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Free MP3 Download: Human Life "Italo Crimewave"

This hot little track by L.A. synth pop band Human Life has been floating around for the past few days so grab it while it is still hot. This emerging SoCal trio is the teaming of veteran house music producer Joshua Collins, Matt Wasley and Rachael Starr who are currently preparing the release of their next single "Wherever We Are" on their own Life X Records on November 1. The remix EP will include revamps by Grum, Lovers and Gamblers, Manare and Minitel.

Influenced by classic French and Chicago house and pop music as diverse as Genesis, Toto and Depeche Mode, Human Life's sound is an invigorating blend of contemporary electronic sounds and production techniques. "Italo Crimewave" is a good exampe of the group's "French touch influenced electro-pop." The song can easily be mistaken for a long lost Giorgio Moroder 80’s soundtrack with its glittery soundscape and dirty synth pumps.

Human Life "Italo Crimewave"

August 31, 2010 in MP3 | Permalink

Robyn Covers Bjork's "Hyperballad"

Totally brilliant. Simply breathtaking. Get ready to be moved when you hear Robyn perform Bjork's "Hyperballad" in a Swedish telecast that aired live in Sweden tonight. Icelandic singer Bjork was honored with the 2010 Polar Music Prize from Sweden's King Carl XVI Gustaf in Stockholm. It is one of Sweden's most prestigious music awards that was established by the manager of Sweden's legendary pop group ABBA, Stig Anderson, in 1989. What do you think of this cover? Did Robyn pull it off?

August 30, 2010 in Robyn | Permalink

Bravo Bruno! Rising Star Bruno Mars Triumphs In New York City

Bruno Mars - Bowery Ballroom - Photo 2b

It was only up until a few months ago that Bruno Mars and his pals played bars and small clubs across California for "a dollar and a slice of pizza." But his life as a vagabond troubadour was instantly turned up side down when he recorded "Nothin' On You" with B.o.B. and shot straight to the top of the global pop charts.

His success with "Nothin' On You" was followed by "Billionaire," another smash collaboration that Mars recorded with Travie McCoy. His appearance on these two hit tracks also spotlighted his achievements as a songwriter, including tracks that he wrote for Flo Rida, K'Naan, Adam Levine, Sugababes and Mike Posner. More recently, the Hawaii-born crooner co-wrote Cee Lo Green's phenomenal "F**k You."

After being featured on other people's songs, Mars recently stepped into the limelight as the lead singer of his own material. On Wednesday evening, all of Mars' hard work, hopes and dreams finally led to his first-ever headlining show in New York City.

His gig at Bowery Ballroom kicked off a series of shows in the U.S. and overseas to promote his much-anticipated debut LP "Doo-Wops & Hooligans" that will be available October 5 on Atlantic/Elektra Records

Combining style, soul and swagger (and freshly coiffed as a modern-day Elvis), Bruno Mars truly impressed by showing that he is not only a gifted songwriter, but also a charming, charismatic showman. He owned the stage, had the crowd cheering along and he visibly enjoyed every single second of it.

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Mars and his bandmates played a mix of new songs from his forthcoming debut, tracks from his "It's Better If You Don't Understand" EP and savvy remakes of his hit collaborations.

He started his with a downtempo version of "The Other Side," which was by followed by "On Top" (the first song Mars wrote with his Smeezington partner Philip Lawrence) and  "Marry U." He then played a special version of "Billionaire," his collaboration with Travie McCoy that was introduced by a remake of '80s smash "Money (That's What I Want)" by the Flying Lizards and first performed by Barrett Strong.

Impressive was his performance of the gritty "Grenades" that is slated to be a single track, and is very good.

The crowd sang along when he performed his current single, "Just The Way You Are," which is currently racing up the charts.

Mars gave a special introduction to "Nothin' On You," the song that turned him into a bonafide pop star. "These four chords changed my life," he smiled, while also giving a shout to his Atlantic team up in the VIP section and thanking them for signing him.

The singer encored with a rocking version of Michael Jackson's "Dirty Diana," which underlined his versatility as a singer and performer who can easily move from soulful ballads to hard-rocking pop tunes.

Bruno Mars' very first headlining gig in New York City demonstrated that this rising star is a fresh new voice to be reckoned with. In a crowded pop scene that tends to favor style over substance, his music emphasizes what truly defines great pop music - a strong melody combined with a heartfelt message that is universally understood. 

Bravo Bruno!

August 30, 2010 in Bruno Mars | Permalink

Kylie Minogue and Rufus Wainwight Duet for Charity

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Let's be honest. The teaming between Kylie Minogue and Rufus Wainwright is a partnership made in gay heaven that sparked a whole lot of hotness this weekend. The two icons performed together in New York on Saturday at a benefit show at the Hamptons Watermill Center.

The two sang a bunch of songs together, including "Locomotion," "Can't You Get You Out Of My Head," "All The Lovers" and "Don't Go Breaking My Heart" (click on the links to see video of those performances). Totally amazing, and it shows once again that Kylie is one of the sweetest, down to earth and most genuine pop stars out there who doesn't mind to keep things casual for a good cause. Watch "Can't Get You Out Of My Head" after the jump.

August 30, 2010 in Kylie Minogue, Rufus Wainwright | Permalink

Free MP3 Download: Sirens "Stilettos" (Ad Brown's White Isle Mix)

Sirens

Brit pop trio Sirens (Katherine Monaco, Karina Chambers and Lea Reynolds) give a whole new meaning to the term fierce when they return on October 4 with their synth-laden, poppy new single "Stilettos." This brand-new track is the follow up to 2008's booty shaking "Say Goodbye To L.A. L.A. Land" that was a Billboard Dance hit here in the States.

Produced by DeeKay (P Diddy, Lil Wayne, JLS, Sugababes) in Copenhagen, "Stilettos" is taken from group's forthcoming third album that will be released on Newcastle's legendary Kitchenware Records. The trio is ready to take their fresh new sound to market, but had to get ready to live up to their single's title. "That’s the irony," says Lea in a press release. "We’re totally Converse girls. Our uniform before was wife-beater, jeans and Converse." 

"For this album, because we’d changed the process of how we recorded it, it was time to change the way we presented it. Change of sound, change of image, change of everything. It was time to go high fashion." 

The "Stilettos" remix EP comes with revamps by Almighty, Jerome Isma-Ae, DJQ, Chocolate Doll and Ad Brown's big room, house-happy makeover that you can download below. Totally guilt-free, of course.

Sirens "Stilettos" (Ad Brown's White Isle Mix)

August 29, 2010 in MP3 | Permalink