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POP regular So-Cal based indie pop/R&B band The Millennial Club (finally) released their long-awaited debut EP, She’s So Insane. Not only did they manage to deliver summer early by a month, but they have delivered it with the perfect soundtrack as well.
The Millennial Club’s work truly stands apart from your typical indie pop band; it becomes clear as soon as the EP starts with the title track, “She’s So Insane”. The track is a strong intro leading into the other similarly heartfelt, romantic bops. It is not just one component that drives their sound home; it’s a combination of everything. The guitar has a smooth and inviting feeling that pairs well with the tempo from the drums (Tyler Kamei) and grooviness of the bass (Jared Ortiz). Every song has a unique sound to the track all the while maintaining the ability to keep the mood light (Andres Owens’ voice really shines in every song). The “it” factor comes down to their ability to mix pop, R&B, and jazz together flawlessly – especially with their hauntingly beautiful Duke Silver-esque saxophone (courtesy of Jake Stevenson).
The EP is successful at pulling inspiration from real life experiences such as love and loss in relationships, all the while staying a collection of hopeless romantic love songs. It seems like the band wanted to keep it transparent when thinking of relationships. The Millennial Club executes their sound and maintains an upbeat ambiance which can be played while driving down the coast on your best day, at night when you want to self-reflect on life, or even just lay down and enjoy life on the grass. It’s the type of album that is truly perfect for every occasion, where you can consider any track to be the soundtrack for your life.
Stream The Millennial Club’s debut EP below. Let us know if it really is that insane, ya dig?
New Galantis is out featuring OneRepublic but if I’m being honest, I’d say it’s more of a OneRepublic single that Galantis remixed?
“Bones” is fine, it’s not bad but it’s not Galantis that we’ve come to know and love. The latest from the EDM duo fails to bring anything new or signature to the table, especially considering that both of Galantis’ previous singles from this new era have delivered the goods, “San Francisco” and “Emoji” are still on repeat.
Don’t get me wrong, “Bones” is fine as a new OneRepubilc song that we’ve already heard before but it just doesn’t measure up to Galantis’ standards, but then again, that’s just my two cents.
I’ve been on the fence with Lauv, unsure of his true potential as an artist but his latest single, which includes powerhouse POP superstar Troye Sivan, has me completely floored.
“i’m so tired…” is one of the first songs of 2019 that I’m undeniably obsessed with. The hook rings familiar, it’s too good and easy on the ears, but I can’t quite pin the recognizable melody, whatever it is, it’s voodoo.
Clocking in at 2:43, this single is keeping in trend with shorter POP songs which may be commentary on the current cultural landscape of POP music in general but I’m here for it. So what if it’s bridge-less, we’re eating well here with a formula that has never been more compact and more efficient.
What could be the cherry on top of this fucking cake? Like what could make this blessing of a collaboration that much better? The marketing? Hell yes. The fact that they released two official audio YouTube videos, one for each artist, is bloody brilliant! It’s the little things, yeah?
Watch both cuts of the official audio clips on YouTube and check out this spicy bootleg mix by M+ike because the drop is actually worth it.
I truly can’t think of a better Halloween blog post than featuring POP star Kim Petras in all her bloody glory!
Petras has been killing the POP game for some time now and last night at the Greek Theater in Los Angeles, Petras slaughtered the crowd with her signature hits alongside tracks from her recent diabolical EP release, Turn Off The Lights, Vol. 1.
While the EP alone should be on top of your Halloween playlist, these photos I took at the show last night should be the icing on your Halloween cake. This girl took the horror-POP genre to a whole new level and I’m stoked to share the tricks and the treats with you guys!
Stream some of the standout tracks from the Turn Off The Light, Vol. 1 below and feast your eyes on the one and only, Kim Petras!
I’m really excited to introduce to you guys a band that I truly believe needs to be on your radar, like yesterday.
Brothers Ryan Marshall Lawhon and Taylor Lawhon are Mating Ritual, a Los Angeles-based act that embodies everything we love about bands like Foster the People, The Killers and Two Door Cinema Club to name a few. But what gives Mating Ritual an edge is their sonic ability to marry heavy rock influences with undeniably, infectious POP melodies, birthing a sound I never knew I was looking for.
Not only am I going to try and sell you on some of my favorite Mating Ritual tracks, there’s photos to boot. I was lucky enough to catch the guys live in Los Angeles at The Regent Theater on August 30 after I reached out and was granted a photo pass by the band themselves.
I can’t recall the last time I discovered an act that I was this captivated by, these guys have two albums out and every song on both records is worth several spins.
I have a feeling most POP fans will gravitate towards this first track I’m going to highlight. Echoing the likes of the late 2000’s and early 2010’s indie-POP movement, “I Wear Glasses” is begging for Apple commercial placement.
I don’t know what it is about this next one that gives me pure 90’s nostalgia. It’s not just Lizzy Land’s feature on the cut or the classic Moby vibes, there’s something so special here. I can’t quite place my ear on it but it feels like I’m listening to something very Cranberries/Donna Lewis/Natalie Imbruglia-esque, just wow.
Fun fact: “Cold” was my intro to the band, after obsessing with the song for a week I took the dive into their entire catalog.
This next offering titled “Drunk” is a journey that kicks off with such a beautiful, somber moment before turning the energy way up. Bonus points for those of us that relate to lyrics like “all we really want is to have someone to hold us when we’re drunk”…. shit, they got me!
Okay, here comes their secret weapon. Lifted from their sophomore album of the same name, “Light Myself On Fire” is a fucking tune! Short and sweet yet heavy and bouncy, this track is a flame not meant to be fanned. I dare you not to dance along to this one.
