“Yes!” by recent signer to JD’s So So Def label sounds like a soon-to-be staple on mainstream urban radio, 106 & Park, your life, etc. The track sort of reminds a bit of Trey Songz or even Miguel, like the vocal will sound familiar to the listener in that way, but without sounding like a copycat of either of those dudes. Nice track.
Santell – Yes! (I Wanna Hear You Say)
Waves and Waves do a self-described “electro-space-folk” take on one of the b3sci team’s consensus favorite songs of ALL TIME. The quieter bits of the cover are especially good, almost Hope Sandoval-esque.
Waves and Waves – Knockin’ On Heaven’s Door (Bob Dylan)
“Domino”, new from LA singer-songwriter Lucy Schwartz, sounds pretty much exactly like its subject matter. The organ-driven track is a slow build, dominoes falling in line one-by-one, a build pulsing with a great dramatic tension laid on by subtle guitar and tom-tom drums. The melodies on “Domino” are great; but its been bugging me all day… – where have I heard that melodic resolve in the verse before? It’s not The Cranberries’ “Zombie”, although similar, ugh…. Help! Anyway, peep the track, you will like it. And look out for Lucy’s “Keep Me” EP out now.
Lucy Schwartz – Domino
Usually when an artist underwhelms with a release (Radiohead) a remix LP can’t be too far behind. But we like this. This is the sort of direction Gaga should’ve taken with the Born This Way record. Sort of pushing current electronic/r&b/pop into the mainstream. That’s how the iconic pop artists re-invent themselves and maintain relevance. They take a sound not quite yet in the mainstream they have ears on and make it mainstream. Gaga’s Born This Way remix LP is due December 6th.
Lady Gaga – Marry the Night (The Weeknd & Illangelo Remix)