Tuesday, March 31, 2015

"It Always Rains Before the Rainbow"

I can say with complete certainty that this is the first Hip Hop track in 2015 that legitimately moved me. I know the comparisons are all too convenient and extremely played out, but Machine Gun Kelly's A Little More has a lot of the same qualities of my favorite Eminem songs. From the beginning piano lead with Victoria Monet's intro vocals to the violin addition before the beat drops, it all comes together into a really well put together track.

The underlying positive message with deeper social undertones helps, but that's just the tip of the iceberg. There's vigor in MGK's diction that augments the army of emotion needed to drive the track to a successful pinnacle. As if the track wasn't dope enough as just audio, there's an equally well-crafted lyric video that does an excellent job of hammering home the message. Feel free and press play as I stand up and slow clap for Kels who is doing everything he can to fulfill his potential as one of the leaders in Hip Hop...#ALittleMore

Monday, March 30, 2015

"Monday Left Me Broken..."

Here's another one of those rare occurrences when a high quality festival rip is good enough to post. A night before Martin Garrix debuted the track at Ultra Music Festival, Avicii came through and played it during his set. For a festival rip, this is damn good quality, so don't let that scare you away. I will say this, John Legend's vocals on the track sound incredibly similar to Coldplay's Chris Martin. Beyond the vocals, you can detect Avicii's paws all over the track with bubbly, measured chord progressions dominating the sound.

It these type of huge debut tracks that have landed Ultra firmly on my concern bucket list. In case you missed the livestream of the festival, feel free and check out the many highlights via the UMF TV YouTube channel. For the record, Jack U absolutely closed it down with the help of Kiesza and many others...#UMF2015

Martin Garrix & Avicii feat John Legend - Waiting For Love

Sunday, March 29, 2015

T.I. Goes Hard on New Track From Get Hard

It's been a while since I've posted a T.I. track that was this catchy. From the start, I Go Hard is shot out of a cannon with Kat delivering a quality hook over a rolling beat. The nonchalance that Tip is able to flow over the verses is why he's still considered the King of the South.

Whether or not this leads the way to success for Kevin Hart and Will Ferrell's upcoming movie Get Hard, is another story. I still haven't really seen a Kevin Hart movie that is memorable, but the 32% Rotten Tomatoes score doesn't inspire confidence. It is telling that 65% of moviegoers said they liked it, so take the serious critics with a grain of salt. I know you've seen commercials for the movie, but below is the full length tailer if you're still considering seeing it...#GetHard

T.I. feat Kat - I Go Hard

Saturday, March 28, 2015

Cazzette Does Deep on Chaka Khan's Miss My Love

If you're going to be remixing or sampling classic R&B vocals, you had better come strong. And that's exactly what Cazzette did when they transformed a Chaka Khan track into cooled out, Deep House groove. If you're like me and were born in the 80s, you may have missed the original and as a result, will have to use your imagination on what it sounds like because finding an actual streamable version of the original is incredibly hard to find. That's what makes the remix even more impressive, they recycled great vocals that not many people will remember. For me, it's the perfect way to kick off a relaxing weekend and it will even mix well with some of your favorite Trop House tracks. I like my EDM smooth and versatile, which is why the bootleg below found itself seamlessly transitioning to a few of the mixes I am putting together this weekend...#MissMyLove

Chaka Khan - Miss My Love (Cazzette Bootleg)

Friday, March 27, 2015

Videos of the Week March 27th

Simply put, it was a loaded week for dancing in music videos. Led by the quirky dancing astronaut, Kygo set the tone with the visuals for his new single Stole the Show. Following closely behind is Major Lazer and DJ Snake's Indian dance anthem Lean On. And then bringing up the rear is a nerdy, Napolean Dynamite style water dancing display put on in Martin Garrix and Usher's video for Don't Look Down. If you appreciate unique expression through movement, there's enough here to get you through the weekend.

