Funky '70s R&B with washes of disco flair.
Nashville pop artist Marquee Mayfield debuts the music video for "Spellbound."
The video for "Spellbound" not only delivers funked-out R&B music, but also tells Mayfield's story. Groomed to be a country pop star capable of squeezing into the mold expected by the suits in the music industry, he was set free by a young woman who introduced him to other styles of music, like disco, funk, and R&B. Just when Mayfield was about to sell his soul to the music overlords, his programming was altered, emancipating him once and for all from the encoded constraints of country-pop.
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"Spellbound" opens with emerging kaleidoscopic synths flowing into a '70s R&B tune flavored with heavy doses of disco pop energy. Rumbling bass riffs propel the rhythm, as horns infuse the tune with stuttering accents. Gleaming background harmonies radiate glowing savors, tight and stylish. A snug, fuzzy guitar solo suffuses the harmonics with undiluted disco vibes.
Mayfield's falsetto provides the song with flamboyance, as well as a passionate delicacy of tone reminiscent of Michael Jackson covering Kool & The Gang. The blend of luminous harmonies and Mayfield's falsetto acts as a go-between to the lush joie de vivre aura emanating from the music.
The video recalls the '80s movie Weird Science, in which two nerds, Gary and Wyatt, take a cue from Dr. Frankenstein and construct a cybernetic girl. Only in "Spellbound," a gorgeous scientist finds a way to transform a robotic Mayfield into a dancing, singing popstar with soul and rhythm
"Spellbound" pulses with wonderful retro energy and sounds brought to life with flair and polished bravura.
Randy Radic is a Left Coast author and writer. Author of numerous true crime books written under the pen-name of John Lee Brook. Former music contributor at Huff Post.
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It's time to study.
Now that you've flooded Instagram with photos of black squares, it's time to hunker down for some real activism.
If you're a white person, you're sitting on top of about four centuries of institutionalized racism. In the wake of George Floyd's murder by police and countless Black Lives Matter protests across the nation, it's time to show up—with your body, with your voice, and with your brain.
Season 6 of Fortnite starts today.
Season 6 of Fortnite starts today. Here's a rundown of all the updates:
One thing that will stay the same is how the usual Weekly Challenges will be broken up into Free Challenges and Battle Pass Challenges. Before Season 5, Weekly Challenges were only accessible to players with a Battle Pass — now, there will be three Challenges for both pass holders and non-pass holders.
However, the Challenges themselves will present new gameplay. For example, you'll have the option to regain health from a Cozy Campfire in a Free Challenge. Other Free Challenges will include Pickup a Legendary Item in Different Matches and Stage 1: Search Chests. Battle Pass Challenges will include Apply Shields, Stage 1: Land at Junk Junction, Dance Under Streetlight Spotlights, and Eliminate Opponents in different locations.
After completing three Challenges, the player will unlock a mystery loading screen that contains a secret Battle Star. After completing four, the player obtains a bonus of 4,000 XP. Completing extra Challenges will gain you extra XP and Battle Stars, helping you to level up more quickly and encounter free loot, including skins, emotes, gliders, and pickaxes.
The new Battle Pass will include 100 levels and over 100 rewards. Battle Passes will cost 950 V-Bucks, available for purchase either directly in-game or earned through playtime. To gain more V-Bucks, prices in USD include: 1,000 V-Bucks for $9.99, 2,500 for $24.99, and 6,000 V-Bucks for $59.99.
Other than the new Battle Pass, the update will include Pets, little creatures that will travel with you on your adventures. Also introduced are Shadow Stones, new consumables that can be found around the map, which will also be updated. Players will be able to find floating islands, growing crops, and approaching storms.
Fortnite will also introduce a new enemy to its Save The World mode: Riot Husky, a zombie-like masked figure who carries around a refrigerator door for protection. Also, there will be a Cram Session mini-event to earn additional rewards. Other updates will fix general issues and bugs to enhance gameplay.
Amber Wang is a freelancer for Popdust, Gearbrain and various other sites. She is also a student at NYU, a photographer and a marketing intern.
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