Another week, another batch of fabulous tunes that’ll have you feelin’ good.
(Posted by Alicia)
Is Lolo a serious star in the making? I’m going to go ahead and say yes. “Year Round Summer of Love” is sassy, pop goodness. It’s basically impossible to not adore. I’m personally always ready for more powerful female artists, so let’s have some more of this!
(Posted by Dusty)
We all love a bit of Drake deep down, whether we like to admit it or not. This revive of Drake’s “Over” is something anyone would probably go insane to in the club. It brings the original to life in a new way, in the best way possible. Thank you Ta-ku, you did this some serious justice.
(Posted by Andy)
Will Sam Smith ever disappoint? Sure he only has a couple of songs but DAMN are they amazing. “Nirvana” is sexy, smooth and just beautifully perfect. Anyone else want to be serenaded by this man? I know I do.
(Posted by Lydia)
Jaymes Young has been getting our attention for the last couple of months and it’s not stopping now. He’s got that cool vibe and it definitely shows in a more tender way in “One Last Time”. It’s a calming, mesmerizing track that you can find on his equally awesome mixtape.
(Posted by Arjun)
I think we can all agree “Royals” has become the soundtrack of the summer. Lorde is blowing up so it only makes sense someone remixes some of her pop anthems right? The Weeknd just happened to step up with this one and it sure did work out well. He takes “Royals” and gives it a new twist and flavor. Oh boy, do we love it!
Ta-Ku, a Red Bull Music Academy product, has quite the ear for club anthems. Infusing pitched up Drake vocals with massive snares and thundering 808s, Ta-Ku successfully revives “Over” (really the only good single off Thank Me Later) in an effort that would surely shut down any club scene.
Peep the results below, and um, turn this one up to 11 please.
First off, happy Monday. I know it’s been a while since I’ve posted a Mashup Monday, but I hope yall can forgive me. Now that that’s behind us, here’s our first mashup. It’s by our dude Ricky Cervantes and it got Drake, Krewlla, Kanye West, Lil Wayne and Eminem all on one track and it sounds amazing.
Second, bet you never thought you’d hear Kendrick and Katy Perry on the same track? Particularly not after meeting angry kid Kendrick on “Control.” Ah but alas, The White Panda wanted it to happen, so it did.
Third, Arjun sent me this little gem today, in perfect time for Mashup Monday. The Tutankhamun Brothers found a way to blend Kanye West and The Beatles in a way that sometimes (and frankly more times than I would have expected) actually sounds decent. Not quite Danger Mouse/The Grey Album status, but this is good stuff.
Highlight: What’s a Black Beatle
I just moved in with three of my best friends, so obviously The Weeknd‘s lyrics “this the shit that I live for with the people I’d die for” is pretty relatable. Man, this is the second post about Abel in two days–right when I was about to write him off, too. So Kiss Land comes out September 10th (a week before Drake‘s Nothing Was The Same); hit the jump to read the tracklist.
“We think to dance, and dance in thought. But to hibernate in the mind, is to bring upon us an apocalypse of the Soul.”
- Ilyas Kassam
The way the world works as I know it is that we perennially make fun of Drake, and he keeps coming through with hits. “Hold On, We’re Going Home” finds the Toronto legend in full-on pop mode, somewhere in between Solange and Michael Jackson. Nothing Was The Same will be out on September 17th.
Just hold on we’re going home…
Check out Kanye West and Drake (re)uniting at OVO Fest last night.
I have to be honest, when I first saw this I scoffed–”who in their right mind,” I thought to myself, “could even hope to do justice to Sound of Silence with a cover?” I was forced to change my thinking almost immediately, because what Oliver Tank and Fawn Meyers have created here is absolutely incredible. It’s less of a cover and more of a reinterpretation, and the chilling, eery production over which they sing only vaguely sounds like the original. It’s mysterious and slightly dark, and I hope Simon and/or Garfunkel hear it one day–I do not think they will be disappointed. You can catch Oliver on tour with James Blake.
