Sunday, May 31, 2015

"When You Touch Me, It's so Powerful"

In case you didn't already have enough incentive to go out and cop Major Lazer's new album Peace is the Mission, here comes yet another single to add to the mountain of recent ones. It's way more pop than you're used to with the characteristically bubbly tribal rhythms of Diplo's crew, but it speaks to their versatility. They don't make a type of music other than good music, which is something many other niche artists who know one path to success can't claim.

Sure, it helps the Ellie Goulding and Tarrus Riley bring the heat vocally on Powerful. While the beat is usually the reason you tune in to hear Major Lazer, it does a good job of providing enough glue to hold together the vocals in this case. Peace is the Mission hits iTunes tomorrow and my only beef with the album is that it's nine songs. For you visual folks, check out the lyric video below for Powerful or hit the Soundcloud link if you're using headphones on mobile...#PeaceIsTheMission

Major Lazer feat Ellie Goulding & Tarrus Riley - Powerful

Saturday, May 30, 2015

"What Spots My Eye? A Cutie Pie"

It's been entirely too long since we've heard a Crunk club anthem from Lil Jon. Now, before you get too ahead of yourself thinking you're getting another "Get Low", pump the breaks a bit. My Cutie Pie is loud, dirty, and catchy as hell. The best part about the track? Uncle Snoop and T-Pain joined the party this time, which kicks the track up a few notches. You might think the beat is incredibly similar to a lot of his other hits and you might also be right. But so what? When it's worked before and you haven't heard it for years, sometimes it'd fun to take a fresh trip down the memory lane. Feel free to bang this one out at that summer kickoff party this weekend...#MyCutiePie

Lil Jon feat T-Pain, Problem & Snoop Dogg – My Cutie Pie

Friday, May 29, 2015

Videos of the Week May 29th

It was a bit of a historic week for videos with Avicii's invention of the 360 interactive video. I'll be the first to admit, it kinda blew my mind that a recorded video could be interactive, but that's what I get for underestimating technology. At the end of Waiting For Love, I was left feeling like I had to watch it a couple more times in case I missed something like that Avicii cameo mid way through. Overall, it was a cool experience and you can bet many more artists will be following suit.

In the world of ordinary videos, K Dot delivered a spirited performance of his newest single These Walls on Ellen. The performance is another great reason why To Pimp a Butterfly probably deserves a few more listens. If eye candy is what you want, Taio Cruz has you covered with his video for Do What You Like. Creative video of the week goes to Alesso for his dancing crosswalk people in his video for Sweet Escape. And last, but definitely not least, Coldplay delivered a week's worth of funny in their Game of Thrones Mockumentary. I'm not a Game of Thrones guy, but kudos to Coldplay for keeping a serious tone throughout and doing what they could to pitch in for #RedNoseDay.
Avicii - Waiting For Love (360 Video)

Taio Cruz - Do What You Like (Video)

Kendrick Lamar Performs "These Walls" on Ellen

Coldplay Makes Mockumentary of Game of Thrones

Alesso feat Sirena - Sweet Escape (Video)

Photo Credit: YouTube

Thursday, May 28, 2015

"Every Minute Without You Feels Like Torture"

As Cash Money continues to turn into a crumbling fortress of destruction with Baby and Lil Wayne feuding over millions, we've got a new bright spot emerging from Weezy's Young Money label. Enter 19 year old Austin Mahone who signed with Young Money back in August 2013. His new single Torture is about as quality as it gets for pop/R&B nowadays. He reminds me a lot of Colby O'Donis with his smooth vocal delivery. I'll admit that on first listen I thought he had to be a member of (fill in the blank boy band name), but given his affiliation and solo course to this point, I have a lot more respect for him. With YMCMB opening up doors for him, the sky is the limit for young Austin...#Torture

Austin Mahone - Torture

Wednesday, May 27, 2015

Warriors Win, How Bout Oakland Tho?

