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.
Fast rising star Ben Khan doesn’t fuzz around much but all he does is create (more and more) buzz. New track Savage focuses a lot more on his vocals contrary to Drive (Part I) and Eden, but the production is equally off-setting and brilliant as his previous efforts. With every track, he puts himself apart from first-made comparison Jai Paul (compared to which he already released more tracks in 3 months than Jai Paul did in 3 years), as his sound as far more focusing on those break-beat-esque drum patterns (of course we love both).
Fresh from being long listed for BBC’s annual and prestige Sound of 2014, the name on everybody’s lips Sam Smith has unveiled his proper debut single of his proper debut full-length. Money On My Mind has hints of his Naughty Boy collab La La La, but the instant-hit thing was produced by none other than Two Inch Punch (who is on a roll lately). The chorus is big as the Kilamanjaro, with his already distinctive voice being slightly auto-tuned to chorus-perfection. Even if Sam Smith doesn’t win the BBC thing, he will easily be recognized as one of our generation’s biggest vocalists.
The inevitable has happened: shadowy songstress Banks has covered musical partner The Weeknd. Her take on What You Need, live in session from the Maida Vale studios for Zane Lowe, is as sexy and classy as you expect it to be. The rest of the session is as captivating as the cover, and yes, we needed to use that picture of her in a bra to accompany this because y’know, it’s what you need.
Lioness (both on looks and how she’s going to dominate the radio airwaves in 2014) Ella Eyre jumps on her prey in Deeper (what a song) b-side Going On, a cover of Gnarls Barkley’s hit song. The flair of the original stays there, but Ella adds her own roar to the soul-infused pop jam. Premiering here at DN, this is just the next step in Ella Eyre’s path to leader of the pop-pack.
After putting the world wibe web on fire with a pair of demos earlier this year, Brighton duo IYES are properly lighting their fire with debut single 'Til Infinity. Even though the first seconds hint to the drum pattern of Sleigh Bells, the rest of the song is far more slick, detailed and non-stereo-breaking. The slickness is at odds with the ecstatic feeling 'Til Infinity gives you on its first (and many more) listens, a thing that makes you scream their name out loud (AAAH-YES).
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