Thursday, June 30, 2016

JAUZ Delivers Some Shark Week Goodiez

How fitting, another new track from JAUZ during Shark Week. For those counting at home, this is one of three new Shark Week releases from the Klay Thompson of EDM. First came his remix of DJ Snake's Propaganda, then Goodiez, followed by another new heater he let loose today titled For U. Out of the three, Goodiez is my fav because of it's funky House roots and speaker vibrating bass. To put it simply, it goes hard and refuses to take any prisoners along the way. The mumblin', bumblin', stumblin' vocal sample will have you nodding your head as it attempts to keep up with your hips. Honestly, if this is the direction House music is heading toward, I'm all aboard this funknasty train...#Goodiez

JAUZ - Goodiez

Wednesday, June 29, 2016

"My Wife Beyoncé, I Brag Different"

It would appear Jigga hasn't lost even a half step over the years when it comes to crafting legendary verses. Between his verse on Pusha's Drug Dealers Anonymous and his verse on DJ Khaled's new I Got the Keys, age clearly ain't nothin but a number to him skill wise. Judging by the ridiculous amount of cameos in the video below and Khaled's penchant for Snapchat mastery, there's little chance that this won't have staying power. It along with a whole lot of other fabulous cameos will be landing on Khaled's upcoming Major Key album. You know, that album where he's posing with a lion on the cover? Yep, that'd be the one. If you can get over Future's repetitive, autotune yelling, there's a bangin' beat cooked up by Southside underneath the madness that you can nod your head to...#IGotTheKeys

DJ Khaled feat Jay Z & Future - I Got the Keys (prod by Southside)

Tuesday, June 28, 2016

"You Chase Them All Night, I Pick"

Anybody thinking that G-Eazy peaked with When It's Dark Out just got a rude awakening today when he released two new heat rocks. The one I'm most stoked about is the DJ Mustard and Quavo assisted In The Meantime. You know when Mustard is on the beat, there's going to be plenty of bass on deck. Maybe I'm late to the party on his flow and verses, but Eazy dropped more than a few witty quoteables. The start of that third verse is straight fire! This one might end up being the tipping point when it comes to attending one of his many Endless Summer Tour dates. See y'all at Shoreline in early July...#InTheMeantime

G-Eazy feat Quavo - In The Meantime (produced by DJ Mustard)

Monday, June 27, 2016

"Unwrap That Candy, Baby She Got a Tootsie Roll"

Who could resist a dancing donkey piñata? I for one cannot, which is why I so quickly gravitated toward Dillon Francis's new one Candy. With a production assist from GTA and vocal assist from Snappy Jit, there's plenty of Moombahton goodness below. I'm trying to figure out whether Snappy's chipmunk style is completely synthesized or whether that's just the way he gets down. Either way, you'll definitely yourself shakin' it and/or droppin' it to the floor with this one. Good luck wrapping your head around the randomness of the video for it below. It starts out static like a lyric video, but then finds itself in this weird half-assed not quite a real video, but not a lyric video state. Maybe he's onto something new, but good luck topping it whoever decides to copy it...#Candy

Sunday, June 26, 2016

I'd Like to Welcome Everyone to the Ninth Parallel

In the world of EDM, there's plenty of room for genuinely talented pianists who enjoy energetic music. The more classically trained artists like Zedd, GRiZ and Big Gigantic who decide to make a career as a DJ, the better off we'll all be in the long run. I say that because when all your music isn't synthesized, there's another level of craft that gets injected into the music that helps separate the talented producers from the teenagers with a MacBook and a fancy software. Call me a purist or traditionalist, but I've always appreciated when DJs could step out from behind the turntables and flip an acoustic version of their hit song rocking only a piano.

