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VV Brown’s EXCESS DIARY: “Apple” Music Video + Samson & Delilah [New Album]



V V Brown teams up with Paco Rabanne to deliver a brand new ‘The Apple’ music video! The collaboration is part of Paco Rabanne’s Black XS fragrance video campaign called EXCESS DIARY. The video serves as an extension or an alternate video if you will, for Brown’s exceptional track. ‘The Apple’ is Brown’s second single taken from the recently released, Samson & Delilah.

We premiered ‘The Apple’s official video early this month and were completely blown away by the song’s production and gorgeous dark visuals. Since the singer is best known for her colorful, 60’s inspired R&B pop music, ‘The Apple‘ as well as ‘Samson’ (the haunting first single) sparked curiosity and excitement for Brown’s new sound direction. Now that the album has been released and we have had the chance to listen and experience Samson & Delilah in its entirety, we can’t express enough how blown away and impressed we are with this record. From its dark electronic productions, conceptual biblical theme, to Brown’s operatic vocals, the album beautifully unfolds like a gorgeous dark fairytale from the very first track to the last.

‘Substitute For Love,’ the album’s incredible first track showcases Brown’s new found soprano-like vocal abilities. It also sets the beginning mood for the record’s beautiful dark sonic venture. It continues with ‘Nothing Really Matters,’ a thumping, bass-heavy track that ends in a glorious echoing chant, followed by the albums foreboding, ‘Samson.’ Other highlights include the beautiful, minimalist ballad ‘Looking For Love,’ the disco tinged, ‘The Apple’ and ‘Igneous,’ an aggressive and distorted song that sounds like it’s being narrated from an abandoned church, chanted by a pained diva as the industrial sounds of synthesizers fill the room. Another favorite is ‘Faith,’ a somber and melodic tune with an astral electronic sound where Brown’s voice can really be appreciated. Her deep melodic voice effortlessly floats throughout the song while her own gentle hums serenade the background. The song is simply gorgeous. Although these songs shine on their own, like a good novel, Samson & Delilah needs to be experienced as a whole, from beginning to its gloomy, devastating end.

Samson & Delilah is a concept album that’s dark in nature; but its theme is perfectly balanced by Brown’s affecting lyricism and by its masterful, future-thinking electronic production. I ABSOLUTELY LOVE THIS RECORD. It’s one of the bests I’ve heard this year; and I wouldn’t be surprise if it became a theatre musical piece. I think it would work fantastically on stage as well.

Samson & Delilah is out now in Europe. It officially arrives in the US on October 8th.

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Stream Lorde’s debut album “Pure Heroine” Now!


Lorde Pure Heroine

We’ve been listening to New Zealand’s Lorde’s The Love Club EP obsessively for the past few months, so we’re extremely excited to finally hear new material from the talented singer! VH1 has premiered the 16 year old’s debut album “Pure Heroine” in it’s entirety one week ahead of it’s release!

She tells VH1: ”I just feel that it’s kind of a more mature album. When I wrote [The Love Club] E.P. I was 15 and now I’m going to be 17 in a couple of months, so it’s more mature.”

She also confessed that musically she thinks Pure Heroine is beyond The Love Club because she and her producer “learned how to make beats…like [we] just got way better at it.”

Stream Pure Heroine below and “Let’s go down to the tennis court, and talk it up like yeah (yeah)”

Pure Heroine arrives September 30 (October 28 in the UK)

Pre-order Lorde‘s Pure Heroine here.

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Track Listing:
1. Tennis Court
2. 400 Lux
3. Royals
4. Ribs
5. Buzzcut Season
6. Team
7. Glory And Gore
8. Still Sane
9. White Teeth Teens
10. A World Alone

NEW MUSIC: Sísý Ey – “Ain’t Got Nobody” [Official Video]


Introducing Icelandic Dance-House group Sísý Ey (pronounced See See Ay)

The dance group was founded in 2011 and is comprised of sisters Elín Eyþórsdóttir, Elísabet Eyþórsdóttir, Sigga Eyþórsdóttir and DJ\producer, Oculus. Although the sisters come from more of a folky-accoustic background, they’ve mention Lauryn Hill, Candi Staton, Kerri Chandler, Moodyman and Nicolas Jaar as influences.

Their debut single ‘Ain’t Got Nobody’ is a soulful, deep-house number with a vibrant groove that echoes Roisin Murphy’s elegant work. A simply fantastic tune!

Watch the video below and grab their funky new track, ‘Restless’ (here) featuring Unnsteinn, lead singer of Retro Stefson.

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Indiana – “Mess Around” [New Video]


Check out the brand new video by fast-rising Nottingham singer-songwriter Indiana!

