She’s Too Young for You, Bro

On August 10th, 2015, Kylie Jenner turned 18 years old.  And now, three weeks later, she’s flaunting some PDA in Tyga’s new music video for his trying-hard-to-be-tough-and-sexual-anthem “Stimulated.”

The video features Tyga penning lyrics and rolling a joint in a beautiful home- you know, basic rapper tasks- when a barely legal Kylie Jenner steps out of a lime green sports car in stilettos (I guess I was a lame 18 year-old).  While still pretending to read his freshly written verses out loud, Tyga raps: “I’m stimulated/ I’m at the bank, I’m penetratin’/ I’m puttin’ in, I’m penetratin’/ I’m gettin’ big, I’m stimulated.”  Nope, I do not want to hear about  what Tyga may be “depositing” in Kylie Jenner’s “bank.”  Tyga continues, “They say she young, I should’ve waited/ She a big girl, dog when she stimulated.”  Okay, stop, that’s just weird.  So basically, Tyga’s saying she’s young, but man, when she’s turned on, she’s pretty much an adult.  The rest of the music video features some pretty PG-rated PDA, like hugging and piggyback rides (thank God).  The two have been pretty mum about their alleged relationship — until now (aka until Kylie was officially considered legal).

Throughout the song, Tyga samples a trance song by Robert Miles.  The song title?  “Children.”

Stay tuned,

Roxanne

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Justin Bieber is Quite Inquisitive

First, Justin Bieber asked: “Where Are ü Now?”  Now, Biebs is asking: “What Do You Mean?”

After seeing celebrity after celebrity (everyone from Kevin Hart to Britney Spears) post photos and videos of themselves counting down to the release of Bieber’s “What Do You Mean?”, the Biebs has finally released his new single produced by Skrillex. Screen Shot 2015-09-01 at 1.57.59 PM Biebs and Skrillex have previously worked together on Jack U’s track “Where Are ü Now?” (this summer’s banger based solely off of its constant airtime).

The song is EDM-inspired with a tropical house beat while Bieber croons: “What do you mean?/ When you nod your head yes/ But you wanna say no/ What do you mean?”
It pains me a bit to say that I actually really like the song and can even (am I really about to say this?) relate to it.  In the song, Biebs is confused because a girl is being flip-floppy and says one thing but means another.  So basically, he’s like “What the hell do you want?” — a question I have definitely wanted to scream in peoples’ faces who seem to be hot and cold, in and out.  Although I understand the song completely now, I didn’t feel right about the lyrics when I first skimmed through the track.  Initially, it felt like a “no means yes” controversy, and to be honest, it didn’t really surprise me at the time because, well, Justin Bieber (enough said).

The Biebs is officially back (not sure how to feel about this).

Stay tuned,

Roxanne

This is NOT about The Bee Gees

It’s a tiny bit disheartening that when you Google search “How Deep is Your Love,” the Bee Gees only made it to one result on the first page while a majority of the pages link to Calvin Harris.

In mid-July when Calvin Harris released his and the Disciples’ new deep house track “How Deep is Your Love,” it was expected to be a summer banger.  With its funky bass and repetitive chorus, I can understand why people would consider the song one of their summer jams (I’m looking at you, bros).

The same can’t be said for Frenchman DJ Snake’s remix of “How Deep is Your Love.”

As has been probably mentioned in several previous blog posts, I’m a fan of DJ Snake.  I’ve seen him six or more times already (including one time when my phone got stolen by a boy wearing a cardigan in a club, which in all realness, should have been a red flag to begin with), and have enjoyed every single performance. dj snakeHe’s even been dominating the radio this summer between his version of AlunaGeorge’s “You Know You Like It” and “Lean On” with Major Lazer and MØ.  Despite all of that, I really dislike his remix of Harris’ “How Deep is Your Love.”  The remix had so much potential until the beat dropped and some God-awful, annoying horn starts ringing like crazy.  In comparison to DJ Snake’s other work, this remix falls short, which is why I dislike it so much.  So basically, like a parent to a teenager, I’m disappointed in DJ Snake.  I would be interested to hear what a purely trap remix of the song would sound like.  If Ookay had remixed “How Deep is Your Love,” I imagine it would be all the trappy ratchetness I was expecting from DJ Snake.  I also think Oliver Heldens could really add to the song with his signature bouncy bass.

 

My love for DJ Snake’s remix of the song is not deep at all.

