Jay Loyola

DAN BLACK – LIVE at Le Baron Chinatown NYC

 

Last night, the incredibly talented Dan Black made a triumphant return to the stage as part of the Absolut Encore Series at Le Baron Chinatown in New York City. The tightly packed venue hosted about 100 eager fans and industry folk alike whom gathered around the tiny stage to witness Black’s live return after a two year absence.

Around 9:30PM, Dan made his appearance. Dressed in a black blazer, jeans and sneakers the enthusiastic singer began his live set with a groovy and upbeat brand new song  (tentatively titled) “Plastic Heart.” Backed by a  guitarist and a percussionist, both wearing a Monkey and a Rabbit mask, respectively; the two piece band continued the set with Black’s now classics “U + Me” and “Symphonies.” Black’s voice sounded as good as ever. Between his high and low hymns it was refreshing to hear that he can still deliver those fresh rhymes and vocal rhythms as smoothly as he did two or three years ago since I last saw him when he opened for electro-pop queen, Robyn.

Black’s elecro-charged set continued with a mixture of old tracks including “Pump My Pumps” and “Alone” from his amazing and critically acclaimed debut ((un)) plus 3 more brand new tracks called (again, tentatively titled) “Blow”, “Wild” and “Hearts.” All 4 new songs sounded upbeat, dancy and catchy with the same electronic-pop flair, style and vocal flow that have made Dan Black a stand-out amongst electronic-pop music fans.

Black ended his set with one of my favorite songs, ‘Ecstasy.’ “I want that hot breath of life in me, I want that hot breath of life in me” he repeatedly crooned as the audience enthusiastically sung along with him.

Check out some videos below

Expect Dan Black‘s to drop his brand new single in January 2013 with a follow-up to ((un)) later in the year. The new record will  include some very ‘special collaborations’. A while back there was some twitter talk regarding a Dan Black and Kelis production…let’s hope she appears on the record!

Dan Black (iTunes)

The video below is courtesy of my good friend and concert buddy, Camille from HardCandyMusic, who I attended the event with. Enjoy!

RAC ft. Liz Anjos – “Climbing Up The Walls” [Radiohead Cover]

 

I still can’t get over how incredible RAC‘s remix of Pacific Air’s “Float” is!  Reworking the vocals and music was a huge risk…but the pay-off was enormous! The track is simply stunning. If you haven’t had the chance to listen to the “Float” remix I suggest you do so and download a copy now. (here)

Well, the remix collective known as RAC, specifically, Andre Anjos is back; and he brought his wife, Liz Anjos for another daring move: a cover of Radiohead‘s “Climbing Up The Walls” (a track from the classic, OK COMPUTER) and the the result is: haunting, alluring, head-exploding and insanely good.

Press play now!

 RAC (iTunes) (Facebook)

Elliphant – “Down On Life” [New Single]

 

Early this year we introduced you to Swedish electro-pop act, Elliphant (aka Ellinor Olovsdotter) and her killer, adrenaline driven dance cut “In The Jungle” (Here)

The talented musician just dropped her brand new single…and it’s incredible. “Down On Life” beautifully blends dubstep, hip-hop and dancehall grooves over suave, airy vocals that fall between Robyn and Santigold. Superb track! Take a listen!

The track is taken from Elliphant’s self-titled debut EP

TRACK LISTING
1. Down On Life
2. Tekkno Scene
3. Make It Juicy
4. In The Jungle
5. Ciant Hear It
6. Ciant Hear It (jungle mix)

Elliphant (Facebook) (iTunes)

Charli XCX – “Cloud Aura” ft. Brooke Candy [New Video]

 

Watch Charli XCX‘s brand new video for “Cloud Aura” the opening track of her latest mixtape Super Ultra.

The Ryan Andrews directed video features sword-wielding, bad-ass chic, Brooke Candy from the Grimes’ “Genesis” video. The grainy video is a crying fest of debutantes and reality TV “personalities”

Charli previously tested her rhyming skills in the remix video for “You’re The One” (here) What do you guys think of Ms. XCX’s verbal skills on this track?!

Charli XCX (iTunes) Download the Super Ultra Mixtape here.

BAYOU – “Cherry Cola”

 

I love discovering new talent. As a blogger, I receive a lot of emails of new artist and music; some have a lot of potential but very few are ready for the spotlight. London based mystery act, BAYOU seems to be there already. The hazy and gloomy nostalgic track “Cherry Cola” combines elements of R&B and dreamy electronica with vocals that fall somewhere in between The Weeknd and Hot Chip. The artistry on this debut track is so brilliantly executed that it feels familiar yet surprisingly fresh. I love, love, love everything about this song.

Now, I’m a huge fanatic of film director Wong Kar-Wai, I’ve seen every single one of his movies. The video for “Cherry Cola” appears to take cues from one of his love-is-imposible kinda films. This makes “Cherry Cola” a much more special song.

Download the track at Bayou’s tumblr page HERE.

What do you guys thinks of the song?! Let me know your thoughts?!!

A.N.D.Y. Featuring Nyemiah Supreme – “Pump It Up”

 

Early this year Belgium producer, A.N.D.Y gave us plenty of reasons to hit the dancefloor with his glorious 80’s inspired remix of Jupiter’s “One O Six” (Here) Now the talented producer steps into the spotlight with his first single, appropriately named, “Pump It Up” featuring none other than Queens’ MC Nyemiah Supreme.

This track is pure house love. It’s a massive jam, so play it LOUD!

The “”Pump It Up” EP is out now on Smile Recordings.

A.N.D.Y (Beatport)

CHROMATICS – “CHERRY” [New Track]

 

Check out the brand new track by Portland’s CHROMATICS! The nostalgic, icy new track, “Cherry” is taken from the upcoming Italians Do It Better compilation album After Dark II, which features works by Glass Candy, Johnny Jewel, Desire and more!

Watch the vintage video and grab a copy of the track below!

Chromatics (iTunes)

HAIM – “Don’t Save Me” [Official Video + Cyril Hahn Remix)

 

Up-and-coming sister trio HAIM have dropped the official video for the sparkling and catchy pop-rock anthem “Don’t Save Me”

In the video, the HAIM sisters prove they got-game as they take on fly-ballers on a basketball court.

And on the remix, the talented Cyril Hahn offers yet another winning remix as he keeps up the pop-flair with his own take on the track.

HAIM (iTunes)