How fitting, Louis Futon drops an Oakland track the night that the Golden State Warriors win the Western Conference Finals. It's been a while since Oakland has been on the map for basketball, so you an understand why the Bay Area is buzzing right now. All you Bay Area Hip Hop heads might recognize the vocal samples on the vocals on the track from Vell and DJ Mustard's Oakland below...
Little did we all know, all the track needed was some heavy bass and a few drops. Louis Futon did a hell of a job harnessing the hyphy in the original and changing the vibe of the track to more of a chill trap track. Best part about, he's giving it away from $free.50 via Soundcloud. No need to second guess on this one, join in the Bay Area celebration tonight by copping this one...#OaklandTho

Louis Futon feat Vell & DJ Mustard - Oakland Tho

Tuesday, May 26, 2015

"It Keeps Holding On and On"

Well...if you had doubts about whether Disclosure could match their debut album that's about to change. A few weeks back they teased us with a new song Bang That, which by all accounts was a huge step in the right direction. Now, with the help of vocals from Gregory Porter, they just let loose an official first single in the form of Holding On. It's about exactly what you'd expect from the duo, weaving together deep house rhythms with funky vocal samples. No word yet on what their new album will be called, but if their two recent songs are any indiction of their stock's value, now is the time to buy...#HoldingOn

Monday, May 25, 2015

"Baby, You're Like Lightning in a Bottle"

99% of the time I'm focused forward with music trying to seek out new tracks with the potential to impact listeners. Whether it's happiness, frustration, elation, excitement, there's a place in life for music that moves people. Not often enough do I go back and sort through music of the past year to re-evaluate songs that I didn't quite give the attention they deserved.

That being said...this weekend I dusted a lesser known one off the shelf and couldn't stop listening to it all weekend. BØRNS' Electric Love is a song that you will remember no matter how many times you listen to it. If I were asked to describe the vocals of Garrett Borns on the track, I'd liken his high pitched harmony to Wolfmother's Andrew Stockdale or Queen's Freddie Mercury. The drum beat lead in for the song will remind you of Beautiful People, but only for a few seconds before that catchy as hell guitar riff comes in. It's about as pop rock as you get, but the memorable vocals and easy-listening sound make it a smart addition to just about any playlist. If you're looking for more from BØRNS, check out his Candy EP and the acoustic version of the track that he did with Zella Day...#ElecticLove

Sunday, May 24, 2015

"That's What Happens When the Kitty's in the Lions Den"

Before you let the cart get too far in front of the horse, know that I'm going to resist using the phrase Detox in this post. Sure, it's awesome that a "new" single from Dr. Dre emerged on the front page of the internet today, but we've been okey doked many times before by the good doctor regarding his mythical album. Let's stick to the facts on this one folks. First off it's awesome to hear a verse from both Kendrick and Dr. Dre on the same track. Second, Jeremih's hook makes 2nite perfectly suitable for Top 40 radio. I'm even more hesitant to use the D word because the thuggish R&B sound of the track isn't exactly what you'd expect as a first single for a Dr. Dre album. Nonetheless, it's good to hear some fresh new material from Dre and if this is in fact the fossil discovery that leads to Jurassic World, then I'm with you, I'd love to look back on this track and say "this is where the ball finally got rolling"....#2nite

Dr. Dre feat Kendrick Lamar & Jeremih - 2nite

Saturday, May 23, 2015

Nero is Forecasting Dark Skies Between II Worlds

I already closely associate Nero with deep, dark, haunting electronic music, so hearing their new single title was about as surprising as seeing ice in Antarctica. Dark Skies seems like a perfect track for a black and white animated movie like Sin City. The police sirens in the background are a perfect compliment to the aura of the track as you could picture a detective driving through a rain soaked city to investigate the latest crime. If you like Nero, you'll like this track because it's exactly what you'd expect from them stylistically. They make music that suits a given mood and they do it really well. Their new one will surface on their upcoming album, Between II Worlds, due out on August 28th. By my count, that leaves nine more tracks to get excited about until then, which means plenty more Nero features to come this summer...#DarkSkies

Nero - Dark Skies

Friday, May 22, 2015

Videos of the Week May 22nd

It was an extremely busy week for new music releases and an even busier week for music videos. Leading the way was Taylor Swift's new collabo with Kendrick Lamar that momentarily had the internet on pause. The video is up to 51 million views in less than a week, which speaks to how ridiculously big Taylor and K Dot are.

