Posts tagged Justin Bieber

will.i.am ft. Miley Cyrus – Fall Down

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will.i.am

I have recently seen a lot of controversy around will.i.am and have been following it. The Huffington Post has a great article on the accusations. The claims are that will.i.am’s song with Chris Brown, Let’s Go, sound remarkably similar to House producers Mat Zo and Arty’s Rebound. His new album is due to come out on Tuesday, April 23rd and on iTunes, the song is question is not currently featured. Could it be related to all the controversy?

Good or bad, any publicity is good publicity and now I know that will.i.am has a new album coming out next week. I like a lot of the songs that he’s been putting out lately. He’s teamed up with Britney Spears, Justin Bieber, and Eva Simons; I’m curious to see who else ends up on the new album. Some say he should stay away from Electronic music, but really, this next generation seems to be gravitating towards EDM and it looks like will.i.am is embracing that fact. I always thought that the Black Eyed Peas were pretty cutting edge and stay ahead of the curve musically. Then Fergie broke off solo, followed by will.i.am and what’s this about him being a coach on the U.K.’s version of The Voice? Yeah, he’s all over the place these days.

Fall Down is his collaboration with Miley Cyrus, a new single released just days ago and I have to say, I’m hooked. It does seem a little weird to think of this song as the two singing to each other. Not quite the pairing I would have expected, for a love song especially. At first, I thought it was Fergie and found myself a little sad when I realized it wasn’t. It has a classical (almost dark) opening and extended ending. But very quickly, the intro shifts with the happy-go-lucky whistling. Simply put, it’s a fun and upbeat song.

Purchase on iTunes: will.i.am featuring Miley Cyrus – Fall Down

Not Some Kid – Hot Whoomp! (The Darkness vs. Tag Team…)

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Not Some Kid

Not only do I like the music that Plexx produces, but I like his taste in music – well, mashups specifically. He’s done it once again, he has recently reposted a few songs that he likes and of course, I have picked them up into my regular rotation as well. Maybe I need to have him write for us (*hint* *hint*). This time he has turned us on to Not Some Kid, which looks to be a website – but unfortunately once I went there my antivirus software went on high alert, so I didn’t stick around very long (hence is why I didn’t include the direct link). Looks like Not Some Kid is actually a music blog though. So, it would appear that Plexx already has a home at which he writes, which makes sense – I would have otherwise scooped him up myself.

But, the confusion I have is, if “Not Some Kid” is a blog, then who created the mashups available on their SoundCloud account? I’m sure after I publish this article, someone will supply me with the answers that I’m seeking. But nonetheless, I am a fan of Hot Whoomp! It includes samples from The Darkness, Wolfgang Gartner, Justin Bieber featuring Ludacris, Tag Team, and Inna. I am going to be singing the lyrics to I Believe In A Thing Called Love for the rest of the night, guaranteed. So thank you for that.

Another mashup you need to hear from Not Some Kid is Blue Me (I see what you did there). It also includes a few mashups, some of which are in the throwback category; Matisse and Sadko, The Wanted, Temper Trap, and Eiffel 65. Yes, Eiffel 65 makes a mashup appearance! I think that will make the start of this week just that much more enjoyable!

*Update (Feb 26)* Alright, so it didn’t take long for me to get the answers I wanted. Not Some Kid (NSK) is a music blog after all and was recently hacked. It’s all better now – so check out their site, NotSomeKid.com (but keep coming to ours too, haha). My computer didn’t spaz out today when I went to check out the site (because the virus is already making its way through my computer – too soon to make jokes?). Also, the culprit of the amazing mashups represented by NSK is Brian Rudolph (@brirud) – one of their 3 founding members.

Not Some Kid – Hot Whoomp! (The Darkness vs. Wolfgang Gartner vs. Justin Bieber ft. Ludacris vs. Tag Team vs. Inna)

Not Some Kid – Blue Me (Matisse & Sadko vs. The Wanted vs. Temper Trap vs. Eiffel 65)

Die Young (D Swaggy Remix)

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Let me start by saying, I’m impressed with the new song that’s out by Ke$ha. When she first emerged on the music scene she had a handful of hits but her live shows only last 45 minutes because she didn’t have too many hits. I later learned it’s her voice on Flo Rida’s Right Round. I was sad when I found that out. But now, Die Young is out and I think it’s a hit. D Swaggy obviously recognized this right away and released his remix to it right around the time of the original’s release. D Swaggy is from Aracaju, Brazil and is heavily inspired by Selena Gomez and Justin Bieber. I think I’ve just become numb to DJ/Producers that admit to being inspired and having the curse of Bieber-Fever. Don’t worry, that won’t make me a Belieber. His remix to As Long As You Love Me is unfortunately really good. DJs like this are making it harder for me to avoid the once tween-pop sensation (now post-tween sensation).

