T-ara Simultaneously Serve Ultra Music Festival & Atkins Diet With “Sugar Free”

Partying harder than your fave

Usually when people talk about who the best girlband of all time is, they point to Destiny’s Child, the Spice Girls or TLC mainly because they know they have to. Society has peer pressured us all into reaffirming that these girl bands are the greatest of all time, when in reality all of us who aren’t slaves to the Illuminati and their mind control know that T-ara is the greatest girlband of all time! (Fun fact: T-ara are the only girl band among these mentioned who has had a 4 million copy selling single! Take that Michelle Williams!)
 
Anyhow, aside from my slaving away as a T-ara martyr, “Sugar Free” is pretty amazing. While every girl band towards the western hemisphere is doing Dr Luke-produced pop rock and every girl band in the east is rehashing the same mid-tempo saxophone sample, 6 legends T-ara are doing big room EDM complete with multiple druggy beat drops. This is like “One&One” except edgier and more European (if it could even be more European than “One&One”). It’s the type of iconic smash old flops like Mozart and Beethoven worked their entire lives to create but never succeeded. Slay-ara changing the K-pop game all while still acting like they don’t give a f*ck, which brings me to the video…

The video is basically them on a set lazily dancing to simple choreography and serving uninterested facial expressions. There is nothing about this video that shows the girls know anything about the type of music they are doing. This is the kind of half assed Britney Spears laziness that only true pop queens could get away with. The 6 angels of Asia don’t need to put a ton of effort into their comeback as they are already certified living legends. Now let me wrap up this review so I can go play “Sugar Free” on repeat and get my life to this Atkins diet anthem. I already feel like I’ve lost weight!
 
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Understanding Komes & Bombs Away’s “Apple Juice And Vodka” On A Philosophical Level

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On the surface Komes & Bombs Away’s “Apple Juice And Vodka” seems like yet another run-of-the-mill frat boy #SuperTurntUp EDM song, but I would have you dig a little deeper, past the obvious tatanka cocktail recipe, and see what is actually a song with a very strong socio-politically aware message.

As well all know, the apple juicing process is very commonly known metaphor for the death of individualism due to forced and unhealthy assimilation within our society. Apples are known for their great variety: we have red delicious, pink lady apples, Fuji apples and honey-crisp. We have green apples, bright red apples, yellow apples, blue apples and rainbow apples. We have candy apples grown specific to the candyland region and caramel apples. As these apples go in, they are ripped of their unique skin and textures, only to be sucked through ‘The Machine’ and pushed out into one generic substance! When you drink a glass of apple juice, can you differentiate between the apples used to make the drink? Of course not! Komes & Bombs Away are shining a light on how you can personally resist the machine and remain the individual you’ve always wanted to be. Encouraging messages like these are greatly needed within today’s society!

That brings us to the vodka. As well all know, all vodka comes from Russia, (facts based on stereotypes and Wikipedia are still facts). With Russia’s terrible policies on gay rights, which has had a huge spotlight placed on it thanks to progressive nations wanting change, “Apple Juice And Vodka” has pointed the (middle) finger straight at those vodka drinking Russians and demanded change! This song should clearly be up there with other freedom anthems as a song with historical significance. The wonders this song will do for the human rights campaign in Russia is not even fathomable.

And there you go. A song that not only covers pressing issues such as our nations need for the acceptance of people being who they want to be and also gay marriage, but it also gets the party started! “Apple Juice And Vodka” is one of those rare songs that really has something profound to say to it’s listener, and views it’s audience as the intellectual generation they truly are. Of course there will be those who do not understand the song. There will always be people out there who do not have a grasp of brilliant art, but hopefully this has helped educated them a bit by bringing all of this to light. 

 

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David Carreira’s New Album “Tout Recommencer” is Flawless

Portuguese and occasional French singer David Carreira has released a new album titled “Tout Recommencer” and it’s pretty amazing. In a year light on quality lengthy LP’s, it’s nice to finally have one good enough to buy. His album from last year was pretty hit and miss, so I am glad he’s back in full form. He’s been trying to become the next big thing in France, so I guess he’s not messing around. Hopefully this album doesn’t fall on deaf ears over in France, or else I won’t be pleased! Now if only our lord and savoir M. Pokora would release a new album….

