October Playlist

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Howdy!

October is almost over, like tomorrow is Halloween people! It doesn’t real that 2018 is fading away slowly and it’ll be 2019 in no time, but let’s not dwell on that right now. This past month has brought a lot of new music with it. I’ve been trying to listen to as much as I can in these last couple of weeks, since I’ve been sort of preoccupied with album releases that came out in late September. I want to complete those on here before I really attempted to dive in with October’s offerings!

At the start of the month, I was really in the mood for Britney Spears. It was so bad that I was listening to her older albums on my iPod (because that’s all I have on there!) just before bed and I was so impressed with my dad when he actually guessed her on the fly, and he admitted that he’s always liked her voice. I didn’t actually know that, but in my defense he hasn’t really liked any of my sister and I’s music! If you like Britney Spears growing up, which album is your favorite? Mine is either “Britney” or “In The Zone”

I wish I could say that the music has changed to fit the new season, but that’ll never happen so half the songs I’ve been listening were released sometime in the summer but since nobody really wants to embrace the colder temperatures outsides, they’re the only things keeping the fun times rolling just with the warmth of pumpkin spice lattes keeping us in those summer days. I have been looking into raggaeton musicians lately and I’ve been collecting a vast amount of songs to keep me dancing and of course, happy too!

Here are my Top 10 songs for October!

Taki Taki by DJ Snake featuring Ozuna, Cardi B, & Selena Gomez
Rare by Ruth B
I’m A Mess by BeBe Rexha
Barbie Dreams by Nicki Minaj
Head Above Water by Avril Lavigne
Raggaeton Lento (Remix) by CNCO featuring Little Mix
Done For Me by Charlie Puth featuring Kehlani
Happy Now by Zedd featuring Elley Duhe
Happier by Marshmello featuring Bastille
Eastside by Benny Blanco featuring Khalid and Halsey

If you’re a Spotify user, you can go check out the WHOLE playlist here right now!

I was pretty proud of myself since I was able to go back to reviewing music again. I only talked about five albums by different women. I thought it was just International Day To Be A Girl the other day and I managed to do this on accident! I feel like they made me embrace the changes of the season, except for maybe the second one I did. They each had their share of happy but dark and gloomy songs on the albums. So, if you’re not at that point to celebrate fall yet, but you want something to take you there mentally, maybe you should check out the music below with their reviews!

Dogviolet by Laurel | Heart Of The Hurricane by Beyond The Black | Sign by RAIGN | Ancient Land by Celtic Woman | Infections Of A Different Kind (Step 1) by AURORA

At noon, I will be publishing a second batch of songs over on my blog’s Facebook page and my personal Twitter. I would like to stay at ten songs for these posts so I’m looking forward to feature bonus content to post on those sites. I hope you enjoy all of the playlists I’ve shared with you today. 🙂

What were you listening to in this October? Is there a specific type of music to get you in the mood for the colder months, if so, name a few down at the bottom for me.

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EP Review: “Mad Love The Prequel” by Sean Paul

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So, I have to say this firstly, I am a big fan of Sean Paul! In my teenage years, I would just listen to his music if I was wanting to dance, like no joke! I am still that way, but my hips ache and pop more frequently than before.

I am very excited to talk about this EP finally! I am very proud of myself, I actually stayed away from listening to it. I like to express what I’ve heard for the first time because I think when I listen to it multiple times before reviewing it, my general thoughts will change with each play. However, when it comes to dancehall or EDM music in general, my thoughts rarely change – I usually like it or I don’t. That’s just how I roll sometimes.

So, we’re going to get into this right now and hopefully you like it.

We start off with “Naked Truth” that has Jhene Aiko, and it’s very light, definitely not exactly what I was expecting. I usually prefer heavier songs to begin an album or in this case EP, but I like the balance between Sean and Jhene’s dynamic vocals. What I thought was interesting though was since Sean is originally based in Jamaica, why does this sounds more bollywood to me, especially the drum beats. I’m not saying I didn’t like it or anything, it was just the first thing that popped into my head. Second is “Bad Love” with Ellie Goulding, and I really miss Ellie! This is also a mild song too, but it still has a nice groove. It’s not overwhelming and works really well with Ellie’s soft voice. I had a hard time not dancing to this, so we’ll say it’s a winner!

Next we have “Mad Love” and it features both David Guetta and Becky G. After hearing the two quieter tracks, you have this sucker and I love it to pieces! This is another one that I love dancing to, both day and night. I really like the exotic feel, such a party anthem and Becky G’s vocals are fun and kind of seductive in a way. The only song that doesn’t have a guest artist on board is “Jump On It” and I’m very happy that there is at least one with just Sean, although I would have liked to have more but since this is an EP, maybe if he releases an album later on, I’m sure there will be more like this. Anywho, the song itself is pretty mellow, the beat isn’t crazy but I like it as it was though. It was sexy too!

