Posts Tagged ‘Pop’

AUBERGINE MACHINE

By: Caitlin Hoffman
For BiggerThanBeyonce.Com

Aubergine Machine. Low-tempo, tranced, sweet. I listened to Sundown this morning, 7:32 AM with not a streak of light outside, anticipating cold and feeling considerably useless.

Aubergine Machine changed everything. Suddenly I was less alone.

I don’t think I could dance to them but I sure the fuck could sway. They are music for meditation. Waking up and living.

Shanti’s voice is a rippling peak, devastating and free. She cites influences such as Santigold (awesome!), Vampire Weekend, and No Doubt. This combined with producer Ian Carey’s undeniable experience, and the results are delicious.

CHER LLOYD RELEASES THE BEST POP TRACK OF HER CAREER #HUMAN

By: Rob Brayl
For BiggerThanBeyonce.Com

It’s been almost three years since Cher Lloyd released her rambunctious debut album and regardless of sales or chart positions, her brand new sophomore release, Sorry I’m Late, is no fall from grace. In fact, this is a more polished, mature Lloyd, and the album is a solid piece of popography from an artist whose talent is apparent and evolving.

This is an album you want to buy. The track Human alone is worth the money. It sits on top of the heap as one of the best pop tracks released in 2014 and certainly the best in Lloyd’s career. Yes, I said it.

A+

POP TITILLATION: ROBYN + RÖYKSOPP

By: Rob Brayl
For BiggerThanBeyonce.Com

Ring the alarm! On May 26th, Scandinavian pop heavyweights Robyn + Röyksopp will release a collaborative mini-album entitled Do It Again. And if the lead single (of the same name) is any indication of what to expect, we’re in for something spectacular. But again, not that surprising considering the fact that Robyn is known for crafting some of the most intelligent, infectious, thought-provoking pop of our time.

Robyn and the Norwegian pair will also titillate audiences this summer on the Do It Again tour. Yes, titillate.

Can’t wait!

Listen to the first release below. Hashtag I freakin’ love Robyn!

IGGY

By: Rob Brayl
For BiggerThanBeyonce.Com

Young rapper of the moment, Iggy Azalea, is out with her full-length debut The New Classic. The 23-year-old may be Australian, but judging by her Southern drawl, new listeners might mistake her for a girl from the streets of Atlanta, an obvious influence of her sound built from a mixture of Southern hip hop and T.I., who is often credited for mentoring her to stardom.

And although the album is getting mixed reviews, through 15 pop-coated tracks, Iggy makes her mark in a male-dominated field.

Walk The Line, the sparked-up opener, is a personal favorite.

Take a listen below.

[Related Post: Epic Combo: Iggy Azalea Feat. T.I.]

ON HEAVY ROTATION: PLUMB – ‘DON’T DESERVE YOU’

By: Rob Brayl
For BiggerThanBeyonce.Com

You’re the first face that I see
And the last thing I think about
You’re the reason that I’m alive
You’re what I can’t live without
You’re what I can’t live without

You never give up
When I’m falling apart
Your arms are always open wide
And you’re quick to forgive
When I make a mistake
You love me in the blink of an eye

I don’t deserve your love
But you give it to me anyway
Can’t get enough
You’re everything I need
And when I walk away
You take off running and come right after me
It’s what you do
And I don’t deserve you

You’re the light inside my eyes
You give me a reason to keep trying
You give me more than I could dream
And you bring me to my knees
You bring me to my knees

Your heart is gold and how am I the one
That you’ve chosen to love
I still can’t believe that you’re right next to me
After all that I’ve done

I don’t deserve your love
But you give it to me anyway
Can’t get enough
You’re everything I need
And when I walk away
You take off running and come right after me
It’s what you do
And I don’t deserve you

I don’t deserve a chance like this
I don’t deserve a love that gives me everything
You’re everything I want

I don’t deserve your love
But you give it to me anyway
Can’t get enough
You’re everything I need
And when I walk away
You take off running and come right after me
It’s what you do
And I don’t deserve you
And I don’t deserve you

[Related Post: Plumbness]

NEW ADDICTION: TOVE LO #TRUTHSERUM

By: Rob Brayl
For BiggerThanBeyonce.Com

Swedish singer-songwriter Tove Lo is a grenade waiting to explode.

