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If there’s one thing we all know about Sia, it’s that she knows how to make you feel. Her latest single, “Unstoppable” is your new power anthem. She chants, “I don’t need batteries to play, I’m so confident, yeah, I’m unstoppable today.” Her voice shines in this song, as it always does. Every note sounds impeccable and the beat compliments her perfectly. The pounding drums make this song movie-score ready at any moment. Much like her other single, “Alive”, “Unstoppable” proves that Sia’s new album This Is Acting will be all about self-empowerment. Sounds good to me. January 29 can’t get here fast enough…
2016 is a big year for me, I’ll be graduating college and moving on to the real world…scary. The one thing that won’t change is my love for music. Here are some songs to help you accomplish your resolutions and get hype for 2016!
“Barely Standing (feat. Datsik & Sabi)” – Diplo
“Stranger (Skrillex Remix with Tennyson & White Sea)” – Skrillex
“Proof” – Chris Brown
“Lookout Weekend” – Reid Stefan & Debbie Deb
“Heaven Only Knows (feat. Chance the Rapper & Lido)” – Towkio
“Waiting So Long (CRNKN Remix)” – Sam Gellaitry
“Fun feat. Tove Lo” – Coldplay
“Do It To You (feat. Trey Songz)” – The Game
“Anyway” – Chris Brown
“Let Em’ Know” – Bryson Tiller
“SKRT” – Kodak Black
“Wonderful (feat. The Weeknd) – Travi$ Scott
“Oops x Wus Good” – Louis Mattrs
“Light It Up (feat. Nyla & Fuse ODG) [Remix]” – Major Lazer
“How Else (Remix) Feat. Steve Aoki” – iLoveMakonnen & Rich The Kid
TOP SONGS: “Sleepless feat. Jezzabell Doran”, “Holdin On”, and “Drop the Game feat. Chet Faker”.
The electronic God is back. Flume is known for his insane beats that pulse through your veins. His latest single, “Never Be Like You” (feat. Kai) is pure magic.
Not only are Kai’s soprano vocals angelic, but the production is heavy when necessary and mellow when appropriate. Flume brings life to electronic music through pretty musical tones and edgy lyrics. This isn’t your average song, it has emotional layers to it.
“You” is an apology; “I’m only human can’t you see? I made a mistake, please just look me in my face, tell me everything’s okay.” Kai proceeds to sing, “I’ll never be like you.” Although the lyrics are heartbreaking, the music provides a powerful contrast and somewhat positive glimmer into a brighter future.
Flume throws this song in your face and you can’t help but be completely consumed by it.
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“Gemini” by Telana is every late night drive you’ve ever taken in your life. Her indie voice whispers alongside the electronic sounds of the song. While a breath-y beat brings the emotional lyrics to life; “Never meant to, put you in your place, just needed time, and you took it all away.” Telana is an underground artist, maintaining a unique and edgy sense of style (not to mention she’s a member of the Kylie Jenner clique). “Gemini” is a gentle introduction into the mature mind of Ms. Telana. Definitely an artist to watch for in 2016. Add this one to your “chill” playlist.
A young Mr. West is seen playing the piano, headphones on. He’s wearing a V-neck sweater and looks like he’s thinking about his next hit. He’s young and ready. Nothing’s changed.
West’s new song, “Real Friends” is back to the OG Kanye. This isn’t 808s & Heartbreak, Yeezus, or even My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy. It goes deeper than that. “Friends” is new age beats mixed with The College Dropout and Graduation. A mesmerizing backbeat makes this song complete, while Yeezy brings you right into his personal life; what true rappers do best.
“Real friends, there’s not many of us, we smile at each other, but how many honest, trust issues.” If there’s anyone who knows about honesty, its Kanye West, which is why his raps are explicitly real and relatable. He keeps his classic rhythm and flows effortless with the melancholy rap beat. When you’re done listening to “Friends”, it replays in your head, over and over.
West just announced that every Friday, he’ll release a new song from his upcoming album, Swish (coming Feb. 11). That leaves us six more golden nuggets from Kanye’s vat of musical juice. I’m so ready.
Apparently I’m not the only one obsessing over Bryson Tiller and his thumping hip-hop/R&B sound. Other artists are covering some of his standout tracks.
1.) Sevyn Streeter, “Don’t”
Streeter brings this song to a whole new level, spinning the song to cater the female perspective. I think Tiller would be impressed with the lyrics Streeter strategically places in “Don’t”. Tiller says, “Looking at you I’m thinking he must be tripping, play this song for him tell him just listen” while Streeter sings, “She don’t even care if you get yo nutrition, she don’t cook nothin up in yo kitchen.” Dayummmmm.
2.) Somo, “Been That Way”
As if Somo wasn’t R&B enough, he covers this song…. A simple piano guides this into a sultry love ballad. Somo’s vocals couldn’t be more romantically rhythmic. His “ooh’s” and “ahh’s” sprinkled in “Way” fit as perfect as a puzzle. Less is more with this one.
3.) Tone Stith, “Exchange”
One of my favorites off Tiller’s debut album. Stith croons through the song, making “Exchange” a pop-y track with childlike synths and vocals. His voice makes you sway your hips along to the beat. A different sound that still highlights the saucy lyrics.
D.R.A.M decided to join the Tiller bandwagon. He brings his whiny rap vocals an octave higher on this one. The lyrics provide a stark contrast to the smooth beat, but somehow it works. One thing different from the rest of the covers? He doesn’t say “Don’t” once in the whole song; detaching the title from his take on the lyrics.