Tune Tuesday | England ’17

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Now we’re in one of my favorite places! Have you ever felt homesick for a place you’ve never been? Well, I have and my heart belongs in England, mainly London! The music in this post is all over the place really, we have a lot of pop but in different ranges! All three artists have been featured on the Billboard Charts!

The first is Dido and I am REALLY hoping that I have not talked about her yet. My gut is telling me that I have either wanted to mention her or the possibly is this will be a repeat of an older post, who knows! I love Dido though! We tend to believe that this trend of chilled, dark, pop/alternative/indie music is new but it’s not and Dido should be the mother of it! After hearing her song “Thank You” and “White Flag” years ago, I have had this love of a somber vibe in music! She’s the reason why I’m obsessed with Banks! They have such similar sounds, it’s so good!

Second will probably shock you and/or make you remember the year 2004, whether or not that was a happy year for you is another thing altogether! Mis-Teeq is an all girl group consisting of Sabrina Washington, Alesha Dixon, and Su-Elise Nash. Does the song “Scandalous” ring any bells? It does for me, between my mom and I, we were obsessed with it. We tend to do that with girl groups for some odd reason! One movie that I love is Catwoman, I’m like the 1% of the population who loved it I guess! If I could find the soundtrack or score, I’d be a happy camper because they basically helped with it.

Last one is Dua Lipa, she’s our new artist! Of course, I did not think she was British until I looked her up and was amazed but was also very happy too because then I could include her with this year’s lineup since she’s been featuring practically everywhere! You might’ve saw her all over YouTube last year towards the summer, she was the featured artist on there! She’s recently released a new track with Miguel called “Lost In Your Light” but you might be more familiar on Martin Garrix newest single “Scared Of Being Lonely”. I’m still obsessed with this sucker!

So what do you think? I’m looking for more British music, so if you would like for me to talk about someone just let me know! 

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Album Review: “White Light” by Down For Whatever

Every once in a while I get requests to do reviews, but my favorite is obviously for music. It’s always fun and I love to promote especially if they’re a new band. Recently, I got a message on Twitter from the lead singer of Down For Whatever if I’d be interested  in reviewing their new album “White Light” and I thought it was too cool so I said yes and that’s the origins of that story.

Down For Whatever is a modern metal band based in Budapest, Hungary. If anybody knows me well enough, you know I’m a sucker for international artists and bands. The band consists of Dávid Zsoldos on drums, Róbert Császár playing the guitar and finally Kiki Diószegi on vocals. As I found out by looking through their Facebook page, they were formed in early 2015 and they released their first EP in December while the album that I will be talking about came out last month!

I was very intrigued to hear this album, especially seeing the track list and founding out the opening track is basically instrumental beginning, called “Prologue” it is very ominous and fierce. Now that is how you should start out every album, well in the rock and heavy metal category at least! The first real track is the title of the album “White Light” and I really like it. I like the introduction leading into this single, really digging hearing the bass guitar throughout, it has elements of synths but it’s pretty tame. It’s a mix of everything that I like so that’s a good sign. The second is “The Black March” and another great beginning, brings out my inner crazy (in a good way)! I really like the lyrics of this one, I feel like I can relate to it in parts.

Third is “Alienation” and this is a heavy sucker, not to say the first two weren’t by any means. I just think this one has less electronic sounds and it’s definitely a heavy metal song; it’s mean and gritty. However, it did take me a bit to get into it fully, once it was fading out that’s when I realized it’s potential and had to start it over again. After is “Let Me In” and again we go back to the electronic sounds before it basically explodes into this monster. There is definitely a higher pitched voice in the background, don’t really know who’s voice I am hearing but it’s a nice balance. Next is “Age Of Insanity” and with that kind of title, you know it’s going to be brilliant. At least, you’re always hoping it is! This is another one that I focused on the lyrics and that made me like it a little bit more. It definitely empowers the listener, or maybe that was just me!

We first had a “Prologue” and now that we’re in the middle of the album essentially, we have an interlude as well, and I saw “Kyrie” and it brought me back to my choir days in school, because we would see that song in winter months. It was always my favorite! Anyways, it’s only 33 seconds long and I didn’t even notice it at first, I just thought it was the ending of the previous track. KiKi has the space to just release a few lines before the next song starts which is “Better To Be Alone” and again, I’m surprising myself with listening more to the lyrics then the actual music. I’m very backwards today, but hey, I’m not complaining because I’ve been really into the words. I feel I could grow to really enjoy this one too, as sometimes I feel better to be alone too. Next is “Sea Of Tomorrow” this one seems to be a bit slower, but not like a ballad though. It definitely reminds me of a pop-rock kind of track, good for radio and I say that in a good way! I don’t see anything wrong with that!

