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Nu Music: Shura – “Just Once” [New Single]

Moscow-via-London singer\songwriter Shura dazzles once again with her follow-up to the amazing first single, ‘Touch.’ The new ballad, ‘Just Once’ is as dreamy, tender and magical as her first effort. “If you get my name wrong I won’t get pissed off, ‘cuz I wish I was somebody else” Shura softly sings above the 80s-inspired production.

Listen to the blissful, ‘Just Once’ below!

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Eliot Sumner – “Information” [Official Video]

Following its debut back in June, Eliot Sumner (aka I Blame Coco, aka Sting’s daughter) premiers the official video for “Information.” The track is taken from the just released 4-track EP of the same name. In the video, directed by photographer Eliot Lee Hazel, we see Sumner alone in the dessert (thoughts of David Lynch’s ‘Lost Highway’ come to mind) accosted by two vintage muscle cars.

“The video is a representation of the self, alone and vulnerable in a dark void,”   Sumner tells Rolling Stone. ‘Information’ is a breakup song,”  she continues. “It’s about not understanding the situation. With social networks these days, everyone needs to know everything, all the time. But the problem is, people are so used to short snippets of information that no one has any attention span any more. I don’t, anyway. It’s about a quest to know everything.”

The Information – EP is out today via Cherrytree/Interscope.

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Azealia Banks – “Heavy Metal and Reflective“ [Official Video]

 Azealia Banks‘ brand new jam, “Heavy Metal and Reflective“ receives the proper visuals with a clip directed by Rob Soucy x Nick Ace.“It’s supposed to be a little Tarantino kinda vibe, and it’s symbolic of me getting off the label,”  Banks tells Buzzfeed. She also adds: “So I’m really happy to get this project off. Cause I’ve already started working on a bunch of new stuff. I’m still connected to the [Broke With Expensive Taste] music, but I’m still somewhere else, with these other projects, because I know how quickly I like to move and my fan base likes to move. So I’m halfway, like one foot in Broke With Expensive Taste and one foot in the next project, and having all these other ideas. But I’m just happy that I can do whatever I want now.”

Expect Broke With Expensive Taste to arrive later this year via Banks’ own label, Azealia Banks Records. “Heavy Metal and Reflective“ is out now.

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FEMME Covers The Shangri-Las, Anita Ward, Seal and Madonna!

One of our favorite discoveries this year, London’s electropop pixie FEMME has been sharing a series of covers for the past weeks that the singer calls: “songs that have no doubt influenced and inspired the sound and the music I make today.”  Those songs have now been made available as a free download today!

The collection includes songs by American royalty, The Shangri-Las (whom we definitely see as an inspiration for FEMME’s “Fever Boy.” ) as well as Anita Ward, Madonna and Seal. Each cover representing an impacting decade of music spanning from the 60s to the 90s. We absolutely love what she’s done here. Each song has been revitalized with an energetic synthpop sound that breathes new life into the memorable classics. These covers also offer a bit of a glimpse on what FEMME’s music might sound like on her upcoming debut. Exciting!

As a bonus, below is a fantastic cover of Aretha Franklin’s “Respect” not included in this EP collection.

FEMME is joining Elliphant and Charli XCX on a North American tour starting in September for what is sure to be one of the most kick-ass, #girlpower shows ever! Be sure not to miss that!

Enjoy!

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Tour Dates:

09/26 – The Social – Orlando, FL
09/27 – Culture Room – Ft. Lauderdale, FL
09/29 – Freebird Live – Jacksonville Beach, FL
09/30 – Amos’ Southend – Charlotte, NC
10/02 – 9:30 Club – Washington, DC
10/03 – Theatre of the Living Arts – Philadelphia, PA
10/04 – Royale Boston – Boston, MA
10/07 – Webster Hall – New York, NY
10/09 – Cabaret du Mile End – Montreal, QC
10/10 – The Hoxton – Toronto, ON
10/11 – St. Andrews Hall – Detroit, MI
10/13 – Lincoln Hall – Chicago, IL
10/14 – The Ready Room – St. Louis, MO
10/16 – Fitzgerald’s Downstairs – Houston, TX
10/17 – Emo’s – Austin, TX
10/18 – Trees – Dallas, TX
10/20 – The Crescent Ballroom – Phoenix, AZ
10/21 – House of Blues – San Diego, CA
10/24 – Mayan Theatre – Los Angeles, CA
10/25 – Slim’s – San Francisco, CA

Starsmith – “Now I Feel Good” Feat Clare Maguire [Club Edit]

Listen to London DJ\Producer Starsmith’s glorious new single “Now I Feel Good” featuring the vocals of the equally amazing Clare Maguire whom we haven’t heard much from in a very long time. The song premiered a few days ago on Pete Tong’s BBC Radio 1 show. The euphoric track is such the feel good anthem— It makes us feel like summer is starting all over again; it’s such a refreshing blast of sunshine, disco and summertime sadness happiness!

