Wednesday, August 31, 2016

Cashmere Cat Ventures Off the Reservation With Wild Love

I'm the kind of person that's fascinated with different. When others are turning away or hating on music because it's not something they're used to hearing, I'm wondering why and moving toward it. Cue up that new "experimental" track by Cashmere Cat that plays more like a interlude than a single. Wild Love attempts to flip on it's head your formulaic mental model of a song by layering synths, hymn-like repetitious harmony, and plenty of vocal distortion. It's the type of sound I'm starting to associate with Francis and the Lights music because the vibe reminds me of their recent single, Friends. If you're itching for a standout performance from The Weeknd, check your expectations before pressing play because it's more of a cameo than a feature. Still, I can't help but listen to it and appreciate its uniqueness. Will it be a song I seek out to listen? Probably not, but it'll be a song I share with others and make them listen to because I'm interested in their reaction. Feel free and deploy it as such or hate on it like your friends, whatever floats your boat kind reader of this post...#WildLove

Cashmere Cat feat The Weekend & Francis and the Lights - Wild Love

Tuesday, August 30, 2016

TroyBoi Posterizes MJ on Wallz

A heavy, chopped up remix of MJ? Yes please! I'm not going to go as far as saying I was a huge fan of Michael Jackson's original version of Off the Wall, but there's a certain delight that goes along with re-discovering an MJ track for the first time. If you aren't familiar with the track from 1979, it was the title track for his fifth studio album. Ride with me in the wayback machine below...
So why did TroyBoi remix MJ out of the blue? Well, yesterday would have been his 58th birthday, so we were blessed with a fresh new trappy rendition of one of his less appreciated tracks. On the remix, you'll get the unrefined goodness you're used to from any TroyBoi beat set to the background of a bouncy, almost haunting beat. Tracks like this allow us to imagine what it would be like if MJ was still around to collaborate DJs of today. I see that is a gift, which is fitting considering it was made for his birthday. Hat tip TroyBoi, I enjoyed livin' on the wall today while reminiscing over the king of pop...#Wallz

TroyBoi - Wallz

Monday, August 29, 2016

Falling in Love Never Felt So Funky

Evidently the GoldLink and KAYTRANADA connection runs much deeper than we imagined. You want to talk about a funky way to start a week, the conversation starts with Fall in Love. That rolling baseline and spitfire flow from GoldLink is not to be trifled with. Add in some vocals from Ciscero and a production assist from BADBADNOTGOOD and you've got yourself a throwback sounding, new school funk anthem.

Songs like this make me feel remorse for being so checked out on the evolution of Hip Hop. If artists like GoldLink are going to bring funk back into the equation of Hip Hop, you might see this durable, one-song a day ship that is the GWDJ blog switch it's course back toward the island of beats and rhymes. Such a fun tracks, give it some Spotify or iTunes love if you feel so inclined...#FallInLove

GoldLink feat Ciscero - Fall in Love (prod by KAYTRANADA & BADBADNOTGOOD)

Sunday, August 28, 2016

"You've Got to Got to Got to Go Whole Heart"

It's been over 8 months since Gryffin released Heading Home and it's still in heavy rotation on my GWDJ Favorites Spotify playlist. Knowing that, he's long overdue for a follow up single. Enter Whole Heart, which features the vocals of Bipolar Sunshine (think DJ Snake - Middle). The track is unique in that it finds a way to capture the essence of folk music despite having an easy-listening, EDM/Pop sound. The soft guitar sample adds to the folk/acoustic vibe by adding an almost Country twist to the song. Between the Mumford-esque sing-along hook and vibrant, melodic drop, it's a very cool mix of a few different kinds of awesome. Kudos to Gryffin for finding a way to surpass expectations on the follow up single...#WholeHeart

Gryffin feat Bipolar Sunshine - Whole Heart

Saturday, August 27, 2016

"Everyday I Wake Up and Feel Like It's My F'in Birthday"

While asleep at the wheel a few months back, I swung and missed on posting Boys Noize and HudMo's collaboration Birthday. It's about as celebratory of a track you'll find with excitable synths and rowdy percussion samples adding to the already jubilant energy surrounding the track. Add to that a repeatable, sing-along hook from Spank Rock and you've got yourself a single-worthy effort.

