What do we want? More Track Attacks!
When do we want them?! Now!
Where the hell has Jono been? Why, on vacation. A boy’s got to have fun every once in a while you know.
How will I ever redeem myself…? Well, how about I start by introducing you all to yet another wonderful tune that deserves its 15 minutes of glory. Rita Ora released this jewel a while back, but the fun that comes from singles being released at different times around the globe is that the song can be discovered over and over by music lovers everywhere. “I Will Never Let You Down” is the kind of song my heart has been needing lately. Everywhere I turn there’s another track that shares with us the tragic side of love (Thanks a lot, Sam Smith). You know, I just realized that this song is perfect for today. I will never let you down, readers.
Long ago, in a world that seems so far away, Britney Spears and N’Sync dominated the world with what everyone seemed to refer to as “bubblegum pop”. Today, the phrase is used a lot less since music has changed, but “I Will Never Let You Down” holds elements of this since-abandoned genre that has a truly endearing quality about it. In no way are my intentions to degrade Rita Ora’s work nor am I implying that her music is absent-minded. Much like when a girl is in love and she has that “jump in her step”, this song has a jump in its step that brings joy to your heart when giving it a listen.
Who is this Rita Ora chick? You may have heard her being mentioned as Calvin Harris’s girlfriend, but other than that, she has been relatively unspoken of in the States. (By the way: though it doesn’t seem possible, Harris wrote this song for the songstress. What?!)
Whether you sing along to this song with your boyfriend/girlfriend in mind, a relative, or even yourself, it’s a complete feel-good jam you can’t help but blast at maximum volume.
Hopefully, the US is as accepting of Rita as the UK has been because her talent is too good to overlook and should be enjoyed at an international level. I hate to make a comparison, but Rita Ora reminds me of the Rihanna that we once knew. That’s what we need today!!! Bring on the lovey dovey energy and may it prevail.
*puts wine glass in air* “To love!”
"Oh, I don’t know why, but I’ve always loved the idea of summer, and sun, and all things hot.”
Speaking of hot, today’s Track Attack is scorching. "Single In The Summer" by D-WHY is bursting at the seams with greatness. So many amazing rap acts are rising from the shadows and I’m not fighting it at all.
D-WHY, like so many rappers in 2014, are giving rap and hip-hop a little bit of a makeover. Experimentation, my friends. That’s where this entire movement has stemmed from; a place of wanting to start mixing flavors in the urban kitchen.
At first, D-WHY appears to be a pretty boy that could croon in Lana Del Rey fashion, but as soon as you hit play, you realize that this man spits rhymes worthy of a second, third, even one hundredth listen. & yes, his work is just as beautiful as his face.
"Single In The Summer" gives you that "WTF, why didn’t I think of that first?" feeling. It’s kind of a no-brainer or perhaps, that’s what makes tracks like this one so likeable—it’s so good that the idea seems so obvious. The music video is packed with nostalgic images of summer in America throughout the years. In what seems to be a trending method in music today, the pairing of nostalgia and freshness bring out the best in the artist because of the juxtaposition of their originality and their brilliant use of past masterpieces.
If you’re wanting to let loose and feel sexy this summer (whether you’re single or not) then you better be downloading this tune immediately. What’s even better is the fact that you can either purchase it on iTunes here or download it for free here.
I think I might be sick… in the head. Today’s Track Attack has infected my entire being and it’s time to diagnose it. Shall we?
Though seemingly harmless at first, Meghan Trainor’s “All About That Bass” is an abusive amount of musical perfection that will keep you moving and singing along uncontrollably. I must find out who this woman is! Someone arrest her for this masterpiece she has created!
Today, artists (that actually care about how meaningful the work they put out is) struggle to catch the audience’s attention while still staying true to themselves and producing unique creations. No, even though you might feel teleported to the 50s after hearing this track you are still living in the year 2014. Listening to it is almost a bit of a Back to the Future experience. With a nod to America’s musical history, Meghan Trainor (or her team) cleverly release an undeniably summer-sounding tune into the universe just in time for barbeque and bikini season.
