5 Reasons Why You Should Be Musically Respecting Jess Glynne

If there was a single released last summer that hit that coveted music “G” spot in every delightful way possible, it was the glorious Grammy winning dance smash, “Rather Be” by Clean Bandit featuring spotless vocals by extraordinarily talented UK diva, Jess Glynne. A track that infuses classical-inspired violins with uplifting house beats, it’s no wonder that “Rather Be” was deemed a smash straight out-of-the-music gate. Besides its glorious groove, the main reason to fall in love with Clean Bandit’s soaring sonnet is absolutely because of the angelic vocal stylings of Ms. Jess. However, Since the song stormed the U.S. charts a year ago, Ms. Glynne has gone on to have tremendous success overseas with singles “Hold My Hand” and “Don’t Be So Hard On Yourself,” but over here? Well, not so much…and that’s a damn shame.

With the release of her highly anticipated debut set I Cry When I Laugh just around the corner, Philly Mixtape can’t think of a better time to spread the music word to everybody as to why we should all respect this tremendously talented young diva….and here are 5 reasons why. 

1.That voice….

With a deep, soulful vocal tone that’s a splendid mix of Amy Winehouse-meets-Aretha Franklin-meets-India Arie, Ms. Glynne’s vocal chops contain the rhythmic power to take you to another music place. Whether they’re draped on top of a deep house groove, pop tune or booming ballad, any which way they’re delivered plays out to absolute perfection. Case in point, “Rather Be,” a song that you know you still can’t get out of your head. 

2.She’s breathtakingly beautiful…

With long, flowing ginger curls and a cute-yet-cut-a-bitch look, Ms. Jess not only has beautiful talent, but her beauty is absolutely breathtaking as well. Whether dolled up in any one of her glamorous videos or gracing the cover of any one of her countless magazine covers with a fierce, rugged edge, Ms. Glynne has the stuff that will make the girls jealous and the guys and gays swoon.


3.Her music is lavishly laced with inspiration….

One of the highlights of the music that Ms. Glynne provides besides the fact that its fun, upbeat and catchy is that the lyrics within them are lusciously loaded up with her own words of powerful inspiration. The soaring “Hold My Hand” contains lovely lyrics about being ready to take that plunge with love (“I’m ready for this, there’s no denying/I’m ready for this, you stop me falling/I’m ready for this/I need you all inI’m ready for this, so darling, hold my hand.”), while gliding on top of a disco-smooched groove. 

But it’s her follow up single, “Don’t Be So Hard On Yourself,” that really pulls you into new music hope. With lyrics, “Don’t be so hard on yourself, no/Learn to forgive, learn to let go/Everyone trips, everyone falls So don’t be so hard on yourself, no,” it’s yet another inspirational winner from this rising songstress. Prepare to be moved. 

4.Her Route 94 collaboration “My Love” will make you feel it in your music spine…

No matter where she goes in her career, it’s this delicious deep house banger right here that will go down as the one thats started all for the delightful UK songbird. With deep 1990s Eurodance inspirations, Route 94 linked up with Ms. Jess to cook up “My Love,” a deep, heady piano-fucked dance tune that simply glows because of the effortless heavenly vocals provided by our girl. In fact, it was excerpts of “My Love” that caught Clean Bandit’s headphones, as the duo soon asked her to be a part of  “Rather Be” pretty much as soon as they heard her booming belts.

If you haven’t heard this glorious number yet, you’re in for a real treat. Plus, its accompanying video is all wrapped up in music ecstasy.

5.That voice….

Philly Mixtape just can’t say it enough–that voice. If you’re looking for a strong, powerful diva whose voice has the power to lift you higher on your sunny days or help you out on those days when you need a little pep-in-your-step, Ms. Glynne has got you covered. Enough said. 



Mixtape Music News/Divas Edition

1.This must read Madonna article….

Yesterday, The New York Times published an article by Philly Mixtape‘s new spirit animal, Janice Dunn, titled “Growing Older With Madonna.” In the must read segment, Ms. Dunn makes fascinating points about just what the Queen of Pop is trying to establish with her recent antics (there’s been quite a few), as well as making valid points about Madonna’s need to collaborate with today’s young stars. Is she doing it to stay relevant? Or, is Madonna (literally) becoming a Caped Crusader for age discrimination, because as we’ve all seen, the Material Girl is not one to take things lightly when it comes to being attacked for her age (she’ll be 57 in August.) It’s a fascinating read, and you guys can check it out right here

2.Whitney Houston has been reincarnated….in the form of a 12-year-old Brazilian boy….

