I was looking for new music this weekend and came across Selena Gomez’s Good for You. I normally don’t listen to her music, but thought I would give her a try since I didn’t know if I truly liked her music. The title is what caught my eye originally, but the beat is what kept me listening. There’s a part in all of us that wants to be “good” for our spouse, so why not hear what she has to say about this! The song starts off slow and seductive, then flows into a catchy beat that makes you want to get up and do something. I felt like I was back in highschool again listening to Janet Jackson. Selena did a great job on this song, but beware when watching the video. She’s older and more bolder.
There are new songs being released every week from around the world. It can be hard to monitor and listen to all the great songs being released, so you have to narrow down your choices to 5 particular songs if you are on time constraints. The first song you should pay attention to is “Of Crows and Crowns,” which is sung as a solo by Dustin Kensrue. This is not the first time Kensrue has done a solo record. In 2007 he put out another solo record and in 2013 he did a religious worship album. Kensrue was originally the lead frontman for the music group “Thrice,” but they went hiatus around 2012.
Another song you should look out for is “Let It Happen,” by Tame Impala. This is an unusual single that is not just catchy and radio friendly. It is about 8 minutes long and contains a disco-esque style to the music, which is a change for Tame Impala because there are no guitars. So if you want to see a new version of them, then check out Let It Happen.
Heems, who used to be part of Das Racist, is now going solo. He already released his first solo album “Eat, Pray, Thug.” The hip hop star is tackling some tough topics, especially in his newest solo “Sometimes.” This is a plethora of his samples that focuses mainly on race and identity issues. These topics likely derived from his own mixed background where he felt insecure about his own identity. You will hear plenty of references to old school hip hop and some Gordon Voidwell beats as well.
Waste the Alphabet by Dick Diver is a sweet rock song that is pleasant to the ears. The lyrics are clever to the point where they will remind you of Elvis Costello. Dick Diver is a band based in Melbourne Australia and they are about to release a full length album in the United States. The album is entitled “Melbourne, Florida” gives off a fabulous impression to their new audience and fan base. Waste the Alphabet will surely be on the top of their list.
Tranquility by Matthew E. White was released about one year after the sudden death of actor Phillip Seymour Hoffman. The song was written and performed as a tribute to the late actor. Matthew E. White was inspired by Hoffman’s work and the song is more of a mournful song in his honor. You can find this song in his new record called Fresh Blood.
Charlotte OC whose real name is Charlotte Mary O’Connor is a British singer and songwriter. In just a short period of time she has already blossomed with her music and has caught an international fan base. She has also been chosen to appear on the Communion New Faces tour. The British entertainment website, Digital Spy, even described her as the “one to watch.”
Charlotte recently released her newest EP called “Burning,” which you can buy now on online and in music stores worldwide. Her music is a nice blend of sensual pop with Berghain techno. Clash Magazine is premiering a brand new remix of her other work “If My House Was Burning,” which will bring Charlotte onto the dance floor and bringing a whole new beauty to the electronic edges of her music. A musical duo from Hastings named “Folded like Fabric” will be conducting most of the reworking of the song while retaining the same emotional delivery of the singer.
Charlotte has had a bumpy ride towards fame. When she was in her teens she got signed by the popular record label “Columbia,” by was later dropped by them. She eventually picked herself back up with her debut EP that was released by Stranger Records called “Colour My Heart.” In 2014, she had the opportunity to play on stage at the T in the Park festival for “BBC Introducing,” which represents new musical talent across the United Kingdom who is often independent or self signed. This performance led to her next EP release “Strange,” which was backed by the American music company “Harvest Records” and the British company “Polydor.”
Charlotte has a passion for electronic music, which was her main influence before getting into the music business. She particularly loved the electronic music she heard in Berghain, which is a club in Berlin. Her parents also helped influence her by surrounding her with soul music and folk music for a majority of her childhood. Some of her most notable influences are Billie Holiday, Lou Reed, Marvin Gaye, Leonard Cohen, and Alicia Keys.
Charlotte has been actively singing and writing songs in the mainstream market since 2012. In such a short time, she has already signed with three record labels and grown a worldwide audience that loves her music. Her soft voice mixed with electronic tones is surely easy to be taken in by. She may not be at superstar status yet, but if her popularity continues to grow as it is then she may very well be soon.
Something about this song gets stuck in my head. I can’t tell if it is the melodic rhythm of Diplo and his metronome style–Skrillex spilling the bass like sips of honey–or Bieber offering a subtle hints of soul. For whatever reason, I think this new single has potential to become an anthem this summer. The beat is hot like the summer sun and the lyrics keep it cool enough to shout out to the ladies.
Whether you love Bieber or not–this single is a hit. I look forward to see what else comes from this new chapter.
“Mona Lisa”is the first single from the new album. It starts off with some background noise and finger-snapping along with a little band hum. Then the song kicks in with a snaky guitar line and a solid rhythm section. Armstrong gets to have a lot of fun with her vocals on this track. And while this is a good choice for a single, I would have followed “Something Good” with this and used it as the second single.
“Something Good”is not the first single off of the album but it should be. Seems tailor-made for radio with a chorus that will quickly get stuck in your brain and verses that are begging to be sung along with. The production is clean and the music is very straightforward.
Dead Sara have been highlighted by me previously, and they just released their second album “Pleasure To Meet You”. The band, evoking shades of Hole, Sleater-Kinney and L7 play straightforward guitar driven rock. The band comparisons are mostly due to vocalist/guitarist Emily Armstrong and guitarist Siouxsie Medley – you don’t see too many female-fronted rock bands. The L.A.-based group is rounded out by Chris Null on bass and Sean Friday on the drum kit. Armstrong is aperfect vocalist for this type of music. Her voice is strong and passionate with a wide range, and she also brings a nice rasp to her vocals. The urgency and passion she performs with is engaging and infectious. She is definitely one of my favorite vocalists currently performing.
The band’s new album is not a sophomore letdown. I think it says a lot when you listen through the entire album and you’re surprised how quickly you reach the end. The 11 tracks roll through briskly and while there are some definite highlights, there are no duds to be found. I really hope this band continues to build in popularity because they deserve it. They have already earned praise from many the industry including Courtney Love who asked Armstrong to sing on a Hole album, Grace Slick who stated Armstrong is the most exciting vocalist out there right now and Dave Grohl who said “Dead Sara should be the next biggest rock band in the world”. When Dead Sara toured with Muse in 2013, Chicago Music Monthly stated “Dead Sara is an example of everything that is right with rock and roll. Their live show is one that will NOT be forgotten for hundreds of Muse fans seeing them for the first time.” If you’re in the mood for some fun, high energy music, try streaming some Dead Sara!
A haunting song with an equally haunting music video. It begins with finding love then losing it. It deals with the emotions felt after losing a loved one; the confusion, guilt, anger, and much more. In the song he describes the love as dead while the music video has a man missing while his love tries to deal with it remembering their past love and struggles. The video has a surprising ending that you will have to see yourself. The quality of this song and its video are undeniable and the rest of the album promises to be the same.
Winter highlights some big guitar sound from Malone as the track starts off. The first minute is just Malone’s guitar and Adebimpe’s vocals, until a simple drum beat kicks in with some heavy underlying bass. The underlying elements sound simple, but as the song evolves it sounds much bigger than its parts.
Could You features what I find to be very upbeat music; I hear underlying tones of optimism on this track. You’ll hear some good vocal interplay between Adebimpe’s lead vocals and Malone’s background work. There’s also some nice horns in the background during the chorus that add some punch to the song.