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REVIEW / VIDEO: LUKA ‡: LOSS (FEAT. BAD AMERICA)


To my ears, this song is pure witch house, which isn't surprising, since he uses the character ‡ in his name... Yes, there are R&B and industrial influences, but the end result strikes me as witch house... Not sure that's what he considers it though, as there's...
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#songoftheday / REVIEW: Mo Parker – “SHY”


Mo Parker is actually two people: Classically and jazz trained pianist and singer Mo and trippy R&B beat-maker Domzilla. Their union here couldn't possibly be more intriguing as Mo's piano and soulful vocals ride Domzilla's super deep, low end bass perfectly, resulting in something that sounds...
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#albumoftheday / REVIEW: DAWN GOLDEN: STILL LIFE

Houses’ vocalist and Diplo protege Dexter Tortoriello has released his debut solo album as Dawn Golden. It’s called Still Life and it comes courtesy of Downtown Records and Mad Decent. But you should forget that I’ve just written this because, really, the record is nothing like what you’d expect from anyone associated with...
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#songoftheday / REVIEW: MO PARKER: “FOLD”


We've had this intoxicating tune by Mo Parker on repeat for half an hour. It's a haunting mix of deep soul with dark R&B, but it's also very trippy -- you'd think Massive Attack produced it -- with lots of subtle electronic embellishments. If The Weeknd...
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#songoftheday LEMAITRE: “HIGH TIDE”


Lemaitre's "High Tide" is one of those wonderful songs that defies genre distinctions. On one hand, you could call it pop. You could even get specific and call it piano pop -- and it's got plenty of invigorating piano, to be sure... Meanwhile, Lemaitre's vocals...
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#albumoftheday AMATUS: BROKEN COMPASS EP

I read a lot of artist bios and they tend to all sound the same after a while. It seems like they’re all about growing up in a small, rural town and then moving to New York City or Los Angeles to make it big in the music business. While it’s nice to...
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FREE DOWNLOAD: LIZ: “DON’T SAY” FEAT. TYGA


This song has totally made our afternoon. Synthy, almost chillwave R&B that manages to be soothing and punchy at the same time. You could listen to this one when you're up and want to dance or you could listen to it when you're coming down and...
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EXCLUSIVE INTERVIEW: EGO ELLA MAY

We live in a time when music is veering off in lots of interesting new directions.  New genres are being born right before our very eyes and old genres are shifting into new territory.  Artists like Lorde, Banks and Haim are all breaking the old rules and getting lots of attention for it. ...
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LOVE IS POP’S 60 BEST ALBUMS OF 2013!!!

by Michael McCarthy When I say that these are the “60 Best Albums of 2013,” I’m just saying that these were my favorite albums this year. I’m simply entitling this piece “60 Best Albums of 2013” instead of “60 Favorite Albums of 2013” because everyone always uses the term “Best Of,” not favorite....
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#albumoftheday REVIEW: JUSTIN TIMBERLAKE: THE 20/20 EXPERIENCE: 2 OF 2

Earlier this year Justin Timberlake made his very welcomed return to the music world with The 20/20 Experience, an album chock full of lengthy, rather progressive gems, which I reviewed here: http://www.loveispop.com/reviews/pop/review-justin-timberlake-the-2020-experience/. So far, it’s the year’s best-selling album and it’s also one of the year’s best-reviewed. At the time it was released,...
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#albumoftheday HAIM: DAYS ARE GONE

The award for the most highly-anticipated debut album this year probably goes to Lorde for her album Pure Heroine. But second place easily goes to HAIM, the group made up of sisters Este (born March 14, 1986), Danielle (born February 16, 1989) and Alana Haim (born December 15, 1991), along with drummer Dash...
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  • ELVA HSIAO: SHUT UP & KISS ME [3 PRE-ORDER TRACKS]
    ELVA HSIAO: SHUT UP & KISS ME [3 PRE-ORDER TRACKS] Release Date:  8/29/14 Label:  Sony Music Entertainment Taiwan Elva delivers two mighty potent, slamming electro/dance pop numbers that prove Mandopop can kick as much ass as K-Pop and J-Pop. And, of course, there's a precious ballad, too. Taiwan's Elva Hsiao returns with her first music since
  • FAR EAST MENTION MANNEQUIN'S: FXXK BOYZ GET MONEY
    FAR EAST MENTION MANNEQUIN'S: FXXK BOYZ GET MONEY Release Date:  7/30/14 Label:  Avex We think this song's title sums it up just fine. Read on if it doesn't offend you. Apparently, this often dubbed "plastic" duo -- also known as FEMM -- is a serious Youtube sensation. To that end, they have several singles available in the iTunes U.
  • RIHWA: CHOU CREAM
    RIHWA: CHOU CREAM Release Date:  7/1/14 Label:  TOY'S FACTORY Rihwa rocks. No, really. Singer/songwriter/guitarist Rihwa begins her new series of singles, following the recent release of her under-rated album Borderless, with "Chou Cream." Whether you're a Rihwa fan or naysayer, chances are you have a certain sort of song pop into your he
  • GIRL'S DAY: GIRL`S DAY EVERYDAY #4
    GIRL'S DAY: GIRL`S DAY EVERYDAY #4 Release Date:  7/16/14 Label:  Loen Entertainment Girl's Day return with a new summer-themed mini-album. It's great, but the "intro" is the best track, leaving one wishing it was a complete song. The new Girl's Day mini-album is called Girl's Day Everyday #4, but there's a slight prob
  • FLOWER: Nettaigyo no Namida
    FLOWER: Nettaigyo no Namida Release Date:  6/11/14 Label:  Sony Music Entertainment Flower is a sub-unit of E-Girls, the massive J-Pop group that also includes every member of Dream, Happiness, Bunny and EGD. The funny thing about this is that Flower are consistently releasing music that is far superior to the music of E-Girls. Flower is a sub-unit of E-Girl