Saturday Sounds: “Tyrant” Kali Uchis Feat. Jorja Smith (Music Video)

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Kali Uchis in the “Tyrant” Music video

Kali Uchis has been a favorite rising star of mine for the past few years. Her 2015 release, Por Vida, which I covered on the blog, really put the Colombiana via Alexandria, Virginia on the map, via her unique vocal stylings evoking doo-wop, soul, and indie stylings, at the same time. Since then, she has toured, co-directed the majority of her music videos, and served up some fashionable looks to get the people going.

Her latest single, “Tyrant” featuring soul songstress from the UK, Jorja Smith was released in late May, with the gorgeous music video offering which dropped late June. I would have posted this earlier, but life get busy sometimes, you know? The song is giving me proper slow whine/reggae vibes, and if you are really into this music thing, you can hear that it would perfectly blend into “Clubbin” by Marques Houston feat. Joe Budden (because guitar licks).

Visually, I see lots of Missy Elliott references in the music video, specifically “The Rain.” Super-saturated coloring and late ’90s styling (bikini tops, plaid, bigger hair) along with a good amount of sunflowers. Press play up top to get into the vid, and slow whine proper! A must for your summer playlist!

Saturday Sounds: Mattie Safer “Whenever You’re Ready” (Music Video + Audio)

As we quickly approach the middle of November (ALREADY) after an anxiety-filled presidential election, I wanted to musically smooth it all out for you guys with a nice soulful tune & visually appealing music video. Let me introduce you to Mattie Safer, the DC-bred, bi-coastal crooner whose EP All We Are is sure to make a fan out of you!

His latest single, “Whenever You’re Ready”, evokes a feeling of 70’s soul, reminiscent of Marvin Gaye, but fresh enough to be played in 2016. The song lyrics are a confession to a lover. Mattie explains that he will be available to love the object of his desire whenever she is ready, and not rush her into something that she it not yet prepared for.

The track’s music video, directed by HXLT (formerly Hollywood Holt, for the real ones), is a simple visual told through a multitude of hanging bulbs, with Mattie as the center spotlight. Peep it below.

Digging it? If so, and you live in NYC, he will be performing live on Monday, November 14th at Berlin Bar in the Lower East Side. Check out his website for more info, including his glorious bio written by yours truly. Happy Saturday!

 

Photo by Christelle De Castro

Saturday Sounds: Steve Lacy “Some” (Music Video + Audio)

The youngest member of my favorite band The Internet, Steve Lacy, is here to bless your ears with bouncy guitar-driven soul. The 18-year old musical phenom-in-the-making released his first solo music video for his feel good tune, “Some.”

The music video, directed by Matthew Castellanos, gives us a bit of nostalgia of teen romantic-comedy films. The young man with a speaker in front of the object of his affection’s home, posted up to serenade her, and ask her out to prom. This story, however, ends a little bit differently. Check it out below.

The video is tight right? But you are probably asking, where’s the audio girl? The track is on Lacy’s SoundCloud and the player is below. Like it, play it on repeat, and vibe out.

If you were lucky to snag tickets, you can catch Steve Lacy perform live with The Internet at the now sold out Camp Flognaw Festival on Sunday, November 13th in L.A. His solo debut is on the way, so hold tight for more tantalizing grooves!

Saturday Sounds: Kali Uchis “Rush” + Music Video

Kali Uchis, the Colombiana songstress & visionary by way of Virginia has been on my radar for some time now. I first came across her last year via Kitty Cash’s Love The Free Vol. 2 mixtape that featured her track “Real”. I was immediately fascinated by her smokey tone and songwriting, and had since been following her music via SoundCloud.

She dropped her Por Vida EP back in February, and it’s been in constant rotation on my iTunes. It contains nine undeniably groovy tracks, one of my favorites being “Rush”, produced by KAYTRANADA & BADBADNOTGOOD. The song has a funky 1970’s vibe, which I always appreciate in music. Listen below.

The music video, co-directed by Kali Uchis is set in the mid-1970’s with hot pants, platform shoes and cascading tresses to set the mood. The visual perfectly complements the lo-fi feeling of the track. Get into it below, and enjoy your Saturday!

Watch This: Roses Gabor “Rush”

Let me put you on game about Roses Gabor. Featured on huge tracks including “DARE” by the Gorillaz and “Pharaohs” by SBTRKT, Ms. Gabor has been gaining buzz for her solo tunes including “Stars”, and now “Rush”. The lyric video for “Rush” premiered a little over a month ago on VICE’s “Noisey” Youtube channel, and introduced us to the seductive grooves of Roses.

This a sexy summer chine, best played at a high volume, whilst dancing with a boo thang. Press play up top to get into it. “Rush” is now available on iTunes.

Watch This: Denitia and Sene “Divided”

Denitia & Sene are a Brooklyn-based duo that I have been listening to for about a year and a half now. I’m actually quite surprised I haven’t posted their vids/music earlier, because they are pretty freaking awesome! In the latter part of last year, they teamed up with Red Bull Music, and have been doing shows across the country, making their debut festival appearance this coming weekend at Firefly.

