The moment I first heard Clare Maguire was a moment of music awe. It was a live performance of her track Ain’t Nobody and it was just breathtaking to hear her powerful voice that never once faltered and the performance just delivered all the emotion and strength in that song. She was poised for big things back in 2008 when she signed one of the most lucrative record deals for a new artist with Polydor and the debut album in 2011 was well received. And while 4 years ago might not seem like that long ago, so much shit has happen to Maguire that it’s really such a treat to hear new music from her. She like all young pop artists are taken advantage of by the record label and forced to not only produce the music they want but also portray the image they want as well. She took a break from social media and the spotlight while she dealt with personal problems and I think she really needed that break from the spotlight and the prodding of her former record label. Continue reading
Producer Alan Wilkis best known for his work as BIG DATA is getting ready to release his newest album 2.0 on March 24th. His first track Snowed In featured Rivers Cuomo of Weezer and his second track features none other than the amazing English vocal powerhouse Jamie Lidell. The second single Clean is unlike most of BIG DATA or Jamie Lidell’s usual productions and just slightly more mainstream pop along the style of One Republic or Adam Levine, nevertheless this track made our day. Continue reading →
If there is one band to look out for in 2015 it is Californian duo XYLØ. Chase and Paige Duddy’s debut single America is a dark pop executed right. It’s slow and everything from the vocals to the beat is calculated and purposeful. Some might draw comparison to Broods or Banks but make no mistake this duo is distinctly their own. The lyrics are beautiful and precise to capture the feeling as Paige describes as ” “a love song about a country forcing two people apart.”
The production on this song goes way beyond what you would expect from an indie artist. The music works together in harmonize perfection with the vocals to epitomize the meaning of this track and dark pop as a genre. America is the perfect introduction to a relatively anonymous band(trust us you can barely find anything about them online), the only thing better than this song right now is heading over to their website and getting a free download.
Take a listen below and show them some love while you’re at it:
Marina and The Diamonds has been treating fans with Froot starting late last year, this weekend she gave us the best treat with the acoustic version of her latest release I’m a Ruin. The album version is absolutely exquisite and has nostalgic tones of Fear and Loathing, however this acoustic version is just breathtaking and epitomizes the sentiment of the song.
The song which is about the guilt that comes when you have to hurt someone you love, even though deep down you know its the right thing to do it still doesn’t make it any easier. The stripped down track allows the emotion and honesty in her Marina’s voice to pierce through the production and strike a cord with the listener’s heart. It’s impossible not to feel the pain and love in the words she sings. Continue reading →
Michael Kilbey is a 24 year old indie pop/rock singer from the UK and is well poised to break out big this year. While no newcomer to the music industry, Kilbey has been part of other bands all which have garnered high respect from critics, however late last year this singer/songwriter released his first solo track Indigo.
Indigo is one of those songs that you can listen to on repeat and discover new elements to it. Continue reading →
Dublin based Irish rock band Kodaline stopped by the BBC Radio 1 Live Lounge and they did not disappoint. They performed an excellent mash-up of Ed Sheeran’s Sing and flawlessly incorporated some Taylor Swift and Mark Ronson.
The band was able to make this song their own and perform a cover without it sounding like a karaoke version. This performance has us even more excited for the band’s latest album Coming Up for Air which is due out on iTunes February 10th.
Kodaline has been receiving a lot of attention lately with their 2014 track All I Want which resonated with fans and from what we heard off the latest album; these guys still know how to make meaningful music. Check out their cover below and be sure to pre-order the album from iTunes.
With all the news coverage about Whitney Houston’s daughter Bobbi Kristina, we think its only fitting that this week’s Throwback Thursday track goes to My Love is Your Love. This track was from the album of the same name which was released back in 1998. The album received rave reviews from everyone, it was a turning point for Whitney, this album showcased a more mature, wounded, and stronger female artist. This particular track feature a very young Bobbi Kristina providing endearing vocals.
We do hope for the best for Bobbi Kristina and we would like to dedicate this track to her.
There seems to be an influx of great new music coming out of Netherlands…could Netherlands be the new Sweden as a source for refreshing new music?
We’ve already introduced to Sumera and now we have PXLFEVER to bring to the spotlight. This a self described band of four guys in a basement; Jasper, Marijn, Robert and Tom who work together to create a fusion of indie folk/pop music. Their debut track Overload is a mix between Bon Iver and Alt-J, and they’ve been making music for over 2 years now but only recently released their first track. Continue reading →
Mt. Wolf in December 2013 announced they were splitting up citing “creative differences” but maybe that was just a cover while they spent the last year creating something absolutely amazing and something that could have only come from the creative minds of Mt. Wolf.
This Guernsey, Dorset and Brighton band hit the scene with the release of their first EP ‘Life Size Ghosts’ in 2012 and successfully followed up with ‘Hypolight’ in 2013. They’ve released a brand new single Red and it’s the kind of song that you just want to have on repeat over and over again. Continue reading →
American Pie is from folk rock singer songwriter legend Don McLean. In the winter of 1972 this song spent four weeks at number one. Any one can tell you the line “The Day the Music Died” was in reference to the death of rock & roll icon Buddy Holly. However, the rest of the lyrics from this over eight minute track have been interpreted by fans and critics alike for the last 43 years, and McLean himself has never really commented on the meaning behind the lyrics. Continue reading →