song with emotion, sung with heart
I can’t name a Hip-Hop sung with as much emotion as this piece right here. Then again this is Lupe Fiasco. He takes his stuff pretty seriously. I know a lot of the emotive signing comes from Guy Sebastian, but overall that combined with Lupe’s rap makes this song is pretty great.
Definitely one of my favorite rap/r&b mixes today. It’s traditional in a sense, meaning it’s not Passion Pit and Juicy J, but it’s really above all other rap cross-genre records nowadays.
One of the things I like about it the most, is Lupe’s verses. It’s top notch songwriting. Nobody can make a case against rappers with this kind of artistic skills. The writing is complex, emotional and deep, it connects with the audience on multiple levels. The performance is nothing short of fantastic as well. Lupe Fiasco is showing off because he wrote the verses for himself, he knows his style and how to make this song his own. Really makes you believe in his ‘battle scars from a war with love’.
Lupe Fiasco ft. Guy Sebastian - Battle Scars
Time to get over it
If you’re not over something or someone, it’s time to do it. Now. Not a single day more. I’m a firm believer that you have to live life forwards. If you’re still not over something, it means you’re still on it and it’s holding you back. Whatever it is: an ex, a fight, a wrong-doing, a failure - time to let it go, forget it, get your head up and just look forward. **Add other cliche quotes if you want**.
But know that this is true: anything/anyone that doesn’t belong with you anymore, is just taking space for other better things you should focus on.
We’ll let it slide for Gavin DeGraw, ‘Not Over You’ is a hit and a half. The love songwriter and singer, finally broke-through with his 4th album: Sweeter.
Gavin DeGraw - Not Over You
Talented artists must collaborate more - Exhibit A
Nothing special, just two dudes jamming to their guitars…Those who know me should hear that with my Sarcastic tone.
Let me state the obvious: Ed Sheeran & Mike Rosenberg (Passenger) are very talented singers, songwriters, and musicians. They have outstanding voices. I enjoy this video very much.
Now something less obvious: the two artists are very close friends, who collaborate a lot, even to the extent of touring the US together.
Here’s their acoustic Thrift Shop/No Diggity Acoustic MashUp
Ed Sheeran & Passenger - Hearts On Fire
Bon Iver, Forever
A take away show. It will literally take you away. It is raw talent at its best.
The fact that they’re in the streets of Paris adds to the magique. Can’t help but picture myself walking around and stumbling upon them. Things like this make me want to become a bum and just live in the streets of such a Magical city.
Bon Iver - For Emma, Forever Ago - A Take Away Show
For those Fly girls I know
Cris Cab yo. Check this dude out, for real. Modern Reggae-Pop music, mentored by the greatest, Pharrell and Wyclef Jean. This song here is more on the pop side of things, but many of his other records are surprisingly Reggae.
The songs talks about a girl who is So Fly, she’s the perfect 10. We all know at least one of those..I’m I right? "She [gets us] dancing stupid"…"When She cat walks, jaws drop"
Yes we all a girl(s) in mind by now!
Cris Cab feat. Wyclef Jean - She’s So Fly
Wouldn’t mind it if this song was on repeat for some time.
Ain’t it great?
Ben Howard is an English singer-songwriter, with only 1 official album release: Every Kingdom. In this song he reminds us to always Keep [Our] Heads Up, it’s motivational and very emotional. In the opening verse it talks about obstacles in life and the feeling of giving up - reminding you then to keep your heart strong. For the second verse, almost as if it’s following a story, we hear about coming ‘home’ to the comforting and uplifting support of a friend and how this makes things feel easier. Then the song wraps up positively hoping to find happiness ‘there’ (home).
For me the song is written wonderfully, resulting in this nice moral: In the company of friends you may find happiness and the strength to Keep Your Head Up, and your heart strong, over any obstacles life may throw at you.
Ben Howard - Keep Your Head Up
Bruno Mars ala Bruno Mars
The thing with this song is that it gets to a guy just as much as it can get to a girl. Even though the story is told from a guy’s perspective, there’s a very strong nostalgic vibe of a relationship that was once good and a love which obviously is still there even when the guy is not the girl’s man anymore. The details of the situation are purposely left out so that we can fill them in with our own stories. Because we all have One, you do, and I sure do.