I literally listened to this, and this only, for an entire day on repeat when it dropped. Like GOT DAMN this is an anthem. All three verses are on point, and Drake‘s hook is catchy as always. I think I have to give it to Tity Boi as far as best line goes…his sneezing “Givenchy” followed by “Bless you” is absolutely hilarious. Some of the stuff he comes up with is just absurd. Sean kills it, and it was originally going to be on his album, but Drake thought it was too good (it is) to give away, keeping it for his upcoming album Nothing Was the Same, dropping in September.
Cass Lowe is incredibly talented, and at different points in this song there were about 7 or 8 different genres I was going to peg this in. First I thought it was R&B, then I thought it was electronic, then I thought it was indie rock, the list goes on. Needless to say, Cass has mastered the ability to blend genres, and his talent carries throughout. This song has a little bit of something for every taste. Look out for Cass, I think he has the potential to be really popular. What a voice. Oh yeah PS…the video is awesome too.
To say the least, this is not the kind of music I usually listen to. That being said, this song is (almost) embarrassingly catchy. The Swede’s music is pretty much straightforward pop music, but it has a little more spunk and flare than the majority of the stuff you will hear on the radio. Would not be surprised at all to see Marlene, and perhaps even this song, take off on the radio in the future.
Hypothetical question: would it make me more or less cool if, when I read this title, I started singing “Dust in the Wind” to myself, sitting alone in my room? Because that may or may not have happened. Listening to this single from Carousel makes me think I’m a cool kid in the early 80′s, driving in a convertible with the prom queen, rocking a baby blue ruffled tuxedo. That’s all you need to know.
Tonight, Drake asked “Would you like an anthem?” and didn’t even wait for a response! He instantly dropped new single “All Me,” featuring a soundbite from Aziz Ansari‘s character “Raaaaaaaandy” from Judd Apatow’s comedy Funny People, 2 Chainz sneezing, and Big Sean. This one also finds Drake continuing to experiment with his delivery (before fading into nothingness).
Nothing Was The Same will be out September 17.
We’re about half way through July, and almost 7 months into 2013. We’ve had a lot good moments, and I’m sure there’s more to come, but it’s time to do one of these lists! Ya know, cause Sunset writers are your favorite writers out there and you treasure our opinions the most. Other music sites are rolling out their “Best of 2013 So Far,” so we decided to hop in on the action and have all of our writers give you their favorite album, EP, mixtape, and song thus far! Please do remember, these are subject to change come the end of 2013. I hope it does change by the end because what’s listed below is some really, really, really, ridiculously good music.
Also, shout out to our guy, Eric, for the sick artwork.
- Lydia: Foxygen – We Are The 21st Century Ambassadors of Peace & Magic
- Arjun: Kanye West – Yeezus
- Jordan: Kanye West – Yeezus
- Andy: Kanye West – Yeezus
- Dusty: Kanye West – Yeezus
- Eric: Vampire Weekend – Modern Vampires of the City
- Alicia: Disclosure – Settle
- DPrep: Magna Carta…Holy Grail
- Lydia: Bipolar Sunshine – Aesthetics
- Arjun: Bipolar Sunshine – Aesthetics
- Jordan: Bipolar Sunshine – Aesthetics
- Andy: N/A
- Dusty: Sir Sly – Gold
- Eric: Electric Guest – Good America EP
- Alicia: Yuna – Sixth Street EP
- DPrep: Bipolar Sunshine – Aesthetics
- Lydia: Chance The Rapper – Acid Rap
- Arjun: Chance The Rapper – Acid Rap
- Jordan: Chance The Rapper – Acid Rap
- Andy: Chance The Rapper – Acid Rap
- Dusty: Chance The Rapper – Acid Rap
- Eric: Chance The Rapper – Acid Rap
- Alicia: Kilo Kish – K+
- DPrep: Chance The Rapper – Acid Rap
- Lydia: Fryars – On Your Own
- Arjun: Drake – Started from the Bottom
- Jordan: Kanye West – I’m In It
- Andy: Justin Timberlake – Pusher Love Girl
- Dusty: Rihanna – Stay (ft. Mikky Ekko)
- Eric: James Blake – Retrograde
- Alicia: Banks – Before I Ever Met You
- DPrep: Vampire Weekend – Hannah Hunt
This evening I bring to you the second installation of Sunset’s Songs of the Week, a weekly post covering our favorite songs of the week. If you ever fall behind, count on this post to get you up to date on the best releases of the past seven days.
