Wednesday, August 31, 2011
I have been on the lookout for any new release from Kimbra lately and was fortunate enough to come across a couple new tracks from her album, "Vows". It is pretty obvious that she has the potential to being the next big artist among talents like Adele. The first track she released this past week for FREE is called "Old Flame" and definitely has an 80's R&B vibe to it. Check it out below. The second track is called "Cameo Lover". I have featured the video below. This is just a taste of her album which is set to release September 13th in the US. Check out my previous post of Kimbra's video, "Settle Down".
Kimbra - Old Flame
Kimbra - Cameo Lover
Posted by Josh Marquess at 12:45 PM
Tuesday, August 30, 2011
I felt this video is very fitting considering the fact that Tyler won the award for best new artist at the VMA's. Many people have had a lot of words to say about who should have won it or how Tyler does not deserve the award.
This video is great in the way that it shows off Tyler's true personality and his talent and passion for music. He isn't just the grimy rapper with all the controversial lyrics you hear. He also produces his own beats and taught himself classical piano at the age of 14. At only 7 he was creating imaginary album covers and tracklistings for albums of his own before he could even make music or knew that his dream would come true. Tyler The Creator is an extremely talented musician, period.
Posted by Josh Marquess at 11:22 AM
Monday, August 29, 2011
When I first watched this video I was immediately intrigued by the modern video clips that were interlaced with the vintage ones. As I watched it for a second time I was drawn to the message of the words. 24-year old Lana Del Ray aka the self-proclaimed "Gangsta Nancy Sinatra" has a voice that makes you stop in your tracks and a musical style that is reminiscent of Fiona Apple's heydays.
This sad single seems to be about a failed love story between a boy playing video games and a woman seeking his affection. However, she never clearly states the situation while the video switches back and forth from surreal romance to the wasteful freedom of an adventurous couple. Nonetheless, the lyrics are powerful and really hit home.
"I'm in his favorite sundress / Watching me get undressed ..... Go play a video game"
"Heaven is a place on earth where you / Tell me all the things you want to do" - Is her love still there? Or is she speaking of how the relationship used to be hence the video being vintage in the purpose of showcasing a once vivacious love?
"Open up a beer / And take it over / And play a video game" - Is this line explaining the allowances of a man's soulmate? Is it showing her willingness to accommodate to the relationship even for activities that are beyond her own desires? Or perhaps a sarcastic remark pronounced like a dagger directed towards an emotionally unavailable boyfriend?
The video ends with the couple spinning around merrily and visions of the Hollywood sign in the distance with interimittent glimpses of people snapping photographs of a "Hollywood couple".
Even though "Video Games" explains the struggles of a relationship that once was, it shows the couple together in the end. In the scheme of things isn't that all that matters?
Posted by Josh Marquess at 2:39 PM
Florence Welch and her Machine friends bring you the first single from her new album. At this point the album is not yet titled but is already stirring up much anticipation. The album producer, Paul Epworth, has took to twitter in regards to the track listing to say,
"I feel for the A&R dept having to whittle these tracks down to 10 or 12 because there really are no weak ones. It's a weird record that sounds live in some ways and like a machine in others, with sensitivity and power in both the music and Flo's voice."
Posted by Josh Marquess at 1:12 PM
The Rick James' proteges brought you this smash hit in 1983. The Mary Jane Girls track has been sampled by the likes of Mary J Blige and Groove Theory. This Re-edit breathes new life into the classic and is worth a listen. Feel free to download the track to take it back, below.
Mary Jane Girls - All Night Long (The 'Not At My Age' Re-edit)
Here is a video of the original. Go ahead and watch it. It's been a while since you have heard the song anyway.
Posted by Josh Marquess at 4:04 AM
I have previously featured Washed Out on my blog after the release of his album, "Within or Without". He has been known to express his love and influence of soft rock and now he shows us with this cover of Chris Isaak's "Wicked Games". I've always thought that Washed Out sounded similar to Chris Isaak and wanted him to do a cover. Much to my surprise he granted my wish! Check it out below.
Washed Out - Wicked Games
Posted by Josh Marquess at 1:11 AM
Sunday, August 28, 2011
Sweden's Little Dragon is a minimalistic band blessed with a unique style and alluring sound. Their R&B-infused indie-electronica music is so simple yet individualistically complex. Many people were first introduced to Little Dragon when they were featured in 2 songs from The Gorillaz album, Plastic Beach. The track below is called Empire Ants and features the voice of Little Dragon, Yukimi Nagano.