"It’s the most honest, real thing I’ve ever sang,” says Bruno on his interview with Rolling Stone Magazine, "when there are no safe bets, that’s when I feel my blood move." I don’t think we don’t have enough ballads like this in today’s music.
Bruno Mars - When I Was Your Man
U only need the light when is burning low, only miss the sun when it starts to snow
One of the best tracks of the year right here. Passenger has been around for a while now (see previous post),it started in 2003 as a British band, split in 2009 and resurfaced as a solo act by it’s lead man Mike Rosenberg. So yeah, that’s Mike’s amazing voice. But he also produced and wrote it. The three great elements that make this song: his voice, the great instrumental production, and the mind bogging lyrics. Kudos to you Mike!
There’s a lot of truth in those words, and good things to think about. All of us can identify with this song, which makes it great. I love songs that can achieve that kind of connection with its audience. Because you and I have been in/are/will be in a situation where you have to let go of something, sometimes it’s a material it, or a non-material it, or sometimes it’s a living her/him.
Passenger - Let Her Go
I <3 IT
Icona Pop is on y’all. Big timer over at SXSW with a huge buzz since before the festival because of their hit single I Love It. So who is Icona Pop? They are a Swedish female DJ duo. How’s that for a description! Their style is electropop/indie/house sounding.
The song is very very enjoyable, contagious and overall fun. Great way to start a great weekend. Have fun out there.
Icona Pop - I Love It
I want You to Stay!!!
This song is both for the Rihanna fan-club and for the anti-Rihanna’s out there. A totally different sound for the Barbadian super(pop)star. It features Mikky Ekko, who does more than sing (barely) but is also the brains behind this operation having co-written/co-produced the song (mind u Rihanna is not a songwriter).
In case you were wondering, there’s also a video for this beauty: Here U Go
Rihanna ft. Mikky Ekko - Stay
Get you dancing with the devil, Take a shot of this
I would like to know how this songs makes you feel. It’s deep. It’s great. It’s The Weeknd.
From their debut mixtape Thursday, the Canadian singer introduces his style. A style he very much owns. There might be some similar artists out there, but not nearly as fantastic as The Weeknd.
The Weeknd - Wicked Games
ps: It’t not a coincidence that today is Thursday. Just saying. S/O to my OCD.
Mumford & Sons unreleased masterpiece: HOME.
Trying to decide on a single Mumford & Sons track to post is always a difficult task. Sometimes I feel like starting a blog only about them; it would be called i <3 mumford & sons, just in case you were wondering.
Anyways, this song right here is amazing and it somehow didn’t make the album. Can’t understand why, because it’s now one of my favorites.
Mumford & Sons - Home
Just give me a reason, just a little bit’s enough
This song is magic. Very emotional, very deep. The combination of the powerful lyrics with the magical vocal-duo is what makes this song. Originally the song was meant to be just for Pink, but it was her that pursued the duo with Nate (Fun.’s lead singer).
It’s the conversation between them that makes this song so good, their back and forth in dealing with the struggles of their love. We’ve all been there too. You truly love the other person…but life’s complicated, it seems like it will break, but…”just a second we’re not broken just bent”. The mutual connection is so strong, "it’s been written in the scars on our hearts”.
P!nk ft. Nate Reuss - Just Give Me A Reason
if you don’t know what sexy sounds like, here you go.
U’re welcome. But who you should really thank, is Miguel and Wiz (read end-note). This is the modern R&B anthem, a touch of soul and electronic and of course an amazing rap verse, written and sung by Miguel. Here’s the cherry on top of the cake, guess who’s responsible for the sub-bass sounds, falsettos, echoes, synths and the rest of the entire production? You guessed it, of course it’s Miguel.
Miguel - Adorn (Remix) (ft. Wiz Khalifa)
Note on Wiz Khalifa: So I followed him on twitter and instagram for like two weeks, and suddenly now every time I hear his music I can smell weed coming out of my headphones/speakers. Weird isn’t?
"We’re no respecter of genre."
according to the lead man of OneRepublic, “If its a good song or a good artist whether rock, pop, indie or hip hop, they’ve probably influenced us on some level…nothing’s new under the sun, we’re a sum of a bunch of parts.”
OneRepublic’s new album: Native, is set to be released on March 26th (or earlier if you’re ever on the internet). Their lead single ‘Feel Again' is a total hit.
OneRepublic - If I Lose Myself