BOOTS: “Dreams ft. Beyoncé”

You might not immediately recognise the name BOOTS (aka Jordy Asher) but if you were a fan of Beyoncé’s recent self titled album then you’ve definitely heard him before on stand out tracks “Drunk In Love”, “Ghost/Haunted”, “Partition” and the wonderful “Heaven” - he co-produced all of them (and more).

Now its time for Jordy Asher to step out of the shadows and steps out he does on the mesmerisingly beautiful “Dreams” with Bey returning the favour and providing some vocals.

I’ve always said when an artist finds that perfect producer (JT and Timbaland, Adele and Paul Epworth) magic happens…

Also, check out this “Day In The Life of Jordan Asher”



IYES: “Breathe”

Now this is why I keep on doing this blog - you champion an artist, see them grow and evolve and make something of themselves. IYES are making something of themselves.

Produced by MNEK, “Breathe” is a electro synth jam that has a slick cool chorus over a stuttering beat and masterful production as Meris and Josh trade verses. Oh and the breakdown is rather special too. 

A debut album could be in the works, until then check out this awesome cover of Beyoncé’s “Crazy In Love




JoJo: “Take Me Home”


Phil Collins never sounded so good.

To celebrate getting out of her record contract, JoJo dropped a new EP #LoveJo as a thank you to the fans for sticking by her all the way through, from the early days to now. And what a thank you it is, as the EP teases whats to come from JoJo now she is finally free to get out the music that she’s been wanting to for the last couple years.

On “Take Me Home”, JoJo flips the Phil Collins jam and effortlessly glides all over it with vocal acrobatics worthy of Queen Bey. 

Listen to the rest of this EP here



Remix Baby: Beyoncé “Drunk In Love (The Weeknd Remix)”

If anyone knows what its like to be a little hazy in love, its The Weeknd. Abel Tresfaye puts his sultry stamp over the already sexy track, adding that Weeknd flavour - dirty, hazy drug fuelled night time.

Oh and if you haven’t checked out the Kanye West remix, do that too.

Grab that free download from the soundcloud.



disCOVER: IYES “Crazy In Love (Beyonce Cover)”

When this song starts its hard at first to make out the pieces of the original but slowly the piano echoes are pulled into focus just in time for Melis Soyaslanova’s vocals to launch into the verse in such a piercingly sweet fashion. With a gunshot introduction, the chopped and screwed chorus glides over fuzzy pianos and hazy dream like production. This is a fantastic cover.

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This morning I woke up, checked my phone and saw a friend had posted up a status saying “Beyonce broke the internet”. Earlier this week she had revealed that she had more UK dates to play on her seemingly never ending tour, but I was thinking was she just going to peddle out the same show that she did just a year before?

No, of course she wasn’t. Beyonce would have a whole new album to play around with by then because Queen Bey just switched things up and dropped a WHOLE new album (plus 17 videos) on iTunes without so much of a press statement until two hours later. That’s one helluva BALLER move, but if anyone can pull it off Mrs. Carter can.

In a video posted to her facebook page, Beyonce said that people listened to music differently and that everything could get caught up in the hype of a ‘single’ and a ‘release date’, but she didn’t want any of that. She wanted to put it out when it was ready, from her to the fans.

I’ve listened to the album twice now and there doesn’t seem to be a stand out “Single Ladies” singles on there - but there doesn’t need to be. Bey isn’t looking for a single or simply another #1, she’s doing it for the experience, for the artform and simply because she doesn’t need a a number one single to prove herself anymore.

So on initial listen, stand out tracks are “Haunted”, “No Angels”, “Blow”, “Drunk In Love (feat. Jay-Z)”, “Mine (feat. Drake)”, “Super Power (feat. Frank Ocean)”, “***Flawless”, “Blue (feat. Blue Ivy)" and the INCREDIBLE "XO”.

(click on the track names to hear a 30 second preview)




James Blake: “Bills (Harmonimix)”

When I saw that James Blake had posted this I thought wouldn’t it be crazy if this was a remix of Destiny’s Child’s brilliant “Bills, Bills, Bills”.

It was. 



Album Stream: The Great Gatsby Soundtrack (via NPR)

(via NPR)

A week before you can get your grubby little mitts on it, NPR have a full stream of the soundtrack to one of the hotly tipped films of 2013. Curated by Jay-Z, snippets and previews of the soundtrack have been emerging all over the place but now we have it in full with songs from Hov himself, Beyonce, Florence Welch, The xx, Emeli Sande, Bryan Ferry, Lana Del Rey, Jack White, Sia and more. 


Out May 7th. 



disCOVER: Beyonce & Andre 3000 “Back To Black (Amy Winehouse Cover)”

I personally would skip forward to around 1.50 and go from there. I love Andre 3000 but I’m really not feeling his intro bit on this cover for The Great Gatsby soundtrack. Beyonce kills it though. 

This is a radio rip from eastvillageradio.com (thats why it keeps saying it ALL THE TIME)



The Great Gatsby Soundtrack Sampler

(via Pigeons and Planes)

I am very excited for the upcoming The Great Gatsby. Every trailer has knocked it out of the park with their music selection (“No Church In The Wild”, “Love Is Blindness”) and the soundtrack promises to be just as good. With executive producer Jay-Z on board, he’s brought together Beyonce, Andre 3000, will.i.am, Q-Tip, Lana Del Rey, Brian Ferry, Florence + The Machine, The xx, Sia, Gotye…and of course the ubiquitious Emeli Sande pops up (I kid…)











(thanks to dochliebchen letting me know about the “Love is Kindness/Blindness” error)