Florence + The Machine

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!

 

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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.

Nicolas Jaar Remixes Florence and the Machine’s “What Kind of Man”

Nicolas Jaar turns Florence and the Machine’s incredible new single “What Kind of Man” into a funky, 12-minute electronic odyssey! Imagine if Grace Slick from 60’s psychedelic rock band Jefferson Airplane got together with disco-funk pioneers Kool and The Gang to make an electronic record…. I’m certain this is what that effort would sound like!

Listen!!

“What Kind of Man” is taken from Florence and the Machine’s forthcoming album, How Big How Blue How Beautiful out June 2 in the US via Republic Records.

Calvin Harris feat. Florence Welch – “Sweet Nothing” [Official Video]

 

Florence + The Machine‘s chanteuse, Florence Welch and super-producer Calvin Harris have unleashed the official video for the soaring dance anthem “Sweet Nothing!”

In the video, the vocal diva shows her acting skills by portraying a troubled singer in a dingy strip lounge. Check out her phenomenal and powerful performance!

“Sweet Nothing” is taken from Calvin Harris’ upcoming release ’18 months’ arriving on October 29. The album will feature guest spots by Kelis, Ne-Yo, Dizzee Rascal, Ellie Goulding, Tinie Tempah and of course, Florence Welch.

Check it out!

Calvin Harris And Florence + The Machine unleash “Sweet Nothing”

Florence + The Machine‘s chanteuse Florence Welch and super-producer Calvin Harris reunite again to deliver the the bouncy and euphoric dance anthem “Sweet Nothing!”

Florence’s vocals soars thoughtout this entire gem of a track! Simply amazing!

“Sweet Nothing” is taken from Calvin Harris’ upcoming release 18 months arriving on October 29. The album will fearuted guest spots by Dizzee Rascal, Ellie Goulding, Tinie Tempah and of course, Florence Welch.

Check it out!

Florence + The Machine – ‘Spectrum’ [New Video] + Calvin Harris Remix

 

Florence & The Machine has unveiled the video for ‘Spectrum’ directed by the legendary David LaChapelle.

The track, is the fifth single taken from the red-headed goddess most recent album ‘Ceremonials.’

LaChapelle comments:

“It’s a beautiful song that really touched me and inspired me to create imagery that matches its power. ‘Spectrum’ is free of scepticism, irony, and the coldness one finds in a lot of contemporary popular music.”

“It’s the opposite – full of light, positivity and authentic joy. I hope that I can do justice to this moving modern classic.”

Check out the new incredible video and grab the Calvin Harris remix of the single below!

Florence & The Machine (iTunes)

ColeCo – “Can’t Stop” EP + Florence And The Machine (Drake Cover Remix)

Check out ‘Can’t Stop’ the brand new EP by production duo ColeCo (Duncan Grewar and Sean Koch) from Toronto, Canada. Having recently opened for artists such as The Weeknd, The Magician, Com Truise and Fake Blood, they continue to turn heads as a production duo not to be overlooked.

The ‘Can’t Stop’ EP contains 3 incredible non-stop dance track and the killer remix of the Drake cover “Take Care” by Florence And The Machine.

To download the EP for FREE simply visit the duo’s main site (Here) and grab yourself a copy!

We really love everything we’ve heard so far from ColeCo…and we can’t wait to hear more!!

ColeCo (Facebook)

BEST ALBUMS OF 2011

Here are my top picks for “Best Albums Of 2011

 

25. Theophilus LondonTimez Are Weird These Days

Brooklyn based rapper Theophilus London delivers a pop friendly debut by perfectly mixing 80’s inspired electro beats and dance music with his own dose of NYC rhyme and swag. The first 3 tracks will have you hooked in seconds. A must album if you need a little gansta fix. (iTunes)

24. Chris BrownF.A.M.E

With it’s perfect balance of R&B bedroom ballads and dance-floor thumpers, Chris Brown hits it out of the park with this great comeback record. (iTunes)

23. GIRL IN A COMAExist & All The Rest

Pop-Rock at is best. Dabbing into pop and 80’s style Brit-Rock, the girl-trio delivers their most pop-friendly record to date. If you are fan of The Smiths and Morrissey then you must listen to this record! (iTunes)

