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Listen to Keane "Silenced By The Night" Alesso Remix [Song Review]

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Rapidly rising Swedish DJ and producer Alesso shows off his very fine knack for melody on his shiny new remix of Keane's fantastic new single "Silenced By The Night" that premiered on Pete Tong's BBC Radio One show during the Winter Music Conference in Miami, Florida.

Alesso smartly maximizes the melancholic essence of Keane's original and intensifies its joyful spirit with a few powerful new sonic twists that include a hyper-melodic new electro pulse that explodes into a soaring, stadium-sized new synth riff that instantly brings on the goosebumps. Alesso's remix of Keane "Silenced By The Night" pretty much picks up at the high where Avicii's "Levels" left off, and will surely be a massive smash that will take over dancefloors all spring and summer. 

This remix is Alesso's third big pop-savvy release this season. His 2011 EDM breakout smash with Sebastian Ingrosso, entitled "Calling (Lose My Mind)," will be rereleased in May through Atom Empire/Interscope and features the vocals of pop hot man Ryan Tedder that were penned by Matthew Koma, one of Cherrytree Records' most exciting new signings. Koma is also featured on Alesso's forthcoming new dance-pop stomper "Years."

In a recent interview, Alesso was asked about Sweden's ongoing love affair with great, timeless melodies that now also marks the work of a new generation of Swedish DJs, like Avicii and Alesso. "I have no idea why that is," he smiles. "It could be the weather [in Sweden], you know, you have to find something to do. The winters are bad and the recent summers haven’t been great, so maybe it gives you a little bit more time to work on stuff, like music." 

March 31, 2012 | Permalink

Rising U.K. Pop Band Lawson to Release "When She Was Mine" [Single Review]

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With One Direction making U.S. chart history and The Wanted covering Billboard Magazine this week, there's no doubt that British boy band pop is resurfacing in America in a mighty big way. With all that interest in handsome fellas cranking out high-grade pop, there sure is more room for talented guys bringing on hooky tunes. Enter Lawson. This London four-piece is firmly positioned to be the next hot British pop thing about to happen in the States.

To the uninitiated, Lawson is the teaming of frontman Andy Brown (vox/guitar), Joel Peat (lead guitar), Adam Pitts (drums) and Ryan Fletcher (bass). Respectively from Liverpool, Mansfield, Brighton and Chesterfield, the group was established when Adam reached out to Andy after seeing his acoustic covers on YouTube. The two met up, and invited pals Ryan and Joel to join as well that led to frequent jamming sessions in a shabby rehearsal room under railway arches in Shepherds Bush in West London.

The foursome started making a name for themselves when they were a special guest on The Wanted's most recent U.K. arena tour that got them noticed by many more new fans. Now signed to Polydor Records, they have spent more time out in Los Angeles in recent months soaking up the Cali sun and writing song for their forthcoming debut LP with none other than GRAMMY winning producer John Shanks. 

The first single of their full-length effort is "When She Was Mine" that will be available in digital download store near you on May 27. Set to an anthemic guitar riff and anchored by a pacing rhythm section, this single neatly emphasizes Andy's soulful vocals and melancholic delivery that is backed by the group's slick harmonies that result in a potent, robust pop tune. 

Andy's powerful performance and poignant lyricism on "When She Was Mine" should come as no surprise. He wrote the song after finding out that his ex-girlfriend had a new boyfriend that stirred a flurry of emotions and heartbreak.

Some have rumored that the song is about Andy's alleged ex-girlfriend Mollie Brown from The Saturdays. But Brown's emotionally-honest storytelling is not exclusive to his own situation. Lyrics like, "I'm breaking at the seams, dropping to my knees and nothing left of me," will hit a nerve with members of the broken heart club everywhere, which makes this song even more powerful. "When She Was Mine" is a surefire chart winner that firmly positions Lawson for continued success.

March 30, 2012 | Permalink

The Daily Crunch: Azealia Banks, Redfoo, Miguel, Kylie Minogie, Adam Lambert, Nicki Minaj, Jennifer Lopez

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March 30, 2012 | Permalink

Sponsored Video: Steve Aoki Meets GroupMe Winners In New York City

Steve Aoki knows all about creating a strong network of people. The DJ, producer and founder of the Dim Mak lifestyle brand has collaborated with people like Wynter Gordon, Rivers Cuomo, Travis Barker, My Name Is Kay, NERVO, Afrojack and many, many others to bring his musical ideas to life. Just take his latest artist album "Wonderland" for example, which is packed with chart-topping collaborations.

This past weekend, Steve Aoki joined rising pop star Dev on stage at the Ultra Music Festival alongside Timbaland and DJ Skeet Skeet, before playing a set of his own on the music fest's mainstage. A big honor for the Aoki and more proof that his kicky underground tunes are slowly but surely breaking out into the mainstream.

Aoki told me at Ultra that the next single to be released from his new album is the song "Cudi The Kid" that is a collaboration with Kid Cudi and Travis Barker. "We just shot a video for it," he tells me enthusiastically. "I love that video. It's the sickest video I've ever done." He also noted his upcoming collaboration with Tiesto, entitled "Tornado," that is coming out in June.

The DJ explains that the best thing about Ultra Music Festival is to spent time with his fellow DJs. "Last night is a good example," he smiles. "I was just hanging out with David Guetta and Laidback Luke. We never have the opportunity to spend time together but at Ultra every one comes together and we can catch up."

A group of lucky contest winners recently had the opportunity to hang out with Aoki after winning Skype's GroupMe contest. GroupMe is a super handy (and very fun) mobile application from the makers of Skype that lets you text groups of people instead of individuals. If you're trying to bring everyone together at a big event or, in Aoki's case, are producing an album with many collaborators, GroupMe is a fantastic tool to to reach out and make good things happen. 

(This post has been sponsored by Skype GroupMe, but all thoughts are our own.)

March 30, 2012 | Permalink

Hoodie Allen Unveils Video for "No Interruption" Available on iTunes Now

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With music freely floating around and social media still on the rise it is a whole new world of opportunity out there for young, start-up artists. One of the questions I get most frequently asked from emerging artists is what they can do to grow their fanbase and distribute their music without the big budget support of a major label. A few of the most important things for them to do is to focus on making the best music, and building a scene of interest around what they do by playing lots of shows and nurturing an online community of fans. 

There are plenty of examples of artists that have been able to break out in a big way by building a groundswell of support around their music in this way. One of the artists who has very successfully done this is New York singer and rapper Hoodie Allen who has steadily built a large online fanbase across all social networks by doing what he knows best - having fun making the music he loves. There are no fillers, fortifiers or additives, Allen just puts his enthusiasm out there and has served up loads of free music that has garnered him a massive following of fans.

After releasing covers, videos and mixtapes, Allen is now gearing up for the release of his very first big (yet still very independent) studio EP, entitled "All American," that is out on April 10. Allen lives out the all-American dream on this effort by pursuing his love for making music in a new, ever-expanding way. It's pop patriotism of the most respectable kind.

The first single taken from that EP is "No Interruption," a tune about holding on and not letting go of whatever you love. The concept is clearly visualized in the video with Allen getting kidnapped, blindfolded and twisted around in a car while never giving up on what matters most to him - a cassette with his music. 

Allen writes me how excited he is with how the song and video turned out. "I think this is my favorite song I’ve ever made and the coolest video I’ve ever been a part of," he writes. "We really set out to make something cinematic and super fun to watch. Much thanks to the director Charles Alan Whitcher, for creating a concept that keeps up with the high energy of the song." (Support new music and download "No Interruption" on iTunes.)

March 30, 2012 | Permalink