I’m so Fancy

Song: Fancy by Iggy Azalea ft. Charli XCX

Cover Artist: Madilyn Bailey

Mood: Acoustic

This little darling does a fantastic job covering this song. Based on her sweet look you would not expect such a strong and controlled voice, but she delivers that and more. I love that she made this song her own and it is such a fresh take on the original.

I recently became a fan of song covers. I think it’s wonderful when singers/musician put their own twist on another artists song. Some can even transform them into something new and exciting – like you’re listening to it again for the first time. That’s what this song does for me. So, well done Maddy!

If you like what you hear, check out her YouTube channel: Madilyn Bailey

This inspired me to add a new category to my posts called “Kick Ass Covers” – much like this one. If you like listening to different versions of songs then make sure you check them out!


Smallpools – Mason Jar

Song: Mason Jar by Smallpools

Genre: Indie-Pop

Mood: Feel Good

About the Band: These up-and-comers are making head way into the music scene. The band got together in 2012 and managed to get their first hit song Dreaming a year later after it reached the number one spot on Hype Machine – which is pretty amazing considering it takes years for bands to get that kind of attention. They are compared to other bands like Phoenix, Empire of the Sun, and Passion Pit, all of which I like.

“We’re flattered that everyone is reacting the way that they are – we definitely didn’t expect the reaction to be this good.” – Smallpools frontman Sean Scanlon

I love this song. They do a great job of combining electronic pop with a folk twang sound that makes you want to dance. Most of all, I love how you experience a wave of emotions as you listen to it. I feel like the song is about looking back and reminiscing a time when you were happy, and although you might be in a better place now you find yourself missing those times – people and places that will always be great memories.

The music video is a brief documentary of the band touring and preforming. Some of the clips were moments they spent in LA, which is where they originally all met and formed the band. You can tell that they are a fun group who genuinely enjoy what they do.

If you like this song, you should check out their Smallpools EP.

Better yet – Check out their new song Killer Whales! I like it, it has a more 80’s/techno feel to it. I’m looking forward to hearing more from them.

Check them out live: They are going on tour in October, so if you like click here for the tour dates and locations.


Mr. Probz – Waves (Robin Schulz Remix)

Song: Waves by Mr. Probz (Robin Schulz Remix)

Genre: R&B

Mood: Mellow

About the Music: Mr. Probz is a Dutch singer/songwriter and Hip Hop artist. Incorporating EDM into this song was very new to him and different than his other songs, but I think it made for a great track. I’m in love with the beat and his raspy voice.

“I’m slowly drifting away (drifting away)

 Wave after wave, 

                    wave after wave…”

I think the song is a metaphor for a struggling relationship. They try to withstand the waves of problems they face, but every wave pushes them further and makes it harder to get back to where they were. In the end, there is no denying they are drifting apart.

His debut album The Treatment was just released on September 16, 2014. If you like Hip Hop, check it out.


Electric Guest – This Head I Hold

Song: This Head I Hold by Electric Guest

Genre: Indie-Pop

Mood: Good Vibes

About the Music: This eclectic band came out of LA in 2012, and is made up of singer/songwriter Asa Taccone and drummer Matthew Compton. They were just two guys making music in a house full of musicians and artists before their album was picked up and produced by Brian Burton (AKA  Danger Mouse from Gnarls Barkley and the producer of Gorillaz, The Black Keys and Beck) – Not too shabby. From there, Electric Guest put out their first album Mondo.

Although they have an electronic vibe, the lead singers voice adds a soulful element. The combination creates an engaging and unique sound. I love it. At first when I heard it I didn’t know how to feel about it; was it electronic? Pop? 70’s Retro? What ever it was, I didn’t want to stop listening to it. The song is upbeat and slightly nostalgic. It’s an infusion of sounds and effects from current and past decade influences.

In addition to the overall sound, I like the lyrics. The song is about breaking free of cultural norms and pressures and allowing yourself to be something of your own creation. A message I find empowering and one I personally I connect to.

“… “This Head I Hold” is kind of open ended in terms of what you can take away from it, but for me I like to think of it as kind of this constant reminder that you don’t have to follow in the steps of whatever kind of culture you’re apart of or whatever your society says you should or shouldn’t do … because for me, I think we’re kind of in a time where, like culturally we could break some of the patterns that we’re stuck in.” – Explanation of the song by Asa Taccone.

