Michael Blume is a pure sensation. His debut EP When I Get It Right is a rose in a world full of thorns. Piano medleys, clear-cut harmonies, and impeccable musical composition are drizzled and dripping off each song.
Blume has a new renaissance way about him. Preaching about love, almost always swaying in a shift dress/robe-like get-up with his hair somewhat tied in a knot on his head. He has a “no f***s given” attitude that makes him extremely likable. His lyrics can be poetic at times and honestly harsh at others.
Opening song, “Relationships” is a modern day “Confessions” focusing on the importance of relationships to a spunky R&B backbeat. “I swear I’m kind, I swear I’m real, I’m not the kind who’s tryin to steal.” Blume’s specialty is keeping it real. He speaks his mind, but does it in a way that makes you wanna clap your hands in acknowledgement. “Relationships” is an important song to listen to. It revives old-school R&B that we should be praising; long verses paired with skip-beats that make you catch your breath.
“How High” is a stained glass church. You kneel down and Blume’s harmonies saturate your soul, while an organ highlights some of the best moments of your life. The first two and a half minutes make you feel at ease, then he spits a couple raps while the backup vocals keep it cool. The transitions are seamless in classic R&B fashion; Blume keeps it captivating.
“Manufactured Love” is his biggest hit, defining the album as a whole. Blume tells Broadwayworld.com, “The song introduces a basic concept of myself and my attitude about music and love: trusting the process, knowing that your path is there for you, holding onto your faith in yourself despite any and all outside noise.” Michael Blume is a modern-day guru we all need to believe in.
Steve Aoki’s new EP titled, 4OKI is compiled of four new tracks all impressively connected. Each one has a different vibe than the next, but keeps the fresh Aoki sound we all crave.
1.) “ILYSM” -Steve Aoki & Autoerotique
Featuring tweaked impressive vocals from Brandy, ILYSM is a powerful homage to love that provides a hypnotic beat and tantalizing lyrics. Brandy’s muffled voice sings, “Cause when I look at you I feel something tell me, that you’re the kind of guy that I should make a move on.” The video follows a young powerful woman through a club scene as she lives out a wild night and meets a mysterious man. Aoki says, “Be ready for the drop because I hope it makes you feel something sensitive inside and makes you feel something all glittery…It always brings me back into that secret sauce.”
2.) “Dope Girlz” – Steve Aoki & Shaun Frank
“We started this one in my villa in Ibiza last summer. The right place to catch the vibes of this one and it grew into what you hear now,” said Aoki. Lucy is the character introduced in this video. “Girlz” keeps a repetitive lyrics with an insane beat that makes you want to lose your mind and swing from the rafters. Lucy has an intriguing allure about her, stick around until the end.
3.) “Bring the Funk Back” – Steve Aoki & Reid Stefan
Chapter three follows the club theme seen in each epic track. This time, booty music master, Reid Stefan hops on for some serious funk. Deep male vocals lace the song as youngsters swig drinks and grind on the dance floor. A new character named Trev is introduced and his backpack becomes a principle instrument in an ongoing story-line.
4,) “Kids” – Steve Aoki & MORTEN
All four characters come together for a “Breakfast Club Gone Bad” vibe on the final installment of 4OKI with a heavy bassline and pulsating drop. “Kids” is hype to the third degree, bringing EDM to a new electronic level. “Kids brings out the bass house banger to finalize the musical component,” said Aoki. There’s no doubt “Kids” is on your workout playlist making you sweat for hours.
You might know him as the adorably lovable Augustus in the movie adaptation of “The Fault In Our Stars,” but what most people don’t know about Ansel Elgort is that he is also a mega-talented singer/musician/producer. Elgort has used his Instagram to show off his skills to his fans. His first single is called, “Home Alone” a pop driven tune that utilizes his DJ skills for a tinge of EDM throughout. He told Yahoo! Music, “Originally, it was going to be over a dance record, but that didn’t feel right…So I thought, maybe I can just do production for it so that it makes it electronic and emotional.” The lyrics are pure poetry as Ansel’s voice glides effortlessly on every word. The critic’s agree that “Home Alone” is your new song of the summer.
There’s no doubt Zayn Malik has made a name for himself in the pop scene as we heard with his explosive single “Pillowtalk”. But this time, he lends his vocals to Snakehips, a British electronic/R&B duo who are also responsible for the catchy anthem, “All My Friends.”
Malik’s vocal prowess is as powerful as ever. In the boppy light chorus he sings, “It’s such a cruel, world, saving all my love for you.” A balance between electro-pop and R&B is right where he fits perfectly. Snakehips keep their sound fresh and new age along with their energetic clap beats, as we hear on this one.
Fellow pop singer, Troye Sivan tweeted about his love for the new song saying, “alright Cruel by @snakehipsuk ft @zaynmalik has one of the best choruses of 2016.” I AGREE. Snakehips should be plaguing radio stations with this one
The lyrics are electric modern love. Even with all the madness happening in the world, he can’t help but be bothered with her presence, it’s quite beautiful actually. “Noise and tears, death on the TV, and then there’s you…I can’t concentrate, I just see your outline.” Later on, he refers to her body as “CCTV” (closed circuit television/surveillance footage) replaying in his head. Although the lyrics are quite mature, the chorus has a child-like quality that is easy to sing-along to and mimic.
Lead stallion Matty Healy drowns his sorrows in alcohol as he deals with a broken relationship. “Else” is more internally focused than you think, which the video illustrates near the end. The video is a beautiful neon homage to the emotional beauty found in this song.
“Bad Intentions ft. Migos” – Niykee Heaton
Two years later and Niykee finally gives fans a saucy remix to her R&B hit, “Bad Intentions” accompanied by a badass Bonnie & Clyde-esque video. Flaunting her infamous tan and toned curves, Heaton throws some slo-mo heat for a solid four and a half minutes.
“Exchange” – Bryson Tiller
Memories of a couple in love play in Tiller’s head as he realizes “this what happen when I think bout chu.” Their story begins to unfold and explain itself. He makes her a scrap book and is dedicated on getting her back, will it work?
“All In My Head (Flex) feat. Fetty Wap” – Fifth Harmony
WOAH. That’s the first word I have to say after watching this video. First of all: one-pieces are back. Second: I need a vacation. Third: How can you not dance to this song? These girls have the “pop music video” formula NAILED.
“Crash” – Usher
He dances his way into our hearts once again. Performing a smooth routine to every crooning word, he could make the coldest man weak in the knees. Body art takes you on an emotional journey that keeps you staring, wanting more.