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Hot New Talent Alert: Listen to Bebe Black "Deathwish" (Download Free MP3)


"My heart is black and my lips are blue," newcomer Bebe Black cries out in the opening of her beautifully poignant pop noir tune "Deathwish" to set a demure, atmospheric tone that lingers throughout the track. Introduced by a woozy, slightly detuned piano, the song gradually develops from an aching chant into a tightly arranged, pulsing mid-tempo piano ballad with clubby undertones that prominently features Black's strikingly frosty vocals. It's an impressive tune by an equally compelling new artist who is without a doubt poised for the big time.

Hailing from Dorset, England, Bebe Black is signed to Columbia Records in the U.K. and will be unveiling more new material in the months to come to up the anticipation for the release of her official debut single some time later this year. The stylishly exciting debutant is already making a splash with her feature on Benga's new track "Icon," the first single to be released from his forthcoming second album "Chapter." Bebe is currently recording her debut album that will be released via Columbia Records, early 2013. (Download Bebe Black's entire "Live From Black Lion Sessions" EP for free on her web site.)

 Bebe Black "Deathwish" (Live from Black Lion Sessions) MP3

May 31, 2012 | Permalink

The Daily Crunch: Florence and the Machine, M83, Garbage, Adam Levine, Olly Murs, Cee Lo Green, Rihanna


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May 31, 2012 | Permalink

Listen to A*M*E "Find A Boy" featuring Mic Righteous [Exclusive Premiere]


After serving up deliciously effervescent pop ditties like "Ride Or Die," "Play The Game Boy" and "City Lights," pop newcomer A*M*E switches gears and makes a steep left turn to introduce an adventurous new sound on her new single "Find A Boy" that features Mic Righteous. 

Written by none other than British superstar Emeli Sandé and Naughty Boy, "Find A Boy" unveils a whole new side of A*M*E that neatly showcases her versatilty and firmly positions her as one of the most exciting new talents to emerge on the British pop scene this year.

To the uninitiated, A*M*E was born and raised in Sierra Leone, the war-torn nation in Africa where she lived until the age of 8. It was the timeless pop of groups like Backstreet Boys and *NSync that helped her cope with her dire environment and was the one thing that she could always rely on. Her family fled to the U.K. where A*M*E started school and quickly thrived. She started her own DIY fanzine, fronted a girl band in high school and sang solos in her school choir that sparked her ambition to pursue music professionally.

The fresh new sound of "Find A Boy" is solid proof of A*M*E's appetite to break out of the mold and take people by surprise with her music. Marked by a majestic, mildly menacing string arrangement and a stomping groove courtesy of producer Naughty Boy, "Find A Boy" is wildly unorthodox rave-pop confection that is dominated by A*M*E's chase for something bigger, bolder and better. "No more sad and no more lonely, find a boy and make him love me," she raves full of sass. "Find a boy with lots of money. he can keep me, he can spoil me. First make sure he can afford me." 

Rising Margate hip hop star Mic Righteous adds some spit and shine to the tune, and offers some words of advice. "You're looking for the bright one. You will get to find love in the nightclub," he raps. "Want to find a boy? Want to find a girl? First, go find yourself." But when it comes to finding a hot and happening new pop tune, look no further. A*M*E delivers just the kind of sweet and crunchy pop hits are made of. (A*M*E featuring Mic Righteous "Find A Boy" will be released inon July 23.)

May 30, 2012 | Permalink

Pop Troubadour Matthew Koma Talks Songwriting, Dance Music and Debut "Parachute" EP [Exclusive Interview]


If there's one discerning quality that all great songwriters possess, it's the ability to skillfully capture an emotion, boil it down to its purest essence and turn that raw sentiment into a timeless melody that's meaningful to people everywhere. Emerging singer/songwriter Matthew Koma is one of those rare songwriting talents who's a savvy observer of life with a keen sense of melody. Whether it's a soaring vocal hook of an explosive dance tune or a full-length pop number, Koma is a modern-day troubadour who knows exactly how to dose the emotional intensity in his music and deliver it with heartfelt gusto.

