I have praised Rap Goddess Iggy Azalea for a couple years now, even jumping to calling her possibly the greatest female rapper of all-time. Though that argument is up for discussion, what is not up for discussion is Iggy’s undeniable sex appeal and her amazing ass. Though the latter is not fully on display in this video (like in most of the artist’s other videos), she actually might have delivered her best video to date: A spot-on spoof of the 1995 classic Clueless. Iggy plays Alicia Silverstone’s iconic Cher, and the scene’s are shot on the same location as the film, using identical scenes and what seems to be even the same house as the Valley house party! It is truly an amazing video. Gonna be hard to top this one in 2014.
New LA duo Pr0files released this outstanding track “Call Yourself a Lover” a few months ago and had the privilege of being featured in LA Weekly’s Top 10 Female bands in LA. They were definitely my favorite from the list, so I thought I’d give them some shine. It feels dark and retro, like Glass Candy covering Heart, but fits in nicely next to new bands like Rhye and Phantogram. The duo, Danny and Lauren, should be having some shows around LA later this month, so keep your eyes open. Their sound is too nice to deny.
Some of you might be aware of my obsession to snag as many Aaliyah remixes as possible. Well, here is another one. This time Aaliyah gets a thumping, funky deep-ish house remake by Ferdinand Webber and Fabich. The track is fittingly titled “Aaliyah”. This one is primed for dancefloor. It gets my ass shaking anyway.
How come the best R&B recently has been made by white boys. First inc, now James Vincent McMorrow and Shy Girls get in on the act. It’s great though? Not since Jon B have I been this hyped for some “Blue-eyed soul”. I’m kidding of course, but these songs seem to be heavily inspired by R&B, not just soul music, but that R. Kelly/ D’Angelo drop your panties shit. These are a couple smooth, slow tracks that I can’t get enough of. Consume!
Downtempo electronica icons Rae & Christian just released their first original material in over 10 years. The duo was a big name in the late 90′s and early 00′s in the now pretty much defunct electronica game. The lead-off track “Happy” from their new album ‘Mercury Rising’ is an infectious, poppy, slightly disco tune featuring Mark Foster of Foster the People. I heard this song over a month ago and find myself singing it randomly all the time. It just stays with you. It’s a surprising jam from the duo, but shows they are still relevant and can adapt with new sounds.
This was just released today! One of the greatest music video directors of all time, Michel Gondry, directed Metronomy’s new video “Love Letters”. “Love Letters” is the first single off Metronomy’s new album of the same name due out March 10th. The video has Michel’s trademark one-take shot and Metronomy doing their usual trippy, tongue-in-cheek pop that still comes off as experimental and indie. But this tune is a catchy one. Be on the look out for Metronomy’s new album and their LA stop at the Fonda Theater on June 15th.
Ok, so sorry for being so fucking late on this one, but apparently Cibo Matto released a new video last month for their upcoming album “Hotel Valentine”. I don’t know where the hell I’ve been, but Cibo Matto is my favorite girl group ever. Yes even more than SWV, TLC, Tegan and Sara or Total. All of dem. Anyway, more weirdness from the two weirdest Japanese female rappers/electronic artists on the planet.