Let’s face it: the Grammy’s blow. They’re a total misrepresentation of the actual trends happening in music, and are usually at least two to three steps behind the curve. The Recording Academy is out of touch with the culture, and while the awards still have some meaning to them, the show lacks the same significance it had in previous generations. With that mini rant out of the way, I would like to congratulate all of last night’s winners, and don’t want to take anything away from the artists themselves or any of their accomplishments. What we are here to do today is highlight one of the positive aspects of the show: the performances. From 33 couples getting married during Macklemore & Ryan Lewis‘ rendition of “Same Love,” Kendrick Lamar‘s frenetic display during an insane mashup of “M.A.A.D. City” and “Radioactive” with Imagine Dragons, Paul McCartney and Ringo Starr re-uniting as one half of The Beatles, and finally to Jay-Z and Beyoncé giving us a glimpse into their chemistry together on stage, this year’s awards had plenty to offer in terms of entertainment value. Check out some of the best ones below, and let us know your thoughts on which one was your favorite.
Radioactive (Remix) (Feat. Kendrick Lamar)
Just when you thought it was safe to get this one out of your head, Imagine Dragons had to pull this stunt off. After a stellar performance together at tonight’s 56th Annual Grammy awards (which you can view below), the Las Vegas natives decided to surprise fans of hip-hop and rock alike with this smashing remix featuring the self-proclaimed king of hip-hop, Kendrick Lamar (a proclamation the Academy doesn’t seem to agree with). Regardless of tonight’s results, Kendrick put together a fiery spectacle that was easily the highlight of tonight’s show, and he brings that same intensity and passion to his guest verse on one of the most amplified, uplifting singles in recent memory. Stream the amazing collaboration above, and make sure to grab your copy from iTunes now.
As more and more talent emerges in 2014, our Sunday Night Soul playlists have gotten increasingly larger. This week’s collection features over 50 unique songs to choose from, all featuring some supremely gifted artists. Some of our favorites this evening include particularly strong entries from newbies to the series like Nick Hakim, Kyan, Esco Williams, Johnny Stimson, Eric Bellinger, Fortune, Tanika and BOY/FRIEND, while other notable selections come from such familiar names as Sango, Jeftuz, Jakwob, BANKS, Sam Smith, Slakah The Beatchild, Mikky Ekko, Danity Kane, and Alicia Keys. That previous sentence doesn’t even remotely represent the immense amount of talent we’re working with tonight, however. The best way to find out for yourself is to press play and dive right in, because you’ve got plenty of swimming to do.
Began to Say
Next to You Feat. Maddee
Blak and Blu (BIG K.R.I.T. Remix)
Be With Me (Extended Version) /// Produced by T.Hemingway
At Your (Neck)
Kisses (Produced By B.Bravo)
Forget My Number
Rock The Boat (Brother Brunos Rework)
Something About Her
Stay (Original Demo)
Fallin Circles feat. Barnaby
L.M.O. (Giant Step Mix)
Glass Table (Prod. By Klmeks)
Anxious (Aei Remix)
Nirvana (Harry Fraud Remix)
Love & Pain (aywy. Rework)
Priceless (RillaForce x SevnthWonder Remix)
A Ooh (I Like It)
Damaged (T AARONmusic REMIX)
My Mine (Jeftuz Remix)
Prototype (starRo Bossa Edit)
Love & Lingerie
Bills Bills Bills ( DGTO Remix )
Change (Jensen Sportag Remix)
Can I Get With You
You Remind Me Of Something
Say My Name (Chloe Martini Jersey Edit)
Somebody New (ft. Tiffani Juno)
Finally Found It
Never Not Looking (Prod. MNTN & Mel DeBarge)
Despite his stoner reputation, Curren$y is easily one of the hardest working hip-hop artists in the game. The dude never takes a year off, let alone a day, yet his sound doesn’t ever manage to get stale. The New Orleans Spitta is readying yet another mixtape release for 2014, gearing up to drop The Drive In Theatre sometime later this year. For the first offering from his new project, Curren$y brings his usual confident, laidback swagger to pair with Action Bronson‘s eccentricity over an appropriately cinematic instrumental. Check out the dope new track above, and look out for more from Curren$y during the coming weeks.
Right Here Right Now (Neon) [February 10]
As we head into festival season, we’re all anxiously awaiting those monster vocal house gems that will get hands in the air, and mouths singing every last word. These are the types of tracks that festivals use on their promo videos, and there’s a really good reason behind that. They insight emotion. They create that feeling that you’ll expect to have, standing in the crowds, dancing your heart out. A few days ago, Sander Van Doorn dropped something that embodies this sensation.
Adding a new twist to his monster tune, “Neon,” Mr. Van Doorn has served up a larger than life track by adding in some emotion-rich lyrics. The original tune featured a gorgeous, uplifting melody, accentuated by classical strings, and a driving bassline worthy of the biggest stages. Coupled with these energizing and inspiring vocals, it’s a no-brainer to expect hearing “Right Here Right Now” throughout 2014. It’s due out February 10th on Doorn Records, so make sure to mark your calendar.
Moonlight (Original Mix)
We’re no stranger to LA based producer Sam Vogel. Sometime long, long ago, we stumbled across his production skills with his remix of “Swing” by Savage. The only thing is, we hadn’t heard much from him lately, but there’s a good reason why. We previously were acquainted to Sam underneath the moniker Kid Ranger. Little did we know, Kid Ranger is now a thing of the past, welcoming in Jauz as his new identity.
When we asked this up and coming producer why he switched, this is what he had to say:
Crackling with atmospheric elements, smooth and upbeat symbol work, and some lovely vocals, Jauz dials in a sultry vibe in his first original. This future garage inspired song has light fluttering synths that provide the perfect compliment to the soaring melody. Backed with a love trap style bassline, this is one hell of a original production, and has left us wanting more.
Cut Your Teeth (Kygo Remix)
Norwegian tropical and chill house producer Kygo has been an artist that in the beginning, we developed something of an innocent musical crush. Over the course of some stellar remixes our crush has developed into a full blown love affair, and this latest remix of Kyla La Grange’s “Cut Your Teeth” only pulls us deeper down the obsession tunnel. There is something infectious about the Kygo sound, as he continually displays an innate ability to turn a hook into a full blown groove for the entire tune. Again keeping up with a true hit making formula, Kygo sticks to his guns with the employment of a distinct pan-flute melody over uplifting piano stabs and a bouncy beat. And oh, how beautiful Kyla La Grange’s sticky hot reverberations sound in harmony with such a lovely production style. Apparently we are not alone in our sentiments as Kygo has reached over 100,000 fans on Facebook as well as selling out a first ever live performance in Paris, leading to another free giveaway to those committed legions of fans. Take home a digital copy here.