If you're wondering what it's like to be an aspiring electronic music DJ and you can put up with Zac Efron, check out the We Are Your Friends trailer. If you have been wondering what it would be like to see Snoop sailing through the clouds with Stevie, we've got some of that too this week. If crazy collaborations are what you're interested in, give D Guetta's new one a look. And if you are in the mood for a dramatic video that tells a gritty story, Machine Gun Kelly's new video for A Little More. In my eyes, it's in the lead for best Hip Hop track of 2015 at the quarter gate...#ALittleMore
Taylor Swift feat Kendrick Lamar - Bad Blood (Video)

We Are Your Friends (Trailer)

David Guetta feat Nicki Minaj, Afrojack & Bebe Rexha - Hey Mama (Video)

Snoop Dogg feat Stevie Wonder & Pharrell - California Roll (Video)

Machine Gun Kelly feat Victoria Monet - A Little Bit (Video)

Photo Credit: YouTube

Thursday, May 21, 2015

The Eagle Has Landed...Scud Books Has Finally Arrived

The day has finally come, Scud Books has finally arrived! It's going to be difficult holding back the adjectives on this one since it has been hands down my favorite track of the past two years. To this point, all we've been privy to is a shortened Radio 1 ripped version. Now, outta nowhere, we have a video for the track that you can peruse below..

I'm proud to say that Scud Books is my great white buffalo. It has an engaging mix of loud horns that reek of grandeur, playful synths that form an engaging chord progression and heavy, speaker rattling bass. If I were to describe my taste in music, this is as close as you're going to get to the core of what I like. The world hasn't yet gotten to fully appreciate Hudson Mohawke, but they're gotten awfully close of late thanks to Apple. If I can encourage you to do one thing, it's to go out and cop his upcoming album Lantern. There's plenty of great instrumentation that sways between holy triumvirate of Hip Hop, Trap and EDM. Oh and HudMo, come on back to the Bay Area, we miss you...#Lantern

Wednesday, May 20, 2015

"Give You All My Lovin' Baby Can I?"

Now that Drake has fulfilled his album quota with Cash Money through his recent release of his If You're Reading This It's Too Late mixtape, it's time to get back to the real music. Make no mistake about it, his latest mixtape shouldn't be mentioned in the same sentence as his classic So Far Gone mixtape. The mixtape comparison serves as a reflection on the evolution of my fandom of Drake. It started off so well and continued for a few albums, but our paths have seemed to diverge the past year or so.

Unfortunately, his new track with Beyonce and Sal Houdini isn't the song that is going to make our paths converge again. I will say that Sal Houdini is a name I'm going to be keeping an eye out for going forward. He has a great voice and showed off some versatility on his verse. If you're looking for a huge vocal contribution from Beyonce, you're going to be disappointed too. I will say too I'm not really a fan of Drake's overtly-thuggish, half-yelling delivery. It's not what got him to where he is today and in my eyes it cheapens his overall style. All in all, it'll be a track that gets a lot of attention, but it's flashy exterior will leave you wanting more...#CanI

Drake feat Beyoncé & Sal Houdini - Can I

Tuesday, May 19, 2015

"The Road to Hell is Paved With Good Intentions"

How perfect, a song dedicated to all the people who meant to do well, only to fail miserably. You know what I mean, those times when intending to do well may be half the battle, but doesn't end up mattering because of how crappy the outcome ends up. We've all witnessed it or done it, which makes The Chainsmokers new single all the more universally accessible.

Lucky for us, Alex and Drew enlisted the help of BullySongs to chip in vocals on the track. I'd classify Good Intentions as more of a potential Top 40 hit than a party starter, but it's another unique addition to The Chainsmokers growing list of original hits. Trust fall to this one y'all as we collectively wait with baited breath for that Life of Dillon Overload remix...#GoodIntentions

The Chainsmokers feat BullySongs - Good Intentions

Monday, May 18, 2015

"We'll Stay, We'll Stay Untouchable"

In case you haven't already heard enough hyperbole surrounding various newly released EDM tracks that are destined to become "summer anthems", here's another one to add to the growing list. They may not be the biggest of names, but I for one got extremely excited when I first caught wind of Tritonal and Cash Cash collaborating on a track together. Call it formulaic if you want, but Untouchable is a feel-good, pop EDM track that will have you singing along like no one is looking by the second hook. I need not bless the track with any more superlatives, it speaks for itself as a progressive house you'll know and love soon enough...#Untouchable

Tritonal & Cash Cash - Untouchable

Sunday, May 17, 2015

"This Summer's Gonna Hurt Like a Mother..."