The Gorillaz - Empire Ants Feat. Little Dragon
On their third studio album, Ritual Union, they deliver a mixture of slow-tempo songs like "Little Man" along with their sexy, futuristic sound in songs like "Shuffle A Dream". While this album showcases their style and musical abilities it also seems as though a few tracks are only one extra chorus, rhythmic or chord change away from being masterpieces. Nevertheless, I have still had their album on repeat for the past month and it is definitely worthy of your attention.
Little Dragon - Ritual Union
Little Dragon - Shuffle A Dream
Posted by Josh Marquess at 12:53 PM
Saturday, August 27, 2011
Thursday, August 25, 2011
Slim Thugz have just recently teamed up with Billy Blacklight to produce this track which contains a mixture of synthesizers, bass, and jazz.
Posted by Josh Marquess at 11:54 PM
Radioactive has been all over the internet lately so why not show everybody an amazing rework by a DJ named Starwork. So far Radioactive has already had 3 remixes and I think this one is my favorite.
If you haven't heard or seen the original, check it out
Posted by Josh Marquess at 11:18 AM
Monday, August 22, 2011
By day an aspiring physical therapist, by night a producer, 24-year-old Mike Volpe already has production credits with the likes of Soulja Boy and Mobb Deep under his belt. He became famous mostly from Lil B's internet takeoff productions. This is one of my favorite tracks by Clams Casino with a visually stunning unofficial music video. Check it out below.
Posted by Josh Marquess at 1:05 AM
Sunday, August 21, 2011
Raphael Saadiq is a California born, singer, songwriter, and record producer who began his career as a member of the multi-platinum R&B group Tony! Toni! Tone!. Now after successfully releasing several solo albums he has become a well-known solo artist. Raphael's Mo-town swag has taken over households across the world. His new video will definitely brighten your day and even make you spend some money on the one you love. Check it out below.
Posted by Josh Marquess at 6:09 PM
After much talk about moving his talents towards the rock'n'roll side of music, he gives us a glimpse of the two mixed together in this slightly horrifying video. While Kid Cudi was known to release music for the soundtrack of the movie Fright Night, the same director (Craig Gillespie) also pitched in to create the video to this song as well. His infamous grunge-style harmonizing fills this track and fits perfectly with the mood of video. Check it out.
Posted by Josh Marquess at 3:25 PM
This talented DJ/Mix Artist/Photographer hailing from Mississauga, Ontario is relevantly new in the music scene but produces mixes like that of a veteran. DJ Resolute AKA Cory Bulatovich created this mix to support an upcoming producer from the United Kingdom named Blackmill. Blackmill is a frontrunner in a new movement of music called, Chillstep. This new genre is a mixture of bassy dubstep with harmonious melodies that will put any listener into a relaxed state of consciousness. Blackmill creates these musical masterpieces not only for the passion but he is also driven by sentimental family reasons that will touch anyone.
"Blackmill is the name of the house where my Grandad and Grandma use to live. I'm hoping to get enough support and the funding to be able to buy this house back. Since they passed away we had to sell the house. It's the place where I grew up and loved more than anything so I'm making this music to help get a part of my childhood back that should of never been missing."
If you enjoy this mix feel free to download it for free here.
Blackmill Page: http://www.facebook.com/pages/Blackmill
Blackmill Youtube: http://www.youtube.com/user/BlackmillMusic
Posted by Josh Marquess at 2:57 AM
Saturday, August 20, 2011
I have been waiting for this mixtape patiently ever since he dropped "House Of Balloons" which I posted on my blog earlier. Despite the mixtape being called "Thursday", The Weeknd must have felt it was too good to be released on a Thursday so he dropped it on Friday. The mixtape was in such high demand it was reported to crash a number of file hosting sites such as Mediafire, Zippyshare, and Hulkshare!
Be sure to add this mixtape to your collection by clicking the link below!
The Weeknd - Thursday
Posted by Josh Marquess at 2:48 PM
Lunice Fermin Pierre II has been blowing up fast on the music scene from the US to Europe. This Canadian producer is most known for his captivating instrumentals of heavy bass mixes to splintered electronica. Not only is he a great producer but also a huge stage presence. Check out his new video for "Glow" above.
