Monday, November 30, 2015

Flosstradamus Makes a Jack U & Post Malone Sandwich

Those of you thinking that Cyber Monday is strictly for online purchases need to check yourself. Flosstradamus just flipped that assumption on it's head with their mashup of Jack Ü's Where R Ü and Post Malone's White Iverson. The track starts out innocently enough, but when the hook comes around it all comes together like that relationship between two of your good friends that you never saw coming. It shouldn't be a big surprise, but Post's vocals work pretty well over the bouncy Diplo/Skrillex beat. It's seamless enough that you could convince me his vocals were meant to be there from the start. Credit Flossy for being creative enough to mash these previously unrelated hits into a brand new reincarnation...#WhiteIverson

Jack Ü X Post Malone - Where R Ü Iverson (Flosstradamus Edit)

Sunday, November 29, 2015

"I'm Gonna Be Free, But Maybe Not Tonight"

2015 is slowly winding to a close. When I think back on it, there will be a short list of artists that have emerged, making the previous 365 that much more memorable. Near the top of that list is Galantis who have quickly become one of my favorite electronic duos. Gold Dust might be one of my favorite songs of the year and who could forget the funk they delivered on Peanut Butter Jelly?

This week they released a new spin on Florence and the Machine's Delilah that is as moving as the original. When listening to the remix it became abundantly clear that there's something about Florence Welch's vocals that meshes well with the energy that goes along with build ups and drops. To their credit, Galantis tossed in this really catching rolling bass line to the track that feeds the remix's big room sound. It's a testament to how the Swedish duo not only excel at making their own music, but they're capable taking vocal performances to another level...#Delilah

Saturday, November 28, 2015

"When I'm Lying Here, Will You Take Me Home?"

Even though Tiesto is becoming known for stylistically catering to more of an American pop audience, he's always going to be able to churn out great remixes of ballads. I'm talking John Legend's All of Me or Beyonce's Drunk in Love type of remixes. They're great examples of ballads turned into beautiful progressive house anthems.

Now let's add another new one to Tiesto's never-ending discography with his remix of Jess Glynne's Take Me Home. If you haven't heard the original, it's an emotion dripped ballad that fully showcases Jess's stellar vocal abilities. For reference check her video out for it below before you listen to Tiesto's remix that injects a angelic chord progression to the original...#TakeMeHome

Jess Glynne - Take Me Home (Tiesto Remix)

Friday, November 27, 2015

Videos of the Week November 27th

I'll be honest, with the American Music Awards being last weekend, it was tough picking my top five favorite videos of the week. To make things simple, I picked the most novel and interesting performance of the night, which went to Pentatonix. Their orchestra aided acapella rendition was quite a sight to see. Similarly, SNL's Thanksgiving gone bad where Adele's Hello saves that day was a pretty funny skit. Yes, the song is getting to be extremely overplayed, but I like that people are being creative with it now at least.

The final bit of novelty of the week came from the Muppets and Eminem My Name Is mash up. Every time I click on one of those videos, I roll my eyes thinking that this one is going to be just like the last ones. Then, I watch the video and end up being really entertained, so take that for what it's worth. In the world of music, Avicii created an inspirational mini-movie for his newest single Arrows. Really cool father daughter story having to do with high jumping, so give that a watch. And last but not least, Alex, Drew, and Tritonal came through with a typically entertaining competitive spin class video for Until You Were Gone. Everyone seems to fall in love with their spin instructor, so it was fun to see them poking fun at something that a lot of people can relate with...#UntilYouWereGone
The Chainsmokers & Tritonal – Until You Were Gone (Feat. Emily Warren) (Video)

A Thanksgiving Miracle From Adele

Pentatonix Star Wars Tribute at the American Music Awards

Avicii - Broken Arrows (Video)

The Muppets Singing Eminem's My Name Is
Photo Credit: YouTube

Thursday, November 26, 2015

Happy Thanksgiving From Dillon Francis & Kill the Noise

Generally I don't post on big holidays because the whole reason we have holidays is to get away from the usual day-to-day and spend time with loved ones. I'm making an exception today because Kill the Noise and Dillon Francis just gift wrapped us all a Thanksgiving themed banger. It's chalked full of South Park samples and turkey noises, similar to their prior collaboration Dolphin on Wheels. No need to go deep on this one, it's a novelty at best, so indulge if your family needs a nice laugh tonight over dinner...#TurkeyOnWheels

