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7 songs you’ve missed this year – You won’t believe number 3!!!

WARNING: TITLE IS CLICKBAIT!

But wait. It’s too late. You already read the title and said out loud: “I just NEED to know what number three is!”

I’m sorry for using these cheap psychological tricks (apparently not sorry enough to go back and actually come up with a better title). BUT…  Without spoiling too much, I will say that there is a special surprise in the list (and you guessed it already, it’s number 3)

To be honest, I can’t keep up with writing a post for every good song that comes out, as I only write these when I’m in the mood for it. This made me want to make a list of songs that flew under the radar in the mainstream – and remember, you are free to comment on the list if you agree with it or if you just want to let me know that one of the songs I included was actually quite popular and went straight number 1 on the charts in Bhutan.

The songs aren’t listed in any particular order and I made it easy for you to check out the songs – you just click on the title (I know, I’m a genius for this one).

  1. Stromae – Défiler (Bande originale de la capsule No. 5 Mosaert)
    I bet most of you remember how good (and quite annoying at the time) Alors on Danse was. Well, Stromae is back and released (back in April) an almost 9 minute long song that is awesome in every sense of the word. Even if you don’t understand French, this is a must-listen!


  2. serpentwithfeet – invoice
    Invoice is a song that builds up pretty slow, but once serpentwithfeet gets started, he just goes all in and truly showcases his vocal range in this one. Everything in this song comes together to make it one of the most powerful songs this year. It’s definitely one of those songs that you should listen to with some good headphones to get the full experience.


  3. MMS – Don’t Believe the Internet
    The world exclusive premiere to a new song made by me. To be honest I have been playing around FL Studio for quite a bit and decided to record a song. I know it isn’t the best song ever, but I actually think it’s quite good for a first song. I uploaded it to YouTube – let me know what you think in the comments.


  4. SABA – BUSY / SIRENS (feat. TheMIND)
    Saba released one of the best (if not THE best) hip hop album this year, and somehow I didn’t make a seperate post about it when it came out. If you haven’t checked Saba before, this is the perfect time to get into him. And make sure you check out his Tiny Desk Concert performance as well. He kills it!


  5. Mewithoutyou – August 6th
    I just found this group this year when I listened to their Untitled EP, and I have to say that I really like their melodic approach. At times the way they structure their melodies remind me of System of a Down – no wonder I like them. It’s not as heavy as SOAD, but it’s some of the best rock I’ve heard in years (but I have to admit that I don’t follow the genre as much as I used to).


  6. Raleigh Ritchie – Time in a Tree
    If this is your first time hearing of Raleigh Ritchie, you should probably check out all his material. His writing abilities is the perfect combination of catchy, while still telling a (great) story. Even though I linked to the spotify in the title, you should also check out the music video on Youtube – It fits the song perfectly!


  7. Joey Pecoraro – First Kiss
    This is the defintion of Sunday music. The whole album is filled with good-feel songs (the album is named Music for Happiness which is exactly what it is). It’s instrumental only except for sampled vocals and it never fails to put me into a calm and relaxing state. I promise you that Joey Pecoraro will become your go-to for that!


And there we have it! A list that touches on a lot of different genres. Hopefully you will give it all a listen – you never know when an artist or a band hits your perfect musical sweet spot.

I hope you enjoyed this as much as I did writing it – and I can already now tell that their will be coming a Top 20 songs of 2018 list in December. If you haven’t already checked out my other song rankings of 2016 and 2017 – you can go ahead and do that now as this post is probably ending soon…

 

 

 

… But not quite yet. Okay – now it is. I promise.

Childish Gambino – This Is America

Everything this man does right now becomes gold!

I have to admit that I’m perhaps a bit biased when it comes to Childish Gambino/Donald Glover. I was sold on him from the first moment I heard and saw the music video for Freaks and Geeks As soon as I finished it, I had to find out who this guy was. Soon after, I discovered the tv-show Community where he plays one of the characters, his standup comedy special Weirdo, 30 Rock where he was a writer. Everything Donald Glover chose to put his heart into, he did succesfully.

Or did he?

