Wow, we saw the teasers for Eminem’s new song and that it would be dropping today, but had no clue it was going to feature Beyonce. Eminem announced that his first new album in four years is going to drop next week (!!) and that it will in fact be titled Revival. He then gave us the first look at the album with the track called Walk on Water. It is a basic and simple song, but that just makes the introspective lyrics and message that more poignant.

In an interview, Eminem talks about how he has heard all of the criticisms against him and used them as fuel for creating this new song.

“When you start out in your career, you have a blank canvas, so you can paint anywhere that you want because the sh*t ain’t been painted on yet,” Eminem said, discussing his mindset when writing the song. “And then your second album comes out and you paint a little more, and you paint a little more and by the time you get to your seventh and eight album you’ve already painted all over that. There’s nowhere else to paint. So it’s like, where do you go? And people are always expecting something different from you.”

Beyonce was recruited for the track through Rick Rubin. Rick heard the song and decided he wanted to play it for Jay-Z and Queen B: “The reason I waned to play it for him is because I’m sure these same feelings cross his mind,” Rubin said, detailing a meeting where he played them the song. “These same feelings cross any successful artist’s mind.” After hearing the record, Beyonce agreed to sing the chorus, and the rest is history.

 

This song definitely has us excited for Eminem’s new album. What do you guys think of it?

It’s been awhile since we heard from etiher CyHi The Prynce or Kanye West but both come out of hiding on the same song. It sounds like a new anthem to address the haters. Look for CyHi’s new album No Dope On Sundays to drop later this year.

 

DJ-producer Steve Angello, formerly of EDM group Swedish House Mafia, has dropped a banger song with Pusha T titled Freedom. The song is politically charged with Pusha T emphasizing that “America’s ours” throughout the track. The artist will be releasing his new album, Almost Human, later this year.

 

Pegboard Nerds is a Danish-Norwegian electronic music group who recently released their fifth EP titled Nerds By Nature. “Speed Of Light” was the debut track off their album – check out the original version here.

The track received a sped-up revival titled “Speed Of Light (Pt. 2)”. The follow-up track materializes as the original’s hip-hop oriented cousin, with a mellow guitar melody that complements vocals laid by the track’s featured artists: Taylor Bennett, who is Chance The Rapper’s younger brother, and hip-hop artist, Skylr. Check it out below and let us know what you think.

After a seven-year hiatus, N.E.R.D just released their first single titled “Lemon”. The group which consists of Pharrell Williams, Chad Hugo, and Shae Haley has been off the scene since their fourth album, Nothing, in 2010. The banger features Rihanna who is rapping on the track – which is a new but awesome sound for her. Their upcoming album doesn’t have a release date yet, but its rumored title is No One Ever Really dies and will have features with stars like Kendrick Lamar, André 3000, M.I.A., Gucci Mane, Future, Wale, and Ed Sheeran.

 

David Guetta is back and has recruited some big names for a new banger. Afrojack, Charli XCX and French Montana hop on the track. We think this one will be a huge hit, so check it out before it blows up.

 

If you’re in Seattle this Friday, Nov 3, come see New Felts perform live @ Skylark (facebook event page for more info). We try to feature up-and-coming indie artists when we can and their new track Ritual Man in particular has got that professional sound that deserves radio airtime in our opinion. I previously saw them perform at The Rendezvous back in August. Click that Like button on New Felts on Facebook to hear about upcoming shows and follow New Felts on SoundCloud for future tracks.

Matt Mays ran a hand through his long brown hair and leaned in closer to the microphone.

He looked around at the 60 or so people gathered in a studio on the sixth floor of the CBC building. The crowd, gathered around him in a circle, was silent as they eagerly waited for the 38-year-old to address them.

Mays was sombre in his address — I forget the exact words he said — but it was the same day that the music world lost legend Tom Petty on Oct. 2 and a day after a deadly massacre at a country concert in Las Vegas.

I had noticed on his Facebook page a few days earlier that he was having a free show at the CBC to play a few songs from his new album Once Upon a Hell of a Time, which was released on Friday.

Once Upon a Hell of a Time is a 13-track, 53 minute long produced by Sonic Entertainment Group that coincides with a tour in late November.

Before I get into the songs from the new album, a little bit of background. I had heard about Mays’ music for quite a while as my big brother Patrick was a fan. I had only seen him live once in 2011 when he played for the Canada Games’ opening ceremony in his hometown of Halifax. My memory from the show is a little hazy due to one too many shots of Fireball, but it was still great.

Fast forward 6 1/2 years later and here we are at the CBC as Mays played for about an hour with a mix of new and old material. It was a great opportunity to see the rocker live and hear some of his new tunes.

I was immediately drawn to the song “Drive On” when I heard it live. It — like most of the new album — is very classic Mays and what drew fans to the artist in the first place. What I liked most about “Drive On” is that it struck me as a song that I could see myself cruising down the highways of P.E.I. listening to. It’s easy listening with a catchy beat, advanced by the solid contributions of the drummer.

The song’s bridge is also very well done, with a nice steady crescendo into an outro sung by Mays.

Another few songs that caught my ear were “Faint of Heart” and “NYC Girls.”

“Faint of Heart” had incredible guitar rifts throughout and, like “Drive On,” was extremely catchy. I would imagine that both will get significant air time on radio stations across Canada.
“NYC Girls” has great lyrics throughout and are performed well by Mays’ raspy, classic rock-n-roll style voice. Unfortunately for Mays, he told the audience in Toronto that the lyrics were based off of true events. Don’t worry, Matt. I had no luck on Tinder when I was in New York City last year, either.

Once Upon a Hell of Time is an impressive album from top to bottom from these East Coast rockers. I would expect it to get some Juno Award consideration. You can listen to the whole Album on Spotify, download links below.

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Guest post by Ryan McKenna, please email beforethecharts@gmail.com if you’re interested in writing a post for BTC.

 

Back in April Ludacris dropped Vitamin D, but his new single “Vices” is on another level. It had been 2 years since Luda dropped a couple tracks on par with this; Beast Mode and Call Ya Bluff. The video follow Luda as he gives into several of his own vices, from in a hotel room in Vegas, to one of his concerts, on the road, and to an after party. Hopefully this is a indication that his anticipated 9th album is in the works.

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Ester Dean made waves in the hip-hop scene in ’09 with her hit Drop it Low ft. Chris Brown and then being featured on MGK – Invincible in 2012. In 2015 she ventured into pop with a hit for the Pitch Perfect 2 soundtrack; Crazy Youngsters. Now she’s jumping into another genre, EDM, with Afrojack and David Guetta. The last big collaboration between Afrojack and Guetta was Hey Mama ft. Nicki Minaj. The video is animated by Sanghon Kim, features a robot woman, almost giving vibes of Ghost in the Shell, with the movie coming out recently.

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