I need to gain my street-cred back after admitting all that. He also has a Swedish House Mafia remix to Don’t You Worry Child, which continues with his EDM direction that he’s done on countless songs. I have a few Don’t You Worry Child remixes saved to my playlist that I play each morning during my morning commute (I’ll include one of my favorites below – by Promise Land, of Rome, Italy); D Swaggy’s remix should be accepted by Swedish House Mafia and promoted on their channel as well.

Ke$ha – Die Young (D Swaggy Remix)

Justin Bieber – As Long As You Love Me (D Swaggy Remix)

Swedish House Mafia – Don’t You Worry Child (D Swaggy Remix)

Purchase on iTunes: Swedish House Mafia – Don’t You Worry Child (Promise Land Remix)

Spectrum of Love (Zedd vs. Akon vs. Afrojack…) – FourMore

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And now for something a little different, or a lot different depending on your perspective. There is a new quartet of DJs in the industry and they go by the name of FourMore. It’s your classic barbershop quartet, except no one is singing (I hope), they are just making sweet sweet nectar in the form of music bootlegs and mashups. Currently, they are DJing from four different cities and four different time zones. We can appreciate that concept, we try to share good music from all over the United States (and the world, because we seek world domination – no, not really, though it would be cool, just saying). But they are able to produce music from four different areas in this country. FourMore is made up of brothers Kyle & Jared, plus their college friends Eric and Alex; currently representing the Bay Area, Honolulu, Texas, and Boston. We’re already familiar with Kyle’s work, or should I go by his stage name, T.Ski, a guy that we’ve featured in the past.

I discovered this new Fantastic 4 (only with musical powers instead of the ability to ignite into fire or form a rock wall) through T.Ski’s SoundCloud account and liked what I heard! Spectrum of Love is not another Zedd knockoff, rather it is a mega mashup of major mixing proportions. I takes samples from Zedd, Justin Bieber (we can overlook this if you can), Rihanna, Ne-Yo, Akon, David Guetta, Afrojack, and Will.i.am. This mashup meets their goal of sharing  EDM music that makes you want to party and rage. I need a few more rage tracks though, it’s hard to rage to just one song, so FourMore, keep pumping them out and we’ll keep listening!

Spectrum of Love (Zedd vs. Bieber vs. Rihanna vs. Ne-Yo vs. Akon vs. David Guetta vs. Afrojack vs. Will.i.am) – FourMore

“After Shock” – Titus Jones

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The mashup album, “After Shock,” by Titus Jones is finally here! This new album covers a lot of genres, from classic rock to pop, from alternative punk rock to hip hop. I hear a lot of music that I enjoyed from about half a decade ago and when I was in high school. The question is, did he mash enough greatness into this 13 track album? Let’s break it down to find out. The intro, has a sample from Ira Flatow who talks about digital music sampling, “…We live in a world of remixes and mashups… but the problem is, remixing someone else’s work without their permission might be a good way to get sued.” When I heard this line used in the intro I was ready to hear what Titus Jones put together, he clearly understands mashups and proves it within the first minute and a half. The whole album is smooth and flows in and out of a variety of samples. But, is it enough to covet all 5 stars?

There are a few songs that I found myself going back to out of the normal rotation of the track list, I needed to hear Someone Makes Me Feel Dirty a few times; with only four samples, it wasn’t overly complicated and I loved the use of The All-American Rejects. Then you have, Close To Blowin’ In The Deep, which is another great mash, the only sample I would take out would be Madonna’s but that’s minor to me. I’m not sure what you’d replace it with and how it would change the dynamic of the song, but it just didn’t close the deal for me on, the 3oh!3 sample on the other hand did. The other song that fits within my top 3 is, The Best Get Broken HeartedI appreciate the use of Paramore with Foo Fighters, a pairing that is unexpected but welcomed.

For being an album that makes you want to get up and dance, I found myself wanting more. There are too many mashups that just come up short and miss the mark for me. It’s a good attempt at something great, but it doesn’t quite compare to a 3LAU production. I will still listen to this and I think there are plenty of people out there that will get a kick out of mashups like Guns N’ Roses versus D4L, that might have been my favorite moment! But I’m stuck at a 3.5 out of 5 with this album. I’m picky, I thought a few of the mashups dragged on a little, which is not something you want when an album is under an hour-long.

“After Shock” – Titus Jones

Get the full list of samples here. Follow Titus Jones on Facebook or Twitter (@TitusJones).
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