Even though I was absolutely loved his earlier music, he had a hard time getting respect from some fans of hiphop. Being nerdy and coming from comedy doesn’t mesh well with the usual rap-image. He wasn’t rapping about lambo’s and champagne. He wasn’t rapping about growing up in the trap. He wasn’t rapping about how he had to sell drugs to get by. He was simply telling a different story – his story! And I loved that. Authenticity has always been a major theme in Childish Gambino’s music, and I feel like him staying true to himself and his work has finally paid off in every way possible – I like to believe he is one of the most respected artists alive right now. Who else can say they are on top of their music career, star in the next Star Wars movie Solo (pun intended), and be the voice of Simba in the upcoming remake of Disney’s Lion King, all while you have created one of the most succesful tv-shows in Atlanta (You have to watch Atlanta if you haven’t yet!).

I know this became more about Childish Gambino or Donald Glover as a person than the song, but he is truly one of my greatest inspirations. This song shows why he is the best doing it right now. The social commentary can’t be escaped with everything happening in the US right – talks about Donald Trump, gun control, racism, identity and patrionism. The music video itself is a piece of art and fits the song perfectly as it helps expand on some of these topics I mentioned earlier.

I aspire to one day be half as talented as Donald Glover. Stop whatever you are doing right now and watch the video – you won’t regret it! (I’m already working on learning the dance moves right now).

Spotify link: Childish Gambino – This Is America

Choker – El Dorado

It’s been a while since I posted anything, but I’m currently very busy doing my master thesis in Corporate Communication. This means that I won’t have time to update with new music as much as I would like to – BUT it also means that when I hear something really good, I can’t help myself but to write a piece on it.

I will admit I am kind of late to the party with this one – Choker’s album was released back in May and I can figure why. The dreamy and sweet space sound fits so much better for spring/summer time than autumn, but this doesn’t make me appreciate the work any less. The whole album is still really good and could perhaps become one of my favorites this year! – I’ll need to listen to it for a bit longer before I jump to any conclusions, though.

It was hard for me to pick out a song from the project – I could tell right away that it would be hard, because the whole album flows in a way that almost make you feel bad for listening to a song on its own. It’s not very often I get this feeling from an album, but it witness to how beautiful the album is. The songs are great on their own – but in the context of the album, they are much more touching.

The reason that I did end up choosing El Dorado is simple – It’s one of the most accessible songs on the project. The songs in general don’t have simple structures – this very much reminds me of Frank Ocean (The comparison had to come at one point), but this couldn’t be a bigger compliment. As some may know, Frank Ocean is perhaps my favorite artist (right now at least) and when I read about this comparison, I just had to check Choker out – and it definitely played out better than I ever anticipated.

Choker will be really interesting to follow – what will he do next? He pretty much made this album all by himself – and if this is what he can come up with on his own, I can’t imagine what he can do if he starts collaborating with other greats artists in the industry (Please keep this non-structural format in your songs, though).

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Kendrick Lamar – DAMN (Album Review)

I hope everyone have had a great Easter! I’m back after a small break and I’ve decided to dedicate this Monday to special post. I usually do Nostalgic Mondays, but I will past the nostalgia today to focus on the brand-new album released by my favorite rapper Kendrick Lamar!

First off all, I want to say that this album is the only music I have listened to ever since it was released Friday. I have probably already listened to it 10 times – while also listening to some of the songs individually.

I will leave a small review of every song with a score from 1 – 5 with 5 being the best score. I won’t go into details with every part of the song, but I will focus on what caught my attention the most.

Let’s get this started!

1. BLOOD: This is a short intro to the album and it starts with Kendrick trying to help a blind lady, but ends up being shot! WHAT IS EVEN GOING ON?

SCORE: 5 out of 5!

2. DNA: The seamless transition from the intro to DNA is crazy! The beat goes hard from the beginning and made me think of his song m.A.A.d. City right away – later in the song there is beat switch and Kendrick just switches to beast mode. I honestly felt like destroying stuff when I heard this the first time and that’s unusual for me. What a way to start of the album

SCORE: 5 out of 5!

3. YAH: After the crazy beat on DNA, Kendrick switches it up and take you for a walk on a much slower, calmer beat and the whole song feels like taking a walk on a cloud. I like the vibe of the song and it never gets boring even though the chorus is a bit repetitive. He makes up for this in the verses, where he talks about his struggles with being known for his socially conscious rap, but at the same being limited by only being an artist. Overall a pretty chill song.

SCORE: 4 out of 5!

