Time to kick off the festive season. What better way than by presenting you CeeLo’s Magic Moment. Green has bundled 14 interpretations of classic Seasonal songs. Guest appearances on the album include Christina Aguilera, Rod Stewart and Trombone Shorty.
The first video for Silent Night, released about a month ago, showed nothing more than a few babes doing a Santa-run. Not everyone’s cup of tea. However, the latest music video for All I Need Is Love features a totally different cast: The Muppets. CeeLo gets stranded on his way to Hotlanta, and ends up celebrating Christmas with the gang. As the party progresses, Santa Claus drops in too, played by Craig Robinson. There’s even a new Muppet on the block, named Lo-Co, impersonating The Voice-coach CeeLo in his turning chair. Watch out for the end of the video where Statler and Waldorf crank the old joke. Stick through the credits as well, as they include some more funny bits.
And as you’re in the mood for Christmas now anyway, check the video for This Christmas too. The Holidays are a-comin’ folks!
Only two days before Alicia Keys drops her 5th studio album Girl On Fire. After the hype that was her first album in 2001, Songs in A Minor, mrs Swizz Beatz has not really managed to set every heart on fire, at least not on solo efforts. One track on the new album does have everybody talking: Fire We Make, a duet with Maxwell. Maxwell has four platinum records under his belt, but never recorded a duet before. The singer has been working on BlackSUMMERS’night, the second of his planned trilogy, but just like the first part, a release date is iffy stuff. Though this song is on Keys’ album, her male counterpart owns the song completely. The sultry RnB groove and screeching guitar sound like steamworks. Add in some Maxwell and you are set for a TLC Red Light Special moment. Try the link below or go to audiomack. Turn the lights down low…
Belgian producers Lazy Jay, two brothers, one of which has made a name for himself as Basto, infused Dance and Hip-Hop on Azealia Banks’ 212. This caught hotshot of the moment Will.i.am’s attention. He called the brothers in to lay down the beat for Scream & Shout, his new single featuring Britney Spears. The unconventional Euro-Beat incorporates “Britney, bitch” from her Blackout’s Gimme More, and luckily neither Bitch’s nor Will’s vocal overpowers the track. Like it or not, when you hear this in the club, you’re gonna turn this sh*t up!
Brussels’ Indie Rock band Montevideo released their third album Personal Space, produced by Joakim, in October. Fronted by singer Jean Waterlot, the band named after the capital of Uruguay now consists of four friends. Montevideo’s inspirations include glampop Bowie, The Clash, Sonic Youth, The Pixies, and even Marvin Gaye. The sound they’ve created best fits the description of Britpop. Listening to their music, you cannot deny the link with Suede, Blur or Pulp.
The band’s self-titled album (2006) was followed in 2011 by the album Tribal Dance. For the new release, the first since they signed with EMI Belgium, Montevideo reworked their Fate & Glory, bringing in the lead singer of Intergalactic Lovers, Lara Chedraoui. Watch the cool b&w video directed by Pierre Waterlot for La Reine Production.
In 2010, Belgian pop-disco production duo Aeroplane created a memorable disc We Can’t Fly, full of funkadelic dance jams. Former Aeroplane member Stephen Fasano aka The Magician has gone on to perform magic on is own, with killer remixes for the likes of Sam Sparro and Lykke Li a.o. For the launch of his new label, Aeropop, Vito De Luca releases a brand new Aeroplane track In Her Eyes. Chicago house legend Jamie Principle features on vocals. This soulful production sounds a little more ‘pop’ than you might expect. The EP comes with remixes courtesy of Chopstick & Johnjon, Tiger and Woods and Louis La Roche. On the Aeropop website you can download the Beni remix, an extra track not included in the EP. Dope track.
Jamie Lidell took the world by storm in 2008 when he released his sophomore Jim, by laying down a more Soulful sound compared to his electro-pop debut Multiply. On his third and last album, Lidell took a more experimental route, creating a less familiar sound. Finally, the wait for new material is over, as this week Jamie announced the release date of his fourth self-titled LP. The album was recorded at a home studio in Lidell’s new hideout in Nashville, Texas, and is set for release on February 18 (UK), February 19 in the US. What a Shame, the first single, combines the singer’s high power expressive vocal with dub-step grooves. Allow your eardrums the pleasure and check the song in full below, after watching the label’s trailer of course.
1. I’m Selfish
2. Big Love
3. What A Shame
4. Do Yourself a Faver
5. You Naked
7. Blaming Something
8. You Know My Name
9. So Cold
10. Don’t You Love Me
11. In Your Mind
Tell It To My Heart has been reworked numerous times since it first exploded on the charts back in 1987. Q Club, Kelly Llorenna, Young Divas, Kyss Major and most recently Raquela, just to name a few, have all made chart history with their own version. Now German DJ Cassey Doreen teams up with fellow native Loona, on a remake of Taylor Dayne’s signature song. Previously Cassey already reworked I Wanna Dance With Somebody, Like A Virgin and Girls Just Want To Have Fun.
On this electro-pop version vocals are laid down by Loona. Loona scored her first hit in Germany ten years ago with her interpretation of Bailando, which earned her a first Echo Award. International chart success came more recently with Vamos A La Playa and The Boys of Summer, a collaboration with DJ Sammy. This new single could do very well on dance floors across the continent.
Since the start of RuPaul’s Drag Race, many a Queen has recorded her own music. Racers to have sashayed from the runway onto the dance floor include winners Bebe Zahara Benet and Tyra Sanchez, Sahara Davenport, Jessica Wild, Shangela, Pandora Boxx, Raja, Willam and Nina Flowers, among others.
This season’s Spin Off, RuPaul’s All Stars Drag Race, saw some of the all time favorite contestants return to compete against each other. Or with each other, as it may, being paired up. Earlier this month, Latrila (Latrice Royale and Manila Luzon) sashayed away after being eliminated from the competition. Many say they got the chop way too early as they proved themselves to be the team to beat. The two drag stars get their own back now in a duet called The Chop, wanting to inspire fans. Manila wrote the song, in succession to previous singles Hot Couture and Best XXXcessory. Produced and remixed by Jared Jones, this is the first song to feature two of RuPaul’s disciples together.
18 year old Antwerp based Hip Hop star Coely is having the time of her life right now. Having been influenced by Lauryn Hill and Erykah Badu, Coely brings danceable Rap music M.I.A.-style. Manchester City-player Vincent Kompany and none other than De La Soul have already praised the up-n-coming talent. Ain’t Chasing Pavements, Coely’s debut single is getting extensive airplay in her home country, and views on YouTube of the video are counting. Catch her infectious groove right here.
Every now and again a new artist crosses that fine line of Pop versus RnB, being ever so soulful. Just think of when you first heard Robin Thicke, Taylor Dayne, or Justin (Timberlake). Daley, a 23 year old British singer/songwriter from Manchester is another artist fitting this category. The combination of soulful vocals and up-beat production is what you might refer to as ‘Future Throwback Soul’. You might have come across his name or sound on Gorillaz’ Doncamatic (2010).
His debut single Remember Me is scheduled for release November 19th. The song, which features Jessie J, samples and pinches its title from a 1997 hit by Scottish DJ Alex Blackmore, aka Blue Boy, the track itself already using a sample of Marlena Shaw’s Woman of the Ghetto. The song features on Daley’s Alone Together EP, which also includes a cover of Amy’s Love Is A Losing Game and the title track featuring Marsha Ambrosius.
To prove he’s got the knack, watch this Live performance below, a stunning rendition of Maxwell’s Pretty Wings. Catch the sleek video for Remember Me above. G-g-g-geng geng, Remember this name!