Rihanna’s crooning ballad, “Love On the Brain” gets a vamped up 80’s-esque remix. The original version serves as one of the singers most captivating songs, vocally. She squeals, growls, and moans about being in love with someone who maybe doesn’t deserve her; “You love when I fall apart, so you can put me together, and throw me against the wall.” The Gigamesh Remix takes on a happier feel, with a lighter beat as the chorus is edited to just Rihanna shouting, “must be love.” Remixed, “Brain” takes on a whole new meaning that makes you bop your head and tap your feet while paying homage to the 1985 hit, “Everybody Wants to Rule the World.” Gospel goes out the window, and electro pop slides in almost as if it was meant to be this way. I have now dubbed this as one of my favorite Rihanna songs remixed.
Cade is a 19-year-old singer-songwriter and producer who has earned his music creds with artists like G-Eazy, Jason Derulo, and more. “Care” is a beautifully written song about an ending. “It is what it is, you know what you did,” he nonchalantly sings. The sound would succeed on pop radio as the chorus tap beat builds to “you don’t even care for me anymore.” EDM chill waves pulse after the chorus. A song that makes you see the beauty in every situation. Bad breakup? Make a dope song that is the perfect crossover from pop to EDM. There seems to be a trend where songs have great vocals with a fantastic electronic setup and it totally works. I desperately want to hear “Care” on the radio.
The buildup to Banks’ sophomore album is only becoming more painful for fans. Her latest single, “To the Hilt” proves to be another emotional piano ballad where Banks’ relaxed tone once again wows. Her lyrics remain as poetic as ever as she reflects on a love she once had, “All those times you warmed my hand, maybe things weren’t easy as they seem.” All Banks needs is a piano and microphone to prove her endless musicality. To the Altar can’t come soon enough and I’m already bowing down to her.
Dreamy electronics spark a groove in your head as the lyrics, “I can be your paradise, I can make you feel alright,” start to play. The pulsing sound of the song make you believe you’re in paradise; jumping off cliffs and laying under the hot sun as warm sand lines your body. French producer, Les Gordon is the master behind this tune, using vocals by singer ADI. Her voice provides the sweet energy the song induces through the captivatingly perfect lyrics. “Cause every now and then I think of you, and every now and then I need you,” plead for you to be in love. The sound is more chill electronic than any sort of EDM rager. “Paradise” could lull you into the comfiest part of your couch for hours.
Hallowed haunting masculine vocals morph into Banks’ cat call to a man who would “love her better if she couldn’t screw.” Her third single off sophomore album The Altar proves to be just as honest as the rest. Banks writes on Twitter, saying, “I’m excited to share this with you. Writing it was a really important step for me in making this album…It makes me feel exposed putting it into the universe but see me now.” Her final words hint at the chorus of “Games” where the angst-y crooner sings, “Do you see me now?” Empowering electronics blend the harsh themes into a beautiful ballad you can’t help but love.
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“Ocean Eyes” is just that; a romantic blue hued ode to love. “Can’t stop staring at those ocean eyes,” utters newcomer Billie Eilish. Her nonchalant syllables and steady quick tap beat make you wish you were in love. She highlights the beauty of falling in love with someone through the eyes to the soul. That’s a deep theme from a 14-year-old girl. Eilish recently told Vogue her brother wrote “Ocean Eyes”; “He came into my room in October of last year to tell me he had this song called “Ocean Eyes.” He’d been doing it with his band before, but of course I’d heard it because I was right next door. I sang it, and we both loved it.” She went on to say, “I loved it and I couldn’t get it out of my head for weeks.” A poetic homage to love painted by a 14-year-old, how amazing is music?
Bieber fever is coming back in full swing. This time it’s with DJ Snake for his new album Encore. The pop stars’ sensual voice sways into a pulsing chorus, reminiscent of Snake’s collab with Major Lazer, “Lean On.” Bieber sings, “Don’t you give up now, I won’t give up now, let me love you, let me love you,” in a pleading voice you can’t help but succumb to. The solid mix of relaxation and snap happy undertones make you feel glowed and happy. DJ Snake has mixed “Let Me Love You” to succeed across several genres.