With a whole lot of Ls releasing new music and videos this week, the likes of Lorde and Lana Del Rey have been taking over social media and England’s Leona Lewis is getting all Christmassy.
Best new music
29 – 6 Dec
The highly anticipated short film ‘Tropico’ by Lana Del Rey that contains 3 songs from her hugely successful ‘Born To Die: The Paradise Edition’ and then one of the biggest names of the year, Lorde, managed to break her own Vevo channel with her new video for Team. We’ve also got new Christmas songs for 2013 and some dance music to keep you warm.
Lorde – Team
As said above, the 17-year old from New Zealand has had quite the year, culminating with a ridiculous amount of exposure and pressure put on her shoulders, making her sound like the savior of pop music… could she really be what pop’s needed? It’s sounding that way so far. She even managed to break Vevo with the release of the video for her new single ‘Team’ which sees a teenager going through a series of initiation tests to join a gang that Lorde is the Queen Bee of. It was directed by Young Replicant, who have created shorts for The xx and Purity Ring.
The Killers –Christmas in LA ft- Dawes
It wouldn’t be Christmas without a new festive song or two to learn the lyrics to and The Killers track with Dawes even comes with the charming Owen Wilson too. Hitting all the right notes, this rolling little number sounds as good as you would expect and has the right amount of grit to make sure we don’t get too comfy.
Leona Lewis – One More Sleep
A girl that should really be the up and coming new Mariah Carey is back with a bunch of new songs and one of the just happens to be this One More Sleep, complete with a retro styled video that sees her playing around with friends and having herself a very white Christmas. Maybe something a bit more upbeat would have given her career the boost it needs but this is a solid retro pop song and perfect for Christmas.
Daft Punk – Instant Crush ft. Julian Casablancas
Featuring vocals from The Strokes front man Julian Casablancas, Daft Punk’s latest release from their most commercially successful album to date ‘Random Access Memories’ is one of the most subdued moments on the LP but easily the best, too. The video for ‘Instant Crush’ is a love story of epic proportions; a couple of museum dummies fall in lovebut their tale comes with tragic consequences… but that doesn’t mean they are kept apart when the end finally comes.
Lana Del Rey – Tropico
27-minues of sin, redemption, violence, Jesus, Elvis and gangsta romance, Lana Del Rey’s highly anticipated and hotly tipped 3-track short film is a feast for the eyes. Starting in over saturated pinks and blues, winding into the bleak stark lights of reality and then ending in the warmth glow of redemption and loss. Directed by Anthony Mandler and starring actor/model Shaun Ross, the Afro-American albino model, you have to be patient with this one… but I’d say that Lana got this one right. Good to see the dark Nancy Sinatra back up to her old games. She’s also just announced the title of her new album Ultraviolence… we can’t wait.
Kaleida – Tropea
Little known about this electronic duo Christina Wood and Cicely Goulder other then that they are not bad at crafting a decent melody or two. This is the second track we have heard from them and it is a strong sound. Sounding a little like Robyn, Florence Welch and something The Knife would have put out a few years ago, I’m excited to see what else these ladies has got to show us in 2014.
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