The rapper's magnum opus turned 10 years old over the weekend.
It's almost eerie how accurately Kanye West predicted his own fate when he uttered the words "I miss the old Kanye" on 2016's The Life of Pablo.
In my head, and likely in the memories of many others, there are two Kanyes: a then and a now. Both are cocky, self-important, certifiable jerks, but then, he at least still felt a marginal need to continue proving himself.
Now, he's so immeasurably detached from reality that it's a little hard to take anything he does or creates seriously—at this point, I find it difficult to even care. I don't want to explicitly cite a certain presidential election and its aftermath as the dividing line between the Kanye of then and now in my conscience, but...yeah, Kanye rubbing elbows with Trump was pretty much the last straw for me.
PLUS-- Maleek Berry, Young Galaxy, Denny White, Will Varley, Moon Taxi, Hibou, and GARABATTO x Charlie Muse.
Happy Friday! Just before you head out to "cheers to the weekend," we've got this week's hottest new releases lined up for you. This week, one of our favorites is back with a remixed version of their song. Indie pop/rock band Eighty Ninety visited us for Popdust Presents a few months ago. Around that time, their new song "Your Favorite Song" had just come out. Now garnering over 350,000 listens on Spotify and an awesome music video "Your Favorite Song" seems to have become a fan favorite. Along with Eighty Ninety here's who else dropped new music this week: Maleek Berry, Young Galaxy, Denny White, Will Varley, Moon Taxi, Hibou, and GARABATTO x Charlie Muse.
Loote x Eighty Ninety | "Your Favorite Song" Remix
Eighty Ninety sat down with us to talk about their new remix. They said, "we love Loote's hard hitting minimalist pop approach with their own music — they create these relentless hooks surrounding really nuanced and emotionally authentic storytelling that just feel and sound so good." They noted that Loote's other remixes were really impressive especially how they, "are able to work the best parts of a song into something new and totally undeniable."
Collaborative in nature, the brother duo said that when they heard Loote's music they could tell they "shared priorities as musicians," that being a tell-tale sign that it would be a good collaboration. Because "Your Favorite Song" was Eighty Ninety's "popiest leaning melody yet," they decided it would be the perfect first song to have remixed. They said that Loote was their top choice and, "needless to say we were happy they said yes."
Seems like the feelings are mutual. Loote spoke highly of Eighty Ninety. They said, "Eighty Ninety has an ability to deliver songs that first strike you emotionally and than get totally stuck in your head, and they make it feel totally effortless. Thats what drew us to Your Favorite Song. The song grew on us so much as we worked on it. We probably spent longer on this remix than any other because it felt like one of our own and we wanted it to be perfect!" Eighty Ninety also complimented Loote on their knack for storytelling so the collaboration was all in all a match made in heaven.
It's a big year for Eighty Ninety who just announced that they'd be performing at coveted SXSW. "Our first announced show during SXSW is a showcase on March 11th hosted by one of our favorite music blogs, thisnewband.com. In the past the showcase has hosted some artists we really admire so we're excited to kick off the festival that way. Details on our socials, as well as more show announcements soon!"
In addition, they'll be playing several shows in NYC and releasing new music throughout spring until the release of their EP Bowery Beach Road.
Best for: A beach bonfire - I know it's too early for that but SOON.
Perfect if you like: Tame Impala
Maleek Berry | "Own It"
I love the percussiveness of this new track from Maleek Berry's new EP First Daze of Winter. The EP has six brand new songs. I love the mood of all of Berry's music. It's very chill but also very hard hitting.
Best for: Play it while you're doing boring computer work to make the time fly.
Perfect if you like: The Weeknd
Young Galaxy | "Under My Wing"
This song is perfectly chill. The soothing sounds of the minimalistic synth layers will relax you no matter how stressed you're feeling. "Under My Wing," is Young Galaxy's newest single following their 2015 album Falsework.
Best for: Before bed.
Perfect if you like: Class Actress
Denny White | "Torn Up"
It's impossible not to move to this tune. Though laid back White has the ability to strike a groove that hits you hard and gets under your skin. His voice is flawless and rides the unique track.
Best for: Your next house party playlist.
Perfect if you like: Justin Timberlake
Will Varley | "Seven Days"
The song hurts so bad it feels good. Ever need to be in your feelings? This is the perfect song for that. The visceral vocals and powerful rhythm guitar take you to a reflective state. I especially love the animated music video that comes with. A la an old video game, the all black and white visual compliments the song perfectly and weirdly makes you relate.
Best for: Being in your feelings.
Perfect if you like: The Lumineers
Moon Taxi | "Not Too Late"
Moon Taxi is awesome. If you haven't seen their recent performance on The Megyn Kelly Today Show, definitely check it out here. This song feels like a generational anthem. In fact, I'd love to hear it live because though the track feels complete with all of the intricate guitar riffs and the roaring vocals, I could see stadiums singing along to this one.
Best for: Your Superbowl Sunday playlist
Perfect if you like: Wild Cub
Hibou | "Fall Into"
Hibou just dropped this music video for his recent song "Fall Into". I love his stoic performance. It's somewhat 80s reminiscent and the details are obviously prioritized from the extreme close-ups and slow rolling cinematography. This song seems to be a warning that all good things have cons as well. It seems to be a reminder that falling in love is just as much dangerous and messy as it is wonderful.
Best for: Your winter cleaning playlist
Perfect if you like: Caleb Hawley
GARABATTO x Charlee Muse | "Infected"
This gritty track combined with Charlee's powerful vocals make this the perfect song to blast when you need to dance it out. The dynamic of the track and the vocals hand in hand compliment each other at times and contrast each other at other times making it truly interesting and always keeps you guessing what's next.
Best for: Getting the bad energy out through dance.
Perfect if you like: Dirty Palm