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Some of you may know me as Clarke the self-proclaimed Tokio Head, (a name given to Tokio Hotel fans by Cherrytree years ago), or as the guitar playing songstress with covers on youtube (that have reached almost 100,000 views) and soundcloud (with almost 4,000 listens!) (feel free to check me out, I promise I don't suck), and some of you may even know me (although I highly doubt it mainly because I haven't told many people--sorry guys!) as Cherrytree's newest intern. Whoo! :D Which is an awesome experience I must say, but that is not why I am writing this blog post. I am writing this because I had an idea. I pretty much all of my time regardless of where I may be, listening to music. I always have to have my ipod and headphones in tow with me because who knows when I'll need a tune to keep me entertained throughout the day. I mean, what's life without an awesome soundtrack to accompany it, right?
Anyways, back to the idea. I have decided to make a weekly playlist of songs that I just couldn't turn off during the week. Now these songs may change week to week or you may even see a tune on there week after week (if its lucky enough to transcend my ever-changing musical tastes). I toyed with putting these posts on my personal blog or even my musical blog, but I thought what better place to put it than on a website music lovers from all over the world visit daily. Plus Cherrytree is a wonderful platform where artistic expression (even in the form of a music blog) is warmly welcomed.
So sit back, relax, and put those speakers on full blast as I take you through my musical addictions of the week.
No New Friends - (SFTB Remix) Feat. Drake, Rick Ross & Lil Wayne
I have to admit my love for Drake has grown ever since he was a surprise guest at my university's homecoming. He really knew how to get the crowd hype. He released this song with DJ Khaled, Rick Ross, and Lil Wayne after "Started From the Bottom" and shortly before he released "Girls Love Beyonce" (Another song that made the playlist this week =] ) I love this song because it is a solid friendship anthem, minus the typical bubblegum pop typical of a friend anthem. Although I have to admit that's nice every once in a while too.
Tessellate (Alt-J Cover) - Ellie Goulding
I just found this tune this morning at the top of the front page of CT's website and I have to say, EG's voice in the morning is the perfect way to wake up. I loved the last cover she made "High For This" produced by Xaphoon Jones (if you have no idea who he is he's a member of the duo Chiddy Bang), but I have to say the collab for this cover is just as magnetic and even better than the last. Ellie's unique voice has a magical quality to it in this cover that almost makes it feel as if you're floating on air. Plus the sax solo brings a sensual mood to the cover as well. And what's not to love about a good sax solo.
If You Love Me - Jessie Ware (Xaphoon Jones + Grave Goods Remix)
My entire childhood was spent listening to old school R&B (as well as Funk and Motown), so this song has been a favorite of mine since I was a little kid. I first heard Jessie Ware's cover of the Brownstone song on none other than Cherrytree Radio and I fell in love with it instantly. Even though I would've never guessed she would think of covering it, she has a very soulful voice so this song suits her perfectly. This remix by Xaphoon Jones (who produced the EG cover above) and Grave Goods is- for a lack of a better adjective-: awesome. And if you're still a bit skeptical about them remixing Jessie Ware's sultry voice, just wait until the beat drops and expect your mind to be blown.
Girls Love Beyonce- Drake ft. James Fauntleroy
There's not much to say about this song because I believe it speaks for itself. Like most other Drake songs, he spends the track talking about finding love, while James Fauntleroy (who I can say even if you have never heard of him before you will fall in love with his voice instantly) suavely croons the chorus from Destiny Child's hit "Say My Name". In the wake of so many rap songs of 2013 relying on heavy beats to carry the artists' lyrics, its nice to find a track that deviates from the norm.
