After releasing her fun and safe, T.I assisted single, ‘The Way I Feel’, Jennifer Hudson comes back pretty strong. Her new Timbaland assisted single ‘Walk It Out’, is a little more Rihanna flavored, but that doesn’t take away anything from Hudson, because lets be honest, the 2 don’t even compare. Jennifer Hudson shows us she can change her sound up and still sound amazing. I’m loving this track, definitely doing something she hasn’t done before. I want to hear more from this side, although her soulful ballad side is just as good, anyway take a listen below!
Lana Del Rey is back, from what seems like a long hiatus from the business, with her new single ‘West Coast’. This track is everything you would imagine a Lana track to be, a little haunting, mixed with a kind of R&B feel to it. I’m loving it, it sounds a bit different from what she has done her first time around, but she hasn’t lost her unique touch, especially with Lorde being such a huge success, she needs to keep this up. Looking forward to hearing what Lana has in store this time around.
Maverick Sabre is back ladies and gentlemen. His debut album Lonely Are The Brave was a definite smash, and now he releases his first single from his second album titled ‘Breathe’. This track shows a little less Sabre vocals, and more of his flow, it definitely sounds different from his first album. I’m not sure how I feel about the track just yet, but I have been a huge Sabre fan for a while now, and I’m sure this will grow. It’s not radio friendly like the smash ‘Let Me Go’, but I’m liking the stripped back style that he has going.
Watch out for Maverick Sabres second album!
One of my favorites MNEK has arrived, and powerfully might I add. ‘Every Little Word’ is guaranteed a smash hit, maybe not in the USA but definitely in the UK. This track definitely has an old school pop vibe that goes along with it mixed with a little funk. There is so much going on it is hard to just listen to it just once. MNEK will definitely be a huge success very soon, and I’m excited to hear what he has coming up in the future, and definitely looking forward to that debut album because I have wanted it for a while now.
After a 3 year break from the studio, Ed Sheeran has made quite the name for himself in those 3 years. From being nominated to Grammy’s, playing Sold out arenas worldwide, and even writing songs for megastars OneDirection. Ed Sheeran finally graces us with actual new music, his previous album +, was kind of a compilation of everything he has been working on while slowly building his name. His new album x is scheduled to be released in June, and this is the first single ‘Sing’.
‘Sing’ is definitely a track that keeps Ed’s classic acoustic fast talking sound accompanied with his hard hitting guitar beat. It kind of sounds like his first sound on steroids, which in my book is definitely worth the listen. As opposed to going the safe way and releasing an acoustic ballad for his first single, he takes it back to the old school roots and releases an upbeat ‘You Need Me, I Don’t Need You’ sounding track. The track was made alongside the talented Pharrell, and you can definitely hear his influences and maybe a little Justin Timberlake? Definitely towards the end with the falsetto. This track I feel is going to be one of the biggest tracks of 2014.
If this is what is to come out of his second album, I’m definitely all for this!
Take a listen below!
Got so busy with things, I realized I forgot to feature one of my long time favorites, now months old, video ‘Stormy Weather’. Jody Brock is someone I’ve been following for years now, and I will continue to throw all my support his way because he deserves all of it. ‘Stormy Weather’ is one of his originals but if you’re still not sold on him, check out his many acoustics on his youtube page because they are just as good. Anyway, not much else to say, but this guy is doing big things and you should join the ride!
Another talent that SBTV has highlighted for me named JP Cooper. This guy is more acoustic sounding but you can’t deny that voice on him. JP doesn’t have much going on yet as far as tracks go, he has a couple up on his soundcloud but other than that, you just have to stick to youtube videos for now. The song he is seen above ‘What went wrong’ is probably my favorite that I’ve heard from him so far. Once again, I can’t really say much yet, but keep an eye out on this guy too, big things are coming his way.
SBTV is one of my favorite online sources for new artists, sadly they are mostly all from the UK, but I’ll take a good singer when I can get one, and Ed Thomas is that guy. He was featured on a Chase & Status track titled ‘Blue’, and as seen above, he can do it justice acoustically too. Ed has an EP out titled Outlaws which can be heard at his official website. Other than his EP, he doens’t have anything else out or planned to be released soon, but I would keep an eye on this guy, he is going down the right track!
A little slow on this post, but I figured better late then never! Sam Smith is genius and this song just proves he can do no wrong. I absolutely can’t wait for this album and hopefully a USA tour to follow!
I have been raving about Sam Smith since I discovered his collab with disclosure, and it hasn’t died down yet. Sam Smith is set to release his debut album In The Lonely Hour this May, and I couldn’t be more excited! He graces us with another vocally amazing single titled ‘Stay With Me’ in which he swoons us over a light piano track, occasionally accompanied by a church choir as background vocals.
In addition Sam Smith is set to perform on Saturday Night Live this weekend, which will in turn cause his blowup in the USA. Although it is much deserved, I am sad that ticket prices for his tour will be quite expensive due to the blowup.
Anyway, take a listen and get lost below!