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Cocktail Music: Mika

July 11th, 2014 Comments off
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There’s something wicked about 29-year-old, openly gay, UK pop star Mika. His peppy single, “Popular Song,” culled from 2012’s The Origin of Love, sampled the contagious chorus of musical Wicked’s “Popular” (originally performed by Kristin Chenoweth). Yet beyond riffs on and from musical theater, Mika evinces a similar lyrical cheek and musical bounce to The Scissor Sisters, with soaring Freddie Mercury–esque vocals and a wall-of-sound, melody-rich production.

Now, the half-Lebanese openly gay singer has released a new infectious single Boum Boum Boum is ready to fight a revolution.

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Cocktail Music: Dance It Out to Clean Bandit’s ‘New Eyes’

June 13th, 2014 Comments off
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They’re fresh off a chart-topping hit in the UK. Clean Bandit, a British dance group for Cambridge, dropped their debut album early this month. It’s old-meets-new on the LP, which is fittingly titled: New Eyes. The record showcases the group’s distinctive fusion of dance, electro, house, classical, and pop; it’s full of reminders as to why the group was able to rise to prominence in their home country.

It remains to be seen whether Clean Bandit will end up a one hit wonder, but recent output from the group seems to indicate some staying power. The new single “Extraordinary” was released in mid-May, and it has climbed to the number 5 UK chart slot. The music video is dreamlike in bright color; it’s very much like the Japan-inspired video for “Rather Be.”

If you live stateside, it’s a good idea to get into Clean Bandit asap, before they crossover to US radio from across-the-pond. Don’t say we didn’t warn you! Once again, here are YouTube links to the music videos for mega-hit “Rather Be” and up-and-comer “Extraordinary.” You can also check both out after the jump…

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Cocktail Music: Mariah Carey’s ‘Thirsty’

May 30th, 2014 Comments off
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It’s been a while since Mariah Carey has had a hit, but if her new album title is any indication, this diva isn’t planning on compromising her quirky personality. Released this past week, Me. I Am Mariah… The Elusive Chanteuse (above) is a mouthful of a title, but more than a couple of the tracks on the new album could live up to the radio success of most recent hits, “Touch My Body” and “Obsessed.” One such promising track is “Thirsty,” a down-tempo jam that shows off Carey’s sass. Released earlier this month as a single, only time will tell if the Billboard charts deem the song what Carey would call a “stone groove smash hit wonder,” but in the meantime, as its title hints, “Thirsty” is a great track for a cocktail party, especially a low-key one. Check the song out after the jump…

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Cocktail Music: Iranian Songstress Googoosh

May 23rd, 2014 Comments off
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Iranian singer, Googoosh, made headlines this past February when she released a video for her song “Behesht,” which translates to Heaven. The video, clearly showed the singer’s support of LGBT rights as it follows the love affair of a lesbian couple.  “We knew from the start that because of its topic the video is going to be very controversial among Iranians,” the director told The Guardian. “That’s why we expected negative feedback, too, but that hasn’t bothered me, nor Ms. Googoosh.” The video is accompanied by her powerful lyrics: “The end of this way is not clear, I know as you know/Do not tell me that we should cut off this love, you can’t as I can’t,” they read. “We can’t come back and we can’t cross from this deadlock.”

Googoosh, even after becoming the first big name in music in the region to come out in support of gay and lesbian rights, continues to live in Iran and remains one of the nation’s most treasured icons.

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Cocktail Music: Kazaky Serves You ‘Magic Pie’

May 16th, 2014 Comments off
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File this under: dance inspiration. Madonna-affiliated synthpop trio Kazaky have a sick’ning new video for their song “Magic Pie.” Feeling incensed about Russian President Putin’s shocking recent comments about gay people and their allies in Ukraine? Send him an implicit “Sochi Away” by showing your support for these über-gay, Ukranian superstars.

Not only is this song a must for your MP3 player, but the music video is beyond belief. Watch it and you’ll see: Kazaky have the hips of Shakira and the synchronicity of the Aswirl Twins.  It’s an unbeatable combo.

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Cocktail Music: Disco Mystery’s ‘No Price’ on Annie Mac

April 11th, 2014 Comments off
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Last week, British pop music tastemakers Popjustice and Annie Mac hyped a new mystery track. The name of the song is “No Price,” and while the label is known (New State), the artist is credited only as “Disco Mystery,” and they have been described by Mac as a “disco supergroup.” That’s all we know for sure. Popjustice and Mac speculated about who might be behind the track, which features guest vocalist David Macklovitch from Chromeo. Popjustice and Mac’s guesses are British electronic musician Stuart Price and American DJ Arman Van Helden (respectively).

Popjustice speculates that the song could be in the hit in the U.K., and considering the minor disco revival of late (“Get Lucky,” anyone?) their prediction could well turn out to be accurate. Check the song out after the jump, via YouTube.

[h/t Popjustice]

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Cocktail Music: Human by Christina Perri

March 28th, 2014 Comments off
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Following her critically-acclaimed debut album, lovestrong., which included the international hit “Jar of Hearts,” pop singer Christina Perri will return with a new album on April 1. The album, entitled Head or Heart, is true to the style Perri exhibited on her debut: it’s a soulful brand of piano rock—perhaps a more down-tempo Sara Bareilles or Leona Lewis. While you wait to check out the album in its entirety, the single Human will probably do a good job of tiding you over; since its release late last year, it’s attracted critical attention and built excitement for Perri’s second LP, not to mention it’s inspired excited buzz among fans.

Check out the music video via YouTube after the jump!

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Tyler Glenn, Lead Singer of Neon Trees, Comes Out as Gay

March 24th, 2014 Comments off

 

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The lead singer of new wave-pop band Neon Trees, Tyler Glenn, has come out as gay in the new issue of Rolling Stone. Glenn candidly spoke about his life growing up in conservative Utah, his first sexual experiences, and how his band reacted when he came out. “I’ve always felt like I’m an open book, and yet obviously I haven’t been completely,” he says. I had my crushes on guys throughout high school, but it was never an overwhelming thing until my twentiesThen I’d be dating girls and in love with my straight friend and it was the worst feeling in the world.” [RS]

 

Cocktail Music: Kylie Minogue Wows with Sexercise Video

March 19th, 2014 Comments off
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Kylie Minogue has released a fitting new video for her texty single “Sexercise.” The “bb’s” and “get it’s” are well-punctuated by aerobic gyrating and sensual sway; as the Daily Mail points out, the goddess of pop seems to be keeping things very “Can’t Get You Out My Head” in a white onesie.

Take notes, Khaleesi Madonna, Kylie may well be coming up on her own “Confessions”-era renaissance. Not that she ever really needed to reinvent herself.

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Cocktail Music: Jennifer Lopez’s Man-Filled ‘I Luh Ya Papi’

March 14th, 2014 Comments off
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Jennifer Lopez has enough eye candy in her latest video for “I Luh Ya Papi” to satisfy even the worst sweet tooth. The 44-year-old American Idol judge reverses the traditional gender role in music videos and “objectifies” the men by having them show as much skin as possible. It’s more reminiscent of a Cazwell video than a glow video. The video takes us through Jenny From the Block’s most iconic looks—including her infamous Grammy dress.

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