From the moment I saw that Major Lazer would be on this “Tip Pon It”, I was instantly like, “well, this is going to be awesome” and it definitely didn’t disappoint! It was so much fun and I couldn’t stop dancing when the bass dropped. Although it wasn’t a big drop, the sound itself changed and got bigger and I think that’s why I ultimately ended falling in love with it! Next there’s “Jet Plane Trip” with an artist that I had only heard once and it was a couple of months ago, Stefflon Don. This is actually kind of calming, if that’s the right word to use, it had a nice rhythm but it has more of a slow dance vibe. It was good though!

These are the last three songs on the EP, and we have “Body” featuring Migos. One of the reasons why I really liked this was because it mixed both dancehall and hip hop together. I love that combination, and I actually liked Migos on the track. I’ve always been so-so about them, and I don’t know why so don’t bother asking me that question. Next there’s “Tek Weh Yuh Heart” with Tory Lanez. This is another good one! I thought at first I’d be a little bored with it, but it’s actually pretty great! I think Tory was a good addition to it, his voice is soft and goes with the beat well. The last song is “No Lie” with Dua Lipa, and I have heard this one other time before starting this review and I don’t think I liked it very much. I am turning into a fan of Dua Lipa, but I am also very picky with her songs. This has a great beat and it’s fun. It’s the ideal, light end of summer type of song to me.

I think in general the EP was very good. It had a lot of interesting artists on it, each brought their own sound with them. One thing that I always tend to have issues with is that whenever Sean Paul works with other artists, they seem to be more prominent in the actual song and he just kind of fades into the back, so it’s just the singers and the happy, dance-y beat. That’s why I ended up track #4 a lot more than some of the others.

Have you listened to Sean Paul’s new EP yet? What were some of your favorites and thoughts?

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EP Review: “Know No Better” by Major Lazer

18300834_782064848636845_2470393668710859636_nBack in 2015, the electronic dance music group Major Lazer (consisting of Diplo, Walshly Fire, and Jillionaire) released their third album “Peace Is The Mission” which I happily reviewed, they were supposed to release the fourth that same year but was pushed back and will hopefully be out sometime later this year! However, to keep all of us fans happy, they decided to put out a six song extended play or EP on June 2nd, which was two years and one day anniversary of PITM.

If anybody is not familiar with Major Lazer they mostly do dancehall, raggaeton, and regular dance music.I actually haven’t been too into EDM or rock music lately, I’ve just been going with the flow and this somehow just appeared out of nowhere. I’ll bite, I don’t care! I have like four other albums to review, but my gut keeps telling me that Major Lazer goes first!

The first is their title track “Know No Better” and it has this very soft introduction which I found interesting, but of course the beat starts up but it’s very tame compared to their previous singles, even “Lean On” wasn’t so lame, I don’t have a better word to describe it. What the beat lacks you have Travis Scott and Camila Cabello singing throughout and then Quavo just pops in towards the end, but again there’s nothing really making it stand out. Next is “Buscando Huellas” which means “Looking For Footprints” according to Google translate. The entire song is in spanish so figuring out what the song is really about, isn’t going easy to me right now. I don’t mind it though. I really like this one though. I have a hard time keeping myself from dancing, I really like the beat. It’s definitely better than the first song, sorry! It features J. Balvin and Sean Paul, so that makes it that much better in my book!

Third is “Particula” which was another word that I wasn’t familiar with, so I had to look it up and Google says it is “particle” sounds easy enough right? I’m not sure if that’s the first translation but I’m going with it. If it’s not, leave me a comment and I’ll update it. Anyways, this was another one that I liked. The beat is just interesting enough, there’s nothing really special about it but it still makes me want to dance so I won’t cut it down so much. It also features Nasty_C, Ice Prince, Patoranking, and Jidenna. I have not heard of any except Jidenna. After is “Jump” with Busy Signal and this one is very up-beat, definitely rivals their song “Too Original” it definitely has that global but dancehall sound that I’ve grown to love in the past two years. I’m betting money this will become a summer anthem towards the middle of July, I’m just calling it now!

The last two songs starts with “Sua Cara” which according to Google means “Your Face” in Portuguese. Again, I’m still not sure if that’s right. It has Anitta and Pabllo Vittar. This song is in another language but the beat is very nice. It’s not like the one before, but it’s not as boring as the first track. You will definitely have trouble not dancing to the song that’s for sure! Sixth track is “Front Of The Line” and it has Machel Montano and Konshens. Despite the fact that I was dancing while listening to it through my headphones, the beat is again tame as crap! I did love the trumpets after the choruses. I mean, it wasn’t that bad I just wish there was more to it.

This was honestly hard to review, but I think it might’ve been my exceptions though! I will say it wasn’t too awful. I feel like this is like the perfect summer party music to have in Miami, at least that’s what I kept picturing in my head the whole time! So I don’t really know what to think about it. I think everybody will enjoy it for another EDM summer release though.