Kill The Noise & Dillon Francis - Turkey On Wheels

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

Wednesday, November 18, 2015

"California, Don't Let Me Down"

For the majority of the past month, I've been listening to Avicii's new album, Stories, on heavy repeat. On the album, there are a few tracks that I tend to gravitate toward when skipping around. The one track that I can't seem to ever skip over on the fourteen song EP anytime I listen is Sunset Jesus. Despite it skewing heavy toward pop, the combination of vocals and bubbly chord progression is addicting. The post-hook release offers such an amazingly jubilant release that can't help but nod along to the beat. It's one of those tracks that is so interesting that you pay attention to the lyrics and want to know more about what they mean. Such a cool use of symbolism to make a point about a topic that's much bigger in society.

And if you're wondering more about how the track came together, I bet you'll be interested to hear that Gavin Degraw is the vocalist on the track and Mike Posner was one of the writers on the track. Basically, it's a microcosm of the album as a whole and if you haven't given a full listen to Avicii's entire album, I hope that this drives you to giving it a full spin because there are plenty of hidden gems just like this one...#SunsetJesus

Tuesday, November 17, 2015

Savoy Taps Chali 2na of J5 on Love is Killing Me

Chali 2na of Jurassic 5 on an EDM track?!?!? Mind = Blown. He's not someone who I'd peg to fit well with electronic music, but Savoy isn't your average act. After seeing them live at Red Rocks a few months back, I quickly gained a new appreciation for their music. Partnering with one of my favorite lyricists is only going to amplify that love and you better believe Love is Killing Me didn't disappoint.

From the top, there's a soothing vibe to the track led by quiet synths and a high pitched vocal sample. Around the one minute mark, the beat starts gaining some steam, ushering in a substantial bassline and amplified synths. Then Chali comes in and kills it, dropping a stellar verse and making the track seem more Hip Hop than it did when I first started listening. I love collaborations like this that are equal parts awesome and unpredictable. If you like as much as me, head on over to iTunes to check it and the entire four song Thousand Years EP that will be dropping in two weeks. Oh and check the special message brought to you by the dynamic duo...#LoveIsKillingMe
Savoy feat Chali 2na - Love Is Killing Me

Monday, November 16, 2015

"They Headed For Me, They Don't Know a Truth From a Lie"

You know when you were a kid and every soda at the fountain looked so good that you couldn't just choose one, so you ended up making a suicide soda? That's sort of like what happened on Tkay Maidza's new single Ghost. The up and comah from down undah not only enlisted the help of fellow Aussie's What So Not and George Maple, she also threw in a dash of Baauer to make it even more interesting. The resulting beat alternates from fast to slow as Tkay ducks and weaves transitioning between Hip Hop verses to singing the hook. There's a palpable clap to the beat and plenty of bass, which satisfies the trap expectations I had before pressing play. Going back to the original analogy, there's a lot of flavors to the track, which makes it as novel and tasty as a Root Beer, Coke, Sprite, Orange, Dr Pepper soda mix...#Ghost

Tkay Maidza feat Baauer, What So Not & George Maple - Ghost

Sunday, November 15, 2015

"What Are You Afraid of, We Know What You're Made Of"

Here's yet another hot remix from the bass heavy Aussie duo Hermitude. This time they took a swanky house track from Disclosure and flipped it into a chill trap remix. The vocals stayed the same, but it's much more of slow jam in it's new incarnation. If slow bounce is your thing and you enjoy zoning out in your favorite noise canceling headphones, make some room for this one. Oh and if you're wondering whether Disclosure's new album Caracal is awesome, feel free and add this to the growing number of remixes to various tracks from the album. In EDM when other DJs are remixing your original music, there's no better compliment...#Jaded

