Ellie Goulding

BEST ALBUMS OF 2015

LittleBoots-Working Girl20 – Little BootsWorking Girl

asap-rocky-at-long-last-asap19 – A$AP RockyAT.LONG.LAST.A$AP

 

karinparkapocalypse18 – Karin ParkApocalypse Pop

elliGouldingDelirium17 – Ellie GouldingDelirium

16 – The Dead WeatherDodge and Burn

peaches-rub15 – PeachesRUB

The do-shake-shooken14 – The DøShake, Shook, Shaken

Years_&_Years_-_Communion13 – Years & YearsCommunion

Kali_Uchis12 – Kali UlchisPor Vida

Bjork-Vulnicura11 – Bjork – Vulnicura

 

Troye_Sivan_-_Blue_Neighbourhood10 – Troye Sivan – Blue Neighborhood

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9- Carly Ray JespenE*MO*TION

Halsey_-_Badlands8 – Halsey – BADLANDS

Florence_and_the_Machine_-_How_Big7 – Florence + The MachineHow Big, How Blue, How Beautiful

Empress-Of-Me-560x5606 –  Empress OfMe

On her stunning debut, Lorely Rodriguez aka Empress Of delivers one of the most personal and engrossing electronic albums released this year. After moving from Brooklyn to a remote town in Mexico; Rodriguez wrote, recorded, and produced Me entirely on her own. Her time in isolation is greatly reflected on the album’s minimalist dance sound and deeply personal lyrics. Every song on this record feels like a page torn from her diary; with vivid verses that capture intense moments of love, sex (“Nothing comes between us/ But a piece of latex/ When you tear my clothes off/ Like I was a paycheck”), breakup (“You’re just a heart to break / Easy to manipulate / I want to care much more / But I’m feeling less and less.”) to intimate moments of doubt and self reflection. This album isn’t just a showcase of great songwriting craftsmanship; but also, a brilliant display of innovated, emotionally-driven, DIY dance-music.

shamir-ratchet5 – ShamirRatchet

Although Shamir’s debut title might suggest an “obscene” or “sloppy” (for lack of a better word) musical inclination; nothing could be farther from the truth. There’s nothing Ratchet about this glorious release by the talented 20-year-old Shamir Bailey. With his electric-falsetto and sassy vocals; along with productions that varied from Funk, R&B, Disco to 80s-electropop; the album offers plenty of brilliant, unexpected dance moments that contrasts the electropop perfectionism of Hot Chip and the funky, gender-fluidity of Prince. Simply put— a FUN, FUN, FUN, FUNKY record!

Miguel-Wildheart4 – MiguelWildheart

Miguel’s third album Wildheart could be greatly considered as an exploration of soul-searching by way of pure sexual hedonism. From the sleek and bold sexual ride of “The Valley” to the R&B seduction of “Coffee” and “Flesh” to the desolate moments of “what’s normal anyway”; Miguel masterly blurs the lines between love, sex and solitude on this dreamy, psychedelic ride for self-acceptance and discovery. Much like the steamy, color-melting blend of the album’s artwork, the sound of Wildheart  is a sultry mixture of funky-electronica, trippy-guitar riffs over broody, R&B soundscapes. An absolutely incredible record!

RoisinMurphy-HairlessToys3 –  Roisin MurphyHairless Toys

Hairless Toys was not the pop record we were expecting after an 8-year absence; instead the divine Ms. Roisin Murphy blessed us with a regal musical piece that showcased her artistry extending far beyond the confining limits of pop —musically and visually (watch the videos!!). The sultry, Italo-disco groove of “Gone Fishing”, the Jazzy, synth-mutations of “Exploitation” and the funky, glimmering-pop beats of “Evil Eyes” are pinnacles that highlight her bravery, technicality, innovation and uncompromising, ever-evolving musical brilliance. Bravo, Ms. Murphy!

Abra-Rose2 – ABRARose

Undeniably, ABRA’s Rose is one of the best DIY records released this year! The self-proclaimed “darkwave duchess” emerged early in 2015 with a sleek brand of gloomy, dance-jams that fused elements of house, nu-wave,  R&B and 90s-electronica. Although most of the tracks are built around samples, low-key rhythms and snare drums; the self-produced artist manages to boast a lustrous musical space that’s sensually alluring and technically innovated at every turn. Her bald, lingering lyrics and sexy, honey-combs vocals add a layer of female empowerment and sensual confidence to the record that’s on par with Rihanna and FKA twigs. ABRA is yet to fully bloom; but we can already see the exciting potential behind every single petal of this captivating, electric Rose. BUY THIS!

