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Vanbot Premieres Video for New Single 'Hold This Moment' [First Look]


Vanbot first popped on to the pop scene back in 2011 when she released her self-titled debut album in Sweden that quickly got her noticed internationally. Following the viral success of tracks like "Make Me, Break Me" and "Lost Without You," the Swedish songstress was hailed as Robyn's little sister serving up a steamy hot brew of synth-driven melodies and infectiously catchy grooves. Apart from performing at Austin's South by Southwest, Vanbot (aka Ester Ideskog) spent most of her time in 2012 writing and recording new music. This week, she unveiled the video for her brand-new single "Hold This Moment" that gives us some firm clues about the music she has been working on. According to a press statement, Isdekog's new music is "dark and brooding" but this new single is most certainly not an abrupt departure from Vanbot's signature sound we have come to love and appreciate so much. Highly recommended.

January 28, 2013 | Permalink

Dido Shares New Album Details, Listen to 'No Freedom' (J Viewz Remix)


It has been hot long minute since we last heard from Dido, but following the release of "Safe Trip Home" in 2008, the songstress is getting ready to return to the scene with a brand-new album on March 26. The much-anticipated new LP, titled "Girl Who Got Away," features her collaboration with Kendrick Lamar (the track "Let Us Move On" that she shared earlier) and her new single "No Freedom" that will be available for download on February 19.

Working once again with her brother Rollo Armstrong (Faithless), who produced the majority of the album, Dido collaborated with a very impressive group of (GRAMMY-winning) hit makers including the Brian Eno, Jeff Bhasker, Rick Nowels and Greg Kurstin to create an album of "finely, self-penned songs and  soul-baring pop with electro, folk, hip hop, ambient and dance infusions," according to a press statement.

Dido is one of the world's best-selling female recording artists of all time with over 29 millions album sold to date. The singer explains that she's excited about sharing the new album with fans. "It was an incredibly fun record to make. There was no pressure on me at all," she explains. "It’s all been so natural and easy. On every other record I’ve made, there have been really tricky days, but there weren’t any like that on this one."

A press release describes "Girl Who Got Away" as a "captivating collection of well-crafted songs and stunning production: from the euphoric 'Go Dreaming,' to the barbed wit of 'End of Night,' the folky 'Sitting On The Roof Of The World' to the dance-y-yet-dark 'Blackbird.'"

The album's title track is one of Dido's favorites on the album. "I guess it sums up the last few years for me," she says. "Taking a step back from it all and going off to have the whole happy adventure of starting a family and making an album that I really am so proud of. And now I just can't wait for people to hear it."Listen to the very lush and lovely J Viewz remix of Dido's "No Freedom" below and listen to the radio edit of the single here.

January 28, 2013 | Permalink

New York Pop Outfit MS MR Unveils Glorious New 'Fantasy' [AUDIO]


New York alt-pop outfit MS MR continues to crank fantastically gloriously pop and their brand new single "Fantasy" is solid proof of that. The track is a huge rush of cinematic electronic pop, written and produced by the New York-based band and mixed by Tom Elmhirst (Adele, Amy Winehouse). "Fantasy" follows up MS MR’s two previous releases earlier, "Bones" and "Hurricane," which caused a stir with its delicious combination of huge hooks and dark lyrics (“Welcome to the inner workings of my mind/So dark and foul I can’t disguise").

The single is taken from the group's debut album, titled "Second Hand Rapture," that is scheduled for release in in May. The LP has been written and produced by the band with additional production and mixing by Tom Elmhirst ("Back To Black," "21"). 

Comprising of London-born Lizzy and Idaho native Max, MS MR have been making waves via two underground EPs exciting everyone from NME (2013 One to Watch) and Pitchfork to Jay-Z, Tom Ford and Grimmy. The band have come to attention with a unique mix of limited edition EP’s, striking videos and Tumblr where the band have quickly become stars within their community using gifs, images and quotes to embed and express themselves. (MS MR "Fantasy" will be available for download on March 10.)

January 28, 2013 | Permalink

Colette Carr Talks About New Video 'Why Are You Leaving' featuring Far East Movement's Kev Nish [Interview]

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Hot on the heels of her action-packed new EP, Colette Carr unveiled the video for her brand new single "Why Are You Leaving" earlier today. The song features Far East Movement's Kev Nish and is taken from "Skitszo Part 2," the second installment of Carr's four digital EP series that features releases every two months until the release of her full debut album "Skitszo" on July 9. 

The contrasting aesthetic of the video for "Why Are You Leaving" perfectly captures the heartbreaking sentiment of the song. Filmed in downtown Los Angeles, the video shows footage of Carr walking down the city's gritty streets while animated street art adds a dose of color to the somber scenery. "I completely saw the scene in my head when I worked on the song," Carr tells me. "When we talked about the treatment I thought it would be really to cool to have street art featured as well. I wanted the street art to move to make the point that everything was alive except for how I was feeling."

Carr adds, "We really wanted to create visuals that represented the hook of the song. There's for example one scene in the video where a girl lets go of a balloon. It represents the idea of 'Why Are You Leaving' in a certain way. She lets go of the balloon but she doesn't want it to go. In the end, I think it is a very visually soothing video. Plus, kids that aren't from LA are going to see another side of Los Angeles as well."

Working with Kev Nish on "Why Are You Leaving" came very naturally to Carr. "[Far East Movement and I] have toured together in the past," she explains. "Kev and I are around each other often and our creative energies click really well. We have a lot of similarities but mostly I'm attracted to how much I learn when I'm with him."

"He helped me write on a song that is coming out on Part 3 of 'Skitszo' and I learned so much from that," she explains. "He's been doing it so much longer than me. He makes sense to me, he puts so much intelligence into what he does. It's not an accident that he makes people dance." (Download "Skitso Part 1" and "Skitso Part 2" on iTunes.)

January 24, 2013 | Permalink

Betty Who Premieres Video for New Single "Somebody Loves You" [First Look]

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Frequent readers of this blog may remember that I first introduced you to Betty Who's glorious new single "Somebody Loves You" a few weeks ago. The song is a perfect slice of sunshine pop that combines a splashy hook and a dancefloor-savvy groove that is simply too irristible to be denied. The song was produced by up and comer Peter Thomas who recently also collaborated with Hoodie Allen and Neon Hitch. 

Today, Betty unveiled  the long-awaited video that goes along with the song. In an email, she writes me how the treatment for video came about. "I remember [the director] asking, at one of our first meetings, how I felt about acting and dancing in public," she tells me. "I told him I loved it and immediately started singing and dancing and strutting down the street, looking over my shoulder back at him as I played it out for all it was worth. Once he saw that it was pretty much a non-issue (my no-shame outlook on life really set that one up for me), we started getting really creative and silly with our ideas."

The video was shot at a dance studio in New York City. "We started the day at around 7AM, loading in the camera equipment and going over choreography with the dancers," Betty remembers. "We were still rehearsing when Evan told us that he and his crew of four guys was going to start filming just to get an idea of what it was going to look like so the girls and I kind of just did our thing for half an hour and messed around while these four guys filmed us being silly (some of the shots from that even made it into the video)."

January 23, 2013 | Permalink