Troye Sivan & Dua Lipa cover Mark Ronson’s ‘Somebody to Love’

Two stars on the radar Troye Sivan and Dua Lipa performed a cover of the 2010 Mark Ronson song ‘Somebody to Love, which originally feared vocals from the legendary Boy George.

Premiered by Rolling Stone at the last stop of Sivan’s Surburbia Tour in Atlanta in November, the duo cover the tropical dance track while strutting around in a shrowd of blue and purple lights while singing to each other.

This seems like a perfect way to end the year for the smoky-voiced Lipa as she posted the video yesterday on her Instagram  as she hears up for her debut release in February following the success of ‘Hotter Than Hell’ and ‘Be The One’ this year.

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Ariana Grande Knows Better in new Soundcloud Remix


Ariana Grande surprised fans with a late night update to her Soundcloud profile. The new track “Knew Better Part 2” is a funky remix/update the original track that appeared as a mini-track on her latest album Dangerous Woman released earlier this year. The original track was a two minute song, that is treated like an interlude to the shimmery “Forever Boy”, however this version drops the shimmer and becomes a fully realized track on it’s own which I dare say is an upgrade.

An ode the lady who has been treated any less than she deserves, Ari casts any ideas of getting back together with this sassy ‘Screw You’ to her ex “I don’t fuck with your energy”, while ushering in the “new boo” with the sassy line “this is what you’re soulmate looks like, I look good right?!”

The track also unveils a new talent from the 23-year old powerhouse, she is a pretty capable rapper. Considering Ariana’s rumoured new “boo” is rapper Mac Miller, his influence is definietely felt on this track.

Check it out!

Christine & the Queens – Chaleur Humaine


Christine & the Queens have been a well kept secret considering this album came out in France two years ago after three successful EPs and a slot opening for Lykke Li. The first time I heard of Christine was her amazing performance of ‘Tilted’ last November on The Daily Show where Trevor Noah praised her for being “absolutely amazing” and “weird”. Her performances came after a Pitchfork article a few months before that gives more insight into the woman and the thought behind some tracks such as ‘iT’ and some background on the self proclaimed Freak-Pop artist, born Héloïse Letissier.

Chaleur Humaine (Human Warmth) was completely in French and has been partially re-recorded in English to make it more accessible on some tracks. I have a confession to make, my working knowledge of French is stunted in year 8 and yet the transition from English to French is so seamlessly done you won’t notice until it’s already happening. The songwriting is restrained yet undifficult and poised. The synth pop record plays with r&b, trap and electronica in a unique way, weaving them into the fabric of this aesthically Pop album. The first thing that stands out during this record is how well produced it is. The electronic glitches, sweeping synths and Letissier’s smooth French-tinged crooning stays on side of nuanced and inviting.

Where the record really shines is when Lesissier is subverting the narrative and exploring a gender less identity such as on the grandstanding opener ‘iT’ where she professes “I’m a man now and there’s nothing you can do to stop it.” evoking the idea that she will not be restricted by the notion of gendered narrative and yeti later verse gives away “she draws her own crotch by herself but she’ll lose it because it’s a fake.” 

Another highlight of the record is the intergalactically bouncy ‘Science Fiction’ that creates for the listener how Christine experiences going into public with her partner.

A standout track on the record is ‘Paradis Perdus’ a track that interpolates ‘Les paradis perdus’ by Christophe and ‘Heartless’ by Kanye West. She encapsulates the atmosphere of a song that is iconic for West and make it truly her own creating a moody, familiar moment that stands apart.

Ultimately, Chaleur Humaine is a perfect antidote to the pop that currently dominates the charts. It’s intelligent and intricate without being intimidating. If you’ve seen the adverts for the album and like what you see then definitely check out Christine and the Queens’ YouTube channel a heck out her stunning dance moves for yourself. 

10/10

Here is the video for ‘Tilted

4 Unmissable Debuts of 2015

While Lady Gaga and Katy Perry were hibernating in 2015, new artists emerged to battle for the pop crown. A debut album is often years in the making, makes or breaks an artist and can catapult them into stardom faster than they could ever hope. The new generation of pop is less about ‘loving you girl’ and more about the authentic human experience.

Halsey – Badlands

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19 year old Halsey aka Ashley Frangipane is truly a child of mixed musical heritage. An album with the swagger of Biggie, the melancholy of Johnny Cash (she actually covers ‘I Walk The Line’) and the bubbling personality of Robyn, Badlands is like the younger, messier sister to Lana Del Rey’s Born To Die. Halsey’s lyrics are raw and yet her voice I sweet and implies innocence, a great example of this is the opening lines of ‘Ghost’ one of the singles “Want them wearing leather / Begging, let me be your taste test”. This LP is more than it’ds first hit ‘New Americana’, Badlands is a stunning ode to reckless youth.

Troye Sivan – Blue Neighbourhood

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Troye Sivan’s critically acclaimed debut is a heartbreaking piece of art. After a long build up from his first single ‘Happy Little Pill’, the Australian youtuber has delivered Blue Neughbourhood, a stunning and emotionally mature album at 20. This LP is simple, evocative and catchy, everything that makes a great debut stick.

Hayley Kiyoko – This Side of Paradise EP

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Hayley Kiyoko marked her first hit with the queer synth jam ‘Girls Like Girls’. Her lyrical honesty, and provocative visuals show that Kiyoko has got the talent to be a great pop artist. Another songwriter to emerge from girl group The Stunners – the other being Tinashe – to make honest pop music. The Other Side of Paradise is simmering pop road trip through California, it’s dreamy, airy and romantic. Kiyoko makes a clear point to explore sexuality without exploiting, a talent that a lot of stars are unable to control. She is definitely someone to watch in 2016.

Dumblonde – Dumblonde

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Dumblonde is a reincarnated duo of Aubrey O’Day and Shannon Bex, previously of Danity Kane fame. The duo is dynamic, both aurally and visually. Their self-titled debut shows a striking balance of power within the group and a love of good quality dance music in the 2010s. These two woman show have pumped out some great club-bangers such as ‘Dreamsicle’ and ‘You Got Me’ as well as some synth heavy love jams such as ‘White Lightning’ and the trance like’ Tender Green Life’. A nice change from the repetitive EDM boring slosh of the charts, Dumblonde breathe fresh air into a well worn genre.

Subverting The Male Gaze: The 2015 Challenge

There have been quite a few articles this year about how women in the media are challenging the male gaze. While I would love to sit are write a thousand word think piece on how women in music have poignantly challenged the male gaze through songs and videos, Kat George of Dazed Digital has already done that.

Her article looks at how women in mainstream music and comedy have challenged the passivity and sexualisation of women in music videos to pander to that of the male gaze. One of the great things that she does in the article is not berate women for being empowered in their sexuality; she acknowledges that it dominates the media and praises the artists who actively go against the status quo. It is an excellent read that highlights an important issue in visual media and a great way to end the year.

Click on Miley to read Kat George’s article ‘How music videos challenged the male gaze in 2015’

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