Frank Ocean Drops New Music

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This week, Frank Ocean aired the third episode of “blonded RADIO,” on his Beats 1 show. On previous episodes of “blonded RADIO,” Ocean premiered his songs, “Chanel,” and “Slide,” featuring Calvin Harris and Migos. On this most recent episode, Ocean ended the show with his newest song, “Biking” featuring Jay Z and Tyler, the Creator.

Talk about an iconic trio.

–  You can find “Biking” on SoundCloud  here  –

Tyler, The Creator, who is now back on Twitter after a brief disappearance, tweeted his lyrics to his verse on “Biking,” on Saturday afternoon. Lana Del Rey Responded with, “who else’s lyrics could these be !” and I automatically had high hopes for this song.

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I was not disappointed. I’ve always been a fan of Jay Z, an even bigger fan of Tyler, The Creator, and a disgustingly huge fan of Frank Ocean.

“Biking,” is a relatively mellow song, that for a reason I cannot explain, makes me feel the way I feel when I look at a painting by Vincent van Gogh.

Everyone interprets music in a different way, and every feeling is unique to the listener. And that’s the beauty in music.

With a slumbering sound and acoustic harmonies, “Biking” gives me a feeling of nostalgia for deep summer nights, and with summer just around the corner, this was great timing for Ocean to drop this hit.

Frank Ocean will always be one of my top favorite artists, and I strongly and whole heartily believe “Channel ORANGE,” and “Blonde,” are two of the greatest albums to have been produced of all time.

Ocean never lets us down with his music, and I can’t wait to hear what is yet to come from him.

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The Best Albums Of 2017 So Far

2016 blessed us with incredible new music. From Kanye’s The Life Of Pablo, to Chance The Rapper’s Coloring Book, and to in my opinion, the greatest album to have ever been produced, Frank Ocean’s Blonde, it was just a great year for music.

We’re three months into 2017, and the new music is starting to pour in. The year is still young, but here are some of the best new albums that have been released so far:

American Teen – Khalid 

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Khalid’s debut album, American Teen, is just the very beginning to the successful music career glowing in front of him. At only 18 years old, Khalid has made huge waves with his single, ‘Location,’ which can be found on American Teen. This album is emotionally crafted with soulful 90’s vibes and smooth vocals. American Teen is one of those rare albums that you can listen to from start to finish, without skipping any songs, and you’ll never get tired of hearing it. Highlights include: ‘Saved’, ‘Location’, and ‘Shot Down’

Mansionz – Mansionz

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Mansionz is a new duo featuring singer-songwriter, Mike Posner, and singer-producer, Blackbear. The self-entitled album consists of electronic-based hip-hop and R&B pop. It’s a unique combination that deserves more attention. The transitions from each song are flawless, and blends perfectly. Highlights include: ‘The Life Of A Troubadour’, ‘I’m thinking about horses’, ‘nobody knows’, and ‘My Beloved’

CollXtion II: Unsolved – Allie X

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Canadian singer-songwriter, Allie X, has been working on her second studio album, and it’s for sure a bop. Her sound can be described as edgy electronic pop, and it’s just different than anything else. Highlights include: ‘That’s So Us’ and ‘Too Much To Dream’

I See You – The xx

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I See You is The xx’s junior album, and in my opinion, their best. The xx have always been known for their calming and soothing vocals, and they lived up to expectations yet again. The production of their third album has been a step up from their past work, and it’s honestly beautiful. Highlights include: ‘Lips’, ‘Brave For You’, and ‘Performance’

Process – Sampha

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Heavy emotions can be found in Sampha’s debut LP. Process contains R&B roots, and vocals that sound almost haunting. Sampha rediscovers himself through his work, and you can hear the vulnerability in his LP.  Highlights include: ‘What Shouldn’t I Be?’, ‘Plastic 100ºC’, and ‘Take Me Inside’

I can’t wait to hear what else is yet to come in 2017, and I do have high expectations

Our Lord And Savior Lorde Has Returned!

Lorde – queen of dark pop – has returned with a new single and suddenly my skin is clear, the sun is out, I have been rebirthed  and I am ready to pop off!

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In 2013, Lorde released her debut album, Pure Heroine, which landed her two Grammy awards, keep in mind she was only 17 when this happened. 17.