Nearly a year after dropping the addictive Habits, Tove Lo is poised for a U.S. breakthrough following the recent release of her debut EP Truth Serum. The title couldn’t be more fitting as the EP explores the explicit aftermath of a breakup. What’s great about Tove Lo, besides her obvious taste in creating stellar pop music, is her ability to be completely raw and honest with lyrics that sting.

Truth Serum is straight-up pop gold.

Tove Lo is set to take the EP center stage, making her New York concert debut on April 24th at Neon Gold’s Popshop showcase, held at The Westway, a former strip club.

Be on the lookout for more Tove Lo later this year as she preps the release of her full-length debut for Island Def Jam.

Tove Lo overload below!



NEW KYLIE IS MANDATORY #KISSMEONCE

By: Rob Brayl
For BiggerThanBeyonce.Com

Kylie Minogue is a goddess. This is not up for debate. Not only does she look better than most of her younger contemporaries, she has consistently delivered quality dance-pop since the late 80s. And on top of that, her taste level is unbeatable, delivering visual goods without pretense.

If you’re looking for a great new pop record, Kylie’s new album (Kiss Me Once) is mandatory.

Check out the video treatment for the lead single, Into The Blue, below.

GALANTIS

By: Rob Brayl
For BiggerThanBeyonce.Com

Galantis gives good electro-pop. Composed of Christian Karlsson (of Miike Snow) + Linus Eklow (aka Style Of Eye), the duo blend indie pop aesthetics with subtle dance beats.

Their instantly buzzed-about sound doesn’t come as a surprise though, since Karlsson is not only a part of indie band Miike Snow but also one half of production duo Bloodshy & Avant, who have helped morph new sounds for pop heavyweights Madonna and Britney Spears. Eklow also co- wrote and produced Icona Pop’s international No. 1 smash I Love It ft. Charli XCX.

Their self-titled EP will be released via Big Beat/Atlantic on April 1st.

Listen to the just-released Help below.

KANDACE SPRINGS

By: Rob Brayl
For BiggerThanBeyonce.Com

Q: What happens when you mix blues with a fresh old-school hip hop beat?
A: Capitol/Bluenote Records’ newest major label darling, Kandace Springs.

Currently hard at work on her newest album, Kandace has enlisted a team of experts: Pop+Oak (credits include: Alicia Keys/Rihanna), Matt Hales of Lianne De Havas fame, and Dre Harris.

Also with hands on the project, Evan Rogers & Carl Sturken, who gave Rihanna a shot at stardom years ago.

Her debut single Love Got In The Way is a pop-friendly introduction to the up & comer, meshing Kandace’s own style with the influence of Erykah Badu and Norah Jones. The track comes complete with a new official video that’s cool without pretense.

Check it!

#LOVEJO

By: Rob Brayl
For BiggerThanBeyonce.Com


We’ve never been shy when it comes to proclaiming our love for pop/r&b songstress JoJo. Now free from her former deal with Blackground Records, the 23-year-old is giving us a box of chocolates in the form of a free EP called #LoveJo.

In lieu of Valentine’s Day, the 4-track compilation tackles the theme of love in true JoJo fashion – melding sleek hip hop soul with sultry modern pop.

Aside from the intro + an unexpected gospel tune entitled Glory, JoJo covers two classic songs – Take Me Home by Phil Collins and Caught Up in the Rapture by Anita Baker.

All in all, as usual, JoJo delivers the vocal chills with ease.

Listen to JoJo’s modern take on Phil Collins below.

[Related Post: JoJo Goes “Genreless”]

POPPING COLLARS WITH KATE MILLER #BUZZWORTHY

By: Rob Brayl
For BiggerThanBeyonce.Com

Move over Lorde!

19-year-old singer/songwriter Kate Miller is a hidden gem waiting to burst. Like cotton candy, the broodingly infectious Collar Up was instantly satisfying when I discovered it a few hours ago.

I’ve literally played this song on a loop ever since.

Listen to the kick ass Collar Up by Kate Miller below.

