Why It’s Time to Discount “That’s What I Like”

And why it probably won’t be. Simply put, Bruno Mars’ “That’s What I Like” is a fantastic R&B/pop track. Most mainstream listeners would likely agree, given the track’s positive net call out scores on radio, its relatively strong sales and healthy streaming of its quirky video. More interestingly, “That’s What I Like” is a huge…

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Review: Blackbear ‘digital druglord’

Less than a month after releasing his collaborative full length Mansionz with Mike Posner, American singer Matthew Tyler Must (better known as Blackbear) is back with his third full length solo LP digital druglord. Upon first listen, this project (which clocks in at just over a half hour in length) feels wildly inconsistent, packed with far too many ideas and not…

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Big Boi feat. Adam Levine “Mic Jack”

American rapper, actor and record producer Big Boi, one half of the famous duo Outkast, returns with one of this year’s boldest cross-over friendly anthems. On new track “Mic Jack”, one of his two new singles, Big Boi recruits Maroon 5 frontman Adam Levine. Featuring an electro/disco-lite chorus, an instantly catchy bridge and well rapped verses,…

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Paramore “Hard Times”

Following a multi year hiatus that ultimately resulted in the departure of a founding member, American rock crossover band Paramore is back. Now led by Taylor York and Haley Williams, the new incarnation of the band features a change in sound and the return of original member Zac Farro, who originally left the band on…

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Review: John Mayer ‘The Search For Everything’

John Mayer’s approach to the release of this long awaited album was more than promising. From the calculated lead off single “Love on the Weekend” to the strategic extended play roll out and even the seemingly apt song titles (notably “Emoji of a Wave”), The Search For Everything campaign was admittedly exciting and fresh. It looked…

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Lady Gaga “The Cure”

Surprise! During the middle of her first Coachella show as a headlining act, American singer and songwriter Lady Gaga dropped a brand new single. Titled “The Cure”, the new single is a drastic departure from the country-pop and disco-rock influences found on her 2016 album Joanne. A straightforward, radio friendly pop song, “The Cure” contains elements of…

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Shagabond “Citrus Shampoo”

Up and coming Toronto based producer Shagabond (a.k.a. Nicholas Arvanitis), fresh off of signing a record deal with HW&W Recordings, has dropped his first track of the new year. Titled “Citrus Shampoo”, the slinky smooth tune perfectly embodies summer: it’s relaxing, radio friendly and danceable all at once. Brilliant all around. It’s my top pick this…

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Beyoncé “Die With You”

Two years after pitching a version of “Die With You” onto the internet in celebration of her seventh wedding anniversary to music mogul Jay Z, American singer Beyoncé has finally released a ‘studio’ rendition. The piano led track, one of Bey’s best ballads in years, will be serviced to all major digital retailers on April…

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Zayn feat. PARTYNEXTDOOR “Still Got Time”

After scoring huge hits with his debut solo single “Pillowtalk” and the Taylor Swift collaboration “I Don’t Wanna Live Forever”, British singer and former One Direction member Zayn Malik (better known simply as Zayn) is back with a new offering. “Still Got Time”, a collaboration with Canadian artist PARTYNEXTDOOR, is confirmed as the official lead…

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Gorillaz feat. Popcaan “Saturnz Barz”

British virtual band Gorillaz (created by Blur’s Damon Albarn and comic book artist Jamie Hewlett) is finally back after a six year hiatus. Earlier today, the group debuted a whooping four new tracks on global stations Radio X, Beats 1 and BBC Radio 1. All four are to be featured on Humanz, Gorillaz’ fourth full length studio album….

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Noah Fence “ILWU”

After debuting with the track “Fences” just a few weeks ago, Australian singer Noah Fence is back with an even better track. “ILWU” (an acronym for “In Like With U”) is a satirical look at modern relationships, while effectively mixing a number of genres (pop, R&B, electronic, etc.) and containing mesmerizing, dream-like production. The track, written…

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Iggy Azalea “Mo Bounce”

After some mixed results with her 2016 single “Team”, Australian recording artist Iggy Azalea is back with more music from her forthcoming second studio album Digital Distortion. The next single from the album is the track “Mo Bounce”, which world premiered on Zane Lowe’s Beats 1 show earlier this morning. Produced by The Stereotypes and…

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