Time to get down with Cherub...They like to describe their music as a "fresh electrified take on risque pop that brings to mind timeless artists such as Prince or Zapp and Roger, and more contemporary artists like Pharell and The Dream." Get your dancey pants on it's Saturday!
In 2010 when I first heard Wiley and Emelie Sande's track 'Never Be Your Woman' I was obsessed. My pathological replay syndrome had reached an all time high and I played it over and over and over. Sande's every song is a knock out and my emotions are in constant flux with her everchanging pitch; I weep, I laugh, I become envious and I most definitely sway. Basically she's breathtaking. One might ask who's the man behind her tracks? Sexist pigs... But there is a guy behind all the magic that Sande materializes and it's Naughty Boy. He recently blew up as a producer and his success is unprecedented in such a short amount of time. I heard that B.Spears wants him on some album action coming up. Hotel Cabana is an extremely well rounded album which features a variety of talented British artists. I could barely pick my favorites but I chose videos that have some visual stezzze. La La La ft. Sam Smith is a must watch because of its weird compilation of people and their journey of ignoring adult problems. Stick your fingers in your ears people. We all know we did it once upon a time
22 tracks deep this album is a steal of a deal on itunes: https://itunes.apple.com/gb/album/hotel-cabana-deluxe-version/id671601106
Lowell's in London my friends, but I was able to catch up with her via the mystical powers of Skype. Over the 45 minutes we chatted together, I discovered she's a strong minded women who is paving her own path in the music industry. But wait.... Stop! what is the industry? Who's making the decisions up there in musical production heaven? After talking to Lowell and getting the big picture of how difficult it is to make it in this industry, I realized how hard is it for artists to reach the public and get heard - we're missing out on so many quality artists. Lowell stated that "the industry is pretty useless. What people want is not at all what record labels want, or at least the major record labels are really out of touch with what fans want to hear." Lowell explained that nowadays popular music is distributed by record labels whereas fifteen years ago the fans were in control of distribution. Back then people loved the broadcast culture and bands were making money on sales, records, etc. Lowell stated "let me put it this way if you have money it doesn't make it easier but its impossible if you don’t have money." With her manager being the sole promoter of her music it's difficult for waiting ears to get a hold of Lowell's songs (despite how wickedly awesome they are). When asked if Lowell has the inclination to sign with a record label she said yes. She explained why she found it beneficial to be an independent musician prior to signing with a record label. "You need to establish your own identify before someone comes along and tells you what you’re going to be or what you’re going to be great as." Lowell's defined her style outside of the blonde female stereotype. She explained that "people are really comfortable with women singing really pretty songs. We constantly get boxed into this thing of you’re the next Adele, or you’re the next I don’t know and I don’t care. They’re not even listening to the music; they’re just looking at me and saying she’s a girl and she can sing. She should sit down at the piano and play music. A label might not see what you can truly do until you've done it. I listen mostly to male artists and I feel my music mimics more of those artists than the others." Lowell laughed when I tried to say that her music could be described as unique, because she feels it isn't necessarily unique but that its its own thing. "I'm a little left of center and as a female I get categorized as Adele or Florence and the Machine. I don’t think I'm unique at all; I don’t listen to those people at all. I have a friend who's' a little left of center, indie and black so he’s immediately gets compared to Block Party . That’s all that I find funny; its not a pride thing."
Miley Cyrus seems to be all everyone is talking about. She's the number one trending topic on twitter (higher than the miserable 110 second reunion of 'Nsync at the VMA's on Sunday) and I think we can say her giration filled Blurred Lines appearance with Beetlejuice looking Robin Thicke, will go down in VMA history- along the lines of the Britney/Madonna kiss and Beyonce's mic dropping pregnancy announcement although decidedly more freaky. I am an unabashedly huge Miley fan, from her emergence from the Disney brat pack to the lycra clad Bitches love Cake badass that we see today- I love all things Miley. I think I can be credited with at least 50% of her views of her twerking video on youtube. That is one fantastic onesie if I do say so. So after her sexified appearance at the VMA's on Sunday that left Will Smith and family looking like this, is it any surprise that Miley is riding on the internet buzz (that has middle america blaming all things wrong on the world with her beige plastic bikini and Gwen Stefani-esque mini buns) and releasing another single from her highly anticipated album? No I do not think it is. So ladies and gentlemen, without further ado, I present to you Miley's latest tour de force Wrecking Ball- it will be twerking all over a radio near you in no time flat. I personally guarantee it.
- XOXO Gossip Girl
Here's some great new tunes from London based The Intermission Project. They remind me a little of Calgary's own Michael Bernard Fitzgerald- with some upbeat bluesy soul vocals happening in front of some really strong and beautiful acoustic guitar rifs. Hope you enjoy!
Listen up Ladywooders - I've got a fresh new Canadian due to throw your way: Majid Jordan. If you recognize this name but can't remember where, I'll help fill in the mind blank. These talented Toronto-bred boys are featured on Drake's latest single "Hold On We're Going Home". Jordan Ullman produces the beats while Majid Al Maskati layers on his soulful vocals, which are reminiscent of fellow Canadian, The Weeknd. Their debut EP Afterhours is amazeballs and once you hear it you'll understand why they just got signed to Drake's OVO Sound imprint. My favs include the disco inspired track "Give Me A Reason", the groovy track "Tea and Coffee" featuring a latin-esque beat and "Patience" - a stripped down track featuring the piano that builds beautifully. These guys make me proud to be Canadian, well done sirs.
I feel like you can't really go wrong with a little kick drum action. It may not be a cowbell, but I'm just going to say it, you can never have enough kick drum. Especially when backed up by a fantastic female vocalist like Gabi Christine of We Are Twin. The band, comprised of multi-instrumentalist Nicolas Balachandran and that fantastic female singer I was talking about before- Gabi Christine, is releasing some fun and beautiful music, along the lines of a dance hall-esque Amy Winehouse. The duo met in 2009 and had 15 songs within hours of being introduced. Clearly they’re riding the same brain train to music town. And friends, I am on the train with them. I've included a few tracks from their first EP, my favourite being The Way We Touch which is a punchy fun track that you kind of memorize the first time you hear it. Hope you enjoy them!
Maya Jane Coles does it again Ladywooders! We have previously posted about this talented UK producer and her latest track featuring the beautiful vocals of Ella Fitzgerald doesn't disappoint. Check out her latest album Comfort. Enjoy!
Tonight at Commonwealth in Calgary, Souls of Mischief is performing their 93 'til Infinity album and even if you recognize their one hypey song, you should check em out. Bound to be a feel good show with quality Hip-hop and loads of mind soothing lyrics. Expand your mind and go back in time with the boys from East Oakland tonight.
"She hung up the phone and said fuck you its over..." Intrigued? Then you should listen to the remix by Oliver Nelson.
Across the ocean you can find a group called Albany that is making folkie, indie, rocky tunes. They hail from Leamington Spa, UK and they released an EP called Waltz in April. We would like to welcome them to the Ladywood community and wish them well on their journey as a new band.
Lane 8 is already making some noise in the Hype Machine world so we wanted to feature his wonderful track remix of Mike Mago's song 'The Show'. Lane 8's from San Francisco and he likes cats. They say you should always introduce people with a fun fact about them so I'm testing it out.
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