Lorde – Green Light

Lorde has made her triumphant return with new single ‘Green Light’. This is the first new material to surface since 2014’s ‘Yellow Flicker Beat’ from the Lorde-curated Hunger Games Soundtrack.

Green Light’ serves up a refreshing direction for the New Zealand singer, opting for more of a house-style vibe. Opening with some sparse piano, ‘Green Light’ builds into a retro dance-floor filler with whirring synths, driving house piano chords and Lorde’s rousing vocals.

Produced by Jack Antonoff (Taylor Swift, Banks), ‘Green Light’ is taken from Lorde’s forthcoming sophomore album Melodrama and follow up to 2013’s Pure Heroine. Speaking with Zane Lowe on Beats 1, Lorde commented on heartbreak being the driving force behind the song:

“It’s not something that I really am used to writing about. It took me a while to be able to figure out how to write about that – it was my first major heartbreak. The song is about those moments immediately after your life changes, and the silly little things your mind gravitates towards.”

Upcoming dates for Lorde include Coachella (April 16 and 23) and New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival (April 27-7May). Melodrama is available via Universal Music on June 16.

iTunes: Melodrama
Google Play: Melodrama
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Year In Review: Top 100 Tracks of 2015

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It’s that time of year again when I count down my favourites tracks of 2015. With so many incredible artists from Eric Prydz to Disclosure, Skepta to JME, Frances to Jack Garratt and Duke Dumont to Méle, it’s safe to say the future of music is in good hands. Check out my Top 100 tracks below, which I’ve combined into a handy Spotify Playlist.

Here’s to a bright 2016 and another exciting year in music!

