Not much is known about Sr. Sly, just that they hail from Los Angeles, CA and they have been getting some serious airplay across the internets. They released their first track, “Ghost“, about a month back which ended up topping the Hype Machine charts. I guess when it’s good music, there’s not much you need to know. Just listen and enjoy…
Mumford and Sons have just released their sophomore album, Babel, yesterday as follow up to their wildly successful album Sigh No More released back in 2010. Though they are only on their 2nd album these guys are already legendary, bringing an original sound that is now imitated by many but successfully pulled off by few. Their new release features much of their same signature sound, with dynamic buildups and drop offs that keep the listener on a musical roller coaster. This time around, they’ve taken that recipe for success and spiced it up even more, adding even more killer harmonies and really highlighting the peripheral instruments like keys and banjo. Here’s one of two performances from this past week on SNL. Whoever thought music could be created by actually playing instruments, singing with no technological interference, and harmonizing with your fellow man? Brilliant.
The road from underground electronic DJ to the mainstream can be extremely difficult for anyone trying to make that transition (even though it seems like anyone with a Macbook can be considered a “DJ” these days). That is of course, unless you’re Avicii, and you step onto the scene creating that one song every artist works their whole life to create. Avicii is now following in the footsteps of those before him, and crossing over into the pop scene. Here he collaborates with SF artist, Mike Posner, for a track that may not quite be “Levels” caliber, but sure to be heard in every club you go.
What a year for Calvin Harris. “Feel So Close,” was the first song posted here on Always On Shuffle, and also the first time I ever heard of him. Numerous hit singles and awards later, he is one of the top producers in music. Here he partners up with the lead singer of Florence and the Machine. Get ready to dance around the 1:01 mark.
For Wiz’s next single off his upcoming album, O.N.I.C., he enlists newly signed R&B crooner The Weeknd. Sounding more like a Weeknd track than a Khalifa one, this combo works. Not sure if this will get much radio play but I like it.
A little late in posting this because I was away for the week, but this is a classic performance by Mr. Ocean with John Mayer being ridiculous on the guitar solo at the end. All Frank can do is play Galaga and be impressed at the end. You can see he tries to play it cool, but had to crack a smile at the end.
*Update, NBC pulled the video down so for now enjoy the mp3:
The G.O.O.D. music compilation is out, and after a couple quick listens as I drove up and down California this past week, there are some nice gems on this album. “The Morning,” features Raekwon, Common, 2 Chainz, Cyhi The Prynce, Kid Cudi & D’Banj. It is surprisingly Common’s only feature on the album which is a shame as his trademark voice shines after the first chorus. Pusha T is really the common contributor along with Kanye and his lyrics are top notch. Also check out “To The World,” feat. R. Kelly, “Creepers,” with Kid Cudi and “Higher,” featuring The Dream, Ma$e, and Cocaine 80’s. Definitely recommend picking up the album.
Coming out of nowhere, this song stuck in my head after watching a trailer for the movie, Celeste and Jesse Forever. What a cool job when you think about it, just look around for songs that fit with movie scenes and trailers, and for the most part these people get it right. This guy’s voice reminds me of Silversun Pickups. Check it out.