Hoodie Allen- WATCH THIS KID BLOW UP!!!

I had been meaning to write about Hoodie after having his track, No Interruption, on repeat and then I heard his new track with Chiddy Bang called Fame is for Assholes and figured I better write something before this kid really blows up.

Let me start by saying that this guy is a white rapper. That raises a red flag for some and rightfully so. It’s a thin line that white guys who want to rap have to walk. They have to straddle a line of  not being corny white without pretending to be black. The secret to doing this is ultimately being talented and being yourself. Eminem is a great example of how to do it right, but more recently Macklemore has shown how to succeed by being real and working hard.

Hoodie Allen is someone that needs to be watched. The music is a mix of hip hop and pop that I think I’m going to have to start calling hip-pop. It’s fun, it’s catchy, and the rhymes are clever. If you love hard-core gangsta rap then you probably won’t enjoy Hoodie, but if you like artists like Drake or Macklemore that do a combination also do a combination of hip-hop and pop you will probably enjoy Hoodie Allen.

The track that I like best is “No Interruption” mostly because it has a sick beat, he references Workaholics, and it’s just super catchy.Check out the video below. I also posted the new video that came out this last week for Fame is For Assholes by Hoodie Allen featuring Chiddy Bang.

Let me know in the comments section if you like Hoodie Allen or if you just aren’t feeling his music.


 

Black Kids- I’m Not Going to Teach Your Boyfriend How to Dance (Twelves Remix) (2008)

It’s a very rare thing for a remix to surpass the original, but in my opinion the Twelves remix of “I’m Not Going to Teach Your Boyfriend How to Dance” is the superior version of the song. The original version by the group Black Kids is more of an indie pop-rock track and the Twelves turn it into the kind of song you want to put on at a party and just jump around to.

The song is hopefully something you have heard in both the original and the remix. This one is hard for me to know how popular the track really is. I didn’t think it was much of a commercial success but one thing that makes me think otherwise is that I did see this remixed version of the track performed on the TV show Glee. Not that I have ever watched the show Glee, so I couldn’t tell you if the track was performed by Blaine at the dinosaur themed prom, but I heard it was on the show and that is usually a decent indicator of commercial success.

One of the most confusing things about the song is the first lyric sung by the male lead singer. “You are the girl that I’ve been dreaming of… ever since I was a little girl.” To shed some light on the confusion, my understanding is that one of the female members of the group wrote the lyrics to the song and she also happens to be a lesbian. Hopefully that makes some sense out of these lyrics that I know threw me off guard after the first listen.

Let me know if you like the remix or the original and let me know if you think my theory about songs being featured on Glee should be any kind of gauge for commercial success in the comment section below.

THE BEST “SAIL” BY AWOLNATION REMIXES

The song Sail by Awolnation is one of my top 5 all-time songs. I heard it for the first time last year and couldn’t stop replaying it. The sound is so unique and haunting. Haunting isn’t a word you can use to describe a lot of music but Lana Del Rey’s ,Video Games, also comes to mind.

I watched the song Sail gain steam on the Billboard charts last year and I was looking forward to it being a breakout hit and then it kind of fizzled out. I was surprised and excited when I checked the heatseeker chart last week and saw that Sail had bounced back to the #2 spot. To me that means that people are still discovering this song and getting hooked on it. I assume most visitors to this site already know the track and either love or hate it so I thought it would be great to talk about some of the great remixes of the track for a fresh take on a great song.

The 2 remixes I chose are the Bassmachine remix and the Unlimited Gravity remix. Both are down below and both give the song an infusion of electronic sounds. The Bassmachine remix is the less popular remix but it has this great heavy synth line and drop that you can’t help but move to. The Unlimited Gravity remix is the most popular remix of the track and stays closer to the original but infuses it with some dubstep sounds to give it new life and a different feel.

Please check them out and leave a comment about your feelings on the original or if you have a remix of Sail that you also like.



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Kill Paris- Next-Gen Dubstep

UPDATE 2/26- KILL PARIS WAS JUST SIGNED TO SKRILLEX’S LABEL, OWSLA. CONGRATULATIONS!!

I’ve been listening to a lot of music from up-and-coming dubstep and electronic producer, Kill Paris. It’s hard not to find similarities between Kill Paris and recent grammy winner Skrillex. They both create their music using the software program Ableton Live and both have a sound with pop inspiration which makes music from both artists more accessible to a mass audience that might not be ready for the unique sounds of dubstep and electronic music.

