The Hood Internet - Over Your Head (B.O.B & 2 Chainz Vs Chromeo)

10/28/2013 Tunes For Loons 0 Comments

The Hood Internet - Over Your Head (B.O.B. & 2 Chainz Vs Chromeo)


As someone who was not that crazy about "Headband," the B.O.B. and 2 Chainz collab that debuted this summer, I have to admit that this Hood Internet Remix totally changed my mind. By layering modern hip-hop over Chromeo's old school, funk-inspired track "Over Your Shoulder," The Hood Internet created an entirely new sound. Most importantly, they kept the infectious whistle refrain from the original song, making this a song that you'll undoubtedly be jamming to on repeat for a while. 





Rudimental - Free (feat. Emeli Sandé)

10/28/2013 Tunes For Loons 0 Comments

Rudimental - Free (feat. Emeli Sandé)


I've become a bit obsessed with Rudimental over the past few months. They made a name for themselves with "Feel the Love" and have continued to impress with tracks like "Not Giving In" and "Waiting All Night." However, it is not just their musical production that is captivating, but their whole artistic vision is inspiring. They consistently produce creative and moving videos that enhance the emotion felt in their songs, as well as feature vocalists that seem to produce the perfect synergy of melody and lyrics. Emeli Sandé will give you chills in this latest vocal triumph and the video will make you wonder what you've been doing with your life all this time. Enjoy.


The Notorious B.I.G. - Back to Cali (Yinyues Remix)

10/28/2013 Tunes For Loons 0 Comments

The Notorious B.I.G. - Back to Cali (Yinyues Remix)


An 18 year-old from the UK, Yinyues has been impressing lately with his various remixes of hip-hop and R&B throwbacks like MIA's Bad Girls and 50 Cent's 21 Questions. He has a knack for recreating hits with a chilled out vibe and this Biggie remix is no exception. The mellow chords and stripped down beat make this song perfect for cruising or kickin it. He's definitely an up and comer to watch in the realm of electro-synth remixes. 


JMSN - The One

10/24/2013 Tunes For Loons 0 Comments

JMSN - The One





Oh, wow, an indie person who removes all vowels from their name and spells it in ALL CAPS? How original! Snarkiness aside (srsly, is it not hipster enough to admit you went to school and learned the alphabet), this guy rocks. Some of you may remember JMSN (pronounced Jameson) from his uncompleted project with Ab-Soul. For those of you who are new to him, he is part JT, part James Blake, half Boys 2 Men. Also I'm getting shades of Bieber (hate me but I feel that). What is not to like about that? Slow jam for sure. 




Flume - Holdin On (ft. Freddie Gibbs)

10/24/2013 Tunes For Loons 0 Comments

Flume - Holdin On (ft. Freddie Gibbs)






Ah the joys of a rapper paired with an indie electronic person. This is not the first time such a collab has occured (see: Purity Ring & Danny Brown, Phantogram & Big Boi). However, in this instance we are getting two parties both on the up-and-up, and both really excellent at their respective genres. Flume, who released his self-titled debut last year, is debatably unrivaled in creative sampling (at least in his age bracket, he's 19!!), and Freddie Gibbs is strong in the rap genre as well. So let the rap-electronic marriage continue. What do I have to do to get a CHVRCHES A$ap Rocky collab?! Jai Paul Kanye!? Comonnnn 




Misun - Harlot

10/24/2013 Tunes For Loons 0 Comments

Misun - Harlot




In honor of TbT, we give you this new track by Misun, which honestly sounds nothing like them. Instead of the poppy synths that characterized their previous offering "Sun Made," we get a straight up 60s vibe, complete with jangly guitars and Byrds status vocals. Props to this song for clocking in at 2:35. Short and sweet. 


Childish Gambino- 3005

10/24/2013 Tunes For Loons 0 Comments

Childish Gambino- 3005




Everyone knows Childish Gambino for his above-par rhymes and creative lyrics, but most people don't rave about his sampling or backbeats. After hearing these critiques of his first album, Childish Gambino/ Donald Glover/ Troy Barnes/ Young Tracy Jordan has stepped his beats and overall game up, made completely apparent by 3005. This catchy tune gets me stoked for his sophomore album, dropping December 9th. Mark it on your calendar.


POLICA- Chain My Name

10/24/2013 Tunes For Loons 0 Comments

POLICA- Chain My Name



For a band that was off the map for a couple months there, POLICA comes back with a bang. Luckily for us, their sophomore album, Shulamith, just came out 2 days ago. Chain My Name is a bit dancier than what we're used to from them, but that's not necessarily a bad or surprising thing. Their music has been described in such terms as indie pop, psychedelic R&B, synthpop, experimental and more, so at this point, it's probably best to not expect them to adhere to genre labels. With productions like Chain My Name, it's no wonder POLICA is Bon Iver's favorite band. 