It doesn't stop there, though, as Danny Brown and Pell decided to hop on a remix of the original this week. If you know anything about Danny Brown it shouldn't be a surprise that something as carefree as Birthday would be something he'd want to donate a verse toward. I favor the original over the remix because I'm more of an instrumental purist, but I can see why you'd feel the verses added to the general excitement of the track. Head on over to Spotify or iTunes to listen to them both or, while you're at it, check out Boys Noize stellar new album Mayday that is well deserving of the heavy rotation it's been getting in the GWDJ household...#Birthday

Boys Noize feat Hudson Mohawke & Spank Rock - Birthday

Boys Noize feat Hudson Mohawke & Spank Rock feat Danny Brown & Pell - Birthday (Remix)

Friday, August 26, 2016

Videos of the Week August 26th

There was a whole lot of straight up caucasian, whiteness to this week's top five. It all started with DJ Shadow and Run the Jewels video for Nobody Speak where a bunch of white politicians decided to duke it out. From there it got a lot less violent, but still stayed blanco with a new video from G-Eazy for Calm Down and another more than mildly entertaining video from Lil Dicky and Gronk. Those two need to go on tour together, straight up.

And for your usual late night fix, both Seth Myers and Fallon delivered the goods with entertaining guests. Current favorite Jon Bellion continued his rampage through pop culture with another rousing performance of All Time Low. Saying he's safe bet to rise to super stardom isn't even a bet anymore, it's simply a matter of when. Speaking of super-stardom, you're not going to find anyone more talented than Donald Glover. Not only is Atlanta on the horizon, he's also got an album and unique album debut concert experience coming up. I believe in all that is Childish Gambino, so count me in on whatever he decides to be a part of...#Pharos

DJ Shadow feat Run the Jewels - Nobody Move (Video)

G-Eazy - Calm Down (Video)

Lil Dicky and Big Daddy Gronk Talk Physique vs Technique

Jon Bellion Performs All Time Low on Late Night With Seth Myers
Jimmy Fallon Interviews Donald Glover on Fallon Tonight

Photo Credit: YouTube

Thursday, August 25, 2016

Nobody Said Rock Music Couldn't Be a Part of EDM

There's kicking ass, then there's this. If you want to talk about taking electronic music to new heights, look no further than GRiZ's new single Can't Hold Me Down. Featuring some smooth guitar riffs and bluesy, rock vocals from London Souls' Tash Neal, you might find yourself asking why more DJs haven't dabbled in rock to date. There's such an undercurrent of positivity and overcoming adversity baked in the vibe of the track that it's damn near impossible not to like. The tone of the track aligns well with the title of GRiZ's new album, Good Will Prevail, which will be landing on e-tailers in about a month on September 23rd. If the album has any other songs as close to as dope as this track, it'll be one of my favorite releases in 2016...#GoodWillPrevail

GRiZ feat Tash Neal of London Souls - Can't Hold Me Down

Wednesday, August 24, 2016

Missing Avicii? Have No Fear, Syn Cole Has Your Back

Those who were heartbroken over Avicii's retirement must be feeling like a huge void in the melodic house music space. To those fans, I say worry not because Syn Cole is about the best proxy you're going to find for inspirational, feel good EDM. His new single Follow Me is a stellar effort featuring the vocals of acoustic artist Joshua Radin. Between the piano lead in, the soulful vocals, and ever-so-bubbly chord progression post-drop, this has all the makings of a Top 40 hit. It's the type of track that I'll have on heavy repeat for the coming weeks because of it's easy-listening vibrance. Do yourself a favor and cop the original version on iTunes or the more clubby version a listen or better yet, add it to your recent Spotfiy playlist like I did...#FollowMe

Syn Cole feat Joshua Radin - Follow Me

Tuesday, August 23, 2016

Skylar Grey Prefers the Road Less Traveled

I have a short list of artists that I will follow into battle no matter where they decide to go with their music. For reference, I used to think Drake was on that short list, but nowadays I like about half of the stuff he puts out. On the other hand, Skylar Grey can do no wrong in my eyes because she still has yet to put out a track that I can't vibe out to. It doesn't matter if she is slowing it up with a ballad, singing a hook for a high profile collabo or putting out a mid-tempo, inspirational new single because she always finds a way to excel at making emotionally provocative music.

