Saturday, December 31, 2016

"I Just Wanna Get Drunk and Throw Myself a Party"

Well this is timely. A bouncy, trap banger about throwing a party released right before New Years eve. The genre bending rages on from Cashmere Cat who hooked up with a few of Hip Hop and R&B's best on Throw a Party. Featuring a swag-laden verse from 2 Chainz, a panty dropping sixteen from Tory Lanez and a repeatable hook from Starrah, there's a lot to sink your teeth into below. The slow build leading to the bass drop around the 24 second mark reminded me a lot of a Mike Will production, which isn't a bad thing at all. If you're looking for a new one to throw into the mix that has the potential to ignite your New Years party, throw this one into the mix and watch the homies geek out on it...#ThrowMyselfAParty

Cashmere Cat feat Starrah, 2 Chainz & Tory Lanez - Throw Myself a Party

Friday, December 30, 2016

Videos of the Week December 30th

In perfect 2016 fashion, I'm ending this year on a completely random, somewhat entertaining, yet slightly disappointing way. While I wouldn't characterize any of the following videos as must see, they all cater to a specific music demographic. If you're a diehard, music OG who supports artists who consistently put on stellar live shows, then you'll enjoy Bon Iver's BK warehouse and Yasiin Bey (Mos Def)'s Fallon performances. As a side note, it was heartwarming that Mos gave the NY folks a proper goodbye at the Apollo last week. I'm bummed to see him hanging up his mic, but he'll always be one of my favorite multi-dimensional performers.

If you're the type of person who geeks out over typical Hip Hop videos stocked with full-lambo tricks and video girls, then you'll appreciate Travis $cott's new video for Biebs in the Trap. Side note - watching Travis surprise his family with a new house was pretty cool. Continuing on, if you're the type who loves getting up on that new video everyone is watching then I need to introduce you to Moshow. He's a rapper/cat enthusiast who released an awesome new video promoting washing and adopting cats. Can't make that stuff up, you just have to watch. Finally, looking forward to 2017, Movie Pilot put together a two and a half minute movie trailer montage for all the films you're looking forward to in 2017. If you're a cliff notes type of person, this one is perfect for you. Happy new year y'all...#Welcome2017

Bon Iver Live at the Pioneer Works Warehouse in Brooklyn (presented by NPR)

Yasiin Bey Performs Seaside Panic Room and N.A.W. on Fallon

Travis $cott - Biebs in the Trap (Video)

Moshow Raps About Adopting Cats

2017 Epic Movie Trailers Montage

Photo Credit: Facebook

Thursday, December 29, 2016

"I Got the Moves, I Make the City Move"

The positivity preacher of rap is back! It doesn't matter if you've heard one of his songs or many, you know Big Sean is about grinding and not letting anything stop you from succeeding. It doesn't matter if it's a cameo verse, a full length track, or somewhere in the middle like his new one Moves. Side note - is it becoming a thing now to have 2 minute tracks? Call me old, but I remember a time when anything less than three minutes was an interlude. Not hating on it one bit, more of an observation than anything. If you can get your point across, it doesn't matter how long it takes you.

If you've been up on Big Sean news lately, you know he's got an album coming out soon. I Decided is Sean Don's upcoming, fourteen song album that's scheduled to hit e-tailers on February 3rd. Back in early November he released Bounce Back, which makes this his second single from the upcoming album. Bounce Back was more of a brash, in-your-face proclamation, where Moves is much more of a smooth, low-profile lyrical exercise. As per usual, there are plenty of quotables to hang your hat on below. Give it a few listens and join me in appreciating the wordplay on Big Sean's new hustle anthem...#Moves

Big Sean - Moves

Wednesday, December 28, 2016

Ookay Finds a Way to Make Seasonal EDM

Why don't more EDM artists make seasonal beats? I know that probably sounds like a terrible question, but hear me out. I'm not just talking Christmas favorites, I'm talking beats that remind you of going to the mall in the winter or the beach in the summer. Sure, Trop House has mostly cornered the market on summer vibes, but Ookay's Air may have been the first EDM track where I listened to it and immediately pictured snow falling on Christmas lights in December. The melodic sing-song of the chimes is the main culprit, but it's a rare track that seems perfect for a winter playlist. It's upbeat, full of cheer and offers a steady release of happy vibes. Hat tip to Ookay for bringing a bit of seasonal nostalgia with this one...#Air

Ookay - Air

Tuesday, December 27, 2016

Another deadmau5 Hip Hop Heat Rock

Stop me if you've heard this, but deadmau5 and Shotty Horroh just collaborated on another yet-to-be-released Hip Hop track. I phrase it that way because just over a month ago their collabo titled Okay leaked onto the interwebs. Where Okay was slow and methodical, Legendary takes a much more energetic, vibrant personality. The beat is perfect for a cypher, which explains why it fits Shotty Horroh's rapping style so well. It's another head scratching anecdote that makes me wonder just how much shop deadmau5 could wreck if he got together with some of Hip Hop's finest to put together an album. I doubt it will ever happen, but these teaser beats offer more than enough potential to make my mind do laps around the possibilities...#Celebrate

Monday, December 26, 2016

"Turn It Up, Turn It Over, and We'll Start Again"

I appreciate the Goo Goo Dolls for what all they've contributed to Pop/Alt Rock, but they're not normally the type of music I geek out about and write about. BUT, when a producer like RedOne takes a swing at one of their most recent singles, my interest is piqued. Back in mid-October they released a new track titled Over and Over, which never made its way on my radar, but probably deserves a few more listens. Give the original a quick listen...

