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

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