Kylie Minogue – Voodoo

Why do I love summer? Holidays? Nice weather? Nah. I love summer ’cause it usually is the period of the year with the highest number of leaked new songs on line. Today it’s the turn of a new track from our beloved Aussie queen Kylie Minogue.

The diva is setting the web on fire because only yesterday, on Soundcloud, someone published this previously unreleased track called Voodoo. It is quite obvious that such great singers, just like Kylie, have plenty of unreleased songs lying in wait. But it usually happens that those songs are quite dull and annoying. On the contrary Voodoo is a good blend of pop and EDM in a perfect feisty and energetic Kylie style.

A well made and engaging production in which Kylie, with her sweet but sexy voice, packs up an easy listening but cool track. IMO there are several points that could have been improved especially in the base, but overall Voodoo is cool and very listenable. Is Voodoo an anticipation of Kylie‘s comeback? If yes, I really can’t wait for it. For now enjoy the fancy Voodoo!

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Yuna – Lanes

Class is a gift and cannot be bought. You have it, or not, no middle way. Malaysian songstress Yuna is pure class and elegance, and with her talent she keeps on targeting the international, but especially the American, audience, but without altering her style. Her latest effort is titled Lanes, a delicate and penetrating soulful downtempo, a perfect slow jam which only speeds up a little with the approach of the chorus in a blaze of synth and strings.

Yuna‘s voice is simply magnificent, her timbre is crystal clear, but communicative as well, and manages to put on a track really worthy of the best praises. The track’s structure, despite its depth, is simple and it easily imprints in our minds, and that’s why it might even be able to find a spot in the charts.

In Lanes video, Yuna fights with her partner, starting from the moment in which the two break up and, going backwards, finishing to the moment in which she discovers the cheating. Was it really worth it to lose such a great voice, boy? I don’t think so. Enjoy the wonderful Yuna suffering for love in the perfect Lanes.

 

Melanie Martinez – Alphabet Boy

About to start her first world tour, the young but yet so ripe talent Melanie Martinez has released another video from her beautiful first studio album Cry Baby. This time the choice fell on the track Alphabet Boy which, however despite a video, it is not a real single. Indeed this is just a promotional choice limited to the web, to expand Melanie‘s notoriety not only in USA but especially overseas, where, unfortunately, she is still virtually unknown outside a small niche of supporters. Such a Pity (Party!).

Alphabet Boy is the eighth track (woof!) extracted from the lucky Cry Baby, and definitely the most unexpected one. IMO there were many other tracks to pick up from Cry Baby and to promote as proper singles, such as the creepy but wonderful Mad Hatter. In Alphabet Boy video, (that is actually disguised as a lyric video) the beautiful bi-coloured Melanie shows the world she has grown up and that she is no longer the little girl who listened to all the stories of her Alphabet Boy.

I still love Melanie Martinez and her gothic pop vein, although Alphabet Boy is not exactly the best she can offer. While we wait for the start of Melanie‘s tour, enjoy the ironic Alphabet Boy.

Sigma & Take That – Cry

Although the current numbers are not even close to those of the past, the historic band (or at least what it remains) Take That continue to work on new music. This time, the famous British ex-boy band joins forces with the duo of producers Sigma in Cry, a drum’n’bass track that shines thanks to the combination of penetrant and quite powerful verses, in good company with violins and a solemn piano that lead the way straight to a relentless chorus in perfect drumm’n’bass style.

Even though we are surely not in front of the next #1 British song, Cry is a good track anyway. The vocal performances of Gary, Mark and Howard are ok, and sound quite good for this powerful drum’n’bass base in perfect Sigma style. A really powerful track, which I believe will find its spot in the charts, at least in the UK.

As for the video, the clip focuses on a spectacular car race, an ever green setting that won’t ever lose its charm in the music entertainment industry. We’ll see if the Take That will have their new hit. For now enjoy Cry.

Gwen Stefani – Misery

I think I should thank God, Buddha or whoever for growing up with California rock and ska music, to me the best kind of music of all times. In the 90s punk and ska were brought to success in the US music industry also thanks to one of my favourite band of all times: No Doubt. Since the times of Just A Girl and Don’t Speak, the 4 guys from Anaheim have come a long way, and especially Gwen Stefani has become one of the most successful singers and business women worldwide.

After the planetary success of L.A.M.B and The Sweet Escape, Gwen is struggling a bit to turn her third album This Is What The Truth Feels Like as a bomb just like the former two. After releasing the buzz single Make Me Like You (I’d say a very easy but decent track), Gwen choses Misery as the lead single to promote TIWTTFL. And I can say this is a very wise choice that only an experienced fox like Gwen could make.

Written by Julia Michaels and Justin Tranter (authors of Bieber’s Sorry), Misery is a mid tempo song that draws inspiration straight from the 80’s music, seasoned with a touch of glamour of which Gwen is the emblem. Moreover her voice rises from the low register of the verses to the high notes of the chorus. Perfect!

I really think Misery has what it takes to become Gwen‘s next big hit and that could put our Hollaback Girl again at the center of the industry’s spotlight. Enjoy the full video of Misery!

