[Album Review] Robin Thicke – Blurred Lines

Blurred Lines
Robin Thicke
Blurred Lines (feat. T.I. & Pharrell)
Robin Thicke
Give It 2 U (feat. Kendrick Lamar)
Robin Thicke
Top Of The World

After dropping multiple tracks from his latest full length this past month, R&B crooner Robin Thicke finally unveils his 6th studio album, Blurred Lines. Already seasoned in the music industry, Thicke is considered more of your mother’s favorite singer with his charming and mature sound. On this latest full length however, he teams with some of the top producers in the game and some rising emcees for a mix of 70’s funk, pop, dance, and an attempt at some dubstep and neo-soul.

Returning with a new sound and a controversial video to match, the 2013 Pharrell-produced summer hit-maker, “Blurred Lines”set the tone for the new Thicke on this album. It’s catchy, young, and fresh, but still holds an organic sound that sets it apart from the heavily-synthed music that plagues today’s radio. Adding T.I. for a quick “hip-rap” feature, there was no surprise that this single reached number one status on the charts.

His follow-up, the Dr. Luke-produced single “Give It 2 U” featuring Kendrick Lamar and the Timbaland-produced “Take It Easy On Me” turn the tables to a more dance vibe by adding some subtle dubstep-influences for easy marketable radio-success. “Get In My Way” is a nod to the past, with a 70’s inspired disco sound that comes across as light and effortless, while ‘Feel Good’ is the trance-pop tune that should appeal more to the European markets.

Read the rest of the review & stream more tracks after the jump…

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[Event Preview] Steve Angello – SIZE In The Park (Sept. 26,27)


Everyone is bummed Swedish House Mafia played their final show at Ultra this year, but we all have to collectively band together and get over it. One thing that will help is supporting the guys’ individual efforts. Today we’re stoked to bring you a tasty morsel that comes via Steve Angello.

The internationally renown superstar DJ/Producer makes his long awaited return to New York City with the second annual “SIZE In The Park” at Rumsey Playfield in historic Central Park. This is the second event of its kind after debuting last year, and even after a single event, it was widely considered NYC’s best dance music events of the year.

While one night would be more than enough to appease the big apples dance desires, this Greek-Swedish DJ, record producer, and record label owner has agreed to perform on two nights, September 26th and 27th.

This is going to be one of those “must see” shows of the year, so make sure you have your credit cards ready Friday, August 9 at 12PM EST. Tickets will be available here.

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[NEW] Drake – All Me (Feat. 2 Chainz & Big Sean)

All Me feat. 2 Chainz & Big Sean

While many of us out there were sleeping (I know I was), Drake decided to drop this bomb on us seemingly out of nowhere (which is pretty much the norm for him these days). Drizzy must’ve been in a generous mood last night, hooking us up with a free download of his latest single featuring 2 Chainz & Big Sean. Given the title of the song (and the parties involved), it’s probably not too difficult to ascertain that the minimalistic trap anthem is brimming with braggadocious rhymes and self indulgent lyrics. We’d like to say this will be featured on Nothing Was The Same, but you can never be too sure with Drake. Look for the album when it drops on September 17th.

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[R&B] The Weeknd – Love In The Sky

The Weeknd
Love In The Sky

For a man who’s usually shrouded in mystery, The Weeknd‘s been pretty generous with his music output lately. Although Kiss Land is still months away, this is the third single we’ve received from him in July (if you count the collaboration with Kavinsky). “Love In The Sky” seems like business as usual for The Weeknd, as he blends his raw vocals and fervid lyrics with some elemental production to create an atmosphere that’s perfect for those dark and stormy nights. The anticipation is killing us as we wait for the release of Kiss Land, now set to drop on September 1oth.

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Pixies – Where Is My Mind (Bassnectar Piano Cover)

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In Bassnectar’s most recent mix, he dropped a mesmerizing Piano cover of his remix for Pixies track “Where Is My Mind”. To say the least, it is nothing short of amazing, and allows you to fall in love all over again. The original bass heavy remix that Lorin threw down was epic on it’s own, but once you mix in some piano for the intro, you better believe it’s amazing. Odds are this track will never get released so here is a rip from his most recent mix titled, “Immersive Music Mixtape – Side One”. Cheers.

Where Is My Mind (Bassnectar Piano Cover)
Immersive Music Mixtape (Side One)


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Zammuto – Need Some Sun

Need Some Sun

While it has only been a few years since Nick Zammuto left his one-half of experimental-folk duo The Books in order to focus more on a fledgling solo project aptly named Zammuto, the ever evolving musician has released the first meaningful piece of music in an entire calendar year from the project, entitled “Need Some Sun”. As far as comparisons to The Books, and Zammuto’s self-titled debut long player from 2012, “Need Some Sun” is far more straightforward than his previous body of work would indicate. Immediately, an energetic, but subdued bass line takes its listener on a walk before Nick Z’s patchy vocal reverberations create a dreamy, but pop soaked vibe.

Zammuto’s second LP is being released through an Indiegogo campaign, which is essentially an avenue from which you can pre-order the record along with making donations in order to receive special items such as a sound sculpture (seen in the mini-documentary on Zammuto Shape of Things to Come), silk screened posters and more- similar to a Kickstarter campaign. You can read more and help be a part of finishing Zammuto’s sophomore LP, through the link here, and stream “Need Some Sun” above. Did we mention it’s available as a free download on Soundcloud as well? Well there you have it Ninjas.

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[Fresh] TOTEM – Rich Girl

rich girl

We admittedly got really excited reading the title of this tune, thinking that it was a cover of one of our all time favorites, Hall and Oates. Once we figured out that it wasn’t a cover, we surprisingly weren’t disappointed. In fact, we found ourselves fully enveloped in the audibly delectable vocals of TOTEM.

We know it was forever ago in internet time, but a few months back we brought you a premiere of the relatively unknown sounds of TOTEM with their sultry tune “In and Out.” While “Rich Girl” isn’t a far departure stylistically from their first release, it’s equally impressive. Once again we find lyrics from this 26 year old masked marauder of a lead singer dripping with sensuality. The focus is entirely on the vocalists voice, with the instrumentation only playing a part in accentuating his lovely tone and marvelous range.

While we wish we had more information for you, we regrettably do not. Not because of the fact that we didn’t do our homework, but simply because someone on his/their team is playing up the mystery, and we’ve taken the bait full on.

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