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Nu Music: JI NILSSON – “Encore” [Brand New Track!]

Swedish singer-songwriter and producer Ji Nilsson is easily of one of our favorite discoveries this year. She dazzled us with the beautiful, R&B\Electropop tune “Heartbreakfree” early in the year (a song we’re still swooning about); now she’s back to surprise us once again with another unstoppable, emotionally driven dance-ballad called, “Encore.” Much like “Heartbreakfree;” the new track’s tribal-tinged production is instantly addictive—but emotionally perplexing as well. While the song’s alluring rhythm and electronic pop-beats will make your body move; the affecting lyrics during the song’s echoing chorus “come dance with me… when the song is over, so are we”  will surely pierce your heart.

“Encore” is an absolute pop-gem from a great multi-talented artist and although Nilsson’s name has sparked a lot of interest since the release of Gwen Stefani’s new single “Baby Do not Lie let’s hope the “incident” (for lack of a better word) shines a light on her musical brilliance.

Ji NilssonSoundcloud \ Facebook

Kylie Minogue – “Bette Davis Eyes” [Kim Carnes Cover]

From the upcoming BBC Radio 2’s Sounds Of The 80s compilation; listen to the glorious Kylie Minogue’s dance cover of the timeless Kim Carnes  classic, “Bette Davis Eyes.” Absolutely brilliant and oh so , Kylie!

BBC Radio 2’s Sounds Of The 80s  is a unique collection of tracks recorded by some of the biggest artists around, every track is a cover version of a song from the 80s and has been carefully chosen by the artist specifically for this album. All the tracks are previously unreleased.

Artists include Ed Sheeran, Sam Smith, Olly Murs, Passenger and London Grammar. Full track list below.

BBC Radio 2’s Sounds Of The 80s arrives on November 10.

Pre-Order – here

Disc: 1
1. Sam Smith – How Will I Know (Whitney Houston)
2. Ed Sheeran – Atlantic City (Bruce Springsteen)
3. The Script – Drive (The Cars)
4. Christina Perri – If I Could Turn Back Time (Cher)
5. Passenger – Romeo & Juliet (Dire Straits)
6. Birdy – Lucky Star (Madonna)
7. Rumer – Arthur’s Theme (The Best That I Can Do) (Christopher Cross)
8. Chrissie Hynde – Every Day Is Like Sunday (Morrissey)
9. Dido – Smalltown Boy (Bronski Beat)
10. Katie Melua – Wonderful Life (Black)
11. Amy MacDonald – Waiting For A Star To Fall (Boy Meets Girl)
12. Caro Emerald – Walk Like An Egyptian (The Bangles)
13. Paul Heaton and Jacqui Abbott – Caravan of Love (Isley Jasper Isley/ The Housemartins)
14. The Shires – Islands In the Stream(Kenny Rodgers & Dolly Parton)
15. Train – Holding Back the Years (Simply Red)
16. Level 42 – Need You Tonight (INXS)
17. Kaiser Chiefs – Should I Stay Or Should I Go (The Clash)
18. Manic Street Preachers – Start Me Up (The Rolling Stones)
Disc: 2
1. Olly Murs – Let’s Groove (Earth Wind & Fire)
2. Kylie Minogue – Bette Davis Eyes (Kim Carnes)
3. Dolly Parton Feat Richie Sambora – Lay Your Hands On Me (Bon Jovi)
4. James Blunt – I Guess That’s Why they Call It the Blues (Elton John)
5. London Grammar – Wicked Game (Chris Isaak)
6. Will Young – Teardrops Womack & Womack)
7. Shane Filan – True Colours (Cyndi Lauper)
8. Texas – Don’t Talk To Me About Love (Altered Images)
9. Millers Daughter – Head Over Heels (Tears For Fears)
10. The Pierces – Don’t Give Up (Peter Gabriel & Kate Bush)
11. Ward Thomas – Man In The Mirror (Michael Jackson)
12. Boyzone – The Whole of the Moon (The Waterboys)
13. Kian Egan – Run To You (Bryan Adams)
14. Jermain Jackman – I Want To Know What Love Is (Foreigner)
15. Si Cranstoun – Tell Her About It (Billy Joel)
16. Overtones – Wake Me Up Before You Go
17. Lisa Stansfield – You’re the Best Thing (The Style Council)
18. Gabrielle Aplin – That’s All (Genesis)
19. Sophie Ellis – Bextor

