The second single released from DJ Khaled’s fifth album ‘I’m On One’ features close friends to Kahled; Drake, Rick Ross and Lil’ Wayne. The song showcases Khaled’s diverse production skills and is a far cry from his usual horn filled anthems. A filtered chorus sung softly over by Drake while his attacking lyrics focus on newcomers to the Hip-Hop game and their naivety of their careers. Not normally one to create sparks; it appears a few people have certainly made a negative impression on Drake. Ross speaks with recognisable lyrics at a slow tempo and with less attitude than normal and Young Money affiliate Weezy keeps it short and sweet with a husky, lazy vocal.
The track sounds like Khaled has been working with one of Drake’s producer’s ‘40’, as it could have easily fit on Drake’s first mixtape ‘So Far Gone’ heavily produced by 40 and filled with slow, harmonic and filtered sounds. The team featured on this track have all worked together in the past and their chemistry is a welcome one to fans. DJ Khaled’s latest album ‘We The Best Forever’ is expected, with much anticipation, this June with a huge array of featured artists.
‘K Is For Kelson’ is the new single taken from the multi-instrumental singer Bibio’s latest album ‘Mind Bokeh’. Despite his world influenced sound, Bibio hails from the West Midlands in the UK and is part of influential electro label Warp’s roster. ‘K Is For Kelson’ is a shimmering slice of pop that is perfectly timed for summer. Bibio has enjoyed a raise in profile after his music featured in a variety of adverts, ranging from Toyota cars and Amazon’s Kindle. His latest album has also proved to be his most accessible, with his folk tinged sound taking on a more pop led influence.
Fans of Phoenix and Toro Y Moi will find plenty to enjoy in this joyfully upbeat acoustic number. The accompanying video sees the singer play a range of instruments; from the acoustic guitar to the Chinese harp. It also reveals that Bibio potentially had a Seaseme Street vixation as a child, as throughout the clip the camera zooms in on a each instrument; revealing a letter of the alphabet. It’s a nice touch that is perfectly suited to the playful nature of the track.
Once again, London Festival Lovebox has already got us clearing our schedule in preparation for July 15th-17th. The inner city festival has pulled together a fantastic array of acts, with headliners ranging from UK indie upstarts The Wombats, the legendary Snoop Dogg – who will be performing his ’93 classic ‘Doggystyle’ in it’s entirety – and Scissor Sisters, who will undoubtedly give the weekend an suitably lavish finish. There’s a host of other musical delights over the course of the festivals three days, including Santigold, Blondie, The Drums, Jessie J and Example.
To get you in the mood, one of the festival founders (and one half of Groove Armada) Tom Findlay has put together a mix with tracks from a variety of artists playing this years event. Featuring the likes of Metronomy, Lykke Li, Azari & III and Black Devil Disco club. It’s available for download here, read on for the full tracklist.
Experimental Chicago outfit Maps & Atlases swung by the Shazam Sessions studio recently and treated us to a glorious acoustic version of ‘Solid Ground’. The track is taken from last years debut album ‘Perch Patchwork’, while the band have been around since the mid 00’s their previous recordings were all released as EPs.
Led by lead singer Dave Davison’s unique vocals, the track is a glorious slice of fuzzy folk pop. The band are currently prepping for a US tour, which kicks off next month and sees them trek across the States with RX Bandits.
Keep your eye on our YouTube channel for more exclusive sessions.
Seattle duo Beat Connection threw down an impressive warm up set in East London tonight, mustering future disco rhythms via an ensemble of Mac’s, Synth’s, drum machines and flickers of live guitar licks and vocals. While the expectant and eager sell out crowd slowly filled the dimly lit venue. Then New Yorkers Holy Ghost! were welcomed to the stage with generous applause, and launched straight into what felt from the off like a greatest hits set; with each tune in the tight 45 min set lapped up like a favourite by the shape throwing hipster crowd. We’re told it’s the last night of the European tour, save for some festival appearance over the summer, which “don’t count”. Obviously the DFA band felt at ease in London and were happy to end a touring stint in the city.