Stay tuned,
Roxanne

Pass the Joint, Lana

It’s only the second week of August, but that doesn’t mean anything to the department stores that loop back-to-school commercials or to the overeager grocery stores already displaying a gross amount of Halloween candy.  So it’s kind of relieving to hear Lana Del Rey’s newly released single off her upcoming fourth album, Honeymoon, that’s about just wanting to chill and get “high by the beach.”  The summer daze isn’t over, and Lana’s making sure we don’t forget that with this new track.

“High By the Beach” is a synth-heavy, slightly trap-led ballad.  The track features Del Rey’s signature sound of dreamy, monotone vocals mixed with slight influences of hip hop and trippy indie (#tbt Born to Die).  The combination of hip-hop percussions and orchestral influences creates a laidback, airy, and hazy feel to the song, which is actually perfect while Lana croons, “All I wanna do is get high by the beach/ Get high by the beach, get high.”

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Instead of focusing on a dark, tumultuous relationship, Lana seems to be all about getting rid of a dude who’s killing the ~vibe~.  First, she calls him out (“You could be a bad motherfucker/ But that don’t make you a man”) — okay, Lana, I see you.  Then, she proceeds to rip him a new one (“The truth is I never/ Bought into your bullshit/ When you would pay tribute to me”).  Finally, she tells him what she actually cares about (“All I wanna do is get high by the beach/ Get high by the beach, get high”) — get ’em, girrrl.

Lana’s made it clear she’s not about vibe-killers — so stop with the commercials and the candy, okay?

Stay tuned,

Roxanne

‘Cause HAIM a Man, Woman

The three most hipstery sisters on the planet/walking Urban Outfitters models have remixed Tame Impala’s psychedelic “‘Cause I’m A Man.”

The song appears on Australian band Tame Impala’s third studio album, Currents, which was released last month. tame-impala-2014 Much like the band’s previous albums, Currents was completely recorded, performed, and produced by lead member Kevin Parker.  Although the band had been recording and performing since as early as 2007, 2015 seems to be the year for Tame Impala.  If you like groovy indie rock/trip on acid often, then Tame Impala is perfect for you.

Haim’s rendition of “‘Cause I’m A Man” features a slowed-down, glitchy beat with the group’s signature abstract, echoey female vocals. HAIM I love the fact that Haim kept the lyrics the same instead of altering them to be more female-centric (“Cause I’m a man, woman/ Don’t always think before I do”).  The remix perfectly blends the two bands’ signature styles perfectly.  Danielle Haim spoke about the remix in a Facebook post:

“In 2009 I was in japan playing the summer sonic festival with Jenny Lewis as her guitar player. On a day off of the festival we played a side show at astro hall in tokyo with a band from Australia I’d never heard of called Tame Impala. I remember standing in the crowd and not really understanding how this MASSIVE sound was coming off the stage with just 4 people playing. They were one of the best bands I had ever seen live. When I went back to my hotel, i downloaded their ep immediately- told my sisters to also- and since then we’ve seen their incredible shows all over the world at various festivals and loved every record. Sooo needless to say, when we were asked to do this remix we jumped at the chance!! but we’ve never really done a “remix” before so we decided to put out our own spin on the song. Go get Currents if you haven’t yet- you’ll be stoked. – Danielle youtu.be/3J2I2huV6lE

I didn’t think it was possible, but Haim has made Tame Impala sound even trippier than usual.

Stay tuned,

Roxanne

Beauty Behind the Tracklist Madness

Earlier today, a rumored track list for The Weeknd’s highly anticipated Beauty Behind the Madness LP was released.  However, at exactly 12:26pm today, The Weeknd/Abel Tesfaye tweeted out the album’s official tracklist which features guest vocals and production from Kanye West, Labrinth, Ed Sheeran, and Lana Del Rey.

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The Canadian R&B singer’s third album has already shared bangers such as “Earned It,” “Can’t Feel My Face,” “Often,” and “The Hills” (The Weeknd is straight up dominating radio airplay at the moment).  Judging by the released songs, this album will be *fire*.  I’m particularly excited to hear “Prisoner,” which features Lana Del Rey; the combination of Lana’s sultriness and The Weeknd’s smooth swagger might actually make me spontaneously combust from the presumed sensuality of the song.

Beauty Behind the Madness is out August 28th.

