Betty Who: Slow Dancing EP

April 16th, 2014 by

Betty Who

The popularity from her first EP, The Movement, has sent Australian-born popstar Betty Who soaring into her sophomore EP, Slow Dancing, which was released last week. Working again with producer Peter Thomas, and a little help from Ghost Beach, she has stunningly crafted the beauty that is Slow Dancing.

Both ambient and reminiscent of a time once past, Who’s pop tunes lure the listener in with her tasty hooks, and then proceeds to harpoon them in the feels.  Her lyrics, sad or happy, are accompanied with the 80s backbeat that makes her stand out over all contemporary pop singers.  Her voice reminds me of the haze on a summer morning — light, but clingy, giving her voice a body of its own.

Slow Dancing starts off strong with her single, “Heartbreak Dream”, which will have you bopping your head and flailing around in pure ecstasy, even though having somber lyrics. The guitar solo in “Alone Again” is very tasty.  Who’s hooks are just pure genius, you’ll be listening to her tracks on repeat for a while, I assure you.

My favorite song is the only song on this EP that was written solely by Betty Who: “Silas”.  It’s a slow, yet powerful love ballad. This song finishes off Slow Dancing on a very sorrowful, but epic note.  Who’s vocals are stripped bare in “Silas”, and are a testament to just how amazing she is.  Betty Who’s popularity is certainly on the rise, with her U.S. Tour and the release of Slow Dancing, the spotlight will continue to shine on her.

I’m seeing her live tomorrow, and unsurprisingly, the show is sold out. Check out Slow Dancing here:

The Black Keys | Turn Blue

April 15th, 2014 by

The Black Keys are a little under a month away from their eighth studio album release titled True Blue. The Danger Mouse produced album comes three years after their last release El Camino and on the first two singles, “Fever” and the title track “Turn Blue”, we see the band experimenting as they grow. “Turn Blue” is a mellow, psychedelic influenced  gem, a bit less gritty than some of the earlier music the group is known for. It’s also a good sign of what’s to come next month. Watch out for the album’s official release date on May 5th.

The God Complex – Goldlink

April 14th, 2014 by

The God Complex

Filled with soulful lyrics and novel hip-hop instrumentals, Goldlink’s new EP “The God Complex” is unlike any other tape to come out this year. Goldlink classifies his genre of music as Future Bounce, something his friends over at Soulection are familiar with. The God Complex is a refreshing reminder to hip-hop and rap that a great sound can include lyrical content, as many rappers today may not understand. Track 3, “Bedtime Story,” provides a great example of Goldlink’s fresh new sound. With his new school feel and flawless, old-school inspired flow, Goldlink has put together a 2014 hip-hop gem that shouldn’t be overlooked.

Unspeakable Records: Unspeakable Volume One

April 13th, 2014 by

Our homegirl Dot from Team Supreme and Alphapup has got herself some mother stripes here, giving birth to her very own record label. Silently titled, Unspeakable Records is  a platform for female electronic artists, coming from all places geographicaly and stylistically imaginable. Volume One is an awesome hot air balloon across that scenic world, with turbulent winds that bounce and bang and propel your imagination and body. Let go of the ropes, press play and let yourself float.