Jay Loyola

Javeon McCarthy – “Precious” [New Track]

Back in august of last year I introduced you to British singer Javeon McCarthy via a post I wrote (here) for DJ\Producer L-Vis 1990. McCarthy provided the vocals and was featured in the video for the amazing song “Lost in Love” by L-Vis 1990.

Well, Javeon McCarthy has teamed up with producer and PMR counterpart Two Inch Punch to deliver a perfectly balanced slice of futuristic R&B with his new single, “Precious.” The Bristol native unleashes the soul on this number, while Two Inch Punch serves up an equally intoxicating blend of sparse percussion, synths, vintage organ and plummeting bass. The result is an intoxicating R&B ballad for the luv-step generation.

This is a must listen!

Check it out!

 Javeon McCarthy (Official site) (Facebook)

More from Javeon McCarthy

Introducing: Cinnamon Girl

Introducing Cinnamon Girl!

Danish-born\London based Cinnamon Girl, aka Camilla Roholm is a talented new pop artist that writes, records and produces her own material. Her sound is a mixture of electro-pop with an edgy rock attitude. Her vocals have a sultry sensual vibe that sounds incredibly new, edgy and fresh but with a familiar tone that will remind a few of you of Gwen Stefani’s early days.

Her debut track, “Friends” is a contagious electro-pop jam with an instantly addictive catchy chorus that’s layered in harmonious guitar riffs and synth. The track has a classic sound, late 80′s– but more so, it recalls the glorious pop sounds of the 90′s (Samantha Mumba, Fefe Dobson and Neneh Cherry to some extent) but again, with a more current edgier vibe.

Another amazing track by Cinnamon Girl that has me going crazy is “Now I Know” an R&B tinged electro-pop jam that showcases Roholm’s electric raspy voice. The drum kicks on this track are simply incredible.

Where does the name Cinnamon Girl come from? I don’t know. But since I’m a Prince fanatic, I’m gonna go ahead and (wishfully) assume it’s taken from his song of the same name…but I’m probably wrong. ;!

I was going to write something along the lines of “great potential” at the end this post, but screw that! The production of the songs and quality of writing are proof enough that she is a multi-talented artist–and given the proper backing and (video) budget, Cinnamon girl can be a huge star!

We are really excited about Cinnamon Girl and can’t wait to hear a lot more from her!

Grab a FREE copy of “Friends” from her Bandcamp page (here) then check out her Facebook page as well.

Cinnamon Girl (Facebook )

Album Review: Chromatics – “Kill For Love”

Soundtracks to a city. This is something I’m always on the hunt for… thank you, I think I’ve discovered it.  It’s only been out for a short while now but I can already tell that Chromatics“Kill for Love” will be an essential album for any electro pop-rock lovers library.

Johnny Jewel, creator and producer of Portland’s Chromatics allowed five years to pass before releasing their new album, and a wait worth while it was. A fantastic follow up to “Night Drive”, “Kill for Love” seems to be as more of a sequel to an epic film as that of a sophomore album. Early 80′s inspired pop beats, electric guitars & ghostly piano riffs add to this feeling of longing, love, desperation & violent tendencies.

Ruth Radelet’s monotonic vocals go hand in hand with the ever changing rhythmic beats of the album. Even though her voice isn’t featured throughout the whole album, you’re pleasantly surprised upon it’s return. Some songs have taken advantage of auto-tuning which has long been passed its expiration, but here it works & flawlessly at that.

This 90 minute recording seems to have been beautifully executed, each song following the next so perfectly. I can say I’m completely hooked. This record leaves me itching to wander the sidewalks aimlessly looking for a little danger at the end of a poorly lit street to attach my-self to. Looking forward to listening to this masterpiece again, again & again. — by Wil Rodriguez.

Chromatics (iTunes) (Facebook)

Gossip – Perfect World [Video Premiere]

Check out the video premiere of Gossips “Perfect World!” The lead single from their forthcoming album, A Joyful Noise.

Ditto hooks up again with director Price James (who directed Ditto’s “I Wrote The Book” video) to bring us a beautiful, dark and dreamy goth piece of art work to go with the band’s captivating first single.

As I previously stated, I simply love this song– and now the video!

Check it out!

A Joyful Noise arrives on May 22nd via Columbia Records. Pre-order here.

