New Music Report: Expert Picks - Week of December 11th

posted by Nicole Mastrogiannis, James Dinh & Isha Thorpe -

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There has been a lot of great new music released over the last few weeks. You can find out what was released this weekend in our New Music Report, but take a look at what we've been listening to lately. Our editors Nicole and Isha have shared some of their Expert Picks for the week. Check it out below.

Nicole's Picks:

Morgan Evans - "I Do"

Just a few weeks ago, two of the most adorable country cuties got married: Kelsea Ballerini and Morgan Evans. Morgan just released a brand new single called "I Do," and it will melt you. No, it's not exactly a wedding song (unless you slow it down a bit), however, it will give you ALL the feels. Morgan sings in the chorus, "Just when I think it couldn't get any better/To be the man standing in my shoes/There you go walkin' in in a new dress/Sayin' 'do you like this?'/Baby I do/Wanna hold you forever/No, I ain't ever been so sure/Just when I think I couldn't love you any more/Baby, I do."

Yes, this is completely inspired by Morgan's now WIFE Kelsea. On Twitter, Morgan explained about the new song, "Wrote it about my girlfriend. Recorded it about my fiance’. Releasing it about my wife." 

AWW. Can we clone Morgan?? Everyone deserves a Morgan.

Mat Kearney - "Face To Face"

Mat Kearney has released another new song called "Face to Face," and it is awesome -- and that's not CRAZY TALK. Or maybe it is since it's expected to be featured on Mat's upcoming 2018 album CRAZYTALK. Following "Better Than I Used To Be," "Face To Face" kicks off with some guitar riffs, or it actually sounds like a ukulele TBH, but then takes you by surprise when the beat drops into this dance-y rhythm all the way into the chorus. I love it when songs catch you off guard like that.

On his new song, Mat had tweeted, "This is another one I'm really excited about," along with a video revealing that he worked on a lot of his new record at his home studio, and that he produces a lot of his own music. He said, "We're here at my house. We have a home studio. Some of my last record, but a bulk of this record, a lot of things took place here. People probably don't know that I produce a lot of my music. This is where I feel like I'm at home, but I'm not. I'm in my own little world."

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James' Picks:

Charlie Puth - "How Long" (EDX Dubai Skyline Remix) 

EDX breathes new life into Charlie Puth’s newest hit, “How Long,” offering the pop cut with a minimal makeover and a slick beatdrop for his “Dubai Skyline Remix.” Instead of adding unnecessary bits to the track, the Swiss DJ keeps the subtleness of the song flowing but manages to elevate it to new deep house levels. Interestingly enough, it all comes from genuine fandom. “It’s definitely an honor to create a remix for such a bright young talent in the industry,” the DJ said in a statement. “‘How Long’ was one of my favorite pop records of late 2017, and I'm thrilled I was given the chance to rework the track by Charlie and his team!”

Nora En Pure - "Trailblazer"

Nora En Pure wasn’t kidding when she said she had some new music up her sleeve and her latest track, “Trailblazer,” is a certified deep house banger. On the almost-four-minute song, the DJ works a hypnotic beat that’ll keep your feet moving until the sun rises. It’s absolutely entrancing, especially with the gentle piano rift that breaks up the high energy mid-song. “'Trailblazer' is very special to me. It’s a very touching record, that is both melancholic, but also has such power in its bassline, which pushes it in a totally different direction,” Nora said in a statement. "The piano melodies gives it light and the song just really takes you on a journey. It’s one of my favourites to date."

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Isha's Picks:

Eminem - "Untouchable"

Eminem raps about white privilege – his included – on his latest song “Untouchable.” The powerful track will be featured on the rapper’s upcoming REVIVAL album, which hits stores on Friday (Dec. 15). Throughout “Untouchable,” Em spits about Colin Kaepernick, Black Lives Matter, police brutality, the government and so much more in the six-minute song. His lyrics will definitely strike something in you when you listen to them.

"No one's ever indicted you / Why?" Eminem raps. "'Cause you're a / White boy, white boy, you're a rock star / (My momma talkin' to me, tryna tell me how to live) / White boy, white boy, in your cop car / (But I don't listen to her, 'cause my head is like a sieve) / White boy, white boy, you're untouchable (The world's coming to an end, I don't even care) / Nobody can tell me s--t 'cause I'm a (big rock star)."

He continues: "Wait, why are there black neighborhoods? / 'Cause America segregated us / Designated us to an area / Separated us, Section-Eight'd us / When we tear it up's the only time attention's paid to us" and says, "Bad cops f**k it up for the good cops."

Offset and Cardi B – "Um Yea"

Engaged hip hop couple Offset and Cardi B jointed forces for one of the songs on Quality Control’s compilation project, Control the Streets Vol. 1. It’s called “Um Yea” and everyone on social media has been speaking about how hot it is ever since the project was released. This isn’t the first time they've done a song together either (i.e. “Lick” and “MotorSport”), but Cardi revealed that this was the first time they recorded in the studio together.

On IG, Cardi said: “Ok, soooo this was the first time I ever got in the studio with @offsetyrn. I did ‘LICK’ way before he featured on it, anyways I was soo nervous cause he was looking at me like, ‘Let’s see if she really be doing this s**t on her own.’ Then, I got in the booth. Had to show his ass why he had to put a ring on this finger.” The chemistry is nuts between the two because they both sound dope AF on the beat. Listen now.

Follow Isha on Twitter: @IshaThorpe

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