This all matters because Ninth Parallel's claim to fame has always been flipping piano covers of hits like Sam Smith's Stay With Me or Porter Robinson's Sea of Voices. I find it extremely hard hating one bit on those covers because they do a great job of stripping down the tracks to their elemental form. Now, onto his splashy lead single Infinitum. The word I'd use to describe the track is impressive. I know the Madeon comparisons will come out of the woodwork since the vibe of the track sounds a lot like his style. Maybe that's because he opened for him back in 2014 in the ATL, but I'd like to think Ninth Parallel brings a different dynamic. Yes, Infinitum is an energetic, balls to the wall burst of energy, but I love how he took the last two minutes of the track to end on a non-synth note. It's those types of wild tempo and energy difference that I find fascinating when an artist can pull it off tastefully. I really hope this is the first of much more to come from Ninth because I'm a huge fan of what he's done up until this point...#Infinitum

Ninth Parallel - Infinitum

Saturday, June 25, 2016

"Goodbye Cruel World, I'm Leaving You Today"

Yessssssss!!! It's been a long time since I've felt energized to the point of slow clapping after listening to a new Cudi track. Everything about Goodbye is littered with what makes him such a force when he's on his game. I'm talking about the creepy, cinematic elements, and unorthodox, melancholy storytelling. With help from his right hand man and WZRD collaborator Dot da Genius, they were able to summon the greatness once again.

Off top with the 2pac "You right, I am crazy" sample from the movie Juice, the mood was set. Then came the eerie synths and heavy, forceful bass put Cudi squarely into his element on the mic. He dropped two stellar verses and sprinkled in a characteristically somber hook to for contrast. The Pink Floyd influence can't be understated because the original sample allowed for the duo to create such drastic shifts in mood on the track that forced you to keep listening. Peep the sample below if you aren't familiar with Goodbye Cruel World and stay on the look out for Cudi's new Pain & Demon Slayin album that's coming soon...#GoodbyeCruelWorld

Kid Cudi - Goodbye (prod by WZRD)

Friday, June 24, 2016

Videos of the Week June 24th

It was a very rare week where actual music videos dominated this week's top five. Led by the visuals from twenty one pilots' new track off the Suicide Squad Soundtrack and PARTYNEXTDOOR's slow jam Come and See Me, the music touched a wide variety of genres. Those two videos were cool, but my favorite music video was by far What So Not and George Maple's Buried. The slow motion action mixed with the melodic trap was an awesome combo.

In the land of non-traditional videos, Anderson .Paak showed everyone who he's the toast of 2016's XXL Freshman class. Such a charismatic dude with an abundance of talent oozing from his pores. And last but most definitely not least, we all got a firsthand look at how awesome of a vocalist Josef Salvat is. Led by some ivory tickling from Gryffin, the in-studio acoustic rendition of Heading Home gets the nod for top video this week...#HeadingHome
twenty one pilots - Heathens (Video)

PARTYNEXTDOOR feat Drake - Come and See Me (Video)

What So Not x George Maple feat. Rome Fortune - Buried (Video)

Anderson .Paak Freestyle - XXL Freshman 2016

Gryffin - Heading Home (Acoustic) (Video)

Photo Credit: YouTube

Thursday, June 23, 2016

Missy Elliot and Fall Out Know Who You're Gonna Call

I'm still trying to wrap my head around this new Ghostbusters theme. Part of me really wants to like it because Patrick Stump's vocals are always on point and Fall Out Boy is capable of making great music, but maaaaan, beyond that I'm Not Afraid was tough to take in. The Missy Elliot verse was a bit of a round peg in a square hole and that doesn't even begin to address the large square hole that was the original sample being morphed into this pop/rock sound. The closest anyone ever came to doing the theme justice was Chill Harris's Future Funk remix a few years back, but in general, it's a really tough track to improve upon. No matter what you're never gonna match the repeatability and over 80s-synthiness of it, so trying to remake it feels like a futile effort. I'm still looking forward to the rest of the tracks on the Soundtrack, but so far, it's been a bit of an underwhelming record so far...#Ghostbusters

Wednesday, June 22, 2016

Uplifting Trop House From Sam Feldt & Ferreck Dawn

Ah yes, Tuesday, that day before Hump Day. It's truly the honeydew in the fruit salad of the work week. But...the good news is Sam Feldt and Ferreck Dawn have a breezy Trop House gem that will help conjure up memories of that trip you once took to Mexico or Hawaii. Led by the vocals of Oh Wonder, the steady piano beat and high pitched flute sounding synths, it's like steady sipping on a mai thai for three full minutes. Don't hesitate to let it take you to that happy place, it's a ready made slice of mid-week vacation...#BodyGold