The last three songs start with “Alpha & Omega” and this is surprising pretty tame too! I figured it would be a bit heavier, but then again majority of the songs I’ve heard, they have enough of those. I’m on the fence about it. It’s an okay track, but if anybody really knows me I can always change my mind after a while! The next doesn’t disappoint though, it has that creepy, mysterious intro that I am always look for, it is called “G.T.F.O.”  which translates to “get the fuck out” and this is the one that has a featured artist on it: Adam Connor. I have no idea what band he is from, I am not familiar with him at all, but I wonder if he’s the other vocalist I hear in the background of “Let Me In” despite the fact, he is not credited for it. Last one is “The Last Chapter” which again is an awesome title for the outro of the album. And of course, it ends on a high or in this case heavy sound. I get like an air-y vibe, almost a chill in the verses. It’s not like a gritty type of song that we’ve heard in the beginning of the album but it’s still pretty great too!

I think this album is very good, despite not exactly knowing how to really describe “modern metal” on here so I apologize for that. They remind me of Bring Me The Horizon in the different elements they’ve used in their last two albums. For once, I actually broke my own set of rules and looked to the lyrics which never really happens in any genre of music I listen to nowadays! I do think it saved them in certain songs, because there’s no ballads on this record and so after a while, I kind of got bored with hearing the same heavy sound over and over again. I never thought I’d say that either; although I say that I can’t say I hated any of the songs though.

Have you heard of Down For Whatever yet? If you have, what were your favorite songs?

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Tune Tuesday | Denmark ’17

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It’s time for week three and we’re going to be talking about Denmark! It is always a country that I love to talk about on Tune Tuesday, but finding music from the actual country can be fairly difficult! Which is the main reason why I only have two to share today! These artists are very good and deserve free promotion!

The first person I am going to discuss is a native DJ by the name of Martin Jenson! I’m not going to lie but after I discovered him and his single “Solo Dance” on Spotify, I began to hear the track on Sirius XM BPM quite regularly! I don’t hear a whole lot about him anywhere, but I’m hoping to hear some more soon!

Lastly is Christopher, he was a late addition, I was on Facebook on a “liking” spree trying to find new music for these posts and ended up regretting not putting Finland back on my rooster but finding this guy too! First of all, he is REALLY cute! Blond hair and blue eyes! *shudders* He kind of sounds like Justin Bieber but I think I prefer his voice instead! Last month he released a new song called “Naked” and it’s really good! He also has two released albums on Spotify!

Have you heard of Martin Jenson or Christopher before? Always looking for suggestions for music in Denmark, if you know anybody, let me know!

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Tune Tuesday | Canada ’17

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Welcome back to week two and it’s all about Canada!

I am very excited about talking about the variation of Canadian music today! We’ve got a little pop and some electronica in the mix! Also, people seem to think the French language would only appear for week five: France, but if you didn’t know this, but there are a few countries that have French as part of their official language. So you’ll be getting a taste of it in this post too!

First off we have Alessia Cara! I think she is amazing despite the fact when I first heard her song “Here” I figured she would be a one-hit wonder. I know, even I’m furious with myself! Her 2016’s “Know-It-All” has done a very good job lately, cracking out the hit like “Scars To Your Beautiful” at the end of the year that was about self-esteem and accepting who you are. She has such a sweet voice that you do not believe she’s basically 20 years old! I thought she was like 16-17 when I first saw her.

Second act is Shaun Frank. If you don’t listen to a lot of dance music then you’ve probably never heard of Shaun. Unfortunately, I’ve only heard of two or three tracks but they’ve mostly had an interesting, chilled beat with some good vocals! I recently found on YouTube were these live versions of his songs “La La Land” with Delaney Jane and “Let You Get Away” featuring Ashe. I love both of them, but I really wish they would release that version of “Let You Get Away” mostly because of the saxophone. Who knew that was used in the original? Or was it?

My last is a duo by the name of Lydia&Sebastian. They are the ones who mostly sing in French, which is perfectly fine! I actually like it this way, it’s fun! They do have a few songs sung in English, but majority of their music is in French. I don’t know a lot about them, but from the songs that I have heard they have a more chilled out vibe in their music, I would categorize them in the modern adult, they’re not too pop-y in an obnoxious way! They’re really interesting!

