Posts Tagged ‘Pop’
Another week, another handful of killer free MP3 downloads for your ears, courtesy of MP3.com and RCRDLBL.
The RCRD LBL Essentials series turns 20 today! To celebrate this milestone, we’re bringing you a playlist stacked with our favorite artists!
Hailing from Orlando, Florida, pop-rockers A Hero’s Fate bring a combination of energy, melody and humor to their music. Following up on the success of their 2010 debut album, they’ve recently released their second album Terms and Conditions. Featuring the addictive single “Running in Circles,” Terms and Conditions is the perfect summer soundtrack.
Previously a part of the band The Gentleman’s Club, Montreal based singer-songwriter Andrew Johnston has recently struck out on his own, releasing a number of albums over the past few years. His most recent, Wake of the Wonder Years, showcases his versatility and maturity as a songwriting, channeling such influences as The Constantines, Matthew Sweet, and Hall and Oates.
Album single “Don’t Need to Know” is a pop gem that could fit in any of the aforementioned artists’ catalogs. Gentle acoustic guitar strumming and wistful piano build with Johnston’s vocals, rising to a climactic chorus.
2011 has been a prolific year for Andrew Johnston, in addition to Wake of the Wonder Years he also released 8 song album Ashton. The album features stripped down versions of some of the songs off of Wake of the Wonder Years and Leader’s Factory, and is a tribute to the small country town where Andrew was raised. Featuring only Johnston’s acoustic guitar and voice, the album is a reminder that Johnston’s often wide ranging, ambitious productions are grounded in the simplicity of easily hummed folk and pop tunes.
Les Friction is an independent music group formed by Helmut Vonlichten. Previously he was in the band E.S. Posthumus with his brother Franz Vonlichten. However, tragically his brother passed away in 2010 and Helmut has been forced to carry on without him. “Torture” is the title track off of his self-titled debut album .
Pop whiz Ben Rector has been wowing everyone with his debut album Something Like This. In its first week of its release this past fall, the album jumped to #4 on the iTunes charts bypassing the likes of Lil Wayne and Foster the People – not bad for an independent artist! For a taste of Rector’s unabashedly fun and positive music, check out single “She Is.”
Nabiha Bensouda, the Danish-African pop soul singer, has been making waves in Norhtern Europe and is now making her debut in the States. A remarkable vocalist, her completely infectious new single “Deep Sleep” puts her talents on display. This girl is destined for big things – you heard it here first!