#tbt ‘Ready’ by Tairey ft. Kirko Bangz

The only time I’ve seen Tairey live was in 2018 at Spirit for The City Music Festival, it was poppin’ – good energy, legitimate rapping and overall talent. I’m READY to see another performance, so I’m hitting today’s beat with a tbt on this track by Tairey ft. Kirko Bangz !

The chill-laidback production, piano, and beat Tairey and Kirko Bangz made for this song make it highly underrated, for real. I mean under 4,000 plays on Spotify is whack…

If you haven’t heard of Tairey, check out the info below (s/o Good Sports, In the Rough, and PGHCityPaper. Go and do yourself a favor and listen to Tairey!

https://www.goodsportspgh.com/single-post/2018/07/02/Tairey-Pittsburgh-Culture

http://www.intheroughstyle.com/lifesgoods/2016/5/22/8m818wt8ozpd0rv1duhij42u318i9e?format=amp

https://m.pghcitypaper.com/pittsburgh/rapper-and-producer-tairey-started-young-with-help-from-a-rapper-dad/Content?oid=1713937

– zimmertime

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‘Train of Thought’ by Brittney Chantele & Treble NLS

Brittney Chantele & Treble NLS dish out the thoughts that quite often all of us are going through. Our minds can run a million miles a minute, and our thoughts tend to never be silent. Yet, this song is all about letting that train pass, so that there can be clarity and serenity within our thoughts.

The two remind listeners that life is a balance, and it would be foolish to ignore our thoughts completely. It’s essential to hone in on the thoughts that help us grow, and let the ones that drag us down stay on the train that passes us by.

Check out the video and song at the link below:

https://youtu.be/qecQtFBp-9A

– zimmertime

‘Buffalo Rose’ by Buffalo Rose

“I’ll be your Soldier and you’ll be my Buffalo Rose.”

I recently gave Buffalo Rose a listen and I immediately jumped in. Long car rides with soothing sounds are meant for each other.

A unique take on folk and bluegrass, I am making it a point to see Buffalo Rose early in 2019:

‘Renegade’ by Styx

The Jig is Up, The News Is Out.

If you’re from Pittsburgh, stop here, grab a cold one, and turn on your TV to gear up for the ‘LERS. You know this is a Pittsburgh staple.

If you don’t know, now you know thanks to the Post Gazette how this song came about.

Go listen to Styx

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‘I Just Thought…’ by Linwood

Heavy bass, catchy electric piano repetition alongside eery but intriguing sounds throughout make for today’s beat.

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When I’m low key chillin’ this is a go to song. When I want to fly away into my no thought space, I get down to this song. The chorus is easy to ride along with, and provides for a relaxed feel.

Go give this song a listen and give Linwood a follow on Instagram @xxlinwood and on twitter @LinwoodRandolph

And while you’re there peep his latest release ‘Let Me Find Out Freestyle’

“I’m nothing special, I just thought that you might want to fly away”

– zimmertime

‘Hennessy’ by My Favorite Color

Welp, I’m officially shook.

‘Hennessy’ released today and after listening to this song, I was laughing out loud…in a good way. I can’t tell if I never want to drink Hennessy again, or if I want to drink a fifth to the face tonight to see if I can I can wake up with throw up in my eye brows…

The hysterical energy that My Favorite Color puts out on this track along with the hilariously crisp production value by one800 makes this song an epically enjoyable satire. This song is different – isn’t that what it’s all about?

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Cheers to Hennessy

– zimmertime

‘Are You In?’ by Incubus #tbt

The soothing guitar, the rumbling of the drums and cymbals, the bass and DJ sound effects eerily yet beautifully coming into the mix with every sound coming all together with a toe-tapping beat and a guitar rift to get things going, makes this song one of my favorite songs, well, since I can remember.

I was 8 at the time when ‘Are You In’ was released in 2001 as a single and eventually on the album titled Morning View by Calabasas native band Incubus. ‘Are You In’ introduces sounds of jazz and swing music plus DJ Kilmore producing fluttery, ocean-like sounds on his what seems to be synthesizer at the time. The spacey, wavy sounds he puts out on this track along with a full band contribution are just unmatched. Further, after doing some research, the group created this album when they were living in and producing the album in Malibu. Every time DJ Chris Kilmore would show up to the house on Morning View street in Malibu to start recording while over looking the ocean and Pacific Coast Highway he would say, “Ahh Morning View, it’s time to rock!”

A few summers ago, I made it a point to make sure I knew when I’d be passing Morning View on my drive up Pacific Coast Highway 1 with my girlfriend, Kalie, from LA to San Francisco. Needless to say, it makes sense why they titled their album ‘Morning View.’