Off Road is the latest example of pushing her sound to places she hasn't quite gone before. Although her music is undeniably provocative, her latest single showcases a much more mellow and adventurous side. There's a clear undercurrent of wanderlust baked into the lyrics that fit well with the carefree, electro-pop vibe of the track. In case you're wondering her new Natural Causes album is due out in about a month on September 23rd, so there's plenty more new music on the way to get excited about. Me, I'm so excited that I'll be seeing her next show in about a month when she visits the Bay Area...#OffRoad

Skylar Grey - Off Road

Monday, August 22, 2016

"I'm Cuckoo for You, Let's Talk"

Time is a powerful thing when it comes to healing wounds. Just a few years back, M.I.A. and Diplo went from lovers to sworn enemies in a very public way. Last year the hatchet had still not been buried as they continued to subliminally mention each other on Twitter.

But this week, the duo seemingly made amends when they released their first collaboration in years title Bird Song. The track is as tribal, bouncy, and quirky as you'd expect. Packed with more than a few play on words having to do with birds, the lyrics are borderline trolling. But, to its credit, it bangs in the headphones and will find a way to coerce you to wiggle a bit. You can catch the track on M.I.A.'s upcoming A.I.M. album due out on Sept 9th. Til then drop down and getcha eagle on...#BirdSong

M.I.A - Bird Song (Diplo Remix)

Sunday, August 21, 2016

Drum and Queso from Two of the Best

I'm a sucker for good drum and bass. That's a big reason why I always seem to take the bait whenever Caspa and Rusko put out something new. Their new one, Cheese, delivers an energetic vibe loaded with a catchy vocal sample and steady mainline of synths and percussion. At first they lure you in with vibrant piano chords and a vocal sample tease, but it eventually gives way to controlled craziness with the ability to ear worm its way into your dome. It's like The Prodigy meets Keys N Krates, which is a match made in heaven. Give this one a look on iTunes or Spotify and while you're at it, give their recent three song EP 1 a listen...#Cheese

Caspa & Rusko - Cheese

Saturday, August 20, 2016

Frank Ocean is Back With a Visual Album

I dig Frank Ocean's music and all, but I feel like I'm still catching up to the hype surrounding his new "visual" album Endless. There's a lot to unpack about the concept on a visual album, but I'm beginning to wrap my head around the idea of creating a 45 minute movie to debut new music. It seems a bit much to create that long of a video to show off your new tunes, but I will cop to the creativity of the concept.

If you aren't an Apple Music subscriber and haven't watched Endless, there's still goo news. Frank released a new single in the form of a five minute movie for Nikes. The beginning feels like an interlude with over two minutes of distorted vocals and odd visuals. In the mix you'll hear tributes to Pimp C, Trayvon Martin, and even a cameo from A$AP Rocky. Having waited four years for a new single from Frank, it was nice to hear his distinct voice again. I'm not quite as drawn into the visuals, but Nikes did get me excited to hear more on his upcoming, full length EP...#Endless

Friday, August 19, 2016

Videos of the Week August 19th

There's a new breed of Hip Hop performers that are making a name for the genre on stage. If you're not picking up what I'm putting down then look no further than Chance the Rapper and Anderson .Paak's latest live performances. Chance took to GMA to show off his brand new single Summer Friends, while Anderson used every bit of space in the room for his tiny desk concert for NPR. Both artists are out to prove that Hip Hop music is fun to consume live and I'm digging every bit of their live shows.

Before we turn the page on Hip Hop, let's not forget about Logic's ode to everyone's favorite video game character. Everyone loves Mario and like you, I'd go ham if he brought him out on stage. If strange is what you're looking for, then look no further than Skrillex and Wiwek's new short movie for Still in the Cage. I'd at a loss for the whole plot line of that short flick, so I'm hoping you're in the mood for odd. And if you're missing out on aliens, then don't worry, Amy Adams is the translator you need. I'm stoked for Arrival and will be lining up at the box office when it comes out in November...#Arrival
Chance the Rapper Performs Summer Friends on GMA

Anderson .Paak Tiny Desk Concert

Logic - Super Mario World (Video)

Skrillex & Wiwek - Still in the Cage (Video)

Arrival Trailer

Photo Credit: YouTube

Thursday, August 18, 2016

"Take it All, Ain't No Way I Can Break it Off"

With all the collaborations between Hip Hop and EDM these days, I'm beginning to raise my own bar for being impressed. That being said, a collabo between three of my favorite artists is probably starting out with a higher chance of eclipsing that bar than your average track. Seeing Big Gigantic, Logic, and Rozes on the same track together caused me to fumble with the mouse because I tried to click play so fast.

