Official Hank | “Feel Good”

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New York’s Official Hank blends the soulful vocal styling of Prince with the danceable beats of the Scissor Sisters or pop-sensation Mika. He hooked up with producer Heather Holley of Elicit Music (she worked with Christina Aguilera) for his single, “Feel Good,” will keep you dancing whether your at a party or in the clubs.

Here’s a video of a flash mob dancing to “Feel Good”:

We hooked up with Official Hank through our good friend and New York liaison, Jonathan of Orange Juice And Biscuits.

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BC & Merch’s Top 10 Songs of 2014!

BC’s Top 10(ish) Songs of 2014:

Because we have to start with the honorable mentions…

Kiesza – “Hideaway”
It sounds like an acid dance track being played in a 90s hair salon, why wouldn’t you want to listen to it? Don’t forget to check out the amazing, single-shot music video. Great choreography (Apparently Kiesza broke a rib just before filming) and she totally rocks that Kelly Kapowski outfit.

MØ – “Walk This Way”
I first heard MØ last year when Digitalism did a remix of her song “Pilgrim.” While a good track, I didn’t think much past that. Then I saw the video for “Walk This Way” and instantly fell in love with her music. The choral samples accompanied with a thumping beat and slick guitar licks, it’s a great way to kick off a music career. And I’ve heard her live shows are something not to be missed.

EXGF – “Idle Hands”
A simple, big beat, and easy to sing along to, even after 6-7 drinks. It’s a shame EXGF is so elusive (they are almost nonexistent on the net) because I’d love to hear more from them.

10. Riff Raff feat. Paul Wall, Slim Thug – “How to be the Man (Houston Remix)”
If you thought there was going to be a year that I didn’t put Riff Raff in my Top 10, you would be sorely mistake. After a few years of flying under the radar as a music critic’s punch line, Riff Raff finally exploded into the mainstream over the last year with the release of his single “Dolce & Gabbana” and his work with Katy Perry as her VMA arm candy. The Houston remix for his single “How To Be The Man” features Houston greats Paul Wall and Slim Thug, and highlights that though Riff Raff may seem like a white-boy clown to some, but for those in on the joke, he’s a great artist who never met a beat he couldn’t use, a rapper he couldn’t feature (people love working with him, apparently), or a high-end designer he couldn’t work into his rhymes.

9. Danny Brown feat. Purity Ring – “25 Bucks”
A collaboration between indie rapper genius Danny Brown and Canadian electro-outfit Purity Ring doesn’t make much sense on paper, but the result is a beautifully dark hip hop cut. It proves that the new generation of rappers like Brown, Kendrick Lamar, A$AP Rocky, Action Bronson & others are taking hip hop in experimental directions to allow the genre to grow and evolve.

8. Elliphant & MØ – “One More”
I’ve already mentioned how much I love MØ, and her duet with Swedish artist and MIA-doppelganger, Elliphant. Much like MIA, Elliphant’s music is almost impossible to label. Many of her songs are party-friendly, but she tones it down in “One More,” a tribute to true BFFs. Pleading vocals and choral harmonies accompany a basic 808 beat builds for the first two minutes until they hit an electro explosion. You’ll find yourself singing this song after a booze-soaked night with friends.

7. Walk the Moon – “Shut Up and Dance”
If Eddie Money’s “Take Me Home Tonight” had sex with Rick Springfield’s “Jessie’s Girl,” you’d get Walk the Moon’s “Shut Up and Dance.” It’s 80s pop perfection… released in 2014. It’s so damn catchy that in order to listen this song, it’s required that you sing it in your towel while serenading your Teen Beat poster. I seriously love this friggin’ song.

6. Jarren Benson – “Gimme The Loot”
Jarren Benton’s spit-fire rhymes with an explosive beat make the perfect banger. Holy shit this beat, though. You guys, THIS BEAT. I’ve played it through my 18″ subwoofer and I thought my head was going to explode, and I was going to let it happen. WARNING: Do not listen to this through shitty iPhone headphones or Jarren Benton will jump through your phone and smack you for ruining this song.

5. Kendrick Lamar – “i”
Can Kendrick Lamar do anything wrong? The answer is no. No friggin’ way. One of this generation’s most prolific and experimental rappers (who is literally tearing up the charts and clubs) takes on the Isley Brothers on “i,” a soulful cut that shows just how much Kendrick (and hip hop, in general) were influenced by 60s & 70s R&B, which many rappers might have forgotten (Looking at you, DJ Mustard).