SEVDALIZA – “BACKSEAT LOVE” [New single + Video]

Holland-based singer\songwriter\producer Sevdaliza returns with a steamy video for the brand new single, “BACKSEAT LOVE”! We had a brief introduction of the Iranian-born songstress via her hypnotizing video for “Sirens Of The Caspian;” the seductive, Electro-R&B jam hasn’t left our favorite playlist since its debut back in June.

With “BACKSEAT LOVE” SEVDALIZA pushes the envelope a bit farther; musically and visually. The track, produced by Dutch producer Sjam Sjamsoedin aka Nobody Beats The Drum blends exotic, wobbly-beats and synth with classic house-elements that takes the singer to deep-house territories (think Jessica 6  and Hercules & Love Affair). Visually, “Backseat Love” is definitely a lot more risqué then her previous efforts. In the video, the beautiful songstress takes us on an intimate, sexual escapade of forbidden fantasies (threesomes, anonymous encounters and hotel room sex, etc) all shot and directed glamorously with a tasteful eye.

Although the video’s steamy scenes are pleasing to the eye (and they are steamy!); the song’s sensual, deep-house production is the real pleasure here.


  Sevdaliza – Facebook \ Soundcloud


The new Marina And The Diamonds’ pop-reign has officially began! The Electra Heart’ singer has just released the lead single and title track from her forthcoming, third studio album, Froot”! The single, Co-Produced by David Kosten (Bat For Lashes) gently melts Pop and Italo-Disco influences to create the slow-burning, musically-groovy jam.

Froot” is simply another smart and refreshing, lyrically-cheeky (Baby, I am plump and ripe, I’m pinker than shepherd’s delight) sonic-blast of frooty-pop from the tremendously talented, always evolving, British songstress. 


“Froot” is rumored to be released on December 12, 2014!

Marina and The Diamonds – iTunes \ Facebook

Ouranos – “Tea Time” [New House Jam + Pakem Remix Free DL]

What’s the T, this Friday? This is the T! Listen to “Tea Time” the latest deep-house jam from French DJ \ Producer Ouranos (<— the name tho! ). The sexy, summery tune is the perfect mix of classic-house, soulful vocals and a touch of seductive, impossible-not-to-dance-to, electro-pop!

On the remix is fellow DJ\Producer Pakem who literally transforms “Tea Time” into a smooth and funky, club jam.

Grab a free download of both tracks below. Enjoy!

OURANOSFacebook \ Soundcloud

Arches – “Want You” [New House Track + Free Download]

Following their recent release of Keisza’s ‘Giant In My Heart’  remix Belgium duo Arches return with a brand a new, soulful, deep-house banger of song called “Want You”Genius DJ/Producer, The Magician debuted the track on his latest “Magic Tape 45″ a few days ago. 

 Download ‘Want You’ now via Arches Facebook page: bit.ly/arches_wantyou

Check it!

Arches – OfficialSite \ Facebook

Tove Styrke – “Borderline” [New Single!]

The return of Tove Styrke is officially in full effect! After a few years of absence from the music scene, the Swedish songstress made a surprising return this year with the fiery pop-rock-anthem (and mouthful-of-a-title), “Even If I’m Loud It Doesn’t Mean I’m Talking To You”. The song’s percussive melody and catchy-chorus had us hooked instantly; but it became apparent how much we truly loved it when its energetic, eye-popping dance video was unveiled.

