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Cocktail Music: The bird and the bee’s ‘Recreational Love’

July 24th, 2015 Comments off
Photo via The Bird and the Bee

Photo via The Bird and the Bee

 

The fourth album from the bird and the bee, Recreational Love marks the welcome return of LA-based pop duo Greg Kurstin and Inara George. We didn’t know it, but we’ve been pining over their dulcet, synth-heavy stylings for quite some time now.

“We didn’t mean to take so long, but life ended up getting in the way, in a great way,” says vocalist Inara George, who first began collaborations with multi-instrumentalist Greg Kurstin back in 2005, before his Grammy nomination.

Nowadays, Inara lends her vocal talents to indie-folk outfit Living Sisters, and Greg’s been hard at work producing for the likes of Sia, Lykke Li, and Charli XCX, to name a few. To craft the retro-inspired tunes off their latest album, the duo carved Friday mornings out of their schedules each week to sit down at Greg’s studio.

Five years in the making, Recreational Love hits its honeyed mark with “Will You Dance,” the band’s bass-drenched lead single that’s reminiscent of Haim’s Falling in its rounded out sound. To answer preemptively for you, this beat-driven track, “a dance song” at heart, will have you on your feet.

“It’s about the strangeness of people in that the things that are most natural to us, we have such a hard time letting happen,” Inara told Diffuser. “The idea is, ‘Don’t worry about what people think, just do whatever feels good to you.'”

So, is this what being struck by Cupid’s arrow feels like? Regardless, the bird and the bee’s latest record boasts summer jams we can get behind, from “Los Angeles” to “Recreational Love.” Listen for yourself, below.

 

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Cocktail Music: ‘OITNB’ Star Lea DeLaria’s ‘House of David’

July 17th, 2015 Comments off
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Photo by DFree

As Carrie “Big Boo” Black, Litchfield’s larger than life, dildo-donning butch sweetheart, Lea DeLaria has become a breakout star on Netflix’s hit series Orange is the New Black. But apart from stealing scenes, Lea’s talent stretches far beyond laptop screens.

A venerated jazz singer in her own right, Lea holds the distinction of being the first out comic on late night. The 57-year-old comedienne’s latest album, House of David: delaria + bowie = jazz, hits shelves next week.

Her fifth album on the Warner Jazz label, House of David is composed of jazz renditions of 12 Bowie classics. including “Fame,” “Life on Mars,” “Golden Years,” “Suffragette,” and more.

“Bowie is not only a god of rock and arbiter of style, but he’s THE defining singer songwriter of the latter part of the 20th century,” Lea said in a press release. “From ‘Suffragette City’ to Labyrinth through Ziggy Stardust and The Hunger, his bold career choices and mind blowing artistic technique flies in the face of convention. He is quite simply a legend. David’s music lends itself perfectly to the language of Jazz. I hope he sees this album as the tribute to his genius that I mean it to be.”

Listen to Lea’s knockout rendition of “Modern Love” after the jump:

And watch her sing “Fame” with Conan.

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Cocktail Music: Christian Falk, Robyn & La Bagatelle Magique

June 26th, 2015 Comments off
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Image via FlyLIfe

Comprised of Robyn, Markus Jägerstedt, and the-late Christian Falk, Robyn & La Bagatelle Magique have premiered the first song from their forthcoming, yet-to-be-titled mini-album, which will be released later this summer.

This love letter to early 90’s house music, entitled Love Is Free,” features New York–based, Mad Decent-affiliated Maluca, and was debuted as the “Hottest Record” with Annie Mac on BBC Radio 1. The track can now be heard HERE and is available now.

Cocktail Music: Mackintosh Braun’s Arcadia

June 12th, 2015 Comments off
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Photo via Mackintosh Braun

 

With the release of their third full-length album anticipated for early next week, Portland-based electro-pop duo Mackintosh Braun hopes listeners think, “Wow, they’re trying new things.”

You might recognize the dreamy stylings of this indie outfit, composed of Ian Mackintosh and Ben Braun, from songs of theirs that appeared on Grey’s Anatomy, Gossip Girl, and Chuck. Where We Are, the band’s sophomore album, was praised by the Associated Press as one of 2010’s most overlooked albums.

Check out Mackintosh Braun’s new album, Arcadia, when it drops on June 16.

