Month: February 2017

Niki & The Dove // Sushi King

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I love Niki & The Dove. I first heard them after the release of their debut album, Instinct, back in 2012 and I still consider it one of the best pop albums of of the 2010s and in my opinion is criminally underrated. Everyone should listen to songs like The Fox and DJ, Ease My Mind. Niki & The Dove make music with an obviously large pool of influences that doesn’t sound quite like anything else. Part of that comes from the unique quality of Malin Dahlstöm’s vocals; she has one of my favorite voices in music. After their debut album, they remained relatively quiet, not releasing music until the end of 2015 with Play It On My Radio which marked a significant sonic change that would continue into their second album, Everybody’s Heart Is Broken Now, released in 2016. Due to the wait between first and second albums, I thought it would be quite a while before we heard from them again, but luckily, they’re already back with new single, Sushi King. While the track continues the aesthetic from Everybody’s Heart Is Broken Now, Sushi King is probably their most forward thinking and experimental track to date, both in vocal delivery as well as the production. That being said, it’s still catchy enough to get stuck in your head and you’ll want to keep it on replay. Check out Sushi King below, and if that’s not your thing, give The Fox a try!

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Oscar Key Sung // Shallow

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Oscar Key Sung first popped onto my radar when I heard his 2014 song, All I Could Do, and was immediately hooked. He makes very forward thinking R&B-tinged pop that never steers away from taking risks. Of course, when taking risks, not everyone is going to appreciate everything you do, but when you get it right, it makes something truly special. That’s the case with new single Shallow. Oscar’s buttery smooth vocals take center stage as he glides over alarming synths and a beat that serves as a subtle nod to the overused dancehall trend, that he references but still makes it sound fresh. With the release of new music, I’m hoping it means Oscar Key Sung has more up his sleeve for us and I can’t wait to see what it is. Check out Shallow below!

Bruno Major // Just the Same

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Even though Bruno Major has been releasing a new track every month for a while now, the wait between songs still somehow feels unbearable because of how much I crave new music from him. Every single release has something truly special and deserves attention. Today Bruno Major graces us with his latest, Just the Same. According to his Facebook page, this song was written in early February and recorded the next day. To me that’s a huge testament to his songwriting ability. Just the Same feels polished and would be a stand out track for a lot of artists, yet he wrote and recorded it in two days! Present here are Bruno’s beautiful vocals and harmonies and heart wrenching chord progressions, but he adds in percussion reminiscent of a low key Jack Garratt song. Overall, Just the Same is a gorgeous track and continues to build anticipation for his debut album coming this summer. I feel so justified in making him one of my Artists to Watch for 2017.  Do yourself a favor and check it out below!

Late to the Party: MUNA // I Know A Place

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So I’ve decided to start doing a new type of recurring post called Late to the Party primarily because of the song I’m featuring today. As much as I wish it weren’t the case, being only one person, there’s so much music coming out that I miss. Thankfully, some of it eventually makes it into my headphones months or years later. While the primary focus of my blog is new music, some of the stuff I hear late I just can’t pass up and feel a need to share. Hopefully you enjoy the songs I deem worthy of bringing back as much as I do.

I honestly can’t believe I went as long as I did without hearing about MUNA. They make incredible 80s-tinged electropop that is right up my alley and seem like the kind of band I would have been following from the beginning. Their sound is reminiscent of one of my favorite bands, HAIM, but with more electronic instrumentation, which makes it even more surprising they haven’t been on my radar. What matters now though, is that I’ve found them and get to enjoy their music. MUNA released a series of singles throughout 2016 leading up to their debut album, About U, released at the beginning of this month. While I didn’t hear it when it came out in December, one of those singles, I Know A Place, has rapidly become one of my favorite discoveries of 2017.  There’s little I can say about the track that hasn’t already been said, except that to me this is pop perfection. From the catchy melodies and harmonies, to the upbeat synths and drums, everything has its place and makes for a wonderful song. Do yourself a favor and check it out below!

 

Sigrid // Don’t Kill My Vibe

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I’m a sucker for good Scandi-pop and that’s exactly what brand new Norwegian singer Sigrid is dishing out on her stellar debut single, Don’t Kill My Vibe. In a time where everyone is trying to take their music left of center in order to get recognition, it’s encouraging when someone can create such a solid straightforward pop track. The song starts with Sigrid’s strong vocals gliding over held piano chords and twinkling synths and builds to a full on anthemic chorus that will have just about everyone singing along. She takes a trope that should be tired (the self-empowerment jam) and somehow makes it fresh and new. Despite this being her first release, Don’t Kill My Vibe has absolutely blown up, gaining support from other artists, radio DJs and tastemakers and racking up over 2 million plays on Spotify alone. Sigrid is clearly making a statement that she’s here to stay and I can’t wait to see what she does next. Check out Don’t Kill My Vibe below.

RALPH // Tease

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RALPH is a rising Canadian pop songstress who first popped onto my radar last year with her incredible debut single, Cold to the Touch, which remains one of my favorite songs of 2016. RALPH makes music that’s heavily 80s-inspired sonically, but does so in a way that is accessible yet unique. After a few more releases during 2016, RALPH is back with the irresistibly catchy pop track, Tease. RALPH’s strong, solid vocals glide on top of punchy synths and a simple beat to make for something truly special. She’s even released a great video to accompany the new single that is definitely worth checking out. Although RALPH is still just starting to pick up momentum, she sounds extremely confident and ready to take on the world, and I can’t wait to see what her next steps are! Click HERE to watch the video or listen below!

Lana Del Rey // Love

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Lana Del Rey is one of my favorite artists of all time. I came to that realization last year when I was listening through her three albums and there wasn’t a song I didn’t like. That’s quite the feat considering how much music she’s put out in the last few years! Lana definitely maintains a signature sound but isn’t afraid to play around with it to allow growth as an artist. After releasing Born to Die, Ultraviolence, and Honeymoon relatively quickly, we had become pretty spoiled, getting new music from her pretty much every year. That made the wait for new music seem much longer than it actually has been. Luckily the wait came to an end on Saturday with the release of new single, Love. It seems it was an unplanned early release as leaked versions started popping up on the internet. I always feel bad when an artist has been working so long on something and they don’t get to share it with the world the way they wanted to. That being said, I’m so excited to have new Lana music. Love finds Lana Del Rey singing about familiar themes (vintage music, being young and in love) with her signature languid vocal delivery over cinematic orchestral instrumentation with unique production elements thrown in. Love is everything I enjoy about Lana Del Rey and I’m so excited to see what this new era of music brings for her! Click HERE to listen to Love or on Spotify below!