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5 Albums You Should Be Listening to Right Now/Rewerk Wednesday Edition

Who wants to have a fall dance party? 

Philly Mixtape breaks down the latest upbeat offerings from Kaskade, dumblonde, Robin Schulz, Rudimental and Ultra Dance and explains why you should be listening to them all…right now. 

Kaskade/Automatic

For his ninth studio LP, thunderous house music trailblazer DJ Kaskade ventures away from the spaced out sounds that he served us with early in his career, opting instead for a laid back dance music affair that seemingly fits with the approaching cooler temps. While he takes a more conventional approach, Kaskade still brings the heat by bringing on fiery vocalists like Ilsey, Tess Comrie, Tamra Keenan and Estelle who shows up to lend her vocal prowess on album standout, “Day Trippin’,” a dreamy disco ditty that’s perfect for any kind of music weather. 

Robin Schulz/Sugar

Looking for a real dance escape this fall? Then step all the way into Sugar, the red-hot deep house soaked offering from DJ Robin Schulz. Packed with a buffet of guest stars, (Akon!), deep synths and pulsating production, Sugar goes down nice as smooth and is just that pleasant ride of dreamy dance music that you’ve been waiting to get on board on with.

Stand outs include Francesco Yates on the shiny title track, the Akon(!) assisted “Heatwave,” the throbbing “Find Me” with Hey Hey, who also link up Princess Chelsea for a fun retelling of Eagle Eye Cherry‘s ’98 hit, “Save Tonight.” Pure fall dance music bliss. 

dumblonde/Self-titled 

Let’s talk about dumblonde for a moment.

In what some say is a supposed attempt at a reincarnation of Danity Kane, former DK members Shannon Bex and Aubrey O’Day make up this futuristic dance project, but it’s certainly no reincarnation. Forgettable dance pop? Absolutely. But who doesn’t love some mindless dance music to get them through the autumn days? 

Opener “White Lightning” is filled with angst-y female prowess, leading off a set that’s packed with planetary punch, especially on “eyes on horizon,” “dreamsicle” “take away” and clap-happy closer, “carry on.” By the way, all of the tracks are written in lower case because that’s how you can really differentiate between Danity Kane and dumblonde.

Check out out for yourself below. 

Rudimental/We the Generation 

Having a bad day? Put those headphones on and get absolutely lost in UK music dream makers Rudimental‘s latest studio offering. Packed with the solar sounds of Rudimental’s dance world that we’re all just living in, the set is locked and loaded with plenty of ebb-y, earthy dance tunes.

The overseas dance music hit makers also strike it rich with memorable music guests stars, including Ed Sheeran (who appears on the blissful “Lay It All On Me.”), Lianna La Havas, MNEK, Ella Eyre and late R&B great Bobby Womack who wistfully appears on the dreamy, “New Day.” 

Sigh….

Various Artist/Ultra Dance16

While this shimmering set was released this past February, there’s no reason why we can’t show some music love to it while we all patiently wait to be served with its follow-up to warm us up this winter.

The sixteenth installment of the Louie Devito created Ultra Dance series pulls out all the dance music stops with the likes of Calvin Harris, Hardwell, Steve Aoki, NERVO and many other dance music ballers who all stop by for a ride on the Ultra dance music magic carpet. 

This fall, whether you’re working, working out or working it, this album or any other album on the list will absolutely hit that coveted fall dance music “G” spot. 

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Mixtape Music News

1.There’s going to be a whole lot of Tidal celebrating next month….

By now, we’re all versed in Tidal–the “artist-owned” streaming service launched by Jay Z earlier this year–and the struggle its endured since its beginnings. Earlier this morning, plans to make the struggle a little less real are in full swing as the streaming service has just announced a big celebration they’re calling Tidal X: 1020, an explosive concert that will take place Oct. 20 at Brooklyn‘s Barclays Center. Among the many music A-listers who are all set to perform are Jay Z, Beyonce, Prince, Nicki Minaj, Usher, Lil Wayne, T.I., Nick Jonas, Damien Marley, and many others that will be announced over the next few weeks. 