Their latest music video for “Divided” is moody with an artistic element, shot entirely in black and white, accented by linear graphic imagery, as well as landscape scenery. The song is a downtempo gem, perfect for summer evenings spent relaxing with the object of your affection. Press play up top to get into it!

Watch This: Vic Mensa “Down On My Luck”

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It has been some time since I’ve done a “Watch This” video post, but now felt like a right time to do so as the song is a jammy jam. “Down On My Luck” by Vic Mensa is garage-inspired dance track (think Disclosure), that was produced by himself alongside fellow Chicagoan producer, Stephan Ponce.

I heard this song for the first time oddly enough, on-set for the music video below. My homie Jason was shooting behind-the-scenes footage and told me to come out so I did. I appreciated the fact that the vid was filmed in Brooklyn (what what!) and that the melody was so infectious and shimmy-ready.

FUN FACT: I make an unexpected cameo around 2:29; I am on the right side of the telephone booth, typing away on my iPhone.

Get into the fun, nightlife-inspired music video below.

Watch This: Disclosure feat Eliza Doolittle “You & Me”

 

With the recent audio release of Disclosure’s new single “You & Me”, featuring UK songstress Eliza Doolittle, I patiently awaited this day, the music video release. The visuals capture the essence of young love in all forms. It features a couple travelling throughout Europe, getting lost together, and sharing tender moments in their downtime. We see their ups and downs, how they yearn for one another, and how they bring the lyrics  below (in the chorus) alive.

So please don’t let go
‘Cause you know exactly what we found
So please don’t let go my darling
You keep me hooked up underground

Check it out.

What I’m Listening To: Quadron “Hey Love” + NYC show Details!

It goes without saying that I love the Danish musical duo that is Quadron. Since discovering their music in 2011 and having the wonderful opportunity of interviewing Robin Hannibal in the same year, I have been hooked. The first single off their second album entitled “Avalanche” (to be released in June of this year) is called “Hey Love”, a danceable love-song containing Gospel, electro, R&B, and Hip-Hop elements. Lead singer Coco’s vocals soar over the track and call you to bust a move.

Below is the music video for the song. I love that we see Coco a little glammed up and dancing; a diversion from previous efforts. I especially love her dance break with Robin at the 1:47 mark; it’s lighthearted, and above all, fun. Take a look.

Next Thursday, April 25th, they will be performing in NYC at Le Poisson Rouge. Tickets are still available at the LPR Box Office. Note, this event is 21 +. Support good music!

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Guess who’s bizack?

It’s me! I know I have been off the radar for a hot minute, but I am back and better than ever! The past month has been extremely busy, stressful, and relaxing all at the same time. I went on vacation in Belize, as seen in the photo above, to spend some quality time with the family and tan it up. Photos to come. I also started a new job this past week in sales and PR for a super fun handbag company. I’m putting everything into perspective and really looking forward for what’s in store for the months ahead. Woop woop!

Along with all of this, I’ve been jamming to tons of beautiful music lately. I wanted to share one of my favorite tracks right now by the the beautifully talented Mara HrubyIt is a cover of Jamiroquai’s “Alright” and she does it justice. Check out the music video below and rock with me now. 🙂

New Music Video: Oxymorrons “Learn Somethin'”

Check out the lastest visual musical interpretation by my friends, the Oxymorrons. The track is entitled “Learn Somethin'” and is the title track off their newest project 4 Fun and Games, to be released in the fall.  The video documents a behind-the-scenes look at the guys while on tour with Gym Class Heroes. You can expect funny dancing, huge crowds of fans, and lots of time on the road.

Be sure to support the guys and keep up with their latest news on Facebook and Twitter, ya dig?

Video Duel: Justin Bieber “Boyfriend” vs. NSYNC “Girlfriend”

This is what you see when you watch NSYNC “Girlfriend” on YouTube.

I never do music video duels, but I found it was fitting to do so with the aforementioned songs, Justin Bieber “Boyfriend” and NSYNC “Girlfriend”. Aside from the similar song titles, there are many similarities between the two in song structure and music video depiction. First off, let me state my grounds for this.

  • My age: I am 25 going on 26
  • I grew up in the boy band phenomenon, and was a huge NSYNC fan
  • I watch and analyze tons of music videos

Sound

With that being said, upon the premiere of Bieber’s “Boyfriend” across many blogs, namely that of urban sites, I noticed the similarities in sound to another Justin–Timberlake. If we compare song structure, both tracks feature breathy vocals in the beginning and simple, almost down-tempo production. Bieber’s track, produced by Mike Posner, is being toted as a strong crossover contender as it has clear urban sensibility. This was similar for NSYNC’s “Girlfriend”, which featured rapper Nelly on the remix, and I believe was their first music video (aside from “Gone”) to be featured on BET’s 106 & Park.

Look

Now for the visuals. The music videos were released a little over ten years apart, but they capture the same feeling. This includes the industrial setting, vintage cars, coloring (yellow-tinted vintage feel), badass dancers/extras, and the plethora of gorgeous ethnically ambiguous female models. Both videos to me capture this essence of

I’m a cool cat. All my friends are amazingly good-looking, and this is what we do on weekends. Dance and flaunt our rides.

I can go on and on, but you can be the judge of that. Peep the videos below, and let me know what you think!