20

Feb

Emeli Sande: “Next To Me ft. Kendrick Lamar”

Pulpit rock

Emeli Sande just swept the BRITS, congrats girl. Here’s “Next To Me” with a feature from golden boy, Kendrick Lamar.

22

Aug

Leona Lewis: “Trouble ft. Childish Gambino”

Woke up this morning to the wonderful news (yeah it is wonderful) that Leona Lewis has got a new single out. Things seemed to stumble for the most successful X Factor contestant after the troubles with Avicii and “Collide”- dates were pushed back and albums retracted.

After all that we have something completely different than the direction taken on “Collide” which was a dance track, Lewis goes back to her big voice roots on “Trouble” which is more in the vein of the massive “Bleeding Love” closing with a feature from Childish Gambino- yeah my mind kind of boggled at that one too but whatevs, sounds good. I’m sceptical about the whole ‘Leona Lewis’ is a heartless player angle but hey ho have to switch up things sometimes.

**this is a radio rip so quality isn’t great…apologies**

For my UK people, you can pre order “Trouble” here

20

Apr

VIDEO: Emeli Sande “My Kind Of Love”

A touching and sweet video for Emeli Sande's forthcoming single “My Kind of Love” from the brilliant debut album Our Version of Events. The video could have easily gone down the love story route but instead chooses to add new meaning to the lyrics of the song with a sweet and heartfelt story about a girl and her sick sister and trying to recapture what was. 

03

Mar

What Was Liked Last Month: January/February

I haven’t done one of these in a while but thought I probably should get back into it. Also, how is it March already, anyone else a little surprised how that crept up on us? A little sneaky, I think.

Anyone, let’s do this. Here is what I liked, and thought you’d probably like, in January/February. Huzzah!

First off the bat, you should probably check out ITYLTS Best of 2011 series. This was our big rundown of 2011 including our favourite songs, covers, remixes and what we want to be big in 2012. 

January also sadly saw the end of one of my favourite TV shows, Chuck. One of the reasons I loved Chuck so much is the music it has introduced me to since I began watching it. To honour the wonderful music supervision on Chuck have a look at Chuck vs the Music, a playlist dedicated to my favourite music on Chuck. After you’ve listened to that, take a look at this interview I did with editor/director/sometimes music supervisor on Chuck, Matt Barber as we chat about music, directing, desert island discs and more. 

Now onto the songs! (after the jump)

The Shins- The Shins have a new album out Port of Morrow and they’ve let us listen to upcoming tracks Simple Song" and "September”. Port of Morrow is due March 20.

Jay-Z- Hov and Bey welcomed their baby girl, Blue Ivy, into the Carter-Knowles family in early January. Days after her birth, Jay-Z released this track “Glory" onto the interwebs. Produced by Pharrell and featuring none other than Blue Ivy, it’s a heart warming song from a very very proud pops. 

Seasfire- Bristol boys Seasfire started off 2012 very well with a great show at the Communion night. Their track “Falling" is getting heard in all the right places and I chatted to the boys about the comparisons to The Weeknd and Radiohead in this interview

Adam Barnes- This Oxford singer/songwriter also started the year off very nicely with his signing to LAB Records. Currently on tour in the US, the futures looking bright for Barnes, especially with songs like this “She Will Stay Beneath The Moon”.

Emeli Sande- Sande’s eagerly anticipated debut album Our Version of Events was released in February, and I have to say it is amazing. Stand out tracks for me are “Mountains" and "Next To Me”.

The Head and the Heart- The Head and the Heart must have got a major boost when their beautiful song “Rivers and Roads" was used in the closing moments of the Chuck finale. Along with this, they also released the video for the equally beautiful “Down In The Valley”. 

Gotye- Gotye’s viral smash “Somebody That I Used To Know was voted in at the number one spot on Triple J’s Hot 100 and it has refused to leave ever since. Helped in part by this unique cover by Walk The Earth, five people-one guitar.

The Antlers- Hey! Look! I did an interview with Michael Lerner from The Antlers! We chatted about influences, recording processes and what’s happening next. (w/ The Guestlist Network)

Miike Snow- Miike Snow have a new album out Happy To You. They’ve already let us listen to “Devil’s Work" and now here’s "Paddling Out”. Happy To You is due March 27.

Ghost Society- Lo-fi glorious sounds with Ghost Society’s “Your Hands

Kidda- Infectiously fun synth pop Kidda with “Together Again”. If you like The Go! Team, have a listen. 

The Bullitts- If you haven’t seen the video for The Bullitts’ “Supercool" yet, do it now. Jeymes Samuel + Rosario Dawson= Hilarity. 

Jack White- The White Stripes frontman, Jack White has finally released some of solo material and properly solo this time, not under any other name but Jack White, “Love Interruption”.

Busby Marou- Sweet folk pop from aussies Busby Marou and “Biding My Time

Work Drugs- One of our favourite artists from last year, Work Drugs have given us a taster of things to come on the new album with “License to Drive”.

The Griswolds- Aussie infectious indie pop courtesy of The Griswolds and “Mississippi”. If you like Vampire Weeknd or GIVERS, give this a try.

Azure Ray- A little late to the game to this duo, but “Seven Days" sure is beautiful. 

