2015 came and went, some albums gave us chills, others made us want to party like it’s 1999, and then there were ones that just never seemed to arrive at all. While Adele made her surprising reappearance into the music world, Frank Ocean was probably off on an island far, far away laughing at us all as we impatiently wait for his sophomore album. He was most likely chillin’ alongside Rihanna and Kanye West, who have also been taking their precious time to release their next albums. Before we get too bitter about this, it’s important to think about all the great works of art that are likely to flood our ears in 2016. Here’s a list of albums that will (hopefully) arrive in the new year and fill our musical needs.
Hettinger has given us some refreshingly upbeat, smart pop music under the moniker, and this new single is no exception. The track was co-produced by Yeasayer producer Abe Seiferth.
“All My Love” is a bit of a tempo departure from his previous discography. It hums along at a slower pace, and has an underlying sense of drama that is new to Memoryy. The track picks up on the hook, bringing the ’80s synth pop nostalgia that Hettinger has seemingly mastered and layering it on top of crisp drums and soulful piano.
Ultimately, the track proves that Memoryy is capable of making far more than just sunny summer indie tunes and is a truly versatile musician. The fact that it also has radio hit potential is just an added bonus.
The ZHU trend is still in full effect. The mysterious producer stormed onto the scene without revealing his identity a little over a year ago, rather focusing on letting his music speak for itself, and a wave of new musicians have tried to implement this tactic, but it has only worked for a select few – ZHU, marshmello, and now, BLU J. The San Francisco-based duo made their emergence a little over a year ago, and they’ve been serial remixers and bootleggers of some of the biggest pop sensations to hit the Internet within the last year, including The Weeknd, Alina Baraz & Galimatias, Frankie, and ODESZA.
BLU J has been on a meteoric rise in recent months, and it looks like they aren’t going to stop, as they’ve just put out their best work to date, a modern-day remix of Rihanna’s “Umbrella.” This remix nearly has it all – it’s groovy, it’s dance-y, it makes you want to sing along, and RiRi’s vocals drive the track like they do in the original.
Funky electronic textures set the stage for a medley of glitchy arrangements and pulsing bass lines that deftly weave in and out of deep, heady synth sequences that takes Queen RiRi and “UMBRLA” to the dance floor.
Rihanna‘s fierce and traptastic song “Bitch Better Have My Money,” affectionately known as BBHMM, now has an equally powerful music video. In the cinematic cut below, bad gal RiRi kidnaps and stuffs an attractive blonde in a trunk for ransom. Rihanna and her crew effectively torture the poor woman by force feeding her alcohol and drugs while chilling by various bodies of water. Umm not to sound weird but, can I get held for ransom by Ri? It sounds kinda dope to be honest.
Watch the visuals below and let us know what you think. Warning: EXTREMELY not safe for work.
DJ Mustard is usually known for his popular Bay Area-hyphy sound, but today he dropped off an upbeat, airy remix of the Rihanna/Kanye/Sir Paul McCartney banger. Where the original features some strings that are standard for the Beatle, Mustard delivers a remix that’s closer to something we’d expect to hear from Sunset favorite Kygo. If this is the sound Mustard’s going for his next album, sign me up.
Every year for what’s now been 10 years running, Lollapalooza has invaded the grounds of Grant Park in Chicago, IL and grips the city in an awesome and unavoidable way. In the week leading up to the festival, you can feel the metro area swelling up, as if to prepare for the oncoming chaos. And regardless of what you thought of this year’s lineup (meh), Lolla is always a party full of spectacular moments.
This year’s fest was no exception to this rule. It’s a tall task to sum up 72-hours of music, mud, and general mayhem in just 7 small yet encapsulating moments, but I did my best for everybody’s fleeting attention spans.
Here are The 7 Sweetest Moments from Lollapalooza 2014 below.
7. Portugal. The Man Covering It’s Always Sunny’s “Dayman”
Covers can be cheesy and predictable. Sure, we’ve all heard the indie band who does a rendition of an old Snoop Dog song or something and people go nuts over it. But, what about when a band dramatically covers a song from It’s Always Sunny In Philadelphia? Awesome.
6. Toothless Gosling and Prison Mike Sinage
Festival signage usually falls within the realm of inside joke or completely and randomly awesome. These are both examples of the later.
5. Andre 3000 Bringing Girls On Stage To Shake It Like A Polaroid Picture
It’s impossible to not dance when “Hey Ya” comes on. It’s perfect. To prove this point, Andre 3000 brought some Beyonce’s and Lucy Lu’s on stage to get down to his now classic hit. I’m not complaining.
4. Grouplove Covering Beastie Boys’s “Sabotage”
Sooo, remember that thing I said about indie bands covering hip-hop songs earlier? Yeah, still awesome.
