Jay Loyola

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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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

Bat for Lashes – “Skin Song” [New Track]

Listen to Bat for Lashes’ gorgeous contribution to Body Of Songs, the music and science venture that brings together Britain’s most talented musicians and medical experts to create a collection of songs inspired by the organs of the human body.

Guided by medical experts including pathologists, neurologists and stem cell scientists; the artists where given lessons about individual parts of the anatomy and then asked them to create a song based on their chosen organ or body part. Below is “Skin Song,” Natasha Khan’s moving contribution to the project. “The song is from the perspective of an old lady looking back on her life through thoughts of the history in her skin.”

Although, Body Of Songs isn’t an entirely new idea; Bjork explored this subject with Medulla  and somewhat with Biophillia; I find the subject of Biology as an inspiration to create music simply fascinating—lyrically and musically, the results are always emotionally captivating. Take a listen!

Body Of Songs will feature songs by Ghostpoet and Goldie, amongst others. More details in the video below.

 

Netsky – “Running Low” Featuring Beth Ditto [Official Video]

DJ\Producer Boris Daenen aka Netsky and Beth Ditto of GOSSIP team up for “Running Low,” an energetic, drum & bass jam the mixes the trademark, bombastic beats of the Belgium producer and the haunting, passionate vocals of the fabulous, Ms. Ditto. Although, Ditto is not featured in the newly released video; is practically impossible not to imagine or feel her presence with those powerful vocals.

“Running Low” is the first glimpse of Netsky‘s new material from the upcoming, yet-untitled, third studio album scheduled to be drop later this year.

To get a free download of the Fred V & Grafix Remix of “Running Low” simply Shazam the official video to get your free download. Nice!

“Running Low” will be released on iTunes on August 24th.

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