We introduced you to the lovely songstress a while back via her captivating debut single ‘Blind As I Am’ (here) and the beautiful follow-up, “Smoking Gun”. Now, the talented singer returns with the bewitching, ‘Mess Around.’ “I need you to notice, I need you to gaze upon my beautiful psychosis…don’t you wanna mess around, mess around?” she beautifully croons above the slick taunting production of the track. Check it out!

Indiana’s ‘Mess Around – EP’ arrives October 27 with remixes by Le Youth, Etherwood, Raider and Hucci.

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ColeCo – “Thrillhouse Forever – EP” [Janet Jackson, Brandy, Kelly Price and Deborah Cox!!]

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Holy sh*t! This is incredible! Toronto-based house duo ColeCo G. Duncan and Sean K .) have released an incredible compilation of tracks via their new THRILLHOUSE label called, “Thrillhouse Forever – EP”

The EP consists of four irresistible remixes that combine Coleco‘s trademark of sexy R&B vocal samples, house music and nu-disco beats. The duo takes-on, Janet Jackson’s Alright,” Kelly Price’s Friend of Mine,” Brandy’s Baby and Deborah Cox’s Things Just Ain’t The Same  (talk about R&B Divas!) giving them a cool and modern, 90s-flavored, dance update.

The “Thrillhouse Forever – EP” (or individual tracks) are available as free downloads via a quick LIKE on their Facebook page. GET ON IT!

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Empire Of The Sun – “Alive” [Gold Fields Remix]


In addition to releasing ‘Black Sun,’ one of our favorite pop-rock albums of the year, Australia’s Gold Fields have giving us plenty to dance about with their fresh dance remixes for Chela (here), Passion Pit and Yelle. Now the boys of Gold Fields show off their production talents once more with their brilliantly catchy, up-tempo remix of fellow Australians Empire of the Sun’s ‘Alive.’

Listen to their bouncy, disco-tinged remix of the track which includes a crazy-cool trumpet solo by Spencer Ludwig of Capital Cities.

‘Alive’ is take from Empire of the Sun’s new album, Ice On The Dune. Out Now.

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V V Brown – “The Apple” [Official Video]


V V Brown’s upcoming full-length album, Samson & Delilah keeps sounding better and better with each passing day. We got our first taste of the new record via Brown’s cinematic, art-house pop number “Samson” produced by the amazing Dave Okumu of The Invisible. (Here)

Now Brown enlists producer Pascal Gabriel long time collaborator of Ladyhawke, Kylie Minogue and Goldfrapp to delivered the strutting, Grace Jone’s inspired, electric follow-up, “The Apple.” Check it out!

The official video was co-directed by Brown and Jessica Hughes and is the second part of a short film depicting the story of Samson and Delilah.

V V Brown’s Samson & Delilah arrives October 8 via Brown’s own label, YOY Records.

I can’t wait to hear this record!

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Tensnake – “See Right Through” featuring Fiora [Medlar Remix]


German DJ/producer Tensnake’s brilliant “See Right Through” featuring the gorgeous vocals of Berlin-based Fiora receives a massive house remix by London’s, Medlar.

“See Right Through” and it’s equally amazing B-side, “58 BPM” are packaged together in a single EP. Both tracks are available now for download via iTunes.


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ICONA POP – “My Party” featuring Zebra Katz [NEW TRACK]


Check out Icona Pop’s dark and fuzzy take on Lesley Gore’s 1963 pop anthem, “My Party.” The track features one of my favorite rappers, the man, the king, ZEBRA KATZ.

The Swedish duo and New York’s ZEBRA KATZ recorded the track after meeting at this year’s South By Southwest. The surprising collabo turns out to be just that….surprising! In a totally good way! Coming from the duo’s string of euphoric pop anthems (I Love It, Girlfriend, All Night) I was expecting “My Party” to be another poppy dance record, but instead, I was greeted with a head-bobbing, hand-clapping, slow-jam, with Kanye’s style industrial beats, over Katz’s magnificent Gothic rhymes. Although the song is a bit repetitive, those dark beats, hip-hop samples and hearing Caroline and Aino shout KATZ’s trademark, WHAT THE FUCK makes it all worth it!

Unfortunately, “My Party” will not appear in the duo’s highly anticipated debut, This Is…Icona Pop arriving on September 24, but you can listen to the track in all it’s glory below!

Let us know what you think of this collabo!

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London Grammar – “Strong” [Shadow Child Remix]


London Grammar’s magnificent, dreamy track “Strong,” gets an uplifting, heavenly remix by fellow Brit producer, Shadow Child.

Pick up the ‘Strong’ EP out now via iTunes. London Grammar’s debut album ‘If You Wait’  arrives September 9th.

Click here to download the free remix. Enjoy!

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