Tuesday, June 30, 2015

Donald Glover - Marry You

Donald Glover appears on the Magic Mike XXL soundtrack with a cover of Bruno Mars' "Marry You".

Slowed down and seasoned with Hawaiian romance, the cover puts an exciting spin on the church-bell inspired original. It has been amazing to witness the progression of Gambino's singing voice through his musical career up to a point where it is confidently highlighted on a blockbuster movie soundtrack. Donald's versatility seems to expand with every release, making the unknowns of any new project expand even more.

You can watch Donald talk about Magic Mike XXL alongside Matt Bomer here and listen to two new live Childish Gambino songs here.

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Monday, June 29, 2015

Witt Lowry - Used To You (prod. Dan Haynes)

COM favorite Witt Lowry is back to give you the feels this summer. This is the first solo work we've heard from the CT emcee since his stunning music video in April, and his feature on Devvon Terrell's track in May. The one thing you can never deny Witt is his passion on track after track. He pours his heart into each track. This track is no different. A great snippet from what I expect to be an amazing, heartfelt, and passionate project, due out shortly. There is no denying Witt's talent and ability, it is only a matter of time until the rest of the world hears and sees it too.
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Chris Webby - Ohh No (feat. Jarren Benton & Tech N9ne) [Official Video]

Fresh off of Tech N9ne's Special Effects tour, Chris Webby gives us the visuals for the Chemically Imbalanced track Ohh No featuring three of hip-hop's finest independent emcees. With Homegrown, Strange Music and Funk Volume's finest coming together for this track, it'd be a surprise to me if this wasn't one of your favorite songs off of Webby's debut album. The video, directed by Zach Zubko, has an eerie and mysterious feel to it. The vision behind the visuals was carried out beautifully and came together perfectly. Be sure to check out the video above and pre-order Chris Webby's Jamo-Neat on iTunes now!

Jack Ü - Where Are Ü Now feat. Justin Bieber [Official Music Video]

Jack Ü collaborators Diplo and Skrillex release their Justin Bieber featured video for "Where Are Ü Now" off their 2015 album. 

The 10 song album presented by Diplo and Skrillex along with a slew of other producers and vocalists has turned out to be one of the most interesting and successful EDM (-ish) releases of the calendar year, rivaled only by Diplo's other collaborative Peace is the Missionfrom Major Lazer. With hit songs like where "Where Are Ü Now", "Take Ü" and "To Ü" accompanied by vocal contributions from Bieber, 2 Chainz, AlunaGeorge and Missy Elliot, Jack Ü is well worth a first, second and third listen through. 

"Where Are Ü Now" excels by accenting the soft, emotional vocals from Bieber. Mixing voice tones and layering the feature over addictivly alternative drums may make even die-hard Bieber haters come back for a second listen.  

Watch the official video for "Take Ü There" off the project and stream all of Jack Ü on Spotify today. 

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Sunday, June 28, 2015

Cameron Murdoch - Regular Guy feat. Masego and Shepherds

A change of pace is always nice. That's what 'Regular Guy' was for me. Out of Virginia comes songwriter and producer Cameron Murdoch with this tune that is not exactly 'regular'. Cameron lays a mix of warm vocals and rapping over his self produced instrumental consisting of upbeat drum and bass to generate a unique laid back, but yet still energized vibe. A melodic whistling from Shepherds adds a different element to the song, while a tranquil saxophone solo from Masego to close out the final minute of the three minute song serves as icing on the cake. Side note, Masego's collaborative project with Medasin, titled The Pink Polo EP, drops June 30 so be sure to check that out too. Regular Guy is a single off of Cameron Murdoch's upcoming "Prelude to Better" EP, which does not yet have a release date.

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Saturday, June 27, 2015

OverDoz. - Last Kiss [Official Music Video]

There's always those songs that you can't help but dance to. Here's one of them. LA's hip-hop quartet OverDoz. released their music video for 'Last Kiss', a single that dropped about a month ago. The funky and upbeat Pharrell produced track will have you bouncing like the bassline of the song. The lighthearted and colorful Calmatic directed video full of dancing matches this vibe. 'Last Kiss' is slated to be on OverDoz.'s album 2008 which is supposed to drop later this year. This has been one of the songs of the summer for me so far, check it out for yourself.

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College-of-Music.com Exclusive Interview with Phoebe Ryan

Do you like drugs?

Phoebe Ryan bursts the simple, melodic question out to her Friday morning festival crowd. Mimicking the New Jersey singer/songwriter’s motions, the crowd doesn’t miss a beat to Ryan’s R.Kelly/Miguel/Kesha mashup. At the age of 23, coming off the heels of her debut EP and relocation to Los Angeles, the young artist’s energy filled festival set is a small piece to her fast-track to musical success.

“I was a little nervous just because I was playing so early I thought people are going to want to sleep in, and it’s really early to be going to a show,” said Ryan. “I was surprised that people showed up and it was awesome.”

Phoebe’s two sets at Firefly Musical Festival marked her second major festival appearance of the week and her career.

“It’s really crazy,” said Ryan. “I was at Bonnaroo and now I’m here and it’s just such a different vibe than I was expecting. I had a co-headlining show last night and it was sold out and that was crazy. The festival thing is just so different because you don’t know what to expect.”

Phoebe’s young career as a solo artist has been kick-started by the rollout and release of her debut EP, Mine. The 5 track playlist includes her “Ignition” hit mashup, an anthemic title track and “Homie” her most recently released set of visuals.

The synth and percussion heavy instrumentals off tracks like "Mine" and "Homie" translate seamlessly to live performance. In all, Mine is refined top to bottom and excels in delivering the easy-going and elegant vibes from the young artist. Phoebe’s indie-pop focused sound has been shaped by various genres through her time as a songwriter and collaborator.

“I think a huge part of that sound has come from collaboration with other artists,” said Ryan. “My producer Kyle Sheer and I have been working together for over a year now and the collaborations between him and me and him and other producers and songwriters is great. Awesome people collaborating are always good for the sound that you’re going for.”

Recently featured on Skizzy Mars’ The Red Balloon Project, Phoebe declared that more collaboration between the two friends would not be surprising as she looks toward the making of her first full length album.

“I’m definitely working on an album right now and we’re going to pick the best songs we have for it,” said Ryan. “Whatever those best songs happen to be because it’s going to be the best album of all time. We’re always experimenting, of course, but there’s a specific vibe that I like to chase to see what happens with it as it develops.”

As fans pack the pavilion-covered venue of Phoebe’s Saturday afternoon set, the symphony of relatable and energy filled emotion fills the air. Green hair contrasting to blue backlighting brings out the colorful, yet independent sound and all around vibe of a blossoming and promising career more than ready to bloom.

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Selena Gomez- Good For You ft. A$AP Rocky

Justin who?  Selena Gomez and A$AP Rocky team up for what could be the song of the summer, Good For You.  Selena offers up some sensual vocals and A$AP Rocky continues his trend as one of the hottest emcees in the last year on this absolute teaser of a song.  A$AP just recently dropped his second studio album At. Long. Last. A$AP. which received critical acclaim across the hip-hop industry and is definitely a must listen.  Selena is set to release her second studio album, title unknown, in the next year as well.  The maturity of Selena Gomez is extremely evident in this song and if her next album is anything like this, we are all in for a treat, except for Justin Bieber.

Purchase Good For You on iTunes