According to Billboard’s 2014 cover story on brothers Guy and Howard Lawrence of Disclosure, Guy admitted that he thought “Latch” was “too weird for the radio and not clubby enough for the clubs.” Clearly, he was wrong. This explosive EDM pop crossover hit held the attention of radio stations all over the country for weeks on end and launched the initial buzz on fellow UK artist Sam Smith. The song got so big that it still produces plenty of covers today, even though the single was released two years ago in October 2012. Listen to the best “Latch” covers on the Internet right now and rediscover why this song will never get old.
It’s rare that we like a remix of a song better than the original. Remixes can sometimes change our favorite songs to pumping club bangers that are more headache inducing than anything else, and can often destroy an already superior track with dub step breakdowns. But from time to time, a remix comes along that’s so good it puts a song on the map. That’s right: there are some unique instances where a remix has actually been better than the original song. Some of these remixes are even responsible for turning sleepers into iconic hit songs.
R. Kelly knows that a remix can keep a song hot and fresh out the kitchen. Britney Spears knows that a remix can drive you crazy. Jagged Edge knows that the power of Run DMC is life altering. Even Beyonce knows that to make a song truly flawless, sometimes a remix is the ticket. While not every remix of a song is a home run, read on to find out which remixed songs were so good they eclipsed the original.
In need of some new sad songs to get you through tough times? What about an unthinkable falsetto you can only dream of replicating in your shower? Sam Smith has got you covered. The 21-year-old Brit is the musical guest on Saturday Night Live this weekend, and if you want to impress your friends by rattling off facts about an artist everyone will be talking out before his major television appearance, we suggest you study up.
When we began compiling our Best Albums of 2013 list, there were many differing opinions, and after briefly toying with the idea of pitting all our staff against one another in a Hunger Games fight-to-the-death scenario against the backdrop of Times Square, we conceded that the most diplomatic and least murderous thing to do would be to each submit our own list. You know, in the name of preserving a civil work environment and whatnot (not to mention our longstanding policy of avoiding contact with the human resources department). So while we didn’t battle it out in a conference room or some such nonsense, each one of us faced an internal battle — choosing our favorite albums of the year.
Music fans and MDMA enthusiasts alike converged in Indio, California over the last few days for the first weekend of the 2013 Coachella Festival. Sadly, we were stuck on our couches here in New York City and not in attendance, but thanks to the magic of YouTube, we spent a considerable amount of time over the weekend watching the myriad acts on the lineup delight both the sober and not-so-sober members of the audience (we’re talking to you, denizens of the Sahara Tent). Of course, one of our favorite acts of the weekend was our April You Oughta Know artist, Jessie Ware, who performed not once but TWICE over the weekend.