Since it has been raining on and off this whole week and last, I thought this would be an appropriate #TBT song. Burn Water reworks Boys II Men’s rendition of ‘Can You Stand The Rain’ that will sure be a nice addition to a rainy day.
Made In Heights is based in Los Angeles with NYC and Seattle. The group has released this impeccable track, Murakami. Which could be an ode to the Japanese novelist–Haruki Murakami or the contemporary artist–Takashi Murakami. Either way, you can tell that there are some Japanese influence to the song with the introductory whispers and the vibe of the track. They are really push their talents to the next level with the finesse and restraint on the production and vocals. It takes a lot of skill to master the art of complimenting opposite things—the track is filthy and clean, rough and delicate all at the same time. Listen and get your mind blown.
Made In Heights is prepping to release an album later this year, keeping my ears wide open for what’s next!
Weekends are a mix of down time and most definitely up time. It’s always an opportunity to dress to impress when it comes to doing your thang (whatever it is). So who says you can’t look chic rockin’ your sweats out?! Nothing feels better than comfort…though skinny is comparable to it. After all, who doesn’t want to live in sweats all day? So why not do it, be a Weekend Warrior and conquer fashion and comfort all at the same time.
Photos by Scott Hammel
Remember when the “Murrrrrdddeerrrr” sound watermarking infiltrated every song on the radio in your adolescent years? Welp, I do. So ‘nuff about my age. Le sigh.
Nick Nikon does a great rendition of Put It On Me sans Ja Rule and his deep deep voice. This showcases a great mix of electronic and R&B and a great departure from the original. I think it’s safe to say that I won’t be the only one enjoying this refreshing take on an old school hip hop jam.
The duo, Zoe and Adam, describe their music as “Future Electronic R&B”. I think I’m addicted to this new genre. Wait, I am. Their influences come from heavy players like Aaliyah and Mariah Carey but imagine them being weirder, a lot weirder. And that’s a good thing.
Operate will have you addicted from the moment you hear that infectious hook. Op-er-ate, Ohh oh oh. And you can’t help but to pop and lock to the undulating deep bass rhythm. It’s crafted to be spooky and seductive, just the way I like it, like it.
This Brother-Sister duo is giving New Zealand a whole new exposure. What is in New Zealand’s water and making these amazing artists?! Can I have a sip please? Ok, maybe a gulp!
"We have to build our own identity outside of ‘Lorde and the rest of New Zealand music’"
Bridges is their debut single from their EP. Georgia’s vocals are reminiscent of Imogen heap, very etherial and soothing to the cerebrum. The arrangement of the song compliments her vocals in lending a very kaleidoscope-y pop dream. Hold on to gravity, this will make you levitate.
I’m very, very excited to watch them perform live this Thursday with ASTR (who is another amazing band for another post).
MØ, a Danish singer is giving Lorde a run for her throne. She has been making her rounds in the electro-pop scene and getting her name out there. With a cover from the now-classic girl group, Spice Girls, it’s a sure win with every 90s kids in the world. Do I hear girl power making its comeback? Not that it ever left, the pop charts are dominated by them, as it should!
I am digign’ the new arrangement MØ has taken with this track. It’s slowed down with a morphine groove, something spacey and all together dance worthy.
I’m sure Posh, Baby, Scary, Ginger, and Sporty Spice all approve with peace signs and girl powa! “Yes, I swear!”
Kygo (a really cool name IMO), Norwegian producer has found it’s way to my musical radar and i’m already obsessed with what he’s done so far. He’s already making buzz in the music industry and getting recognized for his talent, heck even Diplo started following him!
I See Fire, is already beautiful from the arrangement, smooth vocals, to the acoustics on its original release. Kygo manages to take something so beautiful and turn it into something magical! Keeping true to the emotion and softness of the original, his remix manages to take those qualities and add depth. You get a blend of whimsy, tropical calm, and happiness all while grooving to that tantalizing beat and electronic influence he’s layered into it.
What a perfect way to usher in Valentine’s day with Ed Sheeran crooning to you on this magical remix of, I See Fire.
Miguel lends this dirrty and sensual track Simplethings for the Girls V.2 soundtrack–out on Feb. 11. Lena Dunham specially requested for Miguel to appear on the soundtrack.
“‘Can we just call him and see if he’ll do something?’”
"We did, he said yes. It was very easy."
This indeed is a very sexy song. It opens with a fuzzy guitar riff followed by the slow tempo beats with hi-hats, which sets the mood. And can we just talk about Miguel’s vocals on the track?! Smooth and sultry. The song builds you up, gets the temperature rising especially when it comes to that hook. Reminds me of something Yoncé could grove too.
Don’t we all crave just for just the simplethings when it comes to that special someone?
"I JUST WANT YOU"
This is my #TBT for ya’ll. Remember back in the good ol’ days when Brandy aka Moesha existed?! Who could forget about those braids. I can vividly remember jamming to the original version track back in ‘94 when it first debuted.
Now this Grades mix takes it to the present time and does it so well. A modern take on a great classic! Hope you enjoy it.
Where in the world have I been and why am I only discovering Shy Girls now?! Hailing from Portland, Dan Vidmar delivers a strong and memorable R&B EP entitled Timeshare.
“The record is largely about social interaction and time spent in intense relationships”
Shy Girls creates a sultry R&B vibe that takes you back into the early 90s. The song featured above, Second Heartbeat, was the one that stood out most to me. But don’t get me wrong, every record on this EP is worth listening. So don’t be shy!
*If you like Miguel or the Weeknd, Shy Girls is the perfect match for you.