 

Cocktail Music: Neon Indian’s “Annie”

June 5th, 2015 Comments off
NEW YORK, NY - JUNE 18:  Alan Palomo of Neon Indian performs during the 2011 Governors Ball music festival on Governors Island on June 18, 2011 in New York City.  (Photo by Taylor Hill/FilmMagic)

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Chillwavers rejoice: Neon Indian is back, dreamy synths, retro-pop, and loose curls in all.

His latest release after a nearly four-year hiatus, Adam Palomo’s “Annie” is a catchy summer track that treads the line between breezy, indie-pop and electro 80’s nostalgia, joining the ranks of ambient summer anthems “Deadbeat Summer,” “Polish Girl,” and “Hex Girlfriend.”

Earning the affection of Pitchfork with Psychic Chasms in 2009, and again with Era Extrana in 2011, Neon Indian, along with Washed Out and Toro y Moi, among others, became so embedded in the consciousness of media tastemakers that even the Wall Street Journal was left to question, “Is Chillwave the Next Big Music Trend?”

But as the “scene” fizzled out almost as quickly as it rose to indie prominence, what wasn’t ephemeral was the listeners’ desire for more records. With a full-length album not far on the horizon and a headline at Brooklyn’s Cameo Gallery later in the month, Neon Indian’s highly-anticipated homecoming is certainly off to a bright start.

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Cocktail Music: Icona Pop has an ‘Emergency’

May 29th, 2015 Comments off
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Image via Icona Pop

Chart-topping Swedish duo Icona Pop made a welcomed return this week with their brand-new single “Emergency.” The upbeat and infectious dance-floor filler makes the perfect companion to summer and taster of what’s to come from the feisty and magnetic duo. The track also features the vocals of long time friend and fellow Swedish pop artist Erik Hassle.

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Cocktail Music: AB SOTO’s ‘Cha Cha Bitch’

May 15th, 2015 Comments off
Screen Cap via YouTube

Screen Cap via YouTube

Ay Dios mio! We found the perfect mix camp, sexiness, and totally over-the-top catchiness with AB SOTO’s new musi video called “Cha Cha Bitch.” The song, which is set to appear on a new album, takes on new life with his glittery costumes, sexy smile, and all-out dance moves.

Check him out on Facebook, and check out the video after the jump…

 

 

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Cocktail Music: Ryn Weaver

May 8th, 2015 Comments off
Ryn Weaver.

Ryn Weaver.

Produced by Multiplatinum-Producer Benny Blanco and Passion Pit Creative Force and Frontman Michael AngelakosSinger, songwriter and producer Ryn Weaver premieres the video for her title track, “The Fool,” to be released on June 16 on Mad Love/Interscope Records. The Fool features Weaver’s breakout single “OctaHate” along with brand-new music from Weaver. Weaver will embark on her first US headline tour this summer, with dates including Los Angeles’ El Rey, New York’s Music Hall of Williamsburg and Bowery Ballroom and festival appearances at Lollapalooza, Bonnaroo, Osheaga, Firefly, and more. Recently named an MTV Artist to Watch as well as one of Time’s “15 Artists To Watch In 2015” and one of Huffington Post’s “25 Artists You Need To Start Listening To In 2015,” Weaver rose to prominence after her debut single “OctaHate” was released online last year.

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Cocktail Music: Conrad Sewell

May 1st, 2015 Comments off
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Image via Facebook.

Conrad Sewell is a dynamic new singer-songwriter from Brisbane, Australia whose debut single “Hold Me Up” was released on March 10 via Lyor Cohen’s 300 Entertainment. Entertainment Weekly calls the track an “upbeat, anthemic, just-about-impossible-to-not-get-swept-away-in pop track,” while wrote: “It’s a huge song with an instantly hummable chorus.” Conrad’s first NYC show earlier this year had Rolling Stone calling Conrad a “Rising star” and likened elements of his performance to everyone from Sam Smith, Pharrell, and Queen.

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Cocktail Music: First Listen, Giorgio Moroder & Sia

April 17th, 2015 Comments off
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Image via Facebook.

There has been much speculation over the contents of legendary disco-era DJ/producer Giorgio Moroder’s upcoming album Déjà Vu. This is Moroder’s first album in 30 years, and he was partly inspired by his work with Daft Punk in 2013. While many details about the album have been kept secret, in recent weeks we learned the track list (which features songs by Britney Spears, Kelis, and Kylie Minogue). And today, the Moroder gods granted us our first listen of the title track Déjà Vu featuring Sia.

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