azealia_banks

Azealia Banks – The Big Big Beat

"The Big Big Beat" is Azealia Banks at her most undeniable: Her bars are out for blood and zoned-in, matching the vigor of a pounding beat behind her, listing off all the ways she's better than you before a characteristically excellent vocal run. Like the confident club visions of 2012's Fantasea outfitted in the incandescence of Broke With Expensive Taste's "Miss Amor," "The Big Big Beat" is in-your-face impressive, filled with the kind of lush braggadocio the 24-year-old rapper has cut down to a formula. View More Azealia Banks – The Big Big Beat
kristin kontrol

Kristin Kontrol – X-Communicate

Kristin Kontrol represents not so much an artistic pivot as a quantum leap for Kristin "Dee Dee" Welchez, formerly of Dum Dum Girls. Where that project channeled the peppy vocal harmonies and thwacked tambourines of '60s girl groups, Kristin Kontrol fast-forwards two decades and then blasts into the stratosphere from there. Eighties synth-pop provides the foundation for "X-Communicate," the first single from her upcoming LP; the springy cushion of bass arpeggios, synth pads, and ringing guitars smartly borrows from Hi-NRG acts like Evelyn Thomas and Bananarama as well as sleek, wavy brooders like New Order and Pet Shop Boys. But the results are far too opulent to scan as merely retro. If "X-Communicate" were a look on "Project Runway," it'd find Nina Garcia gushing about how expensive it sounds. View More Kristin Kontrol – X-Communicate
Atlas Bound

Atlas Bound – Lullaby

Lullaby is the newest song from Atlas Bound, an australian band with 2 members Adrian Kalcic and Will Taylor, that currently releasing on LA based Next Wave Records, the duo have amounted million’s plays on Soundcloud and featured on youtube blogs including La Belle Musique and The Sound You Need. They have been featured in Spotify’s ‘One’s to watch’ playlist as well as front page Itunes.  View More Atlas Bound – Lullaby
duke dumont

Duke Dumont – Ocean Drive

Ocean Drive is a good House song from Duke Dumont (on his real name: Adam George Dyment), who is an English DJ and deep house producer. He is best known for the singles "Need U (100%)", "I Got U" and "Won't Look Back" which both reached number 1 and 2 in the UK Singles Chart respectively. This song and video is about the Ocean Drive attractions, from South Beach neighborhood of Miami Beach. View More Duke Dumont – Ocean Drive
Beyonce

Beyonce – Formation

Beyonce creating work that speaks to an audience like "Formation " that might not receive the sort of mainstream, visually and sonically-enticing wisdom that Bey has perfected. This reality has never been more evident than on “Formation,” her latest off-kilter, even downright weird trap track that dropped on Saturday afternoon. View More Beyonce – Formation
chelsea wolfe

Chelsea Wolfe – I Love You All the Time (Eagles of Death Metal Cover)

After Eagles of Death Metal's November 13 show at Le Bataclan in Paris became the site of a horrific terrorist attack, it’s been impossible to think of the band without conjuring thoughts of that previously unthinkable violence. Since then, the group's done interviews about that night and been included in countless news stories. They were nominated for a Brit award. They're likely haunted by ghosts. They've also been asking musicians to cover "I Love You All the Time," a song from their last album Zipper Down, with proceeds going to the Sweet Stuff Foundation's "Play It Forward" campaign, which aids victims of the attacks. It was likely chosen because the song includes a few lines of French ("Ce soir c'est le soir et toi avec moi/ Et tu viens me voir, tu viens ouh la la,"etc.), but also because its themes are universal, and easily adaptable (such as the song's title). So far the people who've tackled it include Florence and the Machine, Savages, My Morning Jacks, Kings of Leon, Jimmy Eat World, Pearl Jam's Matt Cameron, and Nada Surf. Nobody has so thoroughly transformed "I Love You All the Time" as successfully as Chelsea Wolfe. Her deep, eerie half-speed version loses the original’s party-time feel; instead, we’re offered a gorgeous, melancholic late-night incantation. (In a way, it's reminiscent of "The Waves Have Come," Wolfe's Pain Is Beauty ballad inspired by the 2011 magnitude-9 earthquake and subsequent tsunami that devastated Japan, which she wrote from the perspective of someone surviving a disaster.) In Wolfe's "I Love You All the Time," the lines "I'm never alone, I look at my phone/ If I call you up, you're never at home" become especially heartbreaking. The repeated "I would beg if I thought it would make you stay" take on an entirely new meaning, a last grasp at life in the face of an inevitable, unexpected death. In remaking of the track, she found a way to own it. View More Chelsea Wolfe – I Love You All the Time (Eagles of Death Metal Cover)