9 (feat. SZA)
The talented Willow Smith is set to take over the industry with the release of her upcoming 3 EP. Only 14 years of age, the music star child shows her new found passion in alternative R&B. Of the three songs in the EP, “9″ stands out as the track that best represents Willow’s current direction of her music. Her sharp and powerful vocals flow perfectly alongside SZA’s magical voice to help create a dreamy touch to the hollowed instrumental. It’s a memorable and wonderful track.
With an ever-growing fan base, Willow Smith is climbing up the ladder in the neo-soul/alternative R&B scene. As she continues to catch everyone by surprise with her new music, it is safe to say that sky is the limit for Ms. Smith. We are excited to see what else she has in store for us.
UK vocalist, songwriter and producer, MNEK, has quickly established himself as a hit-maker with “Ready for Your Love,” his infectious collab with Gorgon City, “Wrote a Song About You,” his breakout solo single and a load of high-caliber production credits. His soulful vocals have a way of meshing with electronic production impeccably making for a sound both danceable and relaxing–a prevalent quality with a number of our favorite up ‘n comers. His latest offering, “Rythm,” is no different continuing to demonstrate this equilibrium. MNEK’s vocals shine as the backdrop builds until the 1:15 mark when a minimalistic groovy bassline is introduced accompanying a looped vocal sample. “Rythm” makes for the perfect first cut to kick off your Friday evening. Give it a spin above.
#icanteven (feat. French Montana)
If you told me before today that you foresaw The Neighbourhood teaming up with French Montana to create a single titled “#icanteven,” I would say you sir (or madam) are a liar. Before you rush to judgment about the cliché hashtagged title, let us assure you that this is not the basic girl anthem you might perceive it to be. Set to be featured on the group’s upcoming album, #000000 & #FFFFFF (that translates to black and white for those fluent in HTML), this new tune is a heavy hearted banger that deals with the rage that spills over when finding out your special someone has cheated on you. Though French Montana is an interesting addition (Lamar Odom says hi), he actually delivers a surprisingly catchy verse that fits in nicely over the wicked instrumental. “#icanteven” say I’m mad about his inclusion on this one.
Stream the track above, and look out for #000000 & #FFFFFF when it drops next week on Thanksgiving.
British electronic group Years & Years just released another track off their upcoming album Desire. and this one hits us right in the feels. Describing their own music as soulful electronic pop, Years & Years speaks to their audience through memorable melodies and soothing vocals. Olly Alexander, the lead singer of the group, definitely stole the spotlight by showcasing his pleasant R&B vocals. The synths and the simple piano chords perfectly support the flow of the tune. Everything about this track is done right and leaves you wanting more.
With that said, stay tuned for the group’s much anticipated album releasing on 11/23. We cannot wait to listen to more of their new music!
Jackson Breit & Carneyval
Use Me (Bill Withers)
Better get out your dance shoes for this one.
Jackson Breit is one talented musician. He has a certain jazz and blues swagger, he writes and produces all of his music and we wouldn’t want it to be any other way. For his recent release ‘Use Me’, he reached out to his friend Carneyval to help him with his catchy collaboration. They actually grew up in the same area, went to the same high school and college, and now here they are making some music together. ‘Use Me’ is one sexy song, a mix of vocals and funky electronic/jazz melodies, this song is sure to make you get up out of your seat. Breit has a voice that is a mix between Gavin Degraw and Adam Levine and he has the ability to throw down a little singing/talking with a touch of rap, yes, the boy can throw down some words. Carneyval usually sticks to all things electronic but shows on this track that he is diverse and can bring the good sounds to any music style. Let these two use you with this single, you won’t be upset about it for one minute.
Mary J. Blige / Disclosure
Legendary pop diva Mary J. Blige and UK production duo Disclosure have quickly become the best of friends, collaborating on a number of tracks in 2014. The partnership blossomed earlier this year when the three teamed up for a a remix of “F For You” from the pair’s debut album, Settle, and later solidified when they came together again for “Right Now.” Co-written by Jimmy Napes, ”Follow” is now the third collab between the talented trio, and if their previous dalliances are any indication of what to expect, this one is bound to blow you away once more. Mary’s upcoming album, The London Sessions, is set to release next week on November 24th, and will also include features from Emeli Sandé, Naughty Boy, Sam Smith and Sam Romans. You can pre-order your copy on iTunes now.
Garden City Movement
Pont des Arts
We had the opportunity to speak with this intriguing electronic act a while back, and since then we’ve been consistently enamored with what they’re able to create. While it has been a little while since this Tel Aviv-based trio has graced our walls, we sure are glad they’re back.
Taking their name from a turn of the century urban planning method set out by Sir Ebenezer Howard, Garden City Movement’s sound has an architectural feel to it, expertly building on itself as the song progresses. This latest release has a much dancier feel in comparison to one of our favs, “Lir,” which continues displays the groups breadth of talent. Even though we’re offered up a different look than usual, we’re still given a glimpse of their signature distorted vocals and coupling of that glitchy-yet-melodic balance they pull off with ease.
“Pont Des Arts” quickly became a fan-favorite during their live shows, which led them to properly record and release it publicly. So, if you were one of those fans – thank you. We all appreciate you helping this come to fruition.