Wednesday, November 25, 2015

Adele's Hello Gets Hella Mello

In case you haven't heard Adele's new single Hello or the millions of remixes of the track, here's another to throw on the pile. At first, it'll be tough to tell that you're listening to a remix, but after the hook marshemello injects a heavy amount of bass to the original. It's a characteristically cheery, snappy and bouncy rendition of what may someday be considered a classic. If you were to press me to pick a favorite between this mix and Good Life version, I'd probably give the nod to the Trop House re-make I posted two weeks ago. I will say that marshmello's version was successful in that breathes much needed life into a song that is becoming borderline overplayed and monotonous. Overall this one fits in well with mello's growing collection of vibrant and happy tunes, so if you can get over it being yet another Hello remix, you just might like it...#HelloMello

Tuesday, November 24, 2015

"Doctor Please, Give Me a Dose of the American Dream"

If I've figured out one thing about Macklemore and Ryan Lewis, it's that their music is far from formulaic. They've always made what they believe is great music without regard for what others are doing. Their style resides somewhere between Hip Hop, Pop and Soul, making it a neighborhood I enjoy visiting.

Their newest one features yet another 'em to church vibe that is elevated to new heights by the incredible voice of gospel singer Leon Bridges. If you don't know Leon, you will after you hear his vocals on the track. His vocals invite you to listen intently to the story that Macklemore tells about prescription drugs and their impact on people. I've always been of the mindset that if done tastefully, music is a great medium get across a greater message. Without getting in to deep, sometimes it's hard for me to watch pharmaceutical companies advertise to people. Drugs can be helpful and at times necessary, but if we spend as much money trying to prevent things from going wrong, we wouldn't need to rely on chemistry to get us back to healthy. (Stepping down off my soap box)...feel free to check out the debut of the track at the American Music Awards last weekend...#Kevin

Macklemore & Ryan Lewis feat Leon Bridges - Kevin

Monday, November 23, 2015

Doctor P Goes to the Far East for Business

First and foremost, Doctor P is a name you should know if you're into dubstep. He's been lighting up the UK with loud drum and bass samples for the better part of a decade. Fast forward to present day where he's hooked up with everyone's favorite dance music crew, Far East Movement. When combined, their rowdy styles compliment each other pretty well. Far East brings an easily sample-able sound that fits well with clangy percussion, edgy synths and heavy bass drops. Apologies for the clean, BBC Radio 1 version, but if you're willing to be patient, you'll be able to cop this one on Black Friday when it hits your favorite internet e-tailer...#DoctorP

Doctor P feat Far East Movement - Business

Sunday, November 22, 2015

Flosstradamus Wants You to Put Your Lighters Up

In the land of rowdy trap music, Flosstradamus is royalty. What I enjoy most about their brand of trap is that their sound skews toward Hip Hop with the rolling, heavy bass lines. You know what you're getting into when you press play and you better be in the mood to wild out.

Having said all that, their collaboration with up and comer NGHTMRE delivers the goods with a catchy break beat that teases you up until the chopped up, show stopping drop. The back and forth between the vocal sample and heavy bass drops make for three and a half minutes of audible chaos. For the record this along with Prison Riot are two big reasons why their new eleven song EP is well worth checking out...#LightersUp

Flosstradamus & NGHTMRE - Lighters Up

Saturday, November 21, 2015

"When Everybody Go, I'm Hoping That You Stick Around"

Ooohhh man, Akon putting together a Trop House track?? You want to talk about a match made in heaven, holy crap! Thanks to Matoma, we now have a confirmation of how great Akon with a little bit of autotune sounds over calypso chords. Stick Around is as poppy as you'd expect lyrically, but the soothing, flute driven house beat is ever-so melodic. I'll be the first to admit, I haven't posted enough Matoma on the blog, but this new one might just tip the scales in his favor. Can't say for sure whether this is going to end up on an album for either artist, but that's why they release singles on iTunes. The real question remains, how long will it take T-Pain to embrace the Trop House movement...#StickAround

Akon & Matoma - Stick Around

Friday, November 20, 2015

Videos of the Week November 20th

It's getting hard nowadays to find videos that don't involve Justin Bieber. Here I was thinking that Bieber's rendition of Sorry on Fallon was the only sighting in the this weeks top five, but then I watched the Zoolander 2 trailer that he found a way into. While the original Zoolander is considered by many as a modern day classic, I can't claim fanboy status on it. I will say that there aren't as many slapstick comedies nowadays, so I'm giving it a 40% chance of freshness on Rotten Tomatoes.

In non-Bieber related news, Krewella gave us a peek behind the curtain on their golf cart ride turned in-depth interview. They've caught a lot of bad publicity from their group breakup and found their way in the crosshairs of deadmau5 (like many others), but they still find a way to come off as genuine. Simply put, they make fun music and pour energy into their music, which is something that's really easy to get behind.

In other EDM news, Madeon's new video for Nonsense dropped this week. I'm always amazed by the futuristic aesthetic he injects into his videos. Last, but definitely not least, is Logic on the mic for seven straight minutes. Beat after beat, he stays in zone and shows exactly why he's one of the top lyricists in the game...#Logic301
Zoolander 2 Trailer

Justin Bieber Performs Sorry on Fallon

Krewella Tell All in EDC NY Golf Cart Confessions

Madeon feat Mark Foster - Nonsense (Video)

Logic with a 7 Minute Breakfast Bars Freestyle

Photo Credit: YouTube

Thursday, November 19, 2015

"Come on Parliament Funk"

There are few acts in electronic music that can create loud, controlled chaos. Some can do the loud, others can deliver a nice drop, but few can do it in an organized way like Knife Party. Case in point Parliament Funk off their new four song Trigger Warning EP. There's a hint of guitar riffs, bouncy chords, bright synths and soft piano all in one four minute and twenty second period. I'd liken it to Nero's ability to effortlessly inject heavy dubstep elements into hard driving electronic rhythms. There's an organized intensity that allows it to be listenable despite punching you square in the face. With this song, Knife Party has reached new funky heights on their way to paving a unique path through the monotony of mediocre EDM...#TriggerWarning

Knife Party - Parliament Funk

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