One thing that’s different about Kill Paris, that I love, is his youtube channel. Not only does he post tracks, but he has a number of tutorial videos on how he creates his sounds. With this website, sick new music artist, we are all about promoting new and upcoming artists and here is an artist who is gaining an audience and is still wanting to show people who are trying to get started what he’s doing and how they can do it too.

Enjoy a video of one of his tracks and also one of his tutorial videos with more on his youtube channel.

Macklemore and Ryan Lewis – 4 WEEKS AT #1!!

UPDATE 2/14- 4 WEEKS AT #1….. OFFICIALLY A HIT!!
UPDATE 2/13- 3 WEEKS AT #1 NOW! CONGRATULATIONS GUYS!

Okay, so Macklemore and Ryan Lewis usually would be the type of artist that is too mainstream to write about on this website, but I can’t help but give them a shout because I am so excited for their success. Their song, Thrift Shop, has been #1 on the Billboard Charts for 2 weeks straight now and I think it’s a really special achievement from 2 very special dudes.

The reason it’s special for me is that Macklemore and Ryan Lewis are from Seattle, like me. Aside from the fact that I had been listening to them for a while what I really like about their success is that Seattle and the Northwest haven’t had any real commercial or radio success in hip hop since the days of Sir Mix-Lot with Baby Got Back… and that was a long time ago. So for the last, almost 20 years, I’ve been watching new hip hop acts putting Houston, Chicago, Miami, etc.. on the map with breakout artists and now Seattle has an artist that they can claim to represent the Northwest.

What also makes these two so special and worth writing about is that they produced their album independently. That doesn’t sound like a big deal, but if you really look I think you will be hard pressed to find many other artists who produce their own album and have the #1 song in the country. These two have been working so hard for the last few years and it shows in everything they do. To create their latest album, The Heist, they rented out a small studio space and put in long hours to reach their goals. Most of the featured artists on their album come from the Seattle area as well. I was reading that the featured singer, Wanz, on the track Thrift Shop, was a local software test engineer before jumping on the track when the boys said they needed someone with a smooth, Nate Dogg esque, sound.

If you love or hate Thrift Shop you gotta hear more from these two. They have two sides to them. If you want to hear their more sensitive side please check out the track, Same Love, if you haven’t already. If you like the fun, party feel, of Thrift Shop, then you have to check out, And We Danced.

My fear is that people might disregard Thrift Shop as a “One Hit Wonder”, but I assure you this is only the beginning and even if you don’t like these two I have a good feeling we will be hearing more of them in the future.


Icona Pop – Do You Love It?

I first tuned into this pair of Swedish female musicians after listening to the Chiddy Bang song, Mind Your Manners. The song Mind Your Manners is great and after first hearing it I thought the hook was being sung by a children’s choir like in the Justice track D.A.N.C.E. The truth was the singing was actually coming  from the Swedish duo Icona Pop’s early track, Manners. Manners is a great song but I prefer it with the Chiddy Bang treatment. If you get the chance listen to both leave a comment and let me know which you prefer.

As for the future of Icona Pop, I think they have huge potential to be a breakout artist in 2013. In 2012 the buzz really started to build after their track, I Love It, started to gain some steam. I definitely like this group for their unique sound that combines electro and pop. Enjoy their video for, I Love It, and keep these two on your radar this next year.

Kraddy- Android Porn (2008)

Back in 2008 I was watching one of my favorite show’s, America’s Best Dance Crew, and this dance group, Ghost Crew, came on and danced to this song. Their dancing was good, but it was the track that got me more excited. I thought it was strange at the time because most of the music on the show was mostly mainstream pop music so to see them using a lesser known electronic song gave the show and MTV more credibility as a music outlet for new and upcoming artists in genres other than pop, in my eyes.

The artist, Kraddy, is a solo electronic producer and is also a former member of the Glitch Mob, which was a group of 5 electronic musicians who collaborated to create a unique sound that would be known as the electronic music sub genre, Glitch Hop.

What sticks out for me about the song, Android Porn, is the way it changes and builds. One of my favorite songs of all time is Harder, Better, Faster, Stronger by Daft Punk and what that song does that Android Porn does, is that it gets you comfortable with a certain sound and once it does that it changes and builds so by the end of the track it can be all over the place and you’re still enjoying the song because you were gradually eased into it. If you’re a lover of electronic music you probably already know this track but if not, check it out. If you are an electronic music producer, take note of how the song uses empty space and builds sounds on top of sounds.

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