J.T ROACH AND QUINCY KWALAE — BODY

Unknowns J.T. Roach and producer Quincy Kwalae have collaborated on an EP entitled ‘Piñata After Party,’ which has a delightful melange of R&B and pop songs. ‘Bad Bitch’ is the edgy and scandalous track that could very well be a product of Timbaland’s expertise ear for sensual beats. The dubsteppy parts are tastefully done and reminds me of Alex Clare’s heavy electronic songs. My personal favorite is ‘Body,’ as you may know my guilty pleasure is R&B songs with plenty of crafty innuendos and suggestive content — ;). (The smiley wink is a total joke — reference to Millionaire Matchmaker anyone?) I found this mashup of John Mayer’s ‘Say’ and ‘Freefallin’ on Youtube, so enjoy the added gem. The E.P is free or you can buy it on iTunes.

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ELLIE GOULDING — I KNOW YOU CARE

This may or may not make you want to give up on life, so consider this your warning. Ellie Goulding’s beautiful ‘I Know You Care’ is now a music video that features clips from Dakota Fanning’s new movie ‘Now Is Good,’ the story of a young women who’s diagnosed with a terminal illness while falling in love for the first time. Basically, it has all the ingredients to cause anxiety, depression, loneliness, and a loss of faith in mankind. But, at least it’s happening while Ellie Goulding is nurturing your wounds via a simple piano ballad and angelic voice. Be careful, this song may be on repeat for a while.

2AM CLUB — MARY (FEAT. DEV AND BIG SEAN)

2AM Club has evolved a lot over the years. ‘Worry About You’ has a Michael Bublé swing, ‘Love Notes’ is getting a little Adam Levine-y, ‘If This Isn’t Love’ is a little boy bandy. ‘Mary’ is a strong pop song with some important elements: Dev’s cool voice, Big Sean’s swag, and a super catchy chorus. This has been out for a while but I’m surprised by the lack of press I’ve seen from it. If you love the ganja, you’ll appreciate this song.

TRAILS AND WAYS — SURE THING (MIGUEL COVER)

I was originally gonna post Miguel’s ‘Adorn’ (it’s been playing a lot on a local radio station) but I found this new gem: a cover of the sexy classic ‘Sure Thing’ by an Oakland based band Trails and Ways. Keeping some of the basic elements of Miguel’s classic, the group adds what they call a “bossa nova dream pop” spin. The album art  of the free EP fits perfectly with the sound of the three covers: a cool night with streams of cars lighting up the road. Take a listen, download the EP, pour yourself a martini.

BEN HOWARD — OLD PINE (PEKING DUK REMIX)

This is in honor of my good friend — Paul Roth! The most amazing, spunky, and cutest blonde designer you’ll ever set your eyes upon! Check out his stuff here.

Ben Howard’s ‘Old Pine’ is a lovely summer song that will tickle your ears like a field of baby dandelions upon your feet. This Peking Duk remix, on the other hand, will feed those flowers some ecstasy and you’ll be jumping for joy by the addictive nature of this track. The rhythm is super upbeat and fun; I always find the drop in many dubstep songs to be too heavy, but paired with Ben Howard’s voice, the song maintains an innocent undertone. Peking Duk’s remix packs a punch, yet keeps the natural soothing sound of Howard’s crooning.

STYLES OF BEYOND – DAMN FT. MICHAEL BUBLE

I’m a little late with this, but Styles of Beyond?  Michael Buble?  Definitely an unexpected collaboration, but it works seamlessly.  With a really smooth, funky beat, and a radio friendly sound,  this track could definitely blow up if it got the right push.  Plus, that hook might be the coolest/catchiest thing I’ve heard all year.

CHVRCHES — THE MOTHER WE SHARE

What is this resurgence of electro pop this year? Purity Ring, Passion Pit, Yeasayer, Crystal Castles and new artists I’ve never heard of: Chvrches is one of them. Don’t be fooled by their seemingly ‘hipster’ use of a constant as a similarly shaped vowel; ‘The Mother We Share’ is charming and melodious, a smooth and innocent voice matched with some heavy, badass snares clapping in the background. Fall in love with Chvrches right now. Also, wtf they have a show with School of Seven Bells? WHY DIDN’T THEY OPEN FOR THEM WHEN I SAW SViiB!