If you ask anyone in my life these days they will gladly let you know that I’m currently obsessed with Lana Del Rey. In case you’ve been living under a rock for the last couple months and you haven’t gotten the chance to indulge in diva dejour Del Rey and her debut album, Born to Die, then I urge you to hit the play button on my favorite record from the album, “Radio.” This chick is just everything! Her vocals display a certain vulnerability that immediately enraptures and hypnotizes you. She reminds me of a modern day Nancy Sinatra; if Nancy Sinatra was doing cocaine and singing over Kanye-esque beats. She’s THAT kinda bad-ass! And “Radio” is everything you could ask for from Lana; it’s breezy and subdued, but it also has a certain edge to it that only Lana could do. Everyone definitely needs to give her a gander. The album is amazing from front-to-back!
I was beyond excited last week with the release of the new Florence + The Machine album, Ceremonials, and she certainly didn’t disappoint. Upon first listen I instantly fell in love with the album opener, “Only If For a Night” and it’s been on constant repeat all week long. The stirring production is a hybrid mix of lush piano instrumentation overlapped with a thumping bass line; music that you’d expect from Coldplay or even Kanye. Not to mention her ethereal vocals seem to melt right into the track and flutter effortlessly over such a hard beat. In other words it’s basically AMAZING! Give it a listen below!
R&B songbird Melanie Fiona burst onto the scene back in 2009 with her Grammy-nominated debut album The Bridge, and now she’s back on the scene with the sophomore follow-up, The MF Life, set to be released on October 25th. The latest track to emerge from her is the Rico Love-produced track “4 A.M.” and it’s some pure fire! I love the smooth production and Melanie’s vocals definitely coat the instrumentation perfectly. It’s definitely a step in the right direction for her…if this is what her follow-up is sounding like than I definitely can’t wait to hear the rest!
With the release of Beyonce’s latest album, 4, hitting shelves this week I was anxious to get my hands on it to see what the infamous Mrs. Knowles-Carter was dishing up this time around. There’s been a lot of talk surrounding this release being that it unfortunately leaked online almost three weeks before it’s intended release, but luckily for Beyonce most of the feedback has been pretty positive and I agree. The album is cohesive and the tones of the music surround her vocals seamlessly. But my favorite track on the album definitely goes to the Diane Warren-penned and Ryan Tedder-produced track “I Was Here”. It’s the kind of song that truly reminds you why Beyonce is Beyonce. The production is lush and dramatic and the lyrics surely resonate with anyone who has a dream to accomplish in this world. Give the gorgeous track a listen below.
I recently came this Cee-Lo song, “Old Fashioned” when they played it at the end of an episode of Grey’s Anatomy and I’m kind of in heavenly LUST with it (and yes, I’m one of those people that discovers new music from Grey’s Anatomy…you can feel free to judge me). I love the old-school vibe to the song and it’s one of those songs that just feels purely genuine from beginning to end. Listening to this song just takes me to a different place and time. This is definitely one of those songs that only Cee-Lo’s vocals could deliver in today’s musical market of gimmicks and tricks. Indulge in the ’50s flavor of Cee-Lo’s “Old Fashioned.”
I first discovered Ellie Goulding a couple weeks ago when she was the musical guest on Saturday Night Live and I thought she seemed pretty cool so I decided to research her a little bit and I’ve been pleasantly surprised! The biggest treat I’ve encountered so far from her is her music video for “Lights.” I don’t know what it is about this song but it almost puts you in a trance with its hypnotic melody, dance heavy beat and Ellie’s folksy vocals, and the video is the perfect counterpart to the song! It’s like a colorful box of Crayola crayons on Extasy. I think I’ve had it on repeat for the last two weeks straight. Take a couple minutes and soak yourself in the amazingness that is Ellie Goulding.
As many people know Nicole Scherzinger (the former lead singer from The Pussycat Dolls) is on the verge of releasing her debut album, Killer Love, in America in a matter of months with the 50 Cent assisted “Right There” leading the way as the first single. Well, what a lot of people DON’T know is that the album actually already came out in the UK months ago and has gone on to be pretty damn successful across the pond for the dark-haired beauty.
So yesterday my curiosity led me to download the album and I have got to say that I was pleasantly surprised…scratch that, I was pleasantly ECSTATIC with what I came across! I went to sleep listening to it and awoke this morning wanting to play it again and again. The album is filled with high-energy dance/pop/R&B-infused bangers with a few heartfelt slow jams sprinkled amongst the set, but the blazing “Say Yes” has been on constant repeat on my iPod over the last 24 hours. This is the kind of song you HAVE to listen to on FULL BLAST and preferably with a glass of Pinot Grigio in hand! This is my jam at the moment! Props to the pussycat! LOL