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LUST by Kendrick Lamar – Pick of the Week


LUST by Kendrick Lamar on the new album DAMN.

LUST by Kendrick Lamar – Pick of the Week

LUST by Kendrick Lamar from Kendrick’s highly anticipated new album DAMN. is my pick of the week. A hypnotic rhythm and beat backed by a psychedelic guitar riff that carries the listener through the journey of LUST. Kendrick Lamar’s entire album has Kendrick’s patent effortless rhymes that eloquently flow over each and every beat.

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Take Me to Church by Hozier – Pick of the Week


Take Me To Church by Hozier

Take Me to Church by Hozier – Pick of the Week

A somber and deeply overwhelming flood of unapologetic pride brings us this weeks pick of the week. Take Me to Church by Hozier embodies how true love makes us feel regardless of the approval or disapproval of others. An anthem for anyone who has ever fallen in love with anyone or anything that others may disapprove with.

My lovers got humor
She’s the giggle at a funeral
Knows everybody’s disapproval
I should have worshiped her sooner

A slew of intelligent verses paints a portrait Andrew Hozier Byrne from Hozierof true love and the notion that religion, no matter how embedded in our core, has no stake in how our own feelings of love make us feel. Try as we may, feelings are a hell of a thing to cover up despite what others reaction or assumptions may be.

A beautiful bridge infused with a choral singing group instills a classic blues feel. A blues sound that amplifies an already powerful and deep track. Check out Hozier’s own interpretation of the song in his music video. A vivid, sad depiction of how ideals taken to the extreme can have such a negative influence on others and their own happiness.

Hozier

Hozier, Andrew Hozier-Byrne, is the son of a musician who began his music career as a student with a degree in music from Trinity College, Dublin. However, Hozier dropped out midway through his freshman year to begin recording demos with Universal Music.

Hozier released the EP Take Me to Church in 2013 with the title track becoming his breakthrough single after going viral on both Reddit and YouTube. Hozier later released the EP From Eden in 2014 and announced a debut solo album to arrive sometime in September 2014.

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St. Paul and the Broken Bones “I’m Torn Up” – Pick of the Week


St. Paul and the Broken Bones Band Picture

St. Paul and the Broken Bones “I’m Torn Up” – Pick of the Week

St. Paul and the Broken Bones brings us “I’m Torn Up” for SwissMisfit’s pick of the week. “I’m Torn Up” showcases the bands versatility from a slow progressive blues verse, heavy bass line and melancholy trumpet to a climatic, James Brown would have been proud, chorus that shines on Paul’s vocal range. St. Paul and the Broken Bones Half the City Record CoverSt. Paul delivers a classic indie soul sound heralded by the popular Alabama Shakes group. “I’m Torn Up” and the entire album is a perfect rainy day album that probably sounds amazing on record.

The entire album, Half the City, is full of soul and there was easily five or six tracks from the album I could have picked for this weeks pick of the week. I selected “I’m Torn Up” because of its ability to demonstrates St. Paul and the Broken Bones versatility. Be on the lookout for this band in the near future. Other amazing tracks include “Call Me” and “Broken Bones and Pocket Change”. So take an hour, kick back and soak this album in for all it is worth.

St. Paul and The Broken Bones

St. Paul and the Broken Bones is a sextet soul band hailing from Birmingham, Alabama. Led by vocalist Paul Janeway, an eccentric soul singer with James Brown streaming through his veins and vocals. Paul both moves and commands the stage like the Godfather of Soul. Paul is accompanies by Browan Lollar (guitar), Jesse Phillips (bass), Andrew Lee (drums), Al Gamble (keys), Ben Griner (trombone), and Allen Branstetter (trumpet). The band began recording their first full length album, Half the City, in January of 2013 in both the Nutthouse Recording Studios and Fame Studios in Alabama.

Check out more details about the band at their website, including St. Paul and the Broken Bones tour dates and updated band news. Leave your comments below to let me know what you think.

