PLAYLIST – Most Played 2014 – #10 – ‘Simple and Sure’ by The Pains Of Being Pure At Heart

Pains of being pure at heartThe Pains of Being Pure at Heart are an American noise pop/indie pop band from New York City. The band comprises singer and guitarist Kip Berman, drummer Kurt Feldman, Alex Naidus on bass, and Peggy Wang on keyboard and vocals. In late 2009, Christoph Hochheim joined the band as a live member. When Hochheim departed in late 2011, Connor Hanwick (of The Drums) replaced him in January 2012.

Their first album was a self-released EP, released in 2007. The release was distributed by Painbow – a record label created by the band. Their debut self-titled full-length album was released on February 3, 2009 via Slumberland Records,  a personal favorite label of the band’s. Their name comes from an unpublished children’s story of the same title. A friend of Kip Berman wrote the story, which revolves around “realising what matters most in life – things like friendship and having a good time”.

The group’s self-titled album peaked at number nine on the Billboard Heatseekers chart. In 2009, they released Higher Than the Stars, their second EP. The band’s second record, entitled Belong, was released in 2011.

In a December 2013 interview the band revealed they were in London putting the finishing touches on their new album, Days Of Abandon, which was released in May 2014. They proceeded to tour with support from Fear of Men (band).

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PLAYLIST – Fool of a Kind by Marine Life

marine lifeGrowing up in California is key for MARINE LIFE, as is the influence of Des de Leon Nicolas’s grandfather, who was a Big Band composer and band leader. From GARY LEWIS AND THE PLAYBOYS to Astrud Gilberto, from AZTEC CAMERA to THE SUNDAYS, Des channels her inspirations, influences, and experiences into her ever-improving song-writing, which began when she was just 10 years old.

It is around the end of 2012 when, after embarking on a musical adventure called JULIE PLUG, and brought together by their fascination with the ocean, Des decided to start MARINE LIFE with her friends from San Francisco, TerryRobMarvin and Rex. And this, their first 7” single, is their record label debut and a great discovery for us.

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PLAYLIST – Geronimo by Sheppard

Geronimo by SheppardSheppard is a Brisbane-based indie-pop band. Originally formed in 2009 as a duo consisting of siblings Amy and George Sheppard, they expanded by adding Jay Bovino in April 2011 before reaching their current six-member state, including the third Sheppard sibling Emma.  They have released two singles to date and one extended play under their own label entitled Empire of Song. Their second single “Geronimo” spent three weeks at number one, knocking Pharrell Williams’ single “Happy” from the top spot after its 12-week run.  “Geronimo” was accredited platinum by ARIA in April 2014.  “Geronimo” is the first #1 single to be recorded in Brisbane.

In March 2014, Sheppard became the first Australian band to sign a contract with Decca Records; within Australia, however, the band’s material will continue to be released under Empire of Song/Chugg Music. 

Sheppard performed at the 2013 ARIA Awards ceremony, and were nominated for an ARIA Award at that ceremony in the category of Best Independent Release. They also played at the Sonic Bang festival in Bangkok on 24 August 2013, sharing the line-up with Placebo, Pitbull, Far East Movement, Jason Mraz, and Owl City. 

Sheppard also performed at Sullivan Hall in New York City on 18 October 2013 for the 2013 CMJ Music Marathon showcases. Sheppard opened for Michael Franti & Spearhead in Sydney’s Metro Theatre (15 April 2014) and Melbourne’s Prince of Wales Ballroom (16 April 2014).  The band were also the main support act for Australian dates on Keith Urban’s Light the Fuse Tour in June.

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PLAYLIST – On My Way Back Home by Band of Horses

band of horsesBand of Horses, originally known briefly as Horses, is an American rock band formed in 2004 in Seattle by Ben Bridwell.

The band has released four studio albums, the most successful of which is 2010′s Grammy-nominated Infinite Arms.

The band’s lineup, which included Mat Brooke for the debut album, has undergone several changes; although, the current members, Bridwell, Ryan Monroe, Tyler Ramsey, Bill Reynolds, and Creighton Barrett, have all been with the band for several years.

Band of Horses’ fourth studio album, Mirage Rock, was released in September 2012.

 

 

PLAYLIST – Worlds Apart by Seven Lions ft. Kerli

world apart - seven lionsJeff Montalvo known professionally as Seven Lions, is an American record producer, remixer, instrumentalist and DJ from Santa Barbara, California.The name Seven Lions comes from a fantasy book called Latro In The Mist by Gene Wolfe. Seven Lions is a character in the book.

Montalvo’s interest in music production began at the age of 7 when his father came home with a Macintosh and keyboard. He grew up as a metal and punk-inclined drummer, but he eventually segued into electronic music production.

Montalvo explains, “For me, it was the most accessible thing, to start picking up something like drums as opposed to something like electronic music. My transition out of playing with a band was because I got tired of waiting for my band all the time – I wanted to just start making music so I started composing electronic music by myself.” He took the initiative, and after a friend gave him the program Fruity Loops, he was set to become a producer

After releasing his debut Polarize EP in April, Seven Lions had several Beatport #1s (four in the dubstep chart) with remixes for the likes of Above & Beyond, Matrix & Futurebound, Paul Van Dyk and Delirium. His song, “Below Us” feat. Shaz Sparks, was also featured as Zane Lowe’s ‘Hottest Record In The World.’

The Worlds Apart EP was released April 29, 2014 on Casablanca Records. The EP contains five tracks: “Don’t Leave” with Ellie Goulding, “Worlds Apart” with Kerli, “Nepenthe”, “Strangers” with Myon and Shane 54 & Tove Lo, and “Keep it Close” with Kerli.

Seven Lions has stated that “It’s more experimental than the last EP and the focus is on songwriting instead of pure dance-floor aggression.” The EP showcases a wide variety of genres including elements of trance, dubstep, bass music, and electro while also including more vocals.

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PLAYLIST – Thanks for Leaving by Alexandra Stan


Painted in WaterlogueAlexandra Ioana Stan
 (born 10 June 1989), better known as Alexandra Stan, is a Romanian singer and model. She released her debut single, “Lollipop” in late 2009, peaking at number-eighteen in her native country.

Her second release dance hit, “Mr. Saxobeat”, became her worldwide breakthrough hit, selling more 10,000,000 copies in less than a year and reaching the top five in over thirty countries, such as New Zealand and the United Kingdom, and the top 10 in Australia, plus top 30 in Canada and United States.

She released her debut album in August 2011, titled Saxobeats. The album spawned two more singles: “Get Back” and “1,000,000″, the latter featuring rapper Carlprit. On 4 June 2012, she released a new single, “Lemonade” taking a different musical direction away from her initial euro dance sound.

Following a break Alexandra’s newest single is called “Thanks For Leaving” released on 28 April 2014. It foretells a different musical direction to a more reflective, mature pop sound. This video, filmed in the US, also represents an expressive, autobiographical approach and a clear attempt to appeal more internationally.

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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.