22. Wynter GordonWith The Music I Die

In the sea of pop starlets, Wynter Gordon appeared out of nowhere and managed to stand-out brightly with an instantly addictive, unapologetic, guilt free pop record. Sadly, only the EP is available on iTunes. Find the full album! (iTunes)

21. RihannaTalk That Talk

Sexy, raunchy and simply naughty. Rihanna pushes the boundaries of pop music with this record. She manages to get away with it with style and candidly rolls it all together with “Cockiness and Persuasion” (iTunes)

20. KATY B – On A Mission

Dub-Step is not an easy animal to tame, but London’s Katy B and her production team notably succeed by merging the genre with suave hip-hop beats, R&B vocals and plenty of pop friendly tunes. A star is born. (iTunes)

19.The DøBoth Ways Open Jaws

When I introduced you to this French-Finnish duo I recall describing their album as “one of the best albums you haven’t heard” Hopefully, that’s not true anymore. I hope some of you listen and took a chance on this phenomenal record. The album mixes indie-rock with electro-pop. The band’s use of organic instruments like horns and strings make this record among the most originals out there. Get this record! (iTunes)

18. Lady GagaBorn This Way

I hate the album cover and every over-produced, nonsensical, self-indulgent music video she has released so far off this record; but I love every song on the album! Lots of 80’s pop-rock influences and plenty of catchy, electronic pop gems that simply demonstrate that Gaga’s music can outshine her extravagant sense of Art and Style. Big props to Gaga for making the saxophone cool again. Great record. (iTunes)

17. NEW LOOK(Self-titled)

There is no formula for making music feel classic or timeless; but this Canadian duo managed to almost achieve that with their self-titled debut. Sonically, is one of most beautiful electronics albums I’ve heard in a long time. It’s dreamy soundscapes and Sarah Ruba’s beautiful lush vocals make this a stunning debut. (Amazon)

16. Beyonce4

In my opinion Beyonce has never sounded better than in this, her 4th record. “4” focuses solely on Beyonce’s voice. The results turn out to be one of her best efforts. One can literately feel her every emotion in every note and breath she takes. She reaches Diana Ross DIVA like status with this record. Aside from Adele’s ’21,’ this makes for one amazing break-up album. (iTunes)

15. Florence + The MachineCeremonials

Did anyone have any doubt in their minds that Florence Welch‘s sophomore record would be anything less than amazing?! (iTunes)

14. Little DragonRitual Union

So much to love about this record! Sweden’s Little Dragon re-introduces early 90’s trip-hop music with a laid back, neo-soul rhythmic vibe. Yukimi Nagano‘s sensuous vocals contemplate the electronic island-tinged music on this record beautifully. (iTunes)

13. SBTRKT(Self-titled)

Incredible debut by producer Aaron Jerome aka SBTRKT. Amazing guest vocals. Melodic dub-step and Drum & Bass with undeniably groovy pop moments. A must have album! (iTunes)

12. AUSTRAFeel It Break

Katie Stelmanis’ haunting witchery voice in the tracks “Loose it” and “Beat And The Pulse” completely seduced me into a state of hypnosis. It’s synth driven arrangements and ethereal sound will transport you to a gorgeous dark fairytale. Dim the lights, light-up a candle and be spellbound. (iTunes)

11. The Sound Of ArrowsVoyage

A gorgeous, dreamy, uplifting, and melodic space-odyssey by the talented Swedish electro-pop duo. (iTunes)

10.EMIKA (Self-titled)

Emika’s debut-album mixes dubstep, electronica and classical-piano. The record has a gloomy atmospheric vibe with affecting lyrics that at times sent chills down my spine. Its minimalist sound, along with Emika’s alluring vocals will seduce into a beautiful haunting musical trance. A must have gem! (iTunes)

9. JESSICA 6See The Light

Nomi Ruiz‘s smokey sensual voice stands out greatly here. She beautifully complements the album’s nightlife and sexcapades love stories to the beat of Soul, Disco, House and R&B. An absolute must have album. (iTunes)

8. SEBASTIANTOTAL

This album has everything I loved from Justice‘s debut album– screeching guitars, high-energy raw sounds, but with Sebastian’s own unique take on french-electro and disco. A great dance record. Check out M.I.A‘s guest spot on the track “CTFO” (Chill the fuck out) It’s brilliant. (iTunes)

