Girl Fire, Pop, Videos | Melanie Martinez — Carousel [Music Video]

Posted by on October 15, 2014

After ending her run on The Voice in the show’s third season, semi-finalist and now 19-year-old singer/songwriter Melanie Martinez said that her primary objective was to express who she was and touch people’s hearts. Just a year later, she’s set to reach many more; her Dollhouse EP from earlier this year was critically-acclaimed, its lead single garnered over eight million views, and now her second single, “Carousel”, has both been listed as one of Spotify’s most viral tracks and was recently featured in the promos for American Horror Story: Freak Show. As of this afternoon, “Carousel” has gotten a visual treatment as well, and for an artist who cares as deeply about her aesthetic and brand as Melanie does, you know this is a must watch. The song was written and produced with the help of the NYC-based duo Kinetics & One Love—who have been her closest collaborators while recording her new album—and features the same kind of stirring, hip-hop-inspired production and breathy, commanding vocals that we’ve come to expect from Melanie of late. Do yourself a favor and check this video out now, and keep yourself updated with the links below.

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Girl Fire, Pop | King Deco — Ocean [Lyric Video]

Posted by on October 15, 2014

I’ve said this before, but King Deco is an incredibly special talent. Too rarely do I come across a pop songstress who has all the vocal power and polish of a radio heavyweight, yet with a thoughtful aesthetic and resonant lyrics. Building off the success of her last EP, Tigris, Deco released a lyric video for “Ocean”, my favorite song from the project. It’s a heartfelt and thoughtful song that addresses her choice to leave her family in Jordan, where she was raised: “Am I really wrong now?/My family condemns me/But it’s empty in that city of sand.” As a writer, aided by the assistance of NYC writing/production team Kinetics & One Love, she has that essential skill of turning her personal stories into something accessible for others, and extremely poignant. The song was produced by Cobra Starship guitarist Ryland Blackinton and One Love, and is equally mesmeric and cinematically produced as anything we’ve seen come from her camp thus far. Take the time today to watch this compelling new visual from one of pop music’s brightest newcomers.

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Pop | Clean Bandit & Jess Glynne – Real Love

Posted by on October 3, 2014

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Clean Bandit took the summer, and never gave it back. With their latest hit, “Real Love”, they’re poised to take the winter as well. Jess Glynne’s soulful vocals make the track, with incredible writing and infectious melodies that give “Real Love” the potential to be a radio smasher.

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Chill, Pop, RnB | FNT Premiere: Greg Aram – Alone

Posted by on October 1, 2014

Greg Aram is an goldmine of raw, undiscovered talent.

His first official video release, “Alone”, paints the picture of heartbreak in the form of a somber R&B-pop ballad. While his songwriting certainly needs a little honing, the soulful voice that Aram brings to the table is reason enough to listen to “Alone”.

The video is simple, yet entrancing. A view at what the song can mean to people. Here’s what the director had to say: “We believed that the end of a relationship is a lot like being in “the club” and not the hyper exaggerated version we see on tv. Instead we show a place filled with life and color yet it is still hollow and lacks feeling. It’s a place where the ability to connect to others is gone and instead we just have individuals in a space feeling lost and broken.”

Enjoy the Greg Aram song and video, there’s plenty more on the horizon.

Exclusive, Pop | Premiere: Melleefresh – Apparition (Original Pop Mix)

Posted by on September 18, 2014

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For dance music fans, the name Mellefresh is familiar. She has most notably collabed with Deadmau5 to create Freshmau5 back in the early days of his career on tunes like “Hey Baby” and “Sex Slave”. More recently, the singer, songwriter, producer and DJ has been branching out beyond deadmau5’s twisted mind into drum n bass and tech house / minimal with Alixanderlll, part of the revered Azari & III duo. She is also an accomplished artist in her own right and is taking it out to the world with this self-produced and self-written tune “Apparition”. Melleefresh brings together the modern and the pop sensibilities of the 80s as the robotic voice clashes with the themes of love in the tune. We have the premiere for you until it is released on October 6th via Play Records, so stream away now!

Indie, Pop | Prom – Flickers

Posted by on September 17, 2014

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Hands down, Brooklyn has the most exciting music scene at the moment, and “Flickers” by the duo Prom leads the pack! Having this record on repeat in my headphones all morning,  all I know is that if I were at their show, I’d be that guy on the side, jumping up and down, having the time of my life, projecting all of my stresses and anxiety of the day onto their set, and man is  “Flickers”  a release! There’s been a renaissance of pop music, meets electronic, meets rock n roll and it’s bringing the live scene back, so I had to feature this song, it’s amazing, and it’s a must listen!

Cover, Pop, Videos | Timeflies Tuesday – Rather Be

Posted by on September 14, 2014

Cal and Rez may not always outdo the original artist’s work on any given Timeflies Tuesday episode, but their ability to cover and remix such a diverse blend of genre’s is unsurpassed by few.  This week they rolled through yet another viral hit, “Rather Be” from Clean Bandit x Jess Glynne’s.  Rock on and grab tickets to see these Timeflies live this fall/winter!