Today was the first time I had ever participated in the Bay to Breakers race shit show event. Armed with a minimal effort bee costumer, I took off with my swarm to conquer the city. The controlled chaos was like eye candy for anyone who enjoys people watching. The path of the race might as well have been declared a war zone because there are things that I saw today that I can't unsee...things that would definitely be considered illegal on any other day. And it all started and ended with a huge population of bros that seemed to come out in full force today.

I mention bros in prefacing Maroon 5's new single because it's the ultimate bro song. It's catchy, repeatable, vulgar and hints at having to deal with the consequences of making bad decisions. That my friends is what I experienced today in a nutshell and had this song been out a week earlier, I'm sure I would have been listening to it for all seven miles of chaos. To put it all in a nutshell, enjoy this one quick because you're going to be forced to listen to it for the majority of the summer. As a result, I'd like to formally congratulate Maroon 5 for yet another #1 single...#ThisSummerIsGonnaHurt

Saturday, May 16, 2015

"In the Mornin' When I Wake Up, Tell Me How You Feel"

There aren't many artists who have the ability to rap and sing. Generally you're either a vocalist who harmonizes and sings hooks or you make a living off crafting and delivering 16 bars. It's a big reason why I have so much respect for artists like Drake, B.O.B. and Wiz Khalifa. They all have the versatility to go back and forth with such little effort that they don't usually need to collaborate with others to make really awesome music.

I prefaced this post with all that added opinion about versatile artists because Sammy Adams seems to have been cut from a similar cloth. I'm a bit biased because I'm addicted to the funky house beat on Maejor's Me and You, but Sammy made the track his own on the remix. The comparisons to Drake immediately came to mind when listening to it because of the tone and delivery of the sing-songy lyrics. It sounds like a different track and while I wouldn't go as far as saying he did it better than Maejor, you can't deny how fresh it is. Tip of the cap to Boston's finest, I see you Sammy, keep churning out those hits...#BostonsBoy

Maejor & Sammy Adams - Me and You (Remix)

Friday, May 15, 2015

Videos of the Week May 15th

Generally there's a significant dose of novelty or shenanigans in my weekly top five videos, but this week was more straight forward with music leading the way. Lead by videos for new singles from HudMo and Keys N Krates, there's definitely an EDM slant to the music. If you're into ancient Egypt and trap music, you'll dig the video for Hypnotik. Prior to this week I had a musical blind spot in the form of Huey Mack, but that changed this week when he churned out a video for Funeral with Twista and Afrojack. Twista on an EDM track?? Yes please!

On a non-EDM tip, Straight No Chaser showed again why they're not your average acapella group. After having seen them perform live, I don't need any more convincing, they set the bar when it comes to polished vocal collaboration. Rounding out the top five is Jimmy Fallon and Jack Black's crack at Extreme's More Than Words. It's a little nuts how close to the original they came, but that's what makes it so awesome...#WhisperChallenge
Hudson Mohawke feat Irfane - Very First Breath (Video)

Keys N Krates - Hypnotik (Video)

Jimmy Fallon & Jack Black Recreate More Than Words (Video)

Straight No Chaser - Make You Feel My Love (Video)

Huey Mack feat Afrojack & Twista - Play This at My Funeral (Video)

Photo Credit: YouTube

Thursday, May 14, 2015

"I'll Be Gone For You Know Each Other"

Before you get too excited about the track below, know that this is more of a unreleased blast from the past than a new single. Yes, his new album will be titled Stories and this probably won't be on it, but nonetheless, it's always good to hear new music from Avicii. Like most of his tracks, there's a story-like progression to the track with plenty of piano and a bit of acoustic guitar laying the ground work for soothing vocals. Assist goes to Joakim Berg for providing yet another stellar vocal effort on an Avicii track. It's fun, easy-listening stuff that is much more intricate that you and I can ever wrap our head around, but that's also part of the allure. Here's to hoping that we'll continue to be privy to new music from Avicii who seems to be on the comeback trail as we speak...#Avicii

