Sunday, November 23, 2014

"Dylon, Rap Like This, You're an Icon"

Well this is a first. I can't say I've ever hyped an up and coming Belgian artist, but that all changes tonight with my introduction to Selah Sue. It seems like the getting is good for female Indie vocalists in 2014. From your Tove Los to your Banks' to your Lykke Lis, there's room for success if you can weave together an interesting mix of harmony and synths.

In addition to the overall climate being favorable, going 3x platinum in France with your debut album is a great way to get some attention. Also, when you collaborate with Donald Glover, you're probably going to get a look by default. Me, I got sucked in by the twangy chords and sultry vocals off top. The synth kicker after the hook and Childish Gambino verse were a delicious creme fraiche-like topping on an already tasty dish. In about a week, you'll be able to cop Together and the entire Alone EP if you like it enough. The main takeaway from me is to be on the look out for much more of Selah's work because it's clear that she's not going to be satisfied with running the EU...#SelahSue

Saturday, November 22, 2014

Dillon Francis Gets Drunk All the Time...Again

Having the audacity to remix your own music takes huge boulders. Recently Avicii remixed his entire album and it worked out really well because he was able to leverage the familiarity of the singles, while trying his best to take the songs in an entirely new direction. For me, it gave a whole new life to singles that had been overplayed so much they became hard to listen to anymore.

I'm not going as far to say Dillon Francis's Money Sucks, Friends Rule album is quite as good as True, but I will say that I like his new version of Drunk All The Time more than the original. The mix of high pitched vocals and synths blend well with the heavy post drop rhythms. It's not going to blow the roof off your doors, but the remix was a fun take on a familiar track...#MoneySucksFriendsRule

Dillon Francis feat Simon Lord – Drunk All The Time (The Rebirth)

Friday, November 21, 2014

Videos of the Week November 21

Following a similar trend from last week, the top 5 features a healthy mix of Hip Hip and EDM with a splash of Fallon. The splash of Fallon came with the help of the legendary Roots crew as they did their best U2 impression. It must be nice to have the talent on board to cover for U2 when they cancel on you last minute. Most late night shows would be up a creek, but for Fallon it's an opportunity to channel his inner Bono.Update: Get well soon Bono.

On the EDM front, the TommorrowWorld After Movie clearly led the way. Thirteen minutes plus of festival highlights with all the colors, fireworks, and dancing had me hooked. Kudos to Absolut for the sponsored remix video of Magic!'s addicting track Rude that was redone by Zedd. Switching gears to Hip Hop, B.O.B. and Trey Songz finally came through with some visuals for their subtly cocky anthem Not For Long. They make a mean team when they get together. And last but definitely not least, Bruno Mars and Mark Ronson gave us all an in-your-face dose of throwback funk. I'm quite happy that everything from the outfits to the dancing matched the throwback sentiment of the track...#UptownFunk
Jimmy Fallon Playing Desire as U2

Tomorrow World After Movie

Bruno Mars feat Mark Ronson - Uptown Funk (Video)

Magic! - Rude (Zedd Remix) (Video)

B.O.B. feat Trey Songz - Not For Long (Video)

Photo Credit: YouTube

Thursday, November 20, 2014

Mary J Blige & Disclosure Make Classy Music Together

Classy musicians make classy music together. I can't think of a better word to describe both Mary J Blige and Disclosure than classy. Mary J has been executing ballads for damn near two decades, while Disclosure has been providing deep house anthems for swanky clubs over the past few years.

We've already witnessed two collaborations between the two talents in the form of F For You and Right Now. Follow seems to be more similar to F For You in that there's a palpable amount of funk to compliment the groovy bassline. If you're looking for a good reason to purchase Mary J's upcoming album The London Sessions, you'll find all that you need below...#Follow

Mary J Blige feat Disclosure - Follow

Wednesday, November 19, 2014

"Give Me the Time of My Life"

Somehow, some way, Pitbull continues to find a way to make great new music year after year. You would think he would have had to reinvent himself at least a few times over the past decade to continue releasing new albums yearly. With seven albums in the books and one more in the oven, there's no sign in sight of this unstoppable train slowing down.

His newest single featuring Ne-Yo is as fun and repeatable as you'd expect from Dade county's finest. Between the hook from Ne-Yo and the smooth dance beat, it's the perfect end of the week, T.G.I.F. track. The best part about it all, Globalization is hitting the internet in less than a week. My guess is he'll find a way to churn out at least five singles out of the eleven songs on the album...#Globalization

Pitbull feat Ne-Yo - Time of Our Lives (prod by Mr. 305)

Tuesday, November 18, 2014

Sam Smith & Kanye Sound Great Together

Alright Carlos Serrano, you've got my attention. First it was the 2pac and Banks mashup, now you've got the audacity to mix some classic Kanye over Sam Smith's I'm Not the Only One? (*initiates slow clap*) Well done sir, the verses match up in a way that almost dares the listener to try and find seams. Much to my delight, I came up empty in that search and was left with a mix of nostalgia and delight when hearing it all mixed together. If I've learned anything from the two Serrano mixes, it's that there's a clear opportunity for mixing classic Hip Hop with great modern vocalists...#TellMeImNotTheOnlyOne

Sam Smith & Kanye West - Tell Me I'm The Only One (Carlos Serrano Mix)

Monday, November 17, 2014

"Devine Sorrow I Thank You For the Joy That Follows"

I can't say enough kind words about artists that use their talents for philanthropy. About a year ago, I posted Kill Paris's remix of Far East Movement's There Will Be No Rain that was created for the Dance(Red) album. Shoot if (Red) is going to help spearhead the movement to eradicate the world of AIDs in 30 years, then it's songs like the one below that will be needed to keep the momentum going.

Fresh off news that Avicii will be releasing a new EP, he and Wyclef let loose and inspirational electronic ballad. I'll admit, it was stylistically intriguing to hear Wyclef singing with a bit of an echo. It was a cool touch that set the tone with the feel good synths to follow. It's a win-win no matter how you slice it because if you cop the track, you'll be donating to a worthwhile army that is on the front lines of the fight against AIDs...#DivineSorrow

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