Listen!

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Nu Music: Milk and Bone – “New York” [Debut Single]

Listen to ‘New York’ the stunning debut track by Montreal’s Milk and Bone comprised of Camille Poliquin and Laurence Lafond-Baulne. The very first words that came to mind upon first listen were; “like a feather drifting on air in a cold winter’s day”—  when music makes you visualize something as poetic as a weightless feather floating on air then you know it’s something special. From the start, the downtempo, minimalist ‘New York’ slowly captivates at every drum-kick and snare, only letting go at the bridge, when it breaks into a mixture of static, electronic sounds. And although the production here is simply flawless; it’s the duo’s broody, whispering vocals that will take you to heavenly places.

Listen and share your thoughts on Milk and Bone’s debut below. Click HERE to grab a free download of the track.

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AZ&TOR – “Featherlight” [New Single]

London-based AZ&TOR comprised of vocalist Aisha Zoe and Detroit-born producer Rich Main return with the sublime, aptly-titled, ‘Featherlight.’ The seductive track is as light and smooth as it sounds— imagine if 90’s Acid-jazz band The Brand New Heavies and AlunaGeorge got together for a jamming session…the resulting track would be this gloriously groovy, sexy number.

Check it!

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Nu Music: VÉRITÉ – “STRANGE ENOUGH” [Debut Single]

Listen to NYC songstress VÉRITÉ’s stunning debut called ‘Strange Enough’. Co-penned and produced by Elliot Jacobson, the track explores the emotional struggles of an ill-fated relationship. Cause I wanna fall, but every time you leave me down on the floor, picturing the ways we move, cause nothing ever stays the same”  VÉRITÉ  gently sings during the song’s soaring chorus. ‘Strange Enough’ is quite the introduction; musically, it echoes the early work of 90’s pop singer Dido mixed with the shimmering, electropop magic of Ellie Goulding—a simply gorgeous mixture. Listen!

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ADI ULMANSKY feat. BORGORE – Was It You? [Official Video]

Producer\Singer-songwriter\rapper and all around baddest chic, Adi Ulmansky teams up with rapper Borgore for the trip-hop, R&B-tinged tune, “Was It You?” her latest single and video taken from the killer, Hurricane Girl EP.

In the video, a visually mesmerizing treat directed by Gal Muggia, we see Ulmansky in stunning blue-hair, analyzing the numbing phases of her relationship; “Just where you left me, Wait, was it I that left you? Oh god, my head is melting, It’s a hazy view”  she soulfully sings as the world around her fractures into (perfectly squared) pieces.

The standout track is the only vulnerable moment from the energetic Hurricane Girl  so we’re glad it received the video treatment. Although, we sort of knew it was coming. Adi revealed to us that it’s her favorite track from the EP in our interview with her last year (here).

Check out the video!

“Was It You?” is available now via iTunes, part of the Hurricane Girl EP

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UPDATE: Free Download below!

Röyksopp & Robyn – “Do It Again” [Official Video]

Röyksopp & Robyn unveiled the official video for ‘Do It Again’ taken from the mini-album of the same name. The epic, black-and-white video was directed by Martin de Thurah who has directed videos for Kanye West and Fever Ray. The are some  intense cinematic moments here that feel inspired by Italian cinema. Primarily, the work of  Federico Fellini and\or Bernardo Bertolucci.

Martin de Thurah tells Dazed:  “The video was filmed over three days in four Mexican states – Mexico City, Vera Cruz, Puebla and Hidalgo.” “The stories we worked on and the world we created was much more interesting and captivating than just to focus on (the artists’) performance. I worked with the idea of ‘what is our heart’s desire?’ – and I realized that no one in the world truly gets to live out their passions. We are all under some construct, whether you’re an atheist living in Denmark or a gay person in Russia.”

Watch!

‘Do It Again’ is out now. Tour Dates below!

Röyksopp and Robyn 2014 Tour:
06-13 Barcelona, Spain – Sonar by Night
06-14 Aarhus, Denmark – Northside Festival
06-26 Seattle, WA – Marymoor Park
06-28 San Francisco, CA – Bill Graham Civic Auditorium
06-29 Los Angeles, CA – Hollywood Bowl
07-17-20 Suffolk, England – Latitude Festival
07-18 Ferropolis, Germany – Melt! Festival
08-07-09 Gothenburg, Sweden – Way Out West
08-08 Oslo, Norway – Øyafestivalen
08-15 Hasselt, Belgium – Pukkelpop
08-20 New York, NY – Pier 97
08-21 Washington, VA – Filene Center at Wolf Trap
08-22 Boston, MA – Blue Hills Bank Pavilion