Your tears don't shake my world like Britney Spears.


NEW VIDEO: Selena Gomez – Same Old Love


On first listen, the second track off Selena Gomez‘s ‘grown-woman’ “Revival” era didn’t seem up to much. “Same Old Love” feels self-consciously minimalist, and the Charli XCX-isms were distracting to say the least. Perseveringly, much like its predecessor “Good For You,” the song has its way of sneaking up on me. Maybe it’s the little details like the Sinnerman-esque piano riff, or the synths from Bowie’s “Ashes to Ashes.”

The music video premiered yesterday supports the argument that “Same Old Love” may be one the best things Selena has put her voice to. Directed by Michael Haussman (Britney Spears, Shakira, Justin Timberlake), the video follows the petite pop star on a rainy night out in LA. The treatment feels very ’90s (Madonna’s “Substitute for Love” springs to mind), as the moody visuals bring out the claustrophobic feel of the track. I suppose this whole post is just a long-winded way to justify liking this song, and yes, I’ve got my mind made up. Watch the sultry video below.

Buy “Same Old Love” on iTunes.
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Popforward: Real Lies

realliesJust when you think there’s little left of the ’90s electronic music scene to mine, along comes Real Lies, a hotly-tipped London trio who manages to tap into a less-referenced part of the ’90s. Comparisons so far include Mike Skinner (The Streets), Pet Shop Boys, Underworld. Their poppiest single to date is “World Peace,” which sounds like ‘normcore’ Hurts meet Unicorn Kid (RIP). It’s amazing how it sounds so fresh, considering it was first released in 2013!


“Seven Sisters” is their latest track, certainly one for a lads’ night out. It contains this great line: “No first kiss could explain love, in a decade with no name.”


It really feels like the band is on the cusp of something exciting. They make music that can appeal to both NME, tastemakers and pop bloggers; cool, but not at the expense of melodies. Real Lies are totally the type of band that can be key players in the next BBC Sound Of poll, but I don’t think we’ll have to wait that long for new music!

Buy “Seven Sisters” on iTunes.
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ON ROTATION: Ruby Frost – Comeback Queen


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



Pre-order “FROOT,” out in April 2015.

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

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

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

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


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”

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

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.
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