PLAYLIST – Fancy by Iggy Azalea

iggy azaleaAmethyst Amelia Kelly (born 7 June 1990), better known by her stage name Iggy Azalea (/əˈzljə/), is an Australian recording artist and model fromMullumbimby, New South Wales.
She relocated to the United States at the age of 16, first staying in Miami, Florida, and then other parts of the South, including Houston, Texas and Atlanta, Georgia.

She first gained recognition after the respective music videos for her controversial songs “Pussy” and “Two Times”, went viral on YouTube. On 27 September 2011, Azalea released her first full-length project, a mixtape entitled Ignorant Art, saying she made it “with the intent to make people question and redefine old ideals”. In 2012, she announced her signing to Mercury Records and the following year to Island Def Jam. Azalea went into professional modeling, when she became represented by Wilhelmina Models, in the spring of 2012; later that year she was announced the “New Face of Levi Jeans”.

In 2012, Azalea became the first female and non-American rapper to be featured on XXL magazine’s annual Top 10 Freshman” cover issue. On 30 July 2012, she released Glory, her debut extended play (EP), which was executive produced by American rapper and Grand Hustle label-boss T.I.. The EP was composed of songs originally meant to appear on Azalea’s long-awaited and often-delayed debut album. On 11 October 2012, she released her second mixtape TrapGold, which was produced entirely by high-profile producer Diplo, as well as 1st Down of production team FKi. The mixtape is significant for foreshadowing Azalea’s new approach to music and her later work, which heavily includes electronic elements.

Azalea’s debut studio album The New Classic is set to be released on April 22, 2014. Initially set to be released with Grand Hustle and Interscope Records, after label conflicts, in 2013 Azalea finally secured a deal with Mercury Records and later Island Def Jam, to release her debut album. The album was preceded by the lead single and Azalea’s commercial debut single “Work”, which successfully charted on several international music charts and peaked at No. 17 on the UK Singles Chart. The other three singles released in promotion for the album were “Bounce”, “Change Your Life” and “Fancy”, with the latter two featuring guest appearances from T.I. and Charli XCX, respectively.

PLAYLIST – Recover by Chvrches

churchesChvrches (pronounced as “churches”, sometimes stylised as CHVRCHES or CHVRCHΞS) are a Scottish electronic music band, formed in 2011. The group consists of Lauren Mayberry (lead vocals, additional synthesisers, and samplers), Iain Cook (synthesisers, guitar, bass, vocals), and Martin Doherty (synthesisers, samplers, vocals).
Chvrches came fifth on the BBC’s Sound of 2013 list of the most promising new music talent. In March 2013, they released Recover EP. Their debut studio album The Bones of What You Believe was released on 20 September 2013.

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PLAYLIST – Lost Boys and Girls Club by Dum Dum Girls

dum dum girls too trueDum Dum Girls is an American rock band, formed in 2008. It began as the bedroom recording project of lead singer and songwriter Dee Dee Penny (aka Kristin Welchez) in Los Angeles. She is currently based in New York City. The name is a double homage to The Vaselines’ album Dum Dum and the Iggy Pop song.

Dee Dee’s first release under the Dum Dum Girls moniker was a five-song CDr on her own label, Zoo Music, in late 2008. It was followed by an EP on Captured Tracks and a 7″ on HoZac. She quickly gained attention with these releases and signed to Sub Pop in July 2009.

Dum Dum Girls’ debut album, I Will Be, was released in March 2010 and was well-received by critics.Pitchfork described the songs as “genuine earworms, both unfailingly hip and often wonderfully associative”. Penny produced the record with Richard Gottehrer, who had previously worked with Richard Hell, Blondie, The Go-Gos, and The Raveonettes. Gottehrer also co-wrote the early 1960s hit songs “My Boyfriend’s Back” and “I Want Candy”.The record included guest guitarists Nick Zinner of Yeah Yeah Yeahs on “Yours Alone,” Dee Dee’s husband Brandon Welchez of Crocodiles on “Blank Girl,” and Andrew Miller on multiple tracks. The cover of the album featured a college snapshot of Penny’s mother, who died from cancer in 2010. After its release, she assembled a touring band, and their first shows were in support of Girls.

In 2011, the band released the He Gets Me High EP, which included a cover of “There Is a Light That Never Goes Out” by The Smiths. This record marked the addition of Sune Rose Wagner of The Raveonettes to the production team, which Dee Dee has kept intact.

Second album Only in Dreams was released in September 2011, featuring the singles “Coming Down” and “Bedroom Eyes,” the latter of which Dum Dum Girls performed on the Late Night with Jimmy Fallon. This album was the only Dum Dum Girls recording to feature the full band.

In September 2012, the EP End of Daze was released, preceded by the single “Lord Knows” on July 31, 2012, which Pitchfork awarded “Best New Track”.The EP received “Best New Music” from Pitchfork as well.

Dee Dee has also collaborated on a number of musical projects. As The Mayfair Set, a duo with Mike Sniper of Blank Dogs, she released an eponymous single followed by the Young One 12″ EP, both in 2009.She and Tamaryn released a cover of The Jesus and Mary Chain song “Teenage Lust” in 2011 under the name Les Demoniaques. Also that year, Dee Dee, Sniper and of J.B. Townsend of Crystal Stilts recorded a one-sided 7″ single, “Faraway Friend,” under the name Zodiacs, which was given away via Captured Tracks mailorder. Most recently, Dee Dee and her husband released a 2013 single, “Something That Feels Bad Is Something That Feels Good,” as Haunted Hearts. In 2013, Dee Dee composed the opening theme for the animated series Beware the Batman.