Following his recent collaborations with Sebastian Ingrosso, Alesso, Zedd and Far East Movement, Koma steps out in the spotlight this week with the release of his debut EP, entitled "Parachute." The New York-born and bred singer/songwriter wrote and produced/co-produced all of the four tracks on "Parachute," working with collaborators Alex Da Kid (Nicki Minaj, Rihanna), The Runaways’ Sam Watters and Louis Biancaniello (Kelly Clarkson, Leona Lewis) and The Smeezingtons’ Ari Levine (Bruno Mars, Bad Meets Evil).

Inspired by classic singer/songwriters like Bruce Springsteen and Elvis Costello, Koma has a very distinct point of view when it comes to songwriting. "I write about things that I know are sincere and that I can speak about from a real place," he tells Arjan in an interview. "I feel that's really the only way for me to connect with people. [Music] needs to come from an honest place. Songwriting is an honest process for me so it is very reflective of what I'm going through in that moment, experiencing or seeing."

Koma adds, "I think there has to be a certain level of experience with what you're writing about to really tap into the main points of that emotion to connect with people in a real way. I think people can tell when somebody talks about something from a real place."

His recent collaboration with EDM artists like Alesso ("Calling," "Years") and Zedd ("Spectrum") has helped Koma to further hone his songwriting craft. "They're all very musical people. It's cool to see things through their eyes and it has inspired me to approach songwriting in a different way," he explains. "The electronic dance music world is so track driven and there's so much focus on the production that when it comes to songwriting it is even more about finding that simple sentiment and tapping into it."

Koma is part of the burgeoning Cherrytree Records family, the pop alternative home of artists like Feist, LMFAO, Keane, Robyn and Far East Movement. The label has been a huge source of inspiration and learning for the young artist as well. "Cherrytree Records is a thousand percent different than a lot of traditional labels," Koma says. "Everybody has their own space but you're also part of this big family, and you work together and collaborate."

"I've gotten to work with people like Ellie Goulding and Far East Movement. It's a very musically-driven movement that truly stands for something with people that are passionate about music and who understand what art is. I'm really proud and honored to be a part of," Koma concludes.

(Download Matthew Koma's "Parachute" EP on iTunes now and look for his collaboration with Far East Movement, Zedd and Alesso soon. Koma is currently touring with LMFAO, Far East Movement, The Quest Crew, Sidney Samson, and Eva Simons on the Sorry For Party Rocking Tour. See them in a town near you.)

May 30, 2012 | Permalink

[MP3] Ellie Goulding Covers The Weeknd "High For This"


While celebrating the break-out success of "Lights" in America with several high profile TV and radio appearances, Ellie Goulding has also been spending a lot of time in the studio to diligently work on new album material. According to reports, the British songstress has been collaborating with high-profile hitmakers like Swedish House Mafia and Benny Blanco to craft tunes for her forthcoming new album.

If you follow Goulding on Twitter then you know that she has also spent time in the studio with her pal Xaphoon Jones, the beatmaking half of hip pop duo Chiddy Bang. During one of their late night recording sessions, the topic of conversation must have turned to their love for The Weeknd that subsequently led to the recording of a cover of The Weeknd's emo-laden "High For This." 

The result is a fantastic reinterpretation of The Weeknd's original that once again demonstrates Goulding's ongoing fascination with acoustic folk, pop and electronica to create her own unique blend of alternative pop. Featuring simple fingersnaps and a sparse synth arrangement, Jones masterfully orchestrates a glowing sonic soundscape that is the perfect backdrop for showcasing Goulding's unique, angelic vocals. Simply sublime.

 Ellie Goulding "High For This" [MP3]

May 30, 2012 | Permalink