2016 June

Firestone by Kygo feat. Conrad Sewell

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Kygo ft. Conrad Sewell – “Firestone” – Kygo comes to us from Norway and is pretty new to the EDM/Dance scene. Like Zedd, Kygo started out in music as a classically trained pianist. When he was about 16, he decided to leave the classical realm of music and started to produce EDM music while watching tutorials on YouTube. He primarily gained success through releasing tracks on SoundCloud and YouTube. In 2013, he released an unofficial remix of Ed Sheeran’s track “I See Fire”; this track has received over 50 million plays on SoundCloud. Thanks to the success of this remix, Kygo was approached by Avicii and Chris Martin from Coldplay to make official remixes of their songs. It was at this time that Kygo established a good relationship with Avicii and toured with him in the early part of 2014. This lead to Kygo stepping in for Avicii during a festival, due to some health concerns for Avicii. In December of 2014, Kygo released his first single “Firestone” featuring Conrad Sewell. This track has helped catapult Kygo into mainstream airplay and it has over 200 million views on YouTube. Since dropping “Firestone”, Kygo has gone on to drop 3 additional songs from his highly anticipated debut album Cloud Nine; sadly there isn’t an official date for the album. I will say that based on the 4 songs that he has released thus far, the studio album is looking like it’ll be a great success.

Gasoline by Halsey

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​This is one of the ‘best vibes’ song I’ve ever heard. The music and her voice are so well harmoniously connected. Halsey is so borderline lyrical; I believe she really does put so much of her heart into her songs. I’ve listened to most of her other work, this is all in line with the perspective of the world. She is deranged herself and suicidal. She talks about being crazy and all her flaws. Her voices inside of her head, are insightful. It really has a way of putting you into the song, I love it! Halsey is a strange artist and really she puts herself out there! I love this track and hope you appreciate her artistry as much as I do!

Candyman by Zedd feat. Aloe Blacc

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Zedd ft. Aloe Blacc – “Candyman” – Zedd officially jumped into the EDM/Dance scene back in 2010 after remixing Skrillex’s “Scary Monsters and Nice Sprites” track. Originally from Germany, Zedd is actually a classically trained musician. Both of his parents were musicians with his father playing the guitar and his mother playing the piano. At age 4, Zedd began playing the piano and by age 12 he moved to playing drums and creating his own music. Thanks to his exposure to music at an early age, in 2002 he joined a deathcore band in Germany playing the drums. Zedd remained with the band until 2009 when he heard a song by a French electronic due named Justice. It was at this time that Zedd stepped away from his band and decided to move into the EDM/Dance genre. Zedd sky rocketed to success in 2012 with the release of his debut album Clarity. This album had a string of hits that appeared on Billboard’s Hot Dance Club Songs including:  “Clarity”, “Spectrum” and “Stay the Night”. Upon the success of this album, Zedd was a highly sought after producer and worked with Lady Gaga, Ariana Grande, Selena Gomez, Justin Bieber and various others. In 2015, Zedd dropped his second album True Colors, which also featured a string of hits for Billboard’s Hot Dance Club Songs. After wrapping his True Colors tour in November 2015, Zedd was approached by the candy company M&Ms to modernize their theme song “The Candy Man” which was originally sung by Sammi Davis Jr. Zedd brought in Aloe Blacc to help with the vocals and together the two of them revamped the song into a catchy dance tune. This track goes in a different direction than what Zedd is normally known for; it’s not as gritty or as hard as a standard dance tune would be. Instead it is lined with some sweet synths, tight 808s, a touch of the piano and some kick drums. All in all, the beat flows nicely with Aloe’s soulful voice and brings a new lift to the theme song. Although the lyrics aren’t exactly the same as the original, they bring in a feel good vibe that hits its goal of resonating with M&Ms target audience.