Tuesday, February 27, 2018

"When You're in My Heart, I'm Out My Mind"


Taking a step back and looking at EDM as a whole, the combination of acoustic guitar and synths might be my favorite offshoot of modern day electronic music. I've waxed poetic many times about how Avicii pioneered the sound and now other talented artists like Tritonal are carrying the torch forward. Out My Mind represents the latest example of how well the instruments mix together. There's a mellow ebb and flow to the track that allows Riley Clemmons' vocal performance to really stand out. It's as euphoric as you'd expect from Tritonal, but rather than the chord progressions taking you to a different state of mind, they went with a more pop, vocal driven sound. It really doesn't matter how they achieve their mellow sound because it goes down easy no matter how you device to slice it. Give it a look on Spotify or iTunes for those of you who prefer to buy rather than rent...#OutMyMind



Tritonal feat Riley Clemmons - Out My Mind

Friday, February 23, 2018

"And Yeah, the Sails Have Set, But I'm Not Dead Yet"


Hearing that Matt and Kim have a new album on the horizon is at the top of list of end of week surprises for me. Almost Everyday is the title of the next album and it'll contain their recent single Forever and their brand spankin' new one below.

Like I Used to Be is interesting progression for the dynamic duo. The 42 sec lead in sounded a lot like something Odesza would put together. The synth heavy, ethereal vibe was different, but in an interesting way. It's a lot more controlled than a lot of their music, which can be a good or bad thing. As per usual, Matt chipped in some mellow vocals and Kim's energetic drumming is present, but this time Kim stepped up with some mellow vocals of her own. There's plenty of sing-along opportunities and even a quirky beat breakdown the 2:40 mark. It's the epitome of a fun track, which is all you can ask for when unwrapping a new Matt and Kim track. Can't wait to see what they come up with next as they slowly lead us down a path toward their new album...#LikeIUsedToBe



Matt and Kim - Like I Used to Be

Tuesday, February 20, 2018

"I'll Always Be Calling You Home"


Holy euphoric Dubstep, Batman! Seven Lions has always been at or near the top of my short list of go-to artists when I get that itch for heavy, melodic drops. His new one proves exactly why he deserves that distinction. Calling You Home has a dreamy feel from the start, marked by angelic vocals from Runn. It isn't until shortly before the drop when the tempo picks up that you get an inkling that there's some treasure at the bottom of the next peak.

Let's just say the drop and subsequent chord progression was well worth the price of admission. The high-pitched, dreamy synth progression is enough to make a unicorn on Molly blush. It's instantly become one of my favorite Seven Lions tracks for all the reasons listed above. If you're as smitten as I am, follow me over to iTunes or Spotify to run a few laps...#CallingYouHome

Seven Lions feat Runn - Calling You Home

Thursday, February 15, 2018

"Baby, Tell Me Where Your Love Lies"


Is it me, or has every member of 5th Harmony done big things when they decided to jump off into their own solo career? If you're not up on all things 5th Harmony, Lauren Jauregui's recent collabo with Steve Aoki was 🔥 and I don't need to tell you about how successful Camila Cabello has been this year. Now it's time for Normani Kordei to do her own thing and she picked a hell of an artist to collaborate with on her first record. Khalid is about the only thing R&B has going for it right now, which makes every one of his releases that much more exciting.

Love Lies is set to appear in the new movie Love, Simon, due out in theaters in about a month of March 16th. The track has a playful ebb and flow, mixing mellow harmony over a snappy beat. It's a chill, repeatable duet that has a ton of replay value. Still trying to figure out how this fits into the overall vibe of the Soundtrack that has a lot of new music from Bleachers. Time will tell, but in the meantime, this one will give us plenty to chew on until the full album drops on the day the movie debuts...#LoveLies



Khalid feat Normani Kordei - Love Lies

Monday, February 12, 2018

Marshmello's Official Friendzone Anthem


It's generally, a sad, lonely place, but the Friendzone is real. If you're a man who has been Friendzoned, it's likely you've spent entirely too much time wishing, hoping, and praying you'd one day make it out of the dreaded "you're such a good friend" place. As if the prospect of being F-zoned wasn't enough, Marshemllo went ahead and made an anthem for you to (pretend) to be happy about.

FRIENDS is all capped for a reason. It implies that the guy isn't listening, so the woman needs to make it super clear that WE'RE JUST FRIENDS. Might be a little corny that they actually spell it out in the song, but the bleeped out F word followed by the word sh*t is pretty comical. It's much more pop than we'd normally get from Marshemllo, but if you were an EDM artist would you consider doing a pop track that could make you a ton of money. No need to answer that rhetorical question, just head on over to iTunes or Spotify if you want a nice slice of angsty nostalgia...#FRIENDS



Marshmello feat Anne-Marie - FRIENDS

Friday, February 09, 2018

Oshi and Baauer Are Cold Blooded


Want to know what instrumental greatness sounds like? Oshi and Baauer recently combined powers to put together a vocal-less, symphony of noise in Frozen. The dramatic, vibrant chord build up that comes crashing down with heavy bass and ominous horns make for a surprisingly chill, but energetic listen. It's not an easy task to tell a story without words, but there's such a fun ebb and flow to the track that I felt like I was being taken on an adventure through haunted woods. Take that for what it's worth, but hopefully it underscores the instrumental majesty below between two of EDM's most talented artists...#Frozen

Oshi feat Baauer - Frozen

Thursday, February 08, 2018

"I Am Not a DJ, This is Not a Replay"


When I think of Keys N Krates, I think of hype, high pitches samples and bangin' trap music. That's not to say their new album isn't that, but Cura strikes me as much more melodic and break-beat heavy than I'm used to. It's as if they're trying to channel their inner DJ Premier with more Hip Hop sounding beats that are sprinkled with live instrumentation.

Music To My Ears epitomizes the whole live instrumentation generalization I made above. The high-pitched strings and soothing vocals of Tory Lanez produce an overwhelmingly jubilant, feel-good vibe on the track. It's much more mellow than some of my favorites from Keys N Krates like Treat Me Right, but I can appreciate how their style has evolved over the year. Their trap sound has always done a solid job of mixing both Hip Hop and EDM flavors, so the fact that their new album slants a little more heavily toward Hip Hop is all good with me. Check it on iTunes or Spotify if you're as intrigued by their ability to exist on the wide spectrum from EDM to Hip Hop...#Cura



Keys N Krates feat Tory Lanez - Music To My Ears

Friday, February 02, 2018

Goldlink Gets It Right This Time With Diplo & MØ


You're probably already taken a fair share of laps around Diplo and 's recent banger Get It Right. But you may not have realized that it still hadn't reached its potential as a track. The playful, Future Bass vibe is addicting, but this new Goldlink verse on the remix took it up a few more levels. Leaning heavy on the Gospel-style piano beat that would even make Macklemore slow clap, Goldlink's verse fit in seamlessly with the soulful vibrance of the original. Goldie has a hardcore following at his shows, but the mainstream still hasn't caught on en masse to his ability as a lyricist. Hopefully this 🔥🔥🔥 remix changes that so he can grow that following to what it should be...#GetItRight



Diplo & MØ feat Goldlink - Get It Right (Remix)

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