Cutting the dancing madness is the trailer for the highly anticipated HBO show turned movie, Entourage. After watching a few seasons, I'm excited to see what they can do with a full length movie. Sure, there are cameos galore, but hopefully the plot of movie is as stellar as the TV show. Closing out the week is a sultry video from Jason Derulo where he shows off his skill set as both a dancer and a wild lover. Want To Want Me is such a catchy track and the visuals definitely did the song justice...#WantYouToWantMe
Kygo feat Parson James - Stole the Show (Video)

Major Lazer & DJ Snake feat MØ - Lean On (Video)

Martin Garrix feat Usher - Don't Look Down (Video)

Entourage Official Trailer

Jason Derulo - Want to Want Me (Video)

Photo Credit: YouTube

Thursday, March 26, 2015

"Betta Break Yourself"

The fact that deep house is drifting more and more toward pop music isn't all that bad. Case in point, the deep house bass line wobble on Hook N Sling's new single Break Yourself. The hook is catchy and the bass line is enchanting, making it an easy track to like. The Hip Hop/Pop sound that Far East Movement contributes injects a fun, repeatable element to the track. The slightly computerized vocals are a cool touch and fits the swanky vibe of the track. If this doesn't make you want to kick the weekend off early house party style, I don't know what will...#BreakYourself

Hook N Sling feat Far East Movement - Break Yourself

Wednesday, March 25, 2015

"Wake Up and We Would Touch the Sky"

YEEEEEEESSSSSSS!!! I can't think of much better news than hearing HudMo is coming out with a new full length album. Twitter love to @ArapahoeSDP coming up with an eloquent way to properly showing the excitement for the good news. For those of you as curious as me, below is the tracklist of his upcoming release, Lantern, which is due out in mid-June. Pay particular attention to track #6, which has been the great white buffalo of my world the past few years...

AHHHHHHH!!! A finished, mastered version of Scud Books is something that deserves circling on a date on the calendar. Quick side note, did you know what a scud book is in Scotland?

Elation aside, his new single, Very First Breath, featuring the vocals of Irfane is also pretty awesome. It starts off on a really high pitched note that gives way to a much more friendly Hudson-like beat clap at the 40 second mark. It's more of a trap ballad if you can imagine that. I'm trying to think of another comparable synth driven, heavy slow jam and I'm coming up empty, which is cool. June is a full two months away, but the summer just got a whole lot more interesting for me today...#VeryFirstBreath

Hudson Mohwake feat Irfane - Very First Breath

Tuesday, March 24, 2015

"I Spit it For the Love"

I'm a bit late to the party, but this whole electro-soul movement is pretty dope. Lead in large part by GRiZ, it's as if someone said, "Hey Hip Hop, funk and soul, you're invited to the electronic party, come on in." The tone is grown and sexy for the max, like that type of music you can probably share with your parents in a last ditch effort for common ground on a long road trip. Between this song and Snails/Big Gigantic's recent song Funk With Me, it's becoming abundantly clear that a concerted effort is being made to expand electronic music in a way that welcomes with open arms the use of the saxophone. It's all about dat sax man!

It's been a while since I've heard a Talib Kweli verse, but when you combine his powers with high quality back up vocals and funky live instrumentation vibe, it's hard not to dig. For the Love is one of many new ones on GRiZ's third studio album, Say it Loud. You'll have to wait about a week for it to drop, but that give both you and me some time to catch up on his past two albums. With GRiZ leading the way, I'm really looking forward to this futuristic direction of funk...#SayItLoud

GRiZ feat Talib Kweli – For the Love

Monday, March 23, 2015

For Major Lazer, Peace is the Mission

The funky tribal goodness is back and more just as weird as you remembered it. Armed with the usual Jamaican swag, Major Lazer is back with a beat that is basically dancehall on crack. The high-pitched, shrieking is what you'll remember, but the tempos range from walk to jog to run, all in one track. Listen and follow along with the lyrics below if you're more of a visual person...

