Browsing Tag

robyn

Music

6 New Electropop Albums to Tide You Over If You’re Impatiently Waiting for Robyn’s Honey

October 10, 2018

We knew the wait for Robyn’s brand new album was going to be painful, but it’s borderline agonizing over here.

Honey finally drops Fri., Oct. 26—and luckily, we’ve managed to find solace in a few other hard-hitting electropop albums released this year. If you’re also on the edge of your seat, below are a few recommendations to get you through the wait!

Tove Styrke – Sway

Tove Styrke's "Sway"
Fellow Swedish pop princess Tove Styrke is, dare I say, a mini Robyn. There’s definitely more to her latest feel-good pop album than meets the eye, though. Bubbly and electric on the surface, it takes a slow dive into human connection, vulnerability and some of life’s toughest lessons, all while remaining 100% danceable. She uses the intensity of her emotions to create bold, relatable music. It instantly felt like we were best friends after hearing this album—she just gets it.

[divider_flat]

Ralph – A Good Girl

A Good Girl by Ralph

Ralph is a majorly stylish songstress who stole our attention after releasing “Cold to the Touch” last year. After hitting our ears, we instantly knew she was a new favorite go-to when we really want to groove. Naturally, her debut full-length album didn’t disappoint. Filled with heavy synths, ’80s guitar riffs and a flare for disco, it gives a stage to romance, heartbreak and everything in between. We know this strong but smooth debut is going to take her career to new heights.

[divider_flat]

Lauv – I met you when I was 18. (the playlist)

I met you when I was 18. (the playlist)

Although “I Like Me Better” is the most well-known track on this album, we recommend giving this whole collection a listen. Tight bass lines, warm synths and amazingly layered vocals wash over you, as songwriter Ari Straprans Leff takes you on his sonic journey in love. We think it’s safe to say this record is a total game changer in the electropop genre.

[divider_flat]

Lykke Li – so sad so sexy

so sad so sexy by Lykke Li

Lykke Li is the queen of sad pop and we dare you to tell us otherwise. She reinvented her sound a bit this time around with a few more noticeable hip-hop and electronic influences throughout the album—not to mention, the woman’s insane harmonies on the opening spine-tingler “hard rain.”

[divider_flat]

Fickle Friends – You Are Someone Else

You Are Someone Else by Fickle Friends

With their debut full-length album, the UK’s Fickle Friends gives us all the infectious, get-up-and-dance tunes we’ll ever need in life. Bursting with energy, each song sounds like it’s straight off the Pretty in Pink soundtrack. They’ll even be playing the Teragram Ballroom in a few days, but, sadly, it’s sold out… of course.
Fickle Friends – You Are Someone Else

[divider_flat]

Pale Waves – My Mind Makes Noises

My Mind Makes Noises by Pale Waves

Okay, we’ve had this one on nonstop repeat since it came out a few weeks ago. We like to think of Pale Waves as a female-fronted The 1975. Glittering guitars, crisp synths and catchy hooks will fill your sonic soundscape on this record in a big way. It’s just asking to be blasted at night on your way down the 405.

[divider_flat]

Music

Robyn Releases First Single in 8 Years (Plus 26 Other Songs to Know in August)

August 1, 2018

If the quality of this playlist is any indication of how this month is going to go, then it’s going to be a good one!

Subdued and sultry, most of the songs that make up August’s new music selection don’t really fall into the sound of a typical summer month—but that’s ok, because this is one of my favorite playlists in a long time.

Before I get into everything else, I must acknowledge one very important tidbit of musical information: Robyn just released (as in an hour ago) her first single in eight years! Titled “Missing U,” fans of the Swedish electropop legend will be delighted to know nothing (as far as her sound is concerned) has changed since 2010’s Body Talk Pt. 2.

Now that I’ve got out of the way, the rest of the playlist is comprised of mostly moody melodies that may not kick up your dance party, but will certainly evoke emotion. Sizzy Rocket‘s “High,” Allie X‘s “Focus” and Cannons‘ “Round and Round” are pure beauties, as are Transviolet‘s “Undo” and Eli & Fur‘s “Something Is Real.”

If indeed you need a little pick-me-up, scroll down the list for Dillon Francis‘ “Never Let You Go,” Cosmo’s Midnight‘s “Polarised” and ARIZONA‘s “Freaking Out.”

For the full playlist of 27 fresh tracks, scroll below!

[divider_flat]

Music

Seven Lions, Chris Brown, Goodbye Tomorrow & 30 More Artists: New Music Monday!

August 17, 2015

seven-lions-falling-away-skyelyfeI have 33 new songs to share for today’s New Music Monday!

Lights is the perfect vocal accompaniment to Seven Lions‘ melodic “Falling Away,” and of course I am all over Chris Brown and Rita Ora‘s “Body On Me.” Ok, the song technically came out two weeks ago, but I feel like it hasn’t gotten enough play yet, so I’m still considering it brand new.

Dillon Francis has a new song “Coming Over” with Kygo – and if one new Kygo song isn’t enough, give a listen to Hamilton and Hedvig‘s “Trippin.” The sound has a striking resemblance to the “Cut Your Teeth” artist’s.

