The Prodigy – Nasty (New Single)

After the teaser video released last week, The Prodigy have given fans the first single from their new album. Premiered on Zane Lowe’s ‘Hottest Record in the World’ show, ‘Nasty’ is by no means a disappointment, returning to the groups Big Beat style.

Buy the single or pre-order the new album ‘The Day Is My Enemy’ and get the single now.

Bondax – Dusk Funk (ft. Ayah Marar)

I always get a little bit excited when a new Bondax track is released. My excitement was not reduced when I hit play on ‘Dusk Funk’. As I’m sure you can tell by the title and Bondax’s history, it’s an upbeat electronic funk track, featuring vocals from Ayah Marar, known her vocals on Calvin Harris’ single from two years ago ‘Thinking About You’.

Buy ‘Bondax – The Mix Album’ on iTunes here.

Savant – Invasion (New Album)

Savant has been non-stop working for the past few months. Releasing two albums last year, he’s started 2015 strong releasing 13 tracks from his new album ‘Invasion’. We should see another 3 come out in time, but for now you can go ahead and listen to or download for free what he’s posted up on SoundCloud so far.

“Invasion is similar to other albums I’ve done straight after a big concept album. Like Overkill, which I released for free last year. Invasion is a freedom album with the emphasis on fun. It’s about the tracks, not the journey. I wanted to get back to that Vario vibe; fun and silly and computer gamey. It’s a bit more commercial sounding than other stuff, but it’s my take on commercial sounding music. I’ve had a lot of fun making it, and when I play any of the tracks live people go awesome!”
-Aleksander Vinter (Savant)

Hits of 2014 – Played With Household Items

Another creative video from Andrew Huang. “He has performed a rap song in five languages, played the theme from Breaking Bad using meth lab equipment, and even made a beat using a thousand pairs of pants.” Here we see him recreating the top tracks for 2014, using household items and a whole lot of editing.

My Top 10 Other Tracks – 2014

Dance, House, R&B, Indie, Underrated, Remixes and finally everything else. This is all my favourite tracks that’s genres were non-specific or I couldn’t create a whole top 10 from.

1. Mark Ronson – Uptown Funk (ft. Bruno Mars) (Funk Soul)
This is the newest track of the lot, but it’s 80s funk/soul sound sets it apart from every other track.

2. Jack Ü – Take Ü There (ft. Kiesza) (Trap)
Formed last year, Jack Ü is a collaborative effort from Diplo and Skrillex and for any fan of house, trap and dubstep they are the perfect duo. This is their first and only single so far, released back in September. It is a huge trap record, featuring vocals from another artist to appear from this year ‘Kiesza’.

3. Savant – Mecca
Savant recorded three albums this year, released two, with the third due out early next year, that’s not to mention the unreleased remixes online. The rate this producer turns out records is phenomenal! This track had be slotted into the ‘Other’ category, because what can an EDM/Hebrew/Arabic style be collectively called?

4. X Ambassadors & Jamie N Commons – Jungle (ft. Jay Z)
X Ambassadors and Jamie N Commons join forces to create this huge effort, that makes you want to run outside and engage in some extreme sports.

5. Vic Mensa – Down On My Luck (Hip-Hop and Electronic)
Down On My Luck is the first single from Vic Mensa, but he isn’t new to the Hip-Hop game. This track sees him step more towards the electronic side of Hip-Hop.

6. Jungle – Busy Earnin’ (Soul)
Another band who only surfaced this year, Jungle’s modern take on soul, generated this great track, with an awesome video to go along.

7. Andy C & Fiora – Heartbeat Loud (Drum and Bass)
Andy C brings drum and bass into 2014. Such a huge sound featuring vocals from Fiora.

8. Linkin Park – Until It’s Gone (Rock)
I am slightly bias towards Linkin Park, having been a huge fan of them when I was younger. The release of ‘The Hunting Party’ sees the band’s sixth album. Of course it’s nothing on Hybrid Theory, but that’s a difficult album to follow.

9. Avicii – Lay Me Down (Funk)
From his album ‘True’ from last year, comes the last single ‘Lay Me Down’. Released in April this year, this track has a much more upbeat funky feel about it. It’s no surprise funk God Nile Rodgers helped write the track. Listen out for the occasional iconic guitar riff.

10. Jamie XX – Sleep Sound (Electronic)
This track has a different feel to almost every other track on my other Top 10s. It’s hard to describe it and I’m sure a lot of people won’t get it. It has such a wide sound and you’ll pick up on new things within it every time. Jamie xx is an amazing artist, best known as part of indie band The xx.

