Hear It First – Stromae ft. Lorde, Pusha T, HAIM, and Q-Tip, Meltdown

Another song from the upcoming Hunger Games: Mockingjay: Pt. 1 aka Hunger Games Mockingjay: Let’s split thi – wait, I think I already made that joke. Meltdown features a diverse sound combination of Hip-Hop and Pop.

The song is actually decent, though the sound is a bit chaotic (Hunger Games songs are good at that). Pusha T has a solid early verse, despite being brief. The hook is solid but untranslatable. The song is not as awkward as you would assume despite the names. I’ll spare details so you can listen to it quicker.

Hunger Games: Mockingjay: Pt. 1 soundtrack releases November 17. In the meantime check it out below and hear it first:


-Austin Heath

EDIT: Video is removed for whatever reason, so to listen you will have to go over to HotNewHipHop.com.

Music Recommendation – Single – Lorde, Yellow Flicker

17-year old star Lorde is back, this time adding her music to the soundtrack for the upcoming Hunger Games installment. The song has the usual Lorde-esque sound that many people loved in Royals and Team, and that I loved in Tennis Court.

Lorde uses similar techniques from older songs in Yellow Flicker but the reception is still pretty content. Despite being only just released today, the video on Lorde’s VEVO YouTube channel has over 100,000 views and plenty of thumbs up. I have to agree with the general consensus, though the first 50 seconds are not too pleasing. The song really takes shape on the first hook and it becomes a great track that I am sure will be a hit relatively soon.

If you haven’t heard it already, hear it here first below. My rating is 9/10, per my feedback above. If you don’t like Lorde’s other songs then chances are this won’t sway you either. However I find each song by her getting better and better. Give it a listen:

-Austin Heath