The Hotness is your daily look at 3 new songs that are amazing, essential, and are sure to make you horny. Ok, the last part isn’t necessarily true. But if you don’t like at least one of these three songs, you need to check 1) Your testosterone levels 2) Your estrogen levels 3) Your hearing.
Kate Havnevik is a Norwegian solo artist, who has just released “You” – an easy candidate for Album Of The Year. One of the greatest things about Twitter is the ability it gives music geeks (such as myself) a way to keep tabs on some of their favorite artists. I regularly turn into a giggly schoolgirl upon receiving an email telling me that a favorite singer of mine is ‘now following’ me. One of the very first artists that followed me (back in the day) was Kate Havnevik, and I remember telling a few of my friends and receiving the response of ‘Who?’ Well, ironically, many of you have probably heard Kate’s music without even knowing it, as she’s been featured a fuckload of times on Grey’s Anatomy – a show that many of my friends seem to watch. I’ve been a fan of Kate’s from the very beginning when she released her debut album, Melankton, back in 2006, and It’s nice to see her getting the notoriety she deserves. I’ve watched Kate struggle to come up with enough money to record a follow up album, and fans have been donating money to the cause for the last couple of years. Though I loved her debut album, I must say that I didn’t expect her second album to be as close to perfection as it truly is. The only complaint I ever had about Kate’s music was that I felt as though her voice reminded me too much of Bjork’s; which is not a bad thing at all – it was just a matter of preference for me. With the release of “You” ALL comparisons to Bjork should go right out the window as she’s created a gorgeous piece of work that’s 100% all her own. While Imogen Heap continues to over-experiment with her sound (and which avenue to release it through), Kate Havnevik has taken a slice of that sound and created a straight-forward ethereal pop masterpiece that many of you are going to count among the best albums you’ve heard all year. I promise. Check out my favorite track, Disobey, below.
*Kate Havnevik’s 2nd album, You, is officially out in January, but available for purchase excusively via her website now.
Kate Havnevik “Disobey”
St. Lucia is a Brooklyn-based solo artist signed to one of the best indie labels around, HeavyRoc. Those of you who follow the site regularly will remember that I only just wrote about St. Lucia a couple of weeks ago. However, when I wrote about him I had no idea that the release of his debut EP was right around the corner. A few days ago, I received an email from my buddies over at the amazing Freeman PR which included a promo copy of St. Lucia’s mini-album for my listening pleasure – and let me just tell you that it is one of THE BESTTTTTTTTTTTTTTTTTTTTTTTT releases of 2011. Hands down. Exclamation point. While the first couple of tracks released by St. Lucia have been great, they didn’t fully prepare me for the incredible journey through tropical pensive thought that the rest of the EP has been taking me on of late. Musically, his tunes remind me of another one of my faves of the year, Southern Shores, but with far more focus on vocals and lyrics. My favorite track has been playing on a loop. It’s called “Closer Than This” and features the lyrics “I’ve got a feeling we will never get closer than this..I can’t imagine there’s a way to get closer than this.” It’s one of the most simple and thought provoking lyrics I’ve heard all year. Part wonderful feeling; part double entendre – 100% amazing. Check it out below.
*St. Lucia’s debut EP will be out 14 November via HeavyRoc.
St. Lucia “Closer Than This”
Boss In Drama is the recording moniker of Brazilian solo artist, Péricles Martins. Wow. Wow. Wow. If you’re a fan of fun disco music infused with everthing from pop to funk to bossa nova and a little jazz, you will fall in love with Boss In Drama’s debut album, Pure Gold. He’s shared stages with a handful of my favorite artists, including LCD Soundsystem, Diplo, KT tunstall, Franz Ferdinand and Annie, and makes the rare type of music that could actually persuade me to set foot inside a gym for any other reason than to use the steam-room. (Kidding, kidding…) The production on Pure Gold is so perfectly disco that it feels as if it’s been plucked straight out of 1977. Péricles’s vocals will be an acquired taste for some of you, but there are enough female vocals dueling with his to keep your focus on dancing your face off. I’m not going to come right out and guarantee that Pure Gold will make my Top 25 Albums Of 2011, but repeated listens are making the prospect a very difficult one to ignore. On an album where just about every track is a winner, my favorite is probably Body Rock, which you can listen to below.
Boss In Drama “Body Rock”