Sam Feldt & Ferreck Dawn feat Oh Wonder - Body Gold

Tuesday, June 21, 2016

"You Lookin' Like a Fruit Platter, I'ma Bite Into Your Peach"

Wait a minute...Scott Storch is back?? Going down memory lane for a minute, he was at the top of the music industry about a decade ago, producing tracks like Cry Me a River, Still D.R.E., Lean Back, Candy Shop, and Just a Lil Bit to name a few. Then came the superstardom, fast money, women, cars and know how the story goes when $70 million turns into $100 and bankruptcy. It's always a sad tale, yet the empathy is never quite there for anyone who makes Erlich Backman type decisions that lead them down a desperate path.

But luckily for those who have made unfortunate decisions, there's always a path out of being broke if you're talented. There's never been a question about Scott's talents and while the beat on All Eyez isn't one of my favorites of his, I'm sincerely glad to hear his vibrant instrumentals again. If you're a fan of some edgy pillow talk, you'll enjoy all the ways Game and Jeremih lead your mind to the gutter in their new one. In case you missed it, Game just dropped his new Streets of Compton album last week, but you won't find this new one on it. My guess is this ends up on some deluxe version of the album, but until then Soundcloud and a single will have to do...#ScottStorch

The Game feat Jeremih - All Eyez (prod by Scott Storch)

Monday, June 20, 2016

"Home is What You Are to Me Girl"

As someone who just went through planning and executing a wedding, I can appreciate a fresh new wedding song. It's amazing how many re-tread songs there are out there from first dances to daddy/daughter dances to the reception, it's a whole lot of the same catalog being picked over for decades. And that's exactly why Ne-Yo deserves so much credit. Being equipped with the songwriting and vocals made him uniquely qualified to sing his own wedding night ballad. Sure, it's all good in studio, but then the emotions from the day of the wedding kick in and you get a genuine moment. Fast forward to the 8:26 mark of the video below to see Ne-Yo start to perform the song and get a bit choked up...
That was a touching moment and to make it all more impressive, he released a studio quality version of the song on his Soundcloud this week. He didn't have to release something so personal for everyone else to benefit, but he did and now anyone planning a wedding should be giving this a look. Especially if the couple has been through some "I wonder if they're going to make it through this fight" types of trials and tribulations as a couple. The song focuses on the importance of having a connection between two people and anything else beyond that not mattering one bit. It's a touching track y'all, I hope you were as moved as I was by it all...#Two

Ne-Yo - Two

Sunday, June 19, 2016

"All My Friends Are Heathens Take it Slow"

With Suicide Squad's big screen debut about a month and a half away, it's time to get the hype train moving. I'd call a soundtrack featuring the likes of Eminem, Skylar Grey, Rick Ross, Skrillex, Lil Wayne, and Imagine Dragons all the fuel necessary to get the masses excited. Not mentioned in that last sentence was Twenty One Pilots who chipped in a brand new track that personifies the energy of the movie. The misfit, psycho persona fits the quiet, deranged tone of the lyrics. Speaking of which, the lyric video of the song below does a perfect job of capturing that sentiment. Heathens is the only track available for download on iTunes right now, so keep it locked as more tracks become available...#Heathens

Saturday, June 18, 2016

"Summer Nights Get Me High Like the First Time"

Seeing that today is the Summer Solstice, it's only fitting that Tiesto and John Legend put their stamp on the season with Summer Nights. Saying its Pop wouldn't even begin to explain how easy listening the track sounds. The gentle chord progression is memorable and mellow, providing plenty of space for the mellow electro ballad to flourish. Between this track and the famous Birthday Mix of All of Me, Tiesto and John Legend go awfully well together. I know I'm not going to end up liking this track beyond the first couple listens because of how catered to the masses it is, but that isn't going to stop me from enjoying the hell out of it currently...#SummerNights

Tiesto feat John Legend - Summer Nights

Friday, June 17, 2016

Videos of the Week June 17th

Given the events of the last week in Orlando, it was legitimately hard to find fun, inspiring, non-political videos. Luckily artists like Bassnectar were there to save the day with tasteful, creative visuals. His video for Reaching Out was a carnival of illusion wrapped in mellow bass. If you were to watch one video this week, it would be that one.

