Saturday, April 16, 2016

See Y'all in May...Europe Here We Come


As many of you know, the crew at GWDJ has had an eventful week. We reached the two common club on hits, which was something we've had in our cross hairs since the site got off the ground. To celebrate, we're going to do some damage on the west coast of Italy. Seeing that we've missed a total of four days in five years posting songs daily, it's time for break to recharge the batteries. Catch y'all on May when the calendar flips to warmer weather...#Celebrare

Friday, April 15, 2016

Videos of the Week April 15th


If you're in the mood for some quirky new videos, you'll be in heaven this week. The only video I'd characterize as "normal" would be Drake's 30 second trailer for his upcoming Views from the 6 album. Yes, it will be annoying when the album is released solely on Apple Music for the first week on April 29th, but sadly, it's something that's become a reality with music releases these days.

Marshmello's video for Keep it Mello reminded me why I'm such a big fan of his. Uplifting, bass heavy, Zelda music is the best comp I have for his style, but I love it. In other news, Macklemore and Ryan Lewis continue to blaze their own path and do fun, creative things with their videos. It is true that tons of people now have the "Macklemore haircut". Speaking of weird and artsy, that's about all the adjectives I have for will.i.am. and Nicole Scherzinger's new video for Smile Mona Lisa. Lots of augmented reality in that one, but it'll appeal to the art buffs for obvious reasons. And last, but certainly not least, holy crap can Common break dance! Daaaaamn man, he put on a surprise, spur of the moment show that had me yellin' at the computer in my living room...#Common
Macklemore & Ryan Lewis - Brad Pitt's Cousin (Video)

Marshmello feat Omar LinX - Keep it Mello (Video)

Drake Views From the 6 Album Trailer
will.i.am ft. Nicole Scherzinger – Smile Mona Lisa (Video)

This Just in...Common Can Break Dance! (on Fallon)

Photo Credit: YouTube

Thursday, April 14, 2016

What Happens When You Put a GoPro Into Outer Space?


Despite the fact that GoPro's stock continues to take on water, there's no denying it's utility. Video recordings have never seen such mobility, providing new perspectives to life on a daily basis. Without GoPros we wouldn't be able to see what paddle boarding with a dog looks like or even shopping at IKEA.

I hear ya, though, what the hell does this have to do with music? Well, RL Grime decided to attach a GoPro to one of those super balloons that have the ability to rise to outer space. Don't know what it's like to slowly ascend into outer space? Don't worry, RL's got you covered with a full four and a half minutes worth of instrumental ebb and flow to document the trip. Spoiler alert, the balloon popping may or may not coincide with a drop. Contrived-ness aside, when it comes to atmospheric music, it doesn't get any better than RL. His ability to tell a story through instrumentation is unparalleled and Aurora is a perfect exhibit to prove that point...#Aurora

Wednesday, April 13, 2016

Spaceships Found in Area21


Haven't heard of Area21? Me either, but that doesn't mean there isn't a well-known artist driving the (space)ship. Let's follow the trail of bread crumbs, shall we?

First, Maejor posted a shot on Instagram with Martin Garrix in studio in late February, saying "it looks like a spaceship". Then, in early March, Martin started his own record label called STMPD RCRDS. Then in mid-March, he debuted an ID track at Ultra around the 37:50 minute mark...

Wait a minute, that track sounds a lot like Area21's new one, Spaceships. Ah hah! So it all comes together, making Area21 a Martin Garrix side project? Whatever the case, the single below straddles that Future Bass-line, settling in as a vulgarity laced party track. Love the collaboration between two incredibly talented artists, but the overtly edgy vocals take away from the brilliance of the production. But, if you're in the mood to get wild, you'll find a way to bounce to it...#Spaceships

Area21 - Spaceships

Tuesday, April 12, 2016

ZHU & Kaskade Save Their Best for the Morning


It may be a subtle difference, but remixing and re-imagining a track can be two different things. Call it semantics, but in my eyes, ZHU and Kaskade didn't just remix the original version of ZHU's In the Morning. To understand what I mean, here's the original version of In the Morning...

ZHU - In the Morning


Above, the original takes on a bubbly, Deep House feel. The quirky samples give it an outer space type of vibe. Even though the remix (below) has the same vocals and a similar Deep House vibe, the addition of acoustic guitar to the equation completely changes the personality of the track. Where the original was very dance-worthy, the remix takes on a much more mellow, easy-listening feel. It's a rare case where you could make a legitimate case for either being more awesome than the other depending on mood. It's a toss up for me, but if push came to shove, I'd give the smoother remix the nod if you forced me to pick...#InTheMorning

Monday, April 11, 2016

"I Think About All the Little Things That Still Remind Me"


Even though Conrad Sewell is closely associated with EDM because of his high profile collaborations with Kygo and Avicii, his talent as a vocalist spans far beyond that. Don't believe me? Well, then I'd ask if you've heard his recent single Remind Me...and if you haven't, check the recently released video below...

That, my friends, is a power ballad. Other than Sam Smith, I can't think of another vocalist who could pull off a track like that. Now it's time for me to be contradictory and talk about how much I like what Steve James did remixing the original. Picture for a minute an uplifting tempo backing the power vocals. Add to that thought a refreshingly vibrant beat breakdown between verses. Now press play and see if it meets those expectations. Such a great remix, give it some love on hypem...#RemindMe

Conrad Sewell - Remind Me (Steve James Remix)

Sunday, April 10, 2016

With You Brings the Heat Remixing Janet's No Sleep


Anybody who can transform a Janet Jackson hit into something better than the original deserves a lot of dap. Her recent single, No Sleep, is what you'd expect from one of the best R&B artists of all time. Her sultry voice always adds the perfect touch to slow jams and J Cole's verse fits like glove. Check the video for reference...

So what happens when you crank up the tempo and add in an unstoppable rolling bassline? You end up with an addicting remix from Major Lazer co-founder Dave "Switch" Taylor. If you've got an air tight memory, you might remember his recent track (Ghost) with up and coming rapper Vince Staples. Both tracks are heavy and rhythmic, but showcase two different sounds from With You. There's a clear Deep House flavor on both, but the No Sleep (Remix) takes it up another level. No word on how you can go about copping this new one, but if it leads to an avalanche of new music from With You, you won't hear me complaining...#WithYou

Janet Jackson - No Sleep (With You Remix)

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