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“Bang” was my introduction to Jon Waltz. It has a special place in my heart because I have always been obsessed with that hook (“Left my home with a dream and a cigarette…”), and it always seemed to me to be a very cinematic song–so I had high expectations when I heard there was going to be a “Bang” video. And these expectations were well surpassed due to an immaculate production. The black and white film tells this gritty, violent story that actually elevates the music rather than just exists. It paints a stunning picture that better explains the motives and ideas of Jon Waltz and makes you thrilled to hear and see more from the young artist soon.
Over a beat sampling Banks‘s Shlohmo-produced, slow-burner “Brain,” OnCue croons about his lust for a girl, and his words are so relatable–it is almost sickening. For example, listening to this song right now, I am getting this devastating feeling at the pit of my stomach, which I am pretty sure is the feeling of a burning angst for someone and not the after effects of the weird chicken I ate for lunch.
Because I love it so much, check out the sample.
Kwabs sure has something up his sleeve with his new tunes and it’s clear to see with the latest addition “Something Right” . It’s definitely an extra spice that he also got a bit of help from another talented fellow SOHN , who produced the track. This earth shattering and electric sound is bound to give you tingles down your spine. On top of that, Kwabs continues to give us chills with his very big voice. This one is just a great win for our ears, listen to the song below and get swept away.
MNEK has been bringing his charm and creativity to many tracks these days but we have yet to see him bring out his highly anticipated solo work. Until now, of course. “Every Little Word” takes us to a place we definitely have been longing for. It’s edgy, addictive and filled with that smooth soulful power that MNEK always brings. Is this man going to be huge in the music world? Yes. Is he already a huge impact? Of course. Now we can get our excitement ready for his solo project and hit repeat on this jam for quite some time.
The mysterious artist, ZHU, is back with another smooth banger that should fit nicely into your weird kind of playlists. I describe ZHU as weird, but weird in a good way. Weird as in I can’t get enough, but by god it’s weird music, and all I want is more. Luckily for you, and me, The NIGHTDAY EP is up for presale on iTunes and I’m sure it’s something worth supporting. The EP is out April 20th.
With the first weekend of Coachella just days away, it’s no secret that the must-see performance of the festival is OutKast on Friday night. The dynamic duo is celebrating their 20th anniversary and haven’t hit the stage together in years. Muse and Arcade Fire will be sure to hold it down as the other two top bills on Saturday and Sunday, respectively, but what everybody else?
If you’re heading down to the desert this weekend, be sure to check out these other great non-headlining acts.
Sexy and sultry, Banks’ mysterious sound will remind you of a female version of the Weeknd. This alternative r&b songstress hails from L.A., so expect a hometown crowd cheering her on.
The young crooner from New Zealand absolutely took over the charts last year with her moody, yet pop-friendly hits. Although she’s only 17, she’s helmed the spotlight smoothly, playing on stages as big as the Grammy’s. Plus, her awkward, jerky dance movements are a sight to be seen.
5. Chance The Rapper
Hailing from Chicago, Chance has made big waves off a couple of mixtapes that have landed him features with the likes of Lil Wayne and Justin Bieber. But where the young MC really shines is under the stage lights. His raw energy and passion is contagious.
4. Calvin Harris
If you’ve been out to any bar, venue, stadium or outing in the past couple of years, chances are you’ve danced foolishly to a Calvin Harris jam. The Scottish DJ just knows how to make a crowd move, and the Sahara Tent will be no exception.
Beck is a true living legend. Making his rounds in the 90s, Beck infused hip-hop, soul, funk and rock with seamless ease. Don’t miss out on an opportunity to see a this veteran, American musician in sunny California.
Love him or hate him, Skrillex knows how to throw a party. The energy he brings to his shows is infectious and his drops will definitely melt your face off. Be ready to rage if you’re going to catch this set on Saturday.
1. Pharell Williams
Skateboard P has been sculpting pop’s landscape for the past couple of decades, but this past year has been his best yet. His slot at Coachella should be a surefire party of number one hits. Don’t be shocked if he brings a surprise or two on stage with him either. The guy has probably worked with half of the festival’s lineup, after all.
Florrie has been releasing music for quite some time now and it’s a bit heartbreaking we have yet to receive a full length album from her at this point. However, she’s atleast hooking us in with a new EP so we’ve got that to live on for now. “Free Falling” is the newest tune off of it and it’s as addictive as they come. It’s clearly a pop song but it’s got an extra *umph* that makes it stand above the rest. You better believe you’re about to be listening to this one numerous times in a row while dancing your bum off. Go ahead, listen below.
I gotta be honest: female vocalists are killing it in 2014. I mean, like most things (including human life probably), it all started with Beyoncé. And then Yumi Zouma dropped a couple of gems, and Shura blessed us with the ultra sensual hit “Touch.” And now Highlands with lead vocalist Karin Sveinsdóttir has released one of the year’s best EPs. But the best part of this Icelandic duo is how both members compliment each other so well. The five track EP showcases both producer Logi Pedro Stefánsson’s bass and melody heavy production and Karin’s wickedly smooth voice.
And if that is not convincing enough for you to download the set, just know that EP highlight “Rolling Stones” samples the “Worst!” part of Drake‘s “Worst Behavior,” and that I am completely infatuated with the EP opener “Berlin.”
I still think of this summer when the sun shined bright and we fell in love / Now it’s cold outside, Berlin in wintertime
[via Hilly Dilly]
In a surprisingly-not April Fools’ Day joke, Drake dropped off a little Lauryn Hill-sampling track via the OVO blog. Nothing too crazy to be honest (he won’t beat “Trophies” for a while, if you ask me) but he does name-drop our favorite Chance The Rapper which is pretty cool. Also, it looks like the Drake/Johnny Football bromance is in full swing and will not slow down any time soon.
Silky smooooooth, is how how I’d describe Klo’s “Make Me Wonder”. Does that description make you tingle inside? It certainly should. This track has got a pure coolness to it. It makes you want to kick back, relax and let it take you away. Honey sweet vocals and a mesmerizing beat to accompany, it’s simply all the right things. Listen to the beauty below.
Pharrell singlehandedly brought the funk back to music in 2013, and Lonely Child is continuing the funk revolution with his newest single “Loaded Gun.” But don’t get it twisted; this is not piggybacking on a trend. What Lonely Child does on “Loaded Gun” predates anything Pharrell did last year. This track has its roots in the ’70s (as did most of Pharrell’s contributions, but that’s besides the point). This is a song for when your parent’s grumble about “today’s artists.” It is music that is good and true and transcends any generational gaps.
You wanna come with me tonight, you’re gonna have to pull the trigger, honey you should have known, I’m a loaded gun.
After releasing the audio for his latest single, “Stay With Me,” earlier this week, Sam Smith has just released the official music video for the track that I’m claiming will be one of the best songs of the year. There’s not much to compare with the feeling I got after listening to this song for the first time, but it never hurts to have visuals of a man and his accompanying choir of vocalists to depict the aura of authenticity behind Sam Smith’s quest for human accompaniment and compassion. This here digs deep.