Long time friends Rich Boy and producer Hit Boy team up to create new track, "Ridin' Thru My City." The result of the collaboration featuring a guest verse from The Game, is a dope track with a knocking beat; which is a pretty impressive effort for Rich and Hit following their recent appearances on HS87's compilation album.
Rich's energized flow adds more life to the already lively track as he spits bars about bedding women and driving the hottest car whilst boldly clowning his contenders over synthesized drums and violins on the hook." I'm riding in my city with the top down and I got your girl riding with me with her top down." Although, Rich held his own on this one; one may argue that the Alabama emcee's catchy, repetitive mantra got slighted by solid bars delivered from The Game. Treat your ears to the new track and express your thoughts below.
The 'Touch The Sky' features headlining dates from Big Gigantic, with support from Paper Diamond, Manic Focus, and The Floozies, as well as a few supporting dates alongside the infamous Skrillex and Bassnectar.
Big Gigantic is taking their explosive live show to cities all over the country, so if you're lucky enough to be in one of those twenty-one cities, start getting pumped, because, let's be real, playing a massive show at Madison Square Garden alongside Bassnectar is most certainly not the worst way to start a tour,
From her work on Icona Pop's hit, 'I Love It,' and the endlessly played 'Fancy' with Iggy Azalea, to her latest world wide sensation, 'Boom Clap,' Charli XCX has certainly been making a name for herself at the young age of 22. In her next step, the electro pop diva has revealed plans for a second album alongside the release of a new edgy single, 'Break The Rules.'
The album is called Sucker and if the title and her newest track, 'Break The Rules,' are any indication, the album is certainly just going to be absolutely filled with her cheeky, 'don't give a f*ck' attitude, all set with incredibly catchy pop hooks and an electronic flair. 'Break The Rules' manages to perfectly capture a great balance of all three, and will definitely be another song to add to her long list of chart toppers.
The second we heard rumors of The Knocks and RAC coming together for a joint announcement, it immediately struck us how brilliant of a collaboration this could be. Both The Knocks and RAC each deliver some delicious remixes on two of our favorite songs of the entire summer. The Knocks put a grittier spin on 'Cheap Sunglasses' adding in some deep basslines to give us something that kind of reminds us of 'Comfortable,' one of our all time favorites from the NYC duo. RAC also decided to take a similar route, transforming the super upbeat disco single into a mellowed out groove.
But the news doesn't stop there! The Knocks will be joining RAC for most of the dates on their 'Something Classic' tour, with the NYC native Penguin Prison also making a few appearances.
Nicki Minaj shows off her most enviable assets in the new music video to her latest single, "Anaconda," released on Wednesday, August 20th, at midnight. In the visual, also inspired by Sir Mix-A-Lot's 1992 classic hit, "Baby Got Back," Minaj, 31, is displayed twerking in all her scantily clad glory along with a bevy of curvaceous women in the jungle. She then mimics the jiggling of her glutes to the famous Sir Mix-A-Lot riff, "My anaconda don't want none unless you got buns hun." Sir Mix-A-Lot, 51, called the sample "Good stuff," according to Vlad TV and, has also referred to the "Anaconda" visual as being the "new and improved version" to his "Baby Got Back" video. While Mix-A-Lot and Minaj's version share the commonality of severe rump shaking and pivoting fruits, Nicki steps it up a notch at the end of "Anaconda" and treats fellow Young Money emcee, Drake to a lap dance. "Anaconda" is the second single off of Minaj's third upcoming album, The Pink Print, following the LP's debut single, "Pills n Potions."
