Video of the Day: Rotana “Crime”

Rotana steals the Video of the Day even though the video itself is a simple loop. That tells you two things: the loop is appealing to the eye, and the song is absolutely stellar. Rotana’s voice comes from the most vulnerable part of a person, and the lyrics are open and honest.

If nothing is for keeps
Can I keep you close for a minute?
I don’t know what’s real,
But I really want to feel you now.

Get a little close
Can I stop your heart for a minute?
If we don’t give a fuck,
Is that really such a crime?

The chorus speaks to object impermanence and how life is a finite structure with a definitive end at an undisclosed time. We’ve been on a kick of talking about pursuing what is going to make you the happiest and worrying about the consequences later, and this song is no different.

Rotana’s voice held onto me for over two minutes as minimal instruments backed her up, and I wouldn’t have it any other way. What a great track for when you’re hanging out with someone you love, or at least moderately like…

Mid Day Music Blast: Femke “Wounded”

“Pain is a part of us, but we’ll walk through it”

I really can’t think of a more positive line that I’ve read in a while. This song is dark, but allows you to see the glimpses of hope in the darkness with juxtaposition throughout it. I have always liked artists that are realistic about the trial and tribulations that make us human, yet give a signal of hope to surviving those things.

“Sometimes it hurts too much, memories you can’t untouch”

I just love basically everything about this song. The lyrics, the haunting vocals, the clean production. This is definitely one that will be added to all of my playlists ASAP.

A little more about Femke:

Femke is a producer during the day but an artist at night, and on one of those nights Wounded was born. “It came from kind of a dark but hopeful place, the lyric is the hopeful part but the music still reflects the darkness.” Femke, who has collaborated with artists such as Belle Mt, Estelle,  Mark Hoppus and many more throws a curveball into her mainly electronic repertoire with this song.

 

Find this song and many more on our June TOTD Spotify playlist right here.

-Caleb

 

TOTD: YVI “Hometown”

New Release Friday is here! We pride ourselves on bringing you songs and artists you haven’t heard before and introducing you to your new favorite songs. For the rest of the day, expect fresh new music that you definitely haven’t heard before because it just came out today.

Diedrick Brandsma, the voice and mind behind YVI, has a brutal yet vulnerable honesty to his voice that is immediately apparent on his new single, Hometown. Check out his live recording of the song to really understand what I mean by “brutal yet vulnerable honesty.”

Hometown is the story of high school friendship. A beautiful telling of how distance and growing up has separated them physically, but the memories will never leave his mind or that town. Even though you continue to make friends throughout college and adulthood, those high school friendships are the ones you look back on with a strong fondness. I don’t necessarily miss high school, but I definitely understand the idea of missing those friendships you made.

This is a band who wasn’t even on our radar before this song, but I’m so glad we came across them. I’m definitely going to be watching for new songs and videos as they get ready to release their debut album, “A Few Words of Comfort,” in April of next year.

Morning Commute: Keyiente “Why Don’t You”

Sometimes on the Morning Commute we like to get you pumped up with a headstrong jam, and sometimes we like to get introspective and use the commute as a way to figure out where you want not only the day to take you, but the future. Today, we just want to groove. It’s Friday, so let’s get the party started on the way to work this morning.

This NYC singer and songwriter has been making music since the ripe old age of seven, and it definitely shows in this reggae meets hip-hop track. Lyrically, it is exactly what you want the song to be. A track like this shouldn’t dive into problems like depression, politics, or heartbreak like so many of the songs we share. This song has one goal, and that’s to have a good time. With that goal in mind, Keyiente is the Lionel Messi of music.

“Why don’t you come, come,
and shake that bum, bum?”