The-Dream is apparently trying to make his comeback to the industry with the release of this single ‘Turnt’ and soon to be album IV Play. ‘Turnt’ features two huge collaborations adding Beyonce and 2 Chainz to the mix. The-Dream has written countless songs for Beyonce which is probably how he snagged her on an album track, so he might as well release it to gain some buzz. The track is just alright, I used to love his older stuff, but since then his sound hasn’t changed too much, and this track just fades away in the mix of all other radio songs right now. It will be a hit because of the names on the songs, not because of the song itself.
Beyonce is back from her ‘break’, with the leak of her new track which is featured on her recent pepsi commercial, ‘Grown Woman’. I have to admit I did grow fond of the song after hearing it a couple of times, then I heard the full version and about halfway through she gets very, I guess I would call it cultural. She channels her African side, and it sounds terrible. I’m not sure what kind of sound she has for this album, but this track is pretty much all over the place. The first half is actually great, but once the 2nd part kicks in, it gets very messy and all over the place.
I have heard snippets of her other songs, but now hearing this in full, a snippet doesn’t do it justice
Sub Focus caught my attention with their genius collaboration with Alpines, ‘Tidal Wave‘. This new single follows the dance vibe of their previous single, and features the ever so talented Alex Clare. This song has already hit charts in the UK, and although I doubt it will hit USA charts, at least you can still enjoy it!
Disclosure is back with more new music, this time with a dance floor vibe. ‘F For You’ still keeps the classic sound that they are known for but by adding a heavy, almost groovy sounding beat, this track is definitely dance floor ready. Disclosure’s new album is sounding like gold from everything I have heard so far, I am patiently awaiting to hear their legendary track with Jamie Woon, which I have no doubt will be my favorite track off their album, and possibly one of my favorite of the year. The album is dude out June 4th, and It can’t come ANY sooner!
Robin Thicke definitely caught my attention with the release of Blurred Lines, and got me extremely excited for his upcoming album. Now with the release of his most recent efforts ‘Give It To Me’, he has made a complete 180 as far as sound goes. The beat is produced by “hitmaker” Will.I.Am, and features 2 chainz and Kendrick Lamar. While the song as a whole is actually straight fire, I’m not sure how I feel about him loosing all his soul. I understand why he has done it, it has been a long time since he has had a radio hit, and money is money. I still think Evolution of Robin Thicke is/will always be one of his best albums to date, but let’s see how this album goes!
Listen to radio rip below!
I stated earlier that The Great Gatsby soundtrack was shaping up to be pure perfection, well this is definitely one of the reasons why. The soulful Emeli Sande gives Beyonce’s ‘Crazy In Love’ a whole 40′s, big band feel, and it sounds so good! She changes the sound of it completely and her vocals over a sound like this is perfect. Emeli Sande has done and will never do wrong.
After giving this song a couple of listens upon its listen, I realized that while it is catchy, it will do nothing for their career. It blends right in there with The Wanted and OneDirection, and if you haven’t heard of Union J thats exactly who you will mistake the song for. I still support them because I still believe that the R&B direction would do wonders for them, but if their team doesn’t change it up, Union J will be a thing of the past
I was a bit skeptical upon hearing that Beyonce and Andre 3000 have joined forces to recreate a very iconic song from Amy Winehouse ‘Back To Black’. After hearing the preview, I have to admit I liked the way the redid it, Beyonce sounds extremely sexy, and the slowed down R&B version could actually be mistaken for a whole different song. Although as much as I love Andre 3000, his feature was useless and bland, and the track definitely could have held it’s own without him.
All that being said, I prefer the original, but they did give it a whole different feel, and I respect that. On another note, The Great Gatsby soundtrack has some unbelievable contributions, and it is turning out to be absolutely amazing!
Rudimental, for those who don’t know, has been storming the UK charts for quite some time now. His previous efforts include ‘Feel The Love‘, ‘Not Giving In‘ and one of my favorites, ‘Spoons‘, which also features the soulful MNEK. ‘Baby’ with the addition of Sinead Harnett, is a big track to come from Rudimental, just like previous tracks. This track is filled with dance floor vibes all the way, with the addition of power house vocals from Sinead, this track will definitely make a huge impact on the charts. As big as this track is, the video is just as fun to watch. I believe that Rudimental’s album could be quite big musically, and I can’t wait to hear it!
Definitely one of my favorite new comers this past year has been the soulful, raw, Vince Kidd. He hooked me with his release of ‘Taboo’, and after gaining a heap of success on The Voice UK, he has released a sick song for us to enjoy. ‘The Zoo’ definitely sounds like a Kidd masterpiece, from the lyrics to the costumes throughout the video. You can easily tell he had a hand in all aspects of this video, and well the song is freaking fantastic. I hope this guy gets so much success, because he really deserves it!