I have to say I didn’t really like the Sam Smith song “Money on my Mind” the first time I heard it. It didn’t sound like the Sam Smith I had fallen in love with on “Lay Me Down” or “Latch.” It sounded too bubblegum for me, and it didn’t make his voice sound as angelic as I know it can. But I’m coming around to the song, after learning a bit more about the inspiration behind it and how Sam was screwed over by so many agents and managers in the music business. Just as I was starting to warm up to the song, I heard from a friend that another of my recent musical loves, MisterWives, had covered the pop tune.
Listening to it, I think it might be perfection. Lead singer Mandy Lee nails the pitches, harmonizes perfectly, and in the end I’m thinking her voice might even be a better fit for this song than Sam’s. I know that’s saying a lot, but I just don’t think the original emphasizes Sam’s strengths. It strains his voice too much. What do yall think?
Nothing better than a bit of girl power and it’s a relief we’ve got fabulous talents like Ji Nilsson and Marlene teaming up to warm our hearts. “Love You Anyway” is a soothing pop song filled with a theme of love and tenderness. Can’t really go wrong there. Feel free to collaborate as much as you’d like ladies, we will not complain. Check out the perfect pair and their creation below.
Oceaán sure knows how to seduce us, not only with his deeply intoxicating vocals but also with the slick combination of beats. He recently came to us with his debut tune “To Lose” and now he’s just got us hooked. Somehow UK singers are taking over the world these days with their powerful pipes and it’s one beautiful thing. Check out the next fabulous artist to watch below.
Laura Welsh sure knows how to let her past lovers’ know what’s up. She continues to let out her heartbreak with the twist of her powerful vocals and honest emotional lyrics. It’s actually the perfect match and it’s no wonder that she’s got us turning our heads to hear more. “Betrayal” is yet another beautiful display of a love gone wrong and has us itching for a full length from Miss Welsh.
San Francisco band Cathedrals released their second single, “Harlem,” and it’s an absolute gem. Strong female vocals are the main engine on the single, but those are backed by an upbeat drum line, elegant synths, and guitar sections that range from delicate to empowering. This track mirrors the promise of their first single, “Unbound,” which was a jaw-dropping display of male-female vocal pairing on a soft-electronic inspired track. We’re only two tracks deep, but the maturity behind the music Cathedrals is releasing makes me think the duo will be selling out the big-name venues before we know it.
There’s something special about a chill, effortless track and in this case that’s exactly what we get. “Nuff” is a fusion of calmness, coolness and just pure soul. Royce Wood Junior sure knows how to do it right and we are not mad about that one bit. This may be the only track on this UK producer’s soundcloud thus far, but if this is any indication of what’s to come… sign us up. Check out the addictive tune below featuring The Coattails.
Mr. Little Jeans has been teasing us with music for quite some time now and yet here we sit still, without a full length album. But hey, new tracks will have to help out our cravings for now. “Good Mistake” is her latest pop-indie gem and it’s one that’ll have you starry eyed. It’s a bit mystical, with a dash of warming vocals and clearly as catchy as can be. Personally we can’t take the teasing, but hopefully there’s an album on the horizon. Listen to the far from a mistake tune below.
Last week I posted a list of songs that help keep things in perspective when you feel life is moving too fast. Today, I’m on a completely different path (fueled mostly by these songs that put me into this mood) and want to share with all of you the most upbeat songs the Internet has offered me over the past couple days. Play this music through good headphones or a good speaker system. The music is 99% guaranteed to bring you to life. And no, this doesn’t mean it’s all heartless dance music – this music has soul, but the nature of the instrumentals is uplifting. Full tracklist after the jump.
Loverstarrs keep bringing their new tunes and this time they’ve brought things together for Valentine’s Day. Cupid is the main culprit in their catchy, pop jam “Stupid Cupid” and everything about it feels so right. You’ll be cursing love, yet dancing around in circles with this song on repeat for hours. It’s a battle you want to be in, trust us. Lovestarrs are on a roll and it’s refreshing to see them get back to what they’re so fabulous at (damn addictive tunes!). Check out the somewhat anti-Valentine’s Day tune below.
There’s something truly beautiful about simplicity. Sometimes all you need is soothing, emotion filled vocals with tender, soft music accompanying to really get a listener mesmerized. Justin Nozuka seems to get that idea right with his long awaited new track “Right By You”. If you’re into feeling like you’re being serenaded, this one is right for you. With Mr. Nozuka being a bit M.I.A. the last couple of years, it’s refreshing to hear his soulful pipes back in action. It’s a tune that’ll make you melt and bring out all sorts of butterflies. Be sure to check out his forthcoming album Ulysees, out April 1st.
Erik Hassle may be writing hits for superstars like Rihanna and Shakira, but he’s not simply a supplier. He has his own creations in which his triple threat talents can be heard. After putting out a couple of really great albums the last fewof years, he’s back with a new vibe. What his new track “Pathetic” brings is something undeniably addictive. It’s got a smokey, coolness that is impossible to not get stuck in your head after one listen. If you’re down for a bit of soulful pop, be sure to keep your eyes peeled for Erik Hassle’s new EP to be out soon.
After not having the best of luck as The Good Natured, Lovestarrs have come back with a new name and a new life to live. ”Get Your Sexy On” is the same vibe they’ve had through their other material but with a new light. It’s catchy and cheeky, just the way we would picture any of Lovestarrs’ other tunes. If it’s any indication of what’s to come from these darlings, it’s bound to be a great new beginning for these lovely musicians. Check out their new track below and be sure to keep an eye out for more.