Röyksopp & Robyn’s Do It Again is mostly amazing [album review]

by KC Claveria | Filthy Pop | Vancouver Pop Music blog

Robyn - Do It Again

 

I’ve been listening to Do It Again these past couple of weeks, and I’m really enjoying it. It’s not exactly a Robyn album—this is a collaboration, after all—but it is just as enjoyable as any material from the Swedish recording artist.

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5 songs from Katy B’s Little Red that will slay you

by KC Claveria | Filthy Pop | Vancouver Pop Music blog

Katy B - Little Red

Little Red is Katy B’s first number one album in the UK. Full of house and pop songs, the record is delightful and (for the most part) innovative.

Here are 5 songs you need to hear from the album.

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3 must-hear songs from the BROODS EP

by KC Claveria | Filthy Pop | Vancouver Pop Music blog

BROODS EP

BROODS is the real deal.

The brother-sister duo from New Zealand caused a sensation late last year when they released their single (for free) on Soundcloud. This month, BROODS released a self-titled EP.

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Will Sam Smith become the first breakthrough artist of 2014? [EP review]

by KC Claveria | Filthy Pop | Vancouver Pop Music blog

sam smith - nirvana EP

“Sound-wise, I’m really limitless in the way I write songs” – Sam Smith

Without knowing it, you’ve probably already heard Sam Smith’s voice.

The British singer-songwriter, set to release his first LP latter this year, is featured in Disclosure’s “Latch,” one of the standout tracks in the stellar Settle. Now, the soulful vocalist is ready to step into the spotlight on his own, releasing the EP Nirvana.

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10 reasons why you may not like Beyoncé’s visual album

by KC Claveria | Filthy Pop | Vancouver Pop Music blog

Beyonce - Flawless

BEYONCÉ is a critical and commercial success. It’s also Beyoncé’s best record to date. But some people hate this album from the “Flawless” singer. In my theory, here are some reasons why.

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5 reasons BEYONCÉ is a triumph [REVIEW]

by KC Claveria | Filthy Pop | Vancouver Pop Music blog

beyonce - visual album

Beyoncé’s fifth studio album has been called many things, from “game changer,” to an elaborate “gimmick.” But behind the unexpected release of the album and the unprecedented buzz about it after, BEYONCÉ is in fact a musical triumph. Here are 5 reasons why:

  1. The big surprise

Let’s start with the obvious: No one else could have pulled off BEYONCÉ except for, well, Beyoncé. The bombshell release—without the elaborate marketing hype that usually precedes major pop releases—surprised even the directors and the producers who worked on the album.

“I had no clue it was coming,” Caroline Polachek of Chairlift, who wrote and produced “No Angel” told RollingStone.  “I never heard the final version till last night.” Talking to BuzzFeed, Ricky Saiz, director “Yoncé,” added, “It was a complete surprise even to the people involved.”

In an industry that is primarily single-driven, it was a gutsy move not to release a single first and to create videos for every single song: Beyoncé essentially turned the music game on its head.

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