Browsing Tag

niia

Music

Electus, Niia, Kygo, Duke Dumont & 10 More Artists: New Music Monday, 3.23.15

March 23, 2015

electusIt’s been 90 degrees outside in L.A. lately, but the cover of Electus‘ new Musical Hallucinations album – along with its 22 tracks – is anything but spring-y.

The vocal-free chillstep compilation is dark and mysterious, taking you on a more than 90-minute listening journey. I included “Imaginary Friend” on today’s New Music Monday playlist, but each of the songs on the album are of a similar nature.

For something a little more upbeat, I recommend Duke Dumont‘s “The Giver” and “Stole the Show,” by Kygo, who has been consistently keeping the dance hits coming. And hey, look who’s back! Kylie Minogue‘s lil sis Dannii released her first dance-pop track in years. “Summer of Love” is sure to get you all hyped up for – well – the summer.

Niia brings her vocal A-game with “Davids House,” while DJ Sneak flaunts his authentic house style with “Tribal Sexy.”

Charles Hamilton and Rita Ora represent for Fox’s Empire with “New York Raining,” while Zimmer keeps that hip-hop sound flowing with “Down Low.”

Listen to the playlist below for 14 new tracks, which also include songs by Pusha T, About the Girl and George Fitzgerald:

[divider_flat]

Music Angelenos

Grammys 2015: Inside the Parties and the Backstage Official Gift Lounge

February 9, 2015

The MusiCares and Clive Davis pre-Grammy parties are annually the events most bustling with stars leading up to music’s biggest night – but that doesn’t mean they are the only fun happenings.

From hearing live performances by The Weeknd and Childish Gambino, to catching a DJ set by HAIM, there was plenty to see, do (and hear) this weekend, before everyone said cheers to last night’s big winner Sam Smith with specialty cocktails by Ciroc, the official toast of the Grammys!

My festivities kicked off on Thursday at the El Rey Theatre in L.A., where Rolling Stone and Google Play joined forces to put on a primarily hip-hop filled night with a killer DJ set by Samantha Ronson (who spun mostly throwback classics, ranging from Aaliyah and Mya, to Nelly and Jermaine Dupri), followed by live performances by The Weeknd and Childish Gambino. As guests – including Emma Roberts, French Montana and Leona Lewis – sipped on cocktails and munched on tray-passed finger foods, they could view some of the magazine’s most iconic covers, which continuously scrolled on the upper walls (including my favorite, which featured Shannen Doherty, Luke Perry and Jason Priestley).

Photo credit: Jeff Kravitz/FilmMagic for Google

Photo credit: Jeff Kravitz/FilmMagic for Google

Photo credit: Jeff Kravitz/FilmMagic for Google

Photo credit: Jeff Kravitz/FilmMagic for Google

Photo credit: Jeff Kravitz/FilmMagic for Google

Photo credit: Jeff Kravitz/FilmMagic for Google

Friday was an evening to remember at downtown L.A.’s picturesque Spanish Mediterranean Hotel Figueroa, where guests, including Calvin Harris, Madeon, Yacht, Local Natives and Twin Shadow hung poolside, taking in the sounds of a live performance by Niia, a DJ set by Alana and Este Haim and a DJ set by Childish Gambino for Opening Ceremony and The dFm‘s pre-Grammy celebration. From the very beginning to the end, the party was packed with some of the city’s most stylish music lovers and industry elite.

Photo credit: Joel Marasagan

Photo credit: Joel Marasagan

Photo credit: Joel Marasagan

Photo credit: Joel Marasagan

Photo credit: Joel Marasagan

Photo credit: Joel Marasagan

DFMGrammyView

Photo credit: Joel Marasagan

Photo credit: Joel Marasagan

Photo credit: Joel Marasagan

On Saturday, up-and-coming rapper Bryce Vine used his charismatic stage presence, upbeat music style and adorable boyish looks to win over the intimate crowd at Bootsy Bellows in West Hollywood during a private show. Guests at the event, which featured additional on-the-rise musical talents, sipped on hosted cocktails made with new soda beverage Caffeinated Club, a mixer with zero calories, no sugars and no artificial sweeteners.

After Sunday’s show, I started off at Create nightclub in Hollywood, where the King of Crunk himself, Lil Jon, took over the turntables for an approximate 90-minute DJ set, playing everything from his own hits to Eminem‘s “Lose Yourself.” Attendess at the party, hosted by Pandora radio and T-Mobile, munched on an endless supply of tray-passed bites, including lobster ceviche and pork belly tacos.

Following that event, I made my way downtown to the Continental Club, a chic loungey spot that featured a lengthy live performance by best R&B album nominee Bernhoft, who hails from Norway. I wasn’t really familiar with his music before, but his sexy soul-pop vibe has me newly smitten. The event, which also celebrated the launch of Keurig 2.0, provided all kinds of coffee-mixed specialty cocktails, a slew of various deserts (donuts and cake pops galore) and lite bites.

Photo credit: Chris Weeks

Photo credit: Chris Weeks

Photo credit: Chris Weeks

Photo credit: Chris Weeks

Photo credit: Chris Weeks

Photo credit: Chris Weeks

Throughout the weekend, in between show rehearsals and other various things going on at Staples Center, where the big event took place, celebrities (including Usher, Common, LL Cool JBastille and Maddie Ziegler) made their way backstage to the official Grammy gift lounge presented by MTG. They snagged all kinds of goodies, ranging from New Era caps and Gibson guitars, to robotic toys by WowWee, crystal pendants from SIS by Simone I. Smith and a plethora of other gadgets and fine items.

Photo credit: Lily Lawrence/WireImage

Photo credit: Lily Lawrence/WireImage

The 57th Annual GRAMMY Awards - GRAMMY Gift Lounge - Day 1

Photo credit: Lily Lawrence/WireImage

The 57th Annual GRAMMY Awards - GRAMMY Gift Lounge - Day 1

Photo credit: Lily Lawrence/WireImage

Photo credit: Lily Lawrence/WireImage

Photo credit: Lily Lawrence/WireImage

What was your favorite Grammy event this weekend? And what did you think of the show itself? Shoutout in the comments below!

[divider_flat]

Music

Wolfgang Gartner, Midnight Faces, Jasmine V and More! New Music Monday, 11.10.14

November 10, 2014

WolfgangGartnerWe all know Mondays can be brutal, but hearing Wolfgang Gartner and Bobby Saint‘s new track “Unholy” makes me want to jump out of bed and hit the gym, getting my week started off just right! The melodic tune is heavy on the disco and (thankfully) light on the bass – an easy listen for anyone!

Cut Copy put together a nice little treat for their fans. The four-man synthpop group compiled Oceans Apart, a 19-song collection by artists who are currently popular in their hometown Melbourne, but not particularly known in the states. I’m loving Knightlife‘s “Don’t Stop.”

I’m totally impressed with Jasmine V‘s “Walk Away,” from her just-released That’s Me Right There EP. The song is the perfect combo of R&B, dubstep and everything in-between. In other words, definitely not boring.

I’m kind of loving everything this week. Haim lending their voices on Calvin Harris‘s “Pray to God” is golden, as is RAC‘s always-dependable remixing skills on Young & Sick‘s “Ghost of a Chance.” And I have no idea where Pr0files, Huntar and Niia came from, but their music is quite pretty and very fall-y (even if the weather is not!).

Check out the list of 10 new songs below!

[divider_flat]