French producer TEEMID did magic with totally unknown young vocalist Joie Tan’s rendition of this classic. This song’s been sitting at the top of music blog charts all week and deservedly so, but if you looked at Joie’s twitter/instagram feeds you’d think she was just some regular young girl in Singapore. That’s definitely about to change.
This awesome tune comes from a duo that’s made some incredible and relatively underground music this past year. What began as “hangs in New York in which we’d walk a lot” is now gaining some real steam, both musicians (I believe) having relocated out to LA.
Nile Rodgers collaborator Sam Smith has been dropping new music lately in preparation for his debut album in February. Talk about an English dude with a killer voice. He’s been on some amazing tracks this year, including Naughty Boy’s La La La, which I absolutely loooooved.
Ella’s exploded onto the scene by scoring gorgeous cameo’s with the likes of Europe’s finest, including Rudimental, Naughty Boy and Bastille. This is her debut single, and for a 19 year old it’s a doozy. That voice is just the definition of scruffy-sexy-smooth.
Awesome new and relatively unknown electronic hip hop/new soul from Idesia, an LA group that I don’t know much about, admittedly. This tune in particular caught my ear, but head to their bandcamp page for more smooth tunes.
Lily Allen - Hard Out Here (Official Video) (by Lily Allen)
Had to be said. #bitches
// I’m usually equal parts interested in the music an artist is making and the angle they appear to take against the headwind of competition they face in today’s mindshare landscape. The artists that achieve mainstream notoriety, which isn’t every artists’ goal, are equally talented in both departments, if not more talented in the second one.
You could have argued more than 15 years ago that the artist themselves weren’t responsible for the branding part, so much as their labels played that role. That’s certainly still true today, but artist’s today have a lot more control over their image and brand, so far as direct access to their fans via social tech.
Anyone aiming to build a company or product that people love and remember can learn a lot from their favorite artists’ efforts to carve out mindshare. The visuals they use, the words they choose, and the messages they portray are as important as the quality of their melodies, lyrics, and harmonies.
Which popstar is your brand/product/company/side project? Brittany? Gaga? Lily Allen?
Jr. Hi is literally an unknown. At this writing, noone seems to know who he is. Is it someone making music under a moniker? Either way, this gorgeous experimental R&B is one heck of a way to introduce yourself to the world, not to mention getting a heavyweight like The Weeknd to contribute.