Diplo took a break from posting about Daft Punk‘s Random Access Memories to put together a Major Lazer remix of Macklemore & Ryan Lewis‘ “Can’t Hold Us.” Macklemore’s rapping takes a backseat here, with Ray Dalton‘s vocal melody now the centerpiece. Underneath the vocals you’ve got Major Lazer’s trademark squiggly synths and drum machine claps. While it’s not as revelatory as that “Thrift Shop”/”No Scrubs” mashup, it’s still a solid dance reinterpretation.
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Dan Black has been away for a minute — the London-by-way-of-Paris electropop crooner made a major splash a few years back with tracks like “Symphonies” and a plum spot opening for Robyn and Kelis on their All Hearts tour — but he’s spent the last few years holed up in Paris working on his sophomore LP.
Now, the fruits of that labor surface in the form of a lush, sparkling collaboration between Black and his former tourmate Kelis, a single titled “Hearts.” More »
It’s beginning: Eminem news is starting to trickle in a bit more frequently, as hip-hop fans await an announcement about his forthcoming eighth LP. For now, all we know is that the album probably has a Chris Rock cameo. But this summer, we may get a taste of new music from Em – it’s just a question of whether he’ll unveil it before a string of European dates in August, or wait to roll out the songs live.
The rapper is headlining Belgium’s Pukkelpop Festival in mid-August, and he just announced that immediately after he’ll do three shows in Europe. And he’s bringing along some young guns: Kendrick Lamar, Earlwolf (Tyler, the Creator and Earl Sweatshirt) and Yelawolf, among others. Man, can you imagine the overload of alter egos if Em and Tyler take the stage together? Head below to see the dates and lineups. More »
It’s looking to be a big year for Danish duo Quadron. Singer Coco O. appeared on the Great Gatsby soundtrack and Tyler, the Creator‘s Wolf, while producer Robin Hannibal recently saw success as a member of smooth R&B project Rhye. But now the two are focused on Quadron and looking to capitalize on their respective momentum for their forthcoming album Avalanceh. And for that record’s first salvo they’ve dropped “Better Off,” featuring Kendrick Lamar.
Coco recently stopped by our New York office and told us initially K-Dot approached them to be on his album. But after hearing some Quadron demos, he was hooked, and agreed to do a verse on one of their songs. The result is the album’s only feature, and “Better Off” is a laid-back groove with some velvety vocals and horns underpinning Lamar’s whispered verse. Head below to hear the sultry collaboration. More »
Call it the millionth reason Loreen is the Swedish chanteuse to beat: Her new single “We Got the Power” is blisteringly great, penned by Ester Dean (all of your favorite Rihanna songs) and produced by Patrik Berger (Robyn‘s “Dancing On My Own,” Icona Pop‘s “I Love It” and Charli XCX‘s “You’re the One,” among others).
But a song that sounds like a lost Pat Benatar classic blasted into space isn’t good enough for Loreen — she had to go and direct the video herself. She directed it herself! And it’s great: Elegant in its simplicity and lovingly rendered, trading a real narrative for a lot of nicely evocative shots. More »
The stars might be blind, but Birdman isn’t — to Paris Hilton‘s raw talent! (It took me an hour to come up with that opening line.)
The rapper-turned-Cash Money Records co-founder opened up to The Los Angeles Times about signing the vocally gifted chanteuse: “Controversy and all of that, it works for your benefit,” he said. “[Her Cash Money deal] being so talked about shows the strength of her popularity. I’m very excited. I’m very appreciative that she’s part of the team. She’s very talented, and a beautiful young woman.” More »