I had to abandon this here blog for a spell of the purgatory that is actual adult work, but that’s all over now. Here’s what I’ve been listening to while I was away.
Kendrick Lamar – iread more
If you haven’t given ear to Atlanta’s newest hip hop voice, you have very little chance to do so before he explodes on the public consciousness. ILoveMakonnen had his first step to stardom when Drake remixed his sleepy club anthem “Tuesday”, but while Drake does work on the track, its Makonnen who carries the track with his lackadaisical, off tone sing/flow.read more
Because why limit yourself to having fun only on Friday, Saturday, and Sunday?
Uh…this is Schoolboy Q flowing over Latch. Do I really need to say more? Rip into it. Verse starts at about the 2:40 mark.
After months of playing sets together that have by all accounts been as earth shaking as their synergies suggest, Skrillex and Diplo’s collab project, Jack U, has released its first track via Zane Lowe’s BBC show. It’s got a great combo of melodic vocals and a drop unlike anything you’ve heard. Just listen.read more
If you consider yourself a casual fan of EDM, there’s no doubt you have some sort of opinion on 18 year old protege Martin Garrix. His explosion on the scene started with the now ubiquitous Animals and has continued with a string of huge releases, most notably the festival monster “Tremor” and the progressive house anthem “Gold Skies”. After hearing it so many millions of times, it’s hard to remember how fresh”Animals” sounded when it first dropped (comparisons to Knife Party’s L.R.A.D. notwithstanding). For better or worse, that track, along with Hardwell’s catalogue, ushered in the festival big room sound that dominated 2013 and is now the anchor of mainstream EDM. No matter your opinion of EDM, festivals, and derivative big room tracks, it’s difficult to argue that Garrix has had a massive influence of an entire genre of music that has even seeped into the larger popular music scene.read more
In the digital age in which we find ourselves, anyone can put out music to be heard by everyone. This is mostly a good thing, although lots of good music can go unnoticed because of this surplus. On the flip side of that, lots of gawdawful songs can now slip under the radar, and in the case of the worst song of the millennium “Rude”, they can even gain some cultural relevance. Our newest segment Worst Song of the Week seeks to rectify that.read more
Man this one will stir up some memories. Whatever you were doing in the summer of 2007, I can guarantee you that the stuttering acoustic guitar beat of Baby Boy Da Prince’s “The Way I Live” soundtracked it at some point, making you wonder how you could more effectively push big wheels. The nostalgia of that alone carries this re-do from Skizzy Mars.read more