As I mentioned before, the song includes a vintage sound, but even this did not allow Trainor to shy away from creating a totally modern visual for it in the song’s music video. With the inclusion of viral Vine star Sione Maraschino in the video, the entire project becomes a juxtaposition of flavors and eras.
How can it even get any better? The damn song is about LOVING YOUR CURVES. Summertime is the absolute best time to remind ourselves that though we may choose to pursue a life that’s healthier, it’s okay to enjoy our favorite foods, shake our huge asses, and share with everyone how much more of us there is to love! Be about the bass, and not about the treble.(;
Straight from Massachusetts to the world’s ears, this young lady will probably not be hiding from us in the coming months. Crude, but collected. Sassy, but classy. There is no underestimating what is to come from Trainor because she is a whole lot of funk beneath that innocent looking face.
Diagnosis: I have a severe case of the Meghan Trainor jitterbugs.Follow her.
Wait, that sounds a lot like what I do when stalking my crushes.
What genre even is this?
Well, genres are somewhat obsolete today, but Nicole Scherzinger is certainly not. Ladies and gentleman, this pop star’s first single off her forthcoming 2014 album (which I’m beyond excited for) “Your Love” is Track Attack No. 20. Urban pop? A cross between American clichés and English subtleties? Let’s break it down.
Though I’ve blossomed into a lover of the entire musical spectrum, I started out as a pop-obsessed youngster who is still very much a part of my daily experience with music. Nicole Scherzinger, being one of the first entities to infuse pop music into my identity, has struck a sense of loyalty in me towards all of her projects. She too is an artistic buffet with a wide array of musical experience tucked behind her ear, proving her credibility. This woman has done everything from opera to sexual innuendo. Now, she presents us with new music to be added within her repertoire.
Scherzinger has seemingly disappeared from America for a while now, but has been busy building a relationship with the UK as a judge on the original The Voice series. This has greatly influenced her artistic endeavors resulting in a sound that is a blend of many elements. As the U.S. continues to produce hit after hit abould wiggling butts and being turnt the UK have recently leaned towards a more classically pop approach.
Love songs. Dance/house beats. The inclusion of raw sounds like guitars and piano. Eurosynth. Nicole has undoubtedly adopted many of these elements into her new music as she begins to market herself, quite directly, to a European audience instead of an American one. The result? A fucking amazing track.
How does this beauty top all of this that I’ve mentioned? By yet another inclusion of inspiration: her Hawaiian roots. Much like an island tribes chant, the “doo doo doos” throughout are intensely infectious. The only shade I can throw is towards the incessant need the writers of the song felt to use the word “baby” a thousand times, Other than that, I predict that this song will be perfect to play while rolling around with the windows down this summer.
This song makes me feel like…!!!
Follow Nicole on the twitters.
Well, well… Look what we have here: a track that I was afraid to review because of how long ago it was released, but now… it has bitten me and I am obligated to give it its well-deserved attention. Though not new at all, “Doses & Mimosas” by CHERUB will feel new no matter how many times you’ve heard it. Daring to go where few do, this anthem is both powerful and a musical ugly duckling.
Look up! What is that in the sky?! Is it Macklemore?! Is that Daft Punk?! No! It’s… It’s… CHERUB. At first, I assumed these guys were European because of how different their sound is, but make no mistake: these guys are straight up American. Having met at university in Tennessee, these fellows have since been hard at work with a steady ascendance into a notoriety they have earned.
Upon my first listen, “Doses” was not tremendously impressive. Lyrically, not much is inspired by lines like “champagne and cocaine help to get me through”. Give it a few tries though, and the track becomes incredibly infectious. Word-choice aside, the message is resounding: I’m going to have a good time and not sweat the petty things. Yeah, yeah. I’m sure your favorite artist has a song with a similar story, but CHERUB executes it mercilessly.
With the perfect blend of silly and serious, these guys make music that’s both fun to listen to and ,at times, pretty damn meaningful. In a similar manner to Chromeo, there’s a vintage edge to CHERUB that incorporates modern technology to create a sound that is both nostalgic and refreshing. Mark my words: by the end of 2014 you will know CHERUB.
