21
May
13

In case their origin wasn’t clear, The Neighbourhood drops new single “West Coast”

“I’m so West Coast.” Don’t be surprised if this refrain gets stuck in your head after listening to The Neighbourhood‘s new single, “West Coast”. With a beat that spins a little twist on old school CA hip hop, the song is a throbbing ode to the Golden State, full of lyrics that remind me why it will always be the place I call home. I LOVE IT.

The single is a limited release that the band is doing as part of their national tour this summer. They will be releasing three songs in total, each as a single packaged with another song from one of their supporting acts. This first one is paired with Lovelife‘s “Every Minute”, which is a juicy piece of dark pop. Check out both songs below and keep an eye out for the next round of singles.

07
May
13

Fitz and the Tantrums’ “More Than Just a Dream” is the funkiest thing you’ll hear all week.

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Howdy do! Wolfiewitz here. Just wanted to let you know that if you haven’t heard Fitz and The Tantrums‘ newest album, More Than Just A Dream, released today, you’re probably a soulless meat puppet sent here by aliens to observe human behavior. That, or like not in to music or something. I don’t know your life.

This LA band kind of genre-hops between funk, soul, pop, and some indie sounds, meaning you tend to hear a lot of really strong vocals, a good dollop of some synths, a lot of good back up singers, and, occasionally, whistling. It’s a real trip, and it’s a great way to start your morning today. I’d strongly recommend “Spark” and “The Walker,”  “Fool’s Gold,” and “The End” for starters, but the entire album is strong, beginning to end. Give it a listen, meat puppet!

 

 

03
May
13

Friday Fun Video: Janelle Monae and Erykah Badu come to life in “Q.U.E.E.N.”

Leave it to Janelle Monae to take a music video to the next level. Her Erykah Badu featuring single, “Q.U.E.E.N.” just got a visual accompaniment, and it’s a full scale assault of gorgeous style and sound (thanks go to LadyLobo for the heads up on this one). We wrote about the wonderful song already, so today we’ll just focus on the video. Done mostly in black and white (with well placed highlights of color here and there), Janelle shows off her moves, her figure, and her voice with each carefully crafted shot. Every outfit is perfectly chosen, with bold patterns and exciting hairstyles, reflecting the fun, rebellious vibe that makes this song so unique. Erykah Badu (or “Badoula Oblongata” as she’s referred to here) makes a brief but, as always, prominent appearance here, with big beautiful hair, gold arm bands and a poodle. Though she only takes the bridge in the song, she’s such a powerful musical personality at this point that any Badu is better than no Badu. I can only hope this means we’ll be seeing more collaborative work between these two fantastic ladies, because they make one unbeatable pair.

Monae’s next album, The Electric Lady, is on the horizon, so keep an eye out for more soon. Enough talking. More watching! Get to it, and enjoy the weekend!

02
May
13

Emeli Sande and Bryan Ferry Orchestra go vintage jazz on “Crazy In Love” cover

Sometimes you hear a cover and you think, “My god. This song was destined to be redone like this from the beginning!” That’s how I felt about Emeli Sande‘s cover of Beyonces “Crazy In Love” for The Great Gatsby Soundtrack. For this version, The Bryan Ferry Orchestra provide the instrumentals, turning the early 00’s styled pop gem into a ’20’s style ragtime jam. Trumpets abound with a toe tapping high hat beat, creating the perfect backing for Sande’s mid range vocals. The song keeps up a tight and fast pace, changing the feel of it from big and booty shaking to a musical frenzy, primed and ready for flapper jazz hands and fringed dresses. In other words, it’s a whole lot of fun.

This song just adds to what’s looking to be the absolutely must have soundtrack of the season. So far the only thing I haven’t been sold on from the album is the Andre 3000 and Beyonce Amy Winehouse “Back to Black” cover (it’s pretty atrocious actually. The beat is good, but neither artist plays to their strengths whatsoever). I’m posting it underneath the Sande cover just for sheer interest factor, but I would advise listening to Sande again after the Andre/Beyonce song to cleanse your ears. But even with this one minor misstep, I’m still extremely excited to hear the rest of the album. Just six more days!

01
May
13

Meg Myers’ possession fueled video for “Heart Heart Head”

About two weeks ago, we got wind of a new Meg Myers’ song, “Heart Heart Head”, and now we have visuals to accompany it. As always, Meg ups the ante with the video version of the song, taking an already intense track that packs a raw, emotional punch and making it even more in your face and wrenching. The video is, in a word, INTENSE. Certainly, this isn’t a surprise – as many of Meg’s visuals lean towards intensity (see “Monster” for a great example). But as the video unfolds for this one, it almost feels like you are witnessing Meg be possessed. She pulls it off without a hitch, feeding her own frustrations into the music and video. It’s quite the addition to the song, bringing new dimensions and depth to the music.

01
May
13

awesome level of energy and intensity in Jeni Suk’s cover of ‘Wildfire’

A quick spotlight on a young Asian-American South Bay Area (Cupertino!) talent that I was super fortunate to have stumbled upon: Jeni Suk. So, I love this orgy of a genre that is electro-pop/soul/hip-hop/R&B. SBTRKT’s Wildfire” with vocals from Little Dragon’s Yukimi Nagano is a sultry yet electrifying track, so hearing Jeni’s silky understated take on the song was a fantastic surprise. Made me wish YouTube had an automatic replay button. She spits her own verses, produces her own instrumentals, and is whaaat? 22? Will be fun and interesting to see where she goes with her talent (check out her tumblr for other covers). Enjoy, my Wolfpack friends!

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Original.

30
Apr
13

Lissvik ups the funk factor on remix of Two Door Cinema Club’s “Sun”

My favorite track off of Two Door Cinema Club‘s Beacon just got a fresh new face. “Sun” originally was an emotion driven mid tempo jam that reminds me of something you might find on an indie film trailer. Now swedish producer Lissvik has swooped in and flipped it on it’s head. The remix doesn’t take away from the bouncy, sun-drenched feel of it, but it adds a major splash of funk with a heavy dose of bass. On first listen, I was immediately bouncing in my seat, and I’ll wager you will do the same. A perfect song for a hot late night party or an ocean side bike ride alike, it’ll surely work as a versatile jam for the summer.

Check out both the remix and original (with it’s fun boat themed video) below.




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