When I first heard that Joe Jonas was going to start a “new band,” I kind of rolled my eyes. Back in the day when he was prepping his first solo album with Hollywood Records, rumors were buzzing around that he was working with Frankmusik on an electropop album that was influenced by Freddie Mercury. I was, like, seriously excited because I really thought he was about to deliver a dance-worthy electro ditty that sounded like the JoBros went to the Copacabana with Erasure. BUT NOPE! After all that hoopla, we got Fastlife, which, let’s be real here, totally sucked. From the awful cover art to the reheated Chris Brown tracks, the whole thing was just sooooo meh and forced. I mean, he was literally at his prime and that’s literally all he could do? #Disappointed.
Cut to five years later, and we now have DNCE and their first single, “Cake by the Ocean,” co-crafted by Justin Tranter and Mattman and Robin. Let me just say, I am more than thrilled with this song. It’s a BOP and everything that I wanted to hear from a band called DNCE. Starting off with some chill guitar licks, the song quickly erupts into a massive chorus that sort of recalls “Here (In Your Arms)” by Hellogoodbye, but with a little more hutzpah. “Walk for me, baby, I’ll be Didd and you’ll be Naomi, whoa-oh, Let’s lose our minds and go fucking crazy, I-I-I-I-I-I keep on hoping we’ll eat cake by the ocean!” Does it make sense? Not really. But, who cares??? It’s catchy AF, and I’m here for it.
Seriously though, I am actually really excited for this album. It sounds like for once; Joe Jo is actually making music he likes that actually has some personality and character. And, if this single is any indication, his brother Nick may have some competition on the charts this fall.
Disco god Giorgio Moroder (you know the guy that basically invented synth disco) has just unleashed the second single off of his new album, and let me just say I am in literal tears. “Déjà vu” features the vocal and writing stylings of a little known artist known as Sia (or that singer that performs with her back to the audience). So obviously the holy union between these two powerhouses was bound to produce something special.
To be completely honest this is one of those songs I had to listen to three times before I fell in love. At first I was like okay, then I was like okaayyyyy, then on the third listen I was like OKAYYYYYYY YAS. Starting off with a whimsical violin intro, the track delves into pure disco euphoria that sounds all too familiar and new at the same time… just like déjà vu (I’M SO FUNNY). There is just something absolutely heavenly when she declares, “Oh my heart ached, but I knew fate would send you my way, and when you came my heart was saved, I’ve known you for lifetimes baby!” Honestly what a chorus. Oh and can we talk about those dreamy “dejjaaaa vuuuuuzz” over the post-chorus? AMAZING.
While “Right Here, Right Now” was a little more electropop and Kylie-esque, this one is undeniably golden era Moroder disco and a perfect single to precede his album. “Déjà Vu” is one of those rare songs that is so perfect that you don’t want to listen to it too much. So just pray to God that this song isn’t as overexposed as “Chandelier” because I’m literally sick of seeing Maddie Ziegler dancing around in a leotard.
So the other day I was at a club, you know doing my thang, when all of a sudden a song I have never heard before started to fill the room. You know that feeling when you listen to a song for the first time and you immediately just KNOW. This only ever happens to me like two times a year so I immediately whipped out my phone like a major loser in the middle of the dance floor to Shazam what may be my new favorite booty poppin’ jam.
“All Hands On Deck” is a serious BOP. Co-written with the fabulous Bebe Rexha, the song is the perfect follow up to “2 On” in that it retains that chilly 2-kewl-4-U vibe that Tinashe embodies all too perfectly. Starting off with a twinkly minimal club beat that somewhat recalls “Gas Pedal” by Sage The Gemini, Tinashe’s vocals take the lead right away while coolly riding above the beat like the ethereal goddess that she is. “All hands on deck! All in the front all in the back just like that! Imma blow ya mind like that!” She cockily commands over the synth-stabbing chorus. Seriously her vocals are literally the aural equivalent of sex and I just… I can’t.
Many bloggers have predicted that she would change the game and now I am fully on deck (see what I did there LOL). I honestly just do not understand what took me so long to fully delve into her AMAZING debut album, Aquarius. She is the perfect R&B-pop star and I am loving it. She can dance, she can sing, she can write, and she’s gorgeous. Like seriously she’s the perfect little hybrid of Janet and Britney Spears circa 2003. Honestly if you don’t stan for Tinashe get off my blog right now. Tinashe is the truth, Tinashe is the future, Tinashe is E V E R Y T H I N G.
