Video: Tanya Lacey “T.H.E. (The Hardest Ever)”

 

[kml_flashembed movie="http://www.youtube.com/v/jU68l1TIpfQ" width="550" height="445" allowfullscreen="true" fvars="fs=1" /]

UK singer-songwriter Tanya Lacey is hurting ‘em with her versatility; from the dubby soul tune “Born To Fly” to the radio ready R&B of “Letter To My Ex,” and now some rap flexing on the danceable “T.H.E. (The Hardest Ever)” – Tanya is not playing any games.

As Tanya mentions in the video above, what’s special about “T.H.E.” is that she initially co-wrote it with Dallas Austin who then played it for the famed Will.I.Am. Sir Will liked it so much, that he threw Jennifer Lopez and Mick Jagger on the track and made it the lead single from his upcoming album, #willpower.

Tanya speaks on the track:

“This song is about me expressing some of the frustrations and ongoing conflicts you tend to experience as an artist in the industry. It’s about having a vision and overcoming obstacles through willpower and persistence.” She continues, “I’m an all or nothing kind of person so ‘go hard or go home’ pretty much sums up my attitude to my career and life in general.”

Facebook | Twitter | Official Site

New Tracks: Frank Ocean – “White” + “Whip Appeal”

 

Two Frank Ocean tracks have been floating around the internets recently, each with a distinct vibe. The first is “White,” Frank’s solo track on Odd Future’s The OF Tape, Vol. 2 release, which dropped last week. Accompanied by an understated Rhodes, sir Ocean fills the vacancy with a similarly toned story of loss and loneliness. Grab the compilation and you’ll get a couple other Frank features on there as well!

On the flip is “Whip Appeal,” a track meant for the official deluxe re-release of Nostalgia, Ultra (called Nostalgia, Lite), which now seems will be no more. The drum centric synthy tune will at minimum inspire an uncontrollable twitch, amidst dreamy lyrics about ‘pretty girls driving his sports car’ – since his license got suspended and all.

According to The Guardian, Frank’s decision to drop plans for the official release of Nostalgia, Lite only means a keener focus on his debut album to drop later this year. Ocean tells Complex, “I think it will be one of the biggest albums to come out in a while.” Go ahead, then!

Frank Ocean – “White”
 

Frank Ocean – “Whip Appeal”
 

Purchase The OF Tape, Vol. 2 on iTunes | Amazon

Twitter | Tumblr

Video: Escort – “Why Oh Why”

 

[kml_flashembed movie="http://www.youtube.com/v/p5agW6kQfj4" width="550" height="445" allowfullscreen="true" fvars="fs=1" /]

Brooklyn future disco outfit Escort is keeping it super funky on their “Why Oh Why” track, which is sure to have you snapping and twisting parts of your body you didn’t realize existed. The sound is a delicious mashup of progressive and throwback, oozing funky vibes that command a reaction. Watch the live performance based video above – retro action at its finest!

Purchase Escort on iTunes | Amazon

Facebook

New Track: The Mynabirds – “Generals” + MP3

 

Fronted by singer-songwriter Laura Burhenn, The Mynabirds are a Nebraska based band with enough attitude for the whole town. On the cusp of releasing their sophomore album, Generals on June 5th, The Mynabirds have released their title track to show you exactly how much business they mean.

Aptly naming the album after a Richard Avedon photo entitled “Generals of the Daughters of the American Revolution,” Generals is a concept album, which Burhenn aims to use as a positive vehicle to exercise her political frustration. Sonically, you can look out for tinges of PJ Harvey, Nina Simone, and David Bowie, with percussion heavy tunes borrowing from hip hop and African rhythms, resulting in a soulful brand of rock reminiscent of The Kills.

Take a listen to the track below and holler at the widget for your free download!

 

Facebook | Twitter | Official Site

Video: Sonnymoon – “Just Before Dawn”

 

[kml_flashembed movie="http://www.youtube.com/v/oe3e2bhLUwE" width="550" height="445" allowfullscreen="true" fvars="fs=1" /]

Another Sonnymoon tune to get lost to and we are so glad for it. There’s something so special about Anna’s echoey singsong that just floats over you along with the eerie grandeur of Dane’s sparse beats.

“Just Before Dawn” is somewhat epic, clocking in at eight minutes and fourteen seconds, journeying you through a couple audible stories before it’s completed its work.

Watch the variety of experience ‘just before dawn’ in the video above, and then revel in the separate, different yet still similar lives that unfold simultaneously around us minute by minute.

Purchase 2012 on iTunes | Amazon

Facebook | Twitter | Bandcamp