Friday, June 23, 2017

Alex Sloane - Puppy Love



Unique voices are as important to me as unique point of views. And Alex Sloane has an amazing voice. It's got a fantastically unique quality to it that makes it soft and soothing but there's an earthy grounded quality hiding underneath. You can hear that in the more breathy moments in this song. It's a super cute and fun song and it just makes me smile. It makes me feel warm and content on the surface but when you listen to the lyrics it's a bit more serious. So it's got this duality to it with the softness of her voice against the intention in her lyrics. I think that people do tend to get it twisted when it comes to feelings and how connections happen. There almost needs to be a step between like and love. Something to describe how you feel that is more than just casual attraction but not as serious as being in love with someone. Alex has done a fantastic job of explaining that on this track and I look forward to hearing much more out of her.

Patients - Learn To Love Me



The amount of intensity in this video is bananas. From the striking color palate to the edit swipes to the building and swelling of the track into a tumultuous deluge of want and desire. There's something very desperate about this song and it's a bit broken and a bit scary. But not in an American Psycho kind of way but more of a deep longing and a need that has to be fulfilled. I think we've all been that person. The person that is at their wits end and we don't know how we can go on without connection and meaning. Sure, we can navigate the world on our own. We can make our way without people but we weren't designed for that. We weren't built to spend our time alone so when we find that person that compliments our goods and makes our bads not so bad, a deep seated, primal feeling can build into that need to be. To be more than we are and I think from time to time, we can forget ourselves and get swallowed up in another person.

Thursday, June 22, 2017

Bright Light Bright Light - New York Pretty



There can never be enough songs about self love and acceptance. And when they're done this beautifully, please bring them all on. BLBL has made an incredible song and a better video for this anthem about being the best version of yourself. It's a beautiful love letter to queer New York City and how being in an open environment makes you just open yourself up for opportunities and you want to learn how to be better. It's such a fun, powerful song and I can't get enough of it. He's got such a magical way with creating these songs that are experiences and they get inside you and just make you feel good.

Haim - Want You Back



Simplicity at it's finest. When you've got an amazing song, you don't need much else to embellish it. The Haim sisters know that. The video is simple and it complements the song brilliantly. Seeing Danielle, Este, and Alana having a good time while walking down the street is just fun. The dance break at the end made me smile with just mega amounts of joy. I don't want to take too much away from this video as it's just a great accompaniment to the song.

Wednesday, June 21, 2017

Haim - Little of Your Love



You've got the perfect piece of music here. It's fun. It's catchy. It's everything Haim should be in their music. Danielle sounds amazing. Alana and Este do an amazing job supporting her and the song is just everything you need in a great summertime jam. You will be hard pressed to find someone that doesn't just find the jam in this track. You have to move along with the music and it just makes you feel good.

Their new album 'Something To Tell You' coming July 7, 2017 so make sure you pre-order it or pick it up when it releases because it's going to be amazing based on the tracks they've released so far.

M.I.A - Finally



YES! So glad to hear new M.I.A. It's been too long and I worry that the whole Superbowl drama had something to do with that. I don't know for sure but it seems like that is something that would absolutely have something to do with her hiatus in the United States. She's an amazing artist and completely slept on in the US market. This track is just easy and nothing overly complex. Just a chill jam that shows off her vocal talents exceptionally well. I'm stoked to hear her recording new music and can't wait to hear and see more from her.

Beth Ditto - In and Out



I can't describe properly just how amazing Beth Ditto is and I don't think she gets nearly enough recognition for the incredible body of work that she's put out. She's brash and she's bold and she's just an artist that has cultivated a sound that isn't like anyone else in the industry. Each track she releases just proves that she continues to grow and become a more realized version of the true artist she should be. She's got a lot of rebel in her and she makes me think of Joan Baez and Dusty Springfield and Janis Joplin. Her music is honest and it's just so freaking cool.

"In and Out" is a new single off her latest album, Fake Sugar and the bass line is just so chunky and it sounds so good against her vocals. She amazes me with what she can do when she sings. I adore her and everything she puts out. She does a great job telling a story about two people that are trying their best to be the best for each other but more often than not, we struggle to maintain the connections and ties that bring us together. It's a part of life that we have all felt at one point in our lives. We do everything we can to make sure we are being the most attentive partner we can but sometimes that just isn't enough. We just have to make sure that the fight we are fighting is worth it.

