With love having been so recently in the air, Ellie Goulding decided she would spread the love with an exclusive "Goodnight Valentine" mix for Annie Mac Presents Free Music Mondays. The almost hour long mix contains a variety of sexy and sultry hip-hop, R&B, and electronica. Tracks include everything from Mariah Carey to James Blake to Big Sean to The Weeknd, all hand picked and mixed by Ellie Goulding herself. What stood out most from this mix was the very last track, 'Because,' her latest collaboration with Skrillex.
2013 saw thousands of music video’s released, some traditional, some abstract, and some short-film, and with many lists selecting video’s based on views and chart position, we ignore all that and select our Top 20 based on quality. Joonbug’s list mixes genres and exposes some of the best video’s that have gone under the radar, along with the undeniable clips of the year. Check out our list below, and see if you enjoy them as much as we did.
The video for the first single from the second Blood Orange album, makes the list not so much for its technical prowess, but more for the story within the video. Dev Hynes’ took a trip to Guyana to meet his grandfather for the first time, and the meeting was encapsulated in the minimal clip. Dev’s dance moves within the video also make the clip likeable, and would set up what would be a great year musically for him.
So what that it's Monday?! I like to think of Mondays as a good day. Mainly because my first thought every Monday is that my life may drastically change (in a good way), and that I had an entire weekend to discover new music. With that said, the playlist for this week is dedicated to cover songs! Sure, these songs are already killer in their original form but we've rounded up some seriously talented artists that put a new spin on each song. You'll hear an amazing mix of melodic Dubstep and Trap, RnB, and overall, just straight up good music.
2. Timeflies- Glad You Came
3. The Weeknd- High For This (Ellie Goulding Cover)
4. One Republic- If I Lose Myself (Colin Cover)
HELLO PHILADELPHIA! With the warm weather looming and festivals impending, we know you're in the mood for some musical love in the coming weeks. Youll be glad to hear you have a seemingly endless list of musical options happening soon, including Steve Aoki, The Weeknd, Bassnectar, John Legend, Red Hot Chili Peppers, Death Cab for Cutie, Acid Mothers Temple (which is obligatory), Andrew Bird, Spriritualized, M83, and tons more. Also, the Spring Edition of the Punk Rock Flea Market is coming up on May 13, which is always a great time, so don't miss it! As always, if we forgot a show or you want something listed, comment below.
Thank goodness some of the best performances were available via live streaming coverage this year at Coachella. For all you poor souls unable to make it this year, we got ya covered. If you missed our Part I coverage go here. Otherwise plow forward for our Part II highlights.
Day 2 included coverage of the epic Snoop Dog and Dr. Dre set from Sunday night featuring a hologram performance by the departed Tupac Shakur! So eerily real it sent shivers down our spines. Eminem, 50cent, Wiz Khalifa, Kendrik Lamar were also some of the best performances.
While the hype regarding The Weeknd’s identity of Canadian recording artist and producer, Abel Tesfaye, has subsided, there is still a mysterious air around this musician and his ethereal sound.
The initially unknown alternative R&B project leaked a free, nine-song album “House of Balloons” in March 2011. The album was the first in a three-part trilogy which also includes “Thursday,” released August 2011, and “Echoes of Silence,” released winter this past December. Under the label XO (which can mean kisses and hugs, or Ecstasy and Oxycontin, depending on your interpretation), “House of Balloons” was nominated for the 2011 Canadian Polaris Music Prize and won the 2012 Sirius XM Indie Awards for Urban artist of the year as well as the Stereogum Award for Top 10 New Acts of 2011.
The official lineup for this year's Lollapalooza Festival has been announced! Taking place on August 3 - 5 in Grant Park, Chicago, this year's festival is sure to be one for the record books.
Artists include The Red Hot Chili Peppers, The Black Keys, a recently reunited Black Sabbath, Jack White, Florence + the Machine, At the Drive-In, Bassnectar, The Shins, Avicii, Justice, The Weeknd, Sigur Ros, a recently reunited Afgan Whigs, M83, Frank Ocean, Nero, Die Antwoord, Tune-Yards, SBTRKT, The Walkmen, Sharon Van Etten, The War on Drugs, Twin Shadow, Toro y Moi, Wale, Zed's Dead, Childish Gambino and many more! For the full lineup, click here.
Get your tickets here, but hurry up, they'll sell out quick!
Anna Love: "NGAT"
Ghost Champagne is Anna Love's debut EP, out on Texas label Freshmore. DJing is a male-dominated field, but Love is doing well for herself. Her beats are shimmery and vivacious, supported by aggressive bass. She uses tension well, pulling the beat an inch off-kilter before letting it slam back into place. Available now are two songs, "NGAT" and "Skip A Beat," as well as a couple remixes of each.
Mosca: "Eva Mendes"
London based DJ and producer Mosca just released the title track off of his upcoming EP, Eva Mendes. It's subtle dancehall, smooth and nimble. "Eva Mendes" could easily settle into the background - and then you'd be left wondering how it got stuck in your head.
If you just heard your neighbor exclaim “Oh yeah” or “No way,” it's simply because he or she heard some mind-blowing news; Drake and The Weeknd are doing not one, not two, not three, but four songs together on Drake’s upcoming album, Take Care.
Although the album was originally set to be released today for Drake’s birthday, the album was yet again pushed back, presumably to fine-tune and add some tracks to the still unreleased track list for the record.
According to Uproxx, Drake told MTV that the rising star, also hailing from Drake’s hometown of Toronto, would be included on the album for sure. The collaboration, as Drake puts it, is happening because of a mutual respect that the two artists have for each other.