Styrke’s newly released single “Borderline” is yet another, pleasantly surprising (understatement) sonic curveball. Much like Diplo and Robyn’s “Dancehall Queen” the track is a laid-back, reggae-infused jam with catchy steely-drums and a groovy, electronic backdrop. But unlike Robyn’s seductive romp, “Borderline” has a broodier sound with a much bolder lyrical punch “I‘m borderline happy and I’m borderline sad, I’m borderline good and I’m borderline bad… I live my life in shackles but I’m borderline free”.  Amazing!

“Borderline” is out now!

Tove Styrke – iTunes \ Facebook


UPDATE:  (8/15) Official Video Out Now!

Oh Land – “Head Up High” [New Single!]


From her just announced fourth studio album Earth Sick  listen to “Head Up High” the brilliant, disco-tinged new single from Danish songstress, Oh Land!

The infectious “Head Up High” was written for a friend going through a tough time in her life as encouragement to, quite literally, keep her head up high. With it’s bouncing synth rhythms & dreamy, hook-laden vocals the new track has an uplifting quality that will no doubt put a smile on your face and encourage positive thinking. Brilliant tune. Listen!

Earth Sick is expected to drop November 11Be sure to catch Oh Land when she plays New York City’s Bowery Ballroom on October 21st during CMJ– marking her first NYC show in a year!

Oh Land – ohlandmusic.com \  Facebook

Earth Sick tracklist:

1. Machine
2. Favor Friends
3. Head Up High
4. Earth Sick
5. Nothing Is Over
6. Doubt My Legs
7. Half Hero
8. Daylight
9. Hot ‘n Bothered
10. Little Things
11. Flags
12. No Particular Order
13. Trailblazer

Nu Music: Liv – “Come A Little Closer” [Debut Track]

Introducing 20-year old singer, songwriter and producer from London Liv!

Born to an English-South American family, Liv (aka Olivia Redmond) grew up listening to American R&B and Soul artists like Destiny’s Child, Charlie Wilson and Erykah Badu among others. The sleek and sexy “Come A Little Closer” is her debut track. The song perfectly fuses those R&B influences with a wide-range of dance and electronic sounds that are recognizable to her native London.

There is a sensual, throbbing bassline that surrounds the track that’s simply captivating. Consider us obsessed!

Play, dance, repeat!

Liv Twitter

Charli XCX – “London Queen” [New Track!]

Listen to Charli XCX’s brand new track “London Queen”! The New-Wave \ Riot-Grrl-inspired tune is the second track Charli has shared  from her upcoming sophomore album, Sucker. The glorious pop-anthem, ‘Break The Rules’ was the first (below).

“London Queen” was produced by Justin Raisen who also co-wrote six of the 13 songs on Charli XCX’s debut album, True Romance, including “Stay Away” and “Nuclear Seasons.” Raisen has also produced tracks for Sky Ferreira, Kylie Minogue and Tegan and Sara.

Charli is currently on a North American tour with Elliphant and FEMME so be sure to check that out!

Sucker is schedule to drop on December 16th!

Charli XCX – iTunes \ Facebook \ Twitter

Tour Dates:

October 7- New York, NY @ Webster Hall
October 9 – Montreal, QC @ Virgin Mobile Corona Theatre
October 10 – Toronto, ON @ The Hoxton
October 11 – Detroit, MI @ St. Andrews Hall
October 13 – Chicago, IL @ Lincoln Hall
October 14 – St. Louis, MO @ The Ready Room
October 16 – Houston, TX @ Fitzgerald’s Downstairs
October 17 – Austin, TX @ Emo’s
October 18 – Dallas, TX @ Trees
October 20 – Phoenix, AZ @ The Crescent Ballroom
October 21 – San Diego, CA @ House of Blues
October 24 – Los Angeles, CA @ Mayan Theatre
October 25 – San Francisco, CA @ Slim’s