Tuesday, June 13, 2017

Tronicbox - Closer (The Marlboro Smokers 80s Remix)



SO DREAMY!!! Tronicbox has knocked this out of the park! It's brilliant. Halsey sounds AMAZING. Just like she should be in the 1980s. I cannot believe how incredible this remix is. This is quality work right here. I can hear this playing in the mall where there is far too much hairspray in the air, jean jackets and hair pulled up in banana clips. I adore this so hard. The nostalgia is SO strong with this one and THAT GUITAR SOLO!!! This is the most I've used caps in a review ever but this is just killer. I can't even... Ally Sheedy and Mare Winningham are running late to an audition. Gertie and Billy are looking for Reese's Pieces. This is just so much damn fun.

Monday, June 12, 2017

Matt Zarley - Waving Through A Window (Dear Evan Hansen Cover)



There's no denying the universal appeal that is "Dear Evan Hansen". With it's five wins at the Tony's this year, there's no doubt that its a juggernaut that cant' be stopped. "Waving Through a Window" is Evan's song about watching the world pass by around him and how he wants to be part of something that he just can't seem to grasp and I feel that Matt absolutely captures that feeling with this cover. I think that doing it as part of a road trip where all he's able to do is watch the world pass by as he drives was a brilliant idea. Matt is one of the best voices in the industry today and I feel like he's done an amazing job capturing a lot of the emotion of the song without it just being a simple cover.

Sally Caitlin - Poison



Sullen, sultry, salt of the earth. Those are all qualities I adore in a voice. There is so much depth of character and a feeling of life experience wrapped around the breathy pronunciation and how the lyrics are punctuated. You can tell that Sally has had a bit of life under her belt as she sings. She's not phoning it in. She believes her words and she is expressing herself through the words she's singing. I hear some Roisin Murphy and a bit of Sophie Ellis-Bextor in her voice and that grounded type of singing just fills the space around her with an atmospheric quality that a lot of contemporary pop artists don't have. She's able to manipulate the landscape of her tracks without too much difficulty.

The bass line and the percussion in the song gives a powerful path that she marches down and leads you on this journey of self destruction that we have all been caught up in at one time or another. It's not something that we've set out to do, but whether it be obsession or lust or just a general sense that we will eventually come out on top even though we know better - we can't seem to get free. The song has a darkness that isn't evident until you slip into it; much like the dangerous relationship she's singing about. You don't see how it's bad for you until it's too late most of the time and there's nothing you can do about it.

I dig this song and Sally is certainly someone that I am going to watch out for as she does bigger and better things. Let me know what you think about her.

Friday, June 9, 2017

Bleachers - Making of Don't Take The Money



I don't normally feature videos like this but to get insight into Jack's creative process is pretty amazing. Hearing what his influences for the song are and how it became the song that it did is super cool. You never realize just how many layers are in a song until you see something like this and it's just the coolest thing. Take a handful of minutes and watch this and see how much time and energy he puts into creating such an amazingly deep song.

Little Mix - Power (f. Stormzy)



YES. YES. YES. So much Yes in this video. It's powerful af and I love every minute of it. Perrie looking fierce af in her Indian inspired costume just killing those vocals. Jade and the Triple A Girls. Jesy killing that rap. Leigh Ann just doing the damn thing. These women are my favorite group right now. They have been for a while, actually. I can't even express how underrated they are in America and it makes me so sick. Stromzy's cameo on the song is so grimy and fits so perfectly with the overall power of the song. This is an anthem that everyone needs to get behind.

Dua Lipa - Lost in Your Light (f. Miguel)



Holy hell. This sound is MASSIVE. This track is so HUGE and it's gorgeous. Miguel and Dua are a perfect vocal match for each other. There's no jockeying for position. There's no arguing over who should have top billing. Even though it's Dua's song they both kill it on shared vocals and I could not ask for anything better. It's a fantastic song that just immerses you in this experience and it's good. Dua Lipa is quickly entering the ranks of Little Mix and Arianna Grande for me as far as young women that just make amazing music. This is going to be one of my new favorite songs. That's for sure.