 

GRIMES-ART-ANGELS

1 – GrimesArt Angels

There something indescribable about the music of Art Angles that is truly captivating.  It has elements of dance, hip-hop, shoegaze, new wave, industrial, alt-rock and trip-hop… to try to pin-point its root genre is practically impossible. And yet, we can all agree that it’s a pop record. A pop record unlike any other. A pop record with a message. ‘Cause underneath it’s dazzling, shimmering pop concoctions lies commentary on current social issues; subjects like the treatment of female musicians in the industry (“California”), global warming (“Butterfly”) and environmental change (“Life In The Vivid Dream”). Grimes wrote, composed, performed, recorded, produced, and engineered the album in its entirety; a trade we’re seeing more and more these days with new female artist ( See above; ABRA, Empress Of) but one that is hardly ever publicize. So, Art Angels’ message isn’t simply on prevailing social issues, but a highlight of female empowerment, technical artistry and purveyance of innovation. A truly defining moment for female musicians; but most importantly, for pop music.

STREAM: Ellie Goulding – “Life Round Here” [James Blake Cover Ft. Angel Haze]”

 

Listen to Ellie Goulding’s beautifully haunting cover of James Blake’s “Life Round Here” the track features NYC’s Angel Haze. Now, I’m not the biggest Angel Haze fan, I’ve yet to find a song of hers to really capture my attention, but the flow and major lyrical swag she brings to this track is kind of undeniable. I actually like it better than Chance The Rapper’s verse on the original.

What do you guys think of Ellie’s cover?!

BEST ALBUMS OF 2012

 

Here are my top picks for best albums of the year.

If you missed my picks for 2011 check here.

 

25. The KDMSKinky Dramas & Magic Stories [iTunes]

We’d got a taste of The KDMS’s sound via their incredibly groovy cover of Madonna‘s Gimme All Your Luvin’ (here). The duo, comprised of Polish producer Maximilian Skiba and singer Kathy Diamond continued to showcase their groove and motion with their upbeat, feel good, nu-disco debut. If you are a fan of Róisín Murphy‘s sexy vocals, then you should let Kathy Diamond’s soulful voice seduce you the same way Murphy’s does.


24. GossipA Joyful Noise [iTunes]

I still feel Beth Ditto’s vocals on this record sound restrained and controlled—but watching Ditto belt-out these tracks LIVE (where Ditto is at her best) 3-times during the course of this release, I’ve grown to love this record. Ditto’s raw LIVE vocal power birth new life into every song; the stage is where these songs truly become A Joyful Noise.

23. WAZURobobo [iTunes]

 Dark-wave Aussie duo WAZU arrived out of nowhere with the haunting industrial track, Murder 1′; the track quickly became one of my favorites— but it wasn’t till the witchy, synth-heavy track ‘Happy Endings’ appeared that I began to pay attention. Their debut album, Robobo is heavily influenced by new-wave and ’80s industrial sound that bare comparison to the best in the genre (Depeche Mode). The vocal exchanges and mashups between singers Matt and Rizz are definitely a plus here–as it adds a new dimension to the music. Robobo is not perfect, but it’s a great introduction to a very promising band.

22. SSIONBent [iTunes]

There are plenty of addictive, pop, house, dance tunes and glitter here to turn anyone into a dancing queen. Simply play the addictive, ‘Blonde With You’ and ‘Listen 2 The Grrrls’ once, and I guaranteed you that you’ll be hooked. There is no escaping the dancing power of SSION.

21. TRUSTTRST [iTunes]

TRUST‘s (Robert Alfons and Austra‘s Maya Postepski) industrial, moody, goth-flecked synth-pop sound will seduce you into a dark, sweaty world filled with smoke, sex and drugs. Robert Alfons’ smoky, slithering vocals on this record are creepy, menacing, inviting, and at the same time seductive and sexually enticing. Think Crystal Castles with a more sensual pop sound. I love this record.

20. Garbage Not Your Kind of People [iTunes]

I’ve been a fan of Garbage from the very beginning. Through their good, Bad and ugly. Fortunately, Not Your Kind of People is one of their best work. This record represents Garbage’s return to form…the dazzling alt-rock-sythn heavy hooks and screeching guitars of the 90’s are back, alongside Shirley Manson’s empowering vocals and songs. Give this record another try!


19. LadyhawkeAnxiety [iTunes]

Ladyhawke‘s sophomore album was not what fans were expecting from the New Zealand singer. On her second outing, Brown substituted her synthy-pop sound with psychedelic guitar-riffs and 80s inspired rock hooks that brought a level of maturity to her music. The record succeeds, by delivering catchy and lyrically engaging pop tunes that never sound too-distant from Ladyhawke’s electro-pop material.


18. Friends Manifest! [iTunes]

The 1980s musical revival never sounded so good… and so addictive. Brooklyn based, indie-electro-pop band, Friends’ ( a horrible name btw, try to Google the word ‘Friends,’ it’ll take you 10hrs to find the band)  collection of cool and slick indie-dance tracks will seduce you into a New York state of mind where punk, funk and disco once dared to mingle.