Stay High by Tove Lo (Hippie Sabotage Remix) – Pick of the Week


Stay High by Tove Lo (Hippie Sabotage Remix) – Pick of the Week

This weeks pick of the week, is Hippie Sabotage’s remix of Stay High by Tove Lo. Hippie Sabotage’s remix is incredibly catchy and I found myself listening to this remix over and over again, probably an unhealthy amount of times. Stay High by Tove Lo Habits Remix A dark synth draped over a simple progressive beat makes for a perfect build up to an over the top melodic chorus. Detailing the process of “dealing” with a breakup through self medication.

The Hippie Sabotage remix does a fantastic job of bring to life the very feelings and emotion the original lyrical tone set. In my opinion the remix goes well beyond the original, producing a feeling more true to the sense of the emotions I felt Tove Lo was trying to convey in the original. Hippie Sabotage’s beat and melody set a far better scene for the lyrics and for me it will always be far greater than the emotions conveyed in the lyrics created in Tove Lo’s original.

Tove Lo

Tove Lo is a Swedish indie pop / rock artist. Her professional music career began in 2011 when she collaborated with Max Martin, a Swedish music producer, and his songwriting team. Tove Lo released her debut EP, Truth Serum, on March 3, 2014 as a digital download in Sweden. Truth Serum included the singles “Habits (Stay High)”, “Out of Mind” and Hippie Sabotage’s remix of “Stay High”. Stay High’s remix peaked at 32 on Swedish Singles Chart, but was far more successful in other parts of Europe. Eventually peaking on the UK Singles Chart at number six.

Snoop Lion ‘Reincarnated’: Album Review


Snoop Lion ‘Reincarnated’: The Rebel Way

Snoop Dogg returns from adventure time in Jamaica with a new name reflecting that of a far more ambitious mammal, a debut reggae album, and a creative partnership with executive producers Diplo and Ariel Rechtshaid. Snoop Lion Reincarnated Album Cover All jokes aside, whatever Snoop was smoking certainly paid off on his twelfth studio album, Reincarnated.

Snoop Lion’s Reincarnated album is his most catchy and enjoyable record of the last decade. Looking past the Rastafarian patois and the occasional elementary rhymes it is clear that Snoop found his own inner positive vibes while recording Reincarnated. Snoop forges Reincarnated with surprising grace, melding his laid-back West Coast flow with electric Reggae energy. There’s a genuinely sincere tone and vibe to his sunny jams that embrace peace, love, and a shift toward a unified humanity.

Top Singles and Tracks

Reincarnated had a number of singles, proving Snoop to be more than a one hit Reggae wonder. A number of high profile featured artists helped create a number of great tracks.

Here Comes the King

Snoop’s first single, “Here Comes the King” curbs skeptics questioning the sincerity of Snoop Lion’s Reincarnated album along with any doubts that this is just another stint by the rapper turned reggae artist. Snoop Lion proves the king is here to stay.

Ashtrays and Heartbreaks

Album closer “Ashtrays and Heartbreaks” featuring Miley Cyrus exposes the hard reality we all face when losing loved ones. “Tomorrow when you wake up and realize the world ain’t fair.” A moving track that reminds us all that nothing is certain and even when its all planned right, it could very well go all wrong. Possibly my favorite track of the album.

No Guns Allowed

Featuring Drake and sampled from Beirut “Nantes” this beaming, chant for humanity proves Snoop Lion has matured past the rap game. “Money makes a man and that’s a crime,” Lion chants over a melodic bass. “If we all were rich, we’d spend more time on our daughters and sons.”

Snoop Lion’s Reincarnated proves that Snoop Lion is here to stay and is just as fierce within the Reggae genre as he is within the Hip Hop genre. It is clear that Snoop’s musical career can’t be contained within any genre and I hope to hear far more from a wiser, more mature Snoop Lion in the future. Reincarnated is Snoop Lions twelfth studio album released on April 23, 2013 under Berhane Sound System, Mad Decent, Vice Records and RCA Records.

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