Skim through their music on YouTube or SoundCloud and you might just fall in love. There is no conventionality here. Given enough of a chance, this ugly duckling will surely prove itself to be a damn good-looking swan.
Every genre of music can make you feel like you can conquer the world, but rap and hip-hop have an inexplicable adrenaline-inducing ambience about them that coronates even the weakest of us. Seems easy, right? Spitting rhymes. Telling a story through words. Well, it’s easy to assume this as an easy task. Make no mistake though; pride and success are two very different things. Occasionally, a fresh face like David Dallas, mastermind behind “The Wire” featuring Ruby Frost takes on the feat of approaching rap in an innovative way whilst still paying tribute to its unwavering roots.
We’ve heard it before and can be summed up in the now infamous words of (one of the best rap/hip-hop artists out there, in my opinion) Drake, “Started from the bottom, now we’re here”. It’s a staple in rap music to bring up #TheStruggle, but in the true name of art, reinvention is what keeps us engaged in the ongoing pursuit of success. New Zealand native, David Dallas is included in these efforts to keep the genre fresh and fruitful for audiences to come.
On this track, Dallas brings in electronic elements which we see more and more across the musical spectrum of today. Frost’s vocals bring to mind the chants in Kanye West’s “Power" with a poignant air that stains the fabric of your mind. Though not necessarily a revolutionary sound, this collaboration is definitely not product of the egotistical/boastful rhyme machine that an array of rap and hip-hop acts seem to use when creating.
A lá Childish Gambino, clever, playful, and curious rap artists continue to push the envelope and make worth-your-while music like “The Wire” that strays from your typical rhymes about poppin’ dem bottles and hangin’ with dem bitches. This track, along with others, are examples of how rap is also changing and keeping up with the evolution in music. Clichés are dead and today—more than ever before—music with substance is needed. Feeling defeated? Dallas will inspire and hopefully uplift you. (& to think that I just said clichés are dead… Hahahahahaha.)
David Dallas tweets.
Explore Ruby Frost here.
How. Has. This. Track. Not. Blown. Up. Already?! Well, it is my duty to attack it for us all (By “attack” I mean review and basically say good things about it).
Open up your blender y’all because I’ve got a recipe for you. First, open up a can of Jamaican vibes. Okay, now mix in some romantic Maroon 5 lyrics. Got it? Now we’ll add some Gym Class Heroes playfulness. All righty then, blend that shit, add some originality that we haven’t seen in the American music scene for a while & then BAM. You’ve got some Magic! I don’t care if you’ve never heard of Magic!. I do care though, if you don’t love their track “Rude” after hearing it. Let’s break it down, my friends.
*pulls out hammock* *lays in hammock* *listens to “Rude”* There’s no denying that this track has some tropical influences throughout which isn’t necessarily a Magic! must (see “Don’t Kill The Magic”). Musicians that can dabble in multiple genres—without coming off as gimmicky—are the most impressive as seen with these guys. The only hilarious part about their island influence is the fact that the band is from Canada. Canada? Reggae? Yes, really.
This is your typical love story, but not your typical love song. Boy meets girl. Boy and girl fall in love. Girl’s father ain’t having it. Plot twist? Boy directs song to father. Father’s a complete asshole and won’t change his mind. Boy and girl elope. That’s how it’s done. There’s a bit of cliché in the track, but there’s also a novelty about it that’s charming. Lead singer Nasri Atweh’s voice is flawless paired with the music, as if by design, giving the song a completely natural feel. There’s no forcefulness in the song at all. This is a stress free zone.
If I haven’t been clear enough, I really like this song. It’s an easy song. You don’t have to put too much thought into it, it’s just really really good. Music like this though gets abused by American charts and radio which tend to hang it up like underwear on a flagpole. When it’s thrown up there it’s a cute idea, but after a while everyone’s thinking to themselves “Okay, this is getting old. Bring it down. Poor soul.” Although, I doubt Magic! has sold themselves into The Illuminate yet. I hope you sense my sarcasm.
The video's pretty cute or whatever.