Bakermat - Don't Want You Back (f. Kiesza)



90s piano house is fucking brilliant. It's even better when it's 2017 and Kiesza is giving me all that I need and making me shake my ass. Bakermat has created an amazing track and those vocals are so hot. This song is fire and it's going to be huge on the club scene. I'm super happy to hear how amazing this song is and how much it makes me move. It's so freaking good. I feel strong and empowered and ready to kick a ton of ass after listening to this track. For sure. Kiesza sounds amazing and she owns every inch of this song. There aren't many female vocalists that can capture that pure 90s sound like she can and it's fantastic.

Scissor Sisters - Swerlk (f. MNDR)



Jake, Ana, and special guest MNDR on vocals bring this amazing brand new Scissor Sister's track to life. It's been 5 years since we've had new music from the Sisters and in the same week, we get a brand new solo project from Jake and a new single from the band. This week has been glorious.

"Swerlk" is the new track and it's great. It's very reminiscent of "Let's Have a KiKi" and that's not necessarily a bad thing. It's very catchy and it's super fun. All you have to do is Swirl It, Twirl It, Twerk It, Swerve, and Work It. Do all that and you've got the newest sensation from the Sisters. Proceeds from the track are going to the Contigo Fund which was set up after the Pulse Massacre in Orlando. I think it has the potential to be as big as KiKi and I can't wait to see if this is a door opening for more material from both groups, Scissor Sisters and MNDR. I adore both groups and this is a fantastic collaboration between them.  Go to www.swerlk.com to donate to the Contigo fund and get a free download of the song. It's a damn worthy cause and having new music makes everything better!

Thursday, May 25, 2017

James Leon - Underground Lover (Pollarik Mix)



Generally remixes aren't my bag but when you create something like this, you have to talk about it. James Leon is fearlessly innovated with his lyrical choice and delivery. He leaves it all on floor when he creates his art. And I wish more artists would do that. I wish they would just throw themselves into their projects and make music that makes you take notice. The mix of this song is something else. It takes the track and elevates it into something new and spins you around and drops you right in the center of the dance floor. There is an amazing independent spirit that this song evokes and stays with you long after you've finished listening to it. I'm glad he's releasing new music and continuing to plug away at his dream. There aren't many artists out there like James; self made, self aware and intelligent about their choices and decisions. It makes me happy to have him as a friend of the blog.

Eli Lieb - Hollywood



Eli Lieb is easily one of the most underrated male vocalists in the industry today. I don't understand why he isn't a household name. His voice is magical, his musical sensibilities are beyond reproach, and he makes some of the most heartfelt and emotional music that I think every single person on this planet need to know who he is. The down to earth quality of his voice makes him so approachable and then his lyrics bare his soul every time he sings. Whether it's a song about young love or a song that's been used by an insurance company, there isn't anything this man can't do.

There is so much remorse and regret built up in this song based on being weathered and beaten by a city that I think everyone knows that at some point in their life they've been exactly where he's talking about. There's nothing left for you there and you need to get away and forge a new path; one that isn't full of broken dreams and empty promises. He makes you feel every thing he sings. He breathes so much life into these lines that when they hit you, it almost takes your breath. He has created a living, breathing expression of being done and it's something that we all need to be reminded of from time to time; you may feel wrapped up in what ever is holding you back but the roads always lead out of the situation and the cities you feel you're stuck in.

Titus Jones - Oops! I'm a Menace



Titus has always been a favorite around here so when he makes new music it's always a pleasant surprise. By the first chorus, I was sold. Hook, line and sinker. He had me and I was in it to the end and then some. These two songs meld well together like a mighty Zord and create something bigger than themselves. I'm happy that he's still creating music and giving the people something fantastic. Check it out and let me know what you think in the comments.

Friday, May 19, 2017

Tina Guo - Wonder Woman Theme



For no other reason than this is my blog and I love Wonder Woman, I give you Tina Guo's Wonder Woman Theme.

