Sunday, March 31, 2013

Video: Jimmy Fallon clucks the Lumineers

Happy Easter!

Wednesday, March 20, 2013

Video: Justin Timberlake - Mirrors

The video for Timberlake's 'Mirrors' features three couples at different stages in their lives and gives the song a little more context. Timberlake also confessed the song was a tribute to his grandparents and their long-standing marriage.

Thursday, March 14, 2013

Stream: The-Dream - Tron

The_Dream has another great new track, which is all good news with his new album coming out shortly.

Tron is one of most rap type tracks that he has made, and he means business

Find the song HERE

Essay: Dance, it should be fun

I’ve just returned to dance classes this year after a long lay-off.

I’ve noticed that I feel better about what I’m doing now more-so than when I was younger.

The insecurities that used to plague me are gone. That’s not to say I’ve improved, I’m still months away from returning to even the middling level of ability that I used to have, but I am enjoying it more, which means I’m more likely to stick with it this time.

I’ve always felt that that zen-like state you feel when you dance a piece well and in time was unattainable, that it was never more than a fleeting joy, like a great day on the golf course.

But maybe I have it wrong. Maybe the zen-like state is just that, a state of mind rather than a momentary feeling that you’ve bridged the gap between dance and soul.

Can you be satisfied with just being at class, just enjoying it, unburdened by the weight of expectation that we tend to put on ourselves?  Or do we have to have a goal to work towards, and should we embrace the uncomfortable feeling of under-achieving because it’s the world’s way of telling us to do better?

Surely, if you’re having fun at an activity, and you’re self-aware enough to know that you’re not embarrassing yourself totally, then you should improve, and rapidly enough that it makes it worth it not to stress too much.

Besides, if I’m enjoying myself, I’m more likely to practice at home.  And at the club.  And in the car.  And in the shower.

Wednesday, March 13, 2013

Stream: Justin Timberlake - Suit and Tie (Four Tet Remix)

Did you like Justin's new single but felt it lacked a little pace and urgency?  This should fix it.

Four Tet strips away the lush orchestration and lays Timberlake's gorgeous falsetto over a pulsing, spartan four/four beat. As he starts singing over and over himself, Timberlakes voice becomes hypnotic and more frenetic with missing a step, like James Bond jumping trains without creasing his Tom Ford suit.

UPDATE: And stream his whole album HERE

Thursday, March 7, 2013

Stream: Drake - 5am in Toronto

October's very own Drake continues his winning ways. Produced by Bo1-1da and Vinylz this production builds upon his languorous discography, this time sprinkling a twinkly keyboard loop atop a confident low-end bass with the subtle bonus of some ratatat snares.

However, the key here is the facial raps. Drake raps like he walked directly into your comfort zone and has no problem staring you in the eye and spitting some hilarious truths (the line 'thats why hip-hop sounds like Drake featuring Drake' is a standout).

Drake is cranking out extremely listenable tunes at a very dependable rate at the moment, and the thematic consistency of his first two albums likely means that he's aiming to make sure his next album is once again an end-to-end winner.

Cant wait.

Monday, March 4, 2013

Stream: Rustie - Slasherr

Rustie hasn't released any new music since 2011's genre-destroying Glass Swords, a bombastic records that pre-empted the 2012 trap scene that Rustie himself captured so succinctly on his BBC Essential Mix from early last year.

I love Flume right now, but if Flume's music comes up and flails around in front of you, then "Slasherr" is a fist to the jaw.  Banger doesn't really do it justice, it's Olympic stadium large with enough BPM's to get your heart racing in anticipation.  Turn it up.