WE ARE TWIN- Hold On We're Going Home (Drake Cover)

10/24/2013 Tunes For Loons 0 Comments

WE ARE TWIN- Hold On We're Going Home (Drake Cover)



Last week I raved about WE ARE TWIN and their new EP. The "rock-n-electronic" Brooklyn-based group continues to shine with their newest production, covering Holding on We're Going Home, originally sung by Drake. WE ARE TWIN manages to capture the raw essence of the Drake-original as well as puts a refreshing rock twist on it. This group is popping up in music blogs everywhere and I have a feeling we've only seen a sliver of the talent and originality WE ARE TWIN has to offer.



Sam Sparro- Happiness

10/24/2013 Tunes For Loons 0 Comments

Sam Sparro- Happiness


This song is the definition of the word infectious. The positive, innocent lyrics combined with the uptempo, funky house production makes this song a slamdunk. This high-energy, retro-electronic beat will have you tapping your feet and singing-a-long the instant you press play. Also, if you dig this, check out the Magician's remix of it.


St. Lucia- All Eyes on You

10/24/2013 Tunes For Loons 0 Comments

St. Lucia- All Eyes on You



Oh, St. Lucia, you never fail to disappoint me. From their warming tune, Closer than This, to the jivey, Elevate, they constantly hit the mark in terms of music that always turns my bad mood around. All Eyes on You continues this theme and even takes a page out of Klingande's book by bringing the sweet, soulful sax in at minute 2:30. The saxophone followed by the house piano makes this one the best bridges I've heard in a while. Set some time aside: Once you listen to this song once, you'll have it on repeat for a while. 




Tom Odell - Another Love (Zwette Edit)

10/22/2013 Tunes For Loons 0 Comments

Tom Odell- Another Love (Zwette Edit)





Winner of the Critics Choice at the Brit Awards last year, Tom Odell has sort of been simmering on the back burner for awhile (except for the time people thought he was dating T Swift...for like 5 seconds ovi). I find his music a little too angsty, but this edit is really interesting. The piano remains fully intact, but Zwette has revamped Odell's signature song with a pounding back beat. Not too aggressive, but definitely livens up the track. His folky voice clashes with it perfectly.


What So Not- High You Are (Branchez Remix)

10/22/2013 Tunes For Loons 0 Comments

What So Not- High You Are (Branchez Remix)


This song kills it from the first hints of soulful synths and that sultry, semi-distorted voice. It flows from one sound to the next, keeping the listener's attention throughout the entire song. The perfect tune to joyride or chill to either alone or with friends. What So Not is a harmony of sound that attracts multiple tastes in music to its almost-hypnotic beat. Usually I'm not a big remix person, but this one is simply irresistible.




Eminem- Rap God

10/18/2013 Tunes For Loons 0 Comments


Eminem- Rap God





I don't know why I ever doubted the comeback of Mr. Marshall Mathers. Its been a long time since the Eminem craze but his flow and talent as a lyricist remain superior to most. Rap God may start off slow but it evolves into an explosion of rhyme, angst and beat.  And in the midst of all that we have The Real Slim Shady offering up rhymes that would leave most other rappers today tongue-tied in their attempt to imitate.

Eminem's 16-track album is set to come out November 5th. Can't WAIT to see if the other tracks support his self-made deification.




Phantogram - Blackout Days

10/17/2013 Tunes For Loons 0 Comments

Phantogram- Black Out Days





Ah Phantogram, how to count the ways I worship you. There really isn't a lot to say about this new track, released off their new self-titled EP a couple weeks ago. It's not super innovative, but IT'S AMAZING. Classic distorted vocals, angsty lyrics (Srsly is this girl married to a psychopath?), funky bass. Perfect.


Active Child - Silhouette (ft. Ellie Goulding)

10/17/2013 Tunes For Loons 0 Comments

Active Child- Silhouette (ft. Ellie Goulding)






Damn this collab is unexpected. Well, actually it's not totally out of the blue, considering Ellie G.'s amazing cover of "Hanging On," probably the best Active Child song to date. I don't really know how I feel about this song yet. The churchy singing that this guy is known for can veer into B O R I N G territory occasionally, but their duet seems to be elevated above that. I like that Ellie Goulding doesn't really know what to do with her career right now. First the Calvin collab, now this. Skrilly got her confused.


Haim - Edge

10/17/2013 Tunes For Loons 0 Comments

Haim- Edge





Hot off the release of their (EXCELLENT) debut album Days Are Gone, Haim has just released the track Edge, which sadly, can only be found on the British Itunes Deluxe Version. Srsly when are we going to catch up with the Brits on music. While retaining the quintessential Haim sound, this gem has a poppy gloss absent from some of their earlier jams. Fun fact: it was co-written and produced by Twin Shadow (thanks for the stellar synths yo!).