This is the second slice of awesomeness let loose by Major Lazer in the past few weeks. Both Roll the Bass and Lean On are going to surface on their upcoming album, Peace is the Mission, which is due on June 1st. Yes, it's a bummer that there are only nine songs on their upcoming album, but if they're as high quality as their two current releases, I've got no problem with it. The only real question that remains is, what will they come up with next?...#PeaceIsTheMission

Major Lazer - Roll the Bass

Sunday, March 22, 2015

Flosstradamus Are in Love With the CoCo

Just when you thought CoCo had been stretched and pulled in every remix direction possible, here comes Flosstradamus shutting it down with their own version. Using the most well-known samples from the track, the dynamic duo applied their non-stop energy to take that track to another level. Between the awe-inspiring drops and dramatic horns, it's clear that they understood why the original was successful because they amplified it to the max on the remix. If you're itching to cop it, it and a few other remixes will be landing on iTunes tomorrow as part of the official CoCoRemix package. Man, can you imagine hype festivals will be when they hear this remix?...#CoCo

O.T. Genasis - CoCo (Flosstradmus Remix)

Saturday, March 21, 2015

"I Should Have Febreze on Me"

Jack Ü's debut album has been out for almost a month now and I'm feeling like I undersold well Diplo and Skrillex work together. While everyone will remember Take U There and it's many many remixes, there was much more to the ten song album. Most notably, Skrillex and Diplo's collaboration with 2 Chainz on Febreze.

If you get hung up on the corniness of the hook, I get it, but you're missing out on speaker rattling beat. It has plenty of hard hitting bass to compliment the jumpy and unpredictable synths. When you hear the phrase "party starter", think of this track and the energy it brings to a crowd. The dynamic duo may bring different styles to the way they make music, but they both excel in their ability to incite crowds, which makes their collaborations that much more entertaining...#JackU

Jack Ü feat 2 Chainz - Febreze

Friday, March 20, 2015

Videos of the Week March 20th

With SXSW being the talk of the town this week and hearing stories about how Snoop and Willie Nelson ate KFC in Amsterdam together, it's only fitting the lead off video of the week has to do with Jimmy Kimmel trolling attendees of the legendary festival. It's a little unnerving how quickly people are to pretend to know what they're talking about when it comes to music. My favorite was DJ Gluten and how his music is hard to tolerate...love it!

For the weekly Fallon spot, Ben Stiller made a quick cameo to do some really entertaining impromptu role playing. On them music front, it's getting a little ridiculous how great lyric videos are becoming. Case in point both Martin Garrix and David Guetta's latest videos for their new singles. One took the more cartoony route, the other took a more literal, real life entertainment angle. It makes you wonder if real videos are even worth it these days? Finally, rounding out the top 5 is a behind the scenes look at Ed Sheeran's tour. Yes, you read that right, he does in fact sing to cats around the four minute mark. I'm starting to think going on a worldwide tour should be on my bucket list...#Sheeran

Jimmy Kimmel Makes Up Band Names to Troll SXSW Attendees

Jimmy Fallon and Ben Stiller Role Play and Get Emotional Together

Martin Garrix feat Usher - Don't Look Down (Lyric Video)

David Guetta feat Nicki Minaj & Afrojack - Hey Mama (Lyric Video)

Ed Sheeran Tour Diary Part 2 Where He Sings Thinking Out Loud to Cats

Photo Credit: YouTube

Thursday, March 19, 2015

Some Thrilling New Nero

There are few acts that have a big enough sound to make an outdoor festival seem small. Nero is on that short list because their combination of drum and bass with pop vocals is second to none. It's hard to explain, but I find their sound to be loud, but calming. There is a clear force to their music, but at the same time their brand of rhythmic dubstep is soothing to me.

