Friday, April 18, 2014

Videos of the Week April 18th

The top 5 this week is a bit Hip Hop heavy with Alicia Keys, Pharrell, and Kendrick Lamar leading the way. In general, I appreciate it when movie companies mix footage from movies with videos from the soundtrack, so tip of the cap to Sony and Columbia Pictures for making that happen. In other news, Eminem and Rihanna stole the show at the VMAs this week with their performance of The Monster, Asher Roth's music always deserves a spot on this blog and despite my dislike for Future, I don't mind his new track with Kanye. The whipped cream of this week came in the form of Jon Favreau's new movie The Chef, which stars Robert Downey Jr. Favreau usually comes through with quality comedies (Elf, Iron Man, I Love You Man, The Break Up), so take note of the mid-May release...#TheChefMovie
Alicia Keys feat Kendrick Lamar - It's On Again (Video)

Eminem & Rihanna Perform The Monster Live at 2014 VMAs
Asher Roth - The World is Not Enough (Video)

Future feat Kanye West - I Won (Video)

The Chef Trailer

Photo Credit: YouTube

Thursday, April 17, 2014

World Cup 2014: The World is Ours

With the excitement gradually building for the World Cup, which is now 56 days away, more music from the One Love, One Rhythm: The Official 2014 FIFA World Cup™ Album is starting to emerge. Last week I posted the inspirational anthem by Pitbull and J Lo and this week it's Aloe Blacc and David Correy stealing the show with The World is Ours. Before I say more, you need to watch Aloe Blacc in studio recording and reflecting on the track...
Whoever decided to recruit Aloe to remix the original version by David Correy deserves a lot of credit. The inspirational power ballad benefited from Aloe's soulful vocals. I'm pumped this makes the final tracklist because the world as a whole could use a lot more Aloe Blacc...#WorldCup2014

Aloe Blacc & David Correy - The World is Ours Remix

Wednesday, April 16, 2014

"Ooh Ooh You Got Me in the Mood"

Yet another great song made even greater by The Chainsmokers. In case you haven't heard Neon Trees' original version of Sleeping With a Friend, it's a delicious slice of sugary pop rock. Their lead singer, Tyler Glenn, has one of those voices that sticks with you hours after you hear it. I can't think of a better example than the track below whose hook will embed itself into your brain after a few listens...

Using a hefty bassline and their signature progressive house sound, The Chainsmokers took a track with great vocals and made it into an awesome EDM track. The best part about it all is the fun anecdote they added to their Soundcloud page describing what it may or may not feel like to sleep with a friend. Love or hate their music, you have to give them credit for their engaging sense of humor...#SWAF
"You know that best GF that finally spends the night over and you convince her its cool to spend the night in your bed and slowly you inch over to her to get into big spoon position trying to be ever so cool and smooth about it, and finally you get there, and youre thinking shit what now? and then you do the butt bump, and you wait what feels like forever for them to sorta push back thus initiating what will surely be hardcore sex.... no you dont know, thats funny we dont either..."

Neon Trees - Sleeping With A Friend (The Chainsmokers Remix)

Tuesday, April 15, 2014

"I Get Jealous, But I'm Too Cool To Admit It"

I'll be the first to admit, I was not a big Chromeo fan until this year. Back when they established their cult following, I was kinda "meh" on what they brought to the table. Maybe it's because they have evolved their sound or I've evolved my own tastes? Shoot, it may even be that listenable funk is so hard to find these days that they stand out now. Whatever the case, I dig their smooth brand of new school funk.

Having said all that, Dillon Francis decided to take the their recent single Jealous up a few notches. It's no mistake that this track has been out four hours and there have been 40,000 streams on Soundcloud. What I like most about Dillon's remix is that he created two completely different post-drop chord progressions that are both equally dope in two different ways. I'm not even going to attempt to describe each, but pro tip, don't around too much because the whole mix is awesome...#Jealous

Chromeo - Jealous (Dillon Francis Remix)

Monday, April 14, 2014

"I'll Be Runnin', Til the Love Runs Out"

I've never been two feet in on contemporary bands, but I will always make an exception for One Republic. They consistently make soulfully powerful music led by one of my favorite vocalists on earth (Ryan Tedder). Evidently their new single, Love Runs Out, was supposed to be the lead single off their previous album Native. The problem was, they didn't have a finished chorus to the track, which meant releasing it as a single would have been like selling a car with no tires. So rather than selling us a car with no tires, they kept at it and finally finished the track.

For those getting super excited about a new album, cool out for a minute because the new single is being re-released as an addition to existing tracklist of Native. If you're a fan of piano driven ballads that have a penchant for getting people out of their chairs clapping and singing along, you're going to enjoy this one. Shoot I'd consider copping it simply because of the energy Tedder brings with his high powered vocals...#LoveRunsOut

One Republic - Love Runs Out

Sunday, April 13, 2014

Disclosure and Friend Within Spawn The Mechanism

Now that Disclosure has risen to becoming a household name thanks to their outstanding debut album Settle, excitement is at an all time high from fans wanting new music. Those people were rewarded this week when they got together with British producer Friend Within released The Machanism. It's every bit as swanky as you'd expect, but it's filled with extra house flavored womp-womp. While the five-star lounge type of house music will never be my favorite sub-genre of EDM, there's a subtle funk that's unmistakably fresh about the style. Let's hope there's much more of these fresh collabos in store for Disclosure in 2014...#TheMechanism

Disclosure x Friend Within - The Mechanism

Saturday, April 12, 2014

Seven Years Later, We Get to Blink Again

Back in 2007, the GWDJ blog was in it's infancy, manifesting itself as a monthly song list sent to a group of friends and acquaintances. Seven years ago, EDM represented a very small piece of what I considered to be the cutting edge music of at the time. Back then Hip Hop and R&B led the way for exciting, limit pushing genres. As a result, I completed missed John Dahlbäck's original version of Blink, which is regrettable. If you were like me and missed it, free and check out the original, which laid the foundation for the new version below...

Now fast forward to present day, where Dahlbäck teamed up with Benny Benassi on a revamped version of the original. You'll note, Blink Again sounds a lot like the Blink, but there's quite a bit more to the new version of the track. For starters, the brief trap breakdown toward the end of the track is a welcome change of pace. Also, the vocals are a lot sharper and the drops are much more aggressive and hard hitting than the original. Call it version 2.0 or a new school update, whatever the case, it's packed with plenty of juice that is capable of fueling any dance party, leaving us in anticipation for another week until it's April 18th release....#BlinkAgain

John Dahlbäck & Benny Benassi - Blink Again (Clip)

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