture wasn’t the only things she showed her fans. Along side the album cover, Swift also dropped the first video of the album “Shake It Off”.
The light hearted video pay tribute to the different dance forms, everything from a cheerleader to hip- hop to beatnik and everything in between, while jokingly poking fun at herself.