I can see it being one of those songs I play after a long and stressful day, something that could snap me back into a good mood. I feel like the happy feeling you get from it is contagious. Shout out to my friend Tay for suggesting this song – I dig it.

If you like it, you should also check out Under the Gun, another song I like by them.






Charlie Puth – L.U.V.

Song: L.U.V. by Charlie Pluth

Genre: Pop

Mood: L.U.V.

About the Music: Charlie Puth is a young YouTuber who was introduced to me by my brother. Mostly he is known for his covers of songs and smooth voice. In fact, in 2011 he was featured on The Ellen Show for his collaborative cover of Adele’s song Someone Like You. It even landed him a spot on Ellens record label, Eleveneleven

Although he is no longer signed to the label, it hasn’t stopped him from making more videos and producing his own music. I consider him a diamond in the rough – it’s hard to believe at one point he was too shy to sing, which is why he initially took to YouTube. He wanted to do something he loved since he was a little kid without fear of being judged. Since then his confidence and popularity has grown, not to mention the love and support from his fans all over the world.

This is one of my favorites by him and his first official music video, released August 1, 2014.

To me the song is about still loving someone, even after it didn’t work out the first time. You can’t explain it, but you have a sense of hope it could be something amazing if you both just let go of your fears and give each other a real chance, a better chance. I feel like this represents the moment when you’re tired of holding back, you care about the person and want the opportunity to see where it can take you.





Tove Lo – Not On Drugs

Song: Not On Drugs by Tove Lo

Genre: Dance-Pop

Mood: Happy, In Love

About the Music: You might know this artist from her song “Habits” which today is number 23 on the Billboard Hot 100. Tove Lo, pronounced “Tooveh Lu”, is a Swedish singer/songwriter who has written songs for artists such as Icona Pop. Her sound and music inspiration was sparked by her love of Nirvana and grunge when she was 12. From grunge, she gravitated towards the eclectic sounds of pop.

Personally, I love her music style and her lyrical content. She is bold and transparent; not afraid or shy to convey how she is really feeling and paints a vivid picture of her state of mind in each song. Even though she has stated she is not interested in being famous, I think she shows great potential. Her passion for what she does will lead her to a huge fan base and respect from her peers. Her most recent EP, Truth Serum, is a documentary of her most recent and heartbreaking relationship.

This song is about the burst of raw and exciting emotions in the beginning of a relationship. The euphoric feeling of being on “Cloud 9.” You lose a sense of reality and let go of your fears, allowing yourself to completely give in to the rush of happiness you feel. In the song, she sees new colors, lives in the sky, and even asks her significant other to join her – all while assuring them her elusive behavior isn’t the result of drugs, it’s the result of being in love.

Although she choked on paint and was blinded by smoke in the process, this music video was made to show how crazy and intense Tove Lo feels when she falls in love.




YoungeBlood Hawke – We Come Running

Artist: We Come Running by YoungeBlood Hawke

Genre: Indie-pop

Mood: Upbeat, Fun

About the Music: An oldie, but one of my favorites – this song is about determination and recognizing your potential. When it was released, the group stated they considered it to be their “personal anthem.” No matter how bad or discouraging things seemed for the band, they never allowed it to get them down. It’s upbeat, uplifting and fun; a testament to the kind of band they are and a showcase of their perseverance.

Say What?! – This video was put together by the band, not only to release their first single and have an amazing experience doing it, but also to promote the conservation of sharks. They hoped this video would show how majestic and misunderstood these creatures are, since they are surrounded by negative stigma and the killing of sharks put them at risk of being endangered.

“Sharks are being slaughtered and are in danger of being wiped out,” adds the group. “They play a vital role in the food chain and without them, the ecosystem could not survive. Being close enough to have these majestic creatures brush past us was an experience that words cannot describe. They were intelligent, curious and represent the power and mystery of nature. We’d like to be a part of preserving that. Hopefully, this video will help shine a light on the importance of these gorgeous, misunderstood animals and their important role in our ecosystem.”

– Check out this Rolling Stones article to read more.