Once upon a time, in 2010, a sixteen year old version of yours truly was on a flight and while browsing through the music provided on board I discovered Sia's album We Are Born (Specifically, her song “You’ve Changed" was my favorite and I downloaded it onto my iPod as soon as I got home). Fast forward four years later… Sia has become a musical tornado that no one is able to tame. With her new single "Chandelier" it is hard to not predict that a hit, or a few, will soon be infiltrating our playlists.
Tragic. Beautiful. Simplistic. Complicated. Our 16th Track Attack is a combination of all these. Sia sings, “party girls don’t get hurt” & ”holding on for dear life”. Lyrically, the song is both a plea for help and a statement reminiscent of the old adage - You Only Live Once. I assume that we can all relate to Sia’s message. At one point or another, we find moments where we have an out-of-body experience, not of the spiritual sense, but one of emotional detriment. There’s always that night out where you forget who you are for a few moments because forgetting yourself is forgetting your problems.
For me, the chorus of this track is unexpected. Having been witness to the “Titanium" plague, I assumed something similar to this. Sia’s vocals are more evocative of Rihanna’s in "Diamonds" (which she assisted in writing). It’s not a ballad, but it’s definitely not a clubbanger. Quite honestly, it’s a new breed of music that is growing to a surprising level of popularity. A mixing of classical, rock, and electronic elements has enabled an unnamed genre to strive in the American music scene which includes the likes of Lorde, CHVRCHES, etc.
Don’t get me started on the music video! It’s what sold me on this song and truly made me believe in its credibility. Do you see the girl pictured above? That’s Maddy Ziegler from that trashy Dance Moms reality show, but let me tell you… nothing about her performance in the video is trashy. Nothing about her performance makes sense for that matter. It doesn’t have to though; everything about it is perfectly constructed to match the emotional vocal delivery from Sia. It haunts like a horror film, but inspires much like any effective dance routine does. *wipes tears*
Do you hear that? It’s the sound of summer approaching and I say we turn up the volume! The middle of the calendar year is jam-packed with a slew of music that sets the mood for what is expected to be the best time. “NRG” by Duck Sauce is quietly building momentum and is sure to conquer the hearts and ears of thousands, so prepare yourself. Don’t say I didn’t warn you.
You’ve probably heard a song of Duck Sauce’s and you just don’t remember. Remember that song with the funky beat whose only lyric was “Barbra Streisand”? Yep, that’s from these guys. As you can tell from the aforementioned track and all of Sauce’s past work, it’s pretty obvious that what they’re after is a hell of a time. It shows in their success that the unassuming nature of Duck Sauce is liked by many which keeps them pumping out plenty more feel-good tunes to choose from at your beach parties this summer.
"NRG" is begging to be played at sports events all around the world. That fist-pumping-worthy beat is sickening whilst the electric guitar splayed underneath Melissa Manchester's sampled vocals is… for lack of a less cliché term… electric! For some reason, when artists like Pitbull (don’t get me wrong, I LOVE him) sample songs from the past, it feels a lot like plagiarism. Imagine that I take the Mona Lisa and just apply an effect to it on Instagram, that’s what Pitbull does. Well, when Duck Sauce does it there’s something in the execution that feels original, refreshing, clever.
Whether you’re working out, getting ready to go to the club, at the club, or staying in and baking cookies for you and your imaginary significant other, play this for you’ll suddenly feel ready to take on the world. It’s a no brainer you guys. This music isn’t the most intellectually stimulating; but it doesn’t matter! Yeah, I’m a fan of substance. Though yes, I also like to feel a rush in my body from NRGetic music that’s no holds barred. #FeelGood
Watch the quirky ass video here.
Duck Sauce’s debut album was recently released and available for purchase here.
Wow, well… where to begin?! School, work, family, friends, and relationshit (yes, relationshit) have been happening. So, I slacked a little the past few days with Track Attacks, but I’m back with some great tracks (if I do say so myself). Número 14 has actually played a part in keeping me a bit sane in the midst of all the craziness in my life currently. No moping about, clear your room and make space for a good time with “No Easy Way Out” by Kid Astray. A party of one can also be fun you know.
