New Track: Clementine & The Galaxy – “Heart Shaped Box”

 

New space-pop duo Clementine & The Galaxy is stirring up quite a buzz of late. Some folks may recognize lead singer Julie Hardy as having performed as part of the dazzling miss Ellie Goulding’s band.

Yesterday, the two released a new single called “Heart Shape Box,” which is a breathy electro-pop joy of a time. The vocals give us hints of Bjork and Florence Welch – nothing to mess with there. This definitely needs to be on a soundtrack somewhere. Awesome vibes.

With four NYC dates coming up in the next month (see below) – including an invite only video release party that we’ll be sure to be snooping around at – the momentum is clearly just building.

Tour Dates
9/28 – Arlene’s Grocery – New York, NY (w/ Futurist)
10/09 – Flux Studios – New York, NY (Video Release Party!)
10/16 – Alphabet Lounge – New York, NY (CMJ)
10/18 – Rockwood Music Hall – New York, NY (CMJ)

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New Release: Meiko – ‘The Bright Side’

 

One of the fortunate handful of artists to be discovered via MySpace, Georgian folk pop singer Meiko recently released her make-you-feel-all-gooey-inside sophomore album The Bright Side. And yes, her cooing vocal style is definitely reminding us heavy of one of our other favorite gals, Ellie Goulding.

While you may first think Ellie, don’t get it twisted – the sweet toned lass cites a slew of influences that include Patty Griffin, Sade, The Cranberries, Fiona Apple, Indigo Girls, Nina Simone, and Portishead, for starters.

For those unfamiliar, get a taste of Meiko’s sound via the below video for the album’s leading track “Leave The Lights On.” Quite forward lyricism from the sweet young lady – watch out for the nice ones!

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Video: Janelle Monae – “Cold War” + “Move On Up” (Live at the Nobel Peace Concert)

 

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The lovely Janelle Monae was awarded the incredible honor to perform at this year’s Nobel Peace Concert in Oslo, Norway alongside some highly revered artists such as Angelique Kidjo, Jill Scott, and Ellie Goulding, amongst several other artists from around the world.

Above is Janelle’s amazingly heartfelt performance of “Cold War,” which was also reportedly accompanied by performances of “Tightrope” and the Jackson 5‘s “I Want You Back.”

After the jump, you can find the entire cast of artists performing Curtis Mayfield‘s “Move On Up.” Brilliant.

Many thanks to our folks at Okayplayer for putting us on to this one.

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Ellie Goulding Unleashes Remixes of “Lights” + Tour Dates

 

Gearing up for her stateside tour, Ellie Goulding has released 9 remixes of her smash hit, “Lights” from her debut album. The remixes feature a variety of contributors: Drop Lamond, Fernando Garibay, Captain Cuts, Ming, RAC, Bassnectar, MK Charlee, Max Gordon, and Shook. Above, find the video for the Bassnectar remix. While “Part 2″ of the remixes are currently only circling the DJ circuit, “Part 1″ is available for purchase! All remixes, however, are streaming on the Giant Step Jukebox.

This spring, Ellie made headlines when she was personally asked by William and Kate to play at the royal wedding where she performed a gorgeous cover of Elton John’s “Your Song.” May followed with performances on Saturday Night Live and Live With Regis and Kelly. Ellie’s “The Lights Tour” commences July 23rd in Atlanta and wraps in late August. Find tour dates after the jump!

Buzznet recently did a video interview with the “folktronica songstress,” which touches on everything from unicorns to Drake to Nachos. The London Evening Standard also caught up with the seeming overnight sensation to discuss the royal wedding and her journey thus far.

Ellie Goulding – “Lights” (Drop Lamond Remix)
 

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Ellie Goulding’s Debut Lights Released Today

Having already conquered her native Britain with the biggest and fastest selling debut album of 2010, Lights, which premiered at No. 1 on the U.K. album chart with four hit singles and earned a BRIT award, singer-songwriter Ellie Goulding is ready to make a similar splash in America. Lights, released in the US today, is infused with Ellie’s sparkling electro-folk-pop sound that mixes heartfelt emotion with other-worldly atmospherics.

While Ellie tours across North America from festival to festival, she’ll be stopping in New York, naturally. That Webster Hall show on March 24th is Sold Out, but you can enter to win a pair of lucky tix.

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