AudioFrost’s Staff Picks: May 2015

Audio Frost Staff Pick - May 2015

Aleksis: Threatz (Ekali & Gravez Remix) – Denzel Curry

Remixes tend to be hit or miss. Some remixes are horrendous, then there are ones that are amazing, which has the potential to surpass the original to some people. Ekali and Gravez really outdone themselves with their latest collaborative effort. They linked up to do a remix of Denzel Curry’s hard hitting, get rowdy-banger “Threatz.” If you’re aware of it already, you should know it bumps. The two producers flipped it and gave it a more haunting feel. The vocals are so haunting, the horns and synths gives it that extra punch. This remix would serve perfectly as the track during the end credits of a movie, particularly a drama around the struggle living in the hood. Something along the lines of that. Maybe its my imagination getting the best of me when I listen to certain songs. Regardless, Ekali and Graves did an amazing job with this remix. I’m patiently waiting to see what else they have in store.

Mike: Home – Michael Christmas

On May 12th, Michael Christmas turned the big 2-1 and was back home in Boston to enjoy the time with family and friends, so he dedicated a track to the celebration. Christmas returns this month with his real, everyday-life bars and doesn’t disappoint. The thing about Michael Christmas, (AKA Bob Hanukkah, AKA Suplex Steve, AKA Young Turnbuckle), is that this guy has no problem laughing at himself, and that all comes with confidence. It’s taken the Boston native some time to gain that confidence after overcoming high-school neglect, but it’s that out-of-the-norm spunk that will take you to the top, and the next peak for Michael Christmas might be a feature on XXL Magazine’s 2015 Freshmen cover. Keep your eyes peeled for this year’s list and enjoy the feel-good track below!

Yakov: I Can’t Feel My Face – The Weeknd

May was the month of leaks. Artists from all corners of the industry were victims of unauthorized record releases. Dozens of songs surfaced on forums and blogs and within minutes they spread to personal iTunes libraries. It comes with little surprise then that one of the standout tracks from the month of May 2015 would end up being one of these leaked records. ‘I Can’t Feel My Face’ by the Weeknd is a landmark record in the R&B crooners dark and drug infused discography. It marks a clear departure from his established sound. Unlike the Toronto native’s usual illicit, twisted and drug-induced-coma-esque lyrics, here the Weeknd has crafted a wonderful pop record. ‘I Can’t Feel My Face’ draws on many inspirations. It features an EDM like build up before a luscious beat drop. It has the Weeknd channeling his best Michael Jackson ‘Oos’ and ‘Ows’ circa ‘Don’t Stop ‘Til You Get Enough’. The baseline during the chorus is infectious – blending together something out of Quincy Jones’ handbook for hit-making with Pharrell Williams’ and Daft Punks’ groove. All the while, the song never comes off as derivative. It all comes together seamlessly because of the Weeknd’s vocal performance. His singing comes in waves, increasing in intensity as the verses move along. By the end of the first chorus, the listener no longer wonders why it is that the singer can no longer feel his face. Whether the record will ever be fully mastered and officially released remains to be seen. Whatever the case may be, it is tune that deserves to land on summertime playlists.

Jordan: California Roll (feat. Stevie Wonder & Pharrell) – Snoop Dogg

May wasn’t a very stressful month for me. Other than finals, it’s been nothing but seeing friends and family and lots of travel. Not too much was stagnant for me, except my morning stream of “California Roll” by Snoop Dogg, Pharrell, and Stevie Wonder. Every morning, the single supplemented my feelings of stress-free living with its feel good atmosphere and its effective addition of one of the all time greats, Stevie Wonder. I’ve only been to Los Angeles once but, after hearing “California Roll”, it might be a place I have to visit rather sooner than later. The single is the first track from Snoop Dogg’s recently released album, BUSH, which introduces a more upbeat sound from Snoop, who exclusively sings over the entire album. The single eases the listener into Snoop’s revamped sound and is a great introduction for what many thought would be a risky album from the rap veteran. Stream the video for “California Roll” below and pickup BUSH, in stores now.

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