...and All of Me absolutely impressed! It was way more mellow than I imagined, but I was really stoked with how well Big Gigantic put together a slow, melodic Hip Hop sounding beat. There's a gentle drop, but if I closed my eyes and listened to it without knowing who was on it, I wouldn't have pegged this as a BG track. It was one of those rare times where I felt like I needed to re-evaluate my expectations for Big Gigantic because I clearly shortchanged his wide variety of sounds. Maybe the horns after the gentle drop are more of a tell than I thought at first, but it's much more slow trap than the usual sax driven beats he churns out. Even better, Logic chipped in a stellar 16, which along with Rozes hook, elevated the track well beyond what I expected. It's clearly one of my favorite new songs and I hope it, along with his upcoming Brighter Future album, is too...#AllOfMe

Big Gigantic feat Logic & Rozes - All Of Me

Wednesday, August 17, 2016

"Give it to Me Twice"

What I like most about Party Favor is his lacking of allegiance to any type of music. When you think about it, it makes sense that an artist named Party Favor would focus solely on party music. Maybe that is a genre, but his constant mix of Hip Hop and rowdy electronic music is always chalked full of energy. I say that, but out of the six tracks on his Party Music EP, Give it to Me Twice is by far the least rowdiest. That's not a bad thing at all when you reel in the vocals of Sean Kingston and a verse from Rich the Kid. I wouldn't characterize it is as Trop House, but the laid back island vibe offers plenty of room for chillin'. The post-hook drop is what you'll remember, though. The high-pitched, almost tribal, Major Lazer sounding synths are as catchy as you'll find. Hate on it for it's easy-listening vibe, but you can understand why Party would lead the EP with this single worthy hit...#GiveItToMeTwice

Party Favor feat Sean Kingston & Rich The Kid - Give It To Me Twice

Tuesday, August 16, 2016

"Feelin' Kinda Loose Off the Hooch"

There's something about Travi$ Scott's style that I can't get enough of. Part of has to do with the consistency of his beats, but his mix of sing-songy autotune verses and hooks are downright dope. I'll put it this way, I fully understand why Kanye leans on him as a collaborator because he mixes tempos and moods so well in his music. To a casual observer, his music may not sound all that special, but it's far from formulaic.

His new one, Hooch, is more or less an ode to his favorite bootleg liquor. Everyone has their on variety they like, but not all can put a song together to adequately describe it like Travis can. The track will be landing on his upcoming Birds In The Trap Sing McKnight album that will be landing on iTunes on August 26th. On the album, you can expect to see some of your favorites like Kendrick Lamar, Kid Cudi, and Cashmere Cat to name a few. Oh and don't expect to get a bunch of singles before now and then because Travis wants you to hear all of it at once rather than bleeding it out single by single...#TheHooch

Travi$ Scott - The Hooch (prod by Vinylz)

Monday, August 15, 2016

"You Made Me Forget That My Heart Was Ever Bro-Broken"

If you need a sign that EDM is evolving more and more into the definition of Pop, look no further than the Adam Lambert assisted Broken. Led by an intriguing collaboration between one of my favorite EDM duos (Tritonal) and up and comer Jenaux, the song amounts to a ballad wrapped up in bubbly synths. It fits the uplifting vibe that most Tritonal tracks carry, but this time they set their sights directly on Top 40 radio. Keep an eye out for Jenaux, though, he's got a lot of buzz surrounding his name and you can understand why after the collabo below...#Broken

Tritonal & Jenaux feat Adam Lambert - Broken

Sunday, August 14, 2016

"Back When We Were Kids, Swear That We'll Never Die"

I'm beginning to run out of adjectives to describe the consistency of One Republic's music. They churn out singles like it's their job and set the bar for contemporary pop music. You've heard me gush about Ryan Tedder's lead vocals, but their new single succeeds in it's ability to inspire nostalgia. Kids will invite you to peek back into your past when the world was your playground. When Ryan goes falsetto on the hook, there's an excitement in his voice the aligns perfectly to the subject of the track. Now two tracks deep into their upcoming fourth studio album, I'm more than a little excited to hear what's next...#Kids

