Friday, January 30, 2015

Videos of the Week January 30th

For the life of me, I can't come up with a good way to describe the group of videos being posted this week. There's some creativity, plenty of childishness and even some heartfelt love in the mix. Leading the way is OnCue's video poking fun at other videos and memes that have become popular over the past year or so. Props for creatively using an interface as the viewport for a video making fun of the internet as a whole.

As far as childishness is concerned, N.E.R.D. and Jimmy Fallon have you covered with a Spongebob flavored video and an Ew! montage. For those of you who dislike Kanye West, take a deep breath because there's a soft side behind the often antagonistic exterior. The way he opens up and outwardly shows massive amounts of love for his family makes you want to cheer for him. Closing out the top 5 is a new one from Selah Sue, who for some reason is extremely enchanting to me. She's got an aura and voice that continues to suck me in like a bug looking at bright light...#Top5Videos
OnCue - No Way (Video)

N.E.R.D. - Squeeze Me (Video)

Kanye West Debuts Only One on Ellen (Video)

Jimmy Fallon - Best of Ew! Supercut

Selah Sue - Alone (Video)

Image Credit: YouTube

Thursday, January 29, 2015

"I'm Waaaay Up, I Feel Blessed"

Out of the blue Big Sean announced last week that he's got a new album coming out on February 24th. That's exciting enough, but a Drake collaboration coming out the same week? Now we're talkin'!

Before I come off too critical, understand that the expectations couldn't have been any higher for the song below since Big Sean and Drake are two of my favorite Hip Hop artists. While the verses did not disappoint, the beat was a bit of a head scratcher because it limited the potential of the track. I liked the lead in to the track, it was simple and set the tone, but then the beat just stumbled along seemingly without a discernible pattern. Shoot, the hook was even a net positive to the track. Maybe I'm a sucker for good production, but this is a great example of how a beat can cap the verses off at the knees. Did I want more? Yes. Is Blessings worth a listen? Yes, it's a solid effort from two of the best in the game right now...#Blessings

Big Sean feat Drake - Blessings

Wednesday, January 28, 2015

Thomas Jack's Tropical House Series Reaches Volume 7

The sheer fact that Thomas Jack has reached Volume 7 on his Tropical House series is an indication of the Trop House explosion within pop music in the past year. Having witnessed the craziness of Thomas playing on a side stage at Snow Globe, I can say with absolute conviction that Trop House deserves to be on main stage with the big boys. I'll put it in plain terms, I had much more personal space to myself watching Skrillex on the main stage than I did watching Thomas Jack on a side stage.

Rhetoric aside, consider Volume 7 as a proper introduction to Robin Schulz. He's an up and coming German producer who took the reins and ran with it on the hour long mix below. It will be really hard to top Kygo's Volume 6, but I guarantee you, if you were to play this front to back, you wouldn't have an urge to switch mixes. Maybe it's because the DJs are consistently top notch, but when Thomas Jack releases a new mix, I get little kid on Christmas excited...#TropHouse

Thomas Jack Presents: Robin Schulz Tropical House Vol. 7

Tuesday, January 27, 2015

"It's Not Hard to See, the Girl is Mine"

Whoa whoa whoa, wait a minute, hol up! When did Flo Rida start dabbling in deep house grooves? Between he and Pitbull, I never know what to expect beyond delivering a beat that's going to make me want to dance. It just so happens that Flo's latest dance escapade sampled everyone's favorite duet back in 1998 between Brandy and Monica. Check the original video for reference...

There's a simplicity in the instrumental of Girl's Mine that's downright addicting. Similar to trance, the rhythms are so bouncy and delicious that you don't even pay attention to the lyrics. Sure the sample is a bit forced, but who cares, I just want to dance to this song. Maybe I'm a sucker for uptempo pop, but after a drink or two at the club you'd be shopping your new dance move to this beat...#DontLie

Flo Rida- Girl's Mine

Monday, January 26, 2015

Club Music That Will Blow Your Mind

Ah yes, there's a comfortable familiarity that goes along with hearing another club thumping new single from Tiesto. This time, he enlisted the help of MOTi to put together an in-your-face, aggressive progressive house banger in the form of Blow Your Mind. Whatever you do, don't sleep on that mid-track transition at the 3 minute mark. It's as if they injected a minute long bridge into the pedal-to-the-metal start and finish of the track. I genuinely appreciate it when there's a change in tempo between drops to break the monotony. If the track below does anything well it's exactly that. Feel free to head on over to Beatport to cop if you're a fan...#BlowYourMind

Tiesto & MOTi - Blow Your Mind

Sunday, January 25, 2015

Haywyre Proves EDM Requires More Talent Than You Think

I don't know if it's a stroke of luck or whether EDM artists are starting to outwardly show more of their skills manipulating instruments. While the average consumer probably thinks that anyone with a MacBook and the right software can make electronic music, there's clearly much more to it than what you'd expect. Previously Zedd did some unplugged versions of songs, then Kygo went all candlelight on Firestone this week when he performed it live. Yet, neither of those had quite the entertainment value of Haywyre playing his new single Insight live in studio. Press play below to see what's up...

Wow! What a diverse mix of tempos and energy. From smooth keyboard led jazz to vibrant drum and bass dubstep eruptions, Insight has it all. There's a lot to like, not only about this track, but the undeniable talent on the keys from Martin Vogt. Would you be surprised if I told you he's been studying and playing the piano since the age of six? Yep, that's what I thought. I'll be keeping my ear to the ground for anything coming out of his camp because I'm finding it impossible to not be interested in him after viewing his in-studio performance...#Insight

Haywyre - Insight

Saturday, January 24, 2015

"I Think I've Had Enough, I Might Get a Little Drunk"

Well...if you're looking for a break the internet type of single, the new mega-collaboration below is armed with the appropriate amount of star power. As a quick side note, the phrase "break the internet" needs to be put to rest. Sure, we all like to over-exaggerate to make eyebrows raise, but no nude photo or leaked song is ever going to do anything but slow down traffic on the internet the same way a car accident on a major bridge would. It's jumped the shark, let's let it rest in peace, please. Thank you.

Anyways, back to the music. As it turns out, FourFiveSeconds ended up being an acoustic duet between Rihanna and Kanye for all intents and purposes. I'm betting Sir Paul did his fair share of leg work behind the scenes, but you're going to be let down if you're expecting any vocals from the Beatle. It has to win some sort of award for being the most mellow song about wildin' out of all time. I'm willing to bet that since Rihanna did all of the hyping, this will end up on a future album of hers. Whatever the case, the internet is damn sure enamored with the song's arrival and I found it to be interesting as a result of it's restrained tone...#FourFiveSeconds

Rihanna, Kanye West & Paul McCartney – FourFiveSeconds

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