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ON ROTATION: Ruby Frost – Comeback Queen

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Sound the listicle klaxon! Here are six things you can learn about Kiwi songstress Ruby Frost today.

  1. Ruby Frost is a very good pop star name, I’m sure you agree.
  2. Back in 2012 she released a nice single called “Water To Ice.” It sounded like Florence & The Machine meets The Naked & Famous ie. shouty & catchy electro-pop.
  3. She was on the judging panel of the first season of X Factor NZ along with Melanie Blatt of All Saints fame. Girl power! etc.
  4. Frost’s back with a brand new single called “Comeback Queen,” a drum-and-bassy youth-pop number. It was co-produced by Harry Sommerdahl (Robyn, The Saturdays).
  5. “Hooked on love since 17, you could say I’m comeback queen” is a good pop lyric.
  6. This will sound especially good on the speakers of an H&M or Uniqlo.

Have a listen below via the (naturally) ’90s-styled music video.

Buy the single on iTunes (out in New Zealand only for now).
More on Ruby Frost.

ON ROTATION: Marina and the Diamonds – FROOT

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SUCH AN AUTUMN JAM.
🍎🍏🍊🍋🍒🍇🍉🍓🍑🍈🍌🍐🍍

Pre-order “FROOT,” out in April 2015.

CONTEST: Win a pair of tickets to Bounce Boat NYC on 7/25 featuring Capital Cities!

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Attention NYC! Have you got any plans for this Friday, July 25? Lucky for you, the good people at Bounce Boat have kindly offered us a pair of FREE tickets to their latest event featuring DJ sets from Brenmar, Solidisco and Capital Cities. Capital Cities, of course, are responsible for their massive hit “Safe and Sound,” and have been touring with Katy Perry, playing at arenas for the last couple months.
So if a cool EDM party on a boat sounds like your kind of fun, here’s your chance to spend a summer night on the Hornblower Infinity boat, cruising across Hudson River while living it up to good music! A couple notes below:

 

  • This giveaway is open to those living in or close to New York who can physically make it to the event (obviously).
  • You can enter once every day. Earn up to 7 entries per day! Deadline is 3AM EST on 7/25.
  • Keep in mind it’s a 21+ show. Boarding time is 7PM, departure is at 9PM.

 

You want in? Click here to go the entry page and WIN.

Best of luck! In the meantime, here are some tunes to get you pumped up.

 


STREAM: Capital Cities – Safe And Sound (RAC Mix)


STREAM: Chromeo – Jealous (Solidisco Remix)


STREAM: Route 94 – My Love Feat. Jess Glynne (Brenmar & J Heat Remix)

 

Tickets are still available for purchase here.

Lana Del Rey’s “West Coast” Remixed By Four Tet & More

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Whoever has been commissioning remixes for Lana Del Rey deserves accolades. They always take risks and reach out to less obvious acts. The results don’t always pay off but when they do, they do! The latest coup is to get the holy Four Tet to remix her brand new single “West Coast”. Something about the drums on this one reminds me of Björk’s “Human Behaviour”. Très cool.

 

STREAM: Lana Del Rey – West Coast (Four Tet Remix)

 

Ten Ven has their eyes on the disco ball, William Carl Jr uses new vocals not in the original mix, and Camo & Krooked dreams up a more leftfield spectral soundscape. Definitely an interesting batch of remixes so far (you just know there will be more).

STREAM: Lana Del Rey – West Coast (Ten Ven Remix)

STREAM: Lana Del Rey – West Coast (William Carl Jr Remix)

STREAM: Lana Del Rey – West Coast (Camo & Krooked Remix)

Watch the music video.
Buy ‘West Coast’ on iTunes.
More on Lana Del Rey.

The Pierces Harmonize On Lorde’s “Team” Cover

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The Pierces have put their sisterly harmonizing powers to good use with a folked-up version of Lorde‘s commoner anthem “Team”. Absent are the glitches and pitch-shifted vocal samples, as the duo winds the song back four decades, when Fleetwood Mac reigned supreme. It’s a pretty acoustic cover that replaces teen angst with knowing wisdom. Check it out below.

