Hear It First – Martin Garrix ft. Ed Sheeran, “Rewind Repeat It”

martin-garrixFreshly premiered at the Ultra Music Festival is Martin Garrix’s “Rewind Repeat It” featuring Ed Sheeran. The song follows up on one of Garrix’s popular hits currently featuring Usher, “Don’t Look Down”. Martin Garrix is starting to look like David Guetta recruiting all of these major acts.

You can stream the song below and hear it first:

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Music Recommendation – Single – Jason Derulo, “Want To Want Me”

want-to-want-meOnce upon a time, I really liked Jason Derulo’s music. Then I turned 14. Actually it was around 17, when he came out with songs such as “Wiggle” and “Trumpets”. While a couple of Future History‘s tracks rank in my all-time favorites, its follow up sincerely disappointed me. That may be why I really like “Want To Want Me”.

Also, just want to point out that the cover art makes it appear that Jason Derulo has really long nose hairs. PSA over, moving on.

Originally, this article was meant to be a “Hear It First” (and it still kinda is), but I found this song feeling like everything I wanted from him in the last two years. The rhythm is catchy, the song is easy to pick up without being too repetitive, and the upbeat sound makes it a fun listen. While I did notice a bit more work on the vocals than I was comfortable with, it did not take away much from my general enjoyment of the song.

Overall, I would rate the song at:

8.75/10

This is an excellent way for Jason Derulo to start 2015, and I really hope that we get more of this. The artist has proved he knows how to change up his sound, but will this be his signature look for album #4?

You can check out the song below (and hear it first):

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Hear It First – M.I.A., “CanSeeCanDo”

miaI’ve never been a huge fan of M.I.A., but I do remember Aziz Ansari talk about her once (also some song in 2012 with Nicki Minaj and Madonna?). She sent a tweet out announcing this was the first song of an album and told her hardcore fans (M.I.A. has hardcore fans apparently, news to me as well) that the LP would drop this summer. Anyways, I covered L.A. Love a while back before it exploded, so I’ll do what I did then by swallowing my pride and sharing the track.

You can hear the song first below:

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Hear It First – Carly Rae Jepsen, “I Really Like You”

Carly-Rae-Jepsen-I-Really-Like-YouRelive your 2012 summer with the return of the reason you always heard “Call Me Maybe” wherever you went. Carly Rae Jepsen returns with a new song, titled “I Really Like You”. When coming up with a new tween anthem song, why not something as simple as that.

I hate how catchy this song is. You can pick it up easy and just spit it back out after a single listen. As Stereogum writes, “Resistance is futile”. Still, you can hear the song first below:

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Hear It First – Rihanna, “Towards The Sun”

rihannaRihanna released her first new solo music in a while. I have a serious soft spot for Rihanna’s music, something about certain tracks just get me. Note that foreshadowing for my next “Favorites Friday”.

The song sounds like a collected group of singers and features plenty of heavy production, but I can admit the song is decent. “Towards The Sun” is vague lyrically, mostly because it’s use is for the upcoming movie Home. You can check out the song by following the link below and see what you think:

http://www.complex.com/music/2015/02/rihanna-towards-the-sun

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Hear It First – Tinashe ft. Iggy Azalea, “All Hands On Deck” (Remix)

all-hands-on-deck-remixI actually liked the original “All Hands On Deck”, but Tinashe decided to remind us of the sobering fact that she will be going on tour with Iggy Azalea soon with a perfectly fine song remixed with a rap verse. As Iggy Iggs puts her spin on the song, her role simply gives the song an extra boost in popularity. Sadly, most people did not even consider listening to this song until Iggy was squeezed into 40 seconds of it.

That being said, it may be one of the better contributions by Iggy, so I can’t say she completely ruined it. The remix simply offers nothing more than the original already did. If you’re interested, you can check out the remix below. The original song is still enjoyable, so I recommend looking it up as well. Hear the remix first below:

https://soundcloud.com/tinashenow/all-hands-on-deck-feat-iggy-azalea/s-VDM18

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Hear It First – The Singles, “Candy”

the-singles-candyEver wonder what it would sound like if Scarlet Johannson made music with Este Haim and a few other noted artists, including Kendra Morris, Holly Miranda, and Julia Hatigan? Me neither, but I guess this is worth hearing anyways. If you were ever unsure how many times the phrase “Candy to my heart” could be uttered before it got way old, this song will help you find out.

Johansson added on the song, “I love Grimes. And I love the Bangles. And I love the Go-Go’s. I wanted it to be like those bands: ultra pop but also a little ironic, a little in on the joke.”

The song is highly repetitive and the vocals crack a bit. The song is not of the highest quality, but I can see the sound progressing and evolving into something a bit more solid. You can check out the new song by following the link below and see what you think:

http://www.stereogum.com/1782402/scarlett-johansson-este-haim-holly-miranda-debut-grimes-inspired-supergroup-the-singles/mp3s/
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Hear It First – Ty Dolla $ign ft. Charli XCX and Tinashe, “Drop That Kitty”

drop-that-kittyIf you feel uncomfortable with listening to this song due to its title, I don’t blame you. The lyrics’ content isn’t much more gratifying either. Luckily, Tinashe makes this song slightly more bearable and may be the reason I find myself coming back to the song.

The whole thing just tries way too hard to merge Pop, RnB and Hip-Hop and just flops. I can picture listeners enjoying it, just not on this planet. Still, you can check out the new song and hear it first below:

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Hear It First – O.T. Genasis ft. Chris Brown, “CoCo Part 3”

coco-part-3If you were in love with the CoCo before, you may have loved the second part. And if you are overdosing on the song, Part 3 may just be a relapse. Chris Brown contributes a stanza to make this song actually slightly more tolerable, but not worth being remixed over and over again.

You can check out the new remix below and hear it first:

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