Word has it their sophomore album is almost ready to come out of the oven. The Thrill is the latest indication that another epic album is on the way. It's a bit tame, but will remind you a lot of their first album. Chalk it up to another potential Top 40 single and hop on the hype train because it just gained some steam tonight with the release of this goodness...#TheThrill

Nero - The Thrill

Wednesday, March 18, 2015

"Welcome to My House, Play That Music Too Loud"

When it comes to pop music success, South Florida is the epicenter of consistency. I'd give a slight nod to Pitbull, but Flo Rida has also been the model of consistency over the past decade. Very few singles that they have performed have flopped and that includes Flo's new one My House. The track bears the same title as the seven song EP he's releasing in early April. It's not exactly a typical dance floor anthem, but it has a throwback, sing-along vibe to it. Hate him or love him you, but you can't deny that he's successfully paved his own unique path by usinq Hip Hop to achieve Top 40 success...#MyHouse

Tuesday, March 17, 2015

"Don't Look Down, This High Will Never Hit the Ground"

Put Usher with any well known EDM artist and you better believe I'll be on board. The latest to enlist the vocal expertise of Mr. Raymond is one of EDM's elite, Martin Garrix. From the start, it has the feel of an emotional progressive house anthem. Don't Look Down is a great example of an electronic track that would be just as successful as a piano ballad. There are some beautifully melodic chords in the mix that step up to the plate and compliment Usher's vocal lead. Go ahead, try and match Usher's high pitched vocals while you're in the car listening to this one. Just make sure the windows are rolled up before you do it...#DontLookDown

Martin Garrix feat Usher - Don't Look Down

Monday, March 16, 2015

"It's Our Time To Go, But At Least We Stole the Show"

With the internet continuing to salivate over everything that is Kygo, it's a safe bet that the blogosphere is going to get shut down tonight with his new single Stole the Show. The track features vocals from Parson James and is more of a vocal ballad than a sweep-you-off-your-feet Trop House anthem. Don't get me wrong, it's plenty relaxing and catchy with the high pitched flutes reeling you in early, but it's not going to be retread without mercy like Firestone. The single is scheduled to hit your favorite e-store in about a week, just before he hits the stage to start his Spring festival rampage at Ultra Music Festival. I've said it before and I'll say it again, Kygo is the driving force behind Tropical House and however big he gets, Tropical House will get...#StoleTheShow

Kygo feat Parson James - Stole the Show

Sunday, March 15, 2015

It's All About the Funk Mixed With Sax

Here's another great example of why EDM is the most exciting genre right now. Yet another OWSLA artist taking their own unique brand of electronic music and absolutely making it his own. I've been warming up to Snails for a while, but his new collaboration with Big Gigantic is nothing short of funk-filled deliciousness.

While the cover art for Funk With Me might stick with you a while, the dirty bass and sax combination is stellar. There's such a cool mix of grown up funk and unadulterated teenage craziness that you don't usually hear on one track at the same time. You'll be able to find this one and many other heat rocks like it on the OWSLA Spring Compilation 2015 that will be hitting iTunes on Tuesday. After a quick look at the checklist, you'll be hard pressed to find another collaboration that's anywhere near as exciting as this one...#VOMITSTEP

SNAILS feat Big Gigantic - Funk With Me

Saturday, March 14, 2015

Trap Doesn't Have to Loud to Be Successful

While much of the top 40 EDM scene is dominated by House music (mostly progressive or deep), Trap is the sub-genre of EDM that gets me most excited. In my eyes Trap has the highest ceiling because much of sound is derived from what I like best about EDM (synth driven chord progressions) and Hip Hop (low bass). Not only are Trap beats a love child of two great parents, they're also less prone to being ruined by terrible rappers who can distract from the quality of the instrumentation.

All that being said, I generally like my Trap music loud and heavy to the point of speaker fatigue. Below is a new track by TroyBoi that is an exception to the aforementioned generalization. Zone is exactly what you'd hope a song with that title would be. It's a song that is so cooled out that it induces relaxation by listening. The flutes layered on top of a quirky, but soothing beat mix really well together. Even better, it won't cost you more than a Soundcloud like to cop the track. Good things in life don't usually come free, but tonight it did...#MyStyle

TroyBoi - Zone

Friday, March 13, 2015

Videos of the Week March 13th

The top five this week range from haunting to hilarious to happy. Starting with the haunting, it appears Kanye has landed on Anonymous's sh*t list. That doesn't seem like a very fun place to be in a time where cyber security is more of a myth than an actual thing these days. They have some interesting moral high ground points in pointing out the choices he's made in speaking out against people and choosing, then supporting his now wife Kim Kardashian (sidebar: she's not getting linked, she gets linked enough). We'll see if anything real comes of this, but there are unconfirmed rumors that his laptop was stolen in Paris...the plot thickens.

