Last month, after a long viral campaign from one fan in Ohio, Weezer finally caved and released their cover of Toto’s shimmering, nonsensical 1983 cheese-pop classic “Africa.” (They also covered Toto’s “Rosanna,” another massive hit from that same period.) Now that the “Africa” is Weezer’s biggest hit in nearly a decade, the … More »
For the past few months, one particular Weezer fan, an Ohio teenager named Mary, has been running a viral campaign attempting to convince Weezer to cover Toto’s massive 1982 cheese-pop hit “Africa.” Last week, Weezer responded to that campaign in a way that was part fan-service and part troll move. They covered a different Toto … More »
For months now, a teenage Weezer fan in Cleveland has been running a viral campaign attempting to convince Weezer to cover “Africa,” a deeply cheesy and kind of excellent sweeping pop song by Toto, which went to #1 in 1982. There’s a Twitter account dedicated to it and everything. The fan, whose name is Mary, … More »
After announcing a massive world tour two weeks ago, Australian producer What So Not has confirmed the internet’s speculations: a debut album called Not All The Beautiful Things is coming on March 9. The 12-track LP will feature collaborations with Skrillex, fellow Aussies Toto and Slumberjack, San Holo, Dyro, and James Earl, along with an eclectic array of featured vocalists.
Debut album | “Not All The Beautiful Things” | Out March 9 pic.twitter.com/2NIzCpWDxZ
— WHAT SO NOT (@WhatSoNot) January 30, 2018
Not All The Beautiful Things track list:
- “Warlord” (collaboration with Slumberjack)
- “Be Ok Again” ft Daniel Johns
- “Beautiful” ft Winona Oak
- “Stuck In Orbit” ft Buoy
- “Demons” ft Rome Fortune & Tommy Swisher (collaboration with James Earl)
- “GOH” ft KLP (collaboration with Skrillex)
- “We Keep On Running” (collaboration with Toto)
- “If You Only Knew” ft Daniel Johns (collaboration with San Holo)
- “Monsters” ft Michael Christmas & Tobi Lou
- “Bottom End” (collaboration with Dyro)
- “Same Mistakes” ft Daniel Johns
- “Us” ft Daniels
In addition to this announcement, What So Not released the second single from the forthcoming album, “Stuck In Orbit” featuring Buoy. The five-and-a-half-minute emotive piece beautifully flaunts the artist’s top-notch production, set off by gorgeous vocals from Buoy. If “Be Ok Again” and “Stuck In Orbit” are any indication of what the world can expect from What So Not’s debut album, we’re in for a real treat.
While Calvin Harris recently announced that he will be “movin’ on from Funk Wav sound” in 2018 via Twitter, the 70s inspired sonic stint that diversified Harris’ catalogue will remain an exemplar of a well executed aesthetic experimentation for years to come. The feel good “Funk Wav” vibes exuded by album staples like “Feels” have proven to be irresistible since Funk Wav Bounces Vol. 1’s release, and it seems that John Mayer remains all aboard the “Funk Wav” train as evidenced by a recent performance in San Francisco.
Mayer has cultivated a reputation for spontaneously sampling songs during his live shows — in the past, Mayer has astounded audiences worldwide with unexpected mini renditions of Rolling Stones and Bruce Springsteen classics. As of late, however, Mayer’s tangents involve something slightly more current, Harris’ Frank Ocean-assisted hit “Slide.” Mayer wove Ocean’s vocals from the intro of “Slide” into a live version of “Moving On and Getting Over,” a track off of Mayer’s seventh studio album, The Search for Everything, released in April of 2014. A YouTube video captured by JDWorldReviews shows Mayer cover his original song prior to sampling Toto’s “Africa,” closing out the surprise dual sampling with the intro to “Slide.”
You can see Mayer’s live mashup here, beginning around the 5:40 mark.