I’d be lying if I said choosing these specific songs to highlight was easy. It was not, there’s so many great songs for you to discover and I’m so very jealous that you get to experience them for the first time, I just hope it’s as good for you as it was for me, ha. In all seriousness, if you’re a fan of quality music, you might want to support Mating Ritual and buy their music HERE and stream on SPOTIFY and APPLE.
With the arrival of the summer solstice comes longer days, sun kissed skin, and new music from indie SoCal-based band The Millennial Club.
Their latest track, “Santa Barbara”, is the first single off of their upcoming EP, She’s So Insane, due later this year. With a dreamy blend of vocals and production, ‘Santa Barbara’ is a must-have on your next road trip playlist. The song elicits feelings of nostalgia and longing, and sets the perfect mood for the season. It’s certainly one of those songs you can play on loop without even realizing it because it’s just that enchanting. Although The Millennial Club may be inspired by bands like Coldplay and The 1975, it’s clear they’ve found their own unique fusion of 80’s Pop, 90’s R&B, and personal touch for a truly one-of-a- kind sound.
Take a trip to “Santa Barbara” and listen below – are you a fan?
Jennifer Lopez is one of the biggest superstars on the planet, conquering media formats from music, television to film. Lopez does all of this while also being one of POP music’s top dance performers, she’s one of the few divas giving us choreography to stan over time after time.
The triple-threat recently launched her Spanish single “El Anillo” which has already racked up over 80million plays on YouTube alone!
What’s the story behind the single? I chatted with rising producer DalePlay who produced and co-wrote the hit for Lopez to learn more about what went into the making of “El Anillo.”
How did you get your start in the music business?
It’s funny because I started as a rapper in a duo, back when I was 16, I’m 23 now. At that moment I was full of different emotions, as I had just moved to America from Venezuela. When I moved, things weren’t that great economically and emotionally in my home country and my family and I were hoping for a positive change.
I just remember being on the school bus and I was listening to a song from a Latin rapper called “Arcangel,” I forgot the name of the song but there was one line in the song that REALLY spoke to me at that exact moment, and it was something about him being able to provide for his family with music, the exact line was cooler than that, but the sentiment was the same jaja. Once that clicked, I immediately turned around and told my friend, DJ Happy Colors, “Bro, let’s start a duo as a rapper. I’m Venezolano, so I should know how to sing, and you’re Dominicano, so you should know how to rap,” and he was like “ok let’s do it”, and that’s how it all started.
How did the song with Jlo come to be?
Sony Music Latin’s Team (Alejandro Regalo and Chiky) called me on a Thursday to tell me that they needed me in the studio the next day to compose for JLo, as she was coming for a meeting to hopefully pick her next single the following Friday. The night before my session I was listening to EVERY hit she has had in the past because I was trying to figure out what she hasn’t done musically. Since I’ve been a Brazilian Funk fan for the past year, I was like, “Okay, I know exactly what I can do for her.” The next day (Friday), I go to the studio with Oscarcito, Edgar “The Edge” Barrera and Andres Castro to work on the song and Sony called us right before we started to tell us, “She’s actually coming Monday now, we need a HIT by Monday guys, no pressure.”
I brought up the Brazilian Funk idea to the guys and they loved it, but we had a great in because Oscarcito knew JLO already and had her phone number. He sent her a text asking her if she liked Brazilian Funk, she said “yes.” Then, the guys came up with the idea of the song being about “El Anillo Pa’ Cuando” which loosely means “when is the ring coming?” when translated. Oscarcito asked her if she was ok with that title and she responded saying “Omg, I don’t know, but you guys do whatever you guys would like, surprise me.” So we just made the song, it was quick, about an hour, while I was producing, the guys were writing, then we just went back and forth and that’s how the song came to be.
Jennifer Lopez - El Anillo (Official Video) - YouTube
What was it like working with JLo?
AMAZING, I mean I can’t really just say more than that. Her team is amazing, she’s amazing, she’s such a hard worker, I don’t even think people get to see that side. She was literally working the whole day on a Sunday, getting her kids, then hitting the studio, then rehearsals along with bunch of other stuff she was doing. This was every day while I was there working with her. She’s truly someone to look up to.
What do you think is the next trend in the Latin and pop music world?
For sure Brazilian Funk, I think this push from JLo is really going to get that sound out there on a whole new level, not to say Brazilian Funk isn’t big already cause it’s huge in Latin America, but I’m talking worldwide now.
What’s next for you?
Keep figuring out how life works man, plus my album is coming as well. So that’s another life I have to figure out. I am working on a project as a DJ, with top features in both English and Spanish. More to come on that in my next interview with you ;).
What advice would you give to aspiring and songwriters and producers who are trying to get their music heard?
Don’t try to go for what is obvious because that’s obvious.
If you could collaborate with anyone on your next single, who would it be and why?
Pharrell and Kanye.
What your favorite pop song of the moment (besides El Anillo)?
Introducing indie-electronic-POP outfit, The Household Names, a new duo for fans of artists who dig the sounds of Sigur Rós, Phoenix, and Rüfüs Du Sol. The duo currently calls Chicago home but worked on music cross-country, with one of the guys living in Los Angeles when the music first began to take shape.
“You Make This Feel Like Home” is the first taste of their long distance efforts, and it’s got me coming back for seconds, literally, it’s on repeat. Oozing with vibes galore, YMTFLH is an audio journey that tugs on the heartstrings while keeping the listener entranced from start to finish. Each segment of the song brings something new to the table with the breakdown at the 1:51 mark packing an emotional electronic punch that hits you right in the gut while ensuring you still have your hands in the air bouncing along.
Listen to “You Make This Feel Like Home” below, are you a fan?