Picking up with the hilarious, Mikey Bolts came through with a stellar vocal performance of Uptown Funk where he channels his inner Family Guy. If you're in the mood for happy, I don't see how Kygo's Firestone could possible NOT cheer you up. I still have yet to push next when listening to that song, it's nothing short of classic. Also on the hPhe lovebird collaboration between Zedd and Selena Gomez. I'll put it this way, I wasn't unhappy watching Selena dance around in the video. Serving as nice exclamation point on the week is Kendrick Lamar's freestyle over Notorious B.I.G. beats. So cool seeing some fresh lyricism over beats that I grew up with...#ToPimpAButterfly

Kygo feat Conrad Sewell - Firestone (Video)

Mikey Bolts Delivers Uptown Funk Family Guy Style

Anonymous Delivers a Message to Kanye West

Zedd feat Selena Gomez - I Want You to Know (Video)

Kendrick Lamar Freestyles to Biggie Beats

Photo Credit: YouTube

Thursday, March 12, 2015

Ellie Goulding Just Owned Hozier's Take Me to Church

Wow...plain and simply WOW! It's hard to imagine anyone on earth singing Take Me to Church as well as Hozier did on the original. Then Ellie Goulding took to the mic and blessed the track with her raspy vocals, providing a new take on a modern day classic. It's most interesting to how two different vocal deliveries and pronunciations on words throughout the track create a completely different listening experience. My only question is, where's the duet? I mean Sam Smith and John Legend made it happen, why can't Hozier and Ellie Goulding get together?...#TakeMeToChurch

Ellie Goulding - Take Me to Church (Hozier Cover)

Wednesday, March 11, 2015

"I Will Come Home in Time"

As Madeon's debut album release date of March 31st gets closer, I'm feeling a bit old knowing that he was born in 1994. It really makes you marvel at the type of talent he has as primarily a producer, but also as a singer. Even though it was more of a demo at first, he decided to add his own vocals to Home . He must have continued to get positive feedback on the demo version because low and behold, the final version that is set to appear on the album is nearly identical to the demo version. Check it out below...

This is the seventh song out of 18 on the album that has been released prior to Adventure hitting stores. I'm not putting it up there with Pay No Mind and Imperium, but it's more than just a filler track and it does a great job of showcasing the depths of his talents. Who is excited to see Madeon in concert this Spring?? That would be me...#Adventure

Tuesday, March 10, 2015

"Girl, You Know What? I Want You to Want Me"

A lot of artists have fallen on and off my radar because of how their music and my taste in music has evolved over the years. Fall Out Boy is a great example. I love their early music, but there was about a seven year stretch where it was me pressing the next button on every track. Recently, they've found their way back into my good graces, but there was a long hiatus in between.

I preface this post with that example because Jason Derulo has been the opposite of that. His music is so consistent and his style has continued to go the same direction as mine the past five years. He's four albums in and I'm excited about the lead single to his upcoming album, Want to Want Me. There's a heavy funk influence, some sexy falsetto and just the right amount of sing-along lyrics to carry the track. For those in mood of a mid-week, feel-good pop pick me up, look no further, JD has you covered...#WTWMDerulo

Monday, March 09, 2015

Duets Don't Get Better Than Sam Smith with John Legend

The video below seemed waaaay too good to be true when reading the headline "Sam Smith featuring John Legend." It was one of those, "am I going to regret clicking on this link because a Buzzfeed story is behind the door?" Strangely enough, it wasn't clickbait, it was the exact opposite of what I expected. In an effort to raise money for poverty via Red Nose Day, Sam and John did an in-studio performance of Sam Smith's Lay Me Down. What follows is picturesque brilliance...