 

STREAM: The Pierces – Team (Lorde Cover)

 

Pre-order their new album “Creation”, out May 30 in UK.
More on The Pierces.

LISTEN: Kimbra – 90’s Music

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Don’t be fooled by the title of Kimbra‘s new one. Yes, “90’s Music” does pay tribute to the ongoing ’90s nostalgia, shamelessly name-dropping Aaliyah, Nirvana, Mariah Carey, R. Kelly, Mary J. Blige and TLC all in the space of one verse. Sonically, it’s utterly bonkers. The future-funk production is courtesy of Kimbra herself and producer Rich Costey, and apparently Matt Bellamy (Muse) & Mark Foster (Foster The People) also snuck in on the track. On first listen it’s a madcap racket that sits comfortably alongside the output of alt-R&B greats like Erykah Badu, Little Dragon and Janelle Monae. Conveniently, Kimbra is having a joint Australian tour with Ms. Monae soon.

 

STREAM: Kimbra – 90’s Music

She’s wack and she knows it.
More on Kimbra.

Kiesza Delivers Emotive Cover of Haddaway’s “What Is Love”

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Current UK #1 single champion (and deservingly so) Kiesza is keeping the momentum going by dropping a cover of Haddaway‘s ’90s club classic “What Is Love”. Yes it’s a bit of an obvious choice, but also not what you probably expected (it’s done in an emotive piano ballad style). The Canadian singer gets to show off her vocal chops here, and the beautiful strings towards the end really class it up. Check out her pensive cover below, and watch the self-directed video via NME.

 

STREAM: Kiesza – What Is Love (Haddaway Cover)

 
And just for extra content engagement I’m gonna squeeze in two cool remixes of “Hideaway” by Gorgon City and Zac Samuel.


You can buy “Hideway” on iTunes US now, so get to it!
More on Kiesza.

ON ROTATION: Cloud Nothings – I’m Not Part of Me

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The hype surround Cloud Nothings‘ second album “Here and Nowhere Else” was so big I had to check it out myself. While the album as a whole wasn’t entirely to my taste, I can’t deny this irresistible punk-pop gem “I’m Not Part of Me”. Let’s not beat around the bush, this belongs in a ’90s teen flick soundtrack. Proper jump on your bed, sing into your hairbrush, dance like nobody’s watching stuff. The music video even features teenage girls having a weird slumber party. They’re in on it.
It helps that the frontman Dylan Baldi openly talks about his appreciation for Taylor Swift’s songcraft. Check out the Ohio-based indie rock’s single below, and good luck getting it out of your head.

 

MP3: Cloud Nothings – I’m Not Part of Me

 

Buy the album on iTunes.
More on Cloud Nothings.

ON ROTATION: The Horrors – So Now You Know

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On paper, The Horrors are the kind of band I wouldn’t be bothered with, and yet I keep liking bits and bobs of their output. Plus Cat’s Eyes, Faris Badwan’s side-project with Rachel Zeffira, was far from terrible. With their fourth album “Luminous” arriving soon, it’s safe to say they have become reliable mainstays for panoramic post-punk shoegaze goodness. Their latest single “So Now You Know” is what I’d call one of their accidental pop songs, and I can confirm it sounds fantastic on a sunny day. Turn on the volume!

 

STREAM: The Horrors – So Now You Know

 

Watch the desert-based music video for the track here. New album drops May 5 on XL Recordings.

Buy the single on iTunes.
More on The Horrors.

FOUNDSOUNDS: Eola – And I Love Her (Beatles Cover)

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From the Soundcloud vaults of Arbutus Records (Grimes’ label) comes this lovely little gem, a lo-fi acapella cover of The Beatles classic “And I Love Her” by Eola aka Brooklyn-based musician Edwin Mathis White. Surfaced in October 2012, it’s just a simple take drenched in reverb and tape loops, but it’s the naked simplicity that emits a sort of moonshine hypnotism. He even made the effort to riff on the “Meet The Beatles!” cover!

 

STREAM: Eola – And I Love Her (Beatles Cover)

 

More on Arbutus Records.

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