Gossip (iTunes)

Garbage – ‘Blood for Poppies’ [Video Premier]

Check out the brand new video for Garbage‘s brand new single ”Blood for Poppies!”

The track is taken from the band’s new record Not Your Kind of People, their first album of all-new material since 2005!

The video directed by fashion photographer Matt Irwin has a vintage California vibe and  features surreal imagery inspired by such artists as Luis Buñuel and René Magritte.

Not Your Kind of People, arrives via Garbage’s own STUNVOLUME label on May 15!

Garbage (iTunes)

The Supermen Lovers – Let Me Show You [New Video]

Not sure why I didn’t include France’s The Supermen Lovers(aka Guillaume Atlan) brilliant album “Between The Ages” on my list of Best Albums of 2011. The funky-dance record is so much fun and it features some great guest vocals. I guess it kinda fell through the cracks. Remember the video and remix for “C’est Bon?” It’s so good?!!

Well, The Lovers are back with a brand new video for “Let Me Show You,” and it carries one simple message: that “FUNK IS NOT DEAD.”

The track is taken from the album “Between The Ages” and also appears (with a few remixes) in the recently released “FANTASMA DISCO EP”

Check it out!

The Supermen Lovers (iTunes)

Introducing: Elliphant – In The Jungle [Track + New Video]

Introducing Elliphant, a new female-fronted act from Sweden that’s gaining some serious cred around the blogosphere due to their electro-charged dance tunes.

Elliphant arrives via Company Ten, the same management team who brought us Icona Pop and Niki & the Dove. But while those bands deliver solid, straight-forward (and really great) pop music, Elliphant serves a more experimental, adrenaline driven dance songs. Their current video In The Jungle” feels like a glorious union between The Knife, Justice, and Diplo. The track’s instantly addictive percussion and slow-building synth sirens will lure you into a dancefloor within seconds. The only drawback is that the track is less than 2mins long so it leaves you wanting more. In The Jungle” is simply intoxicating and all around AMAZING!

Take a look at the video and listen to another banging track called “TeKKno Scene, a bouncy tribal jam that sounds like a refined Major Lazer production featuring up-and-coming Swedish rapper Adam Kanyama.

So good!!

Elliphant (Facebook)

Dragonette – Let it Go [New Single]

A few weeks ago Dragonette gave us a taste of what’s to come from the new album with “The Right Woman.” Now, the Canadian electro-pop trio gets loose and wild and lets it all go in the club-worthy, fist-pumping, infectious brand new single “Let it Go.” The track is simply flawless. So good!

The single arrives with remixes by Laidback Luke, The Knocks and Faustix & Imanos.  And the official video is soon to follow.

Dragonette is currently on tour so seek them out! They are incredible live. I’ll be at the NYC Bowery Ballroom show! If you are there stop by and say “Hello

Tour Dates
3/30: St. Johns, NL @ Club One – Tickets Available at the Door
4/1: Ottawa, ON – Juno Awards @ Scotiabank Place - BUY TICKETS
4/6: Miami, FL @ The Mansion - BUY TICKETS
4/7: New York, NY @ Bowery Ballroom – SOLD OUT
4/14: Indio, CA – Coachella Music Festival @ Empire Polo Club – SOLD OUT
4/19: Whistler, BC – World Ski & Snowboard Festival @ Skier’s Plaza – FREE SHOW
4/21: Indio, CA – Coachella Music Festival @ Empire Polo Club – SOLD OUT

Dragonette (iTunes) (Tour dates)

Van She – Idea Of Happiness [New Single]

POST UPDATE: Now with official video

Australia’s electro-pop band Van She are back with their sophomore record, Idea Of Happiness! The album’s first single and title-track is a groovy and catchy cut that mixes element of 80′s dance music with electro-pop beats– the break downs on this track contain just enough basslines to make me dust-off my dancing shoes and start grooving.

Van She’s new recorded was engineered and produced by the band themselves in Kings Cross, Sydney and mixed in Los Angeles with Tony Hoffer ( Beck, Air, Phoenix and M83).

Are you as excited as I am to hear the new record?!!

‘Idea of Happiness’ will be out internationally via Modular July 6 (AUS)/ 9 (EU/UK)/ 10 (USA)

Van She (iTunes)