Tracks worth the penny #1

Bam. I do not often purchase single tracks digitally. Partially because I like complete physical albums, partially because I know that close to none of the spent money go directly into the pockets of artist. That is, of course, if we’re talking about the iTunes store – Apple takes like 33% of the revenue per track. Which is why I prefer to buy the music directly from the artist. However, this is apparently not always possible – some artists distribute their digital material exclusively through iTunes – what a shame! Anyway, this post is not about the iTunes store or the music industry, I’ll save this topic for a later post.

I will on the contrary devote this post to the recent digital purchases I have made. There is a total 3 of them, and these tracks have totally been worth the penny.

 

Track #1 – Professor Green – Remedy (featuring Ruth Anne)

OUCH. What a track! This one hits really hard. Professor Green is a rapper from England, who has just released his second album which features this song. The album is entitled At Your Inconvenience, and I might just listen to the whole thing at a later point.

Speaking in terms of genres, the instrumental of the track is definitely some hard-hitting drum and bass of the finest kind, combined with the wicked rhymes of Green. His rhymes are accompanied by the vocals of Ruth Anne, which fit really well into the song and make the chorus insanely addictive. Together, they deliver a remedy for the ordinary weekday: make no mistake, this is a real weekend tune.

Fun fact: i first heard this song on YouTube, and I kept coming back to it – which eventually made me buy it. However, the bought version sounded not quite like the youtube version – the mixing was completely different! So I’ve been sticking with the YouTube version.

Listen below:

 

Track #2 Sub Focus – Out The Blue (featuring Alice Gold)

This tune was a pleasant reunion with UK-based musician Nick Douwma aka Sub Focus. So far, Sub Focus has only released a self-titled debut album back in 2009, and now recently a few new tracks. Maybe this means that there is a new album in the making, which would be awesome news, because I really like what I am hearing. Sub Focus plays electronic music which can be categorized as mainly drum and bass, yet there is also some dubstep here and there.

The track in question is without doubt a real ear hanger. I’ve had it on repeat ever since I bought it, and I’m enjoying every bit of it. The melody, the rhythm, the beautiful vocals of Gold – everything plays so well together. While the aforementioned song was more of a weekend type a’thing, I actually think I would categorize this more as being a festival tune – I can totally see Sub Focus setting up an awesome atmosphere on the Arena stage at Roskilde Festival.

Listen below:

 

Track #3: Spose – Gee Willikers

While the first two tracks were from the electronic/drum and bass department, this one’s from a rather different part of the music spectre. Spose is a rapper from Maine, USA, and his song Gee Willikers comes off his third studio album, The Audacity!. In the song we get the idea that Spose is a laid back, unpretentious and honest guy; not trying to be the hardest dude, while also making a bit fun of himself. This turns out to be persistent with his style if we look at his other songs (for example the song I’m Awesome, which appears to actually be more or less a parody of himself).

The song is therefore delivered with a sense of humor, which makes the lyrics even more memorable and enjoyable to listen to. The accompanying music video emphasizes this fact, as we see Spose doing some business with the Easter Bunny and Santa.

Listen below:

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