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Dumblonde

Dumblonde

Remember when Danity Kane reunited? And then there were four…then threethen none

Aubrey O’Day and Shannon Bex aren’t going to let a little drama get in the way of their creativity.

Less than a year after Danity Kane’s second breakup, the ladies will henceforth be known as Dumblonde, an “independent alternative Dance/Pop duo,” according to their website.

The announcement continues, “Their indie pop debut has strong dance and alternative influences reminiscent of acts like The Ting Tings, and La Roux. The combination of their iconic blonde appeal, transcendent harmonies and powerful stage presence is a style unique only to Dumblonde.”

Oh, boy.

I’m all for this if they can actually deliver on this sound AND stay together. So far there is no official release date for any new music.

Still, I really feel like Aubrey O’Day should be going on Marriage Bootcamp with Dawn Richard instead of her boyfriend Travis Garland. Since you obviously don’t have to be married to be on the show, I’ve decided I’m much more invested in getting Danity Kane back together than I am about Aubrey and Travis as a couple.

Fifth Harmony in "Worth It" video

Fifth Harmony in “Worth It” video

Fifth Harmony took home the Favorite New Artist award last night at the Kid’s Choice Awards and debuted the video for their latest single “Worth It.”

The song finds the ladies listing out their demands to their men over a twerk-ready production. Kid Ink also contributes to the Reflection single.

The video features short clips of the girls dancing (likely because they’re not that good at dancing), along with them being stock market Bo$$es (sorry).

The feminist theme of the video is sure to spark a few debates, but Lauren is wearing a 90s choker, so the good news is that trend is officially making a comeback. Continue reading

Instagram

Instagram

Jhene Aiko is known for singing about love. From self love to the trials that come with the emotional feeling, the singer is always exploring it’s nuances but in a new release she’s not interested in “love,” just sex.

Jhene Aiko’s “Living Room Flow” isn’t touching on anything new for the singer. In “Bed Peace,” she sings “We make love and then we f*ck and then you give me my space.” But, in that song, the thought is fleeting. In this new release, it’s the basis of the entire song.

“I don’t want your heart or your love, just do what you do to my body,” she sings.

It’s not as good as anything on Souled Out, but it’s a nice treat for fans that have been supporting the rising star. Continue reading

MNEK

MNEK

One kiss can change everything.

MNEK capitalizes on this concept with his latest release “Suddenly,” a sparse ballad about the singer falling hard after one makeout session.

We already knew MNEK has a beautiful voice from hearing stripped down versions of songs such as “Ready For Your Love” and “Don’t Call This Love,” but “Suddenly” is different. The track, which overflows with harmonies and layers, is one of the simpler productions we’ve heard from the rising talent thus far.

The cut is one of the songs featured on his forthcoming EP Small Talk, available on iTunes in the U.S. on March 27. Continue reading

Florrie covers Taylor Swift's "Style"

Florrie covers Taylor Swift’s “Style”

Florrie still hasn’t released her debut album yet, but she’s holding fans over with yet another cover.

I posted her cover of Keisza’s “Giant In My Heart” a while back and now the English singer is taking on Taylor Swift’s “Style.”

The acoustic cover is sweet but it lacks anything special to make it stand out. Especially against this popular cover of the Harry Styles-inspired song.

Still, the new cover is a great reason to revisit the singer/drummer’s “Little White Lies” which is still as catchy as it was when she premiered it last summer, or the more recent “Too Young Too Remember“. Continue reading

India Shawn in "Floating Away" vidro

India Shawn in “Floating Away” vidro

India Shawn and James Fauntleroy’s “Floating Away” isn’t new, but the sweet track still packs the same emotional punch it did when I first heard it about a year ago.

So, imagine my delight when the collaborators not only dropped a video for the stunning single last week, but also released a joint EP titled ‘Outer Limits.’ I posted the equally amazing followup “One Sun” last week and it’s been on repeat ever since. Now I have six other songs to get acquainted (and possibly obsessed) with.

I haven’t given ‘Outer Limits’ a thorough listen yet, but the project is up on Soundcloud and you can check it out there.

As far as the video for Floating Away,” Shawn shows off her ballet skills for the simplistic visuals. Check it out below. Continue reading

Kelela in "A Message" video

Kelela in “A Message” video

Kelela cuts her dreads in the music video for her latest release “A Message.”

The moody production, a collaboration with Venezuelan producer Arca, will make fans of the singer pretty happy. The song fits into the singer’s style of music, featuring an abundance of layers and Kelela singing in her head voice without feeling too much like her previous releases.

The song is the first offering from Hallucinogen, an EP that will feature six songs that were originally intended for Kelela’s debut album Cut 4 Me, according to Pigeons and Planes. The project is scheduled for a May 5 release.

I almsot hate to make this comparison, but does this new song and video remind anyone else of FKA Twigs? Both women are two of my favorite new artists to come on the scene in recent years.

Listen to “A Message” below and share your thoughts in the comments. Continue reading

Wicked Awesome

Wicked Awesome

If you’re like me you revisit Kid Cudi songs like “Soundtrack to My Life” when you’re having a bad day. My favorite thing about Cudi is the fact that he doesn’t hide his personal battles. He shares them through his music and in doing so he helps those of us that can relate.

He does this once again with the release of “love.” Apparently the new release is an old throwaway song from his Satellite Flight: The Journey to Mother Moon sessions.

“I am happy to be alive,” the track begins before Cudi shares some words of encouragement over a Ratatat sample (“Sunblocks”) and Dot Da Genius production.

“Don’t be so down, come on young homie. You’ll be OK, you’ll find real love. All of the stories the hero gets lonely. Now is the time to show what you’re made of,” he sings in the hook.

And, suddenly, I need to go listen to Cudi’s old albums. Continue reading

Island

Island

There’s really only one version of Nick Jonas’ “Chains” that you should concern yourself with. And it’s not the new remix with Jhene Aiko, although her sexy new verse is a nice addition to the track.

The best version is actually Jonas’ recent performance of the single on The Tonight Show and it has nothing to do with the singer’s vocal performance (which is pretty mediocre) and everything to do with his backup dancers/percussionists.

Aiko’s verse on the song’s remix does mirror the ladies’ choreography, however, in that it’s quite sensual despite the original song being about feeling weighed down by a significant other. Niko takes the “chain” metaphor and adds a little kinkiness to the meaning (word to 50 Shades of Grey).

It’s not nearly as catchy as “Jealous,” but it’s still worth a few plays. Continue reading

School Boy/Interscope Records

School Boy/Interscope Records


The campaign for justice for Carly Rae Jepsen has officially begun.

The “Call Me Maybe” singer is finally ready to return to the pop world that completely disregarded her really really good sophomore album Kiss.

“I Really Like You” is a repetitive synth-pop number (“I really really really really really really like you”) in the same vein as Jepsen’s previous releases. It’s jubilant. It’s carefree. It’s childish.

I promise you it will be stuck in your head with just one listen.

Now, let’s just hope the follow up and the album builds on this sound and proves that the singer has what it takes to make people pay attention. Continue reading

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