Jay Loyola

Arjan from ArjanWrites.com talks to Ellie Goulding for ARTIST #TALK

 

Artist#Talk- Ellie Goulding (Pic by Electrocutieblog.com)

Last Friday, I was very excited to get an invite to attend the exclusive ARTIST #TALK event hosted by Arjan of ArjanWrites.com. The event, part of Arjan’s live interview series produced in close partnership with HP and Microsoft took place at the very posh Hotel on Rivington, in downtown NYC. Previous artists featured at the live event have been, hip-hop artist Flo Rida, Pop and R&B songstress V V Brown and pop duo, The Cataracs.

As I arrived to the top floor, I noticed a nice setup of brand new HP Laptops and Computers nicely presented around the floor. Each computer screen displaying an array of music artists rocking a set of colorful new line of Beats by Dre headphones, as the tagline “What Will You b” #SHOWYOURCOLORS flashed brightly across each screen. The partnership of musicians and HP technology was noticeably clear at the event.

After test driving a few of the HP laptops, sipping a few glasses of champagne from the open bar and mingling with fellow bloggers, Arjan introduced the special guest of the evening, none other than the incredible, Ellie Goulding! She looked radiant and incredibly beautiful, rocking a fit leather jacket, blue\purple boots, hot pink hair and a big smile, she sat down for the intimate interview.

Arjan started by congratulating Ellie on the success of “Lights.” Nearly two years later the song is still being play on radio stations across the U.S.

The conversation continued to her brand new single “Anything Could Happen,” and the inspiration behind her upcoming sophomore album, Halcyon. She mentioned that “the feeling of loneliness” was the inspiration and that most of the songs were written on a beach, much like the one in her current video for “Anything Could Happen.” But she also mentioned that the album is not at all about sadness and isolation but more of hope. “I like making things that give people hope, I suppose, in the least cheesy way possible.”

After a few more questions about the new album, unreleased collaborations with producers Skrillex, Swedish House Mafia and a brief mention of Bjork as being one of her biggest inspirations, the best part of the night came when Arjan played snippets of songs from the new album, including the title track “Halcyon” and one called “My Blood,” which me and my fellow bloggers couldn’t stop talking about. The lyrics were so profound, intense and simply poetic. I really can’t wait to hear the track in full!

Special thanks to Arjan of ArjanWrites.com for the invitation as well as HP and Microsoft. As a relatively new blogger, I felt very honored to attend the event and meet the incredible talent that is Ellie Goulding. I think we are ALL going to be very pleased when Ellie’s new record, Halcyon drops on October 9.

A lot more photos of the ARTIST #TALK event HERE.

Me and Ellie Goulding ARTIST#TALK

 

 

AlunaGeorge – “Your Drums, Your Love” [Official Video]

 

Electro-pop and R&B duo AlunaGeorge, comprised of Aluna Francis and George Reid have just dropped the official video for their killer dubstep-inspired track “Your Drums, Your Love.”

Shot at Dalston’s Print House Gallery the video features the duo at an exhibit surrounded by artwork and illustrations by artist Arran Gregory as a group of dancers pop and lock their way around the couple to the beat of drums and heartbeats.

Aluna Francis’ vocals on this track are such a revelation. Simply sublime. <3

Check it out!

AlunaGeorge (iTunes)

AlunaGeorge on Nowness.com.

Totally Enormous Extinct Dinosaurs – “Your Love” [Official Video]

 

My absolute favorite track from Totally Enormous Extinct Dinosaurs‘ excellent debut, Trouble has a video now!

TEED takes us a on a scenic ride thorough streets of Tokyo in his latest video for the killer track “Your Love”

We can always count on Mr. Higginbottom to deliver some great visuals with his own unique sense of style and fashion. I’m always curious to see what he’s gonna do or wear next.

TEED (iTunes)

BURNS – “Lies” [Official Video + Remixes]

 

With a clutch of critically acclaimed EP’s and a compilation CD under his belt DJ\Producer BURNS (Dizzee Rascal, Lana Del Rey and Rihanna) steps into the spotlight with the atmospheric and instantly infectious dance number “Lies.” The new cut, taken from his forthcoming debut LP on Columbia arrives with some incredible remixes by Skream, Tiga, Otto Knows and Acrobat.