Tickets will be available now for Tidal subscribers with a general on-sale beginning Friday at 12PM ET. All proceeds from the show will be donated to many organizations across the music globe with the disbursement of funds being overseen by The New World Foundation, a New York-based organization which partners with various philanthropic groups. 

 

2.Apple Music is officially launched in China…

Big news in the Apple world today as the company has officially launched its streaming music service in China. 

It was also announced today that iTunes Movies and iBooks are both now available in China, which is already Apple’s most profitable market for app downloads.

“Customers in China love the App Store and have made it our largest market in the world for app downloads,” Apple’s senior vice president of Internet Software and Services, Eddie Cue, stated. “One of the top requests has been more great content and we’re thrilled to bring music, movies and books to China, curated by a local team of experts.”

Without spilling all of their music tea, Apple said there are “millions” of songs in Apple Music’s catalog for China, including local artists like Eason Chan, Li Ronghao, JJ Lin and G.E.M. But that number may not be too close to the 30 million tracks that stateside Apple Music has in its catalog. 

Apple also said the streaming service will also roll out on Android smartphones this fall.

3.Joe Jonas and Charlie Puth are all set to reveal your 2015 AMA nominees…

On Good Morning America on Tuesday, Oct. 13,  Joe Jonas & Charlie Puth will link up to reveal the first nominees for the 2015 American Music Awards.

After Jonas and Puth announce the nominees for a handful of AMA categories, the nominees for another five categories will be announced on SnapChat (TheAMAs).

The 2015 AMAs spectacle, which has become a music highlight of the fall, will take over the Microsoft Theater in Los Angeles on Nov. 22, with the broadcast starting at 8 p.m. ET on ABC.

Both Puth and Jonas have been on music point these days, with Puth’s hit singles “See You Again” with Wiz Khlaifa and “Marvin Gaye” with Meghan Trainor riding the charts and Jonas’ new project, DNCE, recently unveiled the lyric video for their catchy track, “Cake By the Ocean.” If you haven’t heard this one yet, you are truly missing out on what is one of the catchiest jams of the fall. 

4.Tower Records 4 Lyfe….

Remember record stores? You know those places where your parents would drive you to so you could buy music?

When a record store like Tower Records is legendary enough to hold onto its recognition even after bankruptcy, we must it pay it true music respect. We all know how it goes–the bigger they are, the harder they fall, which couldn’t be truer for now defunct Tower Records.

The infamous groove retail shop was a staple in the music industry in the late 20th century, but by 2006, the music giant had filed for bankruptcy.

Now, there’s an upcoming documentary All Things Must Pass that explains just how it all went down…literally. The film, directed by Tom Hanks’ son, Colin, looks at factors beyond theories on how the Internet killed the record store, and also follows Tower Records humble beginnings and its heartbreaking end, all while hearing from its founder, Russell Solomon, who narrates the movie.

Watch Mr. Hanks discuss All Things Must Pass on Jimmy Kimmel last month. 

5.An X Factor winner is teaming up with Kelly Clarkson for his debut single…

Ben Haenow–the absolutely adorable 2014 winner of the UK version of X Factor –has just announced the release date of his first single, which is all set to feature none other than the first American Idol champ, Ms. Kelly Clarkson.

The song is titled “Second Hand Heart” and will be served to headphones and Clarkson hearts everywhere on October 9th. The tune will also act as the lead single from Haenow’s self-titled set which will take over on Nov. 13.

Haenow took to Twitter to announce the big music news, writing “The beautiful @kelly_clarkson has taken my ‘Second Hand Heart’. What an honour!”

Ms. Clarkson was equally ecstatic,, writing, “Super excited to be featured on @BenHaenow’s new single “Second Hand Heart”! 

