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Must Listen Monday

Just when you thought it was time to stop adding tracks to your summer playlists….today’s Must Listen Monday comes along featuring a buffet of new tunes that are not only quite delightful, but some are gaining loads of summer music buzz. 

Among the buzzworthy beats is “Body On Me,” a tribal-kissed new banger from Rita Ora and Chris Brown. There’s also dance diva Jade Starling‘s banger,”Better and Better” getting the Chris Cox remix treatment, Hailee Seinfeld delivers a bright ditty called, “Love Myself,” Brian McKnight mysteriously reappears with the bedroom-laced, “Uh Oh Feeling,” and even Ms. Kylie Minogue makes the list with the jazzy, “Absolutely Anything and Anything at All,” which is serving as the lead single from the upcoming UK sci-fi movie, Absolutely Anything. 

But, if there’s one diva who’s creating the most heat, it’s everyone’s favorite moody chanteuse, Ms. Lana Del Rey. Over the weekend, the songstress served up “High by the Beach,” which is the lead single from her hotly anticipated Honeymoon set. The deep, dark ditty is classic Ms. Lana, but contains a slightly different funkier feel than some of her earlier offerings. 

Get “High by the Beach,” then get lost in the rest of these Must Listen Monday tracks, which are always guaranteed fresh from Philly Mixtape‘s headphones to yours. 

Puff…puff….go. 

Lana Del Rey/’High by the Beach” 

Brian McKnight/”Uh Oh Feeling” 

Charli XCX/”X-Ray Specs”

Kaskade/Rae Morris/”Call My Name” 

Kylie Minogue/”Absolutely Anything and Anything At All”

Rita Ora/Chris Brown/”Body On Me”

Robin Thicke/Nicki Minaj/”Back Together” 

Hailee Steinfeld/”Love Myself” 

Macklemore/Ryan Lewis/Ed Sheeran/”Growing Up”

Jade Starling/DJ Laszlo/”Better & Better”/Chris Cox Rewerk

Calvin Harris/Disciples/”How Deep Is Your Love”/Calvin Harris & R3hab Remix

Calvin Harris/Tinashe/”Dollar Signs” (Not a new release, but you need this in your headphones right now.) 

 

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Music Tea w/ Singer/Songwriter Megan Burtt

Talented. Gorgeous. Strong.

Those are just a few of the words that Philly Mixtape can come up with to describe not only just the music of lovely singer/songwriter Megan Burtt, but also use them to describe the up-and-coming flame-haired chanteuse herself. 

Currently, the Colorado native and Berklee graduate is gearing up to release her second full-length album, The Bargain, which is set to hit headphones everywhere on August 25th. However, it hasn’t been an easy road for the singer as the recording process for The Bargain came with a price. In 2013, the sweet songstress contracted a serious illness that forced her to abandon plans in her music career and to seek treatment back home in Colorado. As Ms. Megan fought her way back to perfect health, she began writing songs to process and document the life-altering experience.

“The songs on this album are about my journey out of a health crisis, many of them dressed up in love songs… which all have something to do with that journey. The word “bargain” I find very provocative because as people we are constantly bargaining – making choices, deciding how and when and why we should show up to our lives. Every day, every dollar, every relationship, every journey feels like an exchange of something to someone, usually yourself,” Burtt explains.

Lucky for you guys, you will get to hear from Ms. Megan herself as she was kind enough to stop by Philly Mixtape for quite a festive music tea, where she spilled on her Berklee background, what kept her strong during recovery, and she also comes up with the one word that describes her unique, soulful artistic sound. 

Take a seat at the music tea party table with the lovely Megan Burtt below. 

PM-Kicking our spillage off, tell everyone how you got your start in this crazy music business…

MB-I suppose by default. It unfortunately comes with the territory of wanting to share your music with the world.

PM-Now, you got your music study on at the famed Berklee College of Music in Boston. What was that experience like for you?

MB-Oh, Berklee. I wanted to be as far away from home as I could, so Boston was a nice coincidence. It’s an interesting place! I’m forever grateful for the friendships and relationships I made while I was there – I really attribute any success I’ve had to the network I gained there. It’s one of those places where you really decide if music is something you’re up for. I worked hard, I left with incredible drive and a lot of humility. Looking back I appreciate that I had the years to sink my teeth into songwriting. I think it was there that I really became a songwriter.

PM-You’ve also dealt with some unfortunate health issues along the music road. Care to tell everyone a little about that? How are you feeling these days?

MB-I feel great! It was a chapter in my life that’s really ended and what lingers from it is more what I learned about myself than anything negative or a physical hinderance that has kept me from chasing my dreams.

PM-What has made you so strong in your recovery?

MB-Gratitude. Learning to believe in my potential, and learning how to trust and show up for myself.

PM-Which music artists have inspired you over the years? 

MB-Lately I’ve been really trying to pay closer attention to creative production and records that sound really unique and undeniable. The new Emily King album is pretty slammin! 

PM-The one album you absolutely can’t live without is…

MB-D’Angelo/Black Messiah

PM-The one T.V. show you can’t live without is….

MB-My pop culture education is pretty pathetic.. I don’t know what I have one. I have a bit of a guilty pleasure for Orange Is The New Black.

PM-How about….your favorite song of the summer…

MB-It’s not new, but new to me-“Light Hits The Room” Laura Marling has been on heavy rotation in my life lately.

PM-Describe your sound in one word…

MB-Colorful.

PM-One last broken tea mug. What words of wisdom would you give to someone who right now decided to sign up in the music business?

MB-Recognize that you’re a small business and find a mentor who can help you run your music career like a business with a storefront.

For more on the extraordinary Ms. Burtt, clutch your music pearls and click on here and here.

 

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Show Review/The So So Glos Displayed Fine Music Truth at Union Transfer on Friday Night

This past Friday, Desaparecidos performed in front of a packed house at Union Transfer. but it was opening act, The So So Glos, who stole the show. From the angular guitar riffs to the maniac bass lines, this band is full of energy and punch. Watching them set up their tattered DIY banner and test out their instruments themselves in front of a thousand people was as intimate as it was anxious. Who were they? How would the crowd receive them? And were they ready? I saw SSG open up for Alkaline Trio back in April. They brought their Brooklyn roots with them then and they brought them again now.

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A clash of punk mixed with a bit of pop/surf/island, SSG are making fans at every show along the way. The Desaparecidos show were particularly a hard crowd to win over. It’s not often that a punk band here is praised in Philly (though it’s alive and well in Jersey). Let’s just say the band won over the crowd, got them riled up from nothing, and put on a killer show on energy and power alone.

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SSG took the opportunity in front of a crowd who’ve never heard of them to play a lot of new material. They played a few tracks off of their latest album “Blowout.” You could hear some diehards singing along. It really were those newer songs though that got my ear listening. Their song “A.D.D.” (guess what it’s about) is going to be a hit when it finally gets released. Singer/bassist, Alex Levine, took a short segment to talk to the crowd about the band’s song “Speakeasy” as to what it was about before they went into a killer rendition. He was a great storyteller despite being a bit anxious himself with the crowd.

SSG is a band to keep your eyes on. Having been in the game for a few years now and about to release a new album, they aren’t going anywhere anytime soon.