Check out the official video and a few of the killer remixes below!

BURNS (Official Site) (Facebook)

Listen to Dragonette’s brand new album “Bodyparts” in full now!

Listen to Dragonette‘s incredible new album, “Bodyparts” in full now!

Bodyparts arrives on September 25th!

Dragonette (iTunes)

Dragonette Tour Dates
* = w/ The Knocks

9/11: Buffalo, NY @ Town Ballroom *
9/12: New York, NY @ Webster Hall * – BUY TICKETS
9/13: Philadelphia, PA @ Union Transfer – BUY TICKETS
9/14: Boston, MA @ Paradise Rock Club * – BUY TICKETS
9/15: Washington, DC @ Black Cat – BUY TICKETS
9/16: Cleveland, OH @ Ingenuity Festival – FREE
9/18: Chicago, IL @ Metro * – BUY TICKETS
9/19: Minneapolis, MN @ Triple Rock Social Club * – BUY TICKETS
9/20: Kansas City, MO @ Beaumont Club * – BUY TICKETS
9/21: Denver, CO @ Larimer Lounge* – BUY TICKETS
9/22: Las Vegas, NV @ Hyde at Bellagio Hotel
9/24: San Diego, CA @ Belly Up * – BUY TICKETS
9/25: Los Angeles, CA @ El Rey Theatre * – BUY TICKETS
9/26: San Francisco, CA @ Mezzanine * – BUY TICKETS
9/27: Portland, OR @ Doug Fir * – BUY TICKETS
9/28: Seattle, WA @ Decibal Festival / Neumos * – BUY TICKETS

PLASTiC PLATES – “Things I Didn’t Know I Loved” Featuring Simon Lord

LA-based producer Plastic Plates (aka Felix Bloxsom) unleashes his three-track debut EP entitled “Things I Didn’t Know I Loved” on Kitsuné!

The stunning title track, which features Simon Lord (Simian Mobile Disco) on vocals, is a perfect blend of pop and disco that will have you grooving all through the day!

The EP, out now via Beatport, contains the previously released disco tracks “Toys” and “More Than Love” (preview below)

Grab the “Things I Didn’t Know I Loved” (Amine Edge & DANCE Remix) HERE.

PLACTiC PLATES (Beatport)

Icona Pop – “Ready For The Weekend” (Club Mix) NEW TRACK!

The talented Swedish ladies of electro-pop act Icona Pop (Aino Jawo and Caroline Hjelt)  have unleashed an epic electronic Odyssey entitled “Ready For The Weekend.”  The duo have been touring and DJing all of over Europe and the US lately so its no surprise their latest track sounds like a mixture of studio work and their live set.

“Ready For The Weekend” takes Icona Pop to dubstep territory– but the track contains enough vocal touches to remain grounded in their own glorious pop territory.

LOVE THIS TRACK!

The track is available via Beatport today, and will also be included along with their breakout hit “I Love It” on their forthcoming, The Iconic EP. Out October 16.

Icona Pop is touring on selected cities (see below). I’ll be at the Santos Party House-NYC show ready to hear this track live. If you’re there, stop by and say hello!

Icona Pop (Beatport) (iTunes)

TOUR DATES

09-12 New York, NY – Santos Party House
09-28 Seattle, WA – Decibel Festival
10-06-07 Los Angeles, CA – Culture Collide Festival
11-02 Austin, TX – Fun Fun Fun Fest

Hi Fashion – “Special Delivery Love” [Official Video] + Josh Peace & Starvon Washington Remix)

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Azealia Banks recently gave us the flawless throwback video and track, “1991”. Since then, we’ve been craving some nu music—with a touch of old school house. Enter L.A duo HI FASHION (Rick Gradone and Jen DM), and their glorious, vocally fierce, high energy, house anthem “Special Delivery Love.” Channeling the best of Deee-Lite, “Special Delivery Love” will take you back to the era where dancing was the only thing that mattered.

Check out the fun video (do I see some Grace Jones references here?) and grab the killer Josh Peace & Starvon Washington Remix below.

Hi Fashion (iTunes) (Facebook)