17-year-old half-German/half-English singer/songwriter Manou (Aka Sophia Manou) follows her 2014 irresistible pop anthem “We Are” with a brand new tune, “Celebrate”. Co-written by the equally gorgeous and talented FEMME, the laid-back, breezy tune captures the chill, lazy days of sunny California; a clear inspiration for her upcoming debut EP, Venice Beach schedule to drop July 6th via SW Records. This is the perfect tune to listen to while you strut down a boardwalk, wearing your brand new bathing suit and designer shades. Werrk.
The divine Róisín Murphy is on the verge of a nervous breakdown on her directorial video debut for the brand new single, “Exploitation”. Looking quite stunning; Murphy plays a frazzle actress trying to maintain her sanity between work and an exploitative lover.
Murphy comments: “As a grown up in this industry and someone who has always had a huge involvement in the visual side, it felt like it was time I took complete control of my image. I had a crystal clear vision for this video, after all I’ve had 8 years of collecting references and inspiration building up to it,”.
“It’s the story of an actress and a love affair. It’s about selling out, manipulation and exploitation within creative work and in a relationship. It’s ironic because as my own director I’m exploiting myself (if that’s possible) but I am manipulating you.”
The slinky, shape-shifting jazzy track is the second cut (“Gone Fishing” being the first) shared from her upcoming brand new album, Hairless Toys out on May 12th!
Grab a free download of Montreal-based Prince Club’s dark and sexy remix of Queen Bey’s “Haunted” taken from her 2013 self-titled album, Beyoncé. The duo keeps it minimal on their take, adding just a deep, pulsating bass with a bouncy synth-effect that turns the broody, R&B original into a seductive late-night dance fodder.
Hot on the heels of his current supporting tour run with Twin Shadow; Swedish soul singer/songwriter Erik Hassle shares his incredibly catchy, brand new single, “No Words”.
Since signing to RCA Records in 2013, Erik Hassle has transitioned from a rising pop star to unapologetic soul singer, artist, and admired songwriter, penning successful singles such as “Can’t Remember to Forget You” for Shakira and Rihanna and receiving critical praise for his 2014, ‘Somebody’s Party’ EP.
“No Words” is an instant reminder of Hassle’s ability to write and produce catchy, heartfelt pop songs while retaining his soulful aesthetic and R&B-leaning roots.
Listen to Ryn Weaver’s “The Fool”, the titled track from her highly-anticipated debut album schedule to arrive on June 16th through Mad Love/VirginEMI Records. The title track and first single received its first play on Radio 1 last night.
Weaver rose to prominence after her debut track “OctaHate” was put online last year. Since then, “OctaHate” has been streamed more than 6 million times on Spotify. Weaver recently made her late night television debut performing the song on the ‘Late Show with David Letterman’.
With a brilliant full-length debut under their belt (2013’s These Days) Italian duo M+A comprised of Alessandro Degli Angioli andMichele Ducci, return with a new collection of vibrant, house-leaning tunes from their upcoming— sure to be a summer must-have— EP, Anyway Milkway. The first taster, a sunny, nu-disco tune called “Habes” enlisted the rhyming talents of of Bulgarian rapper DENA of “Cash, Diamond Rings, Swimming Pools“ fame. Now the duo shares a bouncy, groovy tune called “Ninja” featuring the vocal swag of Baltimore’s Spank Rock. Take a listen!
Anyway Milkway arrives April 20th via Foolica Records.
Watch Madonna’s new music video for her latest single “Ghosttown” co-starring Empire’s Terrence Howard! The Post-Apocalyptic video was directed by Madonna’s longtime collaborator, Jonas Åkerlund (“Ray of Light”, “Music”, “American Life”)
“Ghosttown” is taken from the Queen of Pop 13th studio album Rebel Heartout now!
Taken from 2014’s phenomenal, I Never Learn, watch Lykke Li’s heartbreaking and powerful new video for “Never Gonna Love Again”.
The Swedish songstress premiered the video (directed by Philippe Tempelman) via her Facebook page with the following introduction:
“Loneliness and heartbreak follows you everywhere and they are loudest right after the lights go out and the crowds quiet. Here’s is an intimate glimpse of how it can be to live your dream whilst stuck in your dream. In the lonely wolf hour, the night becomes your stage, the stars your audience, the rain your memories”.
We had a brief introduction to indie-pop artist IRIS a few weeks back by way of her superbly catchy debut, “I’ll Wait For You”. Now the Spanish-Canadian singer is back with yet another great tune called “Follow Me”. The sleek and sexy tune, with its splashes of electro-static, pulsing synth and guitar, strikes a perfect balance of pop and 80’s rock — in the same vein as pop royalties Pat Benatar and Stevie Nicks; while brilliantly, maintaining it’s harmonious electro-pop barrier. We love this tune.
Be on the look out for IRIS’ debut EP dropping later in the year via Cult Nation.
New York-based electro-pop duo MS MR returns with a brand new single, “Painted”. The track, a shimmering dance number that echoes the invigorating keyboards of Ace of Base’s “It’s a Beautiful Life” is taken from the duo’s upcoming new album (still untitled) schedule to drop this summer. So good to have them back!!
Listen to “Painted” below and be sure to catch MS MR on tour starting 4/27 in Toronto!
MS MR – 2015 TOUR DATES
4/27 – Toronto, ON – Drake Hotel
4/29 – Brooklyn, NY – Rough Trade
5/4 – San Diego, CA – Casbah
5/5 – Los Angeles, CA – Masonic Lodge at Hollywood Forever
5/7 – San Francisco, CA – Popscene/Rickshaw Stop
6/3 – Mendig, Germany – Rock am Ring 2015
6/5 – Nuremberg, Germany – Rock im Park 2015
6/10 – London, UK – Victoria
7/31-8/2 – Chicago, IL – Lollapalooza
7/31-8/2 – Montreal, QC – Osheaga
9/12-13 – Berlin, Germany – Lollapalooza