Enigmatic London do-it-all Ofei dropped his long-awaited debut EP out of nowhere, which makes up for the fact we named him Sound of 2013 late last year. On the 4-track release titled London, the singer-songwriter combines off-kilter r&b, an auto tuned but soulful voice and piano-melodies, a mix that sounds incredibly unorthodox but exciting. The magic ingredient to his sound is some kind of synth-filter that just makes his sound unique. Full EP below (free download on Bandcamp), with a special mention of undeniable EP highlight Tomorrow.
Say Lou Lou look and sound like they’re totally out of your league (totally), even the suited men do not have a chance with the twirling duo in the video for their latest, already epic single Better In The Dark. When the boys start crying blood, the Lou Lou girls bathe in red wine - as if they weren’t subtle enough yet with the boa’s and seductive dancing. Hints of the work of David Lynch in there too. Wonderful.
After almost a year of silence, NY chanteuse Niia is ready to make her big splash in 2014 with her Robin Hannibal-produced (one half of Rhye) debut record. Today she warms the water with Generation Blue, a heartfelt thing of pure beauty, premiering here at DN. Robin’s gentle production fits perfectly with her soothing, calming voice - Generation Blue both lifts you up (that string section!) and puts you down (nothing but a great big nothing) at the same moment. What a track. (picture by Dan Monick)
On debut single Younger, Seinaboy Sey sounds like classic soul chanteuse but also very much like a 21st century pop singer. Coming from the team behind Naomi Pilgrim and produced by Magnus Lidehäll (the brains behind Mapei’s infectious Don’t Wait), Seinabo Sey combines the best of both in a song that screams to be performed in an arena, maybe even backed by an orchestra. For one reason or another we’re thinking of Alicia Keys right now, but Seinabo Sey has that typical Swedish vibe to her. It’s very much under-the-skin pop, with a build-up to a climax that never really comes, which makes the whole thing even more exciting.
Girl from the DN-block DENA has been on our radar since the very beginning of her career and we’re proud to inform you her debut full-length FLASH (packed with hits, of course) will be out on February 24. Contrary to previous smash hits like Cash, Diamond Rings, Swimming Pools and the recent Guest List, DENA takes things slower in lead single Bad Timing - it’s the kind of song you listen to hours after a party, when you’re hangover in bed but still in the mood for a post-party. That kind of jam.
Absolute DN-darling Lana Del Rey has finally unveiled Tropico, the Anthony Mandler-directed piece soundtracked by no less than 3 of her Born To Die: The Paradise Edition cuts, namely Body Electric, Gods And Monsters (our personal favorite) and Bel Air. After the masterpiece that the short film for Ride was, you could say we were pretty excited for this Tropico short film. Twenty-seven minutes of Lana and male model Shaun Ross in some kind of garden of Eden with the likes of Elvis, Marilyn Monroe and Jesus, the darker corners of LA and some typical American countryside affair – probably the three things that define Lana the most: inspired by icons, typically American and balancing with her darker self. She could not have finished the Born To Die era in a better way.
Leeds newcomers Adult Jazz surprise with Springful, a sweet and unusual debut single that jumps from this to that in just seconds of time but manages to be a coherent, very solid song in one way or another. Guitar jabs, indie pop melodies, experimental subtle electronics in the back, layered over with a sweet, indie rock vibe and fitting vocals, Springful is absolutely gorgeous and unique. In that way it’s quite jazzy, but above all this is a true jam.
She came, she saw, she conquered. Lorde finishes off her year (literally hers, as in “she owned 2013”) with a video for Team, the centerpiece of Pure Heroine and next single of the now-17 phenomenon. Last night she performed a stunning rendition of Team live at the Aria Awards, today she unveils the actual video for the brilliant song.
"I don’t wanna be alone / I just wanna have someone / who laughes at my shit jokes / won’t break me when I’m already broken." Our heart runs wild once more for another of Clare Maguire's tracks in this new era of hers. Accompanied by nothing but a piano, the 20-something shares another glimpse of her heart with Whenever You Want It, a stunning thing that just grabs you instantly.
London’s latest darling Rosie Lowe gives us something truly special in form of her debut EP Right Thing, a wondrous, captivating and elevating affair of crossover beauty. With some help from some of today’s most forward-pushing yet sound-setting Dave Okumu and Kwes, the starlet creates her own little piece of magic.
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