These past few weeks have been hard for me.
Ever since I realized 2015 would not be the year that Carly Rae Jepsen finally received the justice she deserves, I’ve just felt numb. What is there to love about a world that doesn’t recognize that her 80s-inspried pop music is some of the best of it’s kind in recent years?
Anyway, there’s a new Bleachers remix of “I Really Like You.” It sounds just like a Bleachers remix should.
Heavy on the percussion.
And all without taking away from that infectiously repetitive chorus.
It’s good stuff, indeed.
It won’t do anything to help with album sales, though, since the album is already in Japan (and, thus, has already leaked globally), but doesn’t come out in America until August 21.
It’s very typical of Jack Antonoff to provide hope where there is none. It’s like a requirement for all fun. band members, I think. (Assuming fun. will continue to be a thing in the future. OMG. What if it doesn’t?!) Continue reading
There’s really only one version of Nick Jonas’ “Chains” that you should concern yourself with. And it’s not the new remix with Jhene Aiko, although her sexy new verse is a nice addition to the track.
The best version is actually Jonas’ recent performance of the single on The Tonight Show and it has nothing to do with the singer’s vocal performance (which is pretty mediocre) and everything to do with his backup dancers/percussionists.
Aiko’s verse on the song’s remix does mirror the ladies’ choreography, however, in that it’s quite sensual despite the original song being about feeling weighed down by a significant other. Niko takes the “chain” metaphor and adds a little kinkiness to the meaning (word to 50 Shades of Grey).
It’s not nearly as catchy as “Jealous,” but it’s still worth a few plays. Continue reading
Maroon 5’s “Animals” is about a relationship that is only great during sex, but the boys put an interesting spin on things for the single’s music video.
Lead singer Adam Levine plays a butcher that stalks his real-life wife Behati Prinsloo in the creepy visuals. He stands outside her window and snaps pictures of her in the pouring rain, before entering her home to get some pictures of her sleeping. He then lays beside her and fantasizes about having sex with her.
It’s insane! (And, also, shot very well.)
A remix of the song was also released today. The sexy track gets a new verse from rapper J. Cole, who raps about his former lover’s addictive qualities. “I’m addicted, one hit won’t do I need a lot of you. Overdosing, your potion has got me floating on cloud nine. Tell me what I’m supposed to do when I run out of you,” he raps.
Chris Brown and Trey Songz, self-proclaimed “R&B Thugs,” “Songs on 12 Play” collaborators and future tour mates, have teamed up for a new version of ILoveMakonnen’s “Tuesday.”
The two singers keep the hook the same, but they take turns singing about their flashy lifestyles during the verses.
“In the club with my strap, in case a n*gga wanna test me,” Brown sings. (That should do wonders for his reputation as a newly calm and trouble-free citizen.)
Regardless, this version is admittedly quite catchy.
Brown’s new album X is out tomorrow. And, the singer recently released his long-awaited collaboration with Ariana Grande.
Meanwhile, the Drake-assisted version of new OVO signee ILoveMakonnen’s first big single is continuing to make waves. Continue reading
No humble brags. Beyonce is unfiltered once again in the Nicki Minaj-assisted remix for “Flawless.”
The singer raps about a number of things, including the now infamous elevator drama with her sister Solange and husband Jay Z from earlier this year (“Of course sometimes shit goes down when it’s a billion dollars on the elevator”). Y’all wanted a statement and this is a pretty bold one, I’d say.
Oh, and like the live version of the original song, lady Bey samples Outkast’s “SpottieOttieDopaliscious.”
Nicki Minaj comes in for a solid verse following the sample and continues to talk about her untouchable status in the rap industry.
This is Minaj’s second major collaboration in less than a week. And she’s gearing up to release a new single in a few days. #Werk
Listen to the release here.
I’m not sure where my recent obsession with HAIM’s “My Song 5” came from, but it’s only going to be elevated by the fact that A$AP Ferg just dropped a remix of the Days Are Gone track.
For his part, Ferg adds a verse about being unfaithful over the grungy guitar riffs. Clearly he has no remorse for his actions or the demise of his relationship.
Luckily, the sisters’ resentful verses remain in tact, as does the hook on this new version.
If you needed a reason to revisit this 2013 gem, look no further.
Disclosure is at it again! The brothers dropped off another fiery remix earlier this week just in time for you to add it to your holiday weekend playlists.
Usher’s funky cut “Good Kisser” gets sped up on top of a four on the floor beat and bouncing synths in this new version.
It’s another solid remix for the unstoppable duo. Bang, bang, bang. Continue reading
Can you believe Pharrell’s “Frontin” is 11 years old as of this week?!
Disclosure has reworked Pharrell’s debut solo single and say they may let fans download it for free when they reach 1 million likes on Facebook. With the help of a few synths, the duo is able to infuse the style associated with their debut album Settle into the popular throwback track, which they say is one of their favorite songs EVER.
Let this be your excuse to dance around your room for a little while before you get your day started! Continue reading
You’re about to start hearing the name MNEK a lot.
The 19 year old British singer has written for artists like Kylie Minogue and now he’s preparing to release his debut album later this year.
A few weeks ago he released “Every Little Word,” a dizzying dance track that prominently showcases his rich vocals and ability to craft irresistible refrains over a busy production and now he’s unveiled the video for the single. The singer stands in the center of a circle surrounded by dancers in colorful outfits as a camera follows him on a circular track for the visuals.
In addition to the video release, Selasse has released a remix of MNEK’s phenomenal song “Don’t Call This Love” titled “Call It.” The remix adds jazz elements to the already soulful song using synths, percussion and more keys. Continue reading
Jay Electronica tweeted that hashtag moments after dropping a new version of Drake and Soulja Boy’s “We Made It” featuring Jay Z. The Roc boys don’t just take the braggy route on their version, however, also choosing to focus on history.
Electronica drops a few hot bars about literally starting from the bottom (“We came a long way from the bottom of the boat”) and making it to the top. Meanwhile, Jay Z addresses Drake’s comments in Rolling Stone in his verse. In the interview, Drake says Jay Z can’t seem to drop a rap verse without numerous art references, adding that the “rap/art world thing is getting kind of corny.”
“Sorry Mr. Drizzy for so much art talk. Silly me, rapping about sh*t that I really bought.”
He then proceeds to shout out Hollywood’s “It Girl” Lupita Nyong’o.
Get into all of the name dropping below! Continue reading