One Republic - Kids

Saturday, August 13, 2016

Plenty of Soulful Funk to Go Around on GRiZ's Before I Go

What a great week for funky new EDM! First we got a new one from Big Gigantic, now its GRiZ's turn to let loose his new single, Before I Go. Featuring some soulful vocals from Leo Napier, the new single has a distinct live band feel to it that is downright infectious. Don't work though EDM fans, there are a few build ups and saxophone drops that will make you feel right at home along the way. If you were to describe to me smooth dance music, this is the type of song I'd envision. The line it walks between funk, dance and jazz is something that makes the music GRiZ puts out special. Feel free and add this one to your latest Spotify playlist for your upcoming Dolores Park day...#BeforeIGo

GRiZ feat Leo Napier - Before I Go

Friday, August 12, 2016

Videos of the Week August 12th

Wide range of awesomeness in this week's top five y'all. Led by the inspirational and incredibly well done video by Nike featuring Chance the Rapper. The track is called We the People and it couldn't have been any more appropriate for the Olympics. Kudos to Nike for pulling together the talent and visuals they do to produce such a well-timed video for their Unlimited Together campaign.

I've said it before and I'll say it again, lyric videos are the new low budget music video. Similar to what Thomas Jack did with Rise Up, all you need is some scenery that will amplify the tunes and you're golden. Completely switching gears from lyric videos, Gallant and Jack Garratt got to show off their skills with their in-studio performance of Janet Jackson's I Get Lonely. Gallant is such a talented vocalist, it's nuts. Speaking of talented artists, Anderson .Paak continues to do things that Hip Hop artists traditionally don't do. Like for example a three in one music video that's almost like a movie when combined together. Loved his cheesy curtains drop transitions between videos. And last but not least, your dose of comedy for the week from Seth Rogen and Jimmy Fallon. Haven't seen anyone live lip sync someone rapping before, but now I know what it sounds like thanks to Seth and the legendary Roots crew...#LipSyncBattle
Chance the Rapper Nike: Unlimited Together

Thomas Jack & Jasmine Thompson - Rise Up (Lyric Video)

Jack Garratt x Gallant - I Get Lonely (Janet Jackson Cover)

Anderson .Paak – The Season / Carry Me / The Waters (Video)

Fallon and Seth Rogen Get in a Lip Sync Battle

Photo Credit: YouTube

Thursday, August 11, 2016

Porter Robinson & Madeon Are Going on Tour Together

In a world where the majority of money made by artists happen on tour, I wish more tour based collaborations occurred. Maybe it's more the exception than the rule, but occasionally two well-known acts decide to take their act on the road together. When they do, it seems like a golden opportunity to spice up the live act by tag teaming a track on stage.

I bring up tour collabos because Porter Robinson and Madeon are about to embark on a tour together. Today when they announced the tour, they also shared a new single they did together that's coincidentally the same name as their tour. The Shelter tour will include 17 stops and you can bet they'll be blasting the track below together on stage at some point during the show. The track is exactly as melodic and jubilant as you'd expect from two EDM artists who have made their name with high pitched vocal samples and soothing drops. Both of their unique sounds are reflected in the track, yet the mix of styles is seamless. Needless to say, it's clear these guys are pretty good friends and they'll be a fun watch in concert...#Shelter

Porter Robinson & Madeon - Shelter

Wednesday, August 10, 2016

"When I Look in Your Eyes, I Feel So Loved"

Who's in the mood for some tasty horns? Hopefully you raised your hand there because Big Gigantic just dropped a brand spankin' new dance track will take you on a horn-filled funk adventure. Featuring the soft vocals from Jennifer Hartswick, Got The Love fires on all cylinders toward an easy listening electronic track. It's pace is melodic, letting you enjoy it's diverse range of samples and mini-drops along the way.

The new one below will be surfacing on Big Gig's upcoming Brighter Future album, due out on August 26th. Feel free and join me in looking forward to his yet to be released collabos with the likes of ROZES, Logic, and Waka Flocka. I feel like the album as a whole is going to be like the white dum dums mystery flavor sucker...there's no way to know what's coming, but you choose it because the uniqueness is what makes it taste good every time...#GotTheLove

Big Gigantic feat Jennifer Hartswick - Got The Love

Tuesday, August 09, 2016

"We Set the Roof on Fire, We Set the Roof on Fire"

There's only one way to listen to Rae Sremmurd's music and that's all the way turnt up. To be clear, you have to have at least a few drinks in you to be able to get into their music. I can count on one hand songs I like of theirs and when I'm in to the mood to hear those songs, they're my favorite. Feel free and add Set the Roof to that playlist with others like with No Type and Come Get Her.

