Monday, March 30, 2015

COM Freshman 2015 Voting Poll

We are back for year three of our Freshman Class. After two successful years, we return once again to give the fans an option on who should be in the group. The same rules will apply, the artists selected will depend on the number of votes in the poll below as well as the votes of our writing staff here. The group of writers here at COM, with the help of the passionate music fans of the world have come up with the list of names below. You may select MULTIPLE ARTISTS as well as coming back and VOTING EVERYDAY. We heard the opinions voiced by our fans on who should be an option to vote for on the list below, and have entered as many names as we felt worthy of the nomination.

The polls will be open from March 20th until March 30th. We hope to have the list to you all between March 31st and April 1st. We encourage yo to vote for your favorites. Ten of the artist from the list below. The opinion of the staff is a factor, but the biggest factor is the number of votes an artist receives. We wish all the artist the best of luck. It is not by mere luck you made the list, you are talented individuals.

Tweet us who you voted for with #COMFreshman2015.

Saturday, March 28, 2015

Major Lazer - Lean On feat MØ [Official Music Video]

Trademark of Major Lazer, the group releases and internationally appealing video for their electric hit "Lean On". 

Major Lazer capitalizes on some addictive vocals and pulls the song through equally great instrumentals. Being able to find the right vocals to lay over a track or have the instrumental live up to the vocals is an area many EDM tracks fail. Major Lazer has been a great reliable source of dance music as well as everything done by the party master Diplo of late. Pre-order the group's upcoming album Peace Is The Mission set to drop June 1st. 

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J Walk - Dedicated

Canada's own J Walk has been impressing us for a while with his catchy choruses and solid verses. On Dedicated, he shows us the pop side that we've all grown to love and drops a verse to remind us of his rapping abilities. The message of the song is pretty clear and relatable. Not to mention, we are once again hit with an unforgettable hook that will be stuck in your head for days. Be sure to check out Dedicated and look out for more from J Walk!

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Thursday, March 26, 2015

Run The Jewels - Close Your Eyes (And Count To F**k) feat. Zack de la Rocha

"This video represents the futile and exhausting existence of a purgatory-like law enforcement system. There is no neat solution at the end because there is no neat solution in the real world. However, there is an opportunity to dialogue and change the way communities are policed in this country." - Killer Mike

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Brothers From Another - Windows Down feat. Dave B [Official Music Video]

Brothers From Another rolls out a great new set of visuals off their recent 3-Peat EP.

Never short of visual creativity, BFA captures the feelings of a Seattle cruise in "Windows Down". The smooth chorus from Tiglo glides perfectly in and out of the song over the jazz-y, chill production. Lyricism from both Cole and Tiglo comes through strong on "Windows Down" as well as all of 3-Peat and The Adventures of Los Hermanos and seems to be a true testament to the steady work being put in by the Seattle group. BFA always manages to relay a great, youthful and exciting tone of life to their listeners and 3-Peat has been no exception.

Director Jon Holman deserves a big shout out for the visual masterpiece here. Pairing base hits and synths with visual cues gives the video a great multi-linear feel. The different settings and motion shots contrast great to give the each segment of the song a fresh feel and added life.

Stream all of 3-Peat here and stay ready for whatever adventure BFA has in store next!

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Action Bronson - Baby Blue feat. Chance the Rapper [Official Music Video]

Action Bronson continues the rollout of his debut studio LP with a hilarious new video featuring Chance the Rapper. 

Never short on character, Action Bronson shows he creative enthusiasm in the collaborative "Baby Blue" music video. Showcasing his strong, bar flexing chorus, the NY native brings to life the heartbreak-filled track with a lively theatric ensemble. 

Stream all of Mr. Wonderful here and support the project on iTunes below!

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Jhene Aiko - Living Room Flow

Jhene Aiko begins her post-Grammy nominated campaign with a fresh new single.

With a very reminiscent sound to her debut Souled Out album,"Living Room Flow" takes on a slowed down, West-Coast tone. Heavy drum synths contrast the Jhene's soft voice but add weight to the lyrics and tone as the track progresses. Any soul-filled project to follow up her debut LP will be highly anticipated as Jhene continues to become one of the most interesting and influential females in hip-hop today. Check out her most recent feature on Omarion's "Post to Be" and her newest music video "Spotless Mind".

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Tuesday, March 24, 2015

Grimes x Bleachers – Entropy

Back from spring break in Mexico, I was not happy about trading in my salty-ocean sunshine for the fog and wind of San Francisco.  But waiting for me was "Entropy" with its bright and breezy sound, letting me hold on to those warm weather vibes a little bit longer.

Released a little over a week ago, "Entropy" is the second collaboration between Grimes and Bleachers (the solo project of Jack Antonoff, the lead guitarist of FUN).  The indie-electropop gem was created for the HBO series Girls, featured in the closing credits of the ninth episode.  Grimes' airy vocals dance over acoustic guitar strums creating a bouncy, catchy sound that is reminiscent of pink lemonade and driving with the windows down.

Grimes is an artist who seems to do what she wants.  She recently scrapped her entire album and wore the same Versace outfit as 2 Chainz to the 2013 VMA's.  Hopefully this release means she is working on a larger project for the near future.

Check out "Entropy" below!

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