Smith & Thell – Hippie Van [Official Music Video Premiere]


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Swedish duo Smith & Thell have premiered the official music video for their new single Hippie Van.

Unlike their previous electro-influenced releases (Super DJ, Illusion), Mary Jane and Victor’s latest single sees them jumping on the banjo bandwagon and embarking on a full scale folk pop onslaught. Lyrically, it’s about a girl (MJ) who kisses goodbye to an empty life of luxury and vanity, as she heads out in search of a more carefree lifestyle – and indeed a man with a hippie van.

Hippie Van showed us the way”, says Mary. ”The song is about a longing for a less superficial world, which is very symbolic to us personally. We have never lived a superficial life – we’re two music nerds who live in our own little bubble. Hippie Van is our inner desire to return to organic music. Now we are getting back to our roots”.

It’s unashamedly cheery, has an earworm of a chorus that is accentuated by rousing strings and percussion and sing-along backing calls, and is more than likely to put a big smile on your face and get your feet moving. Watch the video below.

CHVRCHES – Under The Tide [Official Music Video]


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It’s been a busy week for Glaswegian trio CHVRCHES who, only a few days ago, dropped their new track Get Away from the recently-announced reissue of the Drive soundtrack on its curator Zane Lowe’s BBC Radio 1 show.

The band have also confirmed in recent interviews that they’re currently planning the follow up to their 2013 full length debut The Bones of What You Believe, although don’t get prematurely excited as they punctuated the announcement with a caveat that it could be some time in the making.

So instead, here we have the official music video for the sixth single to be lifted from their first album, Under The Tide, which received a US iTunes release last month.

The Veronicas – Line of Fire [from upcoming LP 'The Veronicas']


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Anyone unsure of the change in direction taken by Australian pop duo The Veronicas on their recent comeback single You Ruin Me should a) look to the fact that it became the sisters’ first to enter Australia’s ARIA chart at #1 and b) take a good listen to this latest taster from their incoming eponymously-titled third studio album.

Line of Fire has been released as an instant grat track in Australia to coincide with the launch of preorders for The Veronicas which is scheduled to arrive on 21 November, nearly seven years to the week that they released their stomper-laden last, Hook Me Up.

Whilst You Ruin Me may have foregone the pop sensibilities of The Veronicas’ previous singles, instead opting for a threadbare piano accompaniment and focussing on Jessica and Lisa’s vocal abilities, Line of Fire embraces their musical origins and is a big blast of ferocious electropop that should surely satisfy their hungry fans of olde.

(And UK readers, You Ruin Me reaches iTunes over there on 9 November so keep an eye out, because it’s rather special).

Mary J. Blige – Right Now [Official Music Video Premiere]


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Mary J. Blige has premiered the official music video for the lead single from her upcoming album The London Sessions.

The collection sees the American R&B legend reuniting with former collaborators Sam Smith and Disclosure, who previously adapted their own singles Stay With Me and F For You to get the chance to team up with the Grammy Award winning chanteuse.

Right Now was the first from the record to be unveiled back in September and, produced by Disclosure, aka brothers Guy and Howard Sigsworth, its pulsating dancefloor beats provide an electrifying backdrop for Blige’s effortlessly soul-packed vocals. The accompanying video sees her taking a nocturnal tour of the London city sights before taking to the stage to perform in front of a hungry audience.

Scheduled for release on 2 December via Capitol Records, The London Sessions also features a track called Whole Damn Year which was co-produced by Naughty Boy and Emeli Sandé. You can listen to that over here along with the Sam Smith-assisted Therapy.

Preorder the album now and you’ll receive Right Now instantly and watch the video below.

WALK THE MOON – Shut Up and Dance [Official Music Video Premiere]


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WALK THE MOON’s latest single Shut Up and Dance has already given the Cincinatti-based four piece their highest charting single on the US Billboard rock chart, and now the Nicholas Petricca-fronted band have premiered the song’s official music video online.

The lead cut from their upcoming third studio album Talking Is Hard, their second since signing with major label RCA, is as commanding and bust-a-move-making as its title suggests. Unapologetically uplifting, and packed with brain-embedding pop hooks, the dancefloor-propelling battle cry follows the euphoric indie pop template of their 2012 release Anna Sun, and is an enthralling ride from start to finish.

Download Shut Up and Dance here and watch the music video below.

Cobra Starship feat. Icona Pop – Never Been In Love [Official Music Video + Icona Pop remix]


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Never Been In Love is the first single to be lifted from American pop band Cobra Starship’s upcoming fifth studio album.

Released back in August, the thoroughly enjoyable, upbeat pop song has now been joined by an official music video, and a pounding, new remix from Swedish duo Icona Pop, who also contribute vocals to the single.

Never Been In Love is the first release from the Gabe Saporta-fronted three piece since they put out their 2011 album Night Shades. The band rose to fame in 2006 after the release of the soundtrack single Snakes On A Plane (Bring It). Three years later, they scored the biggest hit of their career to date when Good Girls Go Bad reached #7 on the Billboard Hot 100 and #17 on the UK singles chart.

Watch the music video for Never Been In Love below.

Susanne Sundfør – Fade Away [Listen]


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The past eighteen months have seen their fair share of Susanne Sundfør collaborations; the Norwegian singer has teamed up with Röyksopp, M83 and Kleerup on their recent releases which have subsequently given the enchanting Scandinavian songstress a long overdue push in to the international music arena.

Now gearing up for the 15 February 2015 release of her own sixth studio album 10 Love Songs, the follow up to 2012’s The Silicone Veil, Sundfør has premiered a brand new song online and Fade Away finds the 28 year old from Haugesund plotting her exquisite vocals over buzzing electronics and bursting synths, and the result is an evocative 80s-channeling pop ballad of the highest order.

Preorder 10 Love Songs on iTunes now and receive Fade Away as an instant download.

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