Jaymes Young collaborates with Phoebe Ryan, the voice behind the popular Ignition/Drugs cover, to bring “We Won’t.” Combining the soothing vocals of both over a soft electronic backdrop creates this affectionate tune that should easily win you over. This is great in every way possible. Check it out below!
Pop music is often associated with being a big, dumb, evil, manipulative, corporate machine that brainwashes the youth with basic choruses that debase women and induce unnecessary insecurities in our young girls and boys. It also takes advantage of the naivety of young listeners by applying tangible things to represent large concepts, such as love, which is also incredibly lazy songwriting. The genius of “What Should I Do” by Jaymes Young is that it does not claim to have all the answers. I mean, literally, Young is asking a question in the chorus. But aside from that, the song sounds like a conversation instead of the annoying, bossy nature of some pop music. It simply lets the music breath and the lyrics shine.
Believe it or not, I still have people asking me if I have any suggestions for new music they should listen to (this happens very frequently, in fact). Perhaps it’s uppity of me to find this silly, but I’ve made it pretty well known amongst my circle of family and friends over the past five years that I absolutely love discovering music and have created a music blog as a portal to share that music. With the emergence of softwares like Spotify, it’s admittedly harder to get people to come to a blog to sort through the curated music collection, when they could just use the portal that’s downloaded onto their computer to press play and let the technology do the rest. But for the elite music seekers out there (is it cool to call us that?), we all know that not all of the gems are on Spotify. Most times, though, it’s on SoundCloud. So that’s the reason I continue to make these Listen While You Work SoundCloud collections. It’s just too good to ignore. And if we have to be spending so much time at work, we might as well make that time not just worthwhile, but enjoyable.
Enjoy this episode. I started it a long time ago, but just finished it today, so it’s actually kind of fun for me to go back and re-listen to some of the old picks that I haven’t heard in a while.
Summer’s gone, and school has started. It all sounds about as depressing as it feels, and as we embark on the ongoing cycle of school, weekend, school, etc. it almost feels as if something is being stolen from us. So we go out on weekends and wreck shit up and engage in behavior our parents’ would probably not be proud of. So this tape, like almost every Tape Tuesday before it, is sort of a toast to being young. It’s about the lasting effects of summer and lots about love. Also, I’ve totally been playing Grand Theft Auto IV again lately. It’s a problem.
- Obey City – Reflect Effect
- The Coopers – Summer’s Child
- Antonio Paul – Coloured Screens
- Zak Waters – Penelope (Radio Edit)
- Mikky Ekko – Kids (Max Martin’d by Djemba Djemba Trollmix)
- Drake – Hold On, We’re Going Home (ft. Majid Jordan)
- Budo – Barcelona
- Earl Sweatshirt – Sunday (ft. Frank Ocean)
- X Ambassadors – Power Trip (J. Cole Cover)
- San Mei – Brighter
- Thief – Broken Boy
- Whinnie Williams – Break Hearts In Your Sleep
- Mikal Cronin – Weight
- Party Supplies – Love Song
- Moonlight Mask – What’s That? (Gimme That)
- Jaymes Young – Northern Lights
- Enth Degree – I Heart You
- Seekae – Another Girl
I would tell her all these fairytales, the ones I tried to write
Another week, another batch of fabulous tunes that’ll have you feelin’ good.
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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!
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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.
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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.
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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.
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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!
Jaymes Young has to make other (similar) artists outstandingly jealous. The young, singer-songwriter-producer seems to have the rare ability of pulling melodies out of thin air and wafting them into fully realized pop songs. And when he hits writer’s block, he focuses his energy on recreating the magic of classic songs by the likes of Haddaway and Justin Bieber. His debut mixtape Dark Star transports you to that astral place Jaymes must call home, and the journey is truly incredible.
Jaymes Young has been one of our favorite new artists of 2013, and though I fear with every release that he’ll have lost a bit of steam, it hasn’t yet been the case. Just yesterday he released a new song called “One Last Time,” and again it’s got Jaymes Young’s stunning vocals over subtle backdrops, this time dressed with a simple guitar pattern, minimal drum kicks, and crooning female vocals. I want to put Jaymes Young in my pocket and keep him with me forever in life’s journey.
Could I feel your skin on mine before I have to say goodbye?
Here he goes again, yet another addictive alternative r&b tune. Jaymes Young is a rising star and it’ll only show more when he releases his new project Dark Star. Whether it’s his smooth vocal abilities or just his general cool vibe, he’s got us on a lock down. “Moondust” shows a promising sound on what to expect next from Mr. Young. Dark Star is out August 20th.
New vox on the block Jaymes Young may only have a handful of tracks out there, but that’s all he really needs. Every release has been captivating thanks to Young’s silky croon and powerful, spaced-out production.
On this remix of standout single, “Dark Star”, Jaymes enlists bars from Jez Dior and his producer/collaborator SmarterChild. Dior fits snugly on Mr. Young’s spacious and stark sounds, acting as the hard to his soft. The results are a roller coaster of a track, pulsating with peaks and valleys, tensions and releases.
Take a listen below.
It’s Sunday, which means a few things. 1. It’s pizza night in my household, and 2. the best songs of the week are here. Check out this weeks best new releases below!
The debut single from Hoodie Allen’s producer, RJF and David Brook that is infectious, and an impressive debut. The sample is catchy as fuuuuuck, and I already can’t wait to see what this duo has in store next!
It’s summer. Everybody knows that (at least I’d hope so…). So people tend to release summer sounding music. Sol does just this as he is back from his travels overseas and he lets loose the first single from his upcoming EP out September 10th.
Another first single from another upcoming EP, as Collin McLoughlin gears up for his new EP, Tears of Tempo, with his first single off of the EDM infused project.
A good pop song that’s constructed to be easy on the ears, but dreamy at the same time. Jaymes swoons in over a simple instrumental
I know you’re not supposed to put EP’s on this, but IT’S SO GOOD. ALL OF THESE COULD BE THE BEST SONGS OF THE WEEK.
Again, I know you’re not supposed to put EP’s on this, but IT’S SO GOOD. ALL I WANT TO DO IS DANCE BECAUSE ALL OF THESE COULD BE THE BEST SONGS OF THE WEEK.
Sticking with the whole “singles dropped before an EP theme,” I’m gonna round out this week with Carousel’s latest as their distinctive sound will take over your speakers and put you in the best mood you’ve been in all day.
So often pop music is about finding simplicity in complex ideas–whether that means relating something so devious like love to a battlefield or pairing the drums and synths in a way that creates a fitting backdrop for the all-important hook. A good, pure pop song is also difficult to achieve and perhaps even more difficult to describe. But if I were to try, I would say an artist has a good pop song if he or she strips it down to its most basic elements and is left with just a beating heart. That is the mark of a good pop song, and that is what you get on Jaymes Young‘s “Fragments” (produced by Mike Fresh a.k.a. the guy that produced “Insomniac” and “Wrong Crowd” from Skizzy Mars‘s Phases).
Not many young artists can come through with 4 consecutive masterful singles. As far as I’m concerned, Jaymes Young is heading up a new generation of musicians–ones with massive aspirations and the vocal AND production talent to see these aspirations become reality. “Hold You Down” really sounds like a bluesy cut from The Neighbourhood‘s fantastic debut album. Can’t wait for the mixtape from Jaymes out next month.