Avicii feat Joakim Berg - I'll Be Gone

Wednesday, May 13, 2015

Tinie and Jess Are Not Letting Go

I've always been of the mindset that the UK doesn't get quite the love it deserves for it's presence in Hip Hop. Sadly, fans of Hip Hop in the US don't know much more than Tinie Tempah because of his many collaborations with well-known American artists. It's been a few years since we've been privy to new music from Patrick Okogwu, but you better believe he came correct with his lead single below.

From the start, the beat grabs you and doesn't let go as Tinie flawlessly eases into the first verse. The track moves along nicely until Jess Glynne knocks the hook out of the park. The combination of pop and subtle funk is a good look and makes for a really fun track. There's no official news on a new album, but you can expect to cop Not Letting Go in the coming days as you keep this on Soundcloud repeat...#NotLettingGo

Tinie Tempah feat Jess Glynne - Not Letting Go

Tuesday, May 12, 2015

"You're Never Too Young to Die"

Now that Hip Hop/EDM collaborations are becoming more and more frequent, I'm gaining a greater appreciation for the ones that are done well. By done well, I mean you can tell there isn't a verse by a Hip Hop artist pasted on top of some synthesizers haphazardly. If you're looking for a benchmark for fluid, extremely well executed cross-genre collaborations, Zedd's new track sets the bar for just that. Press play below for context.

Not only does the beat reel you in from the start, there's an excellent vocal presence on the track provided by the X Ambassadors. The track would have been just fine with the X Ambassadors harmonizing over the beat, but Logic's lyrical gymnastics took it to another level. I'd call it a deadly trifecta because it has everything from the cross-genre novelty to a great hook. If you're eager to cop the track it will surface on Zedd's new album, True Colors, in a week's time. By my count, the album already has three really solid singles, which elevates it to purchase worthy status...#TrueColors

Monday, May 11, 2015

Hard Time Gets a Big Gigantic Saxy Remix

While some may argue that it's not all about the sax, I vehemently disagree. Case in point, the latest saxy remix by Big Gigantic of Seinabo Sey's Hard Time. You may remember Seinabo Sey from Kygo's remix of Younger, but her newest track is even catchier in my eyes. Check the original version of her video for Hard Time below...

While the original brands itself as an intense ballad, the remix is all about the funk. You'll be hard pressed to find a more stark difference between original and remix. I like that the remix brings out the soul in the vocals because it blends oh so well with the upbeat version done by Big Gigantic. At this point, I'm left wondering, what was life like before the saxophone was introduced into EDM?...#BigGigantic

Seinabo Sey - Hard Time (Big Gigantic Remix)

Sunday, May 10, 2015

We've Been Waiting for BenZel

Once in a blue moon I come across a new artist that I have a really hard time coming up with a comparison for. Tonight was one of those nights when I heard BenZel's new track Waiting featuring the vocals of Ben Abraham. For those of you who have no idea who BenZel is, they're a dynamic duo of Two Inch Punch (Ben Ash) and Benny Blanco. Even though they're not household names, I've featured productions by both over the years and, as a result, immediately got excited when I first heard they were going to make music together.

The closest characterization I have for the sound of the track is Love Trap or R&B flavored Trap. The chipmunk samples might remind you a bit of Keys N Krates, but it's such a cool blend of melodic vocals and heavy bass. It's not an easy task to make mellow music that packs intensity, but the two Ben's pulled it off with easy on Waiting.... I don't want to go overboard with praise, but you'd be hard pressed to find me another Indie electronic duo that I'm as excited about...#BenZel

BenZel feat Ben Abraham - Waiting......

Saturday, May 09, 2015

Avicii & Nina Simone Inspire Good Feelings

We've all been waiting patiently for new music from Avicii and this week it finally arrived in the form of an interesting remake of Nina Simone's classic Feeling Good. If you've been following Avicii the past year, you're like me and have been waiting with bated breath as one health concern after another came to light. In the video below Avicii seems to be turning over a new leaf. All the fame and fortune seemingly led him down a path that didn't allow him to be himself or fully grasp the contribution he's made to music.

