Cover, Pop | Leah Haxhi Drops LunchMoney Lewis “Bills” Cover with Live Violin

Posted by on March 24, 2015

This is Leah Haxhi’s take on the new LunchMoney Lewis “Bills” record that is sure to be picking up a lot of steam over the next few months. Leah keeps the piano riff and gospel vibe, while adding in her own live violin throughout the track as well as replacing the trumpet solo with an upbeat violin solo. This track shows a different side of Leah’s vocal style with soulful upbeat sounds. Follow Leah on Soundcloud at LahLahLandMusic to hear more covers, remixes and original sounds as she works on her upcoming album.

Chill, Pop | Handsome Ghost – Steps (EP)

Posted by on March 23, 2015

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After some internet excitement surrounding their first few singles, Handsome Ghost has unveiled the full Steps EP. Their sound is simplistic and pure. In a world with an endless struggle to pile numerous sounds atop one another, or break through with a gimmick, it’s refreshing to hear something digestible and fun.

Handsome Ghost’s talent is evident and with this release being one of the very first, we will surely be seeing more very soon!

Cover, Pop | CJ Holland Covers Jason Derulo’s “Want To Want Me”

Posted by on March 19, 2015

CJ Holland is back with his latest cover as part of his new #CJWEEKLY series, and it’s the most fully articulated display of his sound and aesthetic that we’ve gotten thus far, for sure. While the cover game isn’t kind to many, and has lost some of its charm as a whole due to congestion in the form, CJ has found a way to extend his releases beyond karaoke; his influences and style here are clearly in effect, and One Love’s original production, too, adds a new flavor to the track is a definite help to his cause.

Derulo’s “Want To Want Me” was last week’s most added song to radio, so here’s where song choice comes into effect. His last cover was of “Tuesday,” a song that really was on its way out of radio, so while his unique approach to it still made it compelling, it wasn’t able to capitalize on the song’s catchiness since the melody’s interest had all but faded. Here, though, CJ makes his mark on a song that he knew was bound to be successful, and yet hasn’t already been engrained in its listeners in a particular way. Cover artists take notice.

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Pop | LA+CH – Free Fall

Posted by on March 16, 2015

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Some artists are just that good, they get my co-sign, and La+ch is one that I just keep growing into, and his latest “Free Fall” is a tune you don’t want miss out on! Reminiscent of Passion Pit mixed with early MGMT, I think I’m in love with this track, and I think you guys will too. I’m rooting for La+ch, plus I kind of dig his whole look, check the cover art, if that’s him, he has a dope style! This is a must listen!

iTunes: LA+CH – Free Fall

Alternative, Chill, Indie, Pop | William Bolton – Dream At Night (ft Dillon Ashton)

Posted by on March 13, 2015

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The only thing better than good vibes is music that can uproot any moment and inject  great it with vibes. William Bolton, formerly known as Times New Roman, accomplishes that time and time again. His unique style and versatile voice always comes through with classic records and Dream At Night is no exception to that. The production is extremely laid back and really lets ‘Billy B’s’ voice shine as he glides you through a night dreaming of the most popular spot on the left coast, California.

Cover, Pop, Videos | CJ Holland — Tuesday [Cover]

Posted by on March 1, 2015

CJ Holland, a 21-year-old with a voice like silk and a classy style, is a name to know if you pride yourself on staying ahead of the blog curve. He’s clearly developed himself in the vein of pop darlings like JT and Bruno, and has been working on his debut album with the likes of Pharrell, Ne-Yo, and even Quincy Jones.

Recently, he’s performed a series of covers (“Uptown Funk, “I’m Not the Only One,” and “Thinking Out Loud”) that have continued to impress and showcase his range. This week he’s added a bit more of an inventive touch to his cover of “Tuesday,” as producer One Love (of Kinetics & One Love fame, primarily) provides an immersive, trap-infused interpolation of the beat, and CJ rewrites the verses, making them successfully his own while still retaining the original’s staccato flow and melodic touch.

Pop | Connell Cruise – Into The Wild

Posted by on February 27, 2015

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South African artist Connell Cruise is set for his US debut with his release of “Into The Wild” via Island Records, and I kind of have this record on repeat, reminding me of a cross between Bastille, and Mumford and Sons, except he’s just one man! I’m not saying this track is going to be a hit, but I’m usually on top of what’s going to be big, and I’m willing to bet big bucks, Connel Cruise will be on your radio sooner than later! I’m already imagining it, spring time with the windows down, shades on, and this playing on the radio, I’m sold, this is a must listen!

iTunes: Connell Cruise- Into The Wild