The Weeknd gives us a 2 for 1 special today with the premiere of new material from his upcoming Universal debut, Kiss Land.Along with the album’s title track, fans are also treated to the full version of “John Carpenter,” another new song that was previewed earlier this week. For the first half, Abel takes us on a haunting voyage to a creepy location known as “Kiss Land,” complete with cliché horror movie screams. Around the three minute mark, the track segues over to the equally ominous “John Carpenter,” which is sure to please longtime fans of The Weeknd. While Kiss Land has no set release date yet, we look forward to its release later this year. As an added bonus, we’ve also included “Gifted,” a recent collaboration between The Weeknd and FrenchMontana.
We think MayerHawthorne got the title of his brand new single all wrong, because this is really our favorite new song. Complimented by the buttery vocals of British songstress JessieWare, Hawthorne makes yet another case for the title of “King of Soul” in 2013. The funky tune revolves around a female who considers her iTunes library to be a sanctuary from all the pressures of the world (which may sound familiar to many of you out there). It’s impossible to listen to this number without singing along, and you’ll find yourself hitting the rewind button more than a few times today. Once you’ve finished your umpteenth play-through, make sure to check out the quirky trailer for Mayer’s upcoming album, Where Does This Door Go, which will be in stores July 16th.
Los Angeles based R&B/pop-songstress BANKS got us out of bed on the right foot early this Monday morning by gracing our ears with her newest single “Warm Water”, produced by one of the most musically educated and progressive minds within the electronic community, Totally Enormous Extinct Dinosaurs. “Warm Water” is a dreamy, romantic slice of pop music, placing BANKS’ lusty, soulful refrain front and center over a minimally focused R&B track. With the recent success of hyper-expressive vocalists like Frank Ocean, Rhye and Jessie Ware being displayed on every major taste-making outlet on the web, it seems BANKS is arriving at the perfect moment in time for her sound to be appreciated. The impending single is getting set to to release on May 27 through London’s Good Years Recordings, so have an early listen to “Warm Water”, and you will quickly find out how we were so moved by such simple instrumentation.
It’s been a little over a month since we completely fell in love with NaughtyBoy‘s “La La La.” With its brisk vocals and charming melody the infectious tune instantly captivated our attention and catapulted to the top of our playlists. This blissful remix from Komi and Jerry “JL” Lang brings back many of the same elements we enjoyed the first time around. As a co-producer of the original version, Komi strips down a few layers to provide us with a rawer, yet more enchanting soundscape. Crooner SamSmith’s vocals are emphasized to an even deeper extent, allowing the listener to truly appreciate the passion behind his lyrics. If you enjoyed this new revision of the track as much as we did, make sure to grab a free download above. Also, stay tuned for Naughty Boy’s debut album, Hotel Cabana, which will be in stores later this year.
Newcomer Jared Evan drops a new track for our listening enjoyment titled “Bad News”. This soulful number is a bonus track off his latest album Boom Bap Blues. The NY singer croons about giving into that one woman who is no good, but impossible to resist. Keeping true to the theme of his latest release, this track mixes soul, R&B, and some hip-hop sounds with soft keys and a drum-driven backdrop. Statik Selektah delivers some great production with this catchy tune and comes through for a quick verse towards the end of the track. Take a listen below and be sure to cop the collaborative effort on iTunes now.
Robin Thicke is definitely looking to switch things up with his sixth studio album. Currently sitting atop the iTunes R&B Chart with his single, “Blurred Lines,” Thicke decided to drop by Sway in the Morning to premiere his next hit, “Give It To You.” Produced by will.i.am, the track features the crooner linking up with MTV’s Hottest 2 MC’s, 2 Chainz and Kendrick Lamar, for this club banger. It’s a major departure from what we’re used to hearing from Thicke, but the upbeat number still manages to let him flex his vocal talents suitably. We’ve got the radio rip up for now, but we’ll be sure provide you with an update once the single officially drops.
Take a singer with hauntingly beautiful lyrics and mix her sound together with an artist known for his unique sounds ranging from bass to juke to techno and what do you get? A stunning song that captivates from the very first note until the very last lyric. Ross Tones aka Throwing Snow collaborates with Hannah Cartwright, better known as Augustus Ghost, to make this one of a kind song. These two take their unmistakable musical talents and join to make Snow Ghosts with their debut album to be released on June 17th called “A Small Murmuration”. This first picturesque song off that album, “Murder Cries” is a visual video that starts with the strong sultry voice of Ghost over the selective sounds from Snow. Snow mixes guitar and violin to start the song before exposing an electronic melody that sweeps like strong waves against the shore through the rest of the song. The lyrics are equally eloquent painting a story with each word. Snow and Ghost make a fearsome duo that will surely flourish with their debut album.