4. ELEMENT: “New Kung Fu Kenny!” is the perfect introduction to this song. Kung Fu Kenny is indeed back with a great flow and hard hitting bars! This song is one of the harder songs without having the same “in-your-face”-production such as DNA. The verses are crazy and the chorus is so catchy even though it did take some time for me to appreciate it.

SCORE: 4.5 out of 5!

5. FEEL: This song is one of the reasons why I feel like Kendrick is one of the best rappers (if not the best) right now. You can honestly feel his feelings through the song – the whole vibe of the song makes you feel for him. And his flow on this song is beyond crazy! I honestly don’t have any words for it – it just captivates you and makes you want to listen.

SCORE: 5 out of 5!

6. ROYALTY (feat. Rihanna): When I saw the feature with Rihanna, I kind of feared the worst. I don’t know why, but I just couldn’t see the two of them make anything other than a generic pop song. Luckily, my fear was put to shame when I heard it. The two of them complement each other really well and Rihanna has a pretty great verse in this – something I didn’t expect at all. The song is radio-friendly, but it doesn’t feel like a typical radio song and the message of the song is really strong – they talk about loyalty in different ways and it’s pretty interesting overall.

SCORE: 4 out of 5!

7. PRIDE: When I first heard this song, I didn’t know what to make of it. It just sounds so different – I would never have guessed Kendrick to make a song like this. To be honest, this may be my favorite track on the album right now. Everything about it is just soothing to the ears. The beat is simple, but abstract – if the beat of YAH was like taking out a walk on a cloud, this is like floating just above the world and being able to make out what every action of every single person. The whole song is one of the most beautiful songs Kendrick has ever made and my ears just love it!

SCORE: 5 out of 5!

8. HUMBLE: The first single of the album – and what a single to have! It didn’t give any idea of what to expect from the album, but it fits the album perfectly. This is another banger on the album and it’s impossible to sit still to this song – even my mom and grandma starts moving (true story) when they hear the beat. The chorus is perfect, simple and effective – everything about the song goes hard!

SCORE: 4.5 out of 5!

9. LUST: This song make me feel kind of eerie. I don’t know what it is, I guess it’s a combination of the beat and the different voices Kendrick uses throughout the song, but it doesn’t make me feel comfortable… AND I love it! I think it’s intentionally made this way. If you listen to the lyrics, he touches upon how every person lust for something whether it be materialistic things or feelings and how it can feel monotonous chasing this. It’s one of the songs that directly makes me reflect on my vices and my actions in life – good job Kendrick!

SCORE: 4.5 out of 5!

10. LOVE (feat. Zacari): The instant I heard this song, I was hoping it would be the next big radio hit. It’s just such a good song – a bit more popish compared to other Kendrick songs (reminding me a bit of Poetic Justice), but this song is a perfect song for the radio. This is mostly Kendrick talking about his love for his fiancé and how he loves her. But I think the big surprise on this song is Zacari. He is perfect on the chorus and the seamless transitions between these two voices is what makes the song one of the best on the album.

SCORE: 5 out of 5!

11. XXX (feat. U2): This song just comes at you with brute force and doesn’t care that you were day dreaming about the love of your life in the previous song. Especially when the beat switches and the siren starts – I feel like doing a drive-by or something like that! It’s so aggressive and abrasive that you don’t know what to do with your body. And then the beat switches again, slows down and Bono does his thing on the chorus. In the first half Kendrick sounds a bit like Vince Staples and the style suits him – this song feel like three songs in one, but there’s good cohesion between the three parts and it makes this one of the most interesting songs on the album.

SCORE: 5 out of 5!

12. FEAR: The longest track on the album and the most intriguing by far. The beat samples the part that was used in The Heart Part 4 and Kendrick goes through 3 verses with 3 different types of fear. The first verse being about when he was 7 years old, the second verse when he was 17 years old and lastly when he was 27 years old (present time). I love the concept of how your fears evolve throughout time and Kendrick ask how much fear controls his life. This is just straight out storytelling rap and Kendrick shows how good he is at that as well as exploring complex emotions.

SCORE: 5 out of 5!

13. GOD: So, at this point, I honestly don’t know what to say about this song. I love it! I don’t know what it is – it’s hard for me to point to what makes me enjoy this song so much. I know the chorus is one of the things that does it – but I can’t pinpoint exactly what about the chorus is good. Maybe it’s because I find the song so unique and different from what Kendrick normally does, but at this point in the album it’s hard to be surprised.