So yea, pretty upbeat, inspirational, Coldplay-esque anthem. Needless to say it had all plenty of potential for RedOne and T.I. Jakke to run with. They took the uplifting vocals from the original and make it even more anthem-worthy. The additions to the beat are subtle, but noticeable enough to make a difference. Somehow the duo managed to throw more nostalgia on an already catchy af track. The real questions are: 1) why wasn't this a bigger thing a few months back and 2) will this now get the original the love it deserved. Time will tell, but today I got a little more intimate with the Goo Goo Dolls and I truly did not see that coming...#OverAndOver

The Goo Goo Dolls – Over and Over (RedOne & T.I Jakke Remix)

Sunday, December 25, 2016

Merry Christmas Y'all

What a crazy, roller coaster year. Another year in the books with plenty of challenges to look forward to in 2017. I'll leave you with Chance the Rapper and Jeremih's new surprise, nine song Christmas EP Merry Christmas Lil' Mama...#MerryChristmas

Jeremih & Chance the Rapper - Merry Christmas Lil' Mama

Saturday, December 24, 2016

"I Only Came For the Cake"

Catchy melody over a snappy beat, rinse, and repeat. That is Flo Rida's discography in a nutshell. Hate on it all you want for being formulaic, you can bet your ass you'll be singing the "cake, cake, cake, cake" sample long after first listen. Featuring a vocal assist from 99 Percent, Cake is one of fifteen track on the recently released This Is a Challenge compilation. Grouped with other dance favorites like Juju on the Beat, Wobble, and Cupid Shuffle, the album seems like a re-branded "NOW That's What I Call Music" album. Are those still a thing by the way? Whatever the case, you're not going to be surprised by Cake or anything on the aforementioned compilation, but you can bet where there's a time and place for a whole disc of cliche crowd favorites...#Cake

Flo Rida feat 99 Percent - Cake

Friday, December 23, 2016

Videos of the Week December 23rd

What an entertaining week of live performances! First off, apologies if you caught SNL last week because it was dominated by Chance the Rapper...who then dominated the top five this week. Thanks to SNL, we got glimpses of a few recent singles, Finish Line and Drown, from The Coloring Book. Oh and who could forget the SNL holiday time capsule track, Jingle Barack? Pay attention to the lyrics, there's plenty of cultural and political references like gay marriage, marijuana legalization, Trump, etc. My guess is, when we watch that in about a decade, it will inspire quite a bit of nostalgia.

Before I move on from performances, I'd be remiss not to mention Weeknd's live debut of Sidewalks with Kendrick Lamar. If you're curious whether people are digging his new music, press play on that one and witness everyone singing along. Switching gears, Fallon debuted a pretty futuristic, Tilt Brush version of Pictionary this week with guests Michael Che (of SNL) and Andrew Rannells. I'm not sure whether to be amazed or freaked out that a whole studio audience would be watching you create drawings out of thin air as if they were in your head. Definitely a cool concept that takes communication to another level, but a bit hard to wrap your head around performance wise. Finishing off this week's top five was my favorite video of the week. Evidently there's a three year old kid named Lethan who is a proud member of the Mellogang. A few weeks back, Marshmello posted a video of Lethan dancing to his music. So, being an awesome person, he surprised Lethan in a hotel room where they both got to wild out to Alone together. Priceless is the best I got, but it's fitting for the holiday season...#Mellogang
Chance the Rapper Performs Finish Line and Drown on SNL

Chance the Rapper Performs Jingle Barack on SNL

The Weeknd Performs Sidewalks With Kendrick Lamar (Presented by Vevo)

Jimmy Fallon Debuts Virtual Reality Pictionary with Michael Che and Andrew Rannells

Marshmello Surprises 3 Year Old Fan Lethan From Dallas

Photo Credit: YouTube

Thursday, December 22, 2016

"All I Need From You is Full Devotion"

After hearing Wolfgang Gartner's new single, I immediately got nostalgic and went back to favorites like We Own the Night and Redline. His brand of energetic, balls-to-the-wall dance music will always have a home in my discography. The way he walks the line between melodic and crazy is perfect for igniting a party.

His new single, Devotion, is more on the melodic house side of the EDM spectrum. You'll get the catchy vocals and wobbly chords, but don't let the low, house bass fool you, it's meant for the club. Like most tracks, it comes equipped with a lyric video to put you in the mood (below). Join me in adding it to iTunes and Spotify to round out that Christmas party playlist...#Devotion

Wolfgang Gartner - Devotion

Wednesday, December 21, 2016

"Pillow Fights Turn To Pillow Dreams"

With every new release I become a bigger fan of Galantis' brand of whimsical progressive house. While past favorites may have been more dramatic or nu-disco sounding, their new one strikes all the right melodic chords. Featuring a quiet build up, soothing vocals, and repeatable lyrics, Pillow Fight will gradually win you over as the track progresses.

