Thursday, March 23, 2017

"Got to Keep on Hoping, When it All Feels Broken"

Y'all may not know this, but I'm a closet Folk fan. Considering how much Newgrass I've posted over the past two years, it may not be as big of a stretch as I'm making it seem like. To be clear, when I say Folk, you better believe I mean that Pop Folk you hear on the radio from the likes of Mumford and the Lumineers.

While you're at it, might as well throw the X Ambassadors into that mix. Past songs like Renegades and Cannonball showed you the type of guitar driven, new age Folk sound they were capable of producing. On their new one, Hoping, there's a heaviness that permeates the vibe of the track. Despite the somber tone, the amount of inspiration packed into the vocals is what will make you continue pressing play over and over again.

Word has it the proceeds of their new single will be going to the ACLU who is continuing to fight our President's recently proposed immigration ban. Given the constant flux that recent political events have created, we could all use a bit more hope, so this one came at just the right time...#Hoping

X Ambassadors - Hoping

Wednesday, March 22, 2017

"I Got You Keeping Me Afloat, When I'm in Your Waterfall"

I've been writing about Stargate tracks dating back eight years ago when they were producing tracks for the likes of Brandy and Beyonce. The Norwegian production duo have a discography that would put 99% of producers to shame both on the number of collaborations they've pulled together and the star power they've worked with over the years. Just in case you forgot about them, they just released another new noteworthy single with vocal help from Pink and Sia. It's every bit the power duet you'd expect from two of the best vocalists in the game, but the slow and sexy Dancehall vibe is why you'll keep hitting play. It may have taken them years, but Waterfall is the first time Stargate listed themselves as the lead artist on a track. They must like playing the behind the scenes, supporting role because their music speaks for itself. Hopefully they'll put a whole album together so I can continue to speculate why it's taken them so long to play the Batman role...#Waterfall

Stargate feat Pink & Sia - Waterfall

Tuesday, March 21, 2017

"Back Again, Fresh Off Tour in the Trap Again"

It's not a stretch to say that when it comes to injecting energy into music, there's no one better than Flosstradamus. All you need is one listen of Sound Clash to verify that last statement. But that's not the end of the story because they're Back Again with their PICs Mayhem and Waka Flocka. It may not be the best lyric video I've seen, but you can get a glimpse of how turnt a Flosstradamus gets...

If you're in college, this has to be considered a Spotify must add if you're hosting a party in the coming weeks. Just promise me this, if you're going to use this to pour gasoline on a crowd, please don't skimp on the speakers because the top line and bass on this one need to be appreciated with subs. Consider yourself warned, bang this one out and if you're sitting in a cubicle, don't hesitate to make the folks around you turn their heads...#BackAgain

Flosstradamus & Mayhem feat Waka Flocka - Back Again

Monday, March 20, 2017

"Nightcrawler, is this the Death of Me?"

If you've been following ZHU lately then you probably heard about the not-so-subtle shot he took at the top DJs last week. The shade ZHU threw was directed at the list of DJs below in a dark, hype video his posted to Instagram for his new track below, Nightcrawler...

Subliminal shots aside, the track is as bouncy and deep as you'd expect from ZHU. His distinct, falsetto vocals work to undermine the creepiness of the lyrics, but the rolling deep house vibe is impossible to ignore. It's a forceful track that's destined to ignite clubs around the world. If you're biting on the track, you may want to opt-in on becoming part of The Blacklizt. No idea what that really means, it could be a tour, album, or even a cult. Even though I just openly speculated, it's not really my place to guess, I'm here to report on music that moves me. Needless to say, the plot thickens and there will be plenty more to sink your teeth into as he takes the EDM world head on...#Nightcrawler

ZHU - Nightcrawler

Sunday, March 19, 2017

"You Don't Deserve Me at My Best"

Real talk, Machine Gun Kelly is cornering the market on inspirational Hip Hop. I use the phrase "Hip Hop" loosely because both Bad Things and his new one below (At My Best) are every bit as much pop as they are Hip Hop, but that doesn't take away from how dope they are. His newest heat rock features an addicting hook from Hailee Steinfeld and enough emotion soaked lyrical inspiration to get the attention of anyone who's ever been overlooked.

When I say overlooked, I mean never been a "cool kid" or felt like they're accepted for who they are. The underlying message is that everyone has faults and makes mistakes, but you shouldn't allow that to slow you down on your pursuit of being great. Hate on it for sounding too Pop, but the world needs more confidence inspiring tracks like this one. Having gone through some stuff myself and previously relied on music as a friend to get me through it, I've got a special place in my music library for tracks like this. Word has it MGK's third studio album will be dropping any time now and I don't need to tell you how close the kid from Cleveland is from super stardom...#AtMyBest

Machine Gun Kelly feat Hailee Steinfeld - At My Best

Saturday, March 18, 2017

"I Hear My Battle Symphony, All the World in Front of Me"

As we turn the page to start another chapter in Linkin Park's reinvented sound, I present to you Battle Symphony. Some may have thought Heavy was an outlier, but no sir, this thoughtful, contemporary new sound may be what they are now. They've always made emotional music, but there used to be a lot more rock edge and rage in the past. Not saying it's a bad thing at all, I liked who they have been and I'm beginning to like what they're evolving into. Shoot, they're even upping their game to get on par with their lyric video game...

For those who missed it, their new album, One More Light, will be dropping on May 19th. It may end up being a polarizing album because of how different it is from previous albums, but I'd encourage those who liked them through the Chester screaming days to hold back judgement until the full, ten song album drops. They've always made music that makes you feel and they're continuing to do that with added depth, so think long and hard before you hate on their "new sound"...#BattleSymphony

Linkin Park - Battle Symphony

Friday, March 17, 2017

Videos of the Week March 17th

Another week in the book and another music video heavy top five. Those rumors about Fallon falling off a bit since Colbert won the election must be somewhat true considering the dearth of funny content coming across the radar of late. Nevertheless, the show goes on starting with crisp new videos from The Weeknd and Linkin Park. The former is what you'd expect from a video shot on another planet, while the latter is emotionally charged and dramatic as the lyrics suggest. BUT, it all paled in comparison to the massive uproar that Snoop caused with his slightly more than suggestive shot at Trump. He even got the old Donald to lash out on Twitter, which is nothing new, but interesting that the video was taken seriously.

Outside of the world of music videos, we got some fresh reaction from Chance the Rapper off his recent Grammy win. Hip Hop is lucky to have a well-spoken, genuinely good dude like him leading the way. He does a lot of good things and that's all in addition to the amazing music he's been churning out of late. Lastly, we got a fun behind the curtain look at how Ed Sheeran and UK rapper Stormzy feel about internet trolls. There's a lot of negativity in the world, so it's nice to see an example of how artists let it roll off their back. It may not quite have lived up to a Kimmel Mean Tweets, but it was a fun watch anyways...#InternetTrolls

The Weeknd feat Daft Punk - I Feel It Coming (Video)

Linkin Park feat Kiiara - Heavy (Video)

Snoop Dogg feat BADBADNOTGOOD & Kaytranada - Lavender (Video)

Chance the Rapper Complex Interview

Ed Sheeran and Stormzy Respond to Internet Trolls

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