What do you think of when you hear the name “Norway”? To be honest, I have absolutely no preconceived notions about the country. Sheep? Canoes? Beer? I have no idea what they have in Norway, but they’ve for sure been keeping a little secret that I’ve come across recently that goes by the name of Kid Astray. Consisting of five fellas and one (she’s both blessed and cursed by this fact) petite young lady, this groups got the makings of a really memorable band.
It’s true that tunes like “No Easy Way Out” are often quickly dismissed as a bit cheesy, but there is none of that here. No sir. The electronic framework on the track, beach party beat, and rockin’ ass chorus alludes to that feel-good ambience of your typical Disney-Channel-band-song (see Jonas Brothers), but veers away from this category by having a lot more substance. Sonically, the vocal delivery is blurry. If that makes any sense… There are imperfections that make the song a bit more rugged, and in turn, a lot more admirable.
I believe that what drives me to love these guys—and gal—is that they’re a bit of a motley crew of sorts. An array of talent that comes together to produce music that’s both meaningful and fun to listen to. Y’all have no idea how pumped I get listening to this song! Trust me, it’ll give you your Rocky Balboa moment too.
Oh, and just today a live performance was uploaded and it’s pretty damn good.
They’re on the twit twit.
*sarcastic voice* They also, strangely, have a FB.
Interestingly enough, I had heard Frankmusik's work years before ”These Streets” but failed to jot down his name and had gone all this time missing out on it. Now, it's 2014 and his game is tougher than ever. This time around I'd be a fool not to keep an eye on this talent.
Frankmusik has proven himself to be a chameleon of sorts by demonstrating an array of vocal ability. From beatboxing, to unbelievably strong beltings in “Dear Nicole”, this guy’s got a lot up his sleeve. Don’t underestimate Frank as just a scrawny pretty boy from London because he’s much more.
There’s not many guys like that on the scene currently: a solo male act with a powerful voice and musical mastery. It’s refreshing to encounter an act that is interested in the quality of his work much more than the quantity. There’s also a gentlemanlike element to his music that’s surpasses the abrasiveness of music in 2014.
"These Streets" has got the Europop synths you’d expect from Frank and, in contrast, the lyrics are fragile. Fragile in a good way though. A musician’s effectiveness is boosted when they’re able to take their emotions straight from their mind to the recording studio. The genuinity is there, the quality’s there, and it’s all quite impressive.
Frankmusik’s album By Nicole is available only for pre-order currently which includes the aforementioned “Dear Nicole”. Let me tell you about “Dear Nicole”… it’s a powerful, powerful track that brings me to tears nearly every time. You’d be a fool too to let the magic that is Frankmusik slip through your hands.
Buy his musik here.
When it comes to music, food, and lovers, I’m not very picky at all; but I will forever be inclined to enjoy a disco beat. Something about the twinkle in 70s-dance-floor-inspired tunes like today’s Track Attack, “I Want It All” by brilliant duo Karmin, wins me every single time. Put your roller skates on and prepare to lose yourself with this one.
To be completely blunt, I was one of the last people to think that Karmin made good music and never really thought I’d join their fandom. With this track though, my mind has changed. Perhaps the reason why is that in this song Amy doesn’t rap. In no way, shape, or form is this an argument against Caucasian females spitting rhymes because as you may have noticed, the last Track Attack was from Iggy Azalea (cough, cough… white female). Amy’s efforts just seem awfully forced at times, but for once she puts these aside for a sound that suits her voice much better.
From the “da da das” in the background to the horns laid down throughout, there is no mistaking this tune for anything other than a contagious groove reminiscent of the 70s, but yet contemporary. I’ll admit that the audience for this kind of song is smaller today then ever before because of my generation’s interest in EDM and other heavy sounds of the like. Though, seeing a hit like “Happy” currently at the top of the charts with an undeniable vintage vibe proves that there’s still a market out there.
Infectious. That’s what it is. Different too. There’s a lot of nostalgia attached to this track even though you may have never heard it before. Give it a listen and you’ll know exactly what I mean. Never thought I’d say this but… I think I’ve joined the Karmin bandwagon and it feels kinda good.
Karmin’s on tour and might be stopping by your town soon.