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Since it is officially #SpringBreak2k15 I figured I would share some undeniable jams that are perfect for chilling by the pool, catching some rays out by the beach, or #TurningThePhuckUp for a cray night out in paradise. Now these are some personal picks that I chose for this year and they aren’t all particularly brand new, but really who really cares? IT’S SPRING BREAK, BITCHES! Now let’s break it down with my top 3 for this year.
“Pop Rock” – Brooke Candy
Miss #FreakyPrincess Brooke Candy released her debut major label EP, Opulence, last June and although it didn’t make too much of a splash on the charts – it was undeniably amazing. “Pop Rock” was one of the immediate standouts of the bunch, combining a glitchy tropical rhythm with video game-esque beats that sound like the Super Mario Bros on shrooms. Brookie C delivers some serious Rihanna swagga with innuendo filled verses about …um… well you can listen and figure it out yourself. But, there is just something so irresistibly badass when she commands us to “follow me, follow me yeah.” Sensual. Tropical. Amazing. AKA a perfect spring break jam.
“Jenny” – Studio Killers
The Studio Killers are a virtual band much like popular alt-rock crew the Gorillaz. Unlike the Gorillaz though, the Studio Killers produce some seriously catchy synth-pop in comparison to the jagged tunes that the Gorillaz put out. While their eponymous debut album is absolutely amazing (seriously check it out) one track in particular transcends into the realm of ultimate pop perfection. “Jenny” mixes the EDM sounds of St. Tropez and St. Maarten into one major aural orgasm. “I wanna ruin our friendship, we should be lovers instead,” Chubby Cherry confesses over the synth stabbing chorus. While the song is an obvious must have for a tropical getaway, the melancholy lyrics of unrequited love between two best friends are particularly captivating for any playlist. Honestly this is one of my favorite songs, and I would be lying if I said I never drunkenly cried to this song after my crush didn’t like my latest selfie on Instagram. And yes, Chubby Cherry is the lead singer’s name.
“Marabou” – Antonia
Though the song isn’t new to the world, this was a surprising find for me. Out of all the songs on my list this is the most typical “loungy” vacation tune, but that does not mean it isn’t anything short of incredible. Think of “Marabou” as the post EDM sister to “Stereo Love” by Edward Maya & Vika Jigulina. Unlike “Stereo Love,” which had a harder beat built for the dance floor, “Marabou” sounds just like a chilled out sunset. “Your waves will hit me like déjà vu, follow me down to Marabou,” Antonia seductively purrs over the Latin guitar driven chorus. The whole track is almost mesmerizing enough to make you book your next vacation to Marabou (DISCLAIMER: Marabou is not a real place). But whatever, enjoy the song.
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So, this weekend I figured I would treat myself to a “me” day. If you don’t know what a “me” day is I suggest you start having “me” days because they are essential to your well-being. “Me” days are when you wake up feeling #FineFreshFierce and decide to tackle the glowing metropolis of Manhattan alone whilst jamming to your #SpringBreak2k15 playlists as you shop and eat whateva you want. So on my “me” day I stumbled upon what I think may be one of my new favorite shopping spots.
You may be wondering, what is this amazing place? Well, this place is called Life:Curated and it’s situated nicely on the corner of Bedford Ave and Grand St in Williamsburg, Brooklyn. In a typical hipster Brooklyn fashion a majority of their clothes come from local artists and designers. But this isn’t some pretentious bodega where the peddler claims that the threads of some plain white shirt were crafted by some organic witch doctor from Jupiter. Instead, they have diverse selections from Herschel to Zanerobe that could please anyone. If your feeling #classy you can pick up a printed button down that would look great on a date or a casual stroll to class or work. If you’re feeling a lil #sassy you can pick up a custom made tee featuring Anna Wintour’s RBF (that’s a “resting bitch face” for the non-familiar). They even have a great selection of colognes and bathroom merchandise that may or may not pique your interest.