Q.U.E.E.N- Janelle Monae ft. Erykah Badu
Now this song is absolutely, positively, my anthem! It is definitely a song that speaks to the entire female population, but more specifically, Black females everywhere. It is a song that highlights the various stereotypes Black women are faced with in today's society, such as eating chicken wings religiously, twerking in their spare time, and even being labeled 'insane'. However, Monae tells her listeners to embrace these stereotypes and to break down the barriers society has set up for us as Black females. Badu's smooth vocals add an unexpected, yet complimentary layer to this funky tune. And Monae's raw freestyle at the end of the song, solidifies the tune's sense of urgency Monae has towards her listeners to reach a self-awakening within themselves. She ends the song with, "Will you be electric sheep; electric ladies will you sleep? Or will you preach?" Regardless of your race however, this song is one you definitely will not be able to get out of your head.
Treat Me Like Fire- Lion Babe
This sexy tune by New York duo Lion Babe is definitely one of my favorite songs of 2013. The track begins with a smooth instrumental that transforms into a tune with a kicking beat behind it. I can definitely say this song sounds like nothing I have ever heard...or at least in a long time. And it is a much needed breath of fresh air. At the moment the duo only has one song out, but if you're in the New York area and you're lucky enough to catch one of their shows, you'll be able to fully get a taste of this dynamic duo's unique sound.
Love Game - Lady Gaga (Robots to Mars Remix)
Now this is a remix I can groove to. I have to admit I usually am not a fan of remixes, especially when I think the original is good enough on it's own (which is why it's very surprising two remixes made it onto this list!). However, there's something very special about this remix, and no not just because it was produced by the one and only Martin Kierszenbaum aka Cherry Cherry Boom Boom--bet you didn't know another pseudonym he used for his remixes was Robots to Mars. As a guitar player myself I love almost any song with guitars somewhere in it...and this remix features one throughout the entire thing! This song has always been one of my favorite Gaga songs so needless to say I was in heaven once the guitar was added. Like all of his remixes, CCBB added an unexpected twist to the song to make it his own and hopefully after listening, you will be in heaven too. And if not...well at least maybe you'll be pretty close to it!
Come As You Are- Yuna
Although this song is originally, by the popular late 80s-early 90s grunge band Nirvana, I have to admit I had never heard it before I stumbled upon Yuna's cover of it. And the Malaysian band, whose name comes from the lead singer's, made it sound so much like their own, I thought it was. This haunting cover is easily one of the best cover's I have ever heard. As Yuna's haunting vocals serenade you into a peaceful, yet poignant bliss. In addition to, Ellie Goulding x Xaphoon Jones's cover of Tessellate this is one cover you will want to listen to over and over. And peep the guitar around 3:14, you know it's gonna be great ;) And if you get the chance check out Yuna's stellar performance of the song at the Amoeba store in Hollywood. Yes...more guitars are involved. :))
Eg Anda- Sigur Ros
With songs like these I don't like to explain them very much. I would rather the listener draw their own conclusion to the message of the song. I suggest listening to this song with a pair of headphones firmly pressed against your ears so you can fully experience all the sound this tune has to offer. But if you decide against my suggestion, be prepared to be transported to an extremely relaxing state of mind nonetheless. I like to imagine myself floating amongst the clouds watching the sunrise...but who knows what interpretation you might experience when you listen to the song. Let me know what you come up with in the comments below. :)
Chance The Rapper- Chain Smoker
Last but not least, I am leaving you all with a not so relaxing tune by Chance The Rapper. He is an up and coming rapper from Chicago who just released a new mixtape entitled Acid Rap. I definitely suggest you check it out if your a fan of underground rap. Like Drake, he combines vocals with rap verses, however unlike Drake, Chance The Rapper has a gritty tone to him that starkly contrasts the instrumental of the song. However, the fluidity of the song cannot be disputed. This is one to definitely bump in the car as you drive down the highway. It reminds me of driving down the 10 freeway at night time passing downtown LA and seeing the skyline illuminate the sky. There's just a sense of magic to this track that makes it perfect for those relaxing summer nights.
And well...that concludes my Bumpin' Tunes Tuesday playlist for this week. I would love to hear what you all think of the songs. And even if you don't like them...well at least you were exposed to some new music eh? :)
Feel free to comment below and stay tuned for next week's bumpin tunes.
Peace and love,