As music bloggers, our mindset often gets caught up in the new. New singles, new remixes, new albums, etc. Everything is about the here and now, and providing the latest and greatest material for all you ninjas out there. Sometimes though, it’s good to reflect on the old, and see how far we’ve come over the last few years. Pentatonix takes that exact concept and stretches things back all the way to the 11th century.
The California-based a cappella group takes us on a journey through history, showcasing some of the most popular music of the last century, and more, in merely four minutes. While every classic isn’t present (that would be kind of tough to fit within the time constraints), the band does do a tremendous job of summing up the sounds of each decade. This is more than just a gimmick too, as the group is able to demonstrate their vocal range and talents superbly through the mashup. See if you can name all the songs used in the medley, before peeking at the list after the jump. After hearing this, let’s all hope the band decides to make a part two. Also, make sure to check out more from Pentatonix on their official website.
When it was first announced that Jay-Z would be executive producing the soundtrack for The Great Gatsby, we knew big things were to follow. There’s no way we could have ever expected this though. The tracklist alone was enough to get us salivating, but now we have a real sample with “A Little Party Never Killed Nobody (All We Got).” Featuring the odd trio of Fergie, Q-Tip and GoonRock, the dance floor ready number effectively merges jazz age sensibilities with modern flare. The song exemplifies what’s already been exhibited in all the previous trailers for the film: the extravagance of the roaring 20′s combined with a contemporary edge meant to appeal to younger audiences in 2013. If you enjoyed your first true taste of the Gatsby soundtrack, make sure to check out the album sampler below, along with the full tracklist after the jump.
Australian DJ duo the Stafford Brothers are back with another BIG podcast of the most dance floor dominating tunes from this week. We’re happy to present this selection of tasty tracks hosted by Matt and Chris. Solid music aside, there’s also an exclusive interview with the legendary Michael Woods as well. Enjoy!
#SomethingBIG – Episode #015: PLAYLIST
01: ‘LONELINESS 2K13’ Tomcraft
02: ‘SO YOUNG, SO HIGH’ (Tiesto remix) Dada Life
03: ‘HANDS UP’ [FMF 2013 Anthem] (Charity Strike remix) Stafford Brothers
04: ‘DETOX’ Disfunktion & Helena
05: ‘AFTER DARK’ Style Of Eye & Tom Staar
06: ‘OHH SHH’ Chris Lake
07: ‘BULLET TRAIN’ (Walden remix) Static Revenger & Miss Palmer
08: ‘I DARE YOU’ Savoy ft Bright Lights
09: ‘FALLOUT’ WeSmile
10: ‘BLACK THONG’ Michael Woods & Chris Lake
11: ‘BEAUTIFUL WORLD’ (Michael Woods remix) Tiesto & Mark Knight ft Dino
12: ‘PLATINUM CHAINS’ Michael Woods
13: ‘BLINK’ John Dahlback
In the midst of all madness we see possessing the world around us, even the toughest Ninja needs an escape. The indie dojo is here to guide you on the journey to your happy place…even if only for the length of a 6 song playlist.
It hasn’t even been 24 hours since Drake revealed to us his obligatory Khaled track for the year, “No New Friends,” but he decided to surprise us with a brand new single describing why “Girls Love Beyonce.” Drake definitely has a thing for recycling choruses from the late 90′s. Just as he did with Juvenile‘s “Back That Azz Up” on 2011′s “Practice,” Drizzy interpolates the hook of Destiny Child‘s hit song, “Say My Name” for this one. Don’t think that diminishes the quality of the track, however. This newest effort from Drake features him in his typical R&B form: raw, steady, relaxed, and smooth. As usual, the dusky, atmospheric production is handled by none other than 40, while James Fauntleroy (of Cocaine 80s fame) takes care of background vocals and chorus duties. After hearing his third single, it seems like Drake has got one hell of an album in store for us with Nothing Was The Same, dropping later this year.
“Wanna hear some brand new shit? I don’t think I’m supposed to play this.” But, boy, are we sure glad Bauuer did anyway. As he closed his Coachella set the other day, the now-famous New York producer dropped a pitched-up, ultra-overdrive remix of Jessie Ware and Disclosure‘s “Please Don’t Go”. There’s no word on the official release of this, but here’s hoping that it’s real soon. In the meantime, check out the live clip!