If rap or hip-hop is what you are craving, give a listen to Goodbye Tomorrow‘s “The Way,” B.o.B.‘s “Back and Forth,” Tory Lanez‘ “Say It,” and Mac Miller‘s “100 Grandkids.”

Check out the playlist below for a wide variety of EDM, indie-electro and pretty much everything else in-between from GEMS, Deorro, Allegories, Cazzette, Robyn, Duke Dumont, Michael Brun, Attlas and many more!

[divider_flat]

Music Uncategorized

Me & My Toothbrush, Tyga, Robyn & 14 More Artists: New Music Monday!

June 29, 2015

Me&MyToothbrushLike me, I’m sure many of you spent the weekend celebrating marriage equality! Well, just because it’s now Monday doesn’t mean the rejoicing needs to cease. I have 17 new tracks that are sure to get your week off to the right start! And we do have a holiday weekend ahead of us!

I have a pretty diverse selection of songs this week. For starters, I’ve got “A New Game,” which is an upbeat disco club track by Me & My Toothbrush. I can’t get enough of their music. It’s so my style.

Also in the dance category, Maduk and Nymfo bring you some melodic drum n bass with “Africa,” and NGHTMRE‘s remix of Tep No‘s “It’s Alright” is a track not to be missed! Speaking of Tep No, I’ve also included EZY Lima mix of his song “Pacing.” And Robyn fans, our favorite Swedish pop star puts her rapping skills on full display with “Love Is Free.”

Speaking of rap, remember Khia (from 2002’s “My Neck My Back” fame)? Well, I’ve included her latest sexually explicit release: “Yum Yum Sauce.” Tyga just released his latest album The Gold Album: 18t, so I’ve included the melodic “Down for a Min.” And Goodbye Tomorrow‘s bass-heavy “Pray 2 God” has been on constant replay.

Click the playlist below for this week’s New Music Monday compilation, which also includes variations of pop by Scavenger HuntLaces, Years & Years, Selena Gomez and more!

[divider_flat]

Music

PHOTOS: Swedish Electropop Singer Tove Styrke Takes Over the Troubadour!

May 22, 2015
Photo credit: Natalie Kanooni

Photo credit: Natalie Kanooni

America has found its latest Swedish sensation!

Following in the footsteps of Avicii, Robyn, Icona Pop, Miike Snow, Lykke Li – and the list goes on and on – Tove Styrke (not to be confused with Tove Lo, who is also from Sweden), is making a name for herself in the states.

Her career took off in Sweden all the way back in 2009, when she was a contestant on its version of American Idol. And now at only 22 years old, she’s proving she can make it as a worldwide star.

Photo credit: Natalie Kanooni

Photo credit: Natalie Kanooni

The electropop singer, who I included in this week’s New Music Monday, made an energetic debut at West Hollywood’s Troubadour last night, and she did not disappoint. Performing a handful of songs, including “Borderline,” “Brag” and “Even If I’m Loud, It Doesn’t Mean I’m Talking to You,” there was not a single body in the venue that wasn’t bouncing away to her infectious sound.

Luckily, I had fellow Tove Styrke fan Natalie Kanooni on hand to capture some of the action in photos. Enjoy the shots, and check out one of the adorable singer’s singles “Ego” below!:

Photo credit: Natalie Kanooni

Photo credit: Natalie Kanooni

[divider_flat]

Music

Grammy Nominees 2015: Here’s a Playlist of Skyelyfe’s Favorites

February 6, 2015

Little_Dragon_-_Nabuma_RubberbandAh, yes, Grammy weekend has arrived! My version of Oscars weekend. All music, all fun people, (mostly) non-stuffy parties.

With that in mind, here’s a playlist of my favorites of the Grammy nominees this year.  If you’ve read my previous posts, you obviously know how obsessed I am with X by Chris Brown, so it’s no shock that I am very excited about his nominations (best r&b performance, best r&b song, best urban contemporary album). How X wasn’t nominated for best album is beyond me, but I am happy with Beck‘s nomination in that category for Morning Phase. He is consistently golden.

I am also pleased with most of the dance/electronic nominations. Nabuma Rubberband is regularly on repeat, but then again, I’ve never complained about anything done by Little Dragon. Right up there with LD for best dance/electronic album is Royksopp and Robyn with Do It Again. 

And I am beyond thrilled about Schoolboy Q‘s nominations. His sound is so ridiculously on point. I am shocked that he hasn’t really blown up yet. He reminds me of the good, real rap from back in the day. I do wish “Man of the Year” had been nominated, though.