Beth Ditto - Fire



Beth Ditto is a goddess. She is everything and every chance I get to experience her more and more, I don't hesitate to jump on it as quickly as possible. I can't believe I missed the release of this track. Her voice is one of my favorites and I think that her attitude of "take me or leave me" is one that needs to be adopted by anyone and everyone that walks this planet. This song is so catchy and just funky. The guitar riffs are strong and they pair amazingly well with her voice. This is Janis Joplin and it's got this funky new sixties vibe with a little psychedelica mixed in and it's everything. So many artists aspire to be as confident and as talented as Beth and most never come close.

Thursday, May 18, 2017

Molly Warburton - Hallucinate

Hannah Reid, Sophie Ellis-Bextor, Natalie Merchant, and a handful of other prolific female artists come to mind when I hear Molly Warburton sing but more than that, I hear passion. I hear a sense of self that not many artists have developed at this early stage in their career. I hear a maturity that belies her age. Her voice has a resonance and a clarity that just sits easily with you. There's a breadth and a width to her vocal expression that you don't hear very much at all in music and it's refreshing. This Carnforth singer hasn't made a huge impact in the United States yet and it's a shame. I think there's a place for her and we are ready for a new voice. If you listen to her acoustically versus songs that have production to them, there's not much difference in her voice. It's not been cleaned up of digitally altered and that's a damn good thing. There's a long line of powerful female vocalists that Molly easily steps into and holds her own with.



When she starts singing in "Hallucinate" her voice immediately fills up all the space in the room. It's ethereal and it's atmospheric. Her choices of how she breathes into the lyrics and brings them to life are brilliant. She knows how to properly use her gift and she throws herself into this song and it pulls you in with her. The chorus is powerful and washes over you and takes you to where she needs you to go. I get a lot from the song. I get the feeling of euphoria that comes from self reliance. I feel empowered by knowing that I will get through all of this on my own. I feel connected and more whole because I have people that are in my life and that adds to the overall feeling of power and resilience. But as the journey comes to an end, I feel like I've been through some things with Molly. I've experienced something a bit larger than myself. The way the song is structured it has a clear beginning, a middle, and an end and when I'm left with silence; it's ok. I've come to a point where things are clear the purpose of the song has been fulfilled.

I've listened to several of her other tracks on the web and she's brilliant. I can't wait to hear more from her as she continues to grow and become an even better artist than she already is.

Molly on the Web
http://www.mollywarburton.com/
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/MollyWarburton/
Instagram: @mollywarburton2
Youtube: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCv38Q7BZGl5Mg_A5-vxDKNg

Wednesday, May 17, 2017

Drake Jensen - Retro

Again, I don't deviate from pop music too much but when another of the caveats of being featured in my blog is either being an independent artist or being an LGBT artist. And when you're both, that certainly makes you prime blogging material. And that's where we find ourselves today. Talking about one of the most prolific singers that you've never heard of and that's because his chosen genre doesn't really know what to do with a gay cowboy.

Drake Jensen is an Ottawa based country singer/songwriter that has been recording since he was a teenager which would be just another country origin story except this cowboy found himself appreciating the affections of other cowboys and when the mainstream market for the country industry tends to like their affections a little more heteronormative - it can make it difficult to find a place for yourself. Or you thumb your nose at conventionality and do your own thing. You make your own way and you write and record the music you want to hear. You make the music that you know represents you and gives a voice to your own journey. That's what Drake has done. Being called Country's First Gay artist is a title and a responsibility Drake didn't take lightly. He's never held it up as a badge of honor or treated it as if he was special. What's he's done has been the caretaker of the position and used his burgeoning fame to help other artists feel comfortable being themselves in the music industry, which is a heady proposition when the majority of fans are stereotypically against you already. It's then, that your mettle as an artist is tested and you have to show them that you're more than a flash in the pan. You're more than a gimmick and you've got the talent to back it up and that's what Drake has done, time and time again.


So let's talk about his most recent release in "Retro". Drake has taken some of the songs that he holds dearest to his experience and put his own twist on them. And they're not all country songs. So it's just another example of how we pull influences from everywhere and they're what make us who we are today. So with "Retro", you've got a little Cyndi Lauper and some Billy Idol to make it a little rock and roll and then some Reba, George Strait and Pam Tills to name a few to make it a little country.