17. Lana Del ReyBorn To Die [iTunes]

I think by now we all have our own opinions about who Lana Del Rey is or wants to be  — but if we allow ourselves to let go of everything we know about her, including the dreadful SNL live performance and just focus solemnly on her music; we end-up with a soulful, remarkable record that transcends genres and time. ‘Born To Die’ successfully fuses hip-hop, R&B and electronic pop music with a vintage, faux-americana with a 1950s flair that oozes sensuality and glam; all while maintaining a vague sense humor.

 

16. Hot ChipIn Our Heads [iTunes]

This is probably hot chip’s most playful and colorful record to date. In Our Heads sounds like a debut of sorts due to it’s innovation and fusion of genres like Disco, Techno and Pop. Let Alexis Taylor and Joe Goddard‘s inescapable sound lure you back onto the dancefloor and help you get your groove back.


15. Frank OceanChannel ORANGE [iTunes]

On this record Frank Ocean pours his heart and soul and lays it all down for the whole world to see. Channeling the best of Stevie Wonder and Prince, every track on this record perfectly depicts stories of love and loss over Ocean’s soulful, falsetto-brushed vocals and honeycombed R&B grooves.

14. Purity RingShrines [iTunes]

Canadian duo Purity Ring (Megan James and Corin Roddick) will remind you of a few bands; the duo employs the same ghostly pitch-shifted vocals reminiscent of The Knife, Burial, and Crystal Castles to some extend. But the duo aligns closer to nu-wave and synth-pop bands of the 80’s. Unlike the bands mentioned above, Purity Ring brings a ‘fun’ factor to their lush, dreamy sound —and the clever mixture of hip-hop, synth and R&B grooves makes for a very creative debut.

13. SolangeTRUE [iTunes]

Admittedly, I’ve never heard Solange’s first record. So this album is kinda like a debut for me. From the first addictive opening track, Losing You to the soulful nostalgic final track Bad Girls  this record is true perfection from beginning to end—largely in part to the slick masterful production of Dev Hynes, (Aka Blood Orange) Dev Hynes is a genius musician!

12. Crystal Castles(III) [iTunes]

I think this is probably my favorite Crystal Castles’ album to date. On this record the band sounds more streamlined, cohesive and melodic than before. There is still plenty of anger, screams and staggering synth work here, but it all feels like it has purpose now. There is structure to the sound and lyrically it conveys more emotions than the previous records…even if the lyrics are still dystopian and apocalyptic in nature.

11. Marina and The DiamondsElectra Heart [iTunes]

This record shares a lot of similarities to Lana Del Rey‘s Born To Die. They both share the same sentiment and obsession about the American life and dream — they both feel like are being narrated by a housewife…and thou Del Rey’s take has more of a vintage (50’s and 60’s) nostalgic approach, Marina’s vision plays a like a mainstream soap opera with a cynical take on the role. This is an incredible pop record.

 

10. The XXCoexist    [iTunes]

A beautiful record that flourishes on its own minimalist sound escapes. All tracks are sung and delivered beautifully by Romy Croft and Olive Sim over dreamy keyboards, delicate guitar riff and simple chord progressions. Their duets on this record sound intimate and tense— almost as if they were recorded in a bedroom. A simply remarkable record that showcases the band’s musical refinement and rapid growth.

 

9. ChromaticsKill for Love [iTunes]

This gorgeous record is a perfect winter companion. Ruth Radelet’s monotonic and delicate vocals accompanied by the masterful italo style synth work and ghostly piano riffs by Johnny Jewel will hypnotize you into a timeless cinematic dream-scape of smoke, glam and nightlife.


8. Totally Enormous Extinct Dinosaurs  – Trouble [iTunes]

Totally Enormous Extinct Dinosaurs makes music at the central point between pop, electro, house and melodic rave – and his debut album ‘Trouble’ is just more proof that TEED‘s Orlando Higginbottom is one of the most fascinating, brilliant and musically kaleidoscopic artists in the world right now.

7. Fiona Apple The Idler Wheel Is Wiser Than… [iTunes]

This is the same emotional, spiteful and poetic Fiona Apple we ALL love…but this time around without any label restrictions. In her Fourth LP and first self-produced record, Fiona sounds more confident and self-aware (As if that’s even possible) by revealing every intimacy and disillusions of her life behind a cabaret-style acoustic set and masterful piano work.


6. Bat For LashesThe Haunted Man [iTunes]

Natasha Khan‘s third record, The Haunted Man, is a more personal and intimate affair than the gipsy-like, outwardly, story driven artistry of the first two records. On The Haunted Man, Khan explores issues of longing and loss and musically I feel is one of her best records; it reminds me a lot of PJ Harvey’s Let England Shake (which was my pick for best album of 2011) This record is raw and darkly enigmatic…but it’s also a pop record at heart.