So there’s about a 100% chance that you already know Mikky Ekko from his incredibly overplayed (yet somehow still infectious) song “Stay” with Rihanna. This one is just him, and is produced by certified hitmakers Benny Blanco and John Hill. A carefree, laidback tune perfect for the summer. (Posted by Arjun)
This is an incredibly beautiful remix of one of my favorite artists, Jose Gonzales. A light, sleep inducing, almost transient remix by Dinner Date, this one is perfect for a daydream. Lie in a field somehow, get lost, and enjoy. Thank you to Chuck from The Chuckness for bringing this to our attention via the first edition of Sunset’s “Overlooked” feature.
Akono Miles recently came into the blogosphere, and his jazz infused hip hop is extremely unique. His flow and sing songy hook is both infectious and calming, and he is certainly a name to keep your eyes on going forward–the kid has some serious talent. (Posted by Arjun)
The Arctic Monkeys have been my jam for years. I just saw them recently at Free Press Festival (I was backstage woohoo) and they played this one live. Alex Turner and the crew always kill it, but their sound has, in some ways, transitioned from being whimsical and fun to driving and serious. One of the best contemporary rock bands in my opinion, I’m looking forward to their upcoming album. (Posted by Arjun)
Shouts out to Arjun for always finding music and artists that I love and have never heard of until he brings them into my world via this beautiful little thing we have here called Sunset in the Rearview. This song is a super catchy blend of folk and hip hop influenced instrumentals–definitely a must download. (Posted by Arjun)
Drake kind of went ham this week, releasing a ton of new material and a couple different teasers. You can stream all 4 new tracks above–the standouts to me were Versace and the Jodeci Freestyle. Look out for Nothing Was the Same dropping September 17th. BIG year for hip hop. (Posted by Jordan)
So late last night while your average person was sleeping, Drizzy dropped some new music, as well as some album details.
So let’s go to the music: 2 features (Over Here & Migos), one from the album (The Motion with Sampha of SBTRKT), and a freestyle with J. Cole (Jodeci).
Album details: September 17th: Nothing Was The Same.
April is a stressful month. Fun, but stressful. Those in school are gearing up for finals and a wild summer. If you’re no longer in school, I’m sorry because that’s unfortunate. The music scene this month hasn’t helped out the stress that much because frankly, there was a bundle of quality music released this month. Thus, a result of more stress because of so much music to listen to. This is already an issue as I’m preppin’ for finals.
You know the saying April showers brings May flowers? Well, we were spoiled this month with music, so May better bloom into these wonderful, high expectations.
Download link below, my top 5, and then the track list after the jump!
Lucki Eck$ made some noise on the blogosphere with “Count On Me.” It appeared on our 4/20 mix, as well. Count On Me is something that’s different, but still fresh, all at the same damn time. Top 5 nod.
Give it three listens, and you’ll be hooked. You’re going to like the way you ears feel, I guarantee it.
One of the best remixes I’ve ever heard in a while. Filthy. Cashmere Cat done did Miguel’s song dirty. And Miguel is getting to the point where it’s like “c’mon guys, it’s Miguel.” Sort of like how Frank Ocean is, but not like Frank Ocean.
Another track that appeared on our 4/20 mix, makes my top 5 as well. Ghost Loft captures the right electronic sounds and synths, and combines them appropriately to create a track you don’t need to be high for (but will be better in said state).
Drake’s been on top of his game lately. Is it safe to say Drake’s got something really cookin’ for us come the next album? Girls love Aubrey, but actually.
Honorable Mention: Josef Salvat, Daft Punk, Antonio Paul, Max Frost, The Hard Knocks
Hit the jump for the track list! Continue reading “Best of April 2013” »