Posts Tagged ‘dancehall’

May 22, 2018

Diplo and MØ have proven themselves a match made in heaven countless times over the years. Whether it was some of the songs on the Danish pop sensation’s debut album, or her collaborations with Major Lazer, or even earlier this year’s Blender, the production luminary’s style of balmy and buoyant electronica has befit MØ‘s spunky pop to the tee. The pair reunited again earlier this month on Stay Open, a summer verdant, mischievous sparring anthem as bright and contagious as any other track the two have put forth together. Stay Open is out now on Mad Decent. Stream/download, here.

May 9, 2018

I was traipsing through Soundcloud nonchalantly like I always do in the mornings while fast at work, when I encountered this sick track that I knew I had to hop on to share immediately. The lightning bolt jolt that it’s brought me is way better than any rush the coffee I’m having right now could ever give. All hail Pon De Time, Wuki’s absolutely genius mashup of Daft Punk’s timeless hit One More Time and Major Lazer’s 2009 dance classic Pon De Floor. French electro, steely future house, and dancehall meld together exceptionally in Wuki’s hands to become the most exhilarating mashup I’ve come across in ages. Pon De Floor is a free download, here.

March 8, 2018

Major girl power abounds on this trifecta collaboration from London involving RAYE, Mabel, and Stefflon Don. Cigarette is an R&B, dancehall, and electronica cut with sparkling Caribbean percussion that feels very Cashmere Cat, Charli XCX, and Mura Masa-like in its aerated production. The three females, all major artists to watch, bring the heat on the taster from a bigger project set to come later this year. Cigarette is out now via Universal Music. We’ll be keeping our ears out for this mysterious project on the horizon. 

March 8, 2018

Last week, fast rising Finnish pop sensation Alma announced her debut San Francisco show, and my heart filled with endless glee. I, as well as other music loving friends, have already picked up our tickets for the Popscene sow on April 27th at the Rickshaw Stop. And the news couldn’t have been more timely. Not only did it arrives just after Alma joined Dua Lipa, Charli XCX, Zara Larsson, and MØ, for a ridiculously good BBC Radio 1 Live Lounge session (re-visit, here), but it was swiftly followed up by the release of a jaw dropping new mixtape named Heavy Rules featuring some sterling guest talent, too! You can stream the flawless six track mixtape in full, here, but let’s dance together to some of the tracks off the tape together, shall we? First, let’s gyrate to the sensual and vibrant electronic pop found on heated groover Chit Chat, which features Kiiara on additional vocals. Alma and Kiiara is a magnificent team, but how about some plinky enthralling, fiery fierce R&B pop with Danish wonder ? Stream Dance For Me below, then follow it up with another exceptional pop track, Good Vibes, featuring another Swedish favorite, Tove Styrke! Yes, this mixtape is epic, as you can well tell by now. This is the sort of release you’re going to find yourself listening to over and over again. And on April 27th, I’ll be fortunate enough to hear some of these tunes live. You can’t see me now, but trust me, I’m smiling. A lot. Alma’s Heavy Rules mixtape is available from iTunes, here.

March 1, 2018

Is it just me, or has the music landscape in Denmark been particularly fertile these days? Copenhagen based singer songwriter Jenny Rossander, better known as a soloist as Lydmor, adds to the area’s plentiful aural delights with her new single Money Towers. She was inspired by a six month stint living in Shanghai, which lead her to blend foreboding bass lines and bright synths on the first track from her upcoming album due this autumn. Electronica, dancehall, and pop intertwine on the track, reminding us of icy pulsing songs from the likes of Karin Park, Snow Culture, Nick and the Dove, and Kate Boy. “In the song I describe the feeling of roaming about in Shanghai and observing (and to some degree being blinded by) the material wealth symbolized in the imposing skyscrapers,” says Jenny, “The song also has a more sinister tone, considering that it deals with meeting new people while you’re in a state of disillusion. You’re worried that you might not notice or even remember the people you meet. It is quite personal and revealing.” Stream/purchase Money Towers, here.

February 9, 2018

I’m going to be “real” with you. I wasn’t planning on sharing this next one right now. It’s not on the current list of songs I’m making my way through on the blog tonight. But Soundcloud auto-played Chrystal’s brand new jam 2 Real, and I’m so enamored with it that I’m tossing it on, right here, right now. You might recall the UK artist from half a year ago, when we shared her bold and edgy, cheeky and biting single Waves. She’s back with more of that tart fire and needling spunk on playful and infectious 2 Real, a dancehall meets R&B pop dazzler that’s a straight shot for my MØ, AlunaGeorge, and Elliphant loving heart. It’s a snazzy and saucy tune with some jazzy keys and wonky synths to round out its sweet and spicy aroma. Purchase or stream 2 Real via alternate outlets, here.

January 5, 2018

Haiti beatmaster and song-designer Michael Brun has linked up with an immense siren for his latest original, and it’s some immediate loving that we can’t help but bestow on Easy On My Love. NYC based Chicago songstress Janelle Kroll blesses the dreamy plinking, brisk thrumming electronica meets R&B pop song with her sweet soulful voice. Michael Brun brings his usual island charm and sunset warmth on the track, characteristics that oft remind us of Mura Masa and other Caribbean dancehall inspired producers. The sweetly melodious canticle can also be streamed on Spotify, here.

December 6, 2017

It was a little over a week ago that we featured Jersey singer songwriter Evangelia for the first time on IHM. She enthralled us with her golden cooing on her last single, Still Think About You. We’re thrilled that we’re blessed with her voice once again as she lends it to a new original from Texas’ MKJ. He drenches us with a summery effusion of melodic house, dancehall, and future pop on What About Now. MKJ, who recently returned to Tipsy Records, has crafted a unique and catchy electronic chimera that will inspire you to dance through the night. It’s a nimble bounding, elastic jouncing, and mellifluous stirring jam. You can also stream What About Now via Spotify, here.

November 29, 2017

Those of you who’ve been following along with IHM this past year know how much we love Sigrid, and how often we’ve been championing her music and gleefully calling out her swift ascent. Before we dive into a magnificent remix of one of her songs, let’s all congratulate the Norwegian pop sensation on being named to BBC Sound of 2018′s long-list! Now, let’s sink into the chime florid, island breezy world of R3HAB’s remix of Sigrid’s Strangers. The Dutch producer transforms the snappy pop gem into a lush sonic wonderworld. It’s a summer effulgent dance anthem built around Sigrid’s incandescent voice. You can stream/download Sigrid’s original, here.

November 22, 2017

Coruscant enchantment takes hold of us as Austria’s MÖWE imbibes us with summer warmth and dreamy dulcet ecstasy via their new original, One Love. It’s a unifying deep tropical house anthem brimming with inspiring feel good vibes. The duo’s illuminating sonic balm is badly needed at a time when division and disjuncture greets us at every turn. It’s frisky dancehall sass and candy coated bliss pop remind me of Major Lazer and MØ  songs together. The wildly infectious number is available, here.