3. Malia Obama Snapping Photos With Concertgoers Like It’s No Big Deal
J chillin with Malia Obama✌️ pic.twitter.com/IuM0A88g9B
— Sarah (@cleaaaaver) August 4, 2014
The First Lady was recently spotted with her daughters at the Chicago stop of the “On The Run” tour just the other week. These gals have a pretty good taste in music, I’d say.
2. Rihanna Joining Eminem for a Rendition of “Stan”
With Em and Ri kicking off a tour in Detroit soon, many expected the duo to share the stage at some point during the legendary emcee’s Lolla set. Well, it happened and it was especially awesome that she stuck around for “Stan.”
1. Chance Bringing Out R. Kelly for “Ignition (Remix)”
Chance’s set was something of a momentous event. A hometown kid headlining Perry’s stage with a crowd that arguably rivaled next door neighbor headliners Kings of Leon and Skrillex. And then Chano brought out another Chicago legend just to put icing on the cake. Nailed it.
We’re about one month into summer so it’s only right for the Sunset Fam to give you a dose of our favorite songs of the season so far. We’ve compiled a list that’ll make you want to cruise to the beach with your windows down, with no worries in the world. Here’s our top 20 must-have tracks to get you going for the rest of this lovely season.
1. Netherfriends – Uptown Boys
There’s not much I can say other than this jam by Netherfriends is one of the coolest songs I’ve ever heard. If I could only transport back to college and just drive around campus blasting this song with my windows rolled down. Fuck it, though, I’m just going to put my headphones on, play this song on repeat, and strut around living like it’s a summer day every day. It’s easy to dream when you’re always high. – Lydia
2. La Plage – Rendez Vous
3. Sol – Jump In
To be honest, I go back and forth on Sol. Sometimes I think his content is lacking substance. But when it comes to a summer tune, sometimes the last thing you want is heavy content. That’s part of what makes this song so perfect. It’s light, airy, and catchy as ever. music is my baby, she drive me crazy – Lydia
If you can’t get rid of the skeleton in your closet, you’d best teach it to dance.
-George Bernard Shaw
1. Ghost Loft – Seconds (Twice As Nice Remix)
2. B.Dolla – Trill Collins
3. Montell Jordan – This Is How We Do It (Viceroy “Jet Life” Remix)
4. The Hood Internet – Zero Drum Thirty (Aesop Rock x Ohama)
5. Rihanna – Stay (Branchez Bootleg)
Sunset’s rounded up the dopest tracks to get down to for the weekend. Take a load off and enjoy below.
1. Kanye West – Clique (feat. Jay-Z & Big Sean)
2. Avicii – Next Levels (TheFatRat Instrumental)
3. The Hood Internet – Dance With Henrietta (Big Sean x Yeasayer)
4. Rihanna vs. Daft Punk – We Make Love (Carlos Serrano Mix)
5. No Doubt – Push and Shove (feat. Busy Signal, Major Lazer)
Drake and Rihanna collaborated for Drake’s hit track “Take Care” off of his 2011 album of the same name. Just yesterday, Drake dropped the music video for the track, directed by Yoanna Lemoine (also the director of a couple of Lana Del Rey’s music videos). This video is visually stunning – very minimal, with some interpretive scenes featuring a bull and an African American dancer, likely to symbolize all of the emotions Drake and Rihanna express in their lyrics.
The main takeaways I gathered from the video are:
1. Drake is very awkward when performing by himself. Whether it’s his “dance” moves, his jolting arm movements, or his facial expressions, it’s clear that Drake does better with another at his side. (He looks quite natural stroking Rihanna’s back.)
2. Rihanna, on the other hand, looks about her sexiest in this video. She’s made it clear that she can pull of any hair color or style, and that she can look good in any man’s arms. Just please, RiRi, stay out of Chris Brown’s.
Rihanna 1, Drake 0
I know you’ve been hurt by someone else/ I can tell by the way you carry yourself.
If you let me, here’s what I’ll do/ I’ll take care of you/ I’ve loved and I’ve lost.
Rihanna hops on Chris Brown’s club banger “Turn Up The Music” and adds her touch to it. I’m curious to see how the public will react to this one…
More solo Aer for us to enjoy on this fine Thursday evening? Ah, what a damn treat.
This one’s a remix of Rihanna, which I guess is normal considering Reeves remixed Soulja Boy? Whatever. They do it.
This one’s more fit for a party than a bonfire, and it’s not the first time the boys from Aer have tackled a house beat–they went over Avicii for “Shot Clock.”
Not necessarily a potent or meaningful track, but a fun one nonetheless. Enjoy.