5. Ellie GouldingHalcyon [iTunes]

It’s hard to believe that Goulding’s first record, ‘Lights’ was only released two years ago. There is an immense maturity on Halcyon that I feel leaps ahead of her debut. With songs like ‘Figure 8’, ‘My Blood’ and ‘Don’t Say A Word’ Goulding showcases her songwriting growth as she dwells deeper into love, loss and heartbreak while vocally conveying emotions on every song with confidence and hope.

 

4. SantigoldMaster of My Make Believe [iTunes]

With Master of My Make Believe, Santigold solidified herself as a genre-bending auteur. With the help of Switch, Diplo, Dave Sitek, and John HillIs, Santi gave us a wide range of addictive and creatives tracks that ranged from dancehall to hip-hop to rock. Although nowadays, cross-genre adaptability is no longer a novelty, this record simply serves as a proclamation that Santi did it first…and can still do it well.

3. Jessie Ware Devotion [Amazon]

Devotion is an incredible soulful affair that channels the beautiful voice of sultry diva Lisa Stansfield and the sensual and timeless musicality of the iconic Sade. The record seamlessly blends Pop, Soul and R&B with contemporary electronic music; but it’s Jessie Ware’s soothing and dreamy vocals that shine brightly throughout each song. ‘Devotion’ is a beautiful record that stages the introduction of a shining new star.


2. Karin ParkHighwire Poetry [iTunes]

Thanks in part to The Knife collaborator, Christoffer Berg, Swedish electro-goth songstress Karin Park delivered a perfect, gloomy and brooding electronic record that almost made me knock-down Grimes from the top spot. Heavily influenced by 80’s industrial sound, synth and dub, mixed with lyrics of longing, sex and religion, Park manages to outshine comparisons by delivering a lush, gorgeous record that sounds years ahead of it’s time.

1. GrimesVisions [iTunes]

On her first two records ‘Halfaxa’ and ‘Geidi Primes’, Grimes aka Clare Boucher introduced us to a range of gloomy atmospheric tunes and trippy psychedelic songs. With, Visions, her third record (to what she calls her debut) Boucher experimented with pop and synthesized electronic melodies that gave birth to one of the most creative and refreshing albums of the year. Wether is K-pop, Hip-Hop, new age, or bubblegum music, Grimes finds the core and soul of all those genres and delivers something new and creative that’s completely out-of-the-box and musically forward.

 

 

 

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

 

 

Ellie Goulding – “Hanging On” New Track + Official Video + [Svyable + PRFFTT Bootleg]

 

The beautiful and talented Ellie Goulding recently released a cover of Active Child‘s magnificent track “Hanging On.” Ellie’s dubstep rendition of the track is heart wrenching and simply gorgeous—and so is it’s dreamy official video.

I have to admit that I’ve never heard Active Child‘s original version —but after listening to lead singer Patrick Grossi‘s live performance of the song I’m completely blown away. Patrick’s voice is incredible! Watch the video below (round the 0:47 mark)

Also, check out Producers PRFFTT & Svyable‘s equally stunning take on Ellie‘s “Hanging On.”

Ellie Goulding (iTunes)

Active Child (iTunes)

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Ellie Goulding – High For This [Monsieur Adi Remix]

Ellie Goulding‘s highly praised cover of the Weeknd‘s ‘High For This’ has been on repeat around here for a few days now (here)… it was only appropriate that the wonderful track receive it’s own deserving remix.

Enter Monsieur Adi, with it’s epic moving string work and drum progressions the incredible Adi propels the track to heavenly levels.

You thought Ellie’s original was touching? wait ’till you hear this version. Amazing.

The Slips – Remix – Zowie – CSS – Kylie Minogue – Ellie Goulding – Crystal Fighters and More!

The Slips

Get to know Sydney\London based electro-dance duo The Slips (David Treahearn & Rob Haggett). The duo has recently produced some incredible remixes for great artists such as CSS, The Crystal Fighters, LCD Soundsystem, The XX, I Blame CocoKylie Minogue, Ellie Goulding and more!

They recently sent me a killer dubstep remix for Zowie‘s new single “Smash It” and it completely got me hooked! Below is collection of their recent work and Oh yes, these tracks are all you need to get your party-on this weekend! Grab them now!

Follow The Slips on Soundcloud and Facebook to download additional tracks and some oldie but goodie mixtapes!

Enjoy!

RMXs by The Slips

Kylie Minogue – Sexual Gold (The Slips RMX) by The Slips

Kylie Minogue – In My Arms (The Slips RMX) by The Slips