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Cocktail Music: Last Christmas by Carly Rae Jepsen

November 25th, 2015 Comments off
Photo via Youtube

Photo via YouTube

Carly Rae Jepsen is really really really getting us in the holiday mood.

The Canadian “Call Me Maybe” singer released a cover of “Last Christmas” on Friday, and her take on the 1985 classic by Wham! has had fans jingling their bells since.

After releasing her rendition, Jepsen, who turns 30 today, shared a message with fans to announce the new release.

“Winter white. Soft focus. Candy canes. Waves,” she wrote the photo. “Here it is – our #LastChristmas WHAM cover. Hope you enjoy it.”

Jepsen puts her own spin on things with jazzy sax riffs and her signature pop vocals, all the while staying true to the 80’s pull.

Listen to the full song below…

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Cocktail Music: ‘Gone’ by JR JR

November 6th, 2015 Comments off
Photo via Warner Bros. Records

Photo via Warner Bros. Records

Detroit indie-pop duo JR JR is on the rise with their latest single “Gone,” off their new self-titled album.

You may have heard them on NPR’s Morning Edition, but “Gone” has also been featured on I Am Cait, as well as Please Like Me. With lyrics like, “I can’t be everything you want me to be // Finally, I can see the light through the leaves,” and a bright, beat-driven sound, it’s no wonder the track has struck a chord with gay listeners.

New Yorkers can catch a stripped-down live set off the band’s latest record at Rough Trade on Monday, November 9.

Have a listen to JR JR’s latest single after the jump:

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Global Halloween Cocktail Music

October 30th, 2015 Comments off

Global Halloween Cocktail Music

Image via Passport.

Image via Passport.

Still wondering what to put on your Halloween party playlist? Well, we couldn’t quite decide either, but we did manage to choose some great tunes in spite of our indecision. Here’s our own goodie bag of music that’s sure to cast a spell on your guest list!

Unearth all of them after the jump…

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Cocktail Music: ‘Hello’ by Adele (Video)

October 23rd, 2015 Comments off
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Photo via Youtube

Adele has dropped the first track off her upcoming Nov. 20 album, 25, her first single to date in over three years.

Since the release of 2012’s “Skyfall” for “James Bond,” the singer has stepped out of the limelight to, among other things, be a mother to her 2-year-old son, Angelo.

In an interview with the BBC, Adele called the song “very intimate.”

Produced by the bird and the bee’s Greg Kurstin, the tune begins with a soft piano melody and the patter of a drum before blossoming into a smooth ballad with classic powerhouse vocals.

The black-and-white music video was shot in Montreal by gay Canadian filmmaker Xavier Dolan, and brings the highly-emotional ballad to life with heart-wrenching scenes of Adele opposite The Wire‘s Tristan Wilds.

Adele sat down to Radio 1’s Zane Lowe on Thursday, telling him she was proud of her acting performance.

“[Dolan] had me crying and acting,” she said. “I’m really, really proud of it. It’s not like a groundbreaking video in terms of effects and dance moves, but it’s my best video and I’m so proud of it.”

Watch Adele’s video for “Hello” below:

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Cocktail Music: Sara Bareilles’ ‘She Used To Be Mine’

October 2nd, 2015 Comments off

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Singer-songwriter Sara Bareilles’ latest single, “She Used to Be Mine,”  is out now, off her upcoming debut Broadway musical, Waitress.

The 35-year-old singer has written and recorded a variety of songs exclusively for the new musical. Her upcoming album, What’s Inside: Songs from Waitress is slated for release later this fall.

Also on the horizon for the “Lovesong” singer is an upcoming book. “Sounds Like Me: My Life (So Far),” an introspective autobiography, hits shelves on October 6.

Be sure to check out when Sara sat down with us in our VIP Lounge to talk about travel, her music, and her connection to the LGBT community.

So, how does the single stack up?

Have a listen to Sara’s electrifying new song after the jump…

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Cocktail Music: Duran Duran’s “Pressure Off”

September 11th, 2015 Comments off

English rock legend Duran Duran is back with their 14th full-length studio album, Paper Gods. What’s sure to be a hit: The upbeat, nostalgia-driven “Pressure Off,” featuring Janelle Monáe and Nile Rodgers.

Simon Le Bon writes that when the band began writing their latest in 2013, they delved “deep into the soul of Duran Duran. And about a year on in, we started getting down to the good stuff…We have enjoyed working with fellow Midlander, Mr Hudson; the extremely talented Mark Ronson; and our true friend of long-standing, Nile Rodgers.”

They sure did get to the good stuff. Step into the future and listen to the danceable single after the jump:

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Cocktail Music: Carly Rae Jepsen

August 28th, 2015 Comments off
Image via FlyLife

Image via FlyLife

We have to admit, we never thought Canadian Pop Tart Carly Rae Jepsen would ever get past her infectious “Call Me Maybe” days, but the 29-year-old longtime ally of the LGBT community has come out swinging with her latest album E·MO·TION. You can tell that she didn’t rush into this recording as the often upbeat girl-seeks-boy songs are both catchy, melodic, insightful, but, above all, pure pop confection.

We’ve put a couple of the songs from the album after the jump..

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Cocktail Music: Neon Indian Announces New Album, Releases ‘Slumlord’

August 14th, 2015 Comments off
Photo via Neon Indian

Photo via Neon Indian

Neon Indian has announced a new full-length album entitled VEGA INTL. Night School, the long-awaited answer to 2011’s Era Extraña, plus a tour before year’s end. The new record is slated for October 16 via Mom and Pop/Transgressive. He’s also released the album’s second single with epic piano synths, “Slumlord.”

“Most of what I’ve learned about human nature in my twenties has happened after dark,” reads the statement. “People are just kind of more honest then. More deliberate. I like to call the places I go to Night Schools.”

Class will be in-session soon enough, as the electro-indie outfit has just released its first North American tour dates on what already promises to be an innovative new album.

Are “Annie” and “Slumlord” enough to tide you over until October? If not, call +1-512-642-VEGA for more information on the album, a cutesy voice greeting, and tidbits of “Slumlord” to listen to while Adam ponders whether or not to answer the machine.

And listen to the new single after the jump

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Cocktail Music: Robyn and La Bagatelle Magique’s Love Is Free

August 7th, 2015 Comments off
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Photo via Robyn

Love is Free is the new mini-album from Robyn and her new collaborative project, La Bagatelle Magique. The five-track LP made its airway debut today on BBC’s Radio 1, and is now live on Spotify.

It’s been just over a year since Do It Again, the Swedish pop matriarch’s five-track joint EP with Bergen duo Röyksopp, hit its club stride. Now, Robyn and touring keyboardist Markus Jägerstedt could yet again have clubgoers hooked with the LP’s infectious title track.

With the late producer Christian Falk at the wheel, this debut LP is hallowed in more than paying tribute to forward thinkers of olden club-kid sensibility. Original tracks include “Set Me Free” and the beat-driven LP’s title track, featuring Maluca. Also included: “Tell You (Today)” (Original Mix).

In conversation with FACT, Robyn spoke on the album’s theme:

“I don’t know how to talk about this without getting super personal. When it came to this letting go thing, I think, isn’t that what we all want? To somehow be okay with being alive, even though it’s really hard? And not being scared. I mean, you can be scared, but it’s not good if you’re scared of being scared, and trying to control things. It’s an illusion – you can’t. You have to let go in order to be happy.”

Listen to the trance-inducing title song “Love is Free” after the jump…

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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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