Here are some of my favorite new releases! If you know of any other new releases or artists you’d like to bring to our attention, please tweet us at @JukeboxMixtape or shoot us an email!
Kris Angelis – Nothing You Can Say (Ft. Zane Carney)
Kris Angelis has a beautifully angelic voice that she uses expertly through her ability to emote at the highest level. Her soft folk sound, bordering on a Civil Wars type of country vibe, she is uniquely emotional with each and every song on her newly released “The Left Atrium.” One of my favorite songs is “Nothing You Can Say,” an absolutely heartbreaking back and forth between two lovers that just can’t love each other enough. A simple acoustic song, their vocal harmonies are allowed to stand in the center of the spotlight, coexisting together in a bittersweet way that will most definitely bring you to tears. Zane Carney is currently on tour with John Mayer, but he lent his beautiful voice to this song and most definitely gave it a breathtaking aspect. If you’re into it, also check out “Empty Cabinets,” another great cut off a pretty phenomenal release.
Backstreet Boys – Show ‘Em (What You’re Made Of)
Some things you never completely let go of. My days of following the Backstreet Boys around the country is one of them. They taught me to enjoy a great melody and a catchy song, and they continue to do that for their fans, new and old. While I wasn’t a big fan of their previous release, “In A World Like This” has more subtle, “Never Gone” feel that I can really stand behind. There are a lot of acoustic guitars, a lot of focus on vocals, and with the exception of a few songs it’s definitely got that authentic sound that “Never Gone” did. But, what really drew me to the album was “Show ‘Em (What You’re Made Of)” written by AJ McLean and Kevin Richardson (HOW EXCITED AM I THAT HE IS BACK) for their kids. It’s absolutely full of emotion, they’ve injected their own struggles and battles as lessons to their children into the fabric of the song itself, while encouraging them not to be let down by their own mistakes. It’s absolutely something that children should be taught, that despite the darkness, get out there and show the world what you’re made of. Don’t let anything hold you back from fighting the good fight. ALSO, Kevin sings a SOLO. Oh my god, I feel 16 again.
Ellie Goulding – Burn
There’s no doubt that Ellie Goulding has a unique voice that sets her apart from so many voices on the radio right now. I absolutely love the softness to it, the way that it rolls over dance beats like it’s no big thing, and it doesn’t need crazy synth affects to make the music effective in the way that so many dance songs do. I put her on every exercise playlist I ever make, and this song will be no different. With a banging beat moving all the way through the song, the chorus explodes into a body moving, unstoppable melody. Even if this song is for a repacking of her already released album “Halcyon,” it’s still exciting to have new music from her.