‘brunch.’ by The Zells

I had brunch for dinner three times this past week. Not sure if it’s because this song is awesome, or because I was eating what was left in my fridge.

Whatever the case, this song is a change up for The Zells slowing down the pace and providing a tap along drum and bass beat with a melodic guitar intro and a catchy hook of a chorus.

It is highly recommended that you go eat some ‘brunch.’ while listening to ‘brunch.’

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‘Rolling Stoned’ by Leila Rhodes

The first minute is by far the best part of this song in my ears. The build up and production of sound that meshes and comes together is melodic, perfectly timed, and soothingly catchy.

The chill rapping with echoing and the drawn out rhymes are subtle but executed to perfection.

The piano and guitar combination post chorus is prime.

I can’t wait to hear more of what Leila Rhodes creates musically.

– zimmertime

‘El Gato Del Fuego’ by The Clock Reads

Saucy Jazz. Salsa & Jazz? The crescendos, the build up, the rifts, the lines. Yeah, this song is one of a kind.

The saxophone is special, but all instrumentals combined make it 8 minutes of heaven – this song hits all the right spots.

The Clock Reads is something else 👌🏼

– zimmertime

‘Don’t Worry’ by Chalk Dinosaur

Follow That Feeling.

Don’t Worry.

Can’t stress enough how chill the vibes are in this tune and the sheer creativity and quality of production on this track and all Chalk Dinosaur’s tracks.

Their music is introspective, thought provoking, and evokes emotion that leaves the listener willingly vulnerable to the emotions they’re feeling, yet yearning for more of that feeling.

– zimmertime

‘Neverland’ by Tommy Girl & Nikola

Mysterious, trippy, intriguing, apocalyptic??

A lot of thoughts come to mind when hearing this song, and I always enjoy songs that make me think.

Synthy piano rifts with cinematic, explosive yet subtle background sounds and bumpin’ bass make for a stellar production by Nikola @sincerelynikola

Tommy Girl matches her tone and energy perfectly with the sound put out in this track.

I’ve never been to Neverland, but no one is truly in control, so why not?

– zimmertime

‘Monkey Around’ by JACK SWING

Jack Swing released their latest single ‘Monkey Around’ along with a music video on December 31st 2018:

Immediately starting off with heavy bass and low-pitched lyrics, the edgy song gets off to a fast start.

The pace picks up with the chorus showcasing some funky guitar rifts during and after.

Then interestingly enough, the beat turns into a slow paced segment leaving the listener curious to where the song will be heading, only for it to get back to Monkeyin’ Around 🤘🏼

Check out the intriguing video above and check out more of Jack Swing on all streaming platforms.

– zimmertime

‘Feeling Alright’ by Rebelution

Been feelin’ good feel’ alright yeah.

Rebelution is one of my favorite Reggae bands, and it’s been awhile since I’ve been jammin’ to reggae.

I’m about to get back into it, so let me know of any Pittsburgh Reggae bands or any dope reggae bands you might know about.

Stay lifted.

– zimmertime

‘happyBB’ by MOD SUN

One of my favorite songs to listen to in 2018, I wish everyone happiness in 2019 and onward!

A crazy banger all about individuality, energy, and inner happiness.

Cheers to me not giving a shit about filming this song live and just vibing in the moment:

MOD SUN – Movement On Dreams Stand Under None

Whatever brings you happiness, go get it in 2019!

– zimmertime

‘Bravo’ by Uptowne Buddha

Uptowne Buddha’s ability to mix rap, jazz, and hip hop to produce a soul, funky sound is what’s up – Bravo!

Uptowne Buddha is based out of Cleveland, and after seeing them perform in 2016, I have been following them ever since including a show in Pittsburgh this year.

My favorite song from them is ‘Written In The Stars’ but the trumpet, beat, and vibe to ‘Bravo’ is what makes it today’s beat.

Go check out Uptowne Buddha right now!

– zimmertime

‘Funeral’ by Forget Brennan

This song makes me think. About everything and nothing at the same time. I had listened to it prior to hearing it live on Mod Sun’s tour in Pittsburgh but Forget Brennan’s performance kept me listening long after.

Are we desensitized by everything from our phones to our TVs to this digital world we live in?

“My iPhone says what my TV says, and the texts I sent are all left on read.”

At points in the song, I find the somber guitar sound of it all linking me to skepticism, perhaps cynicism, about the future of this world. Yet, at points in the song I feel a sense of individuality and optimism with who I can be, who we can all be as humans.

“The joke is you, the joke is us, the joke is everybody anywhere.”

“The box is you. The box is them. The box is everybody anywhere.”

If I take this song literally as in “no one goes to funeral anymore” then maybe foolishly I find happiness in the hope that it means we have become a generation participating in celebrations of life. Or maybe it means that we are unphased by all the loss and tragedy the world is constantly throwing in our face on every screen every day.

In my life, I want to hold conversations with people that are thought provoking, meaningful, and deep. The same goes for the music I listen to.

Maybe Forget Brennan had specific meaning and intention for this song…maybe not.

That’s the beauty in it.

– zimmertime