Posts Tagged ‘funk pop’

May 30, 2018

If you haven’t been jamming to Westerman’s latest single for much of the month already, it’s high time you strut your stuff to groovalicious Edison, a slick warbling, funk slinking indietronica and pop song that gives voice to the frail inner monologue of the narcissist. As Westerman says “It’s about ambition, petulance and ill preparation. I imagined myself inside the head of the megalomaniac. I played around with all the unmet need and fear you would find there.“ The Londoner certainly crafts some of the most fascinating music of the moment. On warm glowing Edison, Westerman continues to collaborate with electronic producer Bullion to sculpt his sophisticated experimental sound. Edison even features some moments that remind me of early 80s classics by the likes of Talking Heads, but then Westerman quickly switches up the vibe of the song again with his lush blend of instrumentals. A Westerman album is slated for 2019, which seems like a very long time for us Westerman fans to wait, but we promise we’ll be patient. Edison is out on Apple Music, here.

May 19, 2018

Electrified” we are by newcomer Just Loud and his vivacious alt pop debut, which in the short interim it’s been out has already been added to four of the top five radio markets (including our own favorite, San Francisco’s The New Alt 105.3). One listen to the superb single more than demonstrates why. Electrified is immediately infectious, a funk tinged jam that seems to meld Cherub, Foster The People, MGMT, and Passion Pit with a dash of Prince. That might seem like an outlandish combination, but Just Loud executes his energetic burst of jaunty synths and perky strings with slick panache. Just Loud teamed up with producer Dave “Sluggo” Katz (Neon Trees, Katy Perry) on the striking debut, which is out today on Eleven Seven Label Group’s Five Seven imprint. Just Loud ruminates on the parties of days past. The frisky earworm is easily one of this year’s finest debuts. Just Loud is already preparing to release his first EP, entitled Episode I. Stream/download Electrified, here

May 18, 2018

If I were one of the “Bodies In A Room” from the title and lyrics of Colin Magalong’s banging new tune, I’d probably be busting out my best dance moves to its luscious disco groove and rambunctious strutting beats. The up-and-coming Los Angeles musician has delivered sonic gold on the wildly infectious song. Bodies In A Room has been compared to JT meets Daft Punk, a pretty accurate appraisal, if you ask me. It’s also very Bruno Mars meets SOFI TUKKER. Colin’s on a quick trajectory upwards after making his debut just two months ago with well-received Blossom. Keep an eye on this guy as the year continues to progress. 

May 18, 2018

I’m still kicking myself for not walking up to Christine and the Queens to say hi after I caught her very first performance on North American soil at SXSW a few years ago. She was hanging out by the stage after dazzling us with her dance moves and irresistible persona. I could have, I SHOULD have, gone up and said hello. After all, I’d made it a priority to be there for that performance, after falling in love with the French artist’s imaginative music and forward-thinking, convention-breaking music. She’s since become a global sensation, and now, Christine and the Queens is back with long awaited, highly anticipated new music. Girlfriend, a collaboration with Dâm-Funk, is a slick and chic tribute to G-funk that also feels very 90′s R&B. With her new music, Héloïse Letissier is stepping away from her acclaimed debut album Chaleur Humaine, towards what’s described as a more upbeat, tougher, and more minimalist sound. Girlfriend questions identity and plays with the performance of gender, and how the codes of “masculinity” are disrupted if the player isn’t a man. 

“I initially set out to smash against macho culture and macho men,” says Letissier. “I became obsessed with this idea of the macho man, and still being a woman. What does it mean if I’m this figure, and I’m a woman? Does it make me an aberration? Is it joyful?“ The song, too, is overwhelmed with desire. “I felt I had to address female desire and it’s diversity,” she says. “How sometimes it’s blacked out or ignored. It’s still something quite suspicious or slightly dirty. I felt like it was important to be more unapologetic about that. There are hints of nights spent having sex and coming back covered in sweat. Like a male figure, the young hero who has love stories, and comes back in the morning and his friends are like: ‘What happened to you?’ I want to be that.” Listen to the French version of Girlfriend below, entitled Damn, dis-moi. An extensive world tour begins this fall, details can be found, here. Girlfriend is available, here.