Have you heard of Major Lazer’s new EP yet? What did you like or hated about it? Again, if I got the translations wrong, please leave the real meanings below so I can change them.

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Tune Tuesday | Puerto Rico 2016

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Hello!

I’m a bit excited since this week and next will be about the last two new countries that were added to this cycle of Tune Tuesday! I regret not talking about Puerto Rico years ago when I first created this theme!

I think I should start with somebody that we all know or at least should know since probably 2006-07 when he first came out of the mainstream hip hop radio with his hit “Gasolina” which I have to say, you can’t find anywhere else but YouTube! Daddy Yankee is who I am talking about today. In 2006 I think I had my parents get me a CD of his and they did, which my dad was very concerned about because and I quote “why do you want an album that you can’t understand a word he says” sadly they both keep asking this question! Anyways, a good chunk of the album is just live and it ends with like five or six that are just studio version.

Next is a famous duo from Puerto Rico called Wisin & Yandel and I can’t remember exactly how I heard their music for the first time. I barely heard about Daddy Yankee, because I found out him at the end of MTV’s music shows. I want to say, maybe from the Fast & Furious films! I don’t know, but they’re really good, again you can’t understand them because they hardly ever speak English which is fine. Even though they have disbanded, doesn’t mean they both have sucky music careers without the other. They’re very powerful both ways!

If it wasn’t for Daddy Yankee and other latino rappers I’m pretty sure I would hate the whole rap genre! As for all three, if I hadn’t found any of them I doubt I’d ever like Raggaeton as much as I do!

Do you know any more musicians from Puerto Rico that I need to listen to? 

EP Review: “This Mixtape Is On Fire” by Dillon Francis

This has been on my list to review since the damn thing was announced. I actually told myself back in June that I wanted to come out of this EDM craze for a bit and go back to rock/metal but I was still going to listen to this and review it. I’m not fully out of it like I wanted to be, but I’m okay with it. Dillon Francis is becoming a new favorite of me. I’ve listened to his remixes and his first album, Money Sucks, Friends Rule and I’m so happy I went out and listened to him on my own. It happened like a month before “Get Low” was being played everywhere on advertisements!

There is a difference between this EP and his debut release. Which subgenre do you categorize it in, the answer is simply: moombahton. The definition of this word plainly explains that it’s a mixture of both house and raggaeton music. I love raggaeton music, always have. I’m slowly introducing myself to the whole house thing for a lack of a better word to use here. I’m still debating whether or not I like it. However, I am loving moombahton a lot! It’s a very unique genre. I honestly need to find more of it because I’ve been living off of both Dillon and Major Lazer, which I’m not complaining. I just want more and maybe I’ll find more DJs experimenting with it soon!

This EP has a total of seven tracks and he got quite a few people to work with on this. So let’s start with the first single that was released that made me all sorts of happy and it’s “Bruk Bruk (I Need Your Lovin).” I love when tracks surprise me! From the moment it started, you know it’s going to make you dance. It’s the how “hard” that you are going go and then you find out and it’s perfect and you’re not going to be sitting still through the rest of it! The next one is called “What’s Your Name” and it features Calvin Harris. It has a house type of intro going on. I think it’s good and different, but right now it’s not one of my favorites. I’ve listened to it a lot since it came out and I don’t know. Just not feeling it. The third one is, how do I say this nicely? IT’S FUCKING AWESOME! Sorry, it needed to be said. I love everything about “Bun Up The Dance” like seriously! This one does something weird to me, I cannot stop dancing to it! It’s ridiculous of how much I’ve listened to it already! Oh and it features Skrillex and honestly you can’t even tell! Sounds a bit harsh, but you think it’s all Dillon because he’s came up with some crazy shit before! Totally got me by surprise!

The next one is called “Pull It” and it features Bro Safri and it’s another one of those very weird songs, but I like it! It’s not like anything that I normally hear on a daily basis. Let’s face it, nothing I listen to can be considered “normal.” There are so many sounds and in some way they all mesh up together amazingly. Really good! And there’s a track called “Coming Over” that has another house DJ on it by the name of Kygo and James Hershey as a guest singer. It’s totally a house type of song but it’s not bad! It’s nice and easy going, this feels like a good summertime song, almost perfect ending to the summer of 2015! The last one of the brand new tracks is “Lies” and it has Chromeo on it. This has such a simple, almost elegant introduction. However, it also makes me think of it like a house version of 2Pac’s “California Love” is that bad? I love the guitar solo, that’s definitely something that you don’ hear in dance music! Lastly there’s a remix that is of “I Can’t Take It” and oh my god, do I love this so much! It’s called the Party Favor Remix, which sounds about right! Every time I hear this song I get so fucking happy! I’ve said that F word a lot in this review! I don’t say it unless I mean it and it is!

This mixtape is on fucking fire! You should get it! Not even joking, you really should. If you want something different, just buy it and then maybe you’ll start to understand why my hips and lower back have been giving me problems for the last couple of weeks!