Like a lot of new tracks, it comes equipped with a lyric video filled with plenty of behind the scenes footage to tell the story of the track. As someone who frequently posts lyric videos, I totally get it. It's a low budget way to add a little creativity and open up the song up to a wider audience. It's destined for Top 40 radio, so get it while it's hot...#PillowFight

Galantis - Pillow Fight

Tuesday, December 20, 2016

Zedd Takes His Turn Remixing Let Me Love You

Is it me or does it feel like everyone has remixed DJ Snake and Bieber's Let Me Love You? I posted the Marshmello remix last week and that was following Tiesto's After Hours mix. Luckily for us, the folks over at Your EDM put together a nice list with Spotify links to check out all at once and pick a favorite.

Now it's Zedd's turn to add to the pool of remixes and let's just say he made his mark. Quirky doesn't do justice to the excitable chord progression that ensues post-drop. It's a jumpy, energetic blend of happy chaos. If you're a fan of Zedd, you'll nerd out over this one. Me? I'm still trying to wrap my head around the craziness, but I appreciate the hell out of it's uniqueness...#LetMeLoveYou

Justin Bieber - Let Me Love You (Zedd Remix)

Monday, December 19, 2016

Rule #1: Be Quiet in Mansionz

There's always been a quiet edginess to Mike Posner's music that I really dig. I'm not as familiar with Blackbear's music, but after a few listens to STFU, it's abundantly clear why they got together to form mansionz. Both bring to the table stellar vocals and lyrical edginess that make such a vulgar track sound beautiful and somber. The quiet frustration mixed with quiet guitar makes for an interesting contrast of moods that made me want to keep listening. Add to that the slowed, DJ Screw sounding vocals on the last verse on the track and you've got one big mix of stylistic awesomness. No word yet on when the dynamic duo will be throwing together full length album, but it's trending its way into our lives on Spotify at a rapid rate...#STFU

mansionz (Mike Posner & Blackbear) - STFU

Sunday, December 18, 2016

Snakehips Gives Some Luv to Tory Lanez

As someone who has made it a habit of writing about music daily, my job gets a lot easier when an artist I like remixes another one of my favorite artists. Take for example Snakehips latest remix of Tory Lanez summer hit hit Luv. I gushed about the original back on June 11th and now six months later it gets the Febreze treatment by Snakehips who added some bounce and snap to the original. Relying on the strength of the original vocals, the remix serves as a smooth re-interpretation that succeeds in reminding me how much I liked the original, while giving it a bit more thump on the back end. It's a perfect addition to the weekend cool out mix, so follow me on over to Spotify to toss it into whatever bin of music you see fit...#Luv

Tory Lanez - Luv (Snakehips Remix)

Saturday, December 17, 2016

"Give 'em That Water Ride, This That Six Flags"

To this day, I have a hard time articulating why I like Fetty Wap. His whiny, hard to understand delivery is so different that it's difficult to turn off when I hear it. Somewhere in that seemingly flat harmony there's a hint of soulfulness that keeps me coming back for more. Then you throw in a bubbly, uptempo rhythm and a Nicki Minaj verse to his unique delivery and what you get is a post-worthy track. Like a Star may not be my favorite track of his (hard to top Trap Queen), but I'm cool with adding it to my growing collection of Wap favorites. Word has it this will be on Fetty's upcoming King Zoo album that will be dropping at some point in the coming months, so keep it locked...#LikeAStar

Fetty Wap feat Nicki Minaj - Like a Star

Friday, December 16, 2016

Videos of the Week December 16th

The underlying theme of this week's top five was performance. Whether it was an awe-inspiring solo acoustic performance in a cathedral from Lido, a shirtless rendition of Redbone from Childish Gambino on Fallon or seeing the behind the scenes details of deadmau5's new cube set design, there was plenty of raw talent on full display this week.

If you want a bit of à la carte, then seeing the new The Fate of the Furious trailer might be more your style. It's insane that the series got all the way to an eighth movie, but it's a credit to continually telling entertaining stories. Rounding out the top five is a dose of Hip Hop dance brought to you by Chris Brown. Clearly he, Usher and Gucci know how to party, but Usher and CB cutting a rug in the same video is not something you want to miss...#Party
Lido - Angel (Acoustic)

Childish Gambino Performs Redbone on Fallon

Behind the Scenes on the Setup of deadmau5's Cube 2.1

Fast and the Furious 8 Trailer

Chris Brown feat Usher & Gucci Mane - Party (Video)

Photo Credit: YouTube

Thursday, December 15, 2016

"In 1992 I Came Out the Womb Winnin'"

Wait a minute, what the hell is a Pellican Child? Good question because I had no idea either, but the double l's should have been a dead giveaway. It's Louis the Child (producer duo Robby Hauldren and Freddy Kennett) and Pell (rapper) bundled into one glorious trio. Before you go on thinking it's some crazy Future Bass/Hip Hop mash up (I know, doesn't that sound dope in concept?), check your expectations at the door. What you're getting when you press play on Turn Me Down is a swanky Hip Hop track that might remind you on Macklemore at his best.