Saturday, November 14, 2015

Adele's Hello Was Made for Trop House

You knew it was coming sooner or later, but credit Konglomerate and Good Life for beating everyone to the punch. The "it" I'm talking about is a Tropical House cover of Adele's Hello. Back when Adele was blowing up a few years back, Trop House wasn't anything more than a novel daydream. After one listen of the remix below, you'll join me in thinking "why didn't something like this happen earlier?" because Adele's mellow style fits like a glove over the flutes and high pitched synths. Even though the vocals come from Gabe Maulion rather than Adele, you're going to be hard pressed convincing me you can tell much of a difference since it sounds like a sample from the original. All in all, this is one of the better Trop House covers I've heard in 2015...#GoodLife

Adele - Hello (Good Life & Konglomerate Cover)

Friday, November 13, 2015

Videos of the Week November 13th

Let's call this week's top five an entertaining variety show. Led by Hannibal Burress's Hip Hop/politics commentary and Nick Offerman's interesting culinary choices for the fall, there's plenty of funny in the mix. If you're looking for art and creativity alongside some dope beats, ZHU/Skrillex and Kill the Noise have you covered. The claymation creation of Donald Trump's limitless greed was a fun watch if you're into pointed satire. Closing out the week on a huge high note was Missy Elliot's comeback single WTF (Where They From). No matter how much time goes by, Missy is always going to be able to create music that inspires people to shake that booty...#WhereTheyFrom
Hannibal Burress Matches Up Presidential Candidates with Rappers

ZHU x Skrillex x THEY. - Working For It

Nick Offerman Offering Up His Top Fatty Dishes for the Fall

Kill the Noise - Kill it 4 the Kids (Video)

Missy Elliot feat Pharrell- Where They From (WTF) (Video)

Photo Credit: YouTube

Thursday, November 12, 2015

"Am I in Love with You? Or am I in Love with the Feeling?"

Just when you thought this whole Bieber/Skrillex thing was going to be a momentary flash in the pan, here's another log to throw on the fire to keep it roasting for a few months more. Lately I've been trying to resist Bieber coming back into my musical life, but Skrillex is doing everything in his power to break down the preconceived notions and close mindedness. It's one of those battles where you want to separate the persona from the artist because he's capable of making great music, but there's something you just don't like about him.

In the case of Bieber, I literally can't continue hating because the music he's releasing of late is unquestionably stellar. His latest EDM flavored releases, starting with Where Are U Now, are all really catchy blends of the best that R&B, Pop and electronic music have to offer. His latest one, The Feeling, excels in it's emotion soaked angst. Led by a flawless hook from Halsey and a heavy, but somber beat from Skrillex, Bieber is able to chip in a few well executed verses to round out the track. It really reminds me of the golden age of R&B in the 90s when artists were able to tear at your strings with heart wrenching slow jams. In just two days, JB's new album Purpose is going to hit iTunes and my guess is it's going to be one of the rare albums the eventually reach platinum status. Time will tell, but there are at least five singles I've already given the thumbs up to on the 19 song track list, so let's just say he's off to a promising start...#Purpose

Justin Bieber feat Halsey - The Feeling

Wednesday, November 11, 2015

Dillon Francis Remixing Disclosure is a Good Omen

After a few listens, I'm really impressed with what Dillon Francis did with Disclosure and Sam Smith's Omen. I was skeptical prior to pressing play, but he did everything he needed to turn my skepticism into unbridled optimism. His creative use of Sam's vocal samples and bass heavy beat breakdowns were a big reason why my perception quickly shifted. He took a radio hit and made it into more of a fun party track, which isn't an easy task. In his own words, he really did "nail it" and I can see why he compared his excitement to the feeling he had in making Coming Over with Kygo. The only downside is you'll have to wait until next week when the remix lands on iTunes and Beatport

Disclosure - Omen (Dillon Francis Remix)

Tuesday, November 10, 2015

Keys N Krates Just Let Loose a Bangin' New Single

Man, if you're wondering why Keys N Krates have consistently been one of my top five trap groups, look no further than their new single. U Already Know represents everything I love about their music. It's bouncy, it's fun, there are high pitched samples in the mix and they never leave you wanting more on drops.

I didn't expect a full one minute build leading up to the first drop, but it did the trick in upping my level of intrigue. It's their third single off the upcoming Midnite Mass EP that is scheduled to drop on January 15th. Out of the three singles, this is by far my favorite because the horns and bass remind me a lot of Hip Hop beats I've enjoyed in the past. You can bet if you receive a mix of mine in the next three months, this one will absolutely be on it...#UAlreadyKnow

Keys N Krates - U Already Know

Monday, November 09, 2015

Who Needs Real Friends When Imaginary Sound This Good?

