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Destiny’s Child Groove of the Day/”Soldier”

Released as the second single from their fourth (and final) album, Destiny Fulfilled, “Soldier” was cooked up by mega-producer Sean Garrett as a krunk-tastic southern hip hop banger that would also become the ladies last top five hit on the Billboard Hot 100 chart. Featuring guest spits from rappers T.I. and Lil Wayne, DC’s grimy groove had each of the ladies laying down the music law about the certain types of guys they like. Let’s see, there was Queen Bey whose about those “boys up top from the BK.” Ms. Kelly prefers gentlemen who live that “chiefin'” life, and there was Ms. Michelle (who has the BEST verse on the track) who “just might give one the phone tonight.” I wonder if she did? 

Of course, the track’s accompanying black-and-white music video  is always worth an esteemed DC mention. Directed by Ray Kay and featuring cameo appearances by (a very pregnant) Solange Knowles, Lloyd, Bow Wow, Ginuwine, Ice Cube, WC and Young Jeezy, we see each of the ladies holding onto their Dobermans for dear life, looking fierce and fly all wrapped up in Tina Knowles’ BK Style fashion. 

Nothing better. 

Then there’s THIS video….can you keep up with Philly Mixtape‘s Destiny’s Child week? 

 

 

 

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Track-by-Track Truth/Demi Lovato/’Confident’

In case you didn’t know...Demi Lovato really knows how to shatter some windows. 

Seriously, the former Camp Rock diva girl really knows how to belt it out to the fullest. Most likely, everybody already knows this fact and well, that’s pretty much the only thing you’re going to keep with you after getting lost in her fifth record, Confident, which hits headphones today.

Kicking off armed and ready with the one, two punch of the title track and the cherry pop-licious, “Cool for the Summer,” the high-strung beats of those bouncy tunes (which there should’ve been more of because the pop music fluff side of Demi has been quite delightful) fade down to a somber collection of mid-tempo grooves and powerhouse ballads that sometimes sound like continuations of her earlier hits like “Skyscraper” and “Heart Attack,” much less anything fresh and fierce. 

But the one goal that Ms. Lovato certainly accomplished with this record is that she certainly proves she’s now a young woman free from Disney (in which Selena Gomez tried to do the same thing last week with her Revival record.#notquiteboo)  and full of confidence after working hard to recover from her struggles with an eating disorder. However, since Ms. Demi served us with the sexually candy coated clip for “Summer,” the roar of the title cut, and her recent eye-popping nude shoot for Vanity Fair, we sort of knew that already, leaving the album to take away from the intrigue that’s rocked our Demi Lovato worlds these past few months.

There might be quite a few new Demi grooves that will grab your ‘buds attention, but for the most part Confident is (once) again Ms. Demi proving that she knows how to sing her little heart out, only this time doing it with a new music swagger that doesn’t quite find its stride.

Check out Philly Mixtape’s full track-by-track truth of Demi Lovto’s Confident below. 

“Confident” 

What’s wrong with loving the pumping title track? Absolutely nothing. 

“Cool for the Summer” 

This Max Martin produced wonder will forever have us tasting Demi’s music cherry not just in summer, but all year long. 

“Old Ways” 

Two words-third single. One listen to the dark, mid-tempo banger and you’ll know why. 

“For You” 

What do powerful ’80s synths and Demi’s powerhouse vocals have in common? They’re all here on an almost too much display. 

“Stone Cold” 

A stripped down piano driven ballad that showcases the more husker side of Demi’s vocal tone-but it doesn’t last for long.  

“Kingdom Come” 

This trap influenced tune could’ve worked a whole lot better if Ms. Azalea wasn’t involved. 

“Waitin For You”

Slinky, sexy, yas. 

“Wildfire” 

A snoozy mid tempo misfire. 

“Lionheart” 

The best song that Kelly Clarkson never did. Pop those eardrums, girl. Sigh…

“Yes”

Another not so Confident mid tempo music snooze. 

“Father” 

Demi’s gospel driven serenade dedicated to her deceased father will have you reaching for a Kleenex. 

 

 

 

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Tropical House Groove of the Day/Justin Bieber/”What Do You Mean?”

Go on with this island laced flow, Mr. Biebs…

All week long, Philly Mixtape has been serving you with a pineapple plethora of tropical house grooves because for one, they’re just so delightful, and two, because the influence of this insatiable genre is deliciously all wrapped up in today’s mainstream melodies. That case holds particularly true with Justin Bieber’s Caribbean kissed #1 smash single, “What Do You Mean?,” a certified jam that has grabbed a hold of headphones across the music globe and has also put the Biebs music career back on track after, well, you know. 

While 2015 might be only the year that we will ever have this groovy music genre laced in today’s hits, for now, let’s just enjoy that it’s here because tropical house has been an underrated music island for so long. If it’s hitting #1 on the Billboard charts, you know it must be a good time. 

Enjoy!