Some tracks are one trick ponies, this one happens to offer quite a bit to sink your teeth into. For starters, the beat lays the groundwork with bright, carefree percussion and bright piano sprinkled throughout the track. Then comes Pell with some head-nod worthy verses and finally finish it off with a hook that will burrow it's way into the deepest crevices of your mind. You're going to remember this track, so don't feel bad about singing along y'all. Oh and pick you poison while you're at it, iTunes or Spotify...#TurnMeDown

Pellican Child - Turn Me Down

Wednesday, December 14, 2016

"If It All Goes Wrong, Darling Just Hold On"

When I think of the craziness of Steve Aoki's music, dance ballads don't usually come to mind. That being said, his new collaboration with Louis Tomlinson (of One Direction) is straight fire. It's squarely targeted at Top 40 radio, but that's more of a testament to how incredibly catchy it is. Between the Soca rhythms, chanting, and steady release of good vibes, Just Hold On has plenty to latch onto. You won't get the mind-numbing drops or speaking rattling bass, but there's good reason for the track already ascending to #1 in the U.K....#JustHoldOn

Steve Aoki & Louis Tomlinson - Just Hold On

Tuesday, December 13, 2016

"Your Love Kills Me Like a Homicide"

All I really need as consumer of music is a Diplo beat mixed with some type of vocal talent. I say some type of vocal talent, but that doesn't begin to describe the star power on Bang Bang. Featuring a soulful pre-hook by Selah Sue, chorus from R City, and a drop the mic closing verse from Craig David, there's more than enough star power to carry the track. You'll notice hints of reggae (I see you Diplo), some horns, and a stop and go-tempo to keep you on your toes. It's going to sound cliche, but this is the type of track you'll find both your little cousin singing, as well as your parents. It's not easy to produce a track that has the potential to be so universally well-received, but DJ Fresh and Diplo may have found a way to do it...#BangBang

DJ Fresh vs. Diplo feat R. City, Selah Sue & Craig David – Bang Bang

Monday, December 12, 2016

"I'm From West Side California, We the Realest State"

It's sad that attention worthy Hip Hop beats are so few and far between nowadays. I long for the days of Dr. Dre, Timbaland, Scott Storch, and Polow Da Don. Whenever their names were on the production credits of tracks, you couldn't hold me back from pressing play and nodding my head along. It didn't even matter if the track was for a rapper, R&B singer, or a random pop artist, there was a good chance I was going to like the track regardless as to whether or not it had words.

Fast forward to present day where Boi-1da and T-Minus continue to wreak havoc on the barren wasteland that has become Hip Hop beats. Sure, the Lil Tunechi verse is 100% fire leading off the track below, but Trill shines because the beat goes hard and takes no prisoners. Mad love to Redbull Sound Select for reeling in YG's new one and including it in their 20 tracks before 2017. Honestly, I need tracks like this to prevent me from going full on EDM and getting too jaded about the state of Hip Hop. Enjoy this one y'all, it's a rare standout production from two of the best...#Trill

YG feat Lil Wayne - Trill (prod by Boi-1da & T-Minus)

Sunday, December 11, 2016

"I Don't Need a Crown to Know I'm King"

Has it seemed like over the past year Krewella has been somewhat of a lightning rod? Whether it was their much publicized group breakup with Rain Man or subsequent lawsuit, there's been a lot of attention thrown toward the Yousaf sisters. Breakup aside, a lot of people have been wondering what their music is going to sound like sans a group member.

Well...after hearing their latest single, any concerns about whether they're taking a step back should start fading away now. Team is a statement track. It's a proud affirmation of moving forward as a group without a care in the world about what the rest of the world thinks. That type of IDGAF attitude mixed with on-point vocals and a post-drop, party starting chord progression is why this one deserves a look on your newest playlist. It's more of a weekend starter track than a weekend ender, but timing aside, it's the type of heat you expect from the unstoppable duo...#Team

Krewella - Team

Saturday, December 10, 2016

"It's Not Eeeaaasy, Breaking Your Heart"

Feel free to file the track below under tracks that slipped past the goalie. About a month back Alex Da Kid released Not Easy and I must have been asleep at the wheel because it's without a doubt one of my favorite tracks of 2016. If you're arriving late to the part on Alex Da Kid, let me catch you up. He's the one who first believed in some of your favorite acts like Imagine Dragons, X Ambassadors, Jamie N Commons, and Skylar Grey to name a few. It's a little known fact that everything Alex produces, he also writes, which is why I'm so stoked about his debut single as a solo artist. Check the video below before I gush about how much I dig it...

Simply put, find me a more powerfully emotional, heart wrenching ballad. The steady beat and hymm-like vocals throughout the track create such a soothing vibe that you almost forget what the track is about. Serious credit goes to the X Ambassadors and Elle King for their vocal contributions. I'm still deciding whether Wiz's verse seems tacked on at the end, but I'll concede that you won't find a rapper who can carry a harmony as well as he does. Hang with me y'all it's gonna be tough for me to hold my expectations in check for Alex's new solo album...#NotEasy

Alex Da Kid feat X Ambassadors, Elle King & Wiz Khalifa - Not Easy

Friday, December 09, 2016

Videos of the Week December 9th

This week's top five skewed toward music videos, but there were a few interesting debuts that deserved some love. This week started off on a high note with Jimmy Fallon debuting the new Nintendo Switch on his Tonight Show. Imagine how nerve wracking that must have been to play the game on live tv in front of the game's creator? After the type of pressure, it was fun to turn a page with Party Favor and Dillon Francis's revenge of the nerds montage with their Shut it Down video. If you take away one lesson, it's to not mess with nerds, they'll always find a way to get back.