After months of relative silence, deadmau5 seems to be announcing his return with a triumphant roar this week. Yesterday he let loose a Three Pound snack and today we now have a new full length meal in the form of Imaginary Friends. Both have a quiet build up, but go in totally opposite directions. Where Three Pound Chicken Wing takes a turn for Future Bass, Imaginary Friends is much more hard hitting melodic House. It's one of his multi-faceted tracks that is half driving, in your face bass, half beautiful synth progression. Up until this week, a new album in 2016 seemed like a pipe dream. Now that you've tasted the Kool Aid, join me in getting excited for what's coming next...#ImaginaryFriends

deadmau5 - Imaginary Friends

Sunday, November 08, 2015

"Life and Death With No Intermission"

November 13th, next Friday, mark it on your calendar. That's the day Logic's new album, The Incredible True Story, is slated for release and below is yet another reason why it would be good investment. The rhythmic clap on Fade Away gives a simple canvas for Logic to flow over for three minutes and change. I say flow because he has such a relaxed delivery that it's as if he's having a conversation with you. There's nothing forced about it, which is why he's able to pack so much intensity into his music without overwhelming the listener. In my eyes he's one of the bright spots in Hip Hop world that is desperately needing someone to carry the torch on from a generation who understand the craft that goes into being a lyricist...#FadeAway

Logic - Fade Away

Saturday, November 07, 2015

Take 'Em to Church Parson James!

Admittedly, I'm a sucker for soulful, choir-assisted gospel jams. As soon as the organ fires up and the harmony starts pouring in, I might as well be a hooked fish. In this case, Parson James is the vocalist leading the charge on an appropriately titled track, Charge. By now, it should be abundantly clear (in a Bruno Mars type of way) that Parson is going to be a super star. Counting the one below, he has at least three solid singles that will hopefully be leading up to a debut album. It's time for me to get out of the way and led Top 40 radio it's job of making him a household name...#ParsonJames

Friday, November 06, 2015

Videos of the Week November 6th

If you thought that somehow there wouldn't be multiple Hotline Bling themed videos this week, you're sorely mistaken. Funny enough, the best of the bunch was a seriously awesome acoustic cover of the track by Dan Henig. I'm not at all familiar with his music, but I'll definitely be on the look out after hearing his cover. On the other side of the spectrum is Bernie Sanders getting down to Drake's newest single on Ellen. Yes, it's Jib Jab quality, but admit it, you thought to yourself for a minute, is that really what my grandpa would look like dancing to a Drake track?

In other news, Ariana Grande is eye candy and she went all Willy Wonka style on her new video for Focus. Some choose to sell sex, others like Sia sell dance and choreography. There was no Maddie Ziegler sighting, but the martial arts choreography for her new video Alive was intense! Finishing out the week on a funny note was Aziz Ansari impersonating Bobby Jindal. Needles to say, he does look similar and he did a spot on job of poking fun at how terrible he's doing in the polls with his dated views...#FeelTheBern2016
Dan Henig Cover of Drake's Hotline Bling (Video)

Bernie Sanders Gets Down to Drake's Hotline Bling on Ellen
Ariana Grande - Focus (Video)

Aziz Ansari Plays Bobby Jandal on Fallon

Sia - Alive (Video)

Photo Credit: YouTube

Thursday, November 05, 2015

BANKS is Back and Better Than Ever

Fresh off the success of her debut album Goddess, BANKS is back with a powerful new single. Better is a perfect example of how she uses a wide variety of raw emotion to tell a story. It's another stunning example of how she constantly proves that you don't need to follow everyone else's formula of verses and hooks and melodies to make great music.