Top 100 Tracks

  1. Eric Prydz – Opus
  2. Disclosure – Bang That
  3. Fono – Real Joy
  4. Melé – Ambience
  5. Jamie xx – I Know There’s Gonna Be (Good Times) Ft Young Thug & Popcaan
  6. The Chemical Brothers – Sometimes I Feel So Deserted
  7. Skepta – Shutdown
  8. Major Lazer – Lean On Ft MØ & DJ Snake
  9. Ápres – Chicago
  10. Disclosure – Holding On ft Gregory Porter
  11. Jack Ü – Where Are Ü Now ft Justin Bieber
  12. Enzo Siffredi – Sometimes
  13. Jamie XX – Loud Places ft Romy
  14. Julio Bashmore – Holding On ft Sam Dew
  15. The Chemical Brothers – Go Ft Q-Tip
  16. Format:B – Chunky
  17. Duke Dumont – The Giver (Reprise)
  18. Kendrick Lamar – The Blacker The Berry
  19. The Prodigy – The Day Is My Enemy
  20. Riton – Rinse and Repeat ft Kah-lo
  21. Missy Elliot – WTF (Where They From) Ft Pharrell
  22. Tame Impala – Cause I’m A Man
  23. Riva Starr – The Loft Ft Dajae
  24. Grum – Sunday Blue Sky
  25. Drake – Hotline Bling
  26. Netsky – Rio ft Digital Farm Animals
  27. The Weeknd – Can’t Feel My Face
  28. Kanye West ft Alan Kingdom, Theopilus London, Paul McCartney – All Day
  29. Boston Bun – Paris Groove
  30. Duke Dumont – Ocean Drive
  31. LA Priest – Oino
  32. Jimmy Napes – Give It Up
  33. Disciples – They Don’t Know
  34. Justin Bieber – Sorry
  35. Oh Wonder – Technicolour Beat
  36. Redlight – Lion Jungle Ft Prodigy of Mobb Deep
  37. Black Coffee – We Dance Again ft Nakhane Touré
  38. The Maccabees – Something Like Happiness
  39. Claude Von Stroke & Jessie Rose – Bare Mountain
  40. Loyle Carner – Ain’t Nothing Changed
  41. Florence + The Machine – What Kind Of Man
  42. Pep and Rash – Rumours
  43. Swindle – Mad Ting Ft JME
  44. Chase & Status – More Ratatin ft Giggs
  45. Mumbai Science – Black Hole
  46. Foals – What Went Down
  47. MJ Cole – Alcatraz
  48. Everything Everything – Distant Past
  49. Rudimental – I Will For Love ft Will Heard
  50. Shura – 2Shy
  51. Chase & Status – Bigger Man Sound ft Novelist
  52. Kolsch – Talbot ft Gregory Schwellenbach
  53. Lion Babe – Wonder Woman
  54. Hudson Mohawke – Very First Breath ft Irfane
  55. Shamir – Call It Off
  56. Lianne La Havas – Unstoppable
  57. Years and Years – King
  58. Coldplay – Hymn For The Weekend
  59. Ápres – This Ain’t Love Ft Andrea Martin
  60. Honne – Loves The Jobs You Hate
  61. Icarus – Ride This Train ft Aniff Akinola
  62. Para One & The South African Choir – Elevation
  63. The Prodigy – Wild Frontier
  64. Martin Solveig & GTA – Intoxicated
  65. Lana Del Rey – High By The Beach
  66. Kendrick Lamar – Alright
  67. Florence + The Machine – Delilah
  68. Formation – All The Rest Is Noise
  69. Petite Meller – Baby Love
  70. Digitaria – Little Girl
  71. Special Request – Amnesia
  72. Romare – Love Song
  73. Luke Sital-Singh – Still
  74. Lay Z – That’s What I’m On ft JME & Frisco
  75. Goldlink – Spectrum
  76. Jack Garratt – Breath Life
  77. The Maccabees – Spit It Out
  78. DJ Fresh & High Contrast – How Love Begins ft Dizzee Rascal
  79. Flux Pavilion – What You Gonna Do About It
  80. Raury – Friends ft Tom Morello
  81. Rationale – Fuel To The Fire
  82. George Fitzgerald – Full Circle Ft Boxed In
  83. AD – Get Out My Way ft OT Genasis
  84. Lady Leshurr – Queen’s Speech 4
  85. Slaves – The Hunter
  86. MNEK & Zara Larsson – Never Forget You
  87. Mura Masa – Love For That ft Shura
  88. NAO – Bad Blood
  89. Wilkinson & TC – Hit The Floor
  90. Redlight – Metronome ft Roses Gabor
  91. Bonzai – Doses
  92. Frances – Let It Out
  93. Gorgon City – Saving My Life ft Romans
  94. Sam Gellaitry – Long Distance
  95. ZHU x AlunaGeorge – Automatic
  96. Alex Metric – Drum Machine ft The New Sins
  97. Drones Club – Cold Hand
  98. Kevin Garrett – Refuse
  99. Frank Gamble – Myths
  100. Kiiara – Gold

Coldplay – Hymn For The Weekend

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Coldplay unveiled their new single Hymn For The Weekend, featuring none other than Beyonce. Originally meant to be a party song, until Beyonce came on board and ‘transformed the song’ (Guy).

The single premiered with Annie Mac as her Hottest Record, where Guy Berryman commented on the exciting collaboration.

It started off being quite a different vibe. Chris wanted a party song with the lyrics ‘drinks on me’…. She came in, did her thing. She was unbelievably professional. She was in and out in about 5 minutes. We’re just so blessed to have her sing on one of our songs. She really transformed it and made it into something we’re all incredibly proud of.” 

Beyonce’s vocals are beautifully understated, becoming more of a seamless texture throughout Coldplay’s trademark piano melodies, Chris Martin’s soothing vocals, sassy brass and eclectic percussion.

Coldplay kick off their World Tour March 31st and are set to play 3 London dates at Wembley Stadium (June 16, 18,19). Until then, you can catch them on Radio 1’s Live Lounge this Thursday with Clara Amfo, as well as a Radio 1 special with Annie Mac at  St John’s Church in Hackney later that day.  Those lucky enough to have a ticket will be treated to new material from their forthcoming album Head Full Of Dreams (Dec 4) as well as some of their classic back catalogue.

