California’s TRAILS AND WAYS released a brand new track today. Titled “Border Crosser,” it’s a dreamy, weaving indie rock track with haunting whistles and keen, cutting beautiful guitar work during the chorus. According to the band, it’s about their immigrant grandparents and “dedicated to immigrants everywhere.” It’s a moving subject — and one that almost all of us can relate to — and the four-piece portray it well, with sounds of howling, chugging trains, lyrics sung in a different language, and lines about an immigrant’s complex journey of leaving home for an unfamiliar place: “Will you follow me across? / You know I have to think about it.”
Major Lazer continues its unique and genre-fusing island style with yet another stellar single. This time around, theycall on dubstep legends Flux Pavilion to create an awesome clash of reggae and hard-hitting bass. Sampling Johnny Osbourne’s ”Mr. Marshall,” Diplo manages to cultivate the sound we are used to from the Lazer, setting the stage for Flux’s ground-shaking contributions, guaranteed to help kick off your week.
Major Lazer’s Free the Universe is set to drop February 19th. In the meantime, stream this huge collaboration below and make sure to check out the epic, animated lyric video above.
Ross & Diddy are back at it again and this time toss the keys to 2 Chainz‘s “Birthday Song.” The already famous single from Titty Boi’s “Based on a T.R.U. Story” is updated with two verses that even leave Kanye looking cheap. Weeks after its release the song makes a comeback with the heavyweights refreshing the Sonny Digital production. Happy twenty-first to my bro Phil, someone get this kid a big booty hoe tonight.
“The Baddest Man Alive” gets an action-packed video featuring bluesy indie rockers The Black Keys and hip-hop’s RZA. But it’s not quite like the fights you’d see in the film The Man With The Iron Fists. It involves a fish, fortune cookie, lettuce, and a healthy dose of humor. See how these guys throw it down. The track is also streamable below.
Sisterly synth pop duo Tegan and Sara, after gracing us with the catchy killer track “Closer,” are back with another taste of their new, highly anticipated album. “I’m Not Your Hero” is a bubbly dance-worthy treat equipped with one of those huge choruses that you can’t shake off, even days after the first listen. Start the work week on a good note and check it out below:
What more can I say about Regina Spektor that has not yet already been said. A beautiful voice with equally pleasing piano panderings are what we have come to expect from the lovely singer/songwriter. “How,” is a heartfelt, and somewhat heart-wrenching, love ballad of longing. Haven’t we all let someone go we wished we hadn’t? Spektor muses on the prospect of bouncing back while director Margo Weathers juxtaposes close-ups of Spektor with floating visual metaphors. Black and white wraps it up nicely with an appropriate lack of color one feels when they’ve lost someone despite all of their best effort.
“How” is a track from Spektor’s new release, What We Saw From the Cheap Seats. It’s available just about anywhere!
Back with the heavy droned synth, Dom enlists Tyga and Juicy J to talk about their types of parties — drugs, girls, and of course haters. Filled with one-liners that you would expect from the three rappers this song trumps it’s predecessor. The highlight is when the beat shuts down for Juicy to get trippy until the tambourine (or drum snare) gets the song on it’s feet. All in all it’s a great song to bump on a fall drive.
MY TYPE OF PARTY REMIX (DOM KENNEDY feat. Tyga & Juicy J)