Felix Jaehn is back with what is sure to be his first hit of 2016. Bonfire features ALMA in the song and video, she was a contestant on The Voice Finland 3 years ago and this year in June had a hit Karma (also worth a download). Now that she’s scored a feature on a Felix Jaehn track I’m sure we’ll be seeing her featured on several more hits in the future. We featured Felix last year for his 2015 hit Ain’t Nobody (Loves Me Better) and if you’re looking for more he released Book Of Love later in 2015 as well.
Now here is two leaders in the music scene you would not picture hanging out and making a music video together; Skrillex and Rick Ross. It’s the lead single off the new Suicide Squad album, so I guess it fits right in with the theme of unlikely team’s being formed. What’s even crazier is they actually got Jared Leto (who plays the new Joker) to not just cameo but basically play a featured role for the music video. It’s a trap single, primarily Rick Ross rapping over a Skrillex beat, but Skrillex also chopped and screwed Rick Ross’s lyrics over the chorus as well. The previous single off the Suicide Squad album was also an interesting collaboration and pretty solid too, check out Sucker for Pain – Lil Wayne, Wiz Khalifa & Imagine Dragons.
Out of nowhere comes a brand new single from Green Day. The rockers are back for the twelfth studio album and the single Bang Bang is the first taste we get of the band. Lead singer and guitarist Billie Joe Armstrong stated that the lead single Bang Bang is “about the culture of mass shooting that happens in America mixed with narcissistic social media.”Armstrong also stated that the album is meant to reflect the current state of chaos in the United States, what with the mass shootings and upcoming elections. Seems like a strong rock track and has us looking forward to the new album!
Ria Mae is a pop/alternative artist from Halifax, Canada to keep an eye on. We recommend turning it up a couple extra clicks when listening to her latest music video “Gold”. Ria Mae enjoyed some spot light last year with her 2015 hit Clothes Off (produced by Classified), which has over 2 million views on YouTube now. I’ve been following Ria Mae since her first single Under Your Skin in 2011 off her first album, which is still one of my favorite unique tracks from her. Besides Gold and Clothes Off, other tracks to check out off her 2016 self titled album include Ooh Love, as well as it’s more upbeat remix Ooh Love (Neon Dreams Remix), and how can I resist plugging her collab track with Classified – Thoughts on Fire.
DJ Khaled’s Major Key album is now out on iTunes and there are many great tracks so we recommend checking it out. This one here is a standout track from the album, where Kendrick and Big Sean both spit some great verses and Betty Wright is on the hook. Which rapper had the better verse? Let us know below.
Another standout track from the album is J. Cole’s “Jermaine’s Interlude” – check it out here.
French Montana recruits Drake for a pretty catchy tune and a funny music video where the two have Latino alter egos. This is the first single off French Montana’s upcoming LP
The Chainsmokers are back with another hit titled Closer. This song is a worthy follow up to their smash hit Don’t Let Me Down that is being played on the radio everywhere now. The DJ duo enlist the help of Halsey on this track and it feels like a great summer hit to us. Check out the lyric video below and let us know what you think.
Jazz Cartier is a Canadian rapper from Toronto. His most recent mixtape dropped in February and this is definitely a stand out track. He’s got a neat 360° music video for Red Alert/100 Roses on Youtube. I discovered him when i came across his latest track Lil Wayne, a tribute to his favorite rapper. Be sure to keep an eye out for this guy, we predict he will blow up soon!
I first heard this song a couple months ago while Pat was in town on the speakers in a clothing store and shouted across the store for him to Shazam it. I keep coming back to it so I figured I’d share. It was “Part of Me” by Phases, is an indie pop band from LA. When I checked out their Youtube channel, I discovered they gained some popularity with their debut music video last year; I’m In Love With My Life, but not too much since then. Like Part of Me, a lot of their beats have an almost circa-michael-jackson sound, eg. see Cooler, and Betty Blue. None of which I like quite as much as this one, so I’m hoping they put out more like this.