Posted by Josh Marquess at 2:34 PM
Friday, August 19, 2011
Skrillex really makes a statement with this video for his new release from the "More Scary Monsters and Nice Sprites EP". It begins with a creepy child predator sitting on a playground bench waiting. As this cute little girl in a hoodie skips off into a dark alley, the man in the trench coat follows her into an abandoned warehouse. Suddenly, the girl picks up a toy phone and turns to the man. What happens next is amazing! Check it out below!
Posted by Josh Marquess at 11:01 AM
Thursday, August 18, 2011
Macklemore & Ryan Lewis are back bringing the world another amazing hip hop song with a ridiculous production that is complete with many live instruments, horns, and pounding drums. This is just the beginning for this duo. I previously featured a video that they created called "Wings". Check out "Can't Hold Us" below.
Posted by Josh Marquess at 11:52 AM
Tuesday, August 16, 2011
Friday, August 12, 2011
Daniel Stephens and Joe Ray make up this extraordinary duo of dubstep artists called Nero. They have been taking over the charts in the UK and have been predicted to have the first #1 charted single on the billboards by a dubstep song. Their smash hit "Promises" is quickly working its way to the top of the charts. Check out the video below.
This track below is one of the standout songs from their upcoming album which is set to release on August 15th. It is called "Must Be The Feeling".
Nero - Must Be The Feeling
This next song became a dubstep anthem in 2009 and is now being released as a bonus track on "Welcome Reality (Deluxe)".
Nero - This Way
Posted by Josh Marquess at 4:12 PM
Clock Opera is driven by a man named Guy Connelly. The England native has sort of engineered this unique sound which he calls "Chop Pop" by taking recordings of his 4-piece band and "chopping" them into segments and samples. He then masterfully creates his music by putting the recorded pieces together. He has even been known to chop up his own lyrics into randomized orders throughout songs and use overlaying samples of up to five guitars at once. Clock Opera will be releasing The Lesson No. 7 EP on October 3rd but Mr. Connelly has fortunately allowed us to get our hands on this frantic and powerful song.
Clock Opera - Lesson No. 7
Posted by Josh Marquess at 2:12 PM
Wednesday, August 10, 2011
Kimbra Johnson is a New Zealand born singer/songwriter who now resides in Melbourne, Australia. She has been creating this fusion of Jazz and Soul for over 5 years now and has been compared to the late Amy Winehouse, and Bjork. This song, Settle Down, is featured on her upcoming album, "Vows", which is set to release on September 2, 2011.
If you like enjoy the song feel free to download it for free here.
Posted by Josh Marquess at 1:01 PM
Tuesday, August 9, 2011
G-Eazy is a new extremely talented west coast rapper who is gaining popularity and respect fast. He just released his mixtape, Endless Summer, which you can download for free or any price you want HERE. This video is set in the 50's and was very well produced. Check it out below.
Posted by Josh Marquess at 1:27 PM
Monday, August 8, 2011
Watch the Throne was possibly the most anticipated album of the year and now it is finally here. Many fans and critics have deemed it an instant classic considering the fact that the makers are two of the biggest rap moguls to ever touch the genre of music. However, all of the opinions that were spread had no supportive evidence and were sometimes even biased views of haters. With that being said, it is clear to say that after listening to the entire album several times, these rap gurus do not disappoint AT ALL.
The first song features Odd Future's own, Frank Ocean, who sings the hook over this Kanye and 88-keys production. "No Church In The Wild" sports some deep lyrics that focus on religion and philosophical ideas that the world overlooks. "Tears on the mausoleum floor, blood stains the coliseum door, lies on the lips of the priests, Thanksgiving disguised as a feast." The wise words of Jay-Z.
"Lift Off" spotlights none other than Beyonce who belts out the chorus with the help of a singing Kanye. The complex production instantly grabs your attention and forces you to listen.
"N***as In Paris" features a super grimy, bass-heavy beat that has the capability of waking up your neighborhood. The lyrics definitely lack any kind of modesty as Jay-Z raps about how $50,000 is nothing to him anymore. Kanye states, "Prince Williams ain't do it right if you ask me / If I was him I would've married Kate & Ashley." The track also features several Will Ferrell samples from the movie, "Blades of Glory".
The soulful track, "Otis", features samples from the great Otis Redding who screams out the lyrics from his song, "Try a Little Tenderness", over the instrumental. This production is very reminiscent of the Kanye that we know who uses old soul samples with a simple yet catchy bass-line. Both rappers kill this creative beat with their materialistic lyrics.