Aside from that, Major Lazer chipped in a fairly typical Hip Hop video with an incredibly original cash, cars, and women theme. On the other hand, it was really cool to see the 2pac biopic starting to finally come to life. There have been rumors about it for a while, but a teaser trailer should ignite that movement. In the world of late night, both Fallon and Colbert found a way to inject some mindless comedy into an otherwise harsh week. Like only Fallon can, he teamed up with The Rock for an extremely awkward promo scene, while Colbert found an entertaining way to explain Net Neutrality in layman terms. I'm not sure I was able to keep up with a lot what the guy was saying on the roller coaster, but hey, kudos for the attempt to make the topic more exciting...#NetNeutrality
Bassnectar - Reaching Out (Video)

Major Lazer feat Travis Scott, 2 Chainz, Pusha T, Mad Cobra - Night Riders (Video)

All Eyez on Me (2pac Biopic) (Teaser Trailer)

Jimmy Fallon and The Rock Are Awkward Prom Dates

Colbert Explains Net Neutrality on a Roller Coaster

Photo Credit: YouTube

Thursday, June 16, 2016

"Something Got You Up At Night, So Tell Me Who Goin' Call"

I'm starting to feel embarrassed at the lack of G-Eazy I've posted in this corner of the internet. You'd think that GWDJ being headquartered in the Bay Area and being bombarded by his various Warriors anthems would have resulted in him growing on me. Sadly, it's taken until this new Ghostbusters track with Jeremih to get some damn love! I hate to call it corny because G-Eazy lit up the mic with his verses, but it's a bit sing-alongy to be respected for the Hip Hop track it's wanting to be. Jeremih is unstoppable on any hook, but the bubbly Pop beat didn't afford him much room work with. It will be interesting to see whether or not this new all women comedian cast for Ghostbusters lives up to the hype, but Saw it Coming didn't have an impact either way on whether or not I'll be seeing it. Lets just hope the massive trailer dislike fest isn't an indication for what's to come because the cast has a lot of potential...#SawItComing

Wednesday, June 15, 2016

"Maybe I'm Holding Back, Do You Want It?"

How does some grown and sexy Hump Day R&B sound y'all? An all male duet is something rarely seen nowadays, but Gallant seems to be making a habit of it. This time he teamed up with SG Lewis for a mellow, subtly funky jam. Holding Back will lure you in with an addictive bassline, but the vocals are what you'll end up remembering. There are some quirky electronics that add some flavor to spice it up, but it's an awfully smooth track all things considered. Having already caught the ear of Pharrell, Justin Timberlake, and Disclosure, there's a good chance you're going to hear a lot more of SG Lewis in the coming months...#HoldingBack

SG Lewis feat Gallant - Holding Back

Tuesday, June 14, 2016

"You Bury It, You Bury It, And Rise Above"

By no means am I the biggest CHVRCHES fan, but I do appreciate their ability to make really catchy synth pop music. What I like most about their new single with Hayley Williams is the aggressiveness of the synths on the track. When I say that, I mean Men Without Hats Safety Dance style upbeat, vibrant, aggressive chords. Need a refresher? Check it below (how awesome of a video is this???)...

Led by Hayley's superstar, power vocals and a beat dripping with Top 40 appeal, Bury It has everything you'd want in a Pop track. It has a sing-along quality that compliments a build up of excitement that comes to a climax at the end of the hook. Something tells me this track not jibe with the hardcore CHVRCHES fans, but those looking to get lost in a jubilant pop anthem will be satisfied. I'd fall on the latter side of that and like me, I hope you're in the mood for a nice sugary dessert tonight...#BuryIt

CHVRCHES feat Hayley Williams of Paramore - Bury It

Monday, June 13, 2016

"Would You Mind if I Still Love You?"