Before you start testing the high end of your speakers with the track below, let me point out one thing. A great deal of the awesomeness of this track can be directly attributed to Mike Will AND DJ Mustard. Both are stellar in their own right, but when they combine forces, it's GAME OVER. Shoot, you might even get a little nostalgic with all the Lil Jon can and response screams on the hook. Hopefully this one finds you in the right state of mind and you're able to crank it on your commute home...#SetTheRoof

Rae Sremmurd feat Lil Jon - Set the Rood (prod by Mike Will & DJ Mustard)

Monday, August 08, 2016

"I Use To Ease the Pain"

At this point, I think it's safe to say the Suicide Squad Soundtrack is going to be more memorable than the movie. I've read a few scathing reviews of the movie that allude to the lack of an R rating, poorly developed characters, and an utterly predictable plot as the reason for its downfall. I'm not a real comic book guy who truly understands the whole DC vs Marvel world, but I'm definitely up for a comic book movie if it gets good reviews. As it stands right now, the movie is hovering around 26%, which would definitely disqualify it for me as a must see.

Underwhelming movie aside, there have been more than a few tracks on the soundtrack that have got me excited. The Skrillex and Rick Ross collabo was pretty dope and twenty-one pilots' Heathens was an interesting listen. But my favorite of the bunch might the one below from Action Bronson, Dan Auerbach and Mark Ronson. Standing in the Rain is a grimy Hip Hop track with bare knuckle verses and a somber hook. It'd be something you'd expect from Wu Tang and The Black Keys vibe on the chorus give it a unique vibe. In my eyes, a soundtrack the can go across genres and has at least three standout tracks is a win in my eyes these days...#LowBarForSuccess

Action Bronson & Dan Auerbach (of The Black Keys) ft Mark Ronson – Standing In The Rain

Sunday, August 07, 2016

Chalk Up Another Opus to Deadmau5 on Saved

After a long lull of new music, it appears that he's coming out of hibernation. Sure, point to all the experimental Soundcloud releases and call that new music if you'd like, but when a perfectionist like Joel deems something as worthy of being a single, I take note. His new track, Saved will be released as the lead track on the upcoming We Are Friends, Vol. 5 compilation. It deserves to stand alongside long form classics of his like Strobe because of how it gradually unfolds and builds piece by piece over the course of almost ten minutes. It first sounds like a lullaby, but then the slightly haunting synths come in as if they were announcing a new chapter in the track. People who don't appreciate his music will call it monotonous, but those who dig in appreciate the subtleties that make his music so complex and unique. Down with the formulaic hooks and drops, this isn't your garden variety EDM track. Instead, listen to it like you were casually reading a novel because there are few who can tell a story through synths like deadmau5...#Saved

Saturday, August 06, 2016

"It's a Friday, I'm Bout To Go Off"

Very few things entertain me more than when Hip Hop and EDM artists cross paths. When the two genres mash together, tempo is always what I notice first. Is it toned down to accommodate the Hip Hop verses or do they gear up in anticipation of the drop? It's never the same formula, but it seems like this heavy bass, Trap sound is becoming the meet in the middle point.

When you listen to The Half, you may find yourself wondering how DJ Snake was involved. That's not a criticism at all, I just didn't think of him as a capable Hip Hop producer. That changed after this one and his other new one with Travis Scott, Oh Me Oh My. Loaded with Swizz Beats ad libs, a hype hook by Jeremih and a Young Thug verse to give it some street cred, there's a lot to offer. I haven't given it a full listen, but I'm really excited about DJ Snake's new album, Encore. It's not your typical album with filler tracks between singles, there's quality mixed throughout. Follow me over to Spotify to give it a full lap...#Encore

DJ Snake feat Swizz Beatz, Young Thug & Jeremih - The Half

Friday, August 05, 2016

Videos of the Week August 5th

This week was a refreshing return to the mix of music videos and quality late night clips. In other words, Colbert and Fallon finally came back into the fold with some entertaining new content. Before we get to the specifics of late night, let's give some love to the music first. Led by G-Eazy and Jeremih's Ghostbusters themed video for Saw it Coming, there was a heavy dose of cinema crossover this week. Add to that Mac Miller and Anderson .Paak's funky fresh visuals for their standout single Dang! and now we're talking. Oh, and if you're up for a few corny Drake impressions, you'll find his video with French Montana for No Shopping an interesting watch. In my eyes, it was a bit forced, but hey, can't win 'em all.