He starts off with "I Drove All Night" by Cyndi Lauper. This is one of my favorite songs. Not just by Cyndi but of all time. The sense of urgency that the beat and the track has against his vocals full of longing are the perfect complement to each other. This is one of my favorite covers of this song with a second place falling to fellow Canadian, Celine Dion. Drake's vocals on this track are earthy and grounded but you can hear how much he needs to be with his love.

Gary Allen's ballad of unrequited love, "Smoke Rings in the Dark" is up next and you can feel how deeply Drake has poured himself into these tracks. These aren't just karaoke covers of these songs. He didn't just phone in his vocals, he actually put himself; heart and soul in these tracks and the longing Gary Allen delivered, it seems Drake is capable of doing that exact same thing and makes you want to just wrap your arms around him and comfort him.

One of country's most beloved ladies comes next with "Maybe it was Memphis", Pam Tillis is one of my favorite country singers and I always felt she was well under-represented in the genre. There were other singers that seemed to get more air play than she did but not with this song. This song is big and it's hopeful and it's steamy in all the right ways and again, Drake nails every bit of the delivery. You know that these aren't just stories he's retelling. These are his experiences as well. And there's as much of him coming through as Pam. The idea of this chance happening in Memphis between Drake and a "lonely boy far from home" paints a helluva visual and I for one am thankful.

There are few male contemporary country artists as big as George Strait so it stands to reason that Drake would be influenced by him. "Amarillo by Morning" is our next entry in this amazing line up of songs. All these songs all have the same sort of want and desire in them. A feeling of needing to be somewhere or to be with someone, a desperate need. A deep soul inducing feeling of being part of something. I think Drake chose these because he knew that feeling was universal and we've all felt it at some point in our lives.



I was unfamiliar with the next song and artist. I had to do a little research to learn that Canadian singer, Luba had a chart topping hit in 1983 with "Every Time I See Your Picture" and there's no misunderstanding as to why Drake added this track to the album. It's a gorgeous song about moving on and coming to grips with the dissolution of a relationship. Drake's musical sensibilities are impeccable and he's chosen all the right songs to represent his loves and influences and to be able to show off his vocals. Here we are, 4 songs after "Smoke Rings" and you still want to hug him and make sure he's alright.

"Everything That Glitters (Is Not Gold)" is the next song. It's a classic Dan Seals song, again about longing and loss. Drake has a bit of a falsetto during parts of the song and it just makes me swoon a little more as he starts the chorus of this song. He wants answers to why they split up but he knows that he'll never get the answers he's looking for but he knows that he has to keep moving on. And that's very reminiscent of what so many people go through in their lives. We can spend a lot of time trapped in our nostalgia and our feelings of what was and what could have been but we just have to move forward and keep our lives together as things just fall apart around us.

Keeping with the overall ideals of resilience and perseverance, the most out of the box addition to the album is Billy Idol's "Eyes Without a Face". Being unexpected doesn't mean it's bad. On the contrary, it's an amazing addition. It breaks up the slow melancholy of the album and the song never gets away from Drake. It's a faithful cover and he does it an amazing amount of justice. Billy's had a bit more snarl whereas Drake's is smoother and more composed.

He hits a very high note for me with his cover of Reba's "You Lied". This is probably my favorite Reba McIntyre song of all time. More than "Fancy", more than "The Night the Lights Went Out"; this song is so sorrowful and so confrontational that it stirs up a ton of emotion in me and man oh man, has Drake delivered a stellar rendition of it. It makes me feel just like Reba did the when I first heard her sing it.

Never a huge Rodney Crowell fan but the cover of "What Kind of Love (Only This Love That I Have)" isn't a miss. It's a good song and it's a strong song. There are just others on the album that I enjoy more. I'm not saying it's bad at all, just not my favorite.

The album comes to a close with Dan Seals and Marie Osmond's "Meet Me in Montana". This is how a cover song should sound. It's heartfelt and it's strong and it's everything that I want at the end of this journey. Drake has covered a huge chunk of America with these songs. From Texas to Tennessee and we land in Montana, under big sky country and it's not a bad place to be. Tia McGraff is an amazing compliment to Drake's voice and I think that they have done a phenomenal job on this song.