SCORE: 5 out of 5!

14. DUCKWORTH: This song is the perfect ending song as it wraps up the whole thing and brings it back to the beginning. The beat on the song is great and it becomes even better when the beat switches around later in the song. Kendrick spits his heart out telling an interesting story of how he became who he is today – I won’t go into detail about what the song is about as it will spoil the story, but this song is the perfect ending to a great album.

SCORE: 4.5 out of 5!

Final Verdict: This concludes the individual song reviews – as you can see it is quite highly rated and I honestly feel this album is just as good as both Good Kid, M.A.A.D. City and To Pimp A Butterfly. I didn’t feel this in my initial listening and it took about 3-4 listening sessions before I came this conclusion. There is not a bad song on the album -there are no fillers which I also find important and together with the diverse songs, this make it one of the least boring albums that I have ever heard…

AND then there is the best thing:

There is still much more to be explored with the album – and it will be in my music rotation for a very long time!

SCORE: 5 out of 5!

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Drake – Passion Fruit

More Life is out! I have been listening to it all day and honestly, some of the songs on here are no doubt his best songs in a while!

I was so disappointed with Views – sure, it had some good songs, but overall, I felt like Drake was uninspiring and boring which led to the album sounding pretty flat.

More Life is the complete opposite that. I didn’t get bored at all listening to this. He switches between the different styles perfectly ( rap, dancehall inspired, and R&B) and every song has an unique flavor to it.

This is the Drake I wanted with Views – if you didn’t like Views, definitely give this one a chance. I am really impressed with the sound!

Even though I like the whole project, there is one song that stood out. I haven’t been this blown away by a Drake song since when I first heard Marvin’s Room. I love everything about the song – give the man who made this beat an award. This has officially become my new late-night-everyone-has-gone-home-and-i’m-alone-on-the-dancefloor-song and Drake’s voice works on every level with this production.

I hope his next album is filled songs like this. Not to take anything away from the rest of More Life, but this is definitely Drake at his best in my opinion!

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Akon – Don’t Matter

Today I want to share a song that was really popular when it was released. It’s by everyone’s favorite forgotten artist, Akon!

He had a good run at some point and you literally couldn’t turn on the radio without hearing an Akon song. It was hard to choose between all his different hits – Who doesn’t remember: Locked Up, Lonely, Smack That, I Wanna Love You, Sorry Blame It On Me, Right Now (Na Na Na), Beautiful and I could keep on going..

Some of his songs do sound a bit dated in my opinion, but nostalgia is doing its thing and making it an enjoyable listen anyways, especially my favorite – Don’t Matter.

Enjoy your Akon monday like I’m enjoying mine!

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Calvin Harris – Slide (Feat. Frank Ocean & Migos)

Prepare yourself for this year’s best song (so far). I’m just gonna casually mention some names: Calvin Harris – Frank Ocean – Migos.

I can’t imagine a world without this song – how have I been living in a world without it for so long? Just stop everything you are doing and put this song on. If you have a bad day, it will brighten it. If you have an awesome day, it will become even better.

STOP READING AND START LISTENING!

SZA – Drew Barrymore

Top Dawg Entertainment (TDE) had a great 2016!

Kendrick Lamar dropped his album, untitled unmastered back in March. In July, Schoolboy Q dropped his album, Blank Face LP. Isaiah Rashad dropped The Sun’s Tirade in September. Both SiR and Lance Skiiwalker dropped their projects in October, called HER – EP and Introverted Intuition respectively. And finally Ab-Soul released a great album called Do What Thou Wilt in December.

But this doesn’t mean that 2017 will be any slower for TDE it seems. SZA recently dropped a track called Drew Barrymore which have officially made me over-the-top hyped about her upcoming project.

Give the song a listen below and you will understand why!

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Lupe Fiasco – Wild Child feat. Jake Torrey

Today is Friday! This means that new music is being released and everyone’s mood drastically improves (well, that and because the weekend begins).

Lupe Fiasco just released his new single, Wild Child (feat. Jake Torrey) from his upcoming album, Drogas Light. The song has a pop-sound to it, but Lupe still spit some bars and the overall vibe is very light and positive – the PERFECT way to start your Friday this afternoon!

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