In the land of late night, star power was not lacking one bit. Will Smith made his rounds this week promoting Suicide Squad and while doing so he made a stop at Colbert. When he stopped by, the duo sat on a blanket looking at the stars pondering life's biggest questions. Hilarity ensued. Speaking of hilarity, it doesn't get any funnier than someone awkwardly misspelling angel with the word angle. Even better, having Fallon and Aziz Ansari and Fallon reading said texts. Plenty of laughs to go around while rounding out a quality week of videos...#TextualExperience
G-Eazy feat Jeremih - Saw It Coming (Video)

Mac Miller feat Anderson .Paak - Dang! (Video)

French Montana feat Drake - No Shopping (Video)

Will Smith Goes Big on Colbert

First Textual Experience with Aziz Ansari on Fallon
Photo Credit: YouTube

Thursday, August 04, 2016

"I Don't Know What's Gonna Come Tomorrow"

At first glance, Flosstradamus with Post Malone seems like an odd, but intriguing pairing. Then you press play and it doesn't sound all that out of place. To be fair, though, the beat is pretty tame compared to the usual speaker assault that Flosstradamus usually puts on. It's much more of a slow trap or future bass sound, which again, isn't very Flossy, but I kinda dig it. At the very least, it wasn't what I expected, but being surprised isn't always a bad thing. It's much more of a cooled out track that you can ride out to, but there's plenty of room on my playlists for songs of that nature...#CameUp

Flosstradamus, FKi 1st & graves feat Post Malone & Key! - Came Up

Wednesday, August 03, 2016

Japan Gets Some Extra Love From The Knocks

I can't claim to understand why some artists choose to release bonus specific bonus tracks by country. Maybe having an extra track could boost regional sales or give an heir of exclusivity to a track, but as a whole, I just don't get it. Take for instance The Knocks irresistible dance track Endisco. In the literal sense, it's as close to modern disco as you're going to find. The heavy, vibrant funk influence will no doubt have you dusting off old Daft Punk albums. There's a slight ebb and flow to the beat with soft, high pitched vocals mixed throughout. In my eyes, it's all filler noise that gives ample contrast to the steady mainline dance-worthiness. If you're outside of Japan, keep railing that Soundcloud link in hopes The Knocks provide you with a future outlet to cop the track...#Endisco

The Knocks - Endisco

Tuesday, August 02, 2016

TroyBoi and Grandtheft Are Up to No Good

Stop me if you've heard this before, but I dig heavy, experimental Trap music. You know, that stuff that sounds like pots and pans being clanged together with a whole bunch of bass. Basically almost anything that TroyBoi has put out, including his new one with Grandtheft.

Sneaky is sans vocals, so if you're not into instrumentals, then I'll most likely have something for you tomorrow. Today it's all about the slow, rugged, heavy beat. I wouldn't call it a calming listen or even a particularly easy listen. It packs a punch, but does so in a way that isn't annoying. If you dig it, all it's going to cost you is a Facebook like to cop it. Nothing sneaky at all about that...#Sneaky

TroyBoi & Grandtheft - Sneaky

Monday, August 01, 2016

Rufus Du Sol's You Were Right Gets Thomas Jack'd

If every week started off with a Trop House remix, the world would be a better place. There, I said it. I've been thinking about it for a while, but today seemed like as good of a day as any to make that bold proclamation after hearing Thomas Jack's remix of Rufus Du Sol's You Were Right. Check the original for reference...

Where the original is very mellow House-y, the remix takes a much more vibrant tone. Not only is there an uptick in tempo, there's flute for days. It's a great example of transforming a song that I may not have liked in the first place to an upbeat, addicting new addition to new playlists. Now I can only hope that TJ mixes this into his set at Golden Gate park this Friday. Looking forward to seeing some of y'all at Outside Lands this weekend...#YouWereRight

Rufus Du Sol - You Were Right (Thomas Jack Remix)

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