Then came one of the most exciting trailers I've watched in a long time. The original Guardians of the Galaxy far exceeded my expectations, so seeing Baby Groot teeter on the atomic bomb launch button while being yelled at by Rocket did nothing but pour even more excitement for Vol 2. Then came the weird music videos, led by Childish Gambino's trippy VR video for Me and Your Mama. I'm still trying to wrap my head around whether or not attending the Pharos concert at Joshua Tree would have been a good move. Either way, I'm stoked that he's back to releasing new music. And finally, ending the week on an animation high note, Borgore and Juicy J released some equally trippy visuals for Magic Trick. It's hard to visually match the craziness of the beat for the song, but somehow they pulled it off in a kaleidoscope of color and craziness...#MagicTrick
Jimmy Fallon Debuts the Nintendo Switch

Party Favor and Dillon Francis - Shut it Down (Video)

Guardians of the Galaxy Teaser Trailer

Childish Gambino - Me and Your Mama (Pharos VR Video)

Borgore feat Juicy J - Magic Trick (Video)

Photo Credit: YouTube

Thursday, December 08, 2016

"Something About You Turns Me To a Savage"

I'm gonna be honest, I'm still trying to figure out whether I like the song below. There's something about it that I can't turn away from, but it's on the periphery of what enjoy EDM wise. The abrasive guitar riff progression post pushes my tolerance for abrasive, aggro beats. That being said, the contrast between the seemingly vocal R&B beginning and the pedal to the metal electro-drop is downright enticing. Like anything strange and alluring, with every lap around Savage I'm liking it more and more. Kudos to Whethan for bringing in Flux Pavilion and MAX to create such a unique track. It's big news that Whethan is headlining his first 15 city tour, so if you're a fan, check out the seventeen year old phenom when he comes to town...#Savage

Whethan feat Flux Pavilion & MAX - Savage

Wednesday, December 07, 2016

Every Weekend Should Start With This Song

A big reason why Major Lazer's music is so damn addicting is due to their ability to mix Reggae into EDM. There's something about the mix of laid back, soothing vocals with balls to the wall drops that will always be novel when I hear it. Maybe it's because nobody else has been able to find the right mix like they have, whatever the case, it wins.

Their new collabo with Bad Royale represents the best of all that I just described above. My Number is a whole lot of chill bundled into a firecracker of energy that slowly gets lit as song progresses. The tranquil guitar and steel drums eventually give way to a rapid tempo and speaker rattling bass that serves as a not-so-subtle reminder you're not at a Bob Marley concert, you're listening to Major Lazer. This deserves a spot on the kick the weekend off playlist, so iTunes or Spotify it if you're in agreement...#MyNumber

Major Lazer & Bad Royale - My Number

Tuesday, December 06, 2016

Alan Walker Knows You're Not Alone

There's something about Alan Walker's mix of wobbly synths that makes his music bleed emotion. Taking it a step further, he always finds vocalists who can match the level of intensity that he brings to the table with his chord progressions. I haven't been able to find any credit to vocals on his new one Alone, but it's every bit what you expected and then some from Alan Walker. Check the newly minted, inspirational visuals below...

I'll put it this way, in a world that's seemingly as divisive as ever, it's nice to see someone preaching acceptance. That's exactly what the underlying message is in Alan's new one that may not have the crazy high ceiling of his previous singles, but that's more of a reflection of how successful his previous singles have been. At this point, I'm getting hoping more than anything that he launches a tour soon because he's made countless contributions to GWDJ Favorites and deserves to be rewarded for that...#Alone

Alan Walker - Alone

Monday, December 05, 2016

"Don't Let This Be Our Final Song"

As a daily consumer of music, I like being surprised. When I say surprised, I mean a lot of things. It's surprised that someone finally released a song, or surprised that two artists collaborated. Or, like the song below, it could be hearing the original version of a track after being introduced to the remix and realizing it sounds nothing like it's predecessor. For reference, check the original version of 's Final Song...

The original is a soft, snappy, singing ballad. Then Diplo and Jauz got ahold of it and turned Final Song into a uptempo, Trop House banger. The vocals find a way to maintain that sing-along quality, while the increase in tempo dares you not to dance. If you were to bottle up the word fun and play it on full blast, it would sound exactly like this. I don't like to wax poetic, but I'm going to wear out this Soundcloud link until it's officially released...#FinalSong

MØ - Final Song (Jauz X Diplo Remix)

Sunday, December 04, 2016

"When You Need That Fiyah, I'm Your Messiah"

It's been a while since some new Alison Wonderland came across the radar, so you can imagine how stoked I was to press play on her new one Messiah. Staying true to form, she came correct with some stellar vocals and a hype beat cooked up with her partner in crime, M-Phazes. I'd characterize it as dramatic trap that has a distinct ebb and flow, but plenty of bounce. The verses lure you in with steady grace, only to sock you in the face with the hook. Speaking of the hook, if you're not singing along by the second go-around, you're not listening to the same track as me. Simply put, this did nothing but pour gasoline on my growing affinity for A-Wonder-DJ's music and I'm excited as hell to utilize Spotify for re-hashing the tracks that got my affinity to where it is now...#Messiah

