Music Recommendation – Single – Falling In Reverse, “Just Like You”

falling-in-reverseIn an attempt to go out of my comfort zone and dive into the genre that is “Punk”, I gave Falling In Reverse a chance when I saw they released a music video for their hit “Just Like You”. I have never been a good nightly companion for the kinky Punk music, but I did find a spot in my heart for “Just Like You”.

The song is perverse, angsty, and talks about being lonely. It follows all of the rules to be “Punk” and might go even a bit overboard. I do find it quite catchy and found myself coming back to it more than I expected until it ended up becoming a favorite song of mine.

That being said, some of the vocals come off a bit raw and may not be your shy friend’s favorite tune. Falling In Reverse are not exactly known for light-hearted lyricism, but this might have a lower appeal rate. This is because it just tries too hard to check off every requirement in the “Is this really punk?” checklist.

Overall, I would rate the song at:

8.5/10

You can give the song a listen below (Song starts at 1:02):

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Artist Recommendation – Tes Swanks

tes-swanksWell, I am back. I gave myself a week, and my first inclination to write was about RnB up-and-comer Toni Swanks, otherwise known as Tes Swanks. Swanks’ presentation as an artist strikes immediate comparisons to Tinashe’s style, especially vocally. Her sound is soulful but catchy, much similar to that sound Beyonce.

The music of Swanks shows great instrumental influence and she finds a way to balance her voice with the beat. The effects production add to her voice are presented well, especially when high notes comes so natural to her.

My favorite songs come from her lone debut album, Heart Stringz. These include “Under The Influence”, “Won’t Turn Down”, and her first recorded song, “Who Am I”. Her music is perfect for any RnB fan and I highly recommend it.

Overall, I would rate her music at:

9.5/10

You can give her music a listen by checking out her bio on MuzicNotez.com by clicking here:

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Thowback Thursday – Chic, “Everybody Dance”

Chic-everybody-danceYou may have killed 10 minutes by listening “Everybody Dance” already, whether it be through its popularity as Chic’s second single from their self-titled debut album, or from the Grand Theft Auto video game series, being a part of The Ballad Of Gay Tony expansion pack. Either way, this song has been stuck in my head for a solid couple of days and I figured I would share my suffering with my whole 20 readers.

The song is surprisingly repetitive for a song at almost 10 minutes in length, but you gotta love that low bass and killer instrumental overall. That is quite a lot of the song, along with the phrase “Everybody dance” whispered enough times so as to convince you that this method could have inspired Nazi Germany to just follow Hitler right away had he whispered it enough in his own disco song.

Overall, I would rate the song at:

7.75/10

The song serves it purpose, it’s mad catchy and makes you want to dance because of its simplicity. It was a great way for Chic to get a following and I’m sure any club-hopping turnt-up adult from the 70’s can half recognize the tune from a drunk night on the town. You can listen to the song below:

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Music Recommendation – Single – Jasmine V ft. Jeremih and Problem, “One Night”

Jasmine-V-One-NightI covered Jasmine V’s debut EP That’s Me Right There months back, but I had to give her first single for her first studio album a write-up as soon as I heard it. The song aims at a more low-key and sensual tone, and Jasmine V pulls it off quite well. Her voice gets low and gives her sound a bit of a Hip-Hop vibe as she requests her man stays “just one night”.

Jeremih finds a suitable spot on the song, and while the build-up for his role makes the listener giddy, his stanza is ultimately underwhelming. Problem is basically non-existent, and the song would have been just as well with only Jasmine’s vocals.

Production does its job of manufacturing the classic “Make this a hit” Hip-Hop beat, though I do find it fitting to Jasmine’s sound. Overall, I would rate the song at:

7.5/10

This is a solid start to Jasmine V’s debut, but some aspects of it just feel forged. The features, the lyrics, all do not feel genuine. That’s Me Right There had a more personal way about it that I hope Jasmine V sticks to, as her voice is able to convey her emotion quite well.