Beauty Behind the Madness:

01 Real Life
02 Losers [ft. Labrinth]
03 Tell Your Friends [Kanye West produced]
04 Often
05 The Hills
06 Acquainted
07 I Can’t Feel My Face
08 Shameless
09 Earned It (Fifty Shades of Grey)
10 In the Night
11 As You Are
12 Dark Times [ft. Ed Sheeran]
13 Prisoner [ft. Lana Del Rey]
14 Angel

Stay tuned,

Roxanne

The Smoothest Remix Yet

As if Chet Faker’s “1998” needed any more swagger and sensuality, a rework was just released featuring a new verse and smooth harmonies from California singer BANKS.  chetThe original track was initially released on “Built on Glass,” the Australian producer/singer’s debut album that propelled him to fame.  The new “1998” remix just premiered on Zane Lowe’s Beats 1 show yesterday (turns out Beats 1 is just as awesome as I initially thought).  This track follows last month’s release of “Bend” and comes just in time for Faker’s upcoming fall tour.

“1998” Remix featuring BANKS

Original “1998”

Still smooooooth as hell if you ask me.

Stay tuned,

Roxanne

HOLD ON: Is it a music video or a film?

BOTH.

A couple hours ago, Disclosure released the first music video from their sophomore album Caracal, which is slated to hit shelves on September 25th.  The first single, “Holding On,” features vocals from Gregory Porter on top of a soulful, bouncy beat.  Screen Shot 2015-06-30 at 10.42.19 PMThe music video for the single is directed by Ryan Hope and is one out of a four-part short film.  The whole music video/short film concept has been done before (shout out to R. Kelly and “Trapped in a Closet”), but when done right, it can be extremely successful; after watching the first clip, you feel compelled to follow the story.

“We wanted to create something very different with our music videos this time around, something unique that would connect all the songs from the album and the videos in a special way,” wrote the electronic music duo in a Facebook post.  “This is the first of a series of four amazing videos directed by Ryan Hope that come together to create a short film… ‘CARACAL’ so, as each music video comes out… The plot unfolds. We hope you enjoy!”

The music video seems to be set in a dystopian world complete with strict, robo-type, surveillance-obsessed cops/soldiers.  Mariela, the apparent heroine, flip flops between raging, smoking, and looking intense/suspicious throughout the entire six-minute video.  DisclosureFrom what I could gather (which wasn’t much to be honest), a couple sketchy guys/rebels need someone to complete a task and apparently, Mariela is the perfect gal to get it done because she has a “secret.”  Shortly after, some sacrificial ceremony takes place and Mariela then gets a tattoo of a pair of particularly creepy, but like, magical eyes.  After she gets her tattoo, she has telekinetic abilities so (or was this her “secret” that they were talking about?), naturally, she lifts a car up and drops it, which causes the robocops to chase after her.  The music video ends with Mariela hopping on the back of a motorcycle and running from the super cops.

To find out what comes next, we’ll just have to wait until the next installment of the series.

Stay tuned,

Roxanne

This Track is Pure (Santi)GOLD

We haven’t heard from Santigold since her contribution to the Hunger Games: Catching Fire soundtrack in 2013 (“Shooting Arrows at the Sky” — less than stellar work if you ask me).  And if I’m being technical, we haven’t REALLY heard from the Philly-born singer/producer since 2012 when she dropped her album, Master of My Make-Believe. Understandably though, she’s been busy with her adorable son, Radek (I guess if your name is Santi, it’s only right that your child’s name is just as, uh, unique).

We can thank sweet baby J for this new Santigold track, “Radio,” a contribution to the Paper Towns soundtrack.  With a big beat (trap is SO in), a catchy hook, and classic Santigold vocals, this track is the perfect mixture of banger and anthem.  Santigold-mainNo doubt the song plays during the part in the movie where the main characters, played by Cara Delevingne and Nat Wolff, are feeling particularly young and free causing them to stick half of their bodies out of a car window or sunroof just lovin’ life — assuming Paper Towns is like any other John Green/coming-of-age book-turned-movie.  Storyline aside, the Paper Towns soundtrack is impressive and diverse, featuring artists like Galantis, Vance Joy, Saint Motel, Vampire Weekend, and more.

This new Santigold track has me stoked to hear her new album, which she plans on releasing later this year.

Paper Towns track list:
1. Santigold, “Radio”
2. Twin Shadow, “To the Top”
3. Sam Bruno, “Search Party”
4. Kindness, “Swingin Party”
5. Vance Joy, “Great Summer”
6. Vampire Weekend, “Taxi Cab”
7. Son Lux, “Lost It To Trying” (Paper Towns Mix)
8. Saint Motel, “My Type”
9. Galantis, “Runaway (U & I)” (Svidden & Jarly Remix)
10. HAIM, “Falling”
11. Grouplove, “No Drama Queen”
12. De Lux, “Moments”
13. Alice Boman, “Be Mine”
14. The Mountain Goats, “Used To Haunt”
15. The War on Drugs, “Burning”
16. Nat & Alex Wolff, “Look Outside”

Stay tuned,

Roxanne