1. SOHN, “Artifice”
SOHN is an English producer of cool, cloudy and atmospheric electronic music, and the brains behind the bone-chilling “Lessons.” “Artifice,” the first single from his debut record Tremors out April 7th on 4AD, shows a bigger, broader sound destined for pop radio.
2. Kelis, “Jerk Ribs”
Kelis knows the secrets to true happiness: food. First her “Tasty” “Milkshakes” brought the bois to the yard and now she’s serving us “Jerk Ribs.” Girl, yes. The thing is, Kelis, who graduated from Le Cordon Bleu Culinary School in November, just dropped a debut line of sauces and on February 26th she will have her own cooking show Saucy and Sweet on the Cooking Channel. Which is appropriate, because her forthcoming record, out April 22, is called Food!
3. Beyoncé Feat. Jay Z and Kanye West, “Drunk In Love (Remix)”
By now you’ve probably heard this Kanye West-infused remix of “Drunk In Love,” which is one of those songs that you just can’t get out of your head. Like, I wake up in the morning and I’m all, “We WOKE up in the kitchen sayin’ how the hell did this shit happen oh baybuh.” The Kanye version takes an already fun song and makes it even more catchy buy “Prrrum pum pum pumming on your stomach” or something like that.
4. Katy B, “Drunk In Love/Vulnerable”
Katy B is bomb-ass. As far as soulful covers of songs go, this one pretty much hits the mark. Check out her cover of “Drunk in Love” at 1:34. When she belts out out “We WOKE up in the kitchen” you’re just like, “Yes you did. Yes you did.” The beauty of covers is how an artist takes a popular song and completely makes it their own.
5. Alexi Delano, “Wrapt Up In It”
A nice downbeat track by a New York-based, Chilean born and Swedish bred producer of downbeat techno that’s the ultimate balance between shiny minimalism and dark vivacious techno.
6. CB-R, “Hologram
CB-R is Brooklyn artist Brett Winans, and “Hologram” is a soft, beat-focused track from his new EP Inside Existence.
7. Ellie Goulding, “Life Round Here (Featuring Angel Haze)”
Listen as Ellie Goulding covers fellow Brit James Blake’s haunting “Life Round Here,” this time featuring up and coming rapper Angel Haze.
8. Sufjan Stevens, Son Lux, Serengeti, “Rhythm of Devotion”
If you like beat-focused, genre-defying hip-hop, this one’s for you. There’s a little bit of rap, a little bit of disco, and a whole lot of personality.
9. Aches, “Her”
Combining a piano stutter at the backdrop with some serious bass and a soulful lead vocal, “Her” by UK outfit Aches is a cool sounding electro-soul record that includes a voice over from a guy who talks about how his favorite position is in her mind. Nice.