“Lunch Money” by Pusha T

pushalunchmoneyKing Push, back at it. After My Name Is My Name,  his successful debut solo studio album, I’ve had high expectations of Push – especially with Kanye handling most of his production. This track is no different. With Kanye’s knack for projecting unique sounds and Pusha T’s smooth flow & arrogantly brilliant lyrics, Lunch Money comes through strong. Personally, I can’t wait to see what Push has in store for us. 

EP: “Slumberjack” by Slumberjack

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The Slumberjack duo has blessed us with the release of their EP titled, “Slumberjack”. Yes, they named their EP after their group name. But does anyone really pay attention to the name. It’s the music that matters, and they are killing it on these four tracks. The last two, “Body Cry” and “Felon”, both of which are ear tingling, were available before this EP. New to listeners are the first two songs featured on this EP, “The Others” and “Horus”. These two songs, have the perfect blend of trap and chill vibes. It’s almost like this duo can read your mind, knowing when you want to speed things up or slow it down. With the addition of these two tracks, Slumberjack extends their musical genius. Take a listen below and be on the lookout for more great music from these guys.

“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.

“Heartache” by TKDJS

TKDJS is the artist project of 3 producers based in NYC. They met at the Central Park zoo late one Thursday night in September. Their bond was forged in a NYPD cruiser on the way back to the precinct. They’ve been making music together ever since.

Heartache is the perfect blend of soulful vocals (courtesy of Mrs. Tina Turner) and groovy bass lines to create a killer Deep House track. Heartache immediately reminded me of is the first track that really got me into Swedish House Mafia about 5 years ago – “Be vs. Satisfaction vs. Show Me Love”. I’ve posted a video below showing just what this mash-up did to crowds during the SHM glory days.

With any luck, TKDJS will be headed down that same road with their debut single. Check out their uplifting Big Room House remix to “Rather Be” below that I’m sure would make SHM proud.

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PumpTheBeat.com Presents: Chill Vibes Vol. 14


So far, these Chill Vibes playlists have exceeded my expectations. If you’ve been following from the beginning, playlists like “Chill Vibes Vol. 12″ have garnered almost 4K “Likes” and 1K “Reposts.” The support has been incredible, so we’ll keep at it with the playlists. And aside from that, who doesn’t love listening to music that brings you back to those summer days?

For this week’s playlist, we kick things off with Kygo again. I took a break from having Kygo in our playlists, just to give other producers a little more face time. Other artists leading the tropical house / deep house genres are on the bill as well. These include but aren’t limited to names like Sam Feldt, Kungs, SNBRN, and Taylor Wise. You’ll notice that Knife Party closes the playlist. Yes, there’s definitely a bias, but I couldn’t resist.

Contest: Win 2 Tickets to Keys N Krates @ Webster Hall, NYC (Nov. 28)

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On November 28, some amazing talent will be rolling through Webster Hall courtesy of Girls & Boys. Starting off with the Webster Hall residence DJs, we move on up to Christian Rich, Exmag, and finally, Keys N Krates.

If you’re a hip-hop head, you probably have heard tracks produced by Christian Rich. For most of their tracks, you get more of a chill feel to it. Christian Rich has produced for vocalists like Childish Gambino and Earl Sweatshirt. Exmag follows suit with the chill vibes. But instead of the ambient sounds, they’re more about the funk. And finally, we close with Keys N Krates and their live trap. Get ready to turn up, cause this night is going to be insane. If you want to win some tickets to the show, enter below”

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“Slide ” by Owlesque//Sonder

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Owlesque, the new name of Sonder, is a young DJ out of Colorado, who has been producing a number of really sweet new sounding stuff. The first song on this playlist, Slide, has been one of my favorite of his tunes for a minute now, and has been around since the Sonder days. A newer release, Over Me, has some awesome trap influence and drops harder than most. Finally his remix of Nero’s “Guilt” has an awesome intro and picks up quickly. It is an awesome refresh of a classic.