It's not even Thanksgiving yet, and Daniel Kim (pictured above), the mashup maestro known for his end-of-the-year "Pop Danthology" mixes, has given us not one but TWO epic pieces of pop perfection that are guaranteed to make your ears smile.
It's after midnight, and there now exists in the world a new Adele song.
And life. Is. Good.
It's everything we expected: Powerhouse vocals. Devastating lyrics. Haunting piano keys.
The video for "Hello," the British singer's lead single from the forthcoming 25, also debuted. It's a gorgeous, cinematic piece featuring one of the decade's biggest artists and...the guy from that 90210 reboot??? Looks like we have a candidate for Most Random Casting of 2015.
Yep, that's actor Tristan Wilds (DIxon Wilson from the CW reboot) playing the subject of the song, an ex to whom Adele apologizes for breaking his heart.
Let's see how many hits this thing gets. Just press play. And enjoy:
Early 2015 gave us the airy and shiny house groove of "Hold My Hand" while this past summer delivered the uplifting "Don't Be So Hard On Yourself" and the Tinie Tempah collaboration "Not Letting Go." All three of these tracks appear on the album, and all three sound as if they were born out of a 1995 jam session. (To clarify, that's a very good thing.)
Of course, all of this praise could be attributed to 90s nostalgia, which is all the rage as we move further into the 2010s. But after listening to the rest of this fantastic collection of inspired tunes, Glynne's soulful vocals are undeniably a perfect match for the silky smooth production and lyricism that runs throughout the dozen-plus set. By pop music connoisseur standards, it's as if Adele and Betty Who had a love child and raised it on early-90s R&B and house (while nurturing her fluid sexuality). If you need proof, start with the aptly titled "Right Here."
But it's not all Clinton-era throwbacks. There's 80s-tinged funk, as evidenced by the very Chaka Khan-esque "You Can Find Me" and the finger-shaking anthem "It Ain't Right." And then there are more stirring exercises in vulnerability in tracks like "Take Me Home" and "Saddest Vanilla," a gorgeous duet with the mesmerizing Emeli Sande.
Finally, if you're looking for a more mature alternative to Taylor Swift's summer smash "Bad Blood," make sure to check out Glynne's track of the same name, a more subtle (and poetic) approach to dealing with haters -- this time with a Western Asian flavor.
To stand back and observe the album in its entirety (The Deluxe Edition includes some worthy bonus tracks, including a soaring acoustic rendition of "My Love") is to fully realize that I Cry When I Laugh represents a rarity in today's pop music landscape: a fully realized masterwork that delivers on all emotional levels.
Earlier this week, the Mercedes-Benz Evolution Tour stopped in Los Angeles for the second installment of the multi-city music tour showcasing their new babies, the compact luxury GLA and CLA. Following a successful 2014 launch, this year's tour continues to appeal to both music and car lovers.
Featuring a headlining performance by the Bastille at the Hollywood Palladium in Los Angeles, the event also featured a special set by DJ Ruckus (who DOESN'T love a mashup of Montell Jordan's "This Is Houw We Do It" with TLC?) and a live interactive art exhibition by Gregory Siff.
The band kicked off the night with their rollicking single, "Things We Lost in the Fire" and closed out their hour-long set with their 90s cover/mashup "Of The Night" and their mega-smash "Pompeii."
Remember when D.Lo released the teaser for her summer jam "Cool for the Summer"? It promised a pool party and some toplessness. (The interwebs went crazy with that shot of two bras floating in the water.)
Fans speculated that the video was going to be a steamy piece about teen experimentation...and subsequent girl-on-girl action. But now that we have the official video making its way across social media, we're seeing that it's not quite what we expected...
A) There's no pool in sight. B) Demi and her gal pals drive around L.A. looking for an underground party -- with a bounce house! C) The only product placement we see is some random hydrating mist and D) the only girl-on-girl action involves a quick shot of two extras (not Demi herself, as the song lyrics would coyly suggest).
Still, it's a colorful, sexy production during which our girl practices her best stripper moves and writhes in a bed in between shots of her attempting to have the Best Night Ever. And we're still loving and blaring this late-entry summer single. A must for any pool party you're planning this weekend. Check for yourself:
For us, it is quickly becoming the Summer of Jess Glynne.
After blowing us away on her collaboration with Tinie Tempah on the summerific "Not Letting Go" (seriously, if you believe 2015 is lacking a proper summer jam, look no further) and wooing us with "Hold My Hand," she has released a video for her latest uplifting single, "Don't Be So Hard On Yourself."
The visuals take on a somber PSA-like approach at first, showcasing the loss of a young man's loved one, but then, it breaks out of the gates with a drumline interlude, followed by Glynne's soaring vocals in the inspiring chorus.
Another song to throw into the summer mix is "Feeling Electric" from Parade of Lights. The anthemic electro-pop track is a soaring piece of ear candy that deserves to be played everywhere this holiday weekend.
As we near the end of June, many pop music pundits have yet to decide on an official Song of Summer for this year. And while I have plenty of suggestions up my sleeve (Seriously, have you not checked out Tinie Tempah and Jess Glynne's fantastic "Not Letting Go"?), I'd like to direct your attention to a song that has continued to mesmerize me during this steamy season: "Body Talk" by British songstress Foxes.
The 80s-flavored, mid-tempo jam just got a music video, and it is a colorfully gritty piece that suits the song well. See why some of us can't resist this slice of pop perfection:
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