In all, they have a wide selection and if you’re ever in the neighborhood I would most definitely check them out. Though their stuff can get a little pricey (like obv its New York) they have sales like, all the time. On top of that everyone there is super nice and they are constantly changing and adding new material to their racks to keep the selection fresh and dare I say… #trendy. Oh, and they have a website, which connects to all their social media accounts so you can keep up with their inventory updates.
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Since this is a music and fashion blog, I figured it is only appropriate to talk about Kanye’s new shoe collaboration with Adidas. From the first show it is already apparent that the line looks way more promising than his other forays into fashion considering the trainwrecks he had at Paris Fashion week in 2011 and 2012. Yet, those presentations were solely based from his own fashion label, DW Kanye West, while this is a proper collaboration with Adidas.
Apparently inspired by the London riots of 2011(whatever that means), the designs are meant to represent “Robin Hood high fashion,” which is kind of the best way to describe the overall theme of the ensemble. Oversized coats, tattered sweaters, and darker hues are all the rave here. Picture Link from the Legend of Zelda being styled by Hedi Slimane and you basically got the look. But, we’re here to focus in on the most important aspect of the collaboration- the shoes. West has rocked the Yeezy 750 sneaker-boots around as of late, most notably at the Grammys and at the airport where he ranted about undeserving grammy winner Beck to the paps (GET THAT SHAMELESS SELF PROMO, KANYE!) Now we have a closer look at the whole line, and I am honestly impressed.
Though he claims they are “high fashion,” the shoes are something I would consider to be “high street fashion.” The colors are neutral, which is good because they can go with anything. They all look nice enough to pull together what would otherwise be a boring-ass outfit. Wear the white snakeskin runners with some sweat pants and a leather jacket and you got yourself a dope outfit. Or you can take the high-rise sneaker boots and tuck them into a pair of loud colored jeans to give it a funky Gwen Stefani/Gavin Rossdale-esque look. In all- the line looks hella cool, but like… $425 for a pair of sneakers is mad expensive. Will I be rushing to Adidas to cop a pair on Feb. 28th? Probably not… but we’ll see.
Oh, and Miss Anna Wintour’s reaction to baby North crying during the show?
NEW SONG DEMO ALERT !!
So remember about a month ago EDM-king Calvin Harris was chatting it up over at Spin that he had written a song with icy electro-R’n’B kween Tinashe that was rejected from Rihanna’s new album? Well, looks like it might have just leaked.
The song is called “5 A.M.” and unlike the last collaboration between the two with “We Found Love,” this one is a more chilled out island-EDM inflected jam. In fact, it sounds nothing like Harris, but more like something Diplo would have produced. It is almost too clear that the demo was made for Rihanna considering Tinashe is doing her best to give us that signature Caribbean vocal delivery that @badgalriri is oh so famous for. Especially when that little pre-chorus kicks in with those “bayhbey!” yelps before the whole track dips into a guitar driven reggae breakdown. The track is hot. The track is clever. The track makes me wanna give no #phucks and just sit back on a beach drinking some piña coladas (non-virgin).
Now I am not usually one to comment on leaks, but this one required some attention because let’s cut the shit: The new Rihanna single is no good.
Now I’m not saying “FourFiveSeconds” is horrendous… it’s just not that great. It actually sounds like some lame reheated Fionna Apple demo. Listen, out of all the pop bitches I rely on Rihanna to deliver me a booty poppin banga. I mean honestly… this is the girl that sang lyrics like “suck my cockiness lick my purrrsuasion.” But with “FourFiveSeconds” we get lyrics like, “Now I’m four five seconds from wildin’ and we got three more days ’til Friday.” Like… okay? But, what does that even mean though? “5 A.M.” could have been a great lead single for #R8 but instead we got this snoozy balled. Plus, that Grammys performance did it no justice- it was so boring I got up to walk my dog in the frigid snow.
Whatever though, I still have faith that our bad gal will deliver something properly amazing… let’s just hope it’s soon. For now I’ll pretend in an alternate universe Rihanna ended up serving this as her lead single and ill keep listening here in our universe waiting to see what she has next up her weave. THIS IS WHAT I WANTED TO HEAR. THIS IS WHAT WE ALL WANTED TO HEAR. LET’S BE REAL PEOPLE.
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