4. Mark Ronson feat. Mystikal – “Feel Right”
THE RETURN OF MYSTIKAL. It’s been too long, my friend. The 44-year-old “Shake That Ass” rapper spent more or less of the last 10 years in jail. But what a hell of a comeback. It seems like Mark Ronson’s upcoming album, Uptown Funk, might reintroduce the world to both Mystikal and Ronson. Though Ronson’s albums (especially 2010’s fantastic Record Collection) are always a critical hit, they always seem to simmer just under “hit” status. But “Feel Right” coupled with the Bruno Mars-lead single, “Uptown Funk,” will rocket this funk-tastic album up the charts when it releases in January.

3. Big KRIT – “Mt. Olympus”
It’s been over a year since we heard anything from the Mississippi rapper. And what a long year it was. But Big K.R.I.T. came out swinging in April with the release of “Mt. Olympus.” An epic track in the vein of Kanye West’s “Dark Fantasy,” KRIT rips all of his nay-sayers and kiss asses alike a new asshole. You don’t realize how much you miss Big K.R.I.T.’s music until he hasn’t been around. Please don’t leave us again.

2. Digitalism feat. Youngblood Hawke – “Wolves”
It was really difficult to not choose “Wolves” as my #1 song of the year. I still go back and forth on my ultimate decision to leave it at #2. This Digitalism/Youngblood Hawke song is just so, so, so good. It’s a perfect blend of electronic, dance and pop. The chorus is basic and epic at the same time. It’s sad that Digitalism doesn’t receive more recognition. They are essentially early Daft Punk mixed with Justice, but have somehow only gotten better after each album. BUY THIS SONG FROM iTUNES and give Digitalism some love!

1. Chromeo – “Jealous (I Ain’t With It)”
If everything else in my life is in shambles, I can take solace in the fact that Chromeo will release a new album every 3-4 years. I first saw them with Digitalism at a daytime SXSW day show in 2008, and have never gone back. From that day on, I have had an unnatural obsession with Chromeo. “Jealous (I Ain’t With It),” the opening track and lead single to their latest effort, White Women, is so catchy it’s unhealthy. In fact, every song on the album is a gem and you need to go buy it right now. Let me break it down for you thusly: Chromeo is the best parts about Prince and Hall & Oates, complete with affinity for having every song be about a girl. Dave’s soft vocals and P-Thugg’s perfectly pop-funk beats encompass everything good in music. Now, if you’ll excuse me, I have to go towel off.

Top 9 Best Wallpaper Songs Everrr

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In anticipation of Wallpaper’s upcoming second full-length album, Ricky Reed is Real, we’ve collected the best of the best, the dopest of the dope, the crunkest of the crunk, etc. etc. etc. of Wallpaper jams. I imagine Ricky Reed wrote each song while consuming gallons of Four Loko laced with glitter and blaring Michael Jackson tunes.

9) I Ain’t Most Dudes

Man, Wallpaper’s first album, Doodoo Face, was a perfect testament to early part of Michael Jackson’s solo career. Sheer pop/funk brilliance. “I Ain’t Most Dudes” sounds like New Edition’s “Candy Girl” if they were singing about partying in addition to picking up the ladies.

Best line: You are my orange juice//Got to have you every day//Eat you with breakfast and mix you with champagne (That’s a mimosa)//I can show you how to make it

8) Blake Griffinin’

Essentially, this is Wallpaper’s “HAM,” except it’s about Blake Griffin is just a really cool guy. I imagine Blake Griffin listens to this every day. That clap-clap beat is epic, tho.

Best line: You foul out with the chicks five minutes in//I wear em like rings//Scottie Pimpin em

7) Puke My Brains Out

This song is so batshit insane, I don’t even know where to begin. The grinding guitar tears into a party banger. If you feel like throwing beers and going completely nuts, this song is for you. Just keep it off the carpet, please.

Best line: Still up-and-coming//Haven’t came yet//Cuz I’m a zombie//Brain dead.

6) Shotgun

The vocal layering and “girls vs. guys” call-and-response bridge in “Shotgun” will force even the most silent of listeners to sing along. And when that bass hits, you best be dropping ‘bos like your life depended on it.

Best line: I said “Hey, champagnin’! Got no plans in the mornin’.

5) T-Rex

Sweet synth meets cheesy pick-up lines. It’s all a girl has ever wanted.