Wise Girl- So Broken

10/17/2013 Tunes For Loons 0 Comments

Wise Girl- So Broken




Embracing the 90's girl-band style, these children of the 90's bring the punk-rock sound back. This track in particular epitomizes the attitude of the grungy, nineties teen and takes me back to a time of 10 Things I Hate About You  and NOW CDs. Wise Girl, a trio based in NYC, is definitely a band on the cusp of the next tier of fame. Fresh off an album release, this band can expect good things ahead. Their album possesses a new, "vintage-inspired" sound and it has some truly catchy singles. 

BONUS TRACK: Check out another track from their new album, You'll Just Have to Wait, called Roles Are Reversed. Another awesome tune.




Azealia Banks- Work Bitch (Remix)

10/17/2013 Tunes For Loons 0 Comments

Azealia Banks- Work Bitch (Remix)





Azealia Banks has already proven that she is the frontrunner right now when it comes to sassy lyrics in female rap. In her most recent production, she levels her verbal flow on top of the pseudo-comeback track by the queen of sass: BRITNEY. This song combines the classic perfection that is an infectious Spears' backbeat with Azealia's fresh-from-Brooklyn attitude. It's no 212, but it gets me excited for the release of Azealia's upcoming full-length album, whenever that may be. 




WE ARE TWIN- The Way We Touch

10/16/2013 Tunes For Loons 0 Comments

WE ARE TWIN- The Way We Touch





As a huge Amy Winehouse fan, I was hooked on WE ARE TWIN as soon as Gabi Christine started singing on this track. The song mixes synth with soul and old school guitar in a way that is really warming and unique. WE ARE TWIN just released their first EP on iTunes. All the tracks rock, but in particular another one to check out is Cold Stone Lips.


Naomi Pilgrim- No Gun

10/16/2013 Tunes For Loons 0 Comments

Naomi Pilgrim- No Gun






Music bloggers are referring to Naomi Pilgrim as "Sweden via Barbados". Born and raised in Sweden, Pilgrim holds her roots in Barbados, meaning that she has all the taste and forward-thinking of European musicians but with the background of Rihanna. Meaning this song rocks and her others probably will too.

Satellite Stories- CAMPFIRE

10/16/2013 Tunes For Loons 0 Comments

Satellite Stories- CAMPFIRE





The first 30 seconds convinced me of a Fleet-Foxes-type sound from Satellite Stories. However this band mimics the style more of Two Door Cinema Club or Ra Ra Riot. The jivey bass guitar and catchy chorus makes this an awesome tune for a pick-me-up on that Midterms playlist.


COIN- Time Machine

10/16/2013 Tunes For Loons 0 Comments

COIN- Time Machine




This song takes me back to the coke-filled parties and boardwalk bike rides of our favorite Orange County teens. As if it was pulled straight from the O.C. soundtrack, Time Machine is reminiscent of those mid-2000 summers.

The words of COIN epitomizes the essence of the song best: "Some call it swirly indie part pop. You call call it what you'd like, but we just want to make music that makes you feel good."


Alexandra Stan- Lemonade

10/13/2013 Tunes For Loons 0 Comments

Alexandra Stan- Lemonade





You may be wondering why the name "Alexandra Stan" looks so familiar. Stan popped up all the way back in the spring of 2011 with her catchy little tune that had you sweating in clubs: Mr. Saxobeat. Her new tune, Lemonade, doesn't make you want to dance as much as her previous work, but it's the perfect song to have blasting while driving with your windows down. The only critique I have would be that the song seems to be out-of season. This song SCREAMS summer and yet Stan didn't release it until the beginning of October. If it had been released a couple months earlier, this anthem for summer would have taken over roadtrips to the beach and 4th of July hangs, no doubt.



BANKS- Change (Chainsmokers Hot and Steamy Edit)

10/13/2013 Tunes For Loons 0 Comments

BANKS- Change (Chainsmokers Hot and Steamy Edit)




We already can see that the music business loves the smooth voice of LA-based singer, BANKS. A couple months ago the internet was hit with her TEED-produced summer melody, Warm Water, with BANKS' silky vocals laid over an infectious backbeat. Once again we see the music industry taking advantage of this girl's amazing pipes in this Chainsmokers Hot and Steamy Edit of BANKS' Change. Although it starts off slow, this song evolves into a flowing, catchy anthem; somehow it manages to sound modern and unique despite the fact that it focuses around the cliche theme of a girl hurt by a guy.

 If you like this little tune, check out BANKS' entire EP on iTunes, released a little over a month ago.