Desiigner – Panda

Sidney Selby III, a.k.a. Desiigner, launched a real bomb, that is exploding in all the international music charts, especially in U.S.A. His latest single Panda was able, in fact, to reach the top of the Billboard Hot 100 dethroning queen Rihanna after 9 weeks at the top with Work.

However, especially in this time of the year, the musical competition is so ruthless that is important not to waste a minute, but to engage hard with the promotion. That’s what Desiigner did with his urban powerful uptempo track by releasing its video clip first on Tidal and then on his Vevo channel.

The clip, produced by Kanye West, contains also several scenes in which Mr. Kardashian appears, for example the one in which he drives an expensive sport car next to Desiigner. Nothing innovative by the way: Panda is a common video about the same old story made of sex, drugs and delinquency in the suburbs of another American city.  Even though the video doesn’t sparkle itself, I definitely love this strong Panda track and I bet you guys will love it as well.

Enjoy the powerful Panda and the incredible talent of Desiigner!

Clean Bandit – Tears feat. Louisa Johnson

Probably all of you will remember of Clean Bandit, the band who gained a planetary success with the massive hit Rather Be. I can remember that this song was literally almost everywhere…radios, TV, commercials… and it was also the springboard for the career of Jess Glynne who featured it.

This time, for their comeback, Clean Bandit choose another girl as the lead singer of their new song: Louisa Johnson, the young winner of the last edition of X Factor UK. Tears is the title of this brand new track and probably will be used also as the lead single to promote their second album. It is a fantastic synthpop production which starts quite slow mainly because of the theme it is about: breakup everybody! But all of a sudden, from the middle of the first verse, it explodes in a perfect rhythmic chorus, with a great crescendo of Louisa, who seems to shout “F**k You” to her ex…this is how you do it girl! Great!

I personally love Tears for two reasons basically. First of all the structure of the song is quite similar to Rather Be, which I’ve adored and sang out for months. Secondly I really needed another song that could have helped me to get my ex out of my mind. And I found it. So just like the wonderful Louisa Johnson sings, I say “I’ll get over you”!

Tears surely will turn out as yet another massive hit from Clean Bandit and will launch Louisa Johnson in the skies of showbiz. Enjoy it!

Ellie Goulding – Kingdom

There’s no doubt that in order to be a star, a perfect image is necessary. But sometimes it happens that what counts the most is talent, is voice. This is the case of one of my favourite artist ever: the British girl Ellie Goulding. I’m not saying that Ellie hasn’t style! On the contrary, she’s a fashion icon already and is well known for her style. But, and that’s for sure, her voice is even better.

After the huge success of Halcyion (truly one of my favourite album ever) and the weaker Delirium, Ellie is finally back with a new track titled Kingdom. The song is a synthpop down tempo with a very variable sound that waves from very delicate and fairy notes to the more insistent chorus. Ellie‘s voice perfectly sews upon the base, giving us a very magical atmospheres.

To be totally honest I like the track, but I would have changed a bit the chorus, trying to recreate more sacred atmospheres, which Halcyon was full of. The track overall is good, but we are still far from the level of Figure 8 or Only You.

Keep on working Ellie. I know you can do better! Enjoy Ellie Goulding ruling over her Kingdom!

Alessia Cara – Scars To Your Beautiful

Among the new names of music biz which will definitely be the new generation of pop stars, a special mention goes to Alessia Cara. Canadian with Italian roots, this girl accessed to a planetary success and visibility thanks to the massive hit Here, which ranked in the top 5 on the Billboard Hot 100. Wow.

Despite her unbelievable talent, Alessia‘s album Know-It-All still suffers of low sales, with an undeniable success in Canada, but facing a hard time in the US. I personally believe that this girl deserves a lot more because of her excellent interpretive skills that kinda remind me of a very young Sinead O’Connor. That’s why, in order to revitalize the sales of Know-It-All, Alessia Cara released a third single, called Scars To Your Beautiful.

The song is a wonderful motivational anthem. As for the sounds, the track is a very evocative mid tempo, with verses getting richer and richer over electronic effects that then explode in a stunning chorus.

Scars To Your Beautiful has truly what it takes to repeat the success of Here. Let’s see what this girl can do. Enjoy the amazing Scars To Your Beautiful.

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Pitbull – Superstar feat. Becky G

Summer is coming and I can’t fuc**ng wait for it to start. And punctual as a Swiss clock, new potential summer hits peep out in the scene. I really think that this 2016 will crown the king of dancehall Pitbull, as emperor of this summer. Mr Worldwide and producer Dr. Luke joined forces to create the new anthem of 2016 Copa America. And to give an explosive twist to the song, they recruited the talented Becky G. The result is the powerful Superstar.

Superstar is a 100% party uptempo track: infectious, addictive, a pure energy blow that won’t keep you firm, I promise. As we are all used to, Pitbull‘s rap bravely rides the beat while the underestimated latina diva Becky G gives birth to the best and most infectious song after Lean On by Major Lazer, imo.

A confirmation for Pitbull, a great opportunity for Becky G who is still waiting for the release of her first official album. I truly wish her all the luck!

Meanwhile shake your ass with the infectious Superstar! Enjoy!