Far East Movement ‘Bang It To The Curb’ In New Video

Far East Movement — a group that seems to keep perfecting the fusion between hip-hop and electronic dance music — has dropped a new video for “Bang It To the Curb” ahead of the October 28 release of its next album, KTown Riot.

The energy level is high in this clip, which features dancers Les Twins. The two French brothers — one who seems to be living and working as a security guard, the other possibly being dead and wrapped in a straitjacket — encounter each other and a dance battle ensues. But part of the fun is that along with matching each other’s’ moves, the pair also join forces to emanate funky footwork that will entrance viewers.

The visuals are sure to take over where the beat leaves off by inspiring watchers to get up and groove to a track, which fits comfortably during a peak-hour set of raging hip-hop or club rhythms.

[Via Ultimate Music, HipHopDX]

Kaskade Drops ‘Please Say Quick Quack’ Mash-Up

Kaskade is a big fan of the mash-up, in the past regularly merging tunes and uploading them to his SoundCloud account. That doesn’t happen much there these days, but thankfully he has transferred the practice to a Tumblr page.

One of his latest mashers, “Please Say Quick Quack,” has been making the rounds during his festival appearances and now has a music video. The tune puts together Kaskade’s own “Please Say You Will” with Patric la Funk and DBN’s “Quick Quack.”

The back-and-forth between the two finds Kaskade’s ethereal track sharing beats with the bouncy bass of “Quick Quack,” though they remain recognizably separate rather than overlapping in this mash-up. The fun is still there, most likely due to the minimalistic vocals but body-moving thumps of la Funk and DBN’s big-room banger. And the video features some of the festivals where the track started gaining momentum, with all the young beautifuls hanging on every beat.

[Via Dancing Astronaut]

Sandy Rivera’s ‘Bang’ Video Tugs At The Heartstrings

Sandy Rivera presents a conundrum in his latest music video for “Bang.” The song that inspires the clip features regular collaborator April joining Rivera to sing the sometimes-sad lyrics. These are matched repeatedly throughout the video by the sexy young things who are coupled up in the visuals, who seem to engage in argumentative back-and-forths that sometimes involve getting physically aggressive with one another.

Yet the tune itself is quite beautiful. It eschews being a thumping EDM number and embraces the Kings of Tomorrow’s soulful house sound tinged with Balearic beats for a fluidly smooth melody, which emphasizes what’s being said rather than commanding listeners to get to the dance floor. And within these moments of bliss are the softer moments in the clip, where those beautifully coupled youngsters have tender moments of touching and intimacy.

But taken together, how are we, the listeners and viewers, supposed to feel about the new video? It’s a toss-up to be sure, but the discomfort somehow makes the track more cerebral than many of its contemporaries and it earns its “put it on replay” status, as we try to understand the struggle of the short film’s stars and the meaning of the music.

Kylie Minogue Treats Fans To 4 Free New Songs

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Kylie Minogue is currently on the road in Europe for her Kiss Me Once Tour. But if you didn’t get tickets or can’t make any of the shows during the European and Australian trek, Kylie has a gift for you. Four to be exact.

She teamed with Mexican producer Fernando Garibay — whose fingerprints were all over Lady Gaga’s Born This Way album — and revealed four new songs that appear in the Sleepwalker short film that accompanies the show, and is directed by Kylie’s buddy and fashion designer William Baker.

The tracks on Sleepwalker/Kylie + Garibay are more experimental than we usually hear from the pop queen, but are still fun new offerings. “Glow” embraces atmospheric gusts that shadow the minimalistic synth notes found in the tune, while “Wait’s” breathy vocals get a punch from the driving marching band beat.

“Chasing Ghosts” features chanting in its intro, though the voices almost sound like Duran Duran member Simon Le Bon might be assisting on vocals. The most organic offering in the collection has a reggae-ish vibe, but “Break this Heartbreak” is the complete opposite, living in a futuristic/space age disco that transcends any of the other synth or electronic elements found within this compilation.

The tunes are available for free download on Minogue’s SoundCloud page.

[Via Idolator]

Fashion Is In Vogue In Offer Nissim’s ‘Everybody Needs a Man’ Video

A tribal anthem with the appeal of big-room bass?