Their new album Head Full Of Stars is set to feature Tove Lo, Beyonce and Jay Z’s daughter Blue Ivy Carter, his ex wife Gwyneth Paltrow and even Barack Obama!

Listen to the track and interview here! Stream on spotify here!

Adele – Hello

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Having teased fans with a 30 second clip during Sunday’s X-Factor ad break, Adele has finally unveiled her highly anticipated new single ‘Hello’.

Hello is the first new material to surface from Adele in three years and follows 2012’s Skyfall.  The single premiered with Grimmy on the Radio 1 Breakfast show this morning, (Oct 23) where Adele commented:

“I found myself yearning for my past for no reason, other than it had gone. I missed elements of it. All of us were moving now. It’s not about an ex or anything. It’s about my relationships with everyone I love. I’m so fond of every part of my life, good and bad, cause it’s made me who I am.”

Adele penned an open letter to explain the reasoning behind her forthcoming third album ‘25′:

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Hello is already breaking records having become the first music video to be filmed using IMAX cameras. Check out the 6-minute video below, directed by Canadian filmmaker Xavier Dolan. Hello is available now via iTunes while 25 is due November 20th.

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Stromae – Meltdown Ft Lorde, Pusha T, Q Tip and Haim

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With Grammy award winner Lorde curating the latest soundtrack for The Hunger Games – Mockingjay Part 1, multiple tracks have surfaced online, from Lorde’s lead single ‘Yellow Flicker Beat‘ and recent Kanye West remix, The Chemical Brothers collaboration with Miguel and Lorde on ‘This Is Not A Game‘, to Major Lazer and Ariana Grande’s ‘All My Love‘ – Quite a random but exciting mix of artists.

The latest single to drop comes from Belgian artist Stromae, with yet a further list of impressive featured artists including the curator herself Lorde, GOOD Music signee and rapper Pusha T, Hip hop legend Q-Tip and Californian sister act Haim. The collaborative single delivers an ecclectic mix of styles with its driving synth-pop beats, slick hip hop rhymes and infectious rousing vocals.

While ‘The Hunger Games’ franchise may not be everyones cup of tea, Lorde has certainly curated an impressive and diverse album that’s sure to spark your musical interest.  The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 1 Soundtrack is set for release November 17th and is available to pre-order now.

Mark Ronson – Uptown Funk ft Bruno Mars

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UK producer and Grammy award winning Mark Ronson, unveiled his lead single ‘Uptown Funk’ from his highly anticipated fourth studio album.

Co-written and featuring Bruno Mars, ‘Uptown Funk’ is on course to storm the charts with its old school vibes, classic funk, groovy bass line and Ronson’s trademark horns. Mix that with some playful lyrics and a thoroughly infectious hook and you’ve got a sure fire hit! ‘Uptown Funk’ serves as Ronson’s first single since 2012’s Olympic sponsored song ‘Anywhere In The World’ ft Katy B.  As one of the hardest working producers around, Ronson revealed he’s been working on his forthcoming album ‘Uptown Special’ for the past 18 months and includes a whole host of special guests.

While ‘Uptown Special’ is set for release January 19th, expect ‘Uptown Funk’ to be top of the charts for quite some time. One more time: “Uptown Funk you up, Uptown Funk you up!

 

Introducing: DeQn Sue – Magenta

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DeQn Sue has unveiled her new single ‘Magenta‘.

With some bluesy jazz piano intro and sassy soulful vocals, Alabama based singer DeQn Sue delivers a vivacious alt-pop song that certainly makes for a strong lead single.

The single boasts some infectious hooks, and quirky colourful production from Grammy nominated Kelvin Wooten (Django Unmchained). The rising star breaks musical genre boundaries with her eclectic mix of styles from funk and electronic to R&B and glossy pop, brought to life by the lyrics “I’ve so many different shades”.

‘Magenta’ is the first single to be taken from her forthcoming debut album ‘Zeitgeist‘ and is set for release July 15th. In the meantime, check out DeQn Sue’s Soundcloud page.