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Dance Your Way Through December With New Music from AlunaGeorge, Zara Larsson and 30 Additional Artists

December 1, 2016

alunageorge-blow-you-upFirst of all, yes, it really is December.

Secondly, when I think about this month, I think of either holiday tunes, Frank Sinatra or very, very mellow, stay-in-bed-all-day kinds of sounds.

Well, consider this year different, because most of the new material I’ve uncovered in the last month is pretty upbeat. So even if it’s raining outside, you can host your own dance party inside. 

AlunaGeorge and Zara Larsson bring it with fresh, upbeat electro-pop tunes, while a usual skyelyfe favorite Bearson released an equally lively “One Step at a Time” with Natalola. And if additional electronic music is what you crave, Seven Lions‘ “Cold Skin” and Marshmellow‘s “Ritual,” among others, also make up this list.

Pop lovers will dig Little Mix‘s empowering love anthem “Nothing Else Matters,” while The Weeknd, Vallis Alps, Day Wave and LIV slow things down with new songs as well. And skyelyfe’s pal Genesee released “Block Party,” featuring lolo.

Click the playlist below and get the party started:

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Year In Music: Here’s a Playlist (with Explanations) of My Top 25 Tracks of 2015

December 28, 2015

Fav_tracks_2015_skyelyfeIt was the very beginning of 2015, and Chris Brown and Tyga‘s “Ayo” was the first new radio song I’d heard of the year. I remember driving down the 405 with so much energy, thinking, “Wow, I love this song!”

Well, nothing’s changed since that fateful January day, and the carefree club track has remained not only my favorite song of 2015, but among my top five in the last five years.

But I obviously didn’t limit my listening to just that one track, and below is my list (actual Spotify playlist at the very bottom) and explanations of the 25 songs that best managed to bring a smile to my face this year. Note: These are in no particular order (well, except for #1 of course).

1. “Ayo” – Chris Brown & Tyga

If you’ve ever been with me in an uber, house party or anywhere with an auxiliary cord or some kind of Spotify connection this year, then I’m certain you know this song from start to finish. “Ayo” was definitely my anthem of 2015, and even with the new year upon us, I am certain this will forever remain a going-out classic.

2. “All I Need” – Sneaky Sound System

This song didn’t come out until the end of this year, but it wasted no time making its rounds on my Spotify spins. Sneaky Sound System (who now apparently just goes by Sneaky) has never let me down, and this uplifting song is no exception.

3. “Middle” – DJ Snake & Bipolar Sunshine

I was surprised this incredible track never made much of the radio rounds, following the immense success of Snake’s “Lean On.” “Middle” is far superior in my opinion, but it’s probably for the better that it hasn’t been played out (yet).

4. “Bad” – Alexx Mack

Not to be confused with former Nickelodeon character Alex Mack, this young lady, who I had the pleasure of interviewing back in February, brings out edgy pop at its finest. I fell in love with her sound after hearing “Bad,” and everything she’s released since has been nothing short of fabulous fun!

5. “Talk to Myself” – Avicii

I was really impressed with Avicii’s eclectic Stories album, which pleasantly took a little detour from that strictly country sound he had been going with in his previous material. “Talk to Myself” was my favorite from his latest project, and it definitely received a high dose of my Spotify spins during the month of its October release.

6. “Zero” – Chris Brown

Not much more to say than how can you turn away from a funky, high-energy track that makes you want to dance? Well done, Breezy!

7. “Planes” – Jeremih & J. Cole

This Grammy-nominated track provided the perfect combo of a sick beat and a smooth-flowing verse by J. Cole at the end. No complaints here!

8. “Trippin (Deep Hamilton Remix”) – Hedvig & Hamilton

This sexy little electro tune resembles Kygo‘s sound and was on my regular rotation for the first three months since I’d heard it.

9. “The Less I Know the Better” – Tame Impala

Tame Impala had a breakthrough year with the release of their Grammy-nominated dream-pop album Currents. The 13-track compilation that I think was the best of the year is easy on the ears from start to finish, but “The Less I Know the Better” definitely got my attention the most.

10. “Take Me Over” – Peking Duk & SAFIA

It was a tough call between this track and Peking Duk’s “High,” but I had to give SAFIA some love after hearing this incredible Australian indie-electro band for the first time on several tracks this year.

11. “Midnight Sun” – Kate Boy

Kate Boy wows me with every song release. The Swedish synth-pop duo has a signature sound that can’t go unnoticed, and “Midnight Sun” was regularly stuck in my head since its debut.

