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 – Madonna ft. Nas, “Veni Vidi Vici”

Madonna-Rebel-HeartI originally planned to use up this article with a few “Madonna is so old” jokes, but she probably wouldn’t be amused by that, seeing as how she likely witnessed the invention of the joke. A notable thing about “Veni Vidi Vici” is that Nas is normally the veteran feature on a song, yet when Madonna first met fame, the future-rapper was entering the early stages of puberty.

I could go on and on with the jokes, but I actually consider Madonna looking young considering she’s 80 years old. So new song by her, with Nas performing a verse, and it has a rebellious Pop/Hip-Hop vibe. Surprise, surprise.

Check out the new song and hear it first by following the link below:

http://www.hiphopdx.com/index/singles/id.29739/title.madonna-f-nas-veni-vidi-vici

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Music Recommendation – Single – Charli XCX ft. Rita Ora, “Doing It”

charli-xcx-rita-oraI have been covering Charlie XCX a lot recently as she released music previewing her sophomore album Sucker, but these were only “Hear It First” articles. You guys know my policy towards those and how I usually feel about them (impartial). However, Doing It (Please no dirty jokes, just listen to the song) might be the first Charli XCX song that I really enjoy listening to, as well as the first by Rita Ora in a long while. The song has a classic 80’s synth feel similar to Madonna but stays modern like Bastille, or more accurately, HAIM.

Either I am going soft or Pop music has put its best foot forward so far in 2015. So fact alert: this track technically belongs to Charli, whose voice I prefer hearing throughout. Rita Ora just sounds a bit like she is forcing herself to sound outstanding and above Charlie XCX, who relies on her own natural and original voice and flows well with the beat. The two singers take turns in their own stanzas, then team up to finish off the bridge before the last chorus.

I can go through endless comparisons as to whose sound this song resembles, which is really great; However, it also means that the song has a bit of an unoriginal nature. It just feels like something that I have heard before, though clearly I have not, simply because it compares to so many previous songs and artists’ tones. While I enjoy it a lot, I am afraid it may not stick with me for more than a couple of weeks judging by how songs of this vice last.

Regardless, I love the direction these two artists are going with Doing It. Nope, still feel weird typing that out. Overall, I would rate this new release at:

9/10

This song is a huge movement for Charli XCX and she found an excellent addition by adding Rita Ora. I would expect this song to be rather big in the coming couple of weeks, so I recommend hearing it first and checking it out for listening pleasure below:

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Music Recommendation – Single – Che-Val, My Beat

Che-Val are a husband/wife music duo who I found through my Twitter. Both are from Connecticut and specialize in alternative-pop. I always appreciate being sent new music in my DMs, but this was definitely a pleasant surprise and I really did enjoy the track.

My Beat is a cross between modern pop and 80’s/early 90’s pop-rock. The Guitarist/Singer duo is a similar set-up to popular pop couple Karmin, though I can hear a unique difference in her voice from Amy’s. My Beat is the group’s first official song and is leaves an excellent first impression.

The song is a bit more Pop-y than I usually post, but the throwback style (especially in the much-talked about Saxophone solo) almost sounds like an 80’s Madonna song taken out of time. I love that this song could literally be loved by anyone, young or old.

Overall, I would have to rate the song 9.5/10. Something about the silence after “This is my beat” feels a bit empty, but that is literally my only complaint. I personally can not wait to hear more! Especially when this is the only song, I think these two are seriously going places. You, meanwhile, can watch the video and subscribe to their YouTube channel here:

-Austin Heath