We’re a few months behind the times but we’ve just come across this great duo/band from Florida in the US (the single was released last December!). This is a great song – we look forward to exploring some other music from Whole Damn Mess’ (@wholedamnmess) debut album The Queen and the Outcast.
Read a great album about them and the album here. A beautiful story!
Its Friday so its time for five brand new tracks to get their first spin on the hour every hour from 9am. We’ll keep playing these tracks on New Zealand Net Radio, home of streaming radio ad free 24/7 throughout New Zealand.
Sabrina Carpenter & Jonas Blue – Alien
Sabrina Carpenter is another pop singer with a Disney Channel background, created with British producer Jonas Blue. The song is from a forthcoming album, nice piece of pop.
Halsey ft Big Sean and Stefflon Don – Alone
This is a bit of ‘old’ and new – this song was featured on Halsey’s album from last year hopeless fountain kingdom this remis features Big Sean and UK rapper Stefflon Don. This was a good song already, described by Halsey as “Jay-Z in Great Gatsby vibes”.
Tyron Hapi & Liam Ferrari – I Like The Way
Great production from Tyron Hapi and Liam Ferrari’s vocals charm as usual. Hailing from Australia (but is Hapi a Maori surname?) these artists are really going places – Tyron’s recent track Anyway ft Mimosa went gold.
Leon Bridges – Bet Ain’t Worth The Hand
Leon Bridge’s debut album, 2015’s Coming Home was criticised for being a bit too backward looking (not a problem here! This song off his forthcming album Good Thing showcases his rich voice with great production.
The Decembrists – Once In My Life
From their new album I’ll Be Your Girl this track has the foundation of folk rock the band are known for, but with a synth rev up from producer John Congleton. Keeps things interesting …
These guys have been around for a few years and have hit our playlist with this nice new cruisy pop single. Hovering near the top of the iTunes New Zealand chart it has the makings of a ‘smash hit’. They’ve toured the world and have accumulated over 12 million streams on Spotify, no mean feat. Their first album was released back in 2009 and a lot of their music has a reggae vibe – this one is more ‘poppy’ and we really like it!
This great new single from the trio of siblings (older brother Jamie left in 2016). Echosmith’s (@echosmith) last hit single was back in 2015 (remember Cool Kids) but this one has a good chance of repeating the feat. See what you think! Love the cover photo by the way.
What So Not is a project from Australian producer Chris Emerson. He’s been performing for a few years but has just released his first album Not All the Beautiful Things. This is one of the tracks, featuring legendary 80s band Toto (Africa, Hold the Line etc). There are some other interesting collaborations on the album – look out for further tracks in coming weeks on New Zealand Net Radio.
Robinson – Nothing To Regret
We are very excited about this hot pop number from Robinson. This track follows up a couple from late last year. Aged 21 Robinson has had an incredible opportunity to work with some real industry pros. She’s obviously living a globetrotting lifestyle. The girl from Nelson said about this song:
Written one night in New York, ‘Nothing to Regret’ is an ode to the dance party in your living room and living for the weekend. So excited to have it out in the world now, I hope you like it.
Thanks for asking- we do!
Alison Wonderland – No
We’ve already been enjoying CHURCH, now comes another single off Alison’s forthcoming album Awake (her second). She says:
NO IS ABOUT FAKE PEOPLE WHO ENABLE, TELLING U YES ALL THE TIME BUT I WILL ALWAYS BE REAL W U
She just tweeted:
I just found out that I am the highest billed female in history to DJ at @coachella
A well deserved accolade!
Kylie Minogue – Stop Me From Falling
Our last antipodean treat is from old hand Kylie Minogue. A single from her forthcoming 14th studio album. We were pleasantly surprised by Dancing, the first single and this one is also a cracker. Will be interesting to see what the critics say but in the end who cares – this one got the feet tapping.
Jukebox The Ghost – Fred Astaire
And now for our token US artist – and for the first time a week to week repeat. Last week we featured Everybody’s Lonely, this week an interesting number with some retro flourishes to take us back to the time of Fred Astaire, the 1940s theme keeps coming through. Fred died in 1987, an absolutely legendary entertainer for most of the 20th century as a singer and dancer. A very suitable image in this song:
When I dance like I don’t care, you call me Fred Astaire
Another fine piece of pop from Cheat Codes (@cheatcodesmusic), backing beautiful vocals from Kiiara. Born in 1995 (real name Kiara Saulters, named after the Lion King character???) she released her debut major label single Gold in 2015. She has collaborated with Linkin Park on Heavy (on our playlist). Enjoy!
A great new single from US duo Sofi Tukker (@sofitukker), Sophie explained on Twitter:
Baby I’m A Queen” is about embracing tumultuousness and vulnerability. Just because you are vulnerable doesn’t mean you have to let yourself be belittled or infantilized. (Why is “baby” the default nickname?) We are strong and empowered because we cry, because we desire, and because of what is chaotic about us. This song is about standing up as powerful and strong because of that courage to share ourselves. It’s about being both a baby and a queen at the same time.
A new album TREEHOUSE (yes their capitals) is coming next month.
Years & Years (@yearsandyears) released their debut album in 2015, debuting on the UK Album Chart at No.1. They have been on hiatus since 2016 but recently lead singer Olly Alexander announced they had been working on new music with the ubiquitous Julia Michaels and Justin Tranter. This is the first release and a very nice number too!
A product of the Britain’s Got Talent gristmill, Calum Scott (@calumscott) began writing his own songs. The process of creating his first album was delayed as he realised he needed to write from a position of honesty, especially about his sexuality. Newly released Only Human is the result of that process. Although this song isn’t a big single, we think its a standout number. Calum commented about it on Twitter:
“written about the desperation of love. Those situations when the other person puts up their walls and won’t let you in. Sometimes you just need something to work with, some sort of signal to show it’s worth the fight.”