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DNCE's Debut LP 'DNCE' Is Definitely A Jam-Packed Party Playlist!
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Watch out Camila Cabello, you're not the only one about to fly solo.

Lauren Jauregui isn't resting on her laurels - she's busting her ass in the studio with electro house veteran Steve Aoki. (Yep, check out that cute polaroid above.)

Ever since releasing the smash hit Just Hold On with ex-1D member Louis Tomlinson, Steve has been on our pop radar - and now we're sensing big things from the new unlikely duo.

This isn't the 20-year-old's first time making waves though: she was featured on Marian Hill's hit Back To Me and she has worked with Ariana Grande's producers.

But Harmonizers, don't panic yet, Lauren's staying with the gang and they're due to release a LP later this year.

And if you haven't already know, they're also performing in Singapore on April 8

But until then, Aoki x Jauregui, take us away!

 

Photo credit: Lauren Jauregui

Debuting a new take on covering songs, The 1975 revives their genre-bending style with Sade's By Your Side.

The British quartet have initially dominated the music scene with their indie rock tunes such as Robbers and Settle Down. Only recently did they venture into more velvety aesthetics present in their Sade cover and was introduced in their latest album I Like It When You Sleep, for You Are So Beautiful yet So Unaware of It, which won them the Best British Group Award at the Brits 2017

Though usual listeners of the Manchester natives found themselves with reservations about the cover because of its extreme vocal filters, we can’t deny that the romantic soundscape that George Daniel brought into the song still encapsulates the delicate style of The 1975.

As a an avid fan of the band, any cover by The 1975 is enough to fill my daily cravings. It would be interesting to hear original songs with this style hopefully in the near future.

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Here’s By Your Side by Sade:

 

Listen to The 1975’s cover here:

Photo Credit: The 1975 (Facebook)

Alex Pall of The Chainsmokers has called their new hit with Coldplay "one of the dopest songs ever written".

After enjoying much success with their smash hits Paris and Closer, the fratboy duo has now released (accidentally by Spotify in fact) their new single, Something Just Like This.

The single's cover art is awfully, unexpectedly cute.

I'm sure I speak for most of us when we first heard the news of the collab - lots of groaning, face-palming, and a "WHY?" 

BUT I WAS WRONG.

But I'm pretty sure, 100% in fact - all fears are unfounded now. The song begins with the familiar ~silky~ vocals from Chris Martin, waxing both lyrical and poetic (what else?) verses:

She said 'Where do you want to go? How much you want to risk?' / I'm not looking for somebody with some superhuman gift, some superhero, some fairytale bliss / Just something I can turn to, somebody I can kiss / I want something just like this

After the introductory bridge, The Chainsmokers then drops the "bass" with their signature synth, making the song very much worthy of looped listen.

Now if you'll excuse me, I am about to make full use of my Spotify subscription.

Spin the new track below:

 

Photo credit: The Chainsmokers, Idolator

The next big name in the pop punk scene, With Confidence, has just released a stunning music video for their song, Long Night.

With Confidence is a four piece Australian band represented by Hopeless Records, made up of Jayden Seeley, Luke Rockets, Inigo Del Carmen and Josh Brozzesi, and they have only just put out their debut full length album in June of last year. The band has toured with big names like 5 Seconds of Summer, You Me At Six and The Red Jumpsuit Apparatus.

Their music is a fresh breath of pop punk, and though it is slightly different to classics like blink-182 and Green Day, their unique sound is what makes them so spectacular. After being signed for over a year, they have really taken off with songs like We'll Be Okay and Voldemort, and have also managed to play all the dates of the 2016 Warped Tour.

Now, they have just put out a feels-y music video for an already feels-y slow piano song, Long Night, from their album Better Weather. Though the video is simple, and it only features frontman Jayden Seeley,  it truly adds to the dynamic and emotion of the song and lyrics. If you haven't already heard the song, my suggestion is to listen to it first without watching the video, and once you've gotten a taste of it, come back and listen to it with the video and then you'll see what I mean.

 

Okay, now watch the video and prepare to be hit by an even bigger wave of emotions.

 

I think it's safe to say that the boys of With Confidence will have a bright future ahead of them and that they will have lots more great tunes for us this year.

 

Photo Credits: With Confidence (Facebook), Spotlight Report

In case you missed it, Ed Sheeran has just released his third single, How Would You Feel, off his upcoming album, Divide, and it is gorgeous!

The live version of the song he dropped is a slow acoustic piano and guitar love ballad. Labelled as a "paean," (meaning a praise song or a song of triumph, for those of you who, like me, did not know) the song is lyrically simple yet innocently sweet: /Love flows deeper than the river/, /I'll be taking my time, spending my life, falling deeper in love with you/

This is the third song from Divide and it follows the ever-famous gentle innocence of Ed that we've heard in Castle on the Hill, as well as his older songs like Thinking Out Loud and All of the Stars. The ballad sound of his never grows old because his use of simple lyrics combined with a simple melody is both classy and not overthought which makes it brilliant. It is what every romantic wants to hear in a serenade to them, as well as what they wish to convey to their loved ones.

I think there really isn't much else to say about this song as it speaks for itself, and overall, it is simply a heartfelt song of triumph that has set the bar for future love songs. Thank you, Ed.

Watch the live video for How Would You Feel here:

 

Photo Credits: Rolling Stone Aus