Better is roller coaster stream of consciousness that lasts for three minutes. The song's tone is half therapeutic post-break up release, half moving on because I can do better in tone. The synths are heavy handed leading up to the climax, but what follows is a tranquil ending. If this doesn't get you excited for her upcoming album that's supposed to drop early 2016, then feel free and go back to listening to formulaic top 40 that is devoid of the type of emotion and feeling that she puts in her music...#Better

Wednesday, November 04, 2015

Sam Gellaitry Wants You to Have Another One

Over time as my tastes for EDM have continued to evolve, I've come to realize that melodic trap is right in my wheelhouse. There's something about the combination of chill synths over choppy drum and bass rhythms that really do it for me. Up and comer Sam Gellaitry's new one, shake (have another one), is every bit as head nod worthy as you'd hope from the budding Scottish star. Admittedly, I've only recently caught on to his Short Stories EP and I'd recommend you familiarize yourself with it too. Similar to the way RL Grime uses everything and the kitchen sink to make his tracks, Sam employs the same type of bells, whistles, percussion and anything else you can think of type of approach, which is cool. As a side note, if you're in the mood for a bouncy, harp led slow banger, give The End a dedicated listen and keep an eye out for Sam as a name you'll need to know going forward...#SamGellaitry

Sam Gellaitry - shake (have another one)

Tuesday, November 03, 2015

"Do I Go Home to Nothing or Stay Out for More?"

Boy...when Sam Smith warns us that a song isn't radio friendly and is dark, he is not playing around. I can see why Drowning Shadows wouldn't have necessarily fit with a lot of the other tracks on his platinum debut In the Lonely Hour. Despite it's depressing tone of the track, it's incredibly real and I'm glad the Zane Lowe edition of the track below includes a bit more of a back story to the genesis of how the song came to be. It's easy to glamorize the lives of these really talented artists like Sam, but at the end of the day, they're just people like us too. Back when he wrote this track he had to make a real decision every night about whether to turn left to go home and be lonely or turn right and head to the club for the prospect of a good time. It's a struggle that a lot of 20-somethings go through in their day-to-day lives and it struck me as real because he was just an average artist trying to make it big when he wrote this track. In summary, I'm glad he didn't drop this downer of a track on the first release, but now that he's releasing it as a deluxe version, it's much easier to appreciate in hindsight...#DrowningShadows

Sam Smith - Drowning Shadows

Monday, November 02, 2015

Biebex Are Back at it Again With I'll Show You

At times over the past decade it's been hard to get behind Justin Bieber. In a lot of ways, he's fulfilled the child star prophecy in becoming that petulant, privileged, entitled young adult that we've all seen so many times before in music and television. All that being said, he's never lost the talent that caused Usher to sign him on the spot when he was just a young kid trying to make it big. Back in 2009, I will cop to very vocally backing Bieber as the next big thing when he dropped his first single One Time. Unfortunately, the past six years between now and then have resulted in more trips to the police station then posts on this blog.

BUT...time can prove to be a powerful thing when it comes to second chances. Three Skrillex produced singles, I'm back on board the Bieber bus. The most interesting part about it all is that the three singles haven't been overly electronic. If anything, I've gained more respect for the versatility of Skrillex as a producer. That's not selling Bieber short either, his new R&B flavored I'll Show You gets back to what made him a star years ago. The whiny beat, chill synths and ever-so-emotional vocal delivery is why this one will continue to have success and be one of the most remixed tracks over the next few months...#IllShowYou

Sunday, November 01, 2015

Stephen Re-imagines Adele's Hello

By now you've undoubtedly heard Adele's new comeback single Hello and taken the time to recognize it's limitless potential. There simply aren't many people in the world who have the vocal talent of Adele, so it shouldn't be a surprise that her new video for the single has over 190 million views on YouTube in ten days. Feel free and give it a listen below if you found a way to not watch it at some point over the past week...
Admittedly, her original version of the track deserves it's own post, so I'm a bit remorseful that I waited until a noteworthy cover comes along to post her version. By no means is Stephen's cover (below) anywhere near as powerful as the original, but it's a really interesting re-imagination of Hello...

Where Adele's vocal range takes the cake on the original, Stephen adds a rock element to the track that is really intriguing. I've posted a few tracks of his and with each track I'm gaining more of an appreciation for his music. Great artists grow on you and he's doing everything he can to be memorable. Keep him in mind for breakout artist of 2016 and keep it locked here for anything new he puts out...#StephenSwartz
Photo Credit: YouTube

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