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November 26, 2012 | Permalink

First-Listen: Pop Newcomer Nikki Williams Premieres New Track 'Glowing' [Review]

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Nikki Williams is stirring heaps amount of buzz and interest with her terrific debut outing "Kill F**k Marry" that premiered earlier this month on Vevo. Co-written by none other than Sia, the track represents an exciting artistic milestone for the young South African-born singer who has gone through the twists and turns of life and career in the last year and a half.

Now 23 years-old, Williams moved to the U.S. at the age of 16 to pursue a career in songwriting. One night at the Hollywood Roosevelt Hotel while standing near the bathroom singing to herself, talent manager Breyon Prescott walked by and became mesmerized by her pitch-perfect vocals and practically signed her on the spot to his Chamelon label. Island Def Jam received word about the talented Williams as well and partnered with Breyson to bring Williams' music to the masses.

Hot on the heels of "Kill F**k Marry," Williams formally unveiled another brand-new track via Facebook today, entitled "Glowing." This mighty dance-pop tune will surely satisfy the appetite from her growing numbers of fans and followers who have been captivated by Williams' innate knack for writing radio-ready hooks and her powerful delivery. "Glowing" is packed with a sweet melancholy that is amplified by a splashy beat and William's stirring pop vocals that shine in the song's uplifting chorus that is, quite frankly, too irresistible to be denied.

In a recent interview, Williams talks about the care-free spirit that inspired the feel-good qualities of "Glowing." "It's a super uplifting and fun song about being in love and having a good time," she explains. "It's not too serious. You can dance to it. You can sing along to it in the car. When I sang the song, it reminded me of when I was 12-years-old and I fell in love for the first time. I had my first boyfriend, and all I could think about was holding his hand. That gave me a full-on heart attack [Laughs]. It's that vibe."

Nikki is currently back home in Nashville finishing her debut album that is scheduled to be released sometime early 2013. It's shaping up to be a magnificent effort that pop lovers everywhere should get very excited about. (Click here to download Nikki Williams "Kill F**k Marry" on iTunes.)

November 25, 2012 | Permalink

Listen to John Newman 'Not Giving In' Acoustic Version [+ Free MP3]

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The name John Newman my not ring immediately familiar with you (yet) but dance aficionados among you will most certainly know his incredibly soulful vocals that are one of the main ingredients of Rudimental's U.K. smash "Feel The Love" and their current hit "Not Giving In" (with Alex Clare). Newman has one of those rare, stirring vocals that are instantly recognizable and flavor any type of track with a heavy dose of good 'ole soul.

Hot on the heels of his collaborations with Rudimental, Newman now introduces more of his own artist work including an unplugged rendition of new track "Stay The Night" that you can download here. Newman also recorded a stirring acoustic version of Rudimental's "Not Giving In." Backed only with a piano, Yorkshire-born Newman lays the song bare and showcases his emotive vocals that convey both strength and vulnerability.

Newman's gift for soul was inspired by by a variety of genres and styles, but there's one record in particular that left a last impression on him. "I was very much into my house music, I was deejaying and producing from a young age and it was funky house that dominated my sets and software," he explains in an interview. "At 16, I discovered an album that changed my life and music. It was Otis Redding's 'Otis Sings Soul.' Before this, the dark sides of hip hop, the strong melodies of pop and the driving piano lines in house had already taken their toll when it came to his songwriting."

Newman is currently writing and recording his debut album that will be released on Island Records. "I’ve been in the studio with some crazy successful people," John commented in a press release. "I am really pleased with what’s coming out of recording sessions and I hope you guys will be too!"

November 24, 2012 | Permalink

Watch Georgia Murray 'SRH' Live for Elle Magazine Korea [Exclusive Video]

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While the world is fully embracing K-Pop with the phenomenal success of Psy, Korea is looking far beyond its borders to find exciting new talent to spotlight. Point in case is Korea's new-found obsession with Canadian soul-pop crooner Georgia Murray. The singer was recently prominently featured in Elle Korea and a Korean television crew also recorded exclusive performance footage of her that was posted on the Elle Korea web site. 

Recorded in Victoria City, BC, Murray performed a stirring rendition of "SRH" that perfectly showcases her incredibly gorgeous vocals. "SRH" is nothing like your run-of-the-mill soul-pop fare. The song's production includes a bit of a crunchy twist with glistening synths and vinyl scratches that add a nique flavor and vibe to the overall creation.

Murray's knack for belting out atmospheric tunes should not come as a surprise. The singer grew up at her parents' remote fishing lodge in northern British Columbia far from any big cities. After spontaneously performing a Little Mermaid tune to their diners at age 3, Georgia became the lodge’s feature performer. That led ultimately to Murray's big break when lodge patron and TV writer/producer David E. Kelley was so impressed by her performance that he wrote a part for her as a lounge singer into his show, Boston Legal.

After appearing on several Canadian television shows, Murray is currently in the studio to further tune her sound with the help of her creative partner, D Whiz and GRAMMY winning producer Chin Injet (Eminem, 50 Cent). Watch her impressive performance of "SRH" in the video below and learn more about the singer on her web site. You can download her current single, "Don't Shut Up," on iTunes.

November 20, 2012 | Permalink

Listen to Yung Skeeter 'Stand Again' featuring Gaby Duran [Review]

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Yung Skeeter (formely DJ Skeet Skeet aka Trevor McFedries) sure likes to stay busy. After touring with pal Katy Perry on her worldwide California Dreams trek, the downtown Los Angeles sounboard wiz continues to crank out hot and happening new projects. Skeeter is not only known for his banging DJ sets, but he is also the man behind the success of rising dance-pop duo DWNTWN, plus he delivered very memorable remixes for people like Ruby Rose, Foster The People and Oh Land.

Today, Skeeter released his new artist single, entitled "Stand Again," on Dim Mak Records that features the vocals of Gaby Duran. Dominated by raving synths, melancholic piano chords and a throbbing house beat, "Stand Again" is the perfect anthem for all the people that were told they couldn't, shouldn't and wouldn't. With empowering lyrics like, "Don't give up now, it's time to time to tell the world, it's time to show them all, I will stand again," the song is a battle cry that sure will go over well on the dancefloor or anytime you need a mighty boost of confidence.

Tastemakers like Steve Aoki and Calvin Harris agree. They have added "Stand Again" to their DJ playlists which helps to create global momentum for the track (that Skeeter likes to refer to as "American K-Pop"). Yung Skeeter''s "Stand Again" EP that includes a bunch of terrific remixes of the original is available for download now. Grab the radio edit of "Stand Again" right on this blog and watch this space for more Yung Skeeter updates soon.

 Yung Skeeter "Stand Again" [MP3]

November 20, 2012 | Permalink