7. M83 – Hurry Up, We’re Dreaming

With it’s combination of retro throwback beats, 80’s style Synth and grandiose electronic orchestry, team M83 manages to make almost every track on this record play like an arena sized anthem. This album is simply EPIC. (iTunes)

6. MonarchyAround The Sun

Sweet electro-pop perfection! Catchy hooks and synth driven melodies make almost every track on this record shine on its own. A complete guilty pleasure. (iTunes)

5. Azari & III(Self-titled)

One of the best albums released this year period. Azari & III’s debut is a dance record that holds no prisoners. It’s vocal swag, driving bass lines and intoxicating house groove will having you dancing within minutes. Funk has never sounded so good. (Amazon)

4.The WeekndHouse Of Balloons

Lyrically, this album is overtly sexualized. It’s about sex, drugs and women. But surprisingly, the album doesn’t sound cheap or distasteful at all. And that’s due to it’s atmospheric production, smoky R&B electronic vibe and to Abel Tesfaye‘s incredible smooth vocals. (Free Download)

3.James Blake(self-titled)

James Blake‘s minimalist, atmospheric and spooky debut made me fall in love with electronic music all over again. Where other artists use a vocoder as a cheap trick, Blake uses it to invoke passion and yearning to his voice; in the process discovering that technology too, can have a soul. I SIMPLY LOVE THIS RECORD! “Limit To Your Love” and “The Wilhelm Scream” are masterpieces. I tear-up every time I play them. (iTunes)

2. Adele21

Unquestionably one of the best break-up albums EVER! Adele’s powerful voice reaches everyone’s heart and soul with every single song on this record. (iTunes)

1. PJ HarveyLet England Shake

I’m a huge PJ Harvey fan. I’ve seen PJ live in concert about 10 times and I’ve been following her career from the very beginning. I respect and adore her body of work. To me, PJ Harvey embodies true musical artistry. She is a rock star, a musician, a writer, a producer, a singer and a performer. And nothing can showcase that artistry better than “Let England Shake” the musical love letter to her homeland, England. This albums is PJ best work since “Stories From The City” and fully embraces the organic instrumentation (piano, harps etc.) and poetry she dabbled with during her seventh album “White Chalk”.  This is one of Harvey’s best records. Is masterful in every possible way. (iTunes)

 

*The records below didn’t quite make it into my list of 25 but should be considered*

26 – The RaptureIn The Grace OF Your Love

27 – Wolfram – (Self-titled)

28 –Friendly FiresPALA

29 – YuksekLiving On the Edge of Time

30 – Kelly RowlandHere I Am

Florence + The Machine – Shake It Out (The Weeknd Remix) PLUS Official Video

Florence + The Machine - Shake It Out Remix

The weeknd‘s  deconstruction and re-imagining of Florence + The Machine outstanding new single ‘Shake It Out’ seems to be getting a lot of attention, and rightly so. Their take on the track is pure genius! But you’ve heard the song already, now watch the just released accompanying video for the remix.

And make sure to revisit my introduction and semi review of The Weeknd‘s phenomenal first EP, House Of Ballons from a few months back here

Enjoy!

Shake It Out- Florence + The Machine (Benny Benassi Remix) by LudaBeatsMusic

Florence + The Machine – Shake it Out by Artur Cunha

Florence And The Machine – ‘What The Water Gave Me’ New Video

The diva and siren otherwise known as Florence Welch is back! With a new song called “What The Water Gave Me” and as expected, the song is absolute perfection!

Paul Epworth producer of Flo’s multi-platinum selling debut album ‘Lungs’ has been busy in the studio with Flo in recent months working on the eagerly awaited sequel. And as anticipation builds for the new Florence & The Machine album Epworth recently revealed some insider information about the recording process via Twitter:

“It’s a weird record that sounds live in ways and like a machine in others, with sensitivity and power from both the music and Flo’s voice.”

“I feel for the A&R dept having to try and whittle these tracks down to 10 or 12 because there really are no weak ones.

The new Florence + The Machine album arrives on November 7. The day of my birthday!! 😉

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