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Check out the Songs of the week playlists for more songs from London Grammar, Code Walk, Mac Demarco, M83, Fionn Regan, Future Islands, Chinah and more.
Play via Youtube, Spotify, Deezer and Soundcloud:
Syd – ‘Nothing From Somethin’
From the excellent debut album from The Internet’s Syd, who makes sensual modern R&B feel easy. ‘Nothing From Somethin’ is my current favourite.
Missy Elliott – ‘I’m Better’ featuring Lamb
Every now and again, Missy Elliott returns to claim your ears for a long weekend and provide talented kids with songs to dance to. ‘I’m Better’ is a Missy jam of the highest order. Get low.
Bolis Pupul – ‘Wei’
Sampha – ‘Kora Sings’
Current highlight from the long-awaited debut album from Sampha. More on the album.
Dirty Projectors feat. DAWN – ‘Cool Your Haart’
The DPs’ forthcoming self-titled album hets its most pop and most intriguing moment yet with ‘Cool Your Heart’ a collaboration with D∆WN Richards. “An anthem against co-dependency and about feeling cool by yourself”, the song (and video) leads by example. Tyondai Braxton helped out on the production and Mauro Refosco “brings the Bahia beat.”
Soulé – ‘Good Life’
Dublin singer Soulé’s debut single ‘Love No More’ made a big enough impression locally that is was nominated for an Choice Music Prize Irish Song of the Year. And it’s easy to hear why. Soulé is one of the most promising new artists in the soul, R&B and pop sphere in Ireland and to further prove it she has dropped her follow up single ‘Good Life’, a song inspired by ’90s house, 2step and garage.
Joshua Burnside – ‘Tunnels Pt.2’
Ephrata‘s lead single ‘Tunnels Pt.2’ is awash with urgency, imagination and immediacy.
Posted on February 10th, 2017
Despite the rise of Spotify and streaming services, The music video continues to dominate in terms of artist marketing due to the domination of Youtube, the major label’s push of Vevo and the independent artists making cracking videos on small budgets released through Vimeo. Music videos are still hugely effective for establishing an artist’s brand. For this list, I kept that in mind, while also representing the videos for songs that either I loved or liked previously, or videos that lifted or introduced a song to me. The power of a good idea and great execution is what is celebrated here.
Live TV performance of the year
Kendrick Lamar performing on Late Show with Stpehen Colbert
Lamar and his band played a To Pimp A Butterfly medley (or “The Very Horny Caterpillar” as Colbert called it) on the second episode of Stephen Colbert’s tenure at Late Show filling in permanently the big boots of Dave Letterman. It was a powerhouse of a performance, featuring the tracks ‘Wesley’s Theory’, ‘Momma’, ‘King Kunta’ and ‘u’ and performed with a tight band that includes Anna Wise, Bilal and Thundercat. Proof that Kendrick pushed his music and himself as much as possible this year.
Best use of video to promote an album
Video by: Colm Russell
20. Missy Elliott – ‘WTF (Where They From)’
Directed by: Dave Meyers & Missy Elliott
What better way for Missy to return that with a kickass dance video?
19. Sleep Thieves – ‘You Want The Night’
Directed by Mike P. Nelson
A brilliant collection of horror-mongering imagery to suit a foreboding song.
18. Major Lazer & DJ Snake – ‘Lean On’ (feat. MØ)
Video by: Tim Erem
MØ’s limber dance moves and the lads attempt at doing what the professionals do is a right laugh. More than anything though, the video and the dancing suited the song down to the ground.
17. Charli XCX – ‘Famous’
Video by: Eric Wareheim
Charli XCX’s saccharine bright pop is counteracted by Eric Wareheim’s warped mind which infects the neon space of the music video with ideas about the negativity of our reliance on our social media feeds, mobile devices and vanity.
Video by: Feel Good Lost
The song endures as a recent Irish classic but Brendan Canty gives its 2015 sax-version a new dimension that explores an unhinged couple’s escapade.
Posted on December 10th, 2015
New music chart
- Talos – ‘In Time’
- Hot Chip – ‘Huarache Lights’ (Soulwax Remix)
- Alice Cohen – ‘Backwards’
- Janet Jackson – ‘BURNITUP!’ (feat. Missy Elliott)
- Wounded Healer – ‘Panic About Love’
- Daughter – ‘Doing The Right Thing’
- Martyn – Falling For You
- Liss – ‘Always’
- !!! – Bam City
- Rejjie Snow – blakkst-skn feat Rejjie Snow (prod. Kaytranda)
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Posted on October 5th, 2015
There’s lots of good stuff in there for your ears and DJ sets including remixes of Missy Elliott, Jay Dee, Jill Scott, Azealia Banks, Ciara and more. There’s original tracks in there too as well as an edit of Chaka Khan’s ‘Ain’t Nobody’ titled ‘Forever Lasting Night’
It’s all badly tagged but all very worth your effort. He also separately dropped his remix of Pharrell’s ‘Happy’ this week. Kaytranada has a new EP coming on XL Recordings this summer and plays Electric Picnic this year.
Lots more gold on his Soundcloud.
Posted on May 15th, 2014