In other Kelly news, the diva has unfortunately canceled the remaining dates on her Piece by Piece tour due to more ordered vocal rest. 

 

 

 

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Songbird Spillage w/ Danny Palmieri

Week 3, 18 performers, legendary music, and I’m still freaking out over how good this season of Songbird is turning out to be!

Newbies went head-to-head with the all-stars for the first time as the contestants tackled the iconic music of Michael and Janet Jackson!

Powerhouse performer-after-performer kept the crowd roaring and the show moving (thank God) all night long. Chali started us off with a “P.Y.T.”(Pretty Young Thing) mash-up and midriff for your nerve. Bringing out a crowd, very much like the one for the Pope this past weekend, Chali not only started the evening off right, but won the coveted Songbird Save– one of many Josh Schonewolf twists. She will be granted the ability to erase a bottom 3 one time this season, forcing the judges to reselect. Will she use this power for good or for evil? I hope the later.

Rob Anthony put his own spin on the theme with a Dirty Diana/Dark Horse club remix. Although exciting, it was clear that Rob did not process the judge’s notes from his last performance. With a mix that went on to a voice-exhausting length, awkward finger-to-nose mic technique, and a t-shirt/jeans/house-keys ensemble, Rob Anthony found his way to the bottom 3. Following up was Daniel Paugh with an acceptable Michael moon-walk (not like I could do one though), Jessie Braff dressed to impress with a voice as smooth as his chest, and Pop Princess Brianna Roth making us feel like we should be at an arena watching her strut her stuff. Katie Gin took us back to the 70’s with the Jackson 5- an excellent interpretation of the week’s theme. Birthday girl Lisa Parks, whose voice was back in full force, honored all those who have been lost to suicide with a stunning rendition of “I’ll Be There” making it clear that Parks is in it for the win this season. Finishing off the first half were Zach Ryan (and the Zach pack) with an acoustic “Billie Jean” and Krista Starr channeling Janet Jackson in a show stopping performance of “I Get Lonely” to close out the first half.

The second half stared off with Lobstar Bisque taking The WIZ route to the Jackson theme. Although always beautifully voiced and brimming with energy and fun, the competition is fierce this year and everyone’s favorite dish was served up cold in the bottom 3. And then there was Tait. Now, you have to picture this to believe it (Picture it- Sicily 1963…): 2 iPods (Apple is not a sponsor of Songbird) resting on 2 tables. Tait appears in a red leather, studded, Michael Jackson replica jacket opened up with nothing underneath (revealing that he needs to eat a hamburger…jealous- party of 1). “Smooth Criminal” begins as the iPads come to life with perfectly synched versions of Tait. This was a PERFORMANCE! Innovative, creative, and totally engaging from the get go. If you missed this, take to YouTube…find it on Facebook…do something! Just awesome.

So, how do you follow that? With the winner of the evening, Katie Mae. From note one, Mae’s voice soared through Tabu. Powerful and commanding, she sang the audience to their feet securing the winning spot and proved that it does not take all the bells and whistles to deliver the performance of the night. De’Soul,Keely Sibilia, Justine, Brittany Marie and Dan Callahan continued on with entertaining performances that were sure to keep them going into next week. In the mix was also Alyssa Canalichio, whose performance was quite the talk of the show. Complete with costumes, back-up dancers, and hay bales, Canalichio went full-tilt WIZ dressed as Michael Jackson’s iconic Scarecrow. The song was fine, and nice to see Alyssa back in her musical roots, but she was overpowered by everything she brought along and a very questionable make-up choice left most in the audience disenchanted with this fairy tale. Canalichio rounded out this week’s bottom 3.

So, what’s next? Newbies are still battling against the all-stars, although I am starting to feel like it is the other way around, as we enter into week 4- Celine Dion week! Who’s heart will go on and who won’t be coming back to me now? Stay tuned!

Winner– Katie Mae

Bottom 3- Alyssa Canalichio, Rob Anthony, Lobstar Bisque