Tuesday, July 28, 2015

Avicii "Can't Go No Sleep" All Over Again


There's an undeniable allure that goes along with current artists mixing classic tracks. Hip Hop seems to be the genre of choice when it comes to dusting off the cobwebs on tracks, but EDM is finally at a point where the new generation of up and comers feel the need to pay homage to timeless singles that fans of EDM today may not know much about. Like for example Faithless's Insomnia, which was released waaaay back in 1995 when most people were still referring to EDM as "Techno" music. The chord progression on the original will take you back and any fan of electronic music will immediately recognize it. The word trance comes to mind when listening to it because of how melodic and formulaic is sounds compared to a lot of new EDM.

Last week it was announced that Avicii was going to take a swing at the classic by releasing an Insomnia 2.0. I'll admit, it doesn't sound like a huge departure from the original, but there's a bounciness that Avicii is able to bring to the original that is really cool. Better yet, the drop is even more exaggerated to meet today's standards. The ominous vocals on the track sound even more eerie on the new version too. I'll put it this way, if you like the original and like Avicii as an artist, your expectations won't be too far off with this updated version of a track released two decades ago...#Insomnia20

Monday, July 27, 2015

The Only Tude You Need is Hermitude


It's a valid question, why haven't there been more Hip Hop and Future Bass collaborations? You'd think that with the amount of bass injected into Hip Hop there would be more examples of artists reaching out to up and comers like Hermitude. For those of you who haven't heard of Hermitude, they are an Aussie duo who have been cranking out a lot of great music lately.

For exhibit 1, I offer you their most recent album Dark Night Sweet Light, which has rocketed up Australian music charts. On that album, you'll find the track below featuring one of my homegrown Hip Hop favorites, Big K.R.I.T., as well as a new one with my favorite Cool Kid, Chuck Inglish (Hijinx). Their music offers an accessible, chill dose of Hip Hop with every listen. It's a heavy, but soft and palatable way to indulge in Hip Hop and I appreciate that. Those of you who will be heading to Lollapalooza and Hard in the upcoming weeks, make it a point to check out Hermitude's set while you're there...#DarkNightSweetLight

Hermitude feat. Big K.R.I.T., Mataya & Young Tapz - The Buzz

Sunday, July 26, 2015

"Why Don't You Wanna See, I'm a Sinner Like You"


Here's a great example of how one feature can set you up for a successful debut album. By now you're keenly aware for my affinity and also Apple's affinity for Kygo. His most recent single, Stole the Show, featured a vocalist by the name of Parson James. I really like that track, so when a new debut single called Sinner Like You from Parson flew by my neighborhood on the internet, I'm not biting. Before I get into why, give it a listen...

If you're into comparisons, I'm going to throw out Bruno Mars. Parson has a great voice and similar throwback delivery. The bluesy sound of the track meshes well with the soulfulness of his vocals on Sinner Like You. Simply put, the track has serious potential to do some damage on top 40 radio and you can count me in on those who are lining up to jump on Parson's bandwagon...#SinnerLikeYou

Saturday, July 25, 2015

A Clutch Def Squad Mini-Reunion 17 Years Later


Talk about a blast from the past! Nostalgia to the max with this mini-Def Squad reunion from out of nowhere. Let's rewind back to the summer of 1998, when I was just getting into my teens and Hip Hop was coursing through my daily being. Def Squad's El Niño was one of those unforgettably classic albums that I'll never forget no matter how old I get. Follow me for a minute back to when Redman, Keith Murray and Sermon were at the apex of their game..

There was a time when I could recite every bar from Full Cooperation in my sleep, love that track. So now here we are today, seventeen years later and two-thirds of the unstoppable trio are back at it (sub in Method Man for Keith Murray). Clutch won't blow your mind by any stretch of the imagination, but it's more of a vehicle to take you back in time to the glory days of Hip Hop. Meth hasn't lost a step over the years, so for those of you wondering if age is the reason, think again. If your appetite for more E Double hasn't been quenched he's got a new album coming out on August 28th titled Perception E.S.P...#PerceptionESP

Erick Sermon feat Method Man & Redman - Clutch

Friday, July 24, 2015

Videos of the Week July 24th


Downright strange is what the top five videos brought to the table this week. Other than Pharrell's inspiring video for Freedom and Timeflies' adorable video for Worst Things Than Love, there wasn't much normal about this week's offering. Starting off with Dillon Francis's short movie that satirically documents his life as a doughnut. And no I can't make this stuff up, it's literally a fun filled fifteen minutes about Dillon being a doughnut.

If you've seen the movie Trainwreck, you got a recent refresher on Judd Apatow's crude, dead-pan delivery humor. Evidently he's getting back into stand-up, which is good news for all of us because he showed off his recent act on Fallon this week. Don't expect the world, but the Bill Cosby impression at the end is pretty damn funny. And last, but definitely not least, how about a new Flosstradamus video where a motivational speaker leads a turnt up rally. There's nothing quite like seeing people dressed up in nice clothes wildin' out, smackin' asses like they won the lottery...#PrisonRiot
Dillon Francis Exit Through the Donut Hole (Short Movie)

Timeflies - Worse Things Than Love (Video)

Judd Apatow Does Stand Up on Fallon

Pharrell - Freedom (Video)

Flosstradamus feat GTA & Lil Jon - Prison Riot (Video)

Photo Credit: YouTube

Thursday, July 23, 2015

Ever Wondered What Reggae Frank Ocean Sounds Like?


Have you ever listened to someone cover another artist and thought to yourself, "I never would have ever imagined liking this track as much as I did the original." Especially when you're talking about one of the best R&B vocalists in the game like Frank Ocean, as the covering artist you've got a snowball's chance in hell to match the original. BUT , with the help of Major Lazer, did exactly that. Together they flipped Lost into a dreamy, reggae ballad, offering a complete 180 degree shift in sound from the original while maintaining the same quality. To put things in context, the song has been posted on Soundcloud for a few days and already has well over 700,000 plays. Again, no small feat and further confirmation that they did everything they could to give Frank's version a shiny new take...#LostCover

Major Lazer - Lost feat. MØ (Frank Ocean cover)

Wednesday, July 22, 2015

"I'd Rather Be On My Own"


As a growing fan of TroyBoi, I'm finding myself more and more excited about him with each new song. I still don't feel like I have a real grasp on what to expect from him, but then again I don't mind being pleasantly surprised. Cue the new track featuring NEFERA, which sounds like a 90s R&B song with a whole lot of extra bass. The mysterious harp chords at the beginning of the track are mesmerizing and by the end of the track I'm wanting to hear more from NEFERA. Call it love trap or chill trap, whatever it is, it's choppy, heavy and crazy awesome. I see you TroyBoi, keep the heat comin'...#OnMyOwn

TroyBoi Feat NEFERA - On My Own

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