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Jess Glynne in “Real Love” video

Jess Glynne in “Real Love” video

Jess Glynne has had great success teaming up with acts like Clean Bandit. Songs such as “Real Love” and “Rather Be” have been major hits, but now she’s proving she’s just as capable of making a solid pop single all on her own.

“Hold My Hand” features a light and bouncy refrain and uplifting lyrics on top of horns riffs and a piano melody.

The song doesn’t have the instant grab of songs like “Rather Be,” but it’s a great offering that should get people excited for the singer’s future releases. Continue reading

Simco Ltd.

Simco Ltd.

Fifth Harmony has been on a roll when it comes to picking singles. “Sledgehammer” is an irresistible pop song and now they’ve delivered “Worth It,” which will be a nice song for the clubs.

The ladies tapped Kid Ink for the future twerk anthem and they’ve latched onto last year’s saxophone trend to make sure they get everyone’s attention.

“Worth It” doesn’t offer anything new, but it doesn’t have to. If you’re out with friends and you have a drink in your hand when the hook drops you won’t really care, to be honest.

The former X Factor contestants will release their debut album on Feb. 3. The album features previously released songs such as “Bo$$,” “Them Girls Be Like” and “Sledgehammer.” Continue reading

Majid Jordan in “A Place Like This” video

Majid Jordan in “A Place Like This” video

Majid Jordan’s visuals for their EP A Place Like This have been pretty interesting thus far and their latest offering continues that trend.

The duo stays in the background for the “Forever” video, however, which focuses on a dancer who shows off his skills in a laundromat, subway and various other places around town.

The constant movement in the video encompasses the restless feel of the production without overshadowing it.

According to Rap-Up, Majid Jordan is currently working on a full-length album. Continue reading

GRL in "Lighthouse" video

GRL in “Lighthouse” video

If you don’t want to begin your morning in tears, I suggest you come back to this later on in the day.

GRL member Simone Battle’s suicide last year was easily one of the saddest moments musically of 2014, but the remaining members are using the falling star’s tragic death to power a beautiful movement.

GRL Gives An Hour is a campaign the ladies have started to bring awareness to mental health. They say the campaign will begin in March.

But, in a way, their work has already begun. The ladies released a music video for their song “Lighthouse” yesterday and it features video of Battle with her family and friends. Oftentimes she is smiling and seemingly enjoying life and it’s a startling reminder that just because someone appears to be okay, it doesn’t mean they aren’t hurting on the inside.

The remaining members sing the beautiful song in a dark room, illuminated by light bulbs.

Tribute aside, it’s a solid song with an uplifting message. But, with the added meaning behind it, it’s sure to mean much more to their fans.
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Jarell Perry

Jarell Perry

“Living loud is lonely. I just want the quiet life.”

Jarell Perry had a pretty good years last year. His original song, “Win,” landed in the trailer for the film Addicted and he dropped a stunning cover of Drake’s “Own It.” He’s still not nearly as known as he should be, but if he keeps delivering noteworthy content, he will be soon.

His latest offering, “Quiet Life,” was described as a “dark ballad for homesick youth in pursuit of passion and fame” in a press release, but anyone can relate to Perry’s need for simplicity in world where everything seems to move too fast.

The minimalist production, the work of APSPDR+ (SZA), is matched by Perry’s simple, repetitive lyrics and the song never really builds, but it’s relatable.

If you’re feeling overwhelmed, it’s definitely worth a listen. Continue reading

FKA Twigs in "Pendulum" video

FKA Twigs in “Pendulum” video

I didn’t do end-of-the-year lists on JWS this year but if you were to ask me what my favorite album of 2014 was I would’ve quickly replied: FKA Twig’s LP1.

And if you asked me for a list of my favorite songs from last year I’m certain Twig’s “Pendulum” would’ve shown up somewhere near the top.

Easily.

The song that so effortlessly tangles you in a web of lust and longing now has a music video.

Released today, the video shows Twigs in various states of entanglement, too. At one point she hangs from above, bound by her braids and during another she’s almost completely swallowed by a metallic substance.

It’s interesting. The bondage theme, like much of Twig’s music and visuals, intrigues me so much because she always manages to be sensual without being overtly provocative.

Watch the video for “Pendulum” and share your thoughts below. Continue reading

RCA

RCA

We already knew Mikky Ekko could craft a beautiful melody and lyrics, but his newest offering may be his strongest solo release to date.

Over a steady Blood Diamonds production, Ekko sings of falling in love with a friend in a way that feels especially endearing in “U.”

“It’s a long, long road to love. Show me what it means to take it slowly. Friendship into love takes growing,” he sings as the hook inches along.

The sensual cut is the latest offering from Ekko’s long-awaited debut album Time I’d probably give the album a listen on Jan. 20 based on “U” alone, but coupled with “Smile” and “Mourning Doves,” I’d say I’m more than likely going to purchase it, too. Continue reading

Years & Years cover HAIM's "Don't Save Me"

Years & Years cover HAIM’s “Don’t Save Me”

HAIM’s Days Are Gone cut “Don’t Save Me” has always been one of my favorite offerings from the critically acclaimed album and now Years & Years has given me a reason to me to rekindle my obsession.

The BBC Music Sound of 2015 artists (MNEK got the coveted title last year and is AMAZING) covered the track in BBC Radio 1’s Live Lounge recently and it’s pretty awesome. Olly Alexander’s shaky vocals prove to be the perfect addition to the already emotional song.

So.Many.Feels.

(If you’re looking for new original material from the guys, they released a new single earlier this year. Listen to “King” here.) Continue reading

The Chemists

The Chemists

Anthony Lewis has been on my radar ever since he covered Soul For Real’s 90s hit “Candy Rain,” but, he hasn’t really done anything noteworthy since. (He did drop a mixtape full of uneventful renditions of popular songs such as Rae Sremmurd’s “No Type” and Nick Jonas’ “Jealous,” though.)

Lewis is kicking off 2015 with some new original content, however.

“It’s Not My Fault” isn’t bad. It’s catchy, actually. And, my only real issue is T.I. rapping about his “jackhammer” and getting into a drunk girl’s on a 17-year-old’s song.

That doesn’t sit well with my spirit, but I’m guessing Lewis’ team doesn’t think his fanbase will mind it much.

Regardless, I don’t think this run-of-the-mill R&B single will get as much attention as the “Candy Rain” cover.

Speaking of 90s covers, the teenager did release a decent cover of Mint Condition’s “Breakin’ My Heart (Pretty Brown Eyes)” last month. Continue reading

Betty Who in "All of You" video

Betty Who in “All of You” video

If my boyfriend put me out on the side of the road in the middle of nowhere, I’d definitely be PISSED so I understand Betty who’s anger in her new “All of You” video.

I don’t think her method of getting even is the smartest, though. The singer, accompanied by a masked accomplice, goes rob the store that her lover works at, making off with chips and pictures of the crime.

Her bangs remain in tact the entire video (and really that’s all I care about), but I do think she should’ve gotten even in a way that wouldn’t land her in jail. Just saying… If he’s put you out on the side of the road AND you end up in jail by the end of the night, he kind of wins.

If you haven’t heard “All of You” yet, it’s a carefree pop anthem in a similar vein of “Runaway.”

Young, reckless love really does make for the best pop inspiration, apparently. Continue reading

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