If you're wanting to hear an amazing country album or hear a strong queer artist's persepective on the genre, please give this record a shot and support Drake. He's an amazing artist and he fights for LGBT+ rights as often as he can. He's what we all should aspire to be and I think the world would be a better place for it.

Tuesday, April 4, 2017

Philip Bonneau - The Final Secret Revealed (Part One)



Sometimes people know how to build ambiance. They know how to properly introduce sounds and melodies in such a manner that it taps into who you are. It feeds your soul and makes you close your eyes and drift. The scene from Gladiator where he's walking through the wheat and touching the blades as he passes them comes to my mind when I listen to the latest creation by Philip Bonneau. I don't consider Philip a musician. He's an artist and an engineer. He builds things. Whether they're visual or auditory, he crafts a space that envelopes you and tantalizes all your senses. He evokes memory. He touches your other sensing centers in your brain.

He has crafted this track, the next in his series for his "Brave New Secrets" as a jumping off point and it's so ethereal and airy that if you close your eyes you are swept away in a grand adventure. Not running through the woods being chased by anything or languidly walking along the beach but walking through rolling fields and coming upon a temple in the distance or climbing a rocky hill to finding a monk in a cave. It's self reflection and it's mindfulness and it's revealing yourself to, well, yourself. It's being open with the possibility of "what if" and seeing the infinite possibility stretching out before you. It's coming to a decision and making it yours. It's being at peace with your past and having hope for your future. It's all of these things and it's only the first 10 minutes of what will possibly be a much longer exercise in sonic storytelling by Philip.

Monday, April 3, 2017

Daley - Until the Pain is Gone (f. Jill Scott)



Silky, sultry, smooth. Makes me feel like I'm describing a 90s TLC album. The vocals are amazingly smooth and Jill Scott elevates this song to such amazing heights. I've been a fan of hers since I first heard, "Getting in the Way" and this shows that she's just grown and matured into one of the finest soul singers in the industry today. The way that she emotes and puts her own thoughtful spin on this song make it hands down one of the coolest things I've heard.

Friday, March 31, 2017

Mila Jam - Faces



Today, March 31 is International Trans Day of Visibility and in the current political and social climate, it's very important that we take a day to honor and remember those trans individuals who are struggling and have given their lives to make sure that equality is for everyone. We all want to belong. We all want to be part of something greater than ourselves and each and every day we step out of our homes with our bravest faces on. We all want to be accepted and we all want to feel love. This song is a celebration of that. You make recognize the faces of Lavergne Cox and Candis Cayne, two of the most prolific trans rights advocates. This video is a gorgeous example of what we can do when we all work toward a common goal.

Buy Faces here: http://itunes.apple.com/album/id1218414112?ls=1&app=itunes All proceeds from the sale of the song will go to the ONEPULSE Foundation, to help the Pulse Nightclub shooting victims

Bleachers - Don't Take The Money



Jack Antonoff  is a genius. The things he's able to do with nothing and his ability to make it something blows me away with each and every outing Bleachers releases into the universe. And "Don't Take The Money" is no different. This song just makes me say, "Daaaaaaaaaamn" and it's good and it's big and it's just something that you want to hear all the time. I am a bit biased when it comes to Bleachers as they're probably one of my absolute favorite indie bands of all time and they have a unique ability to craft amazing songs. Take a listen and tell me what you think.

Kat Graham - Sometimes



The high waisted pant. The Farrah Fawcett hair. The B-Boy feel to the choreography. The way that she floats and flows effortlessly through this video are all reasons that I think Kat Graham is one of the best artists on the scene today. This song was light and easy and fun. She looks like she was having a blast through the filming of the entire video so I can't be mad at that at all. She's a super star and her music career stands on it's own as a powerful female artist. It disheartens me to see people want to refer to her as Bonnie Bennett and not Kat Graham. Bonnie was a character she played on a now defunct television show. Let's praise her and raise her up as she moves into the next stage of her career. I adore this song. It's catchy, it's going to be in heavy rotation, and it's just helluva song.