Ariana Grande continues to keep fans in high anticipation for the release of her upcoming sophomore album, My Everything, featuring smash singles "Problem," "Break Free," and "Best Mistake," her collaboration with G.O.O.D Music artist and rumored boyfriend, Big Sean. Just earlier today, the young songstress amazed fans once again with her powerful vocals with the release of another collaboration from the album titled, "Love Me Harder" with PBR&B artist, The Weeknd. The track, co-produced by The Weekend himself alongside Savan Kotecha and Max Martin, showcases a more romantic side to the "Often" singer, who is known for recording raunchy tracks that are more inclined to glorifying drug paraphernalia. However, "Love Me Harder" has a lighter sound with playful lyrics filled with flirty sexual innuendos, which deems the track to be a promising effort on the behalf of both artists. My Everything is now slated to be released on August 25th. Listen to "Love Me Harder" below.
Sultan Bathery; a town in Wayanad, Kerala, India. Sultan Bathery the band; four Italian guys who play psych/garage/punk-rock. Psych/garage/punk-rock; derivative forms of rock, which have African-American roots. Don Pedros; the Mexican Restaurant in Brooklyn, where the derivative forms of rock with the African-American roots were played, by the Italian guys with the Indian band name, in the USA...and they psych/garage/punk-rocked it! Sultan Bathery needed no introduction, blazing into the blues-infused "Mirror," with a heavy bass line not unlike those of The Black Keys. Trippy, echoed riffs accompanied pounding percussion as frontman Giovanni Ongaro wailed out in a daze, "Oh, I see you in a thousand shards sparkling as gold, oh I see you like a grain of sand dried in the sun...now you're free to be what you want, to be what you want...oh, the mirror is falling off the wall, falling off the wall..." "Satellite" got the crowd up and moving, the irresistibly infectious beat reminiscent of The Kinks engulfed the venue. A deceptively peppy-sounding tune, "Satellite" sadly deals with the death of a friend, and the lyrics are absolutely heart-wrenching. "My friend Mike has left his body and he won't be here for you, he doesn't know where he's going," Ongaro sang, "Mom and Dad, they can't stop crying, as he laughs from the top...he doesn't know where he's going..." The highlight of Sultan Bathery's set was the enticingly dramatic "Purple Moon." The crowd was completely mesmerized, as multicolored lights blinked, a fog machine blew smoke and the guys let loose, aggressively jamming on their instruments. The rhythmic lyrics were short and sweet, woven in-between transcendent, otherworldly instrumentals: "Purple Moon, are you calling me from above? Your dull sound looms in the dust of this empty room...Sleep and snore in your pane on the floor, a strange old tune makes me dream of purple moon..." Another stand-out was "On The Run," a tune that explored the subject of escapism with twisting, churning instrumentals, and a full-on guitar break down at it's conclusion. "Good To Me" threw a dash of rockabilly into the predominantly garage-rock mixture, continuing to wake up the crowd with a bouncy, danceable beat. Lastly, "Where The Lights Are" saw Sultan Bathery channel fellow rockers, The Dead Weather, with no-holds-barred percussion and a fuzzy guitar solo that just wouldn't quit. Shouts of "GRAZIE! GRAZIE!" were issued from Ongaro, as the band exited the stage to greet their fans before heading out. Internationally influenced; Sultan Bathery demonstrates the beauty of diversity. Well done, guys!
This weekend, Brooklyn will be hosting one of the most multicultural musical events in the United States. Afropunk will be held in the heart of Brooklyn at Commodore Barry Park lasting throughout the weekend. With competition for the top spot from music festivals like Coachella and Bonaroo, Afropunk holds the title for being the most diverse musical extravaganza of the bunch.
Starting at around noon on Saturday, August 23rd and lasting until the next evening, artists such as Alice Smith, DJ Underdog, Lonely Horse, Lianne La Havas, and so many more will be taking over multiple stages across the park. Plan accordingly, as there will be more than one band or artist playing at one time, and you don’t want to miss your favorite singer. A scheduled list of the full line up is available on the official Afropunk website.
House lovers across America, listen up. Late last week, Swedish-born genius and producer, David Vrong, put out a stellar new track on Ultra Music, and it's incredible. Known notoriously for releasing some of the best in deep house and electro, the powerhouse label dropped this insane fusion of the two.