MOXI PREMIERES ‘IN MY DREAMS’ VIDEO

By: Rob Brayl
For BiggerThanBeyonce.Com

Nearly a year ago, we placed an #ArtistToWatch spotlight on LA based creation Moxi and the wondrously hypnotic Terrible Disguise. Now, Moxi has released a new music video for track In My Dreams which is just an endearing and genuine.

Comprised of singer-songwriter Anna Nelson, multi-instrumentalist Andy Toy, Bobby Hartry and Blaine Stark on guitars, and Paul Doyle on drums, Moxi’s bare approach to capturing a sound is delicate and ethereal.

Moxi’s EP In My Dreams was released February 12th, 2013 via CatBeach Music and is available now.

Watch the video for In My Dreams below.

GAVIN

By: Rob Brayl
For BiggerThanBeyonce.Com

Seeing Gavin DeGraw recently perform at VH1’s Super Bowl Blitz reminded me of: A. his ability to rock out live, and B. what an awesome singer/songwriter he is.

Following sets by J. Cole, Janelle Monae, Fall Out Boy, TLC and the Goo Goo Dolls, DeGraw owned the stage in a manner all his own – no excess necessary/no smoke and mirrors.

The standout, and charmingly so, was recent hit Best I Ever Had. Not only is the track infectious with an upbeat toe-tapping rhythm (something not typical of DeGraw), it’s also full of real-life, relatable connections – something that makes his music tick.

Watch the official video below + live performance of the track following.

ON HEAVY ROTATION: MACKLEMORE – ‘STARTING OVER’

By: Rob Brayl
For BiggerThanBeyonce.Com

This song changed my life. Thank you, Macklemore.

//
And every kid that came up to me
And said I was the music they listened to when they first got clean
Now look at me – a couple days sober, I’m fighting demons
Back of that meeting on the East Side, shakin’ tweakin’
Hope that they don’t see it, hope that no one is lookin’
That no one recognizes that failure under that hoodie
Just posted in the back with my hands crossed, shook-en
If they call on me I’m passin’ it, they talk to me I’m bookin’
Out that door, but before, I can make it
Somebody stops me and says “Are you Macklemore?
“Maybe this isn’t the place or time, I just wanted to say that…
If it wasn’t for ‘Otherside’ I wouldn’t have made it…”
I just looked down at the ground and say “Thank you.”
She tells me she has 9 months and that she’s so grateful
Tears in her eyes lookin’ like she’s gonna cry, fuck
I barely got forty-eight hours, treated like I’m some wise monk
I want to tell her I relapsed, but I can’t
I just shake her hand and tell her “Congrats”
Get back to my car, and I think I’m trippin’, yeah
Cause God wrote ‘Otherside’, that pen was in my hand
I’m just a flawed man – Man, I fucked up…
Like so many others, I just never thought I would
I never thought I would, didn’t pick up the book
Doin’ it by myself didn’t turn out that good
//

LAKEFIELD IS ONE GORGEOUS VIBRATION

By: Caitlin Hoffman
For BiggerThanBeyonce.Com

The best beauty is wrenching. It falls so far beneath the skin, into the crevasses and gaping scars of the soul.

Lakefield is one big gorgeous vibration. It was conceived by five friends from Vancouver: Kate on keys and belting the stunning songs, Steven on guitar while backing up Kate’s vocals, Kyle holding steady on bass, Bryan adding another rich layer of guitar, and Paul beating the heart of the drums.

The result? Sonic poetry.

They sound like Death Cab For Cutie, but deeper, and far more eloquent. Whether they drag you through a psychological storm or allow you to splash in puddles the following morn, you’re going to leave with wet eyes.

They ached and bled against their instruments for five years and one full-length album before impaling themselves on six final sonnets.

I’m sad the title of their 2014 EP, Swan Songs, is literal (for the band’s lifeline). I’m sad true talent fails to promise a paycheque, and creative industries choose Chart-Busters over real art. Even if your act whispers of commercial appeal, there’s no guarantee you’ll find yourself on top. It’s a gamble, and as a result, too many amazing bands leave the casino with empty pockets.

I hope they know people appreciate all that they’re leaving behind.

It’s sad, but beautiful.