What happens when you get a record deal in 2009, and nothing comes of it? Well in Christopher Breaux’s case, you change your name to Frank Ocean, and prove yourself through songwriting and releasing a critically acclaimed mixtape.After penning songs for the likes of Justin Bieber, Beyonce, and John Legend, Frank put his attention and focus into taking personal favorite songs and singing new lyrics over the original music. He then added some original material including the underground hit, “Novacane,” to make up his free mixtape, nostalgia, ULTRA. With the release of the tape, as well as his affiliation to the young hip hop group, Odd Future, he began to draw more and more attention ultimately leading to his guest appearances on Watch the Throne. Check out his unique voice and songwriting skills on one of his early songs, “Pyrite.”
This song has been in my head for most of the night so I thought I would share it with the rest of you. On a long drive back from Maryland to D.C. after my first adventure in skiing, I discovered Local Natives “Wide Eyes.” I downloaded the song as soon as I got home and played about 25 times in a row. With heavy drums and soothing electric guitar, this band from Orange County creates an eerie opening track to an album (Gorilla Manor) they made using their own money. Besides spraining my ankle and almost hitting several innocent bystanders, discovering Local Natives was one of the greater moments from my trip.
So upon doing my daily research for the site, I stumbled across this gem that began floating around the internet earlier this year. Cold War Kids have been tearing up the indie scene for years, but with the release of their third album, “Mine is Yours,” the guys of the electro-pop group Passion Pit were able to get a hold of the title track and come up with an addictive remix that is sure to get you moving.