May 11, 2018

I never knew oranges could be emotional. I always figured if we were to ascribe emotions to a vegetable or a fruit, it would have to be the onion. But I find myself overly emotional (in a good way) over this fine debut from a new alt-pop crew named Emotional Oranges. They drench us with stunning vocal harmonies and lights us up with a funky groove on their flashy song Motion, which exhibits shades of Anderson .Paak and The xx within its golden luscious R&B pop vocals, shimmying beats, and smelted guitar work. The newcomers are the latest chic and stylish artists to watch out of Los Angeles. Motion can be streamed and downloaded via alternate platforms, here.

April 18, 2018

All the “frills” without the pretentiousness could very well be this duo’s slogan. New York based New Zealand duo Frills leave us swooning with their resplendent psych funk, dance rock, and disco pop on She’s Got Love. It’s the most intoxicating fusion of Foster The People, Portugal. the Man, and MGMT vibes we’ve ever heard, a delectable jam with suave electric guitar riffs and smooth falsettos. For more Frills, including fine gems we’ve featured in the past, visit their Soundcloud, here.

April 11, 2018

Swimming with bears could be an amazing, life-changing experience, or it could be the worst idea ever. I’d imagine the latter holds true 99.9% of the time. Fortunately for us, instead of swimming with bears, we can dip into the music of a band named Swimming With Bears instead from the safety of dry land, far away from any clawed beast. And trust me, you’re going to be “ooh la la-ing” your way to heaven to the Austin based four piece’s recent single, French Girls. Funky alt soul and a lavish dance rock groove lure us into the band’s Portugal. the Man meets Fitz and the Tantrums-like dance-ready jam. This is the sort of song that will be put a spring in your step and a massive smile on your face. Don’t be surprised if you can’t stop listening to French Girls, it’s that addictive. Grab the tune, here, and keep up with Swimming With Bears, here.

March 27, 2018

A few years ago, we knew Spencer Ludwig as the dashing trumpet guy in Capital Cities. Fast forward to today, and the fast rising vocalist/instrumentalist is quickly etching out his own space in the indie scene as a solo artist. Spencer embarks on the next phase of that career with the release of his latest single, Just Wanna Dance, an utterly infectious eruption of disco funk imbued glittery pop. Of course, no Spencer Ludwig track is complete without some jocular trumpet solos to keep us grooving. The only thing left to do is to get up and dance the night away to the fresh and funky treat. The rest of 2018 is going to be massive for Spencer Ludwig. YouTube chose him as one of ten acts for their prestigious “Artists In Residence” program. He kicked off the year opening for The Chainsmokers and Jason Derulo, and he just wrapped up his tour with Betty Who, but he’ll be performing at Bonnaroo and so much more in the coming months, too. Just Wanna Dance is available, here.

March 7, 2018

We still don’t really know what the ‘H’ stands for in WOWH, but we can ascertain that ‘WOW’ is the correct sentiment when it comes to the British duo’s swaggering new tune, THE HITS. The pair caught our attention last year with a brisk kicking wall of synthpop and funk pop on Suffer, and they’ve since caught the attention of numerous fans with their slick strutting, confident swinging sound. They’re slated to appear at The Great Escape, Live at Leeds, Hit The North, and more this year. It seems appropriate that their new song is named THE HITS, considering their firm handle on ear catching, kaleidoscopic glistening music. You can grab the single from iTunes, here. Watch WOWH’s 

March 7, 2018

PREP’s Don’t Bring Me Down has been out for a hot moment, but it’s also a hot and funky jam that we can’t miss sharing. The hotly tipped four piece from London whisks us away on another satin grooving, festive swinging ride with the vintage R&B soul meets smooth pop dazzler. PREP, comprised of a hip-hop producer, a classical composer, a house DJ, and a singer songwriter, released their debut EP ‘Futures’ in 2016 to much acclaim and over 7 million streams online. They’ve made a stylish return with our first taste from PREP’s forthcoming EP ‘Cold Fire’, due out in April and featuring guest spots from Anderson .Paak producer Pomo and new Kitsuné signing Reeva DeVito, alongside Korean RnB wunderkid DEAN. Excited? We are! We’ll be on the lookout for those collaborations. In the meantime, grab Don’t Bring Me Down, here.