Bon Iver- Some live music for you from Bon Iver. First off a special session recorded live including stripped back versions of “Hinnom, TX”, “Wash.”, “Beth/Rest”, “Babys” and “I Can’t Make You Love Me”. Secondly, here’s Justin Vernon and The Roots on Jimmy Fallon doing a r&b tinged soulful reworking of “Perth”.  

disCOVER- A lot of lovely covers for you here. Emil & Friends put their unique spin on M83’s “Midnight City”. Warsonic brought synths to Mumford & Sons “White Blank Page”. The Weeknd’s “The Morning” got the cover treatment from Eliza Doolittle and Saskatchewan. Silverswans brought even more mellowness and melancholia to Lana Del Rey’s “Video Games

Remix, Baby- To bring in 2012, remix extraordinaires RAC have done an amazing remix of some of the best tracks of 2011 for Hypemachine, called RAC vs The Hypemachine. One of my favourite remixres, LEANN GRIMES turned his attention to “Knees” by Peter and Kerry with the remix “Held Hands Coming Apart”. Dark Dark Horse brought lo-fi broodiness to Fossil Collective in his remix of “Without A Fight”.

14

Feb

Emeli Sande: “Mountains”

In celebration of Emeli Sande’s debut album Our Version of Events being released this week here is the sublime “Mountains”. A glorious sounding track that rises along with you. If you haven’t hopped on the Emeli Sande bandwagon yet, listen to this then listen to the whole album which you can buy here.

10

Nov

LIVE: Emeli Sande “Heaven (Later with Jools Holland)”

I want her album to be out right now, but its not out til February, sadface. Tide yourselves over with this amazing performance of Heaven on Jools Holland. 

06

Nov

What Was Liked Last Month: October

This is what we liked in October…after the jump

(including Bon Iver, Hoodie Allen, The Weeknd, Florence + The Machine, Summer Camp, Phantogram, Coldplay, Emeli Sande, Foster The People, Childish Gambino, Frightened Rabbit, The xx, Lana Del Rey…)


G3RST- “Stand By Last Friday Night (Katy Perry vs Ben E. King)”

Icarus Himself (New album Career Culture out now)

Emeli Sande- “Daddy” audio & video

Common- “Mr. Blue Sky” 

Phantogram- “Don’t Move”

Oh Land- “Bloodbuzz Ohio (National Cover)”

Anjulie- “Boom”

Work Drugs- “Blue Steel” 

Frightened Rabbit- “Swim Until You Can’t See Land”

James Vincent McMorrow- “We Don’t Eat (VIDEO)”

The Knocks- “Brightside”

St. Lucia- “The Old House Is Gone (The Knocks Remix)”

The Temper Trap- “Dancing In The Dark (Bruce Springsteen Cover)”

Foster The People- Remixes & Videos

Anthem- “Don’t Move (Phantogram Remix)”

Trails and Ways- “Midnight City (M83 Cover)”

Kanye West x Washed Out- “Diamonds From Far Away (Carlos Serrano Mix)”

Bombay Bicycle Club- “Lights Out, Words Gone” & “Video Games” Live Lounge Session

Bon Iver- Remixes & “Towers (Live on Jools Holland)”

Coldplay- “Princess of China ft. Rihanna”

Childish Gambino- Remixes and tracks from upcoming Camp

Body Language- “Seeds of Sight”

Metronomy- “Everything Goes My Way”

Summer Camp- Daytrotter Session and Down from album Welcome To Condale 

Two Door Cinema Club- “This Is The Life”

Lana Del Rey- “Video Games”

Noel Gallagher’s High Flying Birds- “AKA… What A Life”

The xx- “Crystalized (Neon Lights Remix)”

Florence + The Machine- “Shake It Out” & “Breaking Down” from Ceremonials

Slow Club- “If We’re Still Alive”

MIA- “Paper Planes (DFA Remix)”

Martin Solveig vs Dragonette- “Big In Japan”

Death Cab For Cutie- “Some Boys (RAC Remix)”

Multiple covers of The Black Keys "Tighten Up" (Phrase, Hoodie Allen, e-dubble)

DyE- “Fantasy”

Jordan F- “Last Night”

Theme Park- “Milk”

Jodie Marie- “On The Road (Summer Camp Remix)”

Clock Opera- “Lesson No. 7 (VIDEO)”

The Black Keys- “Lonely Boy”

Pearl & The Band and Sophie Madeleine- “Firework (Katy Perry Cover)”

The Weeknd- “Initiation” 

Coeur de Pirate- “Wicked Games (The Weeknd Cover)”

Beirut- “Santa Fe”

Hoodie Allen- “James Franco (VIDEO)”

e-dubble- “Fight For Days”

The Do- “Bohemian Dances”

Rosi Golan- “Seeing Ghosts”

23

Oct

VIDEO: Emeli Sande “Daddy”

This is the brand spanking new video for Emeli Sande’s second single Daddy. It is an amazing follow up to one of my songs of the summer Heaven. The video, shot in Vegas, is the story of what happens when you fall in love with a bad boy. I’m expecting great things from Miss Sande. The debut album isn’t out til early next year (boo).

03

Oct

Emeli Sande: “Daddy feat. Naughty Boy”

Heaven was one of the best songs of this summer, and probably a serious contender for end of the year countdowns. Naughty Boy produced, Daddy carries on the trip hop epic feel and her vocals are just great. You can pre-order her debut album Our Version Of Events here. You probably should, even though its not out til February next year…

18

Aug

Emeli Sande: “Heaven”

Having this repeatedly played on radio 1 has helped this get into my brain,and I love it. First heard of this track as a remix when it was played on Judge Jules (as I was helping out writing up some of the script of the show). Mixing together urban with dance with pop Heaven is just a good track. (Especially the trumpet break before the hook kicks in).

Emeli Sandé - Heaven (Radio Edit) by Pop Labyrinth (download on iTunes here)

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