Follow the couple on Twitter.
*struts down hallway*
There exists a category in music (or at least it should exist) entitled “songs that make you feel like a bad ass”. Track Attack No. 11 earned its place in this category the second it reached my ear drums. Fear not, for “Fancy” by Iggy Azalea will have you feeling like an invincible powerhouse whenever and wherever, especially on the weekends. Whether you’re going out with friends or staying in to relax, this track is the musical equivalent to taking steroids.
"Fancy" is muscle milk for your ego. "Why?" you ask, well… Iggy, with assistance from British ball-of-fierceness Charli XCX, make sure that we understand how cool they know they are and consequently leave us feeling the same about ourselves. Sometimes I’m that annoying asshole that dogs rap because of its lack of substance and blah blah blah; but sometimes it’s okay.
If it’s clever, if it feels fresh, ego-building urban tunes can pull it off. Kind of like 50 Cent’s new single “Pilot”; because it’s so hilarious, you can’t help but enjoy listening to it. The swagger (yes, this word can actually be used where it counts) in Iggy’s voice is unmistakable and is a bit of a trademark for the Australian. Lyrically, Iggy is slick, but her delivery is what truly slays¹.
Whether you have a party of fifty or a party of two, it’s always a party when “Fancy” comes on. Quirky (watch the everso quirky video which parodies the 90s classic Clueless here) but strong, this song is a pillar for contemporary rap/hip-hop. As a sidenote: I was lucky enough to see Charli open for Marina & The Diamonds over the summer and her energy is a flawless match for this track. Buy it, download it, blast it, you’ll be feeling fancayyyyyyy immediately.
¹ (verb) to literally be so damn good that people are in awe and you kill people with your fierceness
Beautiful masterpieces aren’t just found inside of the Louvre as many of you already know. Some can be found riding on the soundwaves of brilliant tracks like Track Attack No. 10, “Bridges” by BROODS.
This brother-sister duo puts together some sonic masterpieces, the type that are scarce today; but that are becoming increasingly popular. It’s not hard to believe that Joel Little, who produced Lorde’s mega-hit “Royals”, has also worked with BROODS in their musical endeavors. Much like Lorde’s artistry, BROODS creates a haunting sound that marks on your memory like the lines in the sky left behind by airplanes (OMG, that’s a little too poetic for me).
The ying-yang of soft vocals matched with deep beats, particularly in the chorus, is powerful to say the least. Georgia, the sister, sings powerfully, but remains a bit under the radar with her vocals. Essentially, her voice serves as both the centerpiece and backdrop for this auditory treasure.
I almost want to say that this track is gothic, but at the exact same time I want to say that it’s angelic. Though their music can be described as gloomy, somberness serves BROODS as tremendously alluring and to their absolute advantage. Make no mistake in underestimating their ability for these are a twosome that I’m sure has a lot more tricks up their sleeves.
Experience more of them on SoundCloud.
The United States prides itself on being the birthplace and catalyst for countless musical phenomenons; but occasionally, it’s the last territory that experiences something great in music and Track Attack No. 9 is a testament to this. If you’re in America reading this and haven’t heard “Rather Be” by Clean Bandit featuring the beautiful Jess Glynne don’t feel alone.
In Europe, this song blew up and surprisingly the U.S. has been late in uncovering its wonder and claiming it as a hit. The reason for this? The song is too intelligent for America. Yes, I said it. Add a Katy Perry-like gimmick or some Miley Cyrus twerking and the song will surely go straight to #1 immediately.
Does “Rather Be” deserve to be #1 in America? Absolutely! The mixing of raw instruments and electronic elements is beautifully executed and vocally Jess delivers powerfully. The purpose of Track Attacks though isn’t to place the track in question at any position on a chart. I admire it so much and find it pleasant. Above all else, this song is truly pleasant. One second you’re listening to the most beautiful violin, then the deep cello seeps in, all while a Donkeyboy-esque beat is laid across the entire track pulling everything together.
A literal eargasm.
P.S. I’m embarrassed by the fact that I assumed the young lady of Asian descent in the video was the voice from the track. Wrong-o.