Pure Heroine was a genius record. It was dark and dreamy, and different from any other pop music at that time. The writing was so mature and deep, and again I repeat, Lorde was only…17. 17. My biggest accomplishment at 17 was the ability to get out of bed each morning and sit through six hours of public school. Amazing.

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Anticipation has been boiling up since 2013 as we all have been waiting for Lorde to serve us with new music, and today, Thursday March 2nd, 2017, she has finally given us a glimpse into her newest work.

Her new single, “Green Light,” lived up to all of our expectations. It was a long wait, but it was totally worth it. The single and the music video itself single handily saved 2017, being the heartbreak anthem of the year, and I cannot wait to hear the rest of her sophomore album.

Lorde tweeted, “I am so proud of this song. It’s very different, and kinda unexpected. It’s complex and funny and sad and joyous and it’ll make you DANCE.”

And she’s not wrong. “Green Light” does hold an unique sound to it, different from anything off of Pure Heroin, but it’s normal for artists to grow and switch up their sound, and try new things. And most of all, this song is for sure a bop, and it WILL make you want to dance.

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Lorde has received so much support on Twitter from fellow artists such as Troye Sivan, Dua Lipa, and Katy Perry, and she deserves all the love.

Lorde is unbelievably talented. She’s unique, and there’s no other pop artist quite like her. We might as well give her sophomore album all of the Grammys right now.

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I’m Weak

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I love finding new music, especially artists that I haven’t heard before. There something so refreshing hearing music originating from someone that is alien to you. Last week I was once again glad to find myself upon a new artist, and greatly enjoyed the music that  I found. The song was Weak by AJR a band that consists of three bothers from New York. The song is pretty popular with 40 million listens on Spotify.

I loved the song Weak it sounded beautiful, and was something that I could connect to pretty easily, but then continued to listen to the entire EP What’s Everyone Thinking, and loved every song. It consists of Come Hank Out, Weak, Turning Out, I’m Not Famous, and No Grass Today.  The EP reminds me of Twenty One Pilots, which is an amazing band. Each song is unique and I can’t help but listen to the multiple times.

Below is the music video for the song I’m Not Famous, which is a nice tune about just how unknown the band is.

 

DUA LIPA! DUA LIPA! DUA LIPA!

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Words cannot begin to describe my love for the new up and coming dark pop artist, Dua Lipa. This morning Lipa announced the dates for her U.S headlining tour, and you KNOW you’ll catch me at her Chicago show on February 24th at Lincoln Hall.

Dua Lipa is a 22-year-old musician from London, who is musically influenced by artist such as Kendrick Lamar and Nelly Furtado. She began her career by uploading covers to YouTube, and then started to write original music, her first song being, “Hotter Than Hell,” which is a total bop.

Lipa has a nineties vibe to her style, with a unique and poised personality, which makes it impossible not to adore her.

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In the past year, Lipa has released new music, played shows in Europe, and was an opening act for Troye Sivan during his Suburbia Tour. On January 6th, Lipa released a new single, “Thinking ‘Bout You,” which serves as a soulful ballad. Later this year Lipa will also be releasing a new album, that I so look forward to hearing.

Lipa’s most popular song, “Blow Your Mind (Mwah),” has been catching the airwaves, and has been a major jam for the clubs. In case you need any more persuasion to love Dua Lipa as much as I do, here are some of her best live performances:

  1. “Blow Your Mind (Mhaw)” – from BBC

2. Cover of Mark Ronson’s “Somebody To Love Me” with Troye Sivan

3. “Hotter Than Hell” – at Capital’s Jingle Bell Ball

Artist To Listen To: Gordi

I’m all for promoting small artists who I truly and deeply believe deserve more attention. This past week, I’ve had the artist, Gordi, on repeat.

Sophie Payten, also known as, Gordi, with only about 240,000 listeners on Spotify, is a 23-year-old musician from a small farming community in Australia.  Her EP, Clever Disguise, was released earlier this year, and boy is it a piece of art.

The tracks on the EP, are simple acoustic guitar and piano pieces that she had written on her own in her college dorm room; a sound similar to the artist, Bon Iver. With warm indie tones and tender lyrics, Clever Disguise has found a special place in my heart.

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“Can We Work It Out,” has been the most popular track off of the debut EP, which I totally understand. It’s a beautiful song that makes me feel like I’m waking up on a Sunday morning and drinking coffee with the one I love the most.

