Amber Mark’s New EP

Amber Mark’s New EP

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Picture yourself in a big bed. One leg draped out of the sheets, one leg in. You look out the glass panel windows and see an ocean sunset. The palm trees wave in the warm breeze as you just start to fall asleep. That’s what Amber Mark makes you feel. MAKES you. You don’t have a choice. You’ll feel it.

“I still really really love you, love is stronger than pride” are the touching lyrics on the standout cover of Sade’s, “Love Is Stronger Than Pride.” It’s romantic and real in a way that feels so easy to comprehend. The classic backup Mark vocals lull you into a relaxed state immediately.

Conexão feels like a genre all its own. Uplifting, peaceful, and dazzling. “All the Work” starts out with a coffeehouse beat and quickly picks up pace as Amber’s vocals glide flawlessly throughout. While title track, Conexão sounds a bit jazzy and sexy.

Mark recently told DIY mag about the writing process behind this new EP. “I just started writing what I was feeling. I was kind of against that too though, because, as it turned out, it was about love. I don’t really like to talk about that! I was quite hesitant doing that. But people have really appreciated my music because of how honest I was with my feelings, so I ended up just writing about it. I tried to make it as non-cheesy as possible though!” In terms of a full-length album, the NYC native is working on it. She is currently still writing and joining forces with other producers. She says, “I’m still going to be doing stuff on my own, but it’s slowly but surely coming together and figuring it out for an album. It’s a bit intimidating but I’m slowly acclimating.” 


 

On Repeat: “Wait” – Chantel Jeffries

The 24-year-old has gone from social media star/model (check out her YouTube channel) to a SERIOUS DJ playing pool parties, runways, and other hip events. Recently signing with the new Universal Music Group sub-label called 10:22 pm, this California native is ready to pounce on the music scene any minute now.

Her first crack at a hit and she did it. “Wait” is a summer bop. It’s radio-ready with bouncy beats, hip-hop vocals, and killer features (feat. Offset and Vory). Jeffries produced and co-wrote this strong intro to our new favorite DJ.

I can’t wait to see what else she has in store for us this year.


Man Crush Monday: Post Malone

Man Crush Monday: Post Malone

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The 22-year-olds sophomore album titled, beerbongs & bentleys is jam-packed with an 18-song tracklist. Featuring a couple we already know the words to; “Candy Paint” and “rockstar”. Post Malone makes a rap album that almost doesn’t feel like rap at all.

Malone carries his own weight on this album; although he has some stellar features (Nicki Minaj, G-Eazy, YG, Ty Dolla $ign…) Songs like, “Rich & Sad”, “Psycho,” “Zack and Codeine,” and “Better Now” have that addicting Post Malone sound. Some beats are pop, while others are harsh hip-hop.

He’s unlike other rappers, as we hear on the acoustic ballad, “Stay”; which seems to already be a fan favorite. Malone’s wavering voice glides alongside a smooth acoustic guitar. He sings about the struggle to maintain a relationship; “Tell me that it’s all okay, I’ve been waitin’ on this all damn day, call me in the mornin’, tell me how last night went, I’m here, but don’t count on me to stay.” Never have I been able to listen to a rapper sing an acoustic ballad like this and still like it.

This album has been in the works for a couple years now. Malone tweeted in late 2016: “beerbongs and bentleys isn’t a song…. It’s a whole project. also a lifestyle and it’s coming.” Time definitely did this project justice. Full hip-hop albums are hard to love in their entirety, but Post Malone has managed to make each song stand on its own full of bubbly choruses and insanely cyclical beats.

According to forbes.com, beerbongs & bentleys already destroyed the record for the most streams of songs on an album in the U.S. All 18 songs were played 48 million times in just the United States.