“Uptown Funk” by Mark Ronson & Bruno Mars

I will be the first person to tell you that I am not a fan of ‘Pop’ music. I just feel that it’s very generic and formulated, not enough passion – not enough experimentation.

This track is a distinct exception. Bruno has one of the most powerful vocals of any ‘pop’ artist today – reminiscent even of the late King of Pop. It’s for this reason that I even gave this new song a chance, and boy am I glad that I did.

Uptown Funk is a co-written savior to pop music in my opinion. Mark & Bruno take the pop formula, throw in some funky riffs, catchy lyrics, and a voice from a lost era to culminate into the gem that is “Uptown Funk”. The video and song are both incredibly reminiscent of a time where music was so genuine.

Video: “Tuesday” by Timeflies

It’s only fitting that this weeks Timeflies Tuesday is “Tuesday”, that is one day that Timeflies fan’s look forward to every week. Cal kicks off the video with a flawless vocal mashup of notable verses from past Timeflies Tuesday videos, then he goes into a freestyle based upon topics from the “Hunger Games” proclaiming they rep “District 12″. This weeks video is inspired by “Tuesday” by iLoveMakonnen, a track that has been blowing up on the charts lately. As I write this post Cal and Rez are turning up on a tuesday for a sold out House Of Blues in Boston. This weekend they close out the After Hours tour by playing 2 sold out shows in NYC, at Webster Hall (Friday) and Best Buy Theater (Saturday). This is the end of another successful tour for Timeflies, and everything is “All Big” from performances to the insane production that rivals many EDM shows. Everyone heading out to the shows in NYC this weekend are in for a real treat, the guys always turn up extra for their hometown crowd. Can’t wait to see what the next move will be for Timeflies, all I know is they have a big future ahead of them. Make sure to tweet us pictures from the show at @PumpTheBeat on Twitter. [Read more…]

“Don’t Stop Believin’ (Timeflies Tuesday)” by Timeflies

Don’t Stop. That’s right Timeflies threw it way back with this weeks Timeflies Tuesday video. The guys selected Journey’s classic track “Don’t Stop Believin”, and trust me you will be surprised with the outcome. Cal and Rez went hard this week, hitting us with a filthy trap beat that goes perfectly with the freestyle. I am always surprised at the range of talent that Timeflies has, not only as a group but both Rez and Cal individually. I have listened to pretty much everything that the guy’s have released over the 4-5 years, but this weeks video strayed away from their normal style and that risk definitely paid off. Don’t forget to grab tickets to the remaining shows on the ‘Warning Signs’ tour before they sell out, if they haven’t already!

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Video: “Love Me Harder” by Ariana Grande & The Weeknd

After a long while of teasing us with an SNL performance and a BTS video, Ms. Grande finally releases her video for “Love Me Harder”. Featuring the well-known singer, The Weekend, this song and video are one of the highlights of her new album.

Can’t say I like what they did with the video. I thought having Ariana go from rolling around in sand to rolling around in water was some weak creativity on the directors part. Otherwise, the video is very sexy.

My Everything by Ariana Grande on iTunes

Video: “Stay High” by Timeflies

It’s that time of the week again, Timeflies Tuesday. This week the Cal and Rez chose to take on “Stay High” by Tove Lo. A song that has been getting serious mainstream radio play as of late. The video shows shots of the guy’s enjoying a Misterwives concert, and features clips from on tour.  Timeflies is currently in the middle of their After Hours Fall tour, hitting up major cities across the United States. They return to their hometown on November 21st & 22nd for the final 2 shows of the After Hours tour. Cal and Rez always draw a big crowds in NYC, the shows at Webster Hall and Best Buy Theater are already sold out a month in advance. When we attended the “After Hours” album release show at Terminal 5 the energy in the building was on another level, we expect no different for the closing shows of this Fall tour.

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WKND MZK: “Soon”

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Here’s another set of hits you all should familiarize yourselves with. Just a recap, I put these together in sort of a story mode that plays out in my head so I apologize if it doesn’t really make any sense to you all. While there are songs here from every side of the spectrum, hopefully you give them all a chance. Thanks for listening.