 

 

 

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Alexandra Stan’s “Unlocked” Album is Really Solid

I know you all remember the glorious “Mr Saxobeat” that was inescapable a few years ago. Well, I have been keeping tabs on Ms Stan ever since for good reason. Her debut album “Saxobeats” had quite a lot of filler on it, but follow up album “Cliche (Hush Hush)” has some great pop on it. Her latest album titled “Unlocked” is her best, as it stands out as a solid dance pop record. Now that dance pop is sort of fading here in the USA, it’s nice that it’s treated more as a classic genre overseas. Definitely check this album out if you’re a euro-pop fan.

 

 

 

 

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The Months Best K-Pop Comebacks

 

 

After a pretty weak first half of 2014 material wise, K-pop has just put out a string of quality songs in a row. What kind of late hour slay? Among the brilliance we have Secret’s “I’m In Love”, Orange Caramel’s “My Copycat”, Ladies’ Code’s “Kiss Kiss”, Kara’s “Mamma Mia”, and Nasty Nasty’s “Knock”.

Let’s start off with the best of the bunch: Orange Caramel and Kara. These two tracks have mega-smash written all over them. “My Copycat” is basically a “Lipstick” 2.0 and like all OC releases the music video is seriously amazing. The entire video is an interactive game that you as the viewer can play. Kara’s “Mamma Mia” on the other hand is a major Dance Dance Revolution style euro-dance jam.

Ladies’ Code recently had a tragedy where one member passed away in a car crash, which is made even sadder by the fact that their most recent release is awesome. “Kiss Kiss” is pure disco bliss. Paired with both Secret’s and Nasty Nasty’s funky saxophone inspired tracks, this month has been really strong for K-pop. Thank god!

 

 

 

 

 

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DJ Tiësto & MOTi’s “Blow Your Mind” Blew My Mind

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So I typically only write about trashy pop music but today I feel like bringing you something else I’ve been obsessed with. DJ Tiësto & MOTi’s “Blow Your Mind.” This track was premiered during Tiësto’s Ultra Miami set a few months back and has still not seen a formal release, but I sure hope it gets one. The track is bonkers amazing. I can only imagine how it felt to hear this track live for the first time!

There are two main sections to this intense track: One part of the track has a trappy, ethno, Diplo-esque flare to it. It sounds as if Indiana Jones, (played by Will Smith), broke into a Egyptian Pharaoh Tutankhamun’s crypt only to find out King Tut was a bomb ass DJ and Queen Nefertiti invented twerk teams. The ‘Mumbai qualifies for the World Cup’ realness of this section is pretty amazing stuff.

Oh, but that’s not all! The other half of the song is rave-y and intense. It sounds as if Liu Kang and Sub-Zero from Mortal Kombat got trapped in The Matrix and the only way for them to escape is to play a life-or-death round of Dance Dance Revolution on the super duper wayyyy extra hard setting. It’s kind of impossible for me not to throw out my neck from overly dramatic headbanging to this section.

I honestly cannot believe this song hasn’t gotten an official release yet. Was the initial reception bad or something? I can’t imagine high as fuck festival goers leaving Ultra in a mixed state of exhaustion and dehydration and saying, “I really hope that horrible Tiësto & MOTi song never hits BeatPort.” What are these DJ’s waiting for? Release the damn thing already!

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Let’s All Listen To Pavel Sokolov’s Beautiful “Above Only Sky”

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Russian singer Pavel Sokolov has released a single titled “Above Only Sky” and it’s the kind of lush and sexy Europop I live for. It’s not the typical booming track I typically post on this site, but rather a more subtle and mature dance pop track featuring some seductive strings and jazzy horns. The track has a sort of Euro-fied Michael Bolton-esque quality to it and I can’t get enough!

Sokolov, who serves Thor realness in the album artwork for this single, has also released a video for the track. The music video for the song is basically just a collection of grainy, poorly lit handheld camera scenes of him singing the song in some sort of lounge. Not really something to write home about, but it’s better than nothing!

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