Oh man, a new Usher single is something to get excited about to start the week. For those keeping track at home, 2012 was the last time we were privy to new music from Mr. Raymond. If you're expecting a high energy banger, you might like his other new song (No Limit) with Young Thug a little more. Me, I'm more of a sucker for Usher's falsetto, so Crash's low key, rolling bassline was much more my style. The head nod worthy, funky beat set the table nicely for Usher to drop a few heartfelt verses and an emotional hook. No word yet on when his new album is coming, but I'm going to be leading the charge for those who are anxiously waiting for it...#Crash

Sunday, June 12, 2016

"I Spent the Summer on You"

I can think of no better genre to post about on a sunny Sunday afternoon than Tropical House. Sundays are for relaxing and there is nothing more relaxing than bubbly House rhythms that reminisce over summer flings. We've all had at least one summer fling, which is why Sam Feldt and Lucas & Steve's new one, Summer on You, will hit home with a lot of people. The subtle acoustic backbone will lure you in, but the rapid succession of high pitched synths offer the chill excitement that comes with well-done Trop House. Tip of the cap to Wulf for delivering characteristically soothing vocals on a track that required a mellow effort. The track hasn't yet landed on iTunes, but Spotify has you covered if you feel so inclined to add this to your newest playlist...#SummerOnYou

Sam Feldt x Lucas & Steve feat Wulf - Summer On You

Saturday, June 11, 2016

"Everyone Falls in Love Sometime"

There are only a handful of R&B artists that I consider automatic posts whenever they release a new track. At this point, I'd put Tory Lanez in that category because of his recent streak of great releases. I still haven't stopped listening to In For It and Initiation, but Luv might be his best track yet. With the help of production superstars Cashmere Cat and Benny Blanco who crafted an addictive Soca riddim, there's a lot to like about the track before Tory even begins singing. There's an easygoing, relaxing vibe to it, which will surely contribute to its Top 40 appeal. Pop music hasn't formally met Tory Lanez yet, but with tracks like the one below, it's only a matter of time...#Luv

Tory Lanez - Luv (prod by Cashmere Cat & Benny Blanco)

Friday, June 10, 2016

Videos of the Week June 10th

With Hip Hop making a surge back into my life, it's only appropriate that I include some Hip Hop love in this week's top 5. Led by a lot of Chance the Rapper, there's plenty of evidence as to why he's becoming the next big name in Hip Hop. Not only did he steal the show on his performance of Show Me Love, but he also crafted a lyrical intro to Colbert's late night show. Pretty cool of Skrillex to act as his hype man and back him up on that while manning the guitar during the performance.

Folks, we've got a new stoners anthem thanks to the two biggest potheads Hip Hop has ever found. Wiz Khalifa and Snoop's Kush Ups is so punny and apropos, it's disgusting! Jokes aside, that beat in bangin'! If you've missed Krewella, they're back to making music and creative videos with Broken Record. Hate on them if you want, but they make entertaining videos. Last, but certainly not least is Obama slow jamming' the news. Sure, we all wish it wouldn't have come off quite so serious, but Jimmy and The Roots did what they could to back him up and bring some comedy to the news...#SlowJamTheNews
Hundred Waters With Skrillex Featuring Chance The Rapper Perform "Show Me Love"
Snoop Dogg feat Wiz Khalifa - Kush Ups (Video)

Krewella - Broken Record (Video)

Skrillex and Chance The Rapper Remix Stephen Colbert's Monologue

Fallon Slow Jams the News with Obama

Photo Credit: YouTube

Thursday, June 09, 2016

"Oh We Don't Wanna Be Slaves, We Don't Wanna Be Slaves"

It's hard to put into words how excited I've been lately with Hip Hop. There's been a steady mix of legends and up and comers that have re-ignited my love for the genre. Today both Knox Brown and Anderson .Paak stepped up to the plate to keep the fire burning with No Slaves. The steady beat will have you clapping and singing along. It's one of those jubilant tracks you can't help but move along with. There's a vibe of defiance, but expressed in a way that comes off inspirational. Y'all know how much I dig emotionally relevant music and this one qualifies as just that. Keep an eye out for Knox's upcoming Searching EP that's due out later this Summer on August 5th...#NoSlaves