Best line: I go big on the weekends//I go T-rex

4) Fucking Best Song Everrr

Is it hip hop or is it pop? It’s hip hop. No wait. It’s pop. No wait… it’s Spanish? Seriously, I don’t know where Ricky Reed was going with this one, but I friggin’ love it. It’s a great tune for a night drive with the top down and all of your friends are singing along. Or, if you’re just drink, sloppily trying to tell your buds how much they mean to you. “Cuz you’re like… the BEST, man. I love you guys.” And then you pass out on the floor.

Best line: I think that she want me to get up in her tummy//That’s why the call me “gutsy

3) ddd

Start out my snapping along, then let the bass groove pull you in. This is one of my favorite Wallpaper songs because of the ridiculously hilarious lyrics. Take it from Ricky Reed: Don’t throw a party at your model girlfriend’s loft because some homeless dude will steal your iPod. Or something. I don’t know. Let’s go to Trader Joe’s.

Best line: My friends are always telling me, “You’ve got gangster sensibilities”//I’m like “Duh duh duh. I don’t know what you mean, but I’m really glad you’re feelin’ me”//My girlfriend’s always telling me, “You gotta start paying utilities

2) I Got Soul, I’m So Wasted

This song is my JAM. It’s got a killer groove beat and you can’t help but break it down during the chorus. It even has a few guitar licks straight out of MJ’s “P.Y.T.” Ricky Reed’s lines are more cocky than Kanye West. Dude’s a lady killer.

Best line: I gotta say I’m lookin’ good//I’d hit on myself if I could

1) #STUPiDFACEDD

This is the THE party anthem. For any party. At any time. Just have a huge subwoofer and plenty of booze. Within the first 2 seconds of “StupidFacedd,” you know this song is about to make your head explode. Ricky Reed brings out the Barry White baritone vocals and throws enough trunk-rattling bass at you that your grand kids are gonna come out shaking.

Best line: Face-down in a blood-stained carpet//Get chicks at the farmer’s market//White girls buy produce//Take ’em home, make ’em drink Grey Goose

Ricky Reed is Real drops July 23 (Ricky Reed’s birthday!), pre-order on iTunes or Amazon now!

[VIDEO] Turquoise Jeep | “TASTE YOU LIKE YOGURT”

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I’ve never met a Turquoise Jeep video I didn’t love. “TASTE YOU LIKE YOGURT” (You have to type it in all caps or it doesn’t count) has spaceships, German DJ Flula Borg singing (and dancing) during the chorus, Whatchyamcallit’s glorious goatee, a Flynt Flossy cameo, all on top of a sickeningly catchy dance beat.

But be careful when singing this in public, people may take it the wrong way. Keep the Jeep ridin, yall!

CHRVCHES Performance on Jimmy Fallon

This tiny little lady has got her shizz together. We love us some CHVRCHES because 1) she’s absolutely adorable 2) makes a great 80s+90s dance party 3) they put on a damn good live show.

Here’s a great performance that aired last night on Late Night with Jimmy Fallon, and get ready for their upcoming album release of The Bones Of What You Believe in September.

VIEW VID HERE (Because NBC won’t let us make it look pretty).

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Capital Cities feat. Andre 3000 | “Farrah Fawcett Hair”

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I’m calling it right now. “Farrah Fawcett Hair” is going to be one of the best jams of the summer. Whimsical, dancey pop narrated by NPR’s Frank Tavares and a soulful verse from Outkast’s Andre 3000. The chorus will be stuck in your head for day. DAYS, I tell you!

You’ll know it when you see it/You’ll know it when it’s there/Like Michael Jackson’s Thriller/Or Farrah Fawcett Hair/It’s good shit!” (I didn’t say it was poetry, did I?)

If you haven’t heard this track yet, you better get on it. It’s already jumped to #1 on the Hype Machine list.

For Fans of: Passion Pit, Empire of the Sun, (old) MGMT, Friendly Fires.

You can also pick up their new album, In A Tidal Wave Of Mystery, at iTunes now!

Free Press Summer Fest – Sunday “Must-See” Acts

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Day 2:

We’ve broken down Free Press Summer Fest into two days of Must-See action! We’ve got a variety of acts from punk, pop, rock, dance and hip hop.

There may be a few set conflicts, but these are the best of the best if you’re looking for a crunk and twerktastic Free Press weekend!

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