Albums | Timeflies Tuesday – All About That Bass

Posted by on September 2, 2014

I’m not going to lie, the original by Meghan Trainor freaked me out a little.  Nicki Minaj and Adele had a child and she grew up to be Meghan Trainor.  Don’t get me wrong, the girl has talent, but all the pink, the children’s doll houses, and the Israel Kamakawiwo?ole look alike doing a split turned me off.  With that being said, Cal and Rez have brought this back for me in this weeks installment of TFT. Take away all the things I mentioned, and beef up the production, you’ve got a hit.

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Albums, Hip-Hop, Mixtapes | QuESt – Searching Sylvan

Posted by on September 2, 2014

There are mixtapes and there are albums.  Although Searching Sylvan is available as a free download, I hesitate in calling it a mixtape.  It’s too complete, too cohesive, too deep, too polished, & too original to be called anything but an album.  This, my friends, is a comprehensive work of art.  Miami native, QuESt, has supplied the magnifying glass and opened his front door.  Encouraging us not to download the project, but to listen to his story, Q’s genuine appreciation for his fans and his music is a true sign of his character.

You hear it often, but this is honestly one of those records that you have to listen to from start to finish – at least the first few times through.  There are tracks for every occasion, but to fully understand QuESt’s story, as a fan, I ask you press play and don’t next until the conclusion of “May 10, 2012″.  Then you should press play, again.

There are countless quotable’s throughout this project, but the second half of “Automatic” exemplifies to me what this story is all about.  The below is just a bite and even that doesn’t fully grasp the message he’s putting forward.

“Aspirations, responsibilities, caught between them I’m torn
Tug of war with both of my arms
Strategize the cards that I’ve drawn”

There are life lessons, struggles, successes, high highs and low lows, and most importantly an endless hunger heard through and through.  It’s still too early for me to pick favorites but the few that stuck out during my first listen through; “Biscayne Blvd”, “Make It Out Alive” (…YesQuEStCanSing), “Automatic”, “Erase Me”, “Hunger”, “Struggle Rapper”, “Jon Bellions One Way To San Diego (Outro)”, & “May 10, 2012″.  Shit, well that really narrows it down doesn’t it?  Rather than listening to me, head over to SearchingSylvan.com for a track-by-track breakdown by Sylvan himself!  There is no weak link in this 17-song masterpiece.

Production credits belong to the entire VMG roster along with Q’s in house producers, The Marvels, the homie OB, as well as other very talented beat scientists.  First and foremost, 6ix, who is said to be one of QuESt’s biggest fans, is as committed to succeeding with QuESt as anyone else out there.  They continue to grow and together create beautiful music.  We’ve heard what Logic and 6ix can cook up together, now is our chance to hear what 6ix can do with QuESt.  Feed them hot sauce with their Chipotle and hell, you’ve got bangers like “Hunger” and “Automatic” – two of my favorite songs of the year.  Next is Q’s in house producers, The Marvels, who clearly know him as an artist and can craft their work to his liking.  From start to finish, these guys put it on.  Another one that may have caught some of you by surprise is Visionary’s own, Logic.  For the avid listener, we know Logic can produce and can produce well.  He’s working hard at improving this aspect of his game and his work on “Biscayne Blvd” and “No Love In The City” attribute directly to that.  And don’t let me forget OB, a resident VMG contributor.

Without further adieu, I present to you QuESt’s “Searching Sylvan”.  One of the best collections of music you’ll hear this year.

Extra credit reading: “5 Things to Know About Searching Sylvan” by the good people over at The Redefined.

Free Download: QuESt – Searching Sylvan [Mixtape/Free Album]

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Albums | Flight Facilities – Down To Earth

Posted by on August 29, 2014

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All my Flight Facilities fans, Hugo and Jimmy have announced the release of their debut album October 27th, out via Glassnote Records and Win Music, and the Australian electronic duo just put out a trailer announcing take off! They’re def pushing boundaries with this one, with collaborations with acts such as Reggie Watts,  Bishop Nehru, Emma Louise and plenty more! You can check out their tour dates on their website www.flightfacilities.com, with performances at Webster Hall in NYC, and the Regent in Los Angeles!

Albums | Sizzy Rocket – Morrissey

Posted by on August 22, 2014

In are day and age where it seems like pop stars are as easily interchangeable as bed sheets, it’s a rare occurrence to find an artist with poise, talent, and originality all wrapped in to one. Sizzy Rocket is a straight shooter, her writing ability evidencing that.

TV out the window, late night like a talk show, rich cunt at The Standard.

However, despite the brash and borderline-crude lyrics, Sizzy manages to seamlessly transition from her dark rapping abilities to a bubbly-sounding rendition of The Smith’s on the chorus. Don’t let the sound fool you, as the case with “Morrissey”, as well as previous release, “GIRLS“, the lines are oozing with playful sarcasm that begs for a second listen.

Enjoy the genre-bending song, and get introduced to pop music’s next rule breaker.

Albums | Trippy Turtle – Trippy’s Theme (Official Video)

Posted by on July 11, 2014

If you’re new to the whole Jersey club scene and are curious about why Nurse Joy and Officer Jenny, as well as confused as to what the phrase “Turtle on that booty” means, have no fear, it’s just who Trippy Turtle is. Voyaging away from the usual R&B remix, Trippy decides to give us his theme song, which is produced so cleanly and smooth. Along side the Pokemon characters, we see cameos made by Cashmere Cat, RiFF RAFF, Pink Panther, Booty Beaver, Drippy Dolphin, and more. A lot of weirdness in the video, but it works. In order to get the most out of your Trippy Turtle experience, make sure to watch the video. Also, TWRK decided to do a little remix of this fine track as well which will be for your listening enjoyment below so check both out. FOFOFADi

Albums, Interviews | Just Blaze DjCityTV Interview

Posted by on July 9, 2014

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Shout out to DJCity for sending over their latest interview with Just Blaze! Having met the veteran legendary producer a few weeks ago, and hearing the man speak the truth on the current state of the music scene, and his transition into the DJ realm, I felt the need to share this. I had a chance to catch him live in Miami, as he filled in for a set after Kaytranada, and I can tell you for a fact the man does more than push buttons, going as far as beatboxing on the mic when the sound system accidentally shut off, to keep the party going! Respect to DJCity, and respect to Just Blaze! This is a must watch interview!

Albums | Icona Pop – Just Another Night (Solidisco Remix)

Posted by on June 25, 2014

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Is it me or does Icona Pop sound like Abba? Well if it that’s not the case, then Solidisco took it back to the “Dancing Queen” days minus the 2 dudes, and brought it forward to 2014. blending disco-house and electro-house for our dancefloor needs. I’m really digging the production on this one, and for some reason I hear some cool mashups with the intro alone, this is def one you’re going to want to dance to. Icona Pop and Solidisco might want to consider working together, I think they’d make a great collab. Make sure you give this one a listen and support by purchasing it on iTunes!

iTunes: Icona Pop – Just Another Night (Solidisco Remix)