New Music From Country’s Biggest Stars

Justin-Moore1-472x472September is shaping up to be a big month, with two of country’s biggest stars releasing highly anticipated new albums. Chris Young’s “A.M.” and Justin Moore’s  “Off the Beaten Path” will both be released on the 17th.

You can hear both of their new singles–Young’s “Aw Naw” and Moore’s “Point at You” on Slacker’s New Country First here. 

Shania Twain will also release new music as took a break from her residency at Caesars Palace to announce her first new album since 2002’s ‘Up!”

She posted this to her Facebook page: “I will spend a lot of the summer working out what to put on my next album…A break from the stage gets me back to writing the songs.” You can hear the hits that helped her sell 75 million albums and win 5 Grammys on Slacker’s ‘90s Country while we anticipate what is bound to be an amazing new album.

They are back! New Music from Franz Ferdinand

Franz_Ferdinand_Launch__Photo_credit_Andy_Knowles_01-472x472Scotland’s Franz Ferdinand is back with their first new album since 2009.  “Right Thoughts, Right Words, Right Action” has been in the works since 2010, and is finally slated for release. The LP, which is the follow-up to their 2009 effort ‘Tonight’, will be released on August 26 and was recorded in frontman Alex Kapranos’ Scottish studio and guitarist Nick McCarthy’s Studios in London.

The album is set to have  number of collaborations but no names have been mentioned. However it has been reported that one such collaboration is Roxanne Clifford of Veronica Falls as a guest vocalist.

You can hear their new tracks “Right Action” and “Love Illumination” now on Slacker’s New Alternative First!

Check out the trailer and tracklisting for “Right Thoughts, Right Words, Right Action” below.

 

 

Tracklist 

‘Right Action’
‘Evil Eye’
‘Love Illumination’
‘Stand On The Horizon’
‘Fresh Strawberries’
‘Bullet’
‘Treason! Animals’
‘The Universe Expanded’
‘Brief Encounters’
‘Goodbye Lovers & Friends’

Jerry Bergonzi: By Any Other Name – New On Slacker Modern Jazz

Jerry+Bergonzi+JerryBergonziThere are only a handful of musicians who can simultaneously navigate through the obstacle course of chord changes on John Coltrane’s Giant Steps with finesse while totally reworking the song’s melodic content, essentially making it a fresh, new composition. That is exactly what saxophone master Jerry Bergonzi has done with PG 2013 (Giant Steps) and several other standards on his new album, appropriately titled By Any Other Name.

Bergonzi, who recorded nine albums with Dave Brubeck from ’73 – ’81, is widely appreciated as both a fluid improviser with a muscular tone and a top educator. On this offering, Jerry and his forward-looking quartet use the chord changes of Bye Bye Blackbird, Joy Spring, and Star Eyes as lift off points for their own spontaneous compositions.

There is nothing simple about the music Bergonzi and his colleagues pursue. Phil Grenadier’s trumpet solos match Bergonzi’s tenor work for intensity and complexity and the quartet breathes as one.

Check out Jerry Bergonzi on Slacker Modern Jazz as he lays down stunning original work based on his knowledge of what’s come before!

 

New Music First: Kaskade, M.I.A and Cady Groves

We’ve got some upbeat new releases that are sure to help welcome in the summer. Take a look at these fresh new tracks:

Cady-Groves-472x472In 2011, Cady Groves released a single called “This Little Girl”, which featured the lyric “This little girl is capable of murder, if you hurt her.” Clearly, she’s not your average 23-year-old pop starlet. Now she is back with a new single from the “Smurfs 2″ soundtrack, and the Slacker curators think this will be her first big hit. You can listen to “Forget You” on Slacker’s New Pop First.

M.I.A. has released “Bring The Noize,” the follow-up to her 2012 Grammy-nominated single “Bad Girls.”  Both tracks will be featured on the upcoming “Matangi” album, which itself is the subject of some very public drama between M.I.A. and her label. This track is much more aggressive and chaotic than “Bad Girls” and we love it. You can hear it now on Slacker’s Electronic Hits.

Screen Shot 2013-06-26 at 12.20.49 AMTaking a step back from several EDM trends, fan and industry favorite Kaskade has done something he has never done before on his new single “Atmosphere” –  Kaskade himself provides the vocals. Something that he does quite well. The single boasts all of Kaskade’s trademark qualities like delicate piano work, a memorable vocal track, and a swift uplifting progressive house drop. His new album of the same name will drop this September. In the meantime you can listen to “Atmosphere” on Slacker’s New Dance First.