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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
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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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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
Image via FlyLIfe

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 became so embedded in the consciousness of media tastemakers, along with Washed Out and Toro y Moi, 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 its listeners’ desire for more. With a full-length album on the horizon and a headliner at Brooklyn’s Cameo Gallery later this month, Neon Indian’s highly-anticipated homecoming is certainly off to a bright start.

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