Out of the five tracks on the EP, I would have to say, “Wanting,” is my favorite. “Wanting,” has been my emotional crutch this week. When I first heard the song, it hit me like a bag of bricks because of how much it relates to my feelings at this particular time in my life. Actually, I am listening to it as I write this, and wow, my poor little heart.

Overall, if you have a tender heart, like bonfire music, or in need of music to play while you drive on to the highway and into the sunset, Gordi’s Clever Disguise is the EP for you. It is crafted together so delicately, and I highly suggest you check it out.  Genuine music that comes from a genuine place is rare these days; don’t pass it up.

You can find Gordi here:

Spotify: https://open.spotify.com/artist/6UBMFaCTZnL1Hr1nTOEblM

Twitter: https://twitter.com/GordiMusic

New Music Friday

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Hello there, music lovers! Tuesdays will still be the day I upload new articles, but additionally, every Friday I will now also be uploading a nifty little playlist for you all to check out! Songs will include mostly new releases, or just songs that I have been diggin’ that week that I feel could use more love. Hope you all enjoy it and find something new to vibe to, happy weekend!

Take It Slow

As if my excitement for the upcoming DC Comics film, Suicide Squad, wasn’t flying off the charts already, I recently found out that one of my all-time favorite bands – Twenty One Pilots – would be featuring a brand new song for the movie’s original soundtrack.

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The featured track, titled Heathens, was “leaked” onto the deep depths of the interwebs just last week. “Heathens” has a dark melody and haunting lyrics – traits that aren’t uncharacteristic for the band. However, even for Twenty One Pilots, a band that notably writes dark-ish songs such as “Car Radio” and “Stressed Out,” the song was undeniably grim.

As soon as the song dropped, the Skeleton Clique (a nickname dubbed for the TOP fanbase) started making speculations about whether or not there would be more to the sudden release of this song than meets the eye. It turns out that they were right. The following day, news that the song will be featured on the Suicide Squad soundtrack was released, and the Clique went wild.

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A few days after the big news, an official audio of the song was uploaded as well as the music video for the single. And let me tell you – the music video is amazing. I can gush about the music video all I want, but ultimately, you’re going to have to see for yourself.

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Anyway, you know the drill. If you haven’t heard the song or watched the music video, check it out below! Whether you’re a fan of the comic, film, or band, I’m pretty darn sure you’ll like it.

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“The Life of Pablo” Has Been a Journey, But It’s Finally Here

Kanye West’s 7th studio album, “The Life of Pablo”, has to be one of the most confusing and most chaotic album releases that I’ve witnessed in my lifetime. First off, who is Pablo? Ye could makes references on the album to both Pablo Picasso and Pablo Escobar, so it could be either of those, or maybe even both. This title would technically be considered his fourth title if you include his 2015 announcement “So Help Me God”, followed by “SWISH”, and then “WAVES”. Besides the ambiguity of the name itself, this album has led us to confusion with release dates and track lists.

Originally, the album was set to release on February 11 at the the same time as his debut of Yeezy Season 3 at Madison Square Garden. The event was available for stream that allowed us to hear some of the songs for the first time ever. Even after the show, the album wasn’t available to the public because of last minute changes that had to be made. Because of the delay, Kanye decide to drop “30 Hours” that Friday.

Who was to blame for the delay?

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Kanye tweeted that Chance the Rapper insisted on putting “Waves” on the album, a song that he actually helped compose. He claimed “The world is a better place because of it”. Aside from this song alone, there were others that made it onto the album last minute. This was all happening last Saturday, the 13th. At this point the album is already 2 days late.

That night, with fans still waiting on the album, Kanye appeared on SNL, where he debuted a couple songs off the album. Accompanying him was Chance the Rapper, the Dream, Kirk Franklin, and Kelly Price. After his last performance, Kanye signaled to fans that his album was finally out with the words, “Kanye West dot com right now, Tidal Streaming right now”.

It was here.

This album has received a lot of hype because he was actually supposed to release the album last summer, but nothing ever happened. People didn’t know what to expect with this album, following his last album, “Yeezus”. Even the Kanye haters were eager to see what he had up his sleeve and if he could still bring the heat.

For anyone who is interested and wants to listen, you can stream it on Tidal, or you can wait a few more days when Kanye releases his downloadable, purchasable version.