Mark Kinchen, known better as MK, has released his remix of Rihanna and SZA’s “consideration.” With hundreds of releases under his belt, a career spanning three decades, and a hands on education in Detroit techno, Kinchen brings his expert production to the table, injecting his own Chicago house influenced synths and signature textures to the track.
At its core, the track is an amalgamation of contemporary hip hop and underground dance music. Synthesizing contemporary vocals from such legendary vocalists as Rihanna and SZA with prodding, deep house drums and atmospheric synths is no easy feat, yet Kinchen certainly seems up to the task. Kinchen showcase an impressive ability to draw out Rihanna’s latent dancehall influence; a testament to his quicksilver production M.O. Kinchen seems to turn everything he touches into dance-floor gold.
Earlier in November, Pharrell Williams ripped through the majority of the looming N.E.R.D record. For the group’s enormous comeback — their first single in seven years — N.E.R.D teamed up with Rihanna on the fervent “Lemons.” Keeping in mind N.E.R.D’s cultural longevity, as their debut dates back to the early nineties, Williams soon made it known that he had other monumental collaborations in store.
Now, Williams, Chad Hugo, and Shay Haley have unveiled the complete tracklist and release date for their new album, No_One Ever Really Dies. The record serves as a follow up to N.E.R.D’s last studio album, Nothing, which came out in 2010.
No_One Ever Really Dies will be released on December 15.
N.E.R.D. No_One Ever Really Dies tracklist:
1. “Everybody Hurts” 2. “Lemon” f. Rihanna 3. “Voíla” f. Wale and Gucci Mane 4. “1000” f. Future 5. “Don’t Don’t Do It” f. Kendrick Lamar 6. “Kites” f. M.I.A. and Kendrick Lamar 7. “ESP” 8. “Lightning Fire Magic Prayer” 9. ‘Rollinem 7s” f. Andre 3000 10. “Lifting” you f. Ed Sheeran 11. “Secret Life Of Tigers”
Forbes has released the list of the ten highest paid women for the 2017 year. While there’s not quite any DJs on the list there year, Beyoncé “Queen B” topped the list with a staggering $105 million income. After releasing her album Lemonade, Beyoncé is unstoppable especially with her recent Formation World Tour. Following Beyoncé’s
Grammy-nominated DJ and producer DJ Snake has dropped the official music video for his hit track “A Different Way” featuring Lauv. Snake re-connects with the highly-praised director Colin Tilley, who not only directed the video for his single “Middle,” but has also worked with A-list acts such as Rihanna, Kendrick Lamar and Future.
It seems to be a common theme amongst the dance music realm as of late to feature young, multi-talented kids in official music videos (e.g. Major Lazer‘s “Know No Better,” or Sigala‘s “Easy Love”) as there’s something refreshing about seeing someone of that age move so well. Shot in Los Angeles, the video stars dancer and actor Sheadon Gabriel, who some may recognize as a frequent background dancer for Justin Bieber, and Internet personality Montana Tucker. It’s a heart-warming journey throughout the city starting with a kid that finds a balloon (which somehow hovers next to him the whole time without blowing away) and dances his way into a variety of different settings.
Also, DJ Snake partnered with Snapchat to launch an exclusive DJ Snake sticker pack in conjunction with the videos release, which is the first time the app has ever done this with an artist. Listeners can head to his Twitter and get access to it.
There are certain songs out there that seem to just beg for quality remixes right from the get-go –– most recently, N.E.R.D.’s comeback single with Rihanna “Lemon,” comes to mind. The original track is pristine working ground for a class rework effort, so Mr. Carmack and Vindata saw fit to bless the world with their joint take on the legendary funk rock/hip-hop outfit’s new product with “More Lemons.” Keeping the original mix largely intact, Carmack and Vindata up the ante on their version with some dance floor-ready modifications.
Not entirely a “lemonade out of lemons” situation, the rework avoids watering down or sugar coating where it’s inspiration came from. It merely builds on the original, simply offering “More Lemons,” if you will. The LA-based OWSLA pair and Mr. Carmack’s complementary production styles mesh into a single souped-up take on Rihanna and Pharrell‘s already certified rump-shaker, adding a welcomed dose of added hype to one of the year’s highlight marquee pop collaborations.
After consistently being a highlight at the event every year she’s attended, Rihanna will co-host the Met Gala next year alongside Amal Clooney and Donatella Versace. Per Vogue, the theme for next year’s gala is “Heavenly Bodies: Fashion And The Catholic Imagination.” It’ll take place on 5/7/18. More »
The NYC media landscape is reeling after Gothamist and DNAinfo were unceremoniously shut down yesterday by their billionaire owner Joe Ricketts. Those of us who live in New York read those two sites regularly, and we’re definitely going to be a lot less informed on the goings on about town now. It’s hard … More »
We got a good Halloween album this year, but we didn’t get enough good Halloween video. There were plenty of good music videos this past week; they just weren’t Halloween-specific. I was looking forward to seeing more bands eaten by zombies or whatever. Try harder next year, music video directors! This week’s picks are … More »
Ever since he made the leap from golden-throated Disclosure associate to sulking adult-contemporary torch singer extraordinaire, Sam Smith has caught the same comparison over and over again: He’s the male Adele. More »