Hello music lovers! Last week’s music selections were filled with lots of variety and new sounds for every type of music listener out there!
Let’s dive in with the highlights from this week’s newly released music!
First up, is When We Party (feat. Snoop Dogg) // Faith Evans & Notorious B.I.G.
This song brings backs the early 90s rap sound into this generation’s music. Faith Evans, wife to the late Notorious B.I.G., created a collaboration project with her husband’s titled The King & I. She brings the old-style sound of 90s rap into the 21st century by adding her own vocals and musical styles to Biggie’s classics. Snoop Dogg also features on the repurposed song. He and Notorious B.I.G. were close friends until Biggie was murdered in 1997. As a fan of early 90s rap, I am looking forward to the rest of this project, and thoroughly enjoyed Evans’ twist on Biggie’s classic.
My Old Man // Zac Brown Band
Personally, I’m not a fan of country. My mom raised me on the music, and what should have started a love for the fiddle turned into distaste for the genre. I do have my exceptions, which include Zac Brown Band. So the release of a new single has me excited. Since this is their first single, I was expecting an upbeat song. Instead, Zac Brown Band hit me with a real tear jerker.
This Zac Brown Band song isn’t the typical one sang by the group. It isn’t about drinking on a beach or finding a beautiful girl. This one will tug at anybody’s heartstrings. It’s the first song released by the band since 2015. The band performed the song during a pre-show concert on Superbowl Sunday, some fans disappointed by how slow the first single for their fourth album, Welcome Home, turned out to be. The song starts slow, lead singer Zac Brown sings about his father being a ‘giant’, and how he wanted to be just like his old man. The vocals are accompanied by a single guitar, followed by their well-known fiddle sound.
If You Could Read My Mind // Henry Jamison
Henry Jamison came onto the scene last year with his EP, The Rains. His new track is a cover of Gordon Lightfoot’s classic hit If You Could Read My Mind from the 1970s. After listening to both versions of the song, Jamison definitely makes it his own. Throughout all of his music, his sound has a wistful, soft vibe to it. This flare is thrown into Lightfoot’s classic.
Bound To You // Jocelyn Alice
This is Jocelyn Alice’s newest single. Her sound is similar to that of Halsey, but the singer adds her own soulful tune to put her away from the rest. After releasing music last year, Alice has been compared to the likes of Celine Dion, Shania Twain, and many other household names. She puts a lot of effort into creating her own sound through pitch, tone, and words. Her creative process turns her into her own person, and not a copycat.
Forever // DNCE
Joe Jonas has kept his public image relevant with his band DNCE. The band has continued to skyrocket since their debut single “Cake by the Ocean”. With their unique 80s pop sound, they join forces with other musicians for the Lego Batman Movie soundtrack. The song is empowering, Jonas sings about being powerful no matter what happens, and ‘living forever’. It is a perfect anthem for this newly anticipated superhero movie, and gives the right vibes with the upbeat, rock ‘n’ roll tempo.
Until next week music lovers!
(New Music as of February 3rd, 2017)