The former duo’s live show is now beefed out to a five piece with addition of bass, drummer and keys. A full, soaring sound which see dance rhythms colliding perfectly with a live band aesthetic.’ Say My Name’ and ‘Do It Again’ are rapturously received. Lead singer Alex Frankel switches between vocal duties and addition drumming on the centre stage second drum kit, often dueling opposite bandmates in a percussive frenzy.
The band returned to the stage for an encore, and seemed genuinely touched by the love shown to them by a dedicated London crowd.
Calling all our Windows Phone 7 Shazamers! Our latest App is out today and is packed with new features including YouTube Videos, Lyrics and artist info. Watch videos within the App to see artists and bands in action, view lyrics and sing along to tagged tracks, and check out bios, discographies and album reviews.
You’ll now be able to choose between the Shazam Free App with 5 tags a month and our premium App Encore, with unlimited Shazaming and exclusive features including Recommendations!
To download Shazam for free or Encore, go straight to the Marketplace Icon on your home screen.
We’ll still support unlimited tagging for existing Shazam Free users who update to receive the new features.
In a time when most producers around the globe are following the giant steps of David Guetta and revisiting their 90’s Euro Dance records in search for beats and hooks; Bob Sinclar is following a different path; travelling two decades further back in time right to the heart of the 70’s.
After recent hit collaborations with the likes of Sean Paul and Shaggy, chasing that sought after Caribbean vibe to wrap his summer jams in; the popular French DJ’s new track remakes one of the Italian superstar Raffaella Carra’s biggest hits. A singer and TV presenter who began her career in the early seventies, soon to become a household name in Italy, Spain and the whole of Latin America, Raffaella has regularly seen many of her songs being covered or remixed through the years. This time, Sinclar’s catchy antics have pushed ‘Far L’Amore’ (‘Make Love’) once again into the European charts, looking like one of those tunes destined to be impossible to avoid. It may also open the door for a new generation to discover the timeless hits of ‘La Carra’. We wouldn’t be surprised if someone else shortly revisits her classic disco anthem ‘Rumore’ – see below.
Our latest App hits Ovi Store today with a brand new look and feel. It not only looks great, but the touch screen experience now makes Shazaming a track, buying it, checking out the video and lyrics even easier.
‘White Horse’ is exactly the kind of track Shazam was made for, one that gets in your head and often favoured by DJs – but you can never recall who penned it. The song originates from Danish duo John Guldberg and Tim Stahl, otherwise known as Laid Back. The pair found success in their native country with their eponymous debut album, before their single ‘Sunshine Reggae’ went on to be a number one hit across Europe. However when the track found its way to the US, buyers were unimpressed with the predictable cod-reggae of the A-side and favoured the B-side ‘White Horse’.
The gulf between the tracks is so large you’d be forgiven for thinking they come from different bands. While ‘Sunshine Reggae’ has faded into obscurity, ‘White Horse’ is often heralded as one of the standout dance tracks of the 80’s. With it’s irresistible bass line and sly drug reference (‘White Horse’ is slang for Heroin) the track quickly became a club hit in the States.
‘White Horse’ has continued to influence electronic acts, with Hot Chip not only adopting Laid Back’s vocal harmony style, but also name checking the band in their 2006 single ‘Over & Over’.
iTunes Festival in July is fast approaching and this year’s line-up is HUGE with more than 60 artists performing 31 consecutive nights of brilliant live music at the UK’s best venue, the Roundhouse in central London. Click here to see the amazing lineup.
For one lucky Shazamer we’re offering the chance to win a VIP trip to the Festival for you and a friend*. This prize includes travel and accommodation for 4 days and 3 nights along with 2 VIP tickets to the festival during your stay. Awesome, right?
To enter simply:
1. Activate Shazam Friends (using the Friends tab in your Shazam App)
Set up Shazam Push Notifications (using the Settings tab in your Shazam App)
2. Shazam ANY song between May 25th and June 19th
You can enter to WIN once a day – the more you Shazam the greater your chance of winning! As well as the VIP Grand Prize, we’ll also be giving 15 of our UK Shazamers a pair of tickets to a concert of their choice.
For our US and Canadian Shazamers, head here to our official contest page to get all the deets, and our UK Shazamers – head here.
Good luck and happy Shazaming!
*Promo is open to all iPhone and iPod touch Shazamers in US, UK and Canada (excluding the province of Quebec).