12. “Chasing Heaven” – Bassnectar

Dark beauty at its finest, Bassnectar’s melodic dubstep is always a must-listen, and “Chasing Heaven” was the best off his “Into the Sun” release, in my opinion.

13. “Sunglasses” – Alexx Mack

Mack makes the list again with her equally catchy “Sunglasses,” which is about hitting up a party and having a good time. Nothin’ wrong with that!

14. “Pink Medicine” – Bearson

Odesza fans should give this fun track a listen because there’s a major sound similarity.

15. “Will You Dance?” – the bird and the bee

I had the pleasure of interviewing the bird and the bee’s singer Inara George this year for Billboard, and not only was she soft spoken and delightful, but her long-awaited “Will You Dance?” album was the perfect light and airy selection of songs I needed to kick off summer months. “Will You Dance?” (which was also the album’s lead single) was every bit the sweet and deliciously sappy track that perfectly complemented carefree fun in the sun.

16. “Gemini” – What So Not & George Maple

This song dominated my drive to and from Coachella this year. I saw George Maple at a small show shortly before the festival and knew immediately this song would be on my heavy rotation.

17. “The Other Boys” – NERVO, Kylie Minogue, Jake Shears, Nile Rodgers

Kylie Minogue + anyone, typically = gold, and “The Other Boys” is no exception. The dance track is perfect for getting ready to go out, driving on the freeway, or pretty much anything else.

18. “The Music” – Gigamesh

Known mainly for his electronic remixes, Gigamesh released a track of his own this year with the delightfully dance-y “The Music.”

19. “Run” – Alison Wonderland

This SXSW artist‘s own music didn’t hit it big until this year, but the moment I heard “Run,” I needed to hear more. Known for her edgy style and equally hip sound, this Australian electro artist definitely has the potential for a bright future.

20. “Where Are Ü Now” – Jack Ü, Skrillex, Diplo, Justin Bieber

Arguably one of the biggest songs of the year, this release was not only Justin Bieber’s first step toward a comeback, but it also introduced some of the most unique and cutting-edge sounds in music (especially on the radio).

21. “Been You” – Justin Bieber

This upbeat little number was by far my favorite track off of the Biebs’ successful “Purpose” album. Honorable mention goes to his earnest intro ballad “Mark My Words.”

22. “Falling Away” – Seven Lions & LIGHTS

You can’t put Seven Lions and LIGHTS together and not expect a beautiful piece of work. This melodic electro track has been on my regular rotation since its August release.

23. Want to Want Me” – Jason Derulo

File this one under guilty pleasures, but hey, it produced some pretty awesome memories (and dance routines) for me this year, so I really cannot complain!

24. “Fetty Wap” – Trap Queen

Another guilty pleasure track that I’m sure I’m not alone in listing. Although I got sick of it after probably the 100th listen, there’s no denying that this was one of the catchiest radio singles of the year.

25. “Fine By Me” – Chris Brown

Like “Zero,” this track from the just-released Royalty album makes you want to get up and dance! I’m so glad I closed out this year seeing Breezy’s concert at the Hollywood Palladium.

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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!

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Shy Girls, Satin Jackets, Kid Ink, Seven Lions & Much More: New Music Monday, 2.9.15

February 9, 2015

shy-girls-2015-eyebarcode-billboard-650-e1423237543199I’m still trying to keep my eyes open in recovery from my Grammy weekend , so I’m going to keep this brief, but as we spent yesterday reflecting on the biggest hits of 2014, we must look ahead to all the good new music coming our way now.

That said, speaking of Grammy events, if you are a fan of The Weeknd (who I caught live on Thursday), then you will love Portland-based Shy Girls (Dan Vidmar), who I’ve been a fan of for quite some time. One word: sexy. I’ve included “Arrest Me,” featuring Tei Shi off his new mixtape 4wz. In case you are unfamiliar, the R&B crooner has toured with HAIM and Little Dragon, and his voice is featured on one of my current favorite tracks, “All We Need,” by Odezsa.

If nu-disco is your thing (it sure is mine!), I’ve included “Shine On You” by Satin Jackets, “Weekend,” by Mocki and “Heyho” by Dropic Thunder.

Listen to the playlist below for 15 new tracks, including Seven Lions, trumpet-infused electronic by Big Gigantic, radio-friendly rap by Kid Ink and some pop-rock by Randy Jackson‘s latest project North of Nine:

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