Looking to get musically blown away this afternoon? Then this video of a young Brazilian boy singing Whitney Houston‘s powerhouse ballad, “I Have Nothing,” will do the trick. Note-for-note, the dazzlingly talented young diva-in-training knocks it out of the music park. One listen and you will be convinced that the dearly departed Ms. Houston’s music soul lives on in this incredible music spirit….

3.Britney attends the Gay Men’s Chorus of L.A.’s performance of “Work Bitch”….

On Saturday, June 20th, the Gay Men’s Chorus of L.A. gave their audience quite a treat when they served up an operatic version of Britney Spears‘ dance smash, “Work Bitch.” But, the fabulous men got a treat of their very own when it was reported that the Princess of Pop herself was in attendance that night. Another fabulous must watch video for your Thursday. 

4.Billboard discusses the Iggy Azalea music struggle….

Picture it–this time last summer. There wasn’t a radio station that wasn’t constantly playing “Fancy,” Iggy Azalea’s breakthrough single featuring that irresistible hook by Charli XCX, as well as “Problem,” the #2 hit she co-starred on alongside Ariana Grande. However, besides her Rita Ora collab, “Black Widow,” the music chart struggle has been real for Ms. Azalea lately. (Sorry, “Pretty Girls.) In music fact, just this past month alone, Azalea canceled her fall 2015 arena tour (citing a “creative change of heart” #lol), pulled out of a scheduled performance at Pittsburgh Pride (over those alleged homophobic Twitter remarks) and revealed to a fan on Twitter that she scrapped “six months’ work” on her second album. Throw in the shade that’s been thrown her way from the hip-hop community, and “Ms. I-G-G-Y put my name in bold” certainly doesn’t have it easy right now. Billboard has taken notice of Azalea’s slide from success, and spoke with a batch of industry veterans who provided four simple steps for Azalea to get back on track with her, which you can check out right here.

5.Beyonce to headline Made in America festival….

Yesterday, the lineup for the fourth annual Budweiser Made in America festival was announced, and Ms. Beyoncé, along with baby-makin’ crooner, The Weekend have tapped as headliners for the festival, which is set to take place on Sept 5th-6th on the Benjamin Franklin Parkway. Other acts (if you care, cause….Beyoncé), include DJs Axwell and Sebastian Ingresso, rapper and singer, J. Cole, pop pimp, Nick Jonas and old-school hip-hop pioneers, De La Soul. Rockers Modest Mouse, Death Cab for Cutie and Metric are also set to perform at Jay Z’s annual music shindig. Tickets for Made in America go on sale this Saturday right here

6.Taylor Swift puts ‘1989’ on Apple Music….

…..meaning we can all move on with our lives. 








10 Essential Beyoncé Rewerks

By now, there’s really need to explain…Beyoncé. For nearly two decades, Blue Ivy’s baby momma has shattered the charts, broke the Internet and gave us all hope to think that we are indeed, “Not the Michelle.” Over her chart busting reign, Queen Bey has delivered plenty of radio ready singles that have owned…us….all, but it’s the remixes of those beloved hits that have certainly made us check up on it for our music lives….

“Crazy in Love”/Maurice Nu Soul Rewerk

“Check On It”/Junior Vasquez Rewerk

“Diva”/Karmatronic Rewerk

Over the years, Beyonce’s catalog of tunes have been remixed by some of the best in the rewerk biz–Dave Aude, Tony Coluccio, Tracy Young, Junior Vasquez, DJ Escape, Above and Beyond, and many, many more. In fact, Beyonce is right behind fellow dance divas Madonna and Rihanna for having the most dance #1 hits on the Billboard dance charts. Her remixes have packed floors all across the music globe, with each one still showcasing Bey’s sassy Sasha flair over a beat that’s provided by whichever world class DJ is owning it. 

“Green Light”/Freemasons Rewerk

But, if there are remixes in this Bey bunch that take the top of the rewerk cake, it’s the one that are provided by dazzling UK dance duo, Freemasons. When Beyonce released her ’06 set, B’Day, the pair took pretty much every song on the record and turned it into a dance floor dream. If you haven’t gotten lost in their tremendous rewires of B’ hits, “Green Light,” “Ring the Alarm” and “Deja Vu,” then you simply haven’t lived, honey….

“Ring the Alarm”/Freemasons

“Deja Vu”/Freemasons

“Single Ladies(Put a Ring on It)”/Dave Aude Rewerk

Now that summer is in full swing, it’s really time to get out there and give yourself some music life. These Beyoncé remixes will certainly get you movin’ and groovin’, much like they do for Philly Mixtape on a daily basis. So, go ahead, jump in the rewerk music pool….they’re all just right. 

“Partition”/Dave Aude Remix

“7/11″/Tracy Young’s Smack It in the Air Reconstruction

“Sweet Dreams”/Harlan Pepper & AG 3 Rewerk