Alison Wonderland X M-Phazes - Messiah

Saturday, December 03, 2016

Let Me Love You Gets Marshmello'd

As someone who moves on quickly from music created for Top 40 consumption, I'm already tired of hearing DJ Snake and Bieber's Let Me Love You. Yes, it's catchy af, but I'm more than ready for a reinterpretation already. Thankfully Marshmello came to the rescue this week with a characteristically vibrant mix of the original. The way he can chop up vocal samples into tones and use them as samples to spice up a track never fails to entertain. It's like adding some sriracha or hot sauce to leftovers, you still get the taste of the original, but now it tastes a little better than it did when you first made it. If you dig it, you know the drill, iTunes or Spotify to rent or buy...#LetMeLoveYou

DJ Snake feat Justin Bieber - Let Me Love You (Marshmello Remix)

Friday, December 02, 2016

Videos of the Week December 2nd

There wasn't really any rhyme or reason to this week's top five, so without further organization, here goes. Leading the way are visuals from everyone's favorite radio hit from DJ Snake and Bieber. Sure, Let Me Love You is catch af, but something tells me you might see an even better version of the track posted on here tomorrow (#foreshadowing). Moving along, someone finally managed to corner The Weeknd in a studio long enough for an interview. Hearing Zane Lowe interview Abel made me realize how my perception of him as some cracked out Starboy isn't entirely accurate. Sure, there has to be loads of talent in deck to get him to where he is now, but hearing about his process of making music and how his new album came together was an interesting watch. Mad respect Weeknd.

For a bit of concert porn, mau lovers got themselves something to get all excited about when Joel unveiled a new cube design for his live set. Knowing how much he nerds out over technology, I'm sure no expense will be spared in making it nothing short of awesome. For a bit of novelty, we got to see Flume re-imagine Ghost Town DJs My Boo live in studio with Vince Staples. Dude is a wizard on the MPC, so you could imagine how interesting his choppy, instrument driven remake sounded. And last, but never the least, MGK came through with Camila Cabello with some love/hate visuals that bring to life the story told on Bad Things. All I can say is, find me a more sexy and catchy hook out right now...#BadThings
DJ Snake feat Justin Bieber - Let Me Love You (Video)

Zane Lowe Interviews The Weeknd in Studio

deadmau5 Reveals His New Cube For Live Performances

Flume Covers Ghost Town DJs - My Boo With Vince Staples Live

Machine Gun Kelly feat Camila Cabello - Bad Things (Video)

Photo Credit: YouTube

Thursday, December 01, 2016

"When I'm Not With You, I'm Not Me"

There's an assumed level of quality every time I press play for the first time on a Martin Solveig track. It's hard to explain, but in my mind there are artists that I'll always appreciate for their consistency, but never be a die-hard fan of their music. When I say that, there's no disrespect intended because songs like Places are really catchy and deserve a listen. The ode to that special someone has a smooth house vibe that gives Ina Wroldsen plenty of room to shine vocally. It gets plenty quirky post drop, but those who like funky house music will dig it. All in all a solid track, so feel free to rent or buy if you feel so inclined...#Places

Martin Solveig feat Ina Wroldsen - Places

Wednesday, November 30, 2016

Here's Your Chance to Support the #NoDAPL Movement

In case you've been living under a rock and haven't caught wind yet of the violent conflict surrounding the $3.8 billion dollar pipeline traversing from Illinois to North Dakota, here's a quick recap. The pipeline, which was set to be constructed on sacred Native American land and cross under Lake Oahe, would carry over 500,000 barrels of oil per day. Like many terrible things in America, lots of money is behind this project, which ultimately means the pipeline is going to find a way to get built, especially since it's already 70% complete. I'm not going to lecture you on the dependency of fossil fuels, but let's just say that it's easy to sympathize with the Native Americans whose rights and property are being severely leaned on in a way that doesn't stand to benefit them at all.

So what does music have to do with the pipeline protest you ask? Well, Mr. Carmack decided to work together with Djemba Djemba on a project to help fuel the protest movement. This week, they posted a Bandcamp link to the Rekindling album that features the song below. What you can expect when pressing play is a slow, plodding, instrumental dose of trap music. So Blunt sounds tribal with the ethereal wind instruments and sharp percussion. It will remind you a lot of something Baauer and RL Grime would put out, which is about as complimentary as it gets in this neck of the woods. So I ask you kind reader, are you ready to join the fight by buying some music? If you are, head on over to Bandcamp to chip and in share your purchase with the world using the following hash tag...#NoDAPL

Djemba Djemba - So Blunt

Tuesday, November 29, 2016

"And if You're With it Lady, Then We Can Make it Daily"

I'm really starting to miss good R&B. It's so rare that a vocalists decide to go the grown and sexy route, which has left a huge void on my recent playlists. Luckily, every now and then someone like 3Lau puts together a sexy mid-tempo, electronic ballad that manages to fill that empty space, if only for a minute. You Want More incorporates just the right amount of synths to make for smooth listen. To be honest, Max's vocals reminded me a lot of Miguel, which isn't a bad thing at all. It's not exactly what you'd expect from an EDM DJ, but that's what makes it so interesting. You know the drill, iTunes or Spotify to satisfy your fix...#YouWantMore

3Lau feat Max - You Want More

Monday, November 28, 2016

"We Can Just Be Rockin'"

Based on initial fan ratings, The Weeknd's new Starboy album has been a success so far. According to Metacritic, there have been 183 people who reviewed the album and out of those 183, 154 of them were positive reviews. I don't need to sell you on his collaborations with Daft Punk because I've gushed about them already here and here, but after giving it a deeper listen, I've got a new favorite. Rockin' is chalked full of speaker rattling bass, funky house rhythms, and smooth vocals. It's the upbeat pop, club track that comes off more feel good than the edgier album favorites like Starboy.