Paired alongside Belgian female vocalist, Amaëlle, the track breaks the limits (literally and figuratively) to create a blend that is beyond addictive. Be sure to purchase your copy over at Beatport today, and get ready to be blown away!
Story by Todd Breland
If you think you do not know who The Zombies are, let us be the first to tell you, you actually do. Although only enjoying a brief time in the sun before breaking up in 1967, the English rock band, which formed in 1962, was a global success. Their album Odyssey and Oracle was named by Rolling Stone to be one of the top 100 albums of all-time, as well as having multiple Billboard chart topping singles. They were also recently nominated for induction into the Rock 'N Roll Hall Of Fame.
On Friday, August 8th the legendary English pop/rock band took the stage at the famous BB King Blues Club and Grill in Times Square with an acoustic opening set by Springtime Carnivore. The show was sold out and the venue was packed with young and old alike, proving that The Zombies' tunes have transcended generations, becoming timeless classics.
With voices that are still amazing, and talent that is still rocking, they opened their set with their 1965 classic 'I Love You,' which immediately had people on their feet and dancing. "I love you, I love you, I love you, YES I DO!!" The track was originally released as a b-side only, but became more popular than the a-side on the record making it an instant hit and a popular song to play live over the decades.
Being the creative craftsmen they are, they blended old and new songs into their set, showing just how far their music reign has spanned over the years. Newer material with songs such as 'Breathe Out, Breathe In' and 'Any Other Way' were modern but still had that traditional groovy Zombie vibe. The 2011 5th studio album from which these songs came received amazing reviews by both the UK and US press and proved the 70 year olds still have it in them to pound out future classics.
Following the taste of the newer tracks, Rod Argent took to the mic and said that this new tour had sparked them to revive and relive b-side songs that they hadn't ever played live in their careers. Hearing songs such as 'I Want You Back Again' and 'You Make Me Feel Good' played live for the first time ever was an exciting experience for all fans of the band, and an even newer experience for those who had never even heard those songs before.
Our favorite (and probably a majority of the crowd) was the mini-set within a set, where the band played 6 songs straight from their critically acclaimed album 'Odessey and Oracle.' As soon as the first note from 'Care Of Cell 44' played the crowd went crazy. "Good morning to you, I hope you're feelin' better baby" could be heard from every voice in the room. The song, an infectious pop melody and upbeat track about a loved one waiting for their significant other to be released from prison wasn't originally a commercially successful single. However over time it has become an extremely popular cult hit. Other tracks to follow were 'A Rose For Emily', 'This Will Be Our Year' (a popular choice for wedding song) 'Beechwood Park', and 'I Want Her She Wants Me'. The final song from the set within a set was the mega-hit 'Time of the Season', a grooving sexy song inspired by the Summer of love that reached #6 on the Billboard Top 100. "What's your name, what's your name, who's your daddy, who's your daddy, is he rich, is he rich like me?" echoed throughout the venue as everyone sang along dancing with their loved one.
A majority of British bands from the '60s were inspired by early American R&B / Motown artists. As a nod to one of their icons, the band did a cover of Smokey Robinson and the Miracles slow jam 'You've Really Got A Hold On Me'.
One of the last, but not least - the band performed their highest Billboard chart success hit 'She's Not There.' The song peaked at the charts at the #2 position where it stayed for 13 weeks. The song is about a guy's entanglements with an untrustworthy female - "Well, let me tell you 'bout the way she looked, the way she acts and the color of her hair, her voice was soft and cool, her eyes were clear and bright, but she's not there." Aside from 'Time Of The Season," it is probably The Zombies most notable songs.
Fresh off Dirty South’s highly anticipated, yet to be released sophomore album, is the single “Unbreakable,” which is now available as an instant download. The track is the first release off of the album, titled With You, and debuts the next steps of Dirty South’s musical evolution, as they bridge the gap between electronic, indie, and alternative music to create a sound all its own.
The album was crafted as the soundtrack for the short film of the same name, which was written, directed, and shot by Dirty South and set to release later this year.
Preorder With You and get “Unbreakable” as an instant download.