It sounds like the signature style of Israeli DJ-producer-remixer Offer Nissim. His latest track, “Everybody Needs a Man,” reunites him with frequent collaborator, Maya Simantov, and the song just got the video treatment.

The quirky clip features a Karl Lagerfeld-looking fashion house designer sizing up beautiful models in search of his next muse. But when a janitor escapes hard labor for fashion fame, one woman takes offense to the not-so-gorgeous man getting her gig on the runway. Let’s just say the results are explosive.

Then again, very little isn’t over-the-top in this music video. With an escalator serving as the catwalk, “poison” by goldfish and eclectic wardrobes that prove style is only for the adventurous, it also makes sense that guest “appearances” by Vogue Editor in Chief Anna Wintour and former Editor at Large André Leon Talley, among others, round out the clip.

As mentioned before, this is a tune worthy of the title anthem, as well as reminiscent of the tribal tracks that filled dance floors throughout the ’90s and early ’00s. It’s likely to be thematic, too, come Pride season in 2015.

[Via Ultimate Music]

Kiesza Performs on ‘The Ellen DeGeneres Show’

We’ve developed a crush on Kiesza, but we don’t think we’re the only ones.

The Canadian singer appeared on The Ellen Show and performed her hit song, “Hideaway,” for the host. Not only was it a near replication of the now-iconic music video, but Kiesza donned a tailored suit much like what Ellen DeGeneres wears during her daytime gab fest. She also gave Ellen a run for her money by executing a back crawl, roll and table hopping moves that drew near-speechless admiration from Ellen.

In fact, given where the showcase was taking place, we wouldn’t be at all surprised to see the pair team up for a performance in the future.

Kiesza’s album, Sound of a Woman, drops October 21.

[Via Idolator]

Calvin Harris Announces ‘Motion’ Release Date

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Perpetual record breaker Calvin Harris took to social media to reveal the cover art and release date for his fourth album, Motion.

The set will drop on November 4 from Columbia Records.

The album follows 18 Months, which featured such floor fillers as “Sweet Nothing,” “I Need Your Love” and “Feel So Close.”

Motion will likely include Harris’ recent massive hits “Summer” and the steadily climbing “Blame.”

[Via Billboard]

Azealia Banks is Just ‘Chasing Time’ on New Track

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Yung Rapunxel — better known as Azealia Banks — just dropped her new tune, “Chasing Time,” via SoundCloud. The track has a dance-pop edge, lending some of it’s floor-ready qualities to early ’90s-era house melodies. But there’s an awkwardly placed and performed flow from the femcee that’s jacks the tune up a few beats. That is complemented with a less-than-perfect vocal on the chorus and the bridge. But despite sounding off-beat, knowing Azealia, the mood is purposeful to give the lyrics of a love lost more impact.

And despite the moodiness, this is a house groove that will make you move.

No stranger to the dance floors, Azealia has been making cuts for people to dance to well before her 1991 EP came out a few years ago and ever since. But will this track appear on her long-delayed, forever upcoming album Broke with Expensive Tastes?

Da Buzz Return with ‘Bring Back the Summer’

Da Buzz — who you remember from “Let Me Love You” and “Wanna Be With Me” — are back with a new single, “Bring Back the Summer.”

The timing for this release couldn’t be more perfect. Now that the U.S. has officially entered into fall weather (though we’re excited for jackets, sweaters and layers!), it’s tough to not miss the warmer season that just passed, especially with the Swedish trio-turned-duo’s music video.

The pulsating beats serves as the soundtrack to carefree riding in boats, touring exotic lands and spending a little time at the pool. There’s also time spent getting dolled up for the festivities, a little romantic holding of the hands and the occasional busting a move to the Europop beat.

Yep, the pair really has us missing summer, but this video is a great getaway to hot months that just passed us by.

Tiësto’s ‘Light Years Away’ Video is Out of This World

After making a splash with his very own Bellagio fountain show in Las Vegas, Tiësto has released the music video for his new single, “Light Years Away.”
The collaboration with British production team DBX goes out of this world as we follow the story of a woman and her robot. The pair seem to be doing important research on an alien planet when the woman is gassed by some alien species of plant.
The robot nurses her back to health — but is he also catching feelings for his human companion?
The jaunt is a cute excursion into the space(!) where EDM and intergalactic elements collide — even if a little digital get down raises a few eyebrows.