How are we liking the artists featured on Tune Tuesday so far? If you have any suggestions for music in 2018’s lineup, let me know!

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Album Review: “Memories…Do Not Open” by The Chainsmokers

17098501_1420925944606458_233561629857129352_nLast month was a semi good month for music, the new releases were even better! I had a better time with finding good singles, but nothing made me more excited than when my favorite duo The Chainsmokers released their debut album “Memories…Do Not Open,” after so long they finally released a bunch of unreleased music and it was glorious! I knew when they had announced that they were going on a big ass tour I figured something really big was going to happen and looks like I was right!

The Chainsmokers is made up of two very strange dudes! If you listen to their radio show on Sirius XM BPM then you will understand what I mean! Alex and Drew are absolutely hilarious! If you’ve been living under a rock, they’ve been winning awards left and right, like a freaking GRAMMY for “Best Song Of The Year” with Halsey! In 2016, they put out five different singles! My favorites are still “Don’t Let Me Down” with Daya and “Inside Out” with Charlee!

Let’s get on with the review, shall we?

One thing about the guys is that every song is different, not every song has a bass-y drop but I think that’s a good thing. When I first heard “The One” I was a bit sad that it was so loose; it’s slower but it has a nice groove but other than that, it’s a bit boring to start off an album and I feel really bad saying that! Now I love “Break Up Every Night” it is a little bit uppity, almost sounds like a pop-rock song than EDM! That’s what I like about music lately, everything is colliding together and nobody is staying into one genre anymore! Go Rebels! The tempo does increase as it heads into the choruses but it mostly stays pretty mild throughout but it’s good! Third is “Bloodstream” and this is one of my favorites! It has a nice and easy introduction with only a piano and it mostly stays in the mellow sound. It doesn’t feature another artist, but I think the female’s voice you can hear in the background is Phoebe Ryan, who collaborated with their track “All We Know” last year!

Next is “Don’t Say” and it features and starts with Emily Warren, and I really like it. Despite having a very tame sound to it, it does have a more of a chilled out, bass-y vibe! So if you like those kind of tracks then you’ll love it! I also love that ending has Emily and the guys just acting all goofy after the music has faded. When I first heard it, I thought somebody had hacked into my laptop until I heard the guy’s voices and then I realized everything was fine! “Something Just Like This” was featured during the promos for March Madness games, which I loved and if Butler wasn’t playing as good I had that playing in my head the whole time! It features British band Coldplay, which shocked me! I’m used to hearing female singers in their songs, so this was something new but I felt a good choice. I know a lot of people don’t like it because it sounds too much like “Roses” but if you loved that beat, then you get a second opportunity to hear it in another way!

Emily Warren is featured on this next one, “My Type” and I don’t know why but I always think it’s somebody different since her voice is so soft and low in “Don’t Say” this one her voice is allowed to bloom and you actually feel her personality in the song. I could have needed this one when I was in high school, but I think I can still use it! The next is “It Won’t Kill Ya” with Louane, another artist that I am not familiar with but she has a very pretty voice! I really like this song, I think it would be a good trailer track to use. The sound has an ominous vibe to it and Louane makes it every better! I also fucking love the drops too! And if you read my blog, you know I don’t normally use the F word unless it is needed–it is definitely needed!

The single that let the world know that The Chainsmokers weren’t going to fit into the normal EDM box. “Paris” is so good even though it is played so much in the last two months that it’s becoming a bit annoying so I’ve had to decrease my daily intake  just so I don’t grow to hate it. I like the chill sound and if you’re having a suck-y time and you want something to relax to, this is it! The female singer in the background is once again Emily Warren!  Next is “Honest” which stays out in spoken word before breaking into song, but in the musical sense so don’t freak out! What I really like about it is that the guys are writing about their lives and experiences and you hear it throughout the entire album, but I think the bouncy music overpowers and everybody just likes it for that, which is fine but I love the honesty in the lyrics for this track!

