I feel like I’m Bill Murray in Groundhog Day. I wake up, go to work, and find a new Frank Ocean song for me. There’s one catch though: it’s always a new Frank Ocean track. Today’s song by the Odd Future crooner is called “Anywhere,” and if there was ever a song to get it on to it would be this song.
A while back I listened to Nostalgia, ultra and didn’t really give it a second chance. Then Childish Gambino mentioned him in a song, saying “I wanna suck your breasts and fingerblast to Frank Ocean,” and I decided to give him another listen. Since then, I’ve loved everything he has come out with, and this new song is definitely of the fingerblasting variety. (Click the downward facing arrow on the media player for the download)
Cults. The word itself is mysterious and dark, and the first thing to come to mind is either Charles Manson or Jim Jones. A few years ago, an indie band called Cults uploaded a few songs onto their Bandcamp profile and within a short amount of time they went from unknown to a viral hit. Since the music was uploaded primarily for family and friends, there was no background information or even a picture to go along with the music, so virtually nothing was known about Cults. Any attempts to Google the band were futile because typing in their name would result in countless pages of religious cult information, and this only added to their mystique.
Today, the band is no longer shrouded in mystery. The duo is made up of Madeline Follin and Brian Oblivion, and they are backed by a few of their friends. Brian and Madeline are actually dating, and they say that their style of music comes from something they both enjoy: 60’s pop. The band recently released a self-titled album, and it has garnered praise from critics and bloggers alike. “Go Outside” is the duo’s most popular song, and it is my pick for the best summer song of 2011. Other standouts from Cults are “Abducted,” which was called the best song of 2011 by NPR, and “You Know What I Mean,” which is arguably the best song on the album. Here are a few of Cults’ songs, and the entire thing is available for download on iTunes.
Go Outside – Cults
Abducted – Cults
You Know What I Mean – Cults
It’s unclear whether this is actually new Frank Ocean or just a previously unreleased track, but either way it’s a good song with the smooth vocals we’re used to from the eldest OFWGKTA member. This song has more of a pop feel than a lot of his stuff on Nostalgia, Ultra did, but it’s produced by Midi Mafia who also did “Swim Good”. Download Here[audio http://hulkshare.com/xocruc7ugnpp]
It’s been a while since any new Childish Gambino stuff came out, and this mashup definitely hits the spot. For those of you who don’t know, Childish Gambino is a man of many talents. His real name is Donald Glover, and his résumé is rather impressive. He wrote for 30 Rock, acts in Community on NBC, does stand-up comedy, and has released countless Youtube videos and a full-length movie with his comedy group Derrick Comedy. He also raps under a name he got from a Wu-Tang Clan name generator in college, and he’s actually very good at all of the things he does.
This mashup is by D.veloped, and he went all out on this one. The Backstreet Boys, ODB, Phoenix, Adele, and even some Donald Glover comedy all make appearances on this track.
The duo that brought us the club hit “Barbra Streisand” hasn’t made much noise since that track, and “Big Bad Wolf” is their most recent song. The group debuted this song in their live sets at Coachella and Miami Masquerade, and DJ Annie Mac played it on BBC Radio 1 for the first time last week. If you were a fan of Barbra Streisand, this song should be able to whet your appetite in anticipation of the groups’s full length album.