Simply put when it comes to setting the bar for R&B/Pop music, The Weeknd is still leading the way. And it's not just releases, his performances in concert keep getting better and better. Case in point his latest performance of I Feel It Coming/Starboy on Fallon this week. His stage presence is something he's had to work on, but the results are starting to really show...#Starboy

The Weeknd - Rockin'

Sunday, November 27, 2016

"We Tried Love Today, Let it Rest in Peace"

Anyone who has heard Amba Shepherd's vocals on an EDM track has made a point to find out who she is. For me, that moment happened over six years ago when she chipped in vocals for Porter Robin's Vandalism. She has that angelic, Ellie Goulding softness to her vocals, which sounds really awesome by itself, but also fits quite well over EDM chords.

To this date, she's had lots of feature credits, but this time she's branching out on her own solo single.
Prelude (Rest in Peace) merely confirms what we all figured from our first listen. She's got the talent to make her own music without hopping on other peoples' songs. When you press play below you'll immediately be re-introduced to her vocals before being smacked in the face with a wobbly, deep-house-esque chord progression that immediately reminds you that you're still living in the neighborhood of EDM. My favorite version of her new single is obviously the vocal Radio Edit that mixes all the goodness together, but there's also a four song EP with an extended club edit and instrumental version you might enjoy too. Let's all collectively hope this offering of new music is only the tip of the iceberg and we get to continue to see Amba soak in that limelight on a path to becoming the artist we think she could become...#Prelude

Amba Shepherd - Prelude (Rest in Peace)

Saturday, November 26, 2016

Sean Paul and Tory Lanez Will Keep Your Heart Protected

With every song Tory Lanez jumps on, I become a bigger fan. There's something about his emotion dripped delivery that lures in me every time he gets on the mic. In the past he's dabbled in reggae vibes, but his new one with one of the kings of Dancehall (Sean Paul) takes that dabbling to a new level. What you're getting below is a slow, rhythmic ballad from two talented vocalists. If you're a connoisseur of all things Sean Paul, you may have recognized the bouncy horn sample added to the beat toward the end of the track from one of my favorite tracks of his, Deport Dem. Love that track and how he sprinkled it into Tek Weh Yuh Heart to give the ending a but more pizazz. If you're interested, check the iTunes or Spotify for your listening pleasure...#TekWehYuhHeart

Sean Paul feat Tory Lanez - Tek Weh Yuh Heart

Friday, November 25, 2016

More Intense Heat From Flume

First off, hope y'all had a good Thanksgiving and stuffed yourself at a leisurely pace like I did yesterday. Now that you've all made it back from you Black Friday shopping extravaganza, time to get back to some new music. We've all been waiting for some new music from Flume and today we got that in the form of a new Companion EP that will piggyback his recent full length album, Skin. The song is titled Heater and it's exactly that. Slow and steady instrumental builds give way to some heavy bounce throughout the track. The aggressiveness fits the rebellious vibe that is now being associated with the now infamous Sydney Lockout Laws. Some of you might remember the protest video below where the track was originally featured...

As a huge fan of small music venues, I'm just as fired up about things changing for the worse when it comes to legislature that could negatively impact the mom and pops types. Hopefully they're able to create something that adequately fends off alcohol related violence without effectively shutting down night life. In the meantime, I'm going to head on over to Spotify to give the four song EP a listen now that this one has piqued my interest...#Heater

Flume - Heater

Wednesday, November 23, 2016

deadmau5 Dabbles in Hip Hop With Shotty Horroh

It's rare, but occasionally deadmau5 mixes in some Hip Hop to keep everyone on their toes. Similar to a few years back when he teamed up with Shotty Horroh on Are You Not Afraid?, the duo are back with a new one titled Okay. Never mind silly things like hooks or choruses, their new one is more of a stream of consciousness, bar after bar, lyrical gymnastic exercise. To Joel
's credit, he delivered a bangin' beat and got the hell out of the way. It's a rare track that succeeds in its simplicity by getting you to nod your head along with the beat and focus on the spit-fire verses. Despite it not making the cut for deadmau5's upcoming W:/2016ALBUM/ album, it's every bit the novelty I had hoped it would be...#Okay

Tuesday, November 22, 2016

"Even If It Makes Me Blind, I Just Wanna See the Light"

