24K Magic

I am a Bruno Mars Fan. To me, Bruno Mars is a soulful, fun, and heartfelt reminder of an era of real singers and performers. Bruno is probably the type of guy who’ll take you on an excursion through the Andies and then serenade you on top of the highest peak. But all distractions and dream situations aside, 24K Magic is Mr. Mars’ follow-up album to Orthodox Jukebox, and although the new album is quintessential Bruno Mars, the undertones are different.

24K Magic is only 33 minutes long – a lot shorter than I was anticipating. The sound of this album is 80s and 90s R&B, but some songs have an even older influence. If you listen to “Perm” you’ll instantly have a flashback to James Brown. If you’re looking for something to throw into your playlist that’s a little cheeky and induces gyrations, you’ll want to throw it in the mix. If you want to slow it down, I’d listen to “Versace on the Floor.” I’m not going to lie, I am really hoping that Bruno chooses to sing it at the Victoria’s Secret Fashion show – it’s only appropriate? The song is also very 80s, which I love. The lead single is 24K Magic, but the best song on the whole album is “Finesse” for the simple fact that it exemplifies 80s R&B so well. I can see the video now –  an homage to New Edition – matching outfits, box fades, and choreography for the dance gods. Bruno call me if you need help with the creative direction, I got you.

Overall the album leaves a bit to be desired. I wanted more. Here’s to hoping there’s an additional release. Let me know your favorites!

 

“Too Late Now”

I’ve been an odd mood over the past couple of weeks and today I heard something that lifted my spirits a bit, which for now is just enough to make my day. The song with revitalizing mood powers is Anik Khan’s “Too Late Now.”

I actually heard the song during Beats 1’s Live From NYC Show, and it instantly felt like a tune. I think what did me in was the saxophone – I’m a sucker for the saxophone. Saxophones are groovy, they produce a sound that’s easy to sway and become deeply in tune with. It’s like your body hears the saxophone and instantly knows how to move – it’s intuitive.

In terms of the vocals, the first verse is rich, deep, almost jazzy? Combated with the hook and pre-hook the song is a journey for your ears.

Basically, this song makes me want to move and anything that makes me want to dance becomes a jam. Listen to the song below and join me as I stalk the sounds of Anik Khan.

I’ve got a lot of things in common…

with the mass of America that loves and requests Alicia Keys’ new single, “In Common.” First and foremost, I am an Alicia Keys fan. I also love the fact that she appreciates a good jumpsuit (remember the “Karma” music video? That jumpsuit is I.C.O.N.I.C.). Outfits and #nomakeup aside, her new single is just upbeat enough to get you moving and chill enough to play at night on a long drive home (from the club or bea’s house?).

In my true fashion, I decided to see if there are decent remixes out there right now, because any good song can also be remixed…right? In this case I first began my search on Soundcloud. The only standout I could find is the one below.

What I like about this remix is the build, it’s smooth all the way through, until certain portions when the bass kicks in a bit heavier. It’s enough to add an additional element to the song without overpowering it.

Youtube offered a wider array of options, but the increased content proved to be disappointing. Honestly, there weren’t any remixes that I felt I should add to this post. None of the remixes were “right” for me/none hit my musical taste palate. On the plus side, I found a video that is basically me when “In Common” is on, so enjoy the video below for a smile.

A-L-X

So it’s been a while since I’ve blogged about anything in particular and I have to say that I’ve felt a little drained—really I’ve felt drained for months, but that is another story. On a slightly more uplifting thread of thought, I’m in love with a song called “Beautiful Criminal.” I know it’s an older song (released in 2014), but lets not dwell on what’s “old” and instead embrace what’s good regardless of time.

Beautiful Criminal is little sexy and a little needy. Maybe it has a slight RnB flair, but very much pop (IMO). Take listen, take a spin, take a swirl.

Also, take a listen to “Allure.” Similar sexy vibe, but it moves quicker.

I’ve included links to both—thank goodness for Soundcloud 🙂

Wearing my demons with Alex…

Alex Vargas that is. So, I’m not going to pretend I found Alex all on my own. I’ve been a casual long-term fan of Above and Beyond for a while and it’s through them that I’ve been able to delight in the sounds of Mr. Vargas’ voice. I honestly didn’t even notice how talented he was until I sat through Above and Beyonds’ acoustic performance (praise A&B for posting that for free on Youtube).

To explain his voice imagine power, but also delicacy. His falsettos (hopefully I’m using the right terminology *le sigh*) always knock the wind out of you . At the same time he also knows how to punch you with hunger and bass. It’s just pure emotion. SWEET SWEET EMOTION! LAWD YALL…he’s simply superb. I’m including two of my favorite performances, but trust when I say that picking two wasn’t easy. Honestly, just listen to his performances they all speak for themselves. I think I would have died and gone to heaven at the opportunity to attended SXSW because apparently he was there?  Sadly, that’s probably the only shot I’ll have at listening to him live in the US (sans YouTube), as he’s mainly touring in the UK and Europe right now…enjoyyyy 😀