Thursday, March 30, 2017

Little Mix - No More Sad Songs



Almost 2 million views in 14 hours. It's crazy to me that they aren't bigger than what they are in the United States. They should be mega stars but America just has not caught on like they should. Little Mix has been burning up the European charts since their debut on The X Factor in 2011. Single after single, they are steadily growing as a group and steadily maturing in their sound as young women. They know who their demographic is and they write and record music for them. This is a feel good, go out with your best girl friends anthem and have a good time kind of song. All the girls sound amazing. The song is very well put together and it's undeniable that it's not a break away hit already. I think using Machine Gun Kelly was a smart decision instead of G-Eazy because MGK actually has talent and pulls off the swag he exudes. I adore Little Mix. I will always adore them and I hope this song gets some recognition in the US.

Wednesday, March 29, 2017

Trixie Mattel - All Over Again



I can't even. This song is one of the best things I've heard in a very long time. I had no idea that she had this in her and I'm glad that this is something that she has to share with us. I'll be honest, much like a lot of the queens on Drag Race, I didn't buy into the edit they sold us for her on the show and since the show, she's become one of the more endearing queens. Especially her friendship with Katya. 

But let's talk about this amazingly well written and sung country ballad. The wordplay in the song alone is enough to talk about but how many times have we been in the exact spot that she's talking about in the song? How many times have we been so heartbroken that we don't even know how to process life in general? How many times have we forgotten how to cry after we've been utterly devastated and had our world shaken to the core? I think she does an amazing job with this song and I can't wait to hear a full album of country songs. Covers and originals please. I am in awe of this woman now.

Friday, March 24, 2017

Eddy Faulkner - Cruel



A little Nick Jonas. A little Ed Sheeran. A whole lot catchy and fresh. That's what Eddy Faulkner has to offer in the follow-up to the release of his debut EP “Unbreakable” which came out last May. “Unbreakable” received praise on many different outlets such as: YourMusicRadar, A&R Factory, The Huffington Post, ABC and etc. The song “One” (off of “Unbreakable”), was just picked up two weeks ago by MTV to be on their show called “Are You The One?” (Season 5 - Episode 9).

The track isn't over produced. It's got the right amount of work put in to make it hit all the right notes and get Eddy a ton of radio play. It's a no brainer as a pop song goes. The chorus is gorgeous crafted. It's a fun song that has a bit of a dark subject matter but life isn't always pretty. We talk about that often. Sometimes things just don't work out the way we want them and those are when we have the most growth and development in our lives. We get scared. We get rejected and we learn about ourselves. We get off the ground, dust ourselves off and carry on.

Eddy has a very current sound and he should be hitting all the markets with a younger demographic. He could easily work with The Chainsmokers or Bebe Rexha and have a killer track on his hands. I look forward to hearing more out of this young man.

Thursday, March 23, 2017

Todrick Hall - Low (f. RuPaul)



Todrick needs to continue releasing music like this. Every day, all day. This is one of the hottest tracks I've heard in a long time. The lyrics are incredibly clever. The way the song is produced is gorgeous. This is hands down one of the most solidly produced tracks. While it's only a revamped version of a previously released track, it was damn smart to dust it off and throw it into the mix with the success of "Straight Outta Oz"

I am glad that RuPaul rapped  the second verse. I think that not only does it show versatility and range on Ru's part but it just makes sense and gives Todrick access to Ru's fanbase. This is obviously a dance track that's been created to target the gay market segment and I'm not mad at that at all. From the "Wizard of Oz" source material to "dance the house down", this is a song that knows exactly what it needs to be and who needs this song. It's a damn fine addition to "Straight Outta Oz" and I could listen to this every day of the week. It makes me happy that Todrick has made such huge strides moving from a Youtube performer to a mainstream artist.

Monday, March 20, 2017

Clean Bandit - Symphony (f. Zara Larsson)



Wow. Just Wow. I don't normally write reviews of super mainstream artists but this video blew me away. Clean Bandit have created a beautifully tragic video to go along with this song but there is an undercurrent of healing and love to it. I am in awe of this video. Zara Larsson's voice is gorgeous against the track but it's the video that shines through. I don't want to detract from it too much as it is such a gorgeous piece of work. Please watch the video and pay attention. I had to watch it twice as I was swept up in the emotion of the video. The song is amazing. It's so uplifting and full of renewal and I think this video has the ability to help a lot of people. Bravo!

