Hip Hop: “I Luv My Life”- Nitty Scott
Right from the title through the laugh it concludes with, Nitty Scott’s “I Luv My Life” lets you know exactly how Scott feels about her life. She loves it. But whereas most rap songs about how great the artist’s life is focus exclusively on all the shit they have that you don’t, making you feel small and insignificant, Nitty’s jam makes you feel good about your life too. Lyrically, she keeps it down to earth and relatable. You instantly recognize the feelings Nitty is talking about, even if you’ve never been in her situation. The beat is structured around a laid-back acoustic guitar groove interspersed with a synth hook and simple drumming that gives Scott plenty of room to work. And she goes to work. Scott can spit. Straight up. So take Nicki Minaj out of your rotation. A new femcee deserves time in your speakers.
Youtube it: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jw3YIxEJLVY
-Trap Yates ‘14
Alternative Rock: “Don’t Walk Away”- Sick Puppies
Sick Puppies was virtually unknown until their track “Maybe” appeared on NOW 36 as a NOW What’s Next Bonus Track. This Australian band’s new CD, Tri-Polar, was released last month and features the song “Don’t Walk Away.” Although classified as an alternative rock song, the song sounds like a rock version of Ryan Cabrera. A striking similarity to Ryan Cabrera is the somewhat unusual chord progressions that clash at the end of the verses and chorus. As a whole, the song is easy to listen to and has pretty good lyrics. This is definitely a band I’d follow in the next few months—they have star potential.
Youtube it: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oslt7EgHkSQ
-Lisa Fierstein ‘14
Canadian duo Jered Stuffco and Darren Veres of DVAS recently dropped a fresh new album called “Society,” a compilation of club dance beats that hit the top of Canadian college radio charts. Now, “Society” is burning up across iTunes and radio stations in the states. Their single “Inner Sanctum” is just one of the many songs that has experienced exceptional success, invoking the synth pop sensibilities of notorious electronic musicians like Daft Punk with a disco twist. Whether or not you find yourself dancing to it, running to it, working to it, or just letting it wash over you, “Inner Sanctum” is a guaranteed stress-reliever.
Youtube it: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=h5s4GqpqqHo
-Lisa Han ‘13