You want to talk about an epic amount of vocal and performance talent...holy cow! For those of you who want to participate in the movement, Red Nose Day is this Friday, March 13th in the UK, while it's going to be celebrated in the US sometime in May. In general, great music that serves a bigger purpose is the ultimate win in my eyes. Kudos to everyone involved in the making of this...#RedNoseDay

Photo Credit: Vevo

Sunday, March 08, 2015

Keys N Krates Are Doing It and Doing It Well

High pitched, bouncy and repetitive. Those are the words I would associate with Keys N Krates general sound. It doesn't matter if they are remixing or on their own, they have an amped up style that is hard to mistake with anyone else's. I don't care how successful your style may or may not be, the fact that people can pick your music out in a crowded genre of EDM is a win.

For reference, the original version of Charli XCX and Rita Ora's track is below if you haven't heard it on Top 40 yet...
It will be hard to top the success of the original version of the track, but anytime a remix can successfully reimagine a core element of the original track (like tempo or bass for example), I'd consider it a success. Chalk another one up for Keys N Krates who found a way to twist the original into a position that I'm board with...#DoingIt

Charli XCX feat Rita Ora - Doing It (Keys N Krates Remix)

Saturday, March 07, 2015

Hov Paves the Road to Perdition for Electronica

This is the type of Hip Hop that gets you out of your seat just to listen. Following a low quality leak of his highly anticipated track Road to Perdition, Jay Electronica decided to take matters into his own hands by leaking the HQ version. With palpable vigor and a bangin' beat to go in on, Jay Elec put it all on the table by making a strong argument that he's one of the best lyricists in the game. Sure, the Jay Z samples give the track a bit more oomph in case you were unaware that he was signed to Roc Nation, but make no mistake about it, this was one hell of a solo effort.

After a few listens, I'm still in awe of the first four bars of the second verse:
My swag is on 1.21 gigawatts, 10 trillion kilowatts
Hardcore Thriller pop, Michael Jackson, n***** rock
Google me, baby, understand where I'm coming from
My destiny's to hit a grand slam when my number come

At this point we've heard two tracks from his upcoming Roc Nation debut, Act II: Patents of Nobility (The Turn). So far we've heard Better in Tune With the Infinite and Road to Perdition. By my count that's thirteen more tracks to drop with Kanye (twice), Diddy, The Dream and Erykah Badu collaborations to come. No word yet on when or if the album will ever drop, but the hype train is full steam after letting this one out of the cage...#RocNation

Jay Electronica feat Jay Z - Road To Perdition

Friday, March 06, 2015

Videos of the Week March 6th

This week, you can expect a few standouts mixed in with some humor. Leading the way is the 30 minute documentary style story that Complex put together on Shady Records. The documentary features a lot of interesting commentary from Eminem, 50 Cent, Dr. Dre and Eminem's manager, Paul Rosenberg. The parts focused on the signing of Slaughterhouse and Yelawolf toward the end were most interesting to me because I had always wondered what led to all the worthwhile lyricists in Hip Hop being gobbled up by Shady Records.

On the music side of the fence, Big Sean brought his A game with Drake and Kanye on the Blessings video. I'll say this, Dark Sky Paradise deserved to make it to the top of the charts. Speaking of top of the charts, that's where Major Lazer's new single Lean On is headed. Lyric videos can be so easily botched, but the vivid imagery did the track justice in their case. Finally, ending the week with some humor is never a bad thing. Led by DJs from around the world talking about the craziest things they've witnessed on stage and finishing with Action Bronson's entertaining interview on Dan Le Batard's Highly Questionable...#MrWonderful
Not Afraid The Shady Records Story (with Eminem and Dr. Dre)

Major Lazer & DJ Snake feat MØ - Lean On (Lyric Video)

DJs Talk About the Grossest Things They've Seen on Stage

Big Sean, Drake & Kanye - Blessings (Video)

Action Bronson is Interviewed on Highly Questionable with Dan Le Batard

Photo Credit: YouTube

Thursday, March 05, 2015

"I Can't Believe What I Did For Love"