Levi Kreis - For Good (Wicked Cover)



It doesn't matter what he touches. It doesn't matter if you gave him the dictionary. There is nothing that this man can't do. When he puts his hands into a project, you are going to get Levi Kreis - heart, body, mind, and soul. This song means so much to me. So much so, it was the song I chose to play at my boyfriend's memorial service. I feel without question that there are those people that come into our lives and they shake things up and they challenge our beliefs and they make us better. Levi's rendition of this song shows just how deeply music affects us. You can see at the end of the clip how moved he is and every single time I've heard this, whether it be Kristen Chenoweth and Idina Menzel or any of the hundreds of covers online, it's always left me moved. And now hearing Levi do it and put so much of himself in it, this will be my go to version of the song.

If you've read any of my reviews of anything Levi has ever done, you know how strongly I feel about him as a performer. And I don't know if it's because the same Appalachian dirt is in his blood that's in mine or if it's because he knows just how to wrap himself around every single emotion I've ever felt and put them in a tangible form for the world to see but there is something magical about every time he steps in front of a microphone. I am grateful that he bares his soul and leaves it all on the stage for us. He is a treasure and we will not have another performer that means so much to the industry as he does.

Friday, March 17, 2017

Betty Who - Mama Say



Change is a good thing. Especially when it gets an artist out in front of a wider audience. It allows them to garner a larger fan base and enables them to get their message out to more people. Some fans are complaining that the new Betty Who track isn't old Betty Who and while that may intrinsically be true, it's still a damn fun song. She's happy in the video. The back up dancers are happy. It's got a solid track and makes you feel good. I'm not mad at this song or the slight pop influence to her sound in this video. I say, you go. You make sure your bills are paid because the shitty commenters on YouTube aren't going to pay them.

Monday, February 20, 2017

Jeb Havens - Pushy Little Compass Heart



Jeb has always impressed me with how keyed into his own emotions he is and how unafraid he is to share his ups and downs with us. This is no different. He has taken more than the last year of his life and given it to traveling the world with his partner and I think that is absolutely amazing. He's stepped away from most everything in order to build a solid foundation for his life with the man that, I'm sure, he's going to spend the rest of his life with.

This video was filmed over five days in New Zealand and it's a gorgeous ode to what he's been doing this past year. The song is gorgeous and it makes you want to just hold on to the people in your life that matter. It's one of the most romantic videos I've seen in a long time and I'm damn glad that they decided to share it with us. I'm a super huge fan of Jeb and his music. I think he's got one of the most charismatic voices in the industry today. The chorus swells and builds into this hopeful ideal of what we all want in our lives. It's the idea of finding your "true north" and making a beeline to them. It's following your heart and it's doing what you need to make sure you live the happiest you can. It's holding on to that scrap of happiness and squeezing out of it all we can because we aren't promised anything.

I applaud him for his hard work and effort to bring this vision to reality.  Make sure you pick up his new album, "Home Base" where ever you choose to purchase your digital music.

Friday, February 17, 2017

Walk off the Earth - Shape of You (Ed Sheeran Cover)



There is nothing these guys can't do. That's a fact. It's just amazing to see their interpretations of songs. From Sara to playing an Mbira to the surprises they have packed into this cover. I'm not going to talk about them because they are amazing and it made me squeal with delight when they happened. Just trust me. If you're a fan of the original track and you like Walk off the Earth, you're going to love this cover. Hands down.

MisterWives - Machine



Ugh. I hate this so much because it's so fucking great. This track is so amazing. It's got everything that you need for one of the best indie pop songs I've heard in a very long time. That rapid fire delivery of that last verse at 2:30? Are you fucking kidding me with that? Mandy Lee is wearing me out with her skill as a vocalist and this song just makes me feel great. I can't wait to see the video and see the treatment they give it. It's going to be a knock out. For sure!!

Eli Lieb - Chained to The Rhythm (Katy Perry Cover)



I saw Katy Perry's version of this track on the Grammys and it wasn't bad. But Eli adds a tremendous amount of soul to what was just a standard pop song. His voice is always so earthy. It's just got so much character to it. I wish he was such a bigger star than what he is. I love that he even did the rap in the middle eight. This is a very solid cover and I approve!!