"Gotta Have It" was produced by the Neptunes and contains samples from the Godfather of Soul, James Brown. Jay-Z raps "I wish I could give you this feeling / I'm planking on a million / I'm riding through yo hood / You can bank I ain't got no ceiling." This track is one of my top 5 on the album.
The next track, "New Day", is definitely one that stands out from the rest. The rappers explain their views on the world and their experiences by stating how they would raise their fictional unborn sons. This lyric-heavy song really shows the maturity of Mr. West and Mr. Carter. Kanye raps, "See I just want him to have an easy life / Not like Yeezy life / Just want 'em to be someone people like / Don't want him to be hated all time judged."
"That's My Bitch" features additional vocals from Elly (La Roux) Jackson, Public Enemy, and Justin Vernon. It also samples James Browns, "Get Up, Get Into It, Get Involved". It has a really uptempo beat with a tastefully disrespectable chorus that is definitely worthy of more than one listen.
"Welcome To The Jungle" is a lyrically emotional track that almost didn't even make the album. Instead it is one of the best tracks on this masterpiece. Jay-Z shows way more emotion than we are used to. He states, "My uncle died, my daddy did too / I'm numb from the pain, I can barely move / My nephew gone, my heart is torn / Sometimes I look to the sky ask why I was born." WOW.
"Who Gonna Stop Me" is a genius beat that spews bass. It is a dubstep remake of Flux Pavillions "I Can't Stop" Kanye kills it with lyrics like this, "Niggas talking, they bitch made / Ix-nay off my dicks-nay / That's pig latin, Itch-bay!" This is definitely one of those songs that you put on repeat.
"Murder To Excellence" Is a dual production containing the first segment, "Murder" by Swizz Beats and the latter, "Excellence" by S1. This track is a banger and has some dope lyrics to go with it. Kanye and Jay-Z address the violence that is present in today's society and also specifically black on black murder. This track is one my personal favorites.
"Made in America" is a smooth electronic beat with a soft piano that resonates in the background. Frank Ocean sings the hook on this soulful track and proves that he is here to stay while Jay explains his success story.
"Why I Love You" features G.O.O.D. Music's artist Mr. Hudson. Jay-Z comes strong on the first and second verse. Then Kanye comes in and trades lines with Shawn Carter as the beat elevates and the violins progress. This song is definitely a great finale for Watch The Throne.
WTT album is a definitely a highpoint for current hip hop. This is my favorite rap album since Kanye's, My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy. It's available for purchase on iTunes now but won't be released in stores until August 12th. WTT is a must-have for all hip hop fans.
Posted by Josh Marquess at 6:00 AM
Sunday, August 7, 2011
Wally De Backer has been taking over in Australia, his native country, reaching all the way to the top 5 in the charts. Going by the alias Gotye, he will be releasing his third album, Making Mirrors, on August 19th. This is such a powerful love song that shows the aftermath of a fallen relationship and the lack of communication. You can feel the emotion between the two singers as if they are arguing over their history. This video is gracefully accompanied with the beautiful vocals of Kimbra.
Posted by Josh Marquess at 9:33 PM
Friday, August 5, 2011
Thursday, August 4, 2011
Chris Brown just released his new mixtape, Boy in Detention, that you can download for free HERE. This track is fire and features the sample from the hit "Look At Me Now", "Ladies love me. I'm on my Cool J."
Justin Bieber rapping????? DAMN
Posted by Josh Marquess at 11:46 PM
I recently featured this French producer on my blog showcasing the release of his new mixtape, "Lazy Sunday Selecta". Here he is back again with this smooth disco track called "Fantasy". The video is very creative and especially easy on the eyes (wink*) as he daydreams about a rendezvous with the nude model in his figure drawing art class. Who doesn't want a wet French woman to shave your beard for you? ..... or just to shave period?
Posted by Josh Marquess at 10:45 PM
Tuesday, August 2, 2011
Dillon Francis is all over the place these days producing anything from dance to dubstep to trance. He teams up with his mentor Cory Enemy to release this FILTHY EP. It has nasty bass drops along with lots of rhythm that are sure to test your subwoofers.
Posted by Josh Marquess at 9:55 PM
Drake comes through hard with this new banger from his upcoming anticipated album, Take Care.
His lyrics address many of the comments concerning the wait between his last album and the quality of his releases.
"I had someone tell me I fell off. Oohhh I needed that. They wanna see me pick back up. Well, where'd I leave it at."
Drake - Headlines by Purp Reynolds
Posted by Josh Marquess at 1:07 PM