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Jessie Ware – “Imagine It Was Us” [New Song!]

The incredibly talented Jessie Ware and producer friend Julio Bashmore have done it again!

Annie Mac’s Radio One has just premiered a brand new collaboration by the pair called “Imagine It Was Us.” The track is a disco tinged house number that will appear in Ware’s upcoming, Devotion: Gold Edition’ on April 15.

“Imagine It Was Us” is insanely good. Take a listen!

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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.

 

 

 

Jessie Ware – “No To Love” The Remixes EP

 

Soultress and breakthrough artist of the year, Jessie Ware continues her string of killer remixes with the excellent “No To Love.”

The groovy track gets a deserving EP with remixes by George Fitzgerald, Ewan Pearson and Todd Edwards. Each producer adds their own spin and flavor to the track; from an 80′s take by Ewan Pearson to a futuristic upbeat dance mix by Todd Edwards while Fitzgerald maintains the soulful essence of the track.

“No To Love” is taken from Jessie Ware’s stunning debut, Devotion (Out Now)

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JESSIE WARE – “Night Light” [Joe Goddard Remix]

 

The beautiful track “Night Light” by the lovely Jessie Ware gets a sexy dance remix by none other than electro-pop master, Joe Goddard from Hot Chip!

This is pure perfection! Take a Listen!!!

“Night Light” is taken from Jessie Ware‘s exceptional debut, Devotion, out now.

UPDATE

The magical pairing of Joe and Jessie came together as a result of a BACARDI funded mentoring scheme called BACARDI Beginnings which sees established artists mentor the best up-and-coming music talent and showcase their sound to wider audiences.  Each is given a £10,000 bursary to spend on the career of an upcoming musical act of their choice. How incredible is that?!

Joe Goddard chose to mentor Jessie Ware, Friendly Fires picked electro-pop-R&B duo, Aluna George and Mylo selected upcoming songstress, and one of our favorite new artists, Ronika!

The project launched earlier this year to mark BACARDI’s 150th birthday and as part of the brand’s ongoing commitment to support new musical talent.

What an amazing musical project! I’m dying to hear what ALL these incredible talent comes up with!

Below is a video of Joe and Jessie working together in the studio for the “Night Light remix”

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Jessie Ware – “Devotion” [Album Review]

We introduced you to British soulful diva Jessie Ware back in February when she released the sultry Julio Bashmore produced, “Running” , the ballad “Wildest Moments” and later the beautiful, R&B-Drum&Bass track, “110%.”

Well, last week we saw the release of Ware’s highly anticipated album-debut entitled, Devotion. Devotion is an incredible soulful affair that channels the beautiful sound and voice of sultry diva Lisa Stansfield, the delicate effervescence sound of Sade and the groovy, sensual, timeless musicality of the iconic Grace Jones.

The record seamlessly blends Soul and R&B with modern and contemporary electronic music that ranges from Pop to Disco to Hip-Hop. With it’s glorious blend of 80s keyboards and R&B grooves, “Still Love Me” and “Not To Love” are perfect examples of such clever musical union. Other highlights of the record include the gorgeous Diana Ross and The Supremes kind of ballad “Sweet Talk” and the beautiful, downtempo titled-track, “Devotion.”

The masterful sound production of this record is simply stellar from beginning to end. But it’s Jessie’s naturally alluring, soothing and dreamy vocals that shine brightly throughout each song.

Devotion is an incredible debut that stages the introduction of a shining new star.

 

Below are the videos for Ware’s first three releases, plus a video where she talks about Devotion track by track.

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Jessie Ware – 110% [New Video]

Fresh from the release of the soulful “Running,” the beautiful and talented Jessie Ware has just unleashed the brand new video for “110%,” An elegant pop song that brilliantly blends Ware’s R&B soulful vocals over Hip-Hop and Drum & Bass style beats.

This track is just beautiful!

“110%,” was produced by Bristol based producer, Julio Bashmore.

For the past seven months Jessie and Dave Okumu (The Invisible) have been working at London’s Red Bull Studios on her eagerly anticipated debut. Expect the album to drop later this Summer.

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Jessie Ware – Running (New Video + Disclosure Remix)

Electronic-R&B vocalist and soon to be a star Jessie Ware is giving me some great classic Sade and Lisa Stansfield sultry vibes with her brand new single “Running”. The track is a preview of what’s to come from her upcoming debut.

Jessie Ware recently spoke to Red Bull about the single (redbull.co.uk)

It’s a part two of a song I wrote with Julio Bashmore. Part one Sweet Talk is quite flirtatious and more upbeat; it’s about a person that puts on the charm and the other person falls for them. Running is about the repercussions of not staying away. It’s about the darker side of falling for somebody and being so entrapped by your feelings for them.

The beautiful and talented South Londoner also appeared in two tracks in last year’s SBTRKT‘s incredible self-titled debut—an album that made it to my list of ‘Best Albums of 2011′ and one that I still highly recommend.

Check out the new video plus listen to the banging and killer classic-house remix by the Disclosure brothers.

Jessie Ware’s debut album arrives sometime this summer.

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