While I wouldn't characterize his new track as something I'd expect from him musically, I'm more than willingly to get behind the symbolism of the track. There's no electronics at all, but it's a beautiful cover that absolutely did justice to the original, which is no small task. If Tim has been missing from Avicii's music, then I'm excited to get to meet the new version of him. It may only be the intro track to celebrate him coming back to life, but I'm stoked for what's coming next...#FeelingGood

Friday, May 08, 2015

Videos of the Week May 8th

This week's top five is a bit EDM centric, but managed to be diverse. Led by new videos from Martin Garrix/Tiesto and Nero, it was fun to see visuals that captured the fun of The Only Way is Up and the intensity of The Thrill. We also had a Trop House sighting in the form of a new video for Sam Feldt's bubbly Show Me Love.

The clear standout of the week in my eyes was Kygo and Parson James's live cover of Tove Lo's Habits. I'm appreciating the stripped down piano work by Kygo because it shows more than just your average ability to manipulate electronic synthesizers. Add to that Parson James who absolutely knocked the vocals out of the park and you've got yourself a stunning cover. To wrap up the week, I had to include everyone's favorite new song performed on Fallon. Maybe I'm a bit late, but Fetty Wap seems to be the talk of Hip Hop lately...#TrapQueen
Martin Garrix & Tiesto - The Only Way is Up (Video)

Kygo & Parson James Cover Tove Lo's Habits on BBC 1 Radio Show

Nero - The Thrill (Video)

Sam Feldt - Show Me Love (Video)

Fetty Wap Performs Trap Queen on Fallon

Photo Credit: YouTube

Thursday, May 07, 2015

Flux Goes Reggae on "This International Anthem"

I'm not used to Flux Pavilion dipping into reggae rhythms, but it's a good look. If you take his usual exaggerated, heavy drops he took that to new heights on his new single International Anthem. A little word to the wise, if you call a song "International Anthem", I'm going to compare your song to the International Players Anthem. Let's just say that's a dangerous proposition because that might be one of my top 5 favorite songs ever. Comparisons aside, if you're looking for a fun, new electronic track this one should satisfy your craving...#InternationalAnthem

Wednesday, May 06, 2015

Ave Cesaria Gets a Major Upgrade

About five years ago, I posted Kanye's remix of Stromae's Alors on Danse. That's about the extent of the Belgian's discography I'm familiar with, but I will cop to seeing his name pop up often at many of the concert venues that I frequent. Most recently that was the Fox Theater in Oakland, but I didn't pull the trigger on tickets. If I would have known about Major Lazer remixing his latest single, things might have been different. If you haven't heard the original version of Ave Cesaria (Hail Cesaria), check out the video below...

Don't get hung up on the lack of English lyrics or foreign Euro-pop sound Ave Cesaria is a catchy track. So catchy that Major Lazer took it upon themselves to add some depth to the original and spin it into a dancehall track. The vocals and instrumental samples are sprinkled throughout, but it's the reverberating rhythms that you'll quickly associate with with Major Lazer's sound. Open your mind to this one and you'll be pleasantly surprised with the combination of styles...#AveCesaria

Stromae - Ave Cesaria (Major Lazer Remix)

Tuesday, May 05, 2015

"Baby Don't You Come My Waaaay"

This is going to sound completely foolish, but I was sleepin' on Fetty Wap until Matt & Kim (out of all people) got hype on stage last week to Trap Queen. I'll let you try and wrap your head around that for a minute before I continue. What I do know is Matt & Kim were on my concert bucket list for a reason and they did not disappoint. Keep it locked for a concert review in the coming days.