My Top 10 Remix Tracks – 2014

When going through my music library for remixes from this year, it was overcrowded with great mixes from Sigma, Wilkinson, Netsky, Friction, Kygo, Kat Krazy, Rogue, Snakehips, Bondax, Kove, The Magician, Overwerk, The Chainsmokers, Lido, the list goes on…

1. Lorde – Tennis Court (Flume Remix)
Among the many remixes I have for 2014 there was one standout remix from an artist who never disappoints. This also wins my award for best drop on any track… ever! Released back in April it raked in 10 million views on YouTube and over 17 million plays on SoundCloud! Good work Flume!

2. Lido – Ain’t No Sunshine
Lido is a new favourite of mine on SoundCloud. He has a real iconic sound that I cannot get enough of. Mixing this modern electronic talent with some classic 70s soul is simply magic.

3. Iggy Azalea – Black Widow (ft. Rita Ora) [Rogue Remix]
The first 36 seconds of this could be misinterpreted as the original. It’s on the drop that this song just comes alive. This is the definition of trap.

4. Ed Sheeran – Sing (Wilkinson Remix)
This remix takes a little over a minute to really get going, but once it drops the energy keeps up till the end.

5. Stevie Wonder – Superstition (C2C Remix)
C2C are a four piece group that I only discovered this year. Each member uses a turntable as their own instrument, whether they’re recreating drums, guitar, bass or brass, to turn out something quite special! Not only creating original pieces, on their SoundCloud page you’ll hear some amazing remixes!

6. The Weeknd – Often (Kygo Remix)
Reaching further success more recently with his collaboration with Ariana Grande, The Weeknd’s R&B track Often, mixed with Kygo’s amazing tropical house vibes is a match made in heaven.

7. The Weeknd – Wanderlust (Snakehips Remix)
Snakehips is another DJ that hasn’t produced a poor remix. Every track he touches turns to gold… including last years remix, Bondax – Gold (the pun was too good to ignore!)

8. Calvin Harris – Summer (Westphal & Whyman Remix)
A remix of Calvin Harris’ Summer, sprinkled with summer vibes and let’s not forget about that saxophone!

9. We Are Castor – Eskimo (Savant Remix)
Savant recorded three albums this year, released two, with the third due out early next year, that’s not to mention the unreleased remixes online. The rate this producer turns out records is phenomenal! So he had to get a mention some where.

10. Foxes – Holding Onto Heaven (KOVE Remix)
Taking a pop song, inject some lively drum and bass beats over the top and this is the result. Brilliantly simple, simply brilliant!

My Top 10 R&B Tracks – 2014

R&B is a rather undefined term and can range across a broad selection of music. I have tryed to relate these tracks to R&B as best as possible.

1. Mary J. Blige – Right Now
This track first appeared in September 2014. It’s combination of powerful R&B vocals provided by Mary J. Blige, along with Disclosure’s amazing electronic sound, provide a great overall track.

2. Ed Sheehan – Sing
I can’t do a top tracks of 2014 without giving a mention to Ed Sheeran. A number one album and two number one singles. ‘Sing’ produced by Pharrell Williams is a totally different side to Sheeran than we’re used to.

3. Coldplay – Magic
Three years since their last album, Coldplay came back strong with ‘Ghost Stories’ which managed to peak at number one in 18 countries!

4. Wretch 32 – 6 Words
A combination of R&B and drum and bass, this is new for Wretch, and I really like it.

5. Labrinth – Let It Be
When I heard this track earlier in the year, I would have never guessed it was Labrinth. The last 20 seconds are reminiscent of a Bond track. It’s his first single from his new album, out next year ‘Take Me to the Truth’.

6. Sam Smith – Money on My Mind
After featuring on Disclosure’s ‘Latch’, Sam Smith hasn’t stop growing in popularity. He soon went on to feature on Naughty Boy’s number one record ‘La La La’. In January of this year he released his second solo single ‘Money on My Mind’ which went straight to number one. With 1,000,000 sales of his debut album in the UK alone, he’s certainly made an impact in the last 12 months.

7. Eminem – Guts Over Fear (ft. Sia)
Released on his compilation album, Eminem has been releasing hit albums since 1999. Anyone who claims their’s a better rapping is probably lying.

8. Raleigh Ritchie – Stronger Than Ever
I don’t know why this isn’t as popular as it is. An epic song I would love to see live with a full orchestra.

9. SBTRKT – Higher
Not a single from the album, but great all round track. The verses are an amazing effort from the rapper! Anyone who can memorise the full rap gets my respect.

10. Ella Eyre – Come Back
Known for her vocals on Rudimental’s single from last year ‘Waiting All Night’, Ella Eyre is shaping up to be a great solo artist with that strong voice, and she’s 20!

The Midnight Beast – We Won’t Remember Christmas (ft. Brett Domino)

British comedy trio The Midnight Beast release a new video showing a more realistic approach to Christmas. Along with TMB, the video features my favourite YouTube musician Brett Domino.