You can check out the new song below and see what you think:

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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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Music Recommendation – Single – Kid Ink ft. Trey Songz, Juicy J, 2 Chainz, and Chris Brown, “Show Me” (Remix)

show-me-remixIn case the original “Show Me” did not have enough Trey Songz, Juicy J, or 2 Chainz for you, the remix should definitely do its job. I really admire this remix in that it overs a solid rap verse from Juicy J (in fact one of his best), sensual RnB from Trey Songz, and an alternate piece from Kid Ink. Add that with Chris Brown’s already dope role, and subtract a couple of points for 2 Chainz, and you have a remix that gives you everything you may have wanted from the original.

Combining Chris Brown and Trey Songz vocals has proven to be a great thing, but the way that these two overlap on this song turns out incredible. The lyrics feel a bit too raw (and slightly cringeworthy) at times, but these artists are not exactly known for keeping it subtle.

Overall, I would rate the remix at:

8.75/10

You can hear the remix below:

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Favorites Friday – OneRepublic, “Secrets”

onerepublicOneRepublic has placed a couple of their hits into my favorites, but none of their songs compare in both quality and nostalgia to “Secrets”. It differs greatly from most Pop music while still finding a catchy rhythm and entrancing tune. The strings are glorious and Ryan Tedder’s vocals stand out from most band’s lead singers in its unique pitch.

The song is slightly repetitive, but the chorus is the best part. While I can shake that part off, I have to admit that the instrumental does tend to dominate the vocals, especially in the first stanza. If those strings weren’t so damn awesome, that could be a bit of a problem.

Overall, I would rate the song at:

9.25/10

Hoping you like this song, because I have plenty other OneRepublic songs to cover later. Consider them the T-Pain of Pop for AMP’s Favorites Friday; You will probably see them way more than you like. In the meantime, you can check out one of my all-time favorites (seriously, this just barely missed the list) below:

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Throwback Thursday – The Get Up Kids, “Holiday”

the-get-up-kidsThe Get Up Kids are Indie-rock music back when it was good. The Kansas City-based band have released a number of albums and singles over the years since their formation in 1995, but “Holiday” might be one of their best songs. Their second album, Something To Write Home About, has always received mixed reviews since its release in 2000. However, it was ultimately the band’s biggest push as an Indie-rock band into mainstream.

“Holiday” is melodic and a great introduction into the album. The instrumental is compelling and the lyrics are signature early 2000’s punk, so hop aboard the teenage nostalgia train. The lyrics’ awesomeness makes the fact that the band wrote all of their music on this album even cooler.

Overall, I would rate the song at:

8.25/10

You can check out the throwback below:

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Music Recommendation – Single – T.I., B.o.B and Kendrick Lamar ft. Kris Stephens, “Memories Back Then”

memories-back-thenWhile the song did have a brief run on the Billboard Hot 100, “Memories Back Then” is one of those mainstream Hip-Hop songs that you can toss in the category of “Good Rap Music” Or “Rap Music That Isn’t Rae Sremmurd Or Bobby Smurda”. I hate playing the “Popular music is awful” card, but when it comes to Rap, that has become the case with acts such as Sremmurd, Smurda, and Young Thug. But I’m sure I have gone on that tangent before.

The song features three expert lyricists, who set the bar for real verses and use their flow to their advantage. While I had yet to hear a great story by any of the three, this one did not disappoint from any of the camps. One by one, they go into a story from their younger lives, and open up the vault of memories based on other women and their last encounters with them. Each verse is superb as it is fascinating and focused; In fact, the chorus takes away from the song’s credibility more than anything else.

Overall, I would rate the song at:

9.25/10

This is definitely a song with excellent lyricism and some of the best work by each of the three rappers. You can check out the song below:

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Music Recommendation – Single – Curbi, “Discharge”

curbiIt has been a hefty sum of time since I wrote about anything remotely pure EDM, but let’s end that streak with Curbi’s vocal-less “Discharge”. The house song has a foot-tapping but unique rhythm that instantly attracted my attention upon playing it. The best part? Curbi is only 16 years old, so we can look forward to plenty more by the Spinnin’ Records signee.

The synth usage almost resembles a video game soundtrack. It has a retro-electro feel to it, while striking similarities to Martin Garrix. My biggest complaint would be how fast the beat drops, it just comes out of nowhere and feels like a bit of a let-down. Still, it is an impressive debut for the UK teen.

Overall, I would rate the song at:

8.25/10

You can check out the song below:

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