Anyways, back to Fetty Wap, the Haitian kid from Jersey on a fierce come up thanks to Trap Queen, which peaked at #3 on Billboard recently. In case you were thinking he's a one hit wonder, a Drake co-sign on his latest single, My Way, should take care of that assumption. It follows the same bouncy, sing-songy style that got everyone's attention on his lead single. Comparatively speaking, he's light years ahead of the garbage that is ILoveMakeonnen, but he still has plenty of room to impress before becoming a household name. If you're looking for a sexy new Hip Hop stock to buy, this might be your last shot to get in before the major labels start jumping in on Willie Maxwell...#MyWayRemix

Fetty Wap & Drake (Remy Boyz) - My Way (Remix)

Monday, May 04, 2015

There is No Direction Other Than Up

Ahhhh, what a refreshing sight to see old school and new school EDM combine forces. While Tiesto was an EDM pioneer and continues to be a living legend, Martin Garrix is still on the front 9 of his career as a budding EDM star. I always find it the intersection of styles interesting when two artists of this magnitude collaborate. I'd argue that while the overall progressive house sound fits Tiesto a bit more, Martin's presence on the track gives it a bit of personality. The high pitched, jittery vocals are what you'll remember when you're done listening, but that's only because the underlying synths created such a smooth backdrop for the track. Feel free and cop The Only Way Is Up fresh off the Beatport shelf if you're in the mood for an easy-listening dose of EDM...#TheOnlyWayIsUp

Tiesto & Martin Garrix - The Only Way Is Up

Sunday, May 03, 2015

Is There a Doctor in the House? Yes, Dr. Bass Drop

I'll admit, when I first saw Andy Samberg featured on a Major Lazer track, I was more than a little intrigued. Bass Drop is a bit of a head scratched because it's not currently listed on the tracklist for Major Lazer's upcoming album Peace is the Mission. That being said, you're not going to hear me complaining because the video and song are pure fire. You'll need to press play below to figure that out...

The Samberg feature is a bit distorted, but given the lyrics, the shoe seems to fit. The video above also continues a streak of lyric video dominance by Major Lazer. I'm starting to question whether they ever need to spend the money to make a real video when all their lyric videos are even more entertaining. Who knows whether or not this track will find its way onto their new album, but if they were trying to build up hype for their upcoming July release and hype their new cartoon on FXX, then mission accomplished...#BassDrop

Saturday, May 02, 2015

"Bang That 'Til You Pass Out"

If you've ever wondered what 90s pop music would sound like mashed with new school House music, Disclosure has your answer. I say 1990s because it reminds me of so many group exercise hits that were released in that decade. Below is an detailed example of what I mean by 1990s group exercise music...
Gotta love the 90s! Anyways, Bang That is a fun combination of addictive vocal samples and a rolling beat that fluctuates tempo masterfully. If you loved Disclosure's debut album Settle, you have to be excited about their new single because it's an indication that their sophomore album is well on the way. There aren't too many groups that do pop Dance music as well as they do, so if you were looking for permission to get pumped, you now have it...#BangThat

Disclosure - Bang That

Friday, May 01, 2015

Videos of the Week May 1st

To be completely honest, it was a dreadfully slow week for music. Rarely is there ever a week where it's a struggle to decide what the heck to write about. Luckily, videos of the week touches on much more than just music and Jimmy Fallon is always there with something entertaining to offer. My personal favorite of the week was Jimmy's sidekick Steve Higgins trying to one up Shaggy at his own accent. Needless to say hilarity ensued. Likewise when Kristen Wiig hopped on the set to deliver an interesting Khaleesi impersonation. I'm not a huge Game of Thrones guy, so it was tough for me to judge how funny she was when being interviewed.

Despite a lack of quantity, there was some quality when it came to music videos this week. The X Ambassadors are growing on me more and more as I can't stop listening to their new single Renegades. Similarly, when Eminem decides to rip through a few verses with the help of Yelawolf, it's always worth a listen. Finally, if you've ever wish you knew more about T-Pain, here's your chance. His Bigger Than Pain documentary was an interesting biopic on someone who never seems to get the credit he deserves talent wise because the majority of his vocals are auto-tune aided. Needless to say, he's a talented dude from Tallahassee and the 20 minute documentary is proof why...#BiggerThanPain
Jimmy Fallon & Shaggy Have a "Shaggy Off"

T-Pain Bigger Than Pain Documentary

X Ambassadors - Renegades (Video)

Yelawolf feat Eminem - Best Friend (Video)

Jimmy Fallon Interview Khaleesi From Game of Thrones Played by Kristen Wiig

Photo Credit: YouTube

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