Keeping your iPod current, Onward State is rounding up the best jams that are making their rounds in the blog-o-sphere and national music outlets to give Penn State the freshest music in this edition of Music Monday.
The Weeknd – The Zone ft. Drake
Drizzy Drake comes hard with a flow the drives over the iconic melodramatic beat of the ever obscure hip-hop sensation The Weeknd. Though this song has been bumpin’ on party playlists for some time, the video for “The Zone” will put listeners on that level.
Jake Bugg – Two Fingers
This song opens up with one of the most heartfelt lines of modern music, “I dream to remember, I smoke to forget. Somethings to be proud of, somethings to regret.” This song by international rocker, Jake Bugg, has the nostalgia of a day spent kicking back one too many cold ones with friends and the semi-deranged vibe of Trainspotting.
ISSUES – Boyfriend
I don’t care what you surmise about my sexuality, I love Justin Bieber. His voice is sexy and his beats are hard as diamonds. But ISSUES makes a secret love for the Biebz ten times less gay with this cover of “Boyfriend” on Punk Goes Pop Vol. 5. Substituting grimy breakdowns for auto-tuned verses makes this cover of a washed up pop jam that much cooler. And who doesn’t love seeing ex-members of Woe Is Me crawling from obscurity to make one hell of a mainstream jam?
Danny! – Myintrotoletuknow
Childish Gambino did the whole black kid who feigns the white boy lifestyle with a mean flow, but Danny! cuts out the comedy and gives listeners a hard 90’s style hip-hop flow that bites like a rattlesnake and cuts through beats like a hot knife through butter. Catch on to this dude’s music before it blows up.
Snoop Lion – La La La
The dude from Cali who was spittin’ the hardest tracks in mainstream hip-hop has given up the gat and blunt for a rasta-beanie and an even bigger blunt. The first track released by the newly named Snoop Lion has the style of a Bob Marley jam plus the out-there flow that Snoop has christened since releasing “Drop It Like It’s Hot.” The video for La La La is a sneak peek into the lifestyle of a recently-converted Rastafarian. Enjoy because THC intake of that proportion doesn’t allow for cognition for that much longer.
Bayside – Movin’ Out (Anthony’s Song)
Once one of your favorite bands from the scene decide to make a cover album, you may as well hammer in the final nail into the coffin that is their music career. It happened with Four Year Strong when they thought they were cool enough to re-make everyone’s favorite Third Eye Blind song. But Bayside’s cover of a Billy Joel classic, Movin’ Out, is just enough edgy and just enough homage to the great songsmith of the 80’s that this track just may survive the test of time.
Crystal Castles – Plague
This electro-duo has always pushed the boundaries of trace-inspired digital artistry, but their newest track Plague redefines the definition of boundary-less beats.
Atomisk & Tawa – Meditations on Calabria
Penn State’s own Atomisk & Tawa come at the classic syncopation of Calabria with a new digital rendition. With horn instrumentation that’s as authentic as a Venice street corner and a synthesized rhythm that’s more advanced than the Mars rover, Atomisk & Tawa take progressive house to a whole new level with this driving EDM track.
Killer Mike – Reagan
The elections may be over, but Outkast’s Killer Mike keeps dissonance alive with his politically fueled track, Reagan. This rapper calls out the bull shit of American government while giving a fresh look to some of the biggest conspiracies in current politics like the War on Drugs, Reaganomics and Obama’s “telling lies from teleprompters.”
Mumford & Sons – Lover Of The Light
Bluegrass has a soul. And it thrives with Mumford & Sons. The video for Lover of the Light gives listeners a dance with the “blues” that gifted the planet with the major scale structure of blues rhythms that Mumford packaged up for the mainstream.
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