It took me a few hours to brave up and finally hit that Youtube play button, but I'm glad I did. "In Common" is the first Alicia Keys song, in many years, that I actually like--a lot... and after two full listens I even made my way over to the iTunes store to legally purchase it (rarely happens with mainstream music!) It's got a nice tropical production thanks to Illangelo (the man behind The Weeknds stellar mixtape trilogy who also co-wrote "IN Common") and AK's vocals comes off gentler than usual (her screaming on "Girl On Fire" had me running for the hills) making her melodies more intoxicating. Good vibes all around and now it's just time for Summer to back this track up.
04 May 2016
03 May 2016
AlunaGeorge's buzz is stronger than ever as the UK duo prepares to drop their highly anticipated second album, I Remember. And of course, the fashion folks are getting in on the hype too with Emporio Armani tapping Aluna Francis and George Reid as their guest performers at the "Emporio Armani Sounds” party held this past Thursday in Madrid. The Italian fashion house caught up with AG before their exclusive performance for a fun short video showcasing some of their Italian tourists adventures and to discuss tour outfits and backstage shenanigans--via Hunger TV.
*all photos via wwd.com*
28 April 2016
27 April 2016
As a hat fanatic, I'm always on the 'Gram looking for something new and fresh to rock on top of my little head. And thanks to one of my hat addict friends I follow (shout out to my girl Luisa Fernanda Espinosa!) I was recently hipped to the L.A. based artisanal hat making company of Gladys Tamez Millinery.
Finding a "cool looking hat" to stay in trend is an easy thing to do these days, but what's most important when choosing one -- is QUALITY. And that's what Gladys Tamez is all about. Combining couture with ready-to-wear, their handmade hats are picked from some of the finest sources around the world--with their Fall/Winter looks being made of fine rabbit staple and panama straw for their summer looks. And if it's next level luxury you're looking for, then their Bespoke option is available as well.
Gladys Tamez's Instagram page is always full of haute snaps featuring models, celebs and everyday chicas... check out a few of my faves below.
Cassie in Gladys Tamez
Lady Gaga in Gladys Tamez
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The hotness is everywhere on this new Shit Robot. Which is what happens when great talent links with other great talent. "Lose Control" features the vocal support of the ever-so-fly Nancy Whang, who sounds incredible against Shit's machine driven production. Deep electronic music at it's finest right here! Mr. Robot's got a new LP dropping on Friday (April 29th) called What Follows. After listening to this, I'll be checking for that--for sure.
To list a few reason as to why I think Payfone is everything: They're a duo from East London and their name is extra sick; they're signed to a New York label called Golf Channel Records, which is also sick;. there's some mystique behind them--and I'm always into that; and most importantly, they make some of the most intense and deepest beats ever, therefore doing disco allll the justice.
Payfone's latest and 4th EP, Catholic Central, features an A-side that bangs disgustingly hard. Influenced by a mix of vintage disco and deep house, it co-stars an Argentinian songstress named Pia Gonzalez Antar who brings the sexiness to a boiling point as she recalls the dark details of a past relationship with her former lover. And there's visuals for Side A too. Directed by Chieka Ononye who is 1/2 of Payfone. So really, it's just like win on win with these guys.
26 April 2016
25 April 2016
Pesky "Soundcloud coming to an end rumors" or not, I really do love that site and it's because on any given night, you just never know what kind of hotness you're gonna come up on. Like this Brighton songstress called Alyss and her self produced debut single "The Talking Palm Tree"... I just happened on it by way of chance--and now just like that, I'm hooked on her. After doing some digging, I learned that Alyss has previously done collabo work with favored artists like Snakeships and SG Lewis, but she's prepping to drop her first EP Answers on April 29th. So technically, I'm right on time with this one.
A fantastic solo intro that you can check below.. and I also threw in another track she's featured on called "Get Enough" produced by a girl named Chole Martini (more on her later)... a real chill R&B joint that has me lovin slow jams like it's the 90's again.
This guy just continues to amaze me. Mostly because everything I hear from him is so unique and so good. I never know how far he's gonna take it in one song; production wise//vocal wise, it's just so perfectly left-field without at all feeling contrived. Heavily loving his "Big Bad Wolf" track which now has visuals being shown exclusively on NOWNESS.