South London based duo Alpines are quickly establishing themselves as adventurous purveyors of new wave Electro-Pop. Their style combines the theatrical vocals of lead singer Catherine Pockson with high-charged, dramatic production of Bob Matthews. They both seem to approach songs in different ways, but still manage to meet each other at the same place. Expect their debut album Early Hours in October.
A$AP Rocky takes a big leap into his inevitable superstardom by joining Rihanna on the official remix of her latest single ‘Cockiness (Love It)’. What’s more Rocky is also rumoured to bewill be joining Rih-Rih on stage at the MTV Video Music Awards this week – nice headway towards that debut album promo. It’s no ‘Birthday Cake’, but hey, A$AP’s verse makes up for that.
Co-produced by Dev Hynes (Blood Orange) and Ariel Rechtshaid, they’ve created an immaculate pop gem for career rebooter Sky Ferreira with ‘Everything Is Embarrassing’. It feels like the cream of a bygone era in one giant bag of adorable 80s candy, all American high schooled & coy teen romanced.
No Doubt’s much hyped comeback continues with ‘Push and Shove’, the bands new single which also doubles up as the title track off their forthcoming new album. Produced by riddem dons Major Lazer the Pop-Ska single features an updated take on the bands familar sound and sees lead gal Gwen Stefani charging through with her trademark sing-rap vocal. The airwaves will embrace this like a chubby kid at fat camp…
‘Forget’ is one of the strongest songs, among many strong songs, featured on Lianna La Havas’ beautiful debut album Is Your Love Big Enough; And in support of it she’s just released a second video - peep it up top. #WeLoveHer
Trust MJ Cole to transform Delilah’s quirky new Pop single ‘Shades of Grey’ into a hyphy 2-Step bubbler. With his hallmark strings in place, Cole spins his purist UKG heritage around Delilah’s looped vocals and warps the tender original into a summer-ready smash. May just prefer this to the original…
From the Roots Up is out now. Pre-order the ‘Shades of Grey’ remix here.
Mariah Carey has released her Nick Cannon directed music video for her new single ‘Triumphant (Get Em)’, the first song off her forthcoming (as yet titled) album. Featuring Meek Mill and Rick Ross, the all-that-glitters music video sees Carey sitting ringside while Meek gets his face pounded in. And as standard, never one to miss a flesh-baring opportunity Mimi also doubles up as an in-ring cheerleader. Oy vey.
Word is ‘Triumphant’ is now being considered a “buzz single” because of the luke warm reaction it received from radio and fans. The main gripe most seem to have with it is that it sounds more like a Rick Ross & Meek Mill single than it does a Mariah Carey song. Lets see if she listens…
‘Wildest Dreams’ is the newest single taken off Brandy’s upcoming Two Eleven comeback album. Unlike her Chris Brown featured lead single this demonstrates a more developed sound, but frustratingly still fails to completely commit to the contemporary edge required to ignite real interest in her forthcoming album. At best ‘Wildest Dreams’ sounds like a moderately confident album track but sadly fails as a single. There just isn’t enough for “new fans” to latch onto here and ultimately that’s Brandy’s biggest hurdle – she doesn’t need to convince her loyal following of her talent, she needs to translate that into something relevant for the generation below her.
A foolproof moniker – Purple Ferdinand is a 23 year old singer/songwriter that’s been capturing attention across our live circuit in the last few months. Set to perform at New York’s Afro-Punk festival this week (crazy line-up), on sight she intrigues: body-modified, beanied and blue ukele’d up. Yet in terms of musical tradition, the East Londoner is less coffee-shop Corinne Bailey Ray and more Folk-Soul for the ‘Cloud’ gen.
Her tone, is wrapped in a sort of velvety, cool, coarseness, and the above acoustic version of ‘Beautiful Anomaly’ feels like a poem pulled out of some naive diary exhumed from youth. It’s gentle, lullaby-like, and quite touching. Whilst expected to experiment with her sound in near future, you can also watch random videos of the artist tattooing herself to Lonyo on YouTube. How very ladylike.
Here goes Delilah’s new video for ‘Shades of Grey’, the new single taken off her critically acclaimed debut album From the Roots Up, which peaked at #5 in the UK charts last month. The single sees Delilah’s distinctive vocals permeating an ethereal soundbed of twinkling keys and dramatic build ups; It also reinforces her angular approach to more progressive ‘shades’ of Pop. And for that, her recent chart success should not be overlooked, it’s refreshing to see a major label backed artist unafraid to show off her edges - especially ones like Delilah who bravely explore the (industry) taboo of experimental R&B and takes it chart-ward.