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When I listen to music, I don’t just listen on the surface and I mean that. Ironically, I am not too detailed of a person in everyday life – more of a big picture type person – but for some reason with listening to music, I am super detailed. I listen to every single lyric, I pick up on every instrument involved and listen for it, and I will repeat songs to make sure I fully take the entirety of it in while trying to place meaning to it throughout. If you notice on this song, there are moments when things are poignantly added in or subtly added in:

The ‘Candy Break’ scratching by DJ Kilmore for example in the beginning of the song is a poignant, right out in the open display of scratching.

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During the midpoint build up of the song, the instrumentals as well as Brandon Boyd vocally build up the energy to a peak only for the band to bring it back to earth like when you drink that glass of ice cold water after a hot day in the sun and soothingly release ‘ahhhh.’

Then come in the faintest, most subtle voice murmurs and someone quietly says – ‘That day I ate so much chicken’ around minute 3:18. Go listen for yourself, and you will hear it. That’s the kind of detail I’m talking about above.

From listening to this song hundreds, if not in the 4 digits (no joke) of times, I conjured up that this song was all about going with the flow, being down with the moment, staying open minded, not letting yourself be a sore thumb to what’s going on. Probably on the 10th time as a 10 year old I realized that, but still. Then, I read somewhere that the song kind of just started on a whim with someone playing a sound until everyone was in playing the song, creating the song on the spot. And after some additional research too, it seems that some may think this song is about being ‘in’ when it comes to Mary Jane or Swinging based on the music video they released to it. Interesting, and not surprising at all.

Whatever the case may be I’m all in on this song. Are You In?

– zimmertime

Epilogue:

‘It’s so much easier when sea foam green is in fashion.’ The band Incubus has been my favorite band long-standing. The reason why is because they are able to create sounds that literally span the spectrum of musical sound. The oriental string instruments that make up the all time most chill song ever ‘Aqueous Transmission’; Brandon Boyd essentially rapping in ‘Pardon Me’; Drive – one of their most popular songs – being an acoustic pop song; Wish You Were Here – a standard alternative rock song; The list goes on and on…

Incubus has been ahead of their time, and I think they always will be.

Musicians. Artists. Creatives.

Are You In?

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‘Rolling Papers 2’ by Wiz Khalifa

The lyrics Wiz puts out on this track touch so many points about his life, where he’s been in the past, present, and where he’ll be in the future. I hear this unraveling as I listen to Verse 1, 2, and 3 – the past, present, and future.

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Like most, I’ve always been a Wiz fan. Even long long ago before I lived in Pittsburgh. But I have to admit that when I saw him at Thrival Festival in 2017 @ Carrie Furnace in Pittsburgh, my eyes were opened to the true talent he is. At this point in my life I had seen some big names in the game like Jay-Z, Kanye, Kendrick to name a few. It was clear since the first song at the show that Wiz had it all – stage presence, rapping, but most pleasantly, a singing voice that was the real deal. It put Wiz over the top for me to know first hand that he could literally do it all, singing included.

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The beat in this joint is simple and smooth. The piano adds the right amount of touch and emotion. Wiz brings it home throughout.

Rolling Papers 2 is a motivating song about going through the ups and downs. Wiz speaks to recognizing where one is at in their life. He challenges us to always do our best, make decisions and learn from mistakes, and follow one’s heart when it tells you to make that change.

“When it’s time to make a change, I ain’t gon’ fight it, fight it”

This song as well as the album seemed to go slightly under the radar…or maybe that’s just me? What do you think?

– Zimmertime

 

#tbt – ‘Told You So’ by Miguel

My favorite non-Pittsburgh artist of 2018 was…you guessed it Miguel. My favorite fashion brand of 2018…Pleasures. This song has an unbelievable sound lyrically and musically. The wavy vibe of Miguel’s voice plus the Tame Impala feeling of the song just brings the whole piece together so smoothly. Add in the fact that Miguel did a collab. with the trend setting street-wear brand Pleasures, and I’ve been hooked since day one.

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The song showed up on my top 5 songs of 2018 from Spotify…no surprise here. I have played it consistently in my cycle classes that I teach at 6ycle (shout out), and it’s been a staple for me since December 1st when Miguel released War & Leisure (underrated album fr.)  If you haven’t listened to this song, well sheeeet just go listen to it !!

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Miguel reppin’ that fire ‘Born x Raised’ long sleeve T – another shout out to Threads On Carson in Pittsburgh for reppin’ Born x Raised!

Told You So.

– Zimmertime

‘Put You On’ by Livefromthecity

Today’s beat is brought to you by Livefromthecity! Big bass bumpin’, melodic singing undertones, and an earworm chorus is what puts this song on front and center for today’s featured beat.

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Pictured: Livefromthecity
Photo Credit: Michael Schwartz

The song starts off with Live saying “For the city, for the city you know.” And if one and one thing only is true, it’s that Livefromthe7ity loves the 412.

To hear the song, check out the songlink below!

Put You On

– Zimmertime