Love for the Ladies

Published on November 16th, 2010

If there are two things I love, they are women and music. If there’s one thing I love, it’s women in music. From Aretha Franklin to Amy Winehouse, from Janis Joplin to Alice Glass, women have done wonders for our ears. I’m not sure whether it’s their sex appeal or their vocal range (or maybe a little bit of both), but the ladies sure know how to work the mic. As a tribute to female vocalists, I have shared a few of my favorite new tracks that highlight the sound of female singers. While this list doesn’t begin to do justice to the wonder women of the past, it serves as a small glimpse at some of the women I’m most looking forward to hearing in the future.

Lights On (Skream Remix) – Katy B. featuring Ms. Dynamite

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Here is the much-anticipated Skream remix of “Lights On” by Katy B and Ms. Dynamite. While I don’t feel this track has lived up to its hype, it is nevertheless a solid collaboration between 1/3 of Magnetic Man and two of the dance genre’s most-exciting female vocalists. Katy B, who has killed it this year with her singles “Katy on a Mission” and “Perfect Stranger”, seems to turn everything she touches into gold. Similarly, Ms. Dynamite’s unique reggae/hip-hop/dance vocals have added something special to her four chart-climbing singles this year. These two ladies, hitting the dance world by storm, sure know how to make you groove.

Rescue Song (RAC Remix) – Mr. Little Jeans

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Monica Birkenes, or Mr. Little Jeans, is a female vocalist who was born in Norway and resides in London. Her name is derived from a character in the film Rushmore and her sound embodies a peaceful-yet-retro electro-pop feel. Birkenes even reminds me of one of my favorite Swedish superstars, Robyn—yet another female great. This song is a remix of her first single, “Rescue Song.” Enjoy!

Paganini Rocks – Robortom featuring Au Revoir Simone

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If the story behind this song isn’t awesome, then I don’t know what is. First, Robortom is a spankin-new collaboration between BBC Radio 1’s Rob da Bank and DJ/producer Tom Middleton (hence, Rob-or-tom). The electronic background is an adaptation of the classical violinist Niccolo Paganini’s “24th Caprice”. Atop the beat lie the vocals, courtesy of Au Revoir Simone–a three-person, entirely-female band from Brooklyn, NY. (Note: The name “Au Revoir Simone” comes from a Pee-Wee Herman line in Tim Burton’s Pee Wee’s Big Adventure.)

Take Em Up – Shit Robot featuring Nancy Whang /// Nancy Whang is a Chinese-American musician who is most well-known for being the keyboardist for James Murphy and LCD Soundsystem. She sings lead vocals for the The Juan MacLean and has collaborated with David and Setephen Deaele, better known as Soulwax. Check her out here in “Take Em Up,” a stellar collaboration with the Irish-born Marcus Labkin, a.k.a. Shit Robot.

Difficult – Uffie /// Uffie was born in Miami, grew up in Hong Kong, and became famous in Paris. She is an artist, singer, songwriter, producer, and fashion designer. Just this month, Uffie released a fashion line of 12 pieces that she designed with the help of Italian jeans label Diesel. She has collaborated with big-name artists including Justice and Pharrell, and there have been rumors of her teaming up with Steve Aoki in the near future. Check out just a fraction of her talent in “Difficult,” the newest single from this modern-day Renaissance woman.

Treasury Of We – Glasser /// Glasser is the stage name of Cameron Meisrow, an innovative and young American female vocalist. Her first EP, Apply, was an intricately-compiled collaboration of Meisrow’s voice and about a billion synthesized and percussive sounds manipulated on Apple’s Garage Band. In the video below, Meisrow and her back up musicians explain what goes on behind the scenes of the delicately beautiful “Treasury of We” before absolutely killing it in a live performance. Check it out.

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