On October 31, 2013, Dum Dum Girls announced the third full-length album Too True, set for release on January 28, 2014 and featuring the single “Lost Boys & Girls Club”, whose video premiered with H&M on October 31, 2013.For this album, Dee Dee Penny cited Suede, Siouxsie and the Banshees, Madonna, and The Stone Roses as her influences.

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PLAYLIST – Most Played 2013 – #1 – All Eyes On You by St.Lucia

st luciaJean-Philip Grobler, known by his stage name St. Lucia, is a South-African-born Brooklyn-based musician. He is signed to Neon Gold Records which released his self-titled EP, and his album When the Night.

Grobler was born in Johannesburg and raised in South Africa. He spent much of his childhood singing in the Drakensberg Boys’ Choir which travelled and performed internationally

After studying for three years in Liverpool, he moved to Brooklyn. There he worked for The Lodge, which helps with music licensing for films and television shows, while continuing to work on his own music. He was signed to Neon Gold Records; in 2012, they re-released his self-titled EP he had previously released independently. A full-length album, When the Night, was released in October 2013.

Live performances have included fellow musicians Nick Brown, Ross Clark, Nicky Paul and Patricia Beranek. Grobler has also remixed tracks for such bands as Passion Pit, Foster the People and Charli XCX. He produced the debut album by HAERTS.

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PLAYLIST – Most Played 2013 – #2 – The Sea by Swim Deep

swim deepSwim Deep are an indie pop band from West Midlands, England consisting of Austin Williams (vocals), Tom Higgins (guitar), Zachary Robinson (drums) and Cavan McCarthy (bass). Swim Deep formed in 2011 by Austin Williams, Tom ‘Higgy’ Higgins and Wolfgang J Harte. Harte left the band in late 2012 and was replaced by Cavan McCarthy. They have often been identified as part of the emerging Digbeth-based B-Town scene.

The band began to record in Brussels in the last few months of 2012 of what would soon be their debut album. During their career, they have released five singles which have received critical acclaim. They released their debut album Where the Heaven Are We on August 5, 2013. It was originally meant to be on 29 July, but it was moved to a later date for unknown reasons.

They have played shows with Splashh, Spector, Citizens! and the Mystery Jets. The band also accompanied Two Door Cinema Club on their February 2013 UK tour, alongsideBastille. In February 2013, a video was released for their next single “The Sea”. The single was released the month after on 7″ vinyl and download, backed with a cover of “Down by the Seaside”. In May 2013 they released their fourth single “She Changes the Weather”, along with an EP of the same name.

In early May, Swim Deep put the pre-order links up on their official store. Where the Heaven Are We is due to be released in August, 2013, on 12″ vinyl, CD and digital download. Limited edition signed vinyl are also to be released featuring a 7″ of two early demos. A Japan only EP was released in May titled Sun on My Back made up of early demos, B-sides and “King City”. In June, the band released a new video for the re-release of “King City”. The single is due for release in July. In July 2013 it was revealed that the deluxe edition of Where the Heaven Are We would feature a bonus track “Crush”.

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PLAYLIST – Most Played 2013 – #3 – Miracle by Ghost Beach

ghost beachDynamic duo?  Brooklyn-based?  80′s style electro-pop?

So far so ordinary.  Yet Miracle from Ghost Beach certainly stands out from the pack.  Describing their sound as ‘tropical grit pop’, it features syncopated guitars, bubbling synth bass and jerky beats that together create the perfect pool-side vibe.  The high-pitched, joyful vocals and slap-bass middle eight are simply the umbrella in this musical pina colada.

And if you enjoy Miracle, then give next single Moon Over Japan a go.  Similarly featuring big electronic drum pads and a bass so fizzy it practically tickles your ears, it might as well be taken straight out of an 80s teen film.

Brooklyn-based 80s electro duos really are the gift that keeps on giving.

From The Grizzle Review

PLAYLIST – Most Played 2013 – #4 – Endless Wave by Paradise

endless waveIf, like me, you love dreamy, ethereal, sun-kissed songs made by male duos with an excess of hair and a penchant for a vest, then prepare to enjoy the debut single from London-based twentysomethings Joseph Marshall and Tony Harewood, aka Paradise. Over soft swirls of organ and a muted heartbeat, Endless Wave – which is backed by a cover of Mazzy Star’s Blue Flower – is the follow-up to the fairly low-key Chronic Youth EP that the band plonked on Bandcamp last summer.

As the song slowly unfurls from its minimal beginnings into something close to an indie epic, the central chorus of “all aboard my friends, here comes the endless wave” slowly works its way into your brain like a mantra. For the video – premiered here – the pair emerge out of the sea like two indie Timotei models before running around a forest throwing neon-hued dust in each others’ faces.

From The Guardian

PLAYLIST – Most Played 2013 – #5 – Wings by Haerts

haertsHAERTS is a five member indie pop group from Brooklyn. The group released their first EP in 2013 and has toured with bands such as Shout Out Louds, Atlas Genius, and Washed Out.

HAERTS is made up of five members who come from Germany, England, and the United States. Current members include Nini Fabi (vocals), Ben Gebert (keyboard), Garrett Ienner (guitar), Derek McWilliams (bass), and Jonathan Schmidt (drums).

The 2012 debut single from HAERTS, “Wings”, received regular airplay throughout the United States and was also featured as the song of the day by KEXP-FM. They followed up with the release of their second single, “All The Days”, in 2013. The song was voted as the “Song of the Summer” by Elle Magazine. The group’s first EP, Hemiplegia, was released in October 2013. It was produced by Jean-Philip Grobler (St. Lucia) and contains both of their original single releases.