Full disclosure, David Guetta's new single with vocals from Emeli Sande has been a mainstay on playlists of mine for the better part of two months. Somewhere along the way I dropped the ball on posting the track, so what better way to atone for that than posting the video. I didn't anticipate seeing an ape punching a shark to save his jet skiing woman, but sometimes you just luck out...
Oh, that's right I forgot to mention the tentacled outer space dragon monster too! Crazy animated love story aside, the track is about as memorable as an EDM track is capable of being. The standout vocals truly set the track apart, but Guetta's crisp chord progressions never disappoint. Listen continues to be one of the best EDM albums of the past year, but that's something we've come to expect from D Guetta. Still, there comes a point where releasing six successful promotional and official singles deserves some serious love...#Greatness

Wednesday, March 04, 2015

"You Break the Bridges to Build the Cities"

I continue to wonder why my tastes in music have gradually drifted away from Hip Hop toward EDM. The best answer I've come up with so far is that electronic dance music is growing so rapidly that upcoming artists aren't afraid of taking risks and being different. Every day there's a new branch forming off the synthesized foundation, challenging the way I feel about the genre.

As the reader of this post, why should I care? That's a great question and my answer is Karma Fields. When you listen to their new single, Build the Cities, I dare you to try and keyhole their sound into a genre. Is it Indie? Is it dance? Is it club worthy? An argument could be made for all of those and that's what makes the track so interesting. Kerli's vocals are on point and the lulls between the hard hitting rhythms give a stop and go tempo that's really engaging. Maybe I'm just a connoisseur of interesting rhythms, is that so bad? Either way, I'm cool with it and excited as hell to hear more from Karma Fields...#BuildTheCities

Karma Fields feat Kerli - Build the Cities

Tuesday, March 03, 2015

"Now is the Time to Show Them What You're Made Of"

Just when you thought Kid Cudi had fallen off the face of the earth and drifted back home to Mars, he drops a long lost gem on us. Coming from his San Francisco sessions and featuring the production from Dot Da Genius, Love will remind you of everything you love about Cudder. You'll get nostalgic over the Ratatat Sunblocks sample and the gentle ebb and flow of emotion that makes Cudi's music so incredibly infectious. The whiny guitar sample provides such a contrast to the inspirational theme embedded within the lyrics. It's long overdue, but how can you not get excited about Man on the Moon 3 after hearing this. Shoot, just make a full album with Dot producing and Ratatat samples and I'm all in...#MOTM3

Kid Cudi - Love (prod by Dot Da Genius)

Monday, March 02, 2015

The Chainsmokers Will Never Let You Go

Generally The Chainsmokers seek out Indie acts to remix, but now they've recruited one of their favorites for a new original song. Enlisting the help of Brooklyn's own Great Good Fine Ok, they put together an ever so catchy new single, Let You Go. It's a emotion soaked progressive house ballad that you'll find yourself singing alone to in the car. The high pitched vocals and soothing, yet energetic post-drop chord progression stick with you after a couple listens. Chalk another one up for the good guys, Alex and Drew are on a roll!...#LetYouGo

Sunday, March 01, 2015

"All We Need is Somebody to Lean On"

In Diplo we trust! One day after posting the news about the Jack U album dropping, Diplo and friends are at it again. This time in the form of Major Lazer, who is now headed toward a third studio album. Featuring the lead vocals from Danish vocalist (Karen Ørsted) and support from DJ Snake, Lean On is about as fresh as a mountain air sandwich.

The moombahton flavored track is more chill and rhythmic than electronic dance. To put it frankly, the track reeks of Major Lazer so much you could smell the ganja before you pressed play. There's a clear reggae footprint that pulls you in from the start, but the quirky synths are what make it stand out as a creation from the Mad Decent lab. Between this track and their recent standout on The Hunger Game Soundtrack, Major Lazer is on fire and continues to be a trend setting presence in the realm of EDM...#LeanOn

Major Lazer & DJ Snake feat MØ - Lean On

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