It's long overdue, but San Holo is making his GWDJ debut tonight. I've been a fan of his music for a while now, but haven't ever blessed him with a post. That changes tonight with his new banger Light. It represents future bass at it's best, mixing a melodic vocal sample with heavy, but vibrant chords. It's an instrumental dominated track, but the sparse vocals sprinkled throughout find a way to earworm their way into your short term memory. If you're looking for some new chill, but excitable EDM, this should quench that thirst. And if you're in the giving mood and appreciate free music, do your boy a solid by chipping in an upvote on hypem. For those of you who invest in your iTunes collection, head on over to iTunes if you wan to feel official. Me? I'm gonna head over here to cop this one y'all...#Light

San Holo - Light

Monday, November 21, 2016

"Put Them Bright Lights on, I Shine on 'Em"

It's a fact that every athlete wants to be a rapper and every rapper wants to be an athlete. What that causes is a whole lot of athletes that think they can rattle off 16 bars with the best of them. Despite the fact that the majority of athlete rappers are delusional, there are exceptions like Dame Lillard for example. Check out Dame's latest video and you'll see why he deserves a category unto himself...
What does all that have to do with Mike Stud's new track Shine? Well, it features Marcus Stroman who is a friend of Mike's and pitches for the Toronto Blue Jays. He's no Dame Dolla, but he more than held his own in a support role on the track. Utilizing a bangin' beat from Louis Bell and Roofeeo, the duo managed to lyrically capture the athletic swagger of performing in a big moment. That type of swag isn't easy to simulate, so in this case, their athletic background was necessary to make a track like this happen. The best part about, it comes at the price of a Facebook login or email sign up, which is less than free.50, so hop on it...#Shine

Mike Stud feat Marcus Stroman - Shine (prod by Louis Bell & Roofeeo)

Sunday, November 20, 2016

Language Gets a Tempo Boost by Jauz

Remember back in 2012 when everyone was obsessed with Porter Robinson's Language? Well, today, thanks to Jauz we get to relive a bit of that memory with some added tempo. For a refresher and a thin slice of nostalgia, check out the original below...

When it comes to a song telling a story by taking you through chapters with ebbs and flows of emotion regulated by vocals and instrumentation, Language sets the bar.

As far as the remix is concerned, picture the original with a frenetic tempo and a considerable bass boost. My favorite part about the remix, aside from the fact that it's free to download, is that it sounds so different from the original. When it comes to re-imagining a universally loved track, you go big or go home because if you hedge, it will sound too much like something people already like. I realize I'm preaching to the choir a bit with Jauz fans because if you've seen on of his sets in the past few months, a free download of the remix is probably a huge relief. There's nothing better than anticipating the release of a track you've heard live and learning it's a free dl, so enjoy this one y'all...#LanguageRemix

Porter Robinson - Language (Jauz Remix)

Saturday, November 19, 2016

The Weeknd & Daft Punk Are At It Again

It's becoming easier and easier to close you eyes when listening to The Weeknd and hear the ghost of Michael Jackson. It never feels right comparing anyone to MJ, but vocally and stylistically, the sound is strikingly similiar. Take for example his new one, I Feel It Coming, featuring Daft Punk. The track has a lullabye ballad sound similar to so many MJ hits like Will You Be There, for example. Instead of the soft, choir vocals on the MJ track, you get the digitized, Daft Punk vocals. It doesn't have the sexy pizazz and addictive bassline like it's predecessor Starboy, but it showcases the softer, well-rounded skills of The Weeknd as an artist. With the release of Starboy less than a week away, here's a whole list of reasons to continue getting excited for it...#IFeelItComing

The Weeknd feat Daft Punk - I Feel It Coming

Friday, November 18, 2016

Videos of the Week November 18th

This was definitely the week for new beginnings and reinterpretations. As far as reinterpretations are concerned, anytime The Roots and Fallon decide to go all acapella and schoolyard instrumental in the classroom, you know it will get some love on this internet property. This time they joined Metallica in a spirited, yet surprisingly accessible version of Enter Sandman. The energy of the track is the same, yet it sounds so different. Sticking with the remixes, I found myself in awe of Sarah Hyland's (of Modern Family) vocal abilities on her cover of The Chainsmokers' with Boyce Avenue. Coming close to Halsey vocally is no small feat and she more than held her own on the duet.

It's becoming routine, but I had to post The Chainsmokers new visuals for All We Know with Phoebe Ryan. They truly have a knack for not only telling stories through their music, but also crafting a matching story visual story that engenders a similar emotional reaction. Love the first person camera perspective of the video, it gave allows the audience to exist in someone else's shoes, if for only three and a half minutes. Switching gears to the new beginnings portion of the top five, meet Amine, a rapper from Portland who burst onto the scene with his recent viral hit Caroline. It was so buzzy that it got him a spot on Fallon and he crushed it! And last, but not least, we've got another (sort of) new beginning with Chocolate Droppa. Sure, it's really Kevin Hart, but he does his best R&B artist impression with the help of Trey Songz on Push It On Me. I'll admit though, I almost lost it when he coasted to a finish acapella in the video 😂...#ChocolateDroppa
The Roots and Metallica Sing Enter Sandman (Classroom Instruments Version)

Boyce Avenue feat Sarah Hyland (of Modern Family) Cover The Chainsmokers & Halsey's Closer

The Chainsmokers feat Phoebe Ryan - All We Know (Video)

Amine Performs Viral Hit Caroline on Fallon
Chocolate Droppa (Kevin Hart) feat Trey Songz - Push It On Me (Video)

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