The last three songs start with “Wake Up Alone” featuring singer Jhene Aiko and it is a light song, great drop, nothing really special about it but the entire song is another that if you’re in need of something softer but has a good rhythm this is for you! “Young” is sort of like “Break Up Every Time” where it has a more pop-rock type of sound! I think it is an interesting beat, because the different elements you can hear within it mesh well, nothing is overwhelming and it’s great! The last one kind of threw me for a loop because it features country duo Florida Georgia Line, since these guys have a few tour dates with the Backstreet Boys this summer, nothing should surprise me anymore! Anywho, the track is called “Last Day Alive” and it has a strong electronica sound to it, which will definitely freak out their die hard fans (mostly talking about FGL fans!) but I find it very unique because you can hear the EDM sounds but it does have its country notes too. I don’t necessarily know if I care for the auto-tone but like I said it’s unique so I can deal with it!

I think the guys were smart to release a couple of their softer songs throughout 2016, especially with the success of “Closer” and “Paris” of how slow their tempos were, fans seem to see and like the change in The Chainsmokers sound. They weren’t about big bass drops in all of their songs and it keeps them different from the pack! Of course people will think they’re getting too mainstream because of the radio plays on the pop stations but screw them! I think what they’re doing is awesome!

What do you think about The Chainsmokers’ first album? Yay or nay? What are your favorite song(s) by them?

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Tune Tuesday | Australia ’17

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So we are starting off the musical summer with Australia! The Aussies have a wide array of music, a lot of rock music as we’ve seen in the previous years of talking about it on here! Last year I had plans on talking about AC/DC but I somehow talked myself out of it and decided to wait until this year to use them. I remember of leaving the band in my “tag” box so it’s haunted me ever since!

One thing that I find fascinating is that not a lot of people generally know where they’re favorite music is from, like I had mentioned last week about Seether coming from South Africa, not a lot of people know that so whenever the older generation like my parents (and aunts and uncles) learn that AC/DC is also from another country it usually blows their mind! To me, it’s fun because we all assume that a singer who has a great English voice must be American! So whenever this happens I usually have fun decoding the barrier!

Unfortunately, I don’t listen to a lot of AC/DC on my own! It’s usually whenever I’m around my mom that I have no problem of listening to them and she’s the one that tends to ask me if they’ve released any new music, but that’s an every music act kind of question with my mom, because she likes all kinds of music just like her oldest daughter! I do remember listening to the album they released either early 2016 or late 2015, I can’t think that far back but I did check it out. I don’t think I ever finished it or else I would have done a review on it if I had!

In these Tune Tuesday posts, I like to have an oldie and newbie; you can get a good mixture of people together checking out something that they use to listen to but also find a new act and figure out some kind of relationship there too! I think it’s fun so that’s why I’ve included another band called Awaken Solace! They’re a symphonic metal band, you should know how I feel about that genre as a whole! They’re “new” mostly because they only have one other released album, while still working on their second called “MYTHANDRIEL” to hopefully be out later this year!

Always looking for more Australian music! If you have suggestions for 2018’s lineup, leave them below!

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April Playlist

Howdy!

The end of April marks the start of May, most importantly another year of Tune Tuesday worldwide! I released the lineup on Tuesday, so there you can keep track of the country each week! Hope you really enjoy the posts I publish as they are very fun and can be interesting especially if you’re unfamiliar with your favorite artist and band’s native homeland, because not everybody is what they seem or in this case, sound if they mostly speak English!

By the 8th of April, I had a total of 58 songs in this monthly playlist! Whenever I start these playlists sometimes I have a bunch of songs that I hear on the radio on repeat basically, so if they’re not annoying by the middle of the month I usually try to add them onto the list, like Papa Roach’s “Help” and The Chainsmokers’ “Paris” the one song that I’m about sick of is “Starving” by Hailee Steinfeld featuring Grey and Zedd! What really gets me is the fact that I love the track but since I hear it ALL the time, it’s no longer a favorite anymore! That’s the one downfall about listening to a Top 40 radio station!

I think that’s the big theme in this playlist and I have to say, I try not to build on a theme for these lists, but sometimes they just happen! I put quite a bit of music into this that I used to listen to and unfortunately, don’t hear all that much anymore! If I could figure out how to download music back onto my iPod again, I’m pretty sure I’d cure that right up, but I’m broke a lot faster than I have been lately!

The song of the month was actually a last minute addition! I’ve been hearing Idina Menzel’s song “Queen Of Swords” a lot lately, before this I think I had only heard of it twice. I do remember she performed it on Dancing With The Stars when she was a guest judge! I keep forgetting how good the beat is, so that’s my main reason for listing here.

What have you been listening to lately? Any oldies, but goodies you want to share?

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