Here’s a list (and playlist) of my favs:

Haim – best new artist

Basement Jaxx – best dance recording (“Never Say Never”)

Clean Bandit f Jess Glynne  – best dance recording (“Rather Be”)

Duke Dumont f Jax Jones – best dance recording (“I got U”)

Little Dragon – best dance/electronic album (Nabuma Rubberband)

Royksopp & Robyn – best dance/electronic album (Do It Again)

Beck – best rock performance (“Blue Moon”), best rock song (“Blue Moon”), best rock album (Morning Phase), album of the year (Morning Phase)

Tom Petty & the Heartbreakers – best rock album (Hypnotic Eye)

Chris Brown f Usher & Rick Ross – best r&b performance, best r&b song (“New Flame”), best urban contemporary album (X)

Jhene Aiko – best r&b song (“The Worst”), best urban contemporary album (Sail Out)

Lecrae – best rap performance (“All I Need Is You”)

Schoolboy Q f BJ The Chicago Kid – best rap/sung collaboration (“Studio”), best rap album (Oxymoron)

I love Makonnen f Drake – best rap/sung collaboration (“Tuesday”)

[divider_flat]

Music

Skyelyfe’s Best & Worst of Music in 2014

November 15, 2014

BreezySome folks may beg to differ, but I’m just going to say it (in my own humble opinion, of course): 2014 was the most unsatisfying year in pop music that I can remember. Ok, Taylor Swift came through in the clutch at the end of the year with an album that took the world by storm. And there’s no denying that Ariana Grande is a cutie who can sing (even though her music doesn’t personally appeal to me). Obviously Sam Smith‘s music has a way with the ladies. And I have nothing but love for Tove Lo and Banks. But aside from that, hardly anything on the radio except for Chris Brown (despite his personal woes) resonated with me this year.

In the past, I could at least depend on a good hook in a commercial rap song to get me by, but even the so-called “hip-hop” this year was beyond laughable. Not only did every song sound the same, but I seriously can’t keep up with who anyone is or what gimmicky nonsense they’re talking about anymore. I mean, even Drake, who usually never lets me down, had me scratching my head in 2014.

That said, this is why I turn more and more to alternative avenues to find good music. From MØ‘s No Mythologies to Follow, to Tensnake‘s Glow, among many others, the year did indeed produce sounds that were rewarding to the ears.

Here is skyelyfe’s favorite and least favorite music in 2014:

10 LEAST FAVORITE SONGS (in order):

1. “Anaconda” – Nicki Minaj

2. “Rude” – Magic!

3. “All About That Bass” – Meghan Trainor

4. “Talk Dirty” – Jason Derulo

5. “Wiggle” – Jason Derulo feat. Snoop Dogg

6. “Don’t Tell ‘Em” – Jeremih feat. YG

7. “Problem” – Ariana Grande feat. Iggy Azalea

8. “Black Widow” – Iggy Azalea feat. Rita Ora

9. “Show Me” – Kid Ink feat. Chris Brown

10. “Happy” – Pharrell Williams

10 FAVORITE SONGS (in order):

1. “Slow Love” – MØ

2. “Love Sublime” – Tensnake feat. Nile Rodgers & Fiora

3. “Loyal” – Chris Brown feat. Lil Wayne & Tyga

4. “Main Chick” – Chris Brown feat. Kid Ink

5. “Busy Baby” – Tomas Barfod feat. Nina K

6. “All of You” – Betty Who

7. “Diamonds” – Lane 8 feat. Solomon Grey

8. “Bullet Train” – Gardens & Villa

9. “Self Control” – Kate Boy

10. “Dreaming” – The Knocks

15 FAVORITE ALBUMS (in order)

1. No Mythologies to FollowMØ

2. GlowTensnake

3. X (Deluxe Version)Chris Brown

4. BlondeGhost Beach

5. GoddessBanks

6. Queen of the CloudsTove Lo

7. Dunes – Gardens & Villa

8. Awake – Tycho

9. SinglesFuture Islands

10. Noise vs. Beauty Bassnectar

11. Take Me When You GoBetty Who

12. PolyphonyLogistics

13. Strangers, Part IIRAC

14. Nabuma RubberbandLittle Dragon

15. Down to EarthFlight Facilities

5 FAVORITE LIVE SHOWS OR ACTS (in order)

1. Cut Copy @ Lollapalooza in Chicago

2. DWNTWN/ASTR/The Knocks @ The Echo in L.A.

3. RAC/The Knocks (Something Classic Tour) @ The Fonda Theatre in L.A.

4. Robyn & Royksopp (Do It Again Tour) @ The Hollywood Bowl in L.A.

5. Future Islands @ Coachella in Indio, CA

While you anticipate what’s musically in store for 2015, here’s a playlist of my top 50 tracks of the year (in no particular order):

[divider_flat]

Music

Mansions on the Moon, Oh Land, Robyn and Much More: New Music Monday 10.27.14

October 27, 2014

NewMusicMonday102714Wow, what a great week of new music! It’s been love at first listen for me with Mansions on the Moon, so I am thrilled that they just released their full-length self-titled album. My favorite of the 10-track selection is “The Truth.”

Other great finds this week include “Head Up High” by Oh Land, “Real Love,” by Clean Bandit and Jess – and a different sound for Robyn, whose vocals are featured on Kindness‘ “Who Do You Love?”

This playlist of 10 new songs has the perfect combo of slow and upbeat, so hopefully there is something for everyone!

[divider_flat]