Knox Brown feat Anderson .Paak - No Slaves

Wednesday, June 08, 2016

Big Gigantic and GRiZ Show Why Funky Horns Are Saxy

It doesn't get any funkier than a Big Gigantic and GRiZ collaboration. They'd been doing a lot together lately, including bringing George Clinton on stage, but their new one takes their talents collectively to a different height. The way they're able to go big and small on horns and layer them over a steady stream of bass is such a good look. In particular, their synth, guitar, and saxophone combo lays the foundation for energetic, danceworthiness. It's awesome that their music requires little to no vocals because they're able to add so much intrigue with their use of instrumentation. And of course, the best part about it is that all you'll need to do is opt in on Big Gigantic's email list to download C'mon for free. That's highway robbery from where I come from, so hop on it before the prices goes up to iTunes rates...#Cmon

Big Gigantic feat GRiZ - C'mon

Tuesday, June 07, 2016

"All My Friends Are Wasted, And I Hate This Club"

There are maybe five to ten songs a year that I get excited enough to nominate for song of the year. For me, Snakehips' track with Chance the Rapper and Tinashe deserves to be in that conversation. Coincidentally, the video for All My Friends was released back in October, but it didn't land on iTunes/Spotify until recently. But you know me, better late than never when it comes to posting a track that resonates with me.

Why do I like the track so much you ask? To put it simply it gives me the feels because it takes me back to the struggles of my early 20s. That feeling of going out to the bar every weekend and forcing yourself to be social because that's what our generation does after college on weekends is amplified to the max on the track. Add to that the settling for relationships and hook ups that are unfulfilling and you get a picture that looks exactly like what the track below describes. And boy does it describe it well with an somber, yet uplifting tone from a hook from Tinashe and stellar verse from Chance the Rapper. It's a smooth R&B track with an addicting, sing-along hook with lyrics that are easy to relate to. If you're like me and get an emotional boost from churning up the struggles of years past, this one will hit home...#AllMyFriends

Monday, June 06, 2016

No Need to Go to College if Being a Dropout is This Good

Now that everyone has access to software that can cut and trim music, it takes a special mashup to get my attention. If special is the bar, then Dropout's mashup with Anna Clendening of Flume's Never Be Like You with Gnash and Olivia O'Brien's I Hate U, I Love U far exceeds it. The beat is something to write home about with a slow build up, engaging chord progression, and more than its fair share of clangs and clacks to add intrigue. Anna Clendening deserves mad props for ducking in and out of both songs seamlessly over the hype instrumental. Did you catch that acoustic break down leading into the hook too? It's equal parts melodic and energetic, which makes for a fun listen. Feel free cop this one for $free.50 before dragging and dropping onto that under construction summer playlist you've been putting together...#NeverHateU

Dropout feat Anna Clendening - Never Hate U (Flume & Gnash Mashup)

Sunday, June 05, 2016

"I'm Back Where I Belong, No Matter Where I'm From"

At this point, we should all feel lucky to hear new music that has Avicii's name anywhere near it. Since the release of his last album, he's retired from making new music and severely cut down on the amount of live performances. Considering the health scares he's undergone, nobody can blame him for making the move to retire. I'd even go as far as saying that other artists struggling with "the life" that goes along with being a superstar should take note before they find their picture in a slideshow on the Grammys of fallen artists for the year.

Enter Otto Knows, a childhood friend of Avicii's from Sweden (see cover art above) who is on a come up of his own. Not only is this the first hint of music from Avicii since he's retired, it's also the first and only track he's ever been featured on. That's pretty crazy because it implicitly means that all the music he's been a part of has originated from him. Back Where I Belong is everything you'd want in a nostalgic, "take me home" type of track. The song title is interesting from a conspiracy theory perspective because you could imagine Avicii caught a lot of flack for retiring in his prime and this song could be construed as a defiant answer to those haters. Whatever the case, it's a feel good track that follows the tried and true formula of folk sounding vocals over a strong piano beat that morphs into an inspirational progressive house beat after the drop. I dig the addition of horns to the beat too, it gives an element of uniqueness to the Pop/EDM sound of the track. I'm with you in crossing my fingers that Avicii is going to continue keeping an open mind to collaborations like this with Otto Knows...#BackWhereIBelong

Saturday, June 04, 2016

"Maybe I Don't Know, But Maybe That's OK"

With 6 days to go before Jon Bellion's new album enters our lives, it's fitting that he'd release such a self-reflective track. If you feel like you don't know Jon well enough, then Maybe IDK will change all of that. It's such a liberating and inspirational track that will do everything it can to get you to confront your inner doubts. Through his lyrics, he does everything he can to get you to be ok with not knowing the answers to all the questions that exist in your subconscious. If you're familiar with the app Headspace, it's the same sort of concept that meditation teaches you. Being able to not get hung up on inner doubts by treating them like cars on a highway just passing by will allow you to accept yourself and the world for what it is. The track is yet another reason to hop onto The Human Condition bandwagon. At this point, I can count on one hand the amount of seats left on the bandwagon, so your window of opportunity to embrace the talent that is Jon Bellion is rapidly deteriorating...#MaybeIDK

Jon Bellion - Maybe IDK

Friday, June 03, 2016

Videos of the Week June 3rd

While music mostly dominates the top five this week, there are a few clear standouts. First and foremost, seeing Pharrell's reaction to Maggie Rogers' demo track at NYU's Clive Davis Institute in late March was genuinely awesome. I say that because his facial expressions show how moved he was when listening to her song. Really awesome to hear him interpret how well she conveyed her journey through music.

In the music video world, Alan Walker continued his come up with a video for his latest single Sing Me To Sleep. It sounds a lot like Faded, but that isn't necessarily a bad thing. In other news, Timeflies managed to bring back college in their fratastic video for Once in a While and Martin Solveig threw a coastal/desert dance party in his video with Tkay Maidza for Do it Right. Rounding out the top five is a special dose of awesome from the amalgamation known as Big Grizmatik. The three headed monster managed to recruit George Clinton to join them on stage and, needless to say, craziness ensued...#BigGrizMatik
Pharrell Reacts to NYU Student Maggie Rogers Singing

Alan Walker - Sing Me To Sleep (Video)

Timeflies - Once in a While (Video)

Martin Solvieg feat Tkay Maidza - Do It Right (Video)

Big GrizMatik (Griz, Big Gigantic & Gramatik) Bring George Clinton on Stage

Photo Credit:YouTube

Thursday, June 02, 2016

How About That RaveForBernie Compilation?

In case you were wondering where the presidential support is swaying among musicians, look no further than the new #RaveForBernie compilation. Sure, the likes of Killer Mike and Tom Morello have been vocal in their support for the Bern, but I can't say I've heard of a group of musicians pulling together a full length album to curry favor for a candidate.

It's a sign of the times that EDM is being used as the vehicle to get the message out, but Bassnectar and Levitate are leading the way for the twelve song effort. To say that Chasing Heaven is a hype track is like saying the sun sometimes gets hot. The track features a gradual, minute and a half energy ramp up that quickly, drops, unleashing a bass heavy blast of energy. Despite it being a long track that ebbs and flows for over five minutes, there's a dramatic shift in energy that find a way to keep your attention the entire track. Rather than continuing to gush about the track, I'd encourage you to check out the eleven other tracks that will hopefully get you excited about the Senator from Vermont...#RaveForBernie

Bassnectar & Levitate - Chasing Heaven

Wednesday, June 01, 2016

"Even When I Lose My Head, Guillotine"

As I continue to put all my chips to the center of the table on Jon Bellion, I feel like it's become my duty to continually shout out his new album that's dropping in about a week on June 10th. Even though The Human Condition isn't his first album, you better believe it will be his break through album. He's done too many great things in the studio over the past few months for people to continue sleeping on his massive potential.

Take for example, Guillotine, which he released about two months ago. Yes, it slipped past me as a goalie, but that doesn't mean it isn't post worthy. It takes a calm, ballad vibe before erupting into a funky hook. Like just about everything he produces visually and musically, it tells a story. You'll find yourself on a roller coaster of somber, joyful, and celebratory emotions. It's a fun track overall and will make a great addition to the final playlist. Stay tuned for a new track this weekend from Jon titled Maybe IDK...#TheHumanCondition

Jon Bellion - Guillotine

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