Headphones: Trust in La Flame

It was a relatively slow music week, but in this week’s Headphones we give you the run down of the latest news.  On Friday, Travis Scott, aka La Flame, debuted his new Beats 1 radio show ‘.WAV.”  Two weeks ago, Scott announced that his new album Birds in the Trap Sing McKnight would be released August 5th.  However, much like Frank Ocean, the date came and went without any such drop.  Later in the week Scott tweeted that he would reveal the new release date on his first show.  Along with him for the show was guest star Seth Rogen.  The show received positive reviews, as well yielded us the new release date of August 26th.  He also shared the news that Kendrick Lamar and Kid Cudi will make guest appearances on his new record as well. 

In other news, Bon Iver are coming out of their hiatus with new album 22, A Million.  The news came from lead singer Justin Vernon’s festival Eaux Claires this past weekend, where the band headlined.  The new record is the band’s first in 5 years, when they earned a Grammy for the album Bon Iver, Bon Iver. 

Following the exciting news of a new record, the group released the album artwork, done by Eric Carlson.  As shown above, the cover art is symbol heavy.  To go along with it, the group released a pair of new songs equally as cryptic, titled 22 (OVER S∞∞N) and 10 d E A T h b R E a s T ⚄ ⚄.  This publication is particularly looking forward to this talented group’s new release, due out September 30th.

Album of the Week: Major Key: Admittedly, I am not the biggest DJ Khaled fan.  It’s hard to see him as anything more than a Snapchat gimmick that garners a few laughs here a there as he seems to seriously believe we follow his advice, or “Major Keys.” I mean, the guy got lost on his own jet ski while looking for Rick Ross’ house.  Besides that, his music career seems to have been a flash in the pan at this point, with the only memorable tune to date being “All I Do Is Win.”  Since that time, he has maintained a successful business lifestyle in order to stay relevant in the Miami scene.  With all the newfound attention his Snapchat Story has brought him, he realized it was the perfect time to drop an album. 

Again, it’s hard to stomach the idea of listening to an entire DJ Khaled album, but when you have the big name features Major Key does, how could you not.  When looking at the track list, names begin to jump out at you.  Kendrick, Jay-Z, Future, Big Sean, Bryson Tiller, J. Cole, Drake… and that’s just the beginning.  When you have a list such as this, many of which who are in their prime, its hard not to reap the benefits.  While many of the tracks on Major Key feel to ‘bubblegum’, its hard to deny bangers like Holy Key, Jermaines Interlude, For Free, I Got The Keys.  Never would I have thought that I would find myself playing DJ Khlaed on my daily playlists.  While its not a five star album from start to finish, its easy to pick out quality songs based on simply looking at the features.  Remember kids, its not about what you know, its about who you know that will be featured on your album. 

Music Videos

Pop: Rihanna – Kiss It Better: Rihanna has long been a champion of sexual undertone in pop songs, so why stop now.  The Barbados queen keeps rocking new singles of her latest album Anti.

EDM: Joyryde - Fuel Tank: The electronic music producer Joyrde makes smashing bass driven music that will take club goers on a massive euphoric ride.

Hip-Hop: French Montana – No Shopping: Spoof or not? Who cares when you have one of the hottest rappers in the game in Drake, donning a fake Mexican mustache.

Rock: Cheap Trick – When I Wake Up Tomorrow: Cheap Trick? In 2016? Feels like the 80’s to me, and so does this video.  Check out the bands comeback attempt with their latest video.

 

Noteworthy: Adele Turns Down Super Bowl LI: In terms of success in the music industry, it’s hard to deny that playing the Super Bowl is the epitome of that… atleast to some people.  Evidently, Adele is not one of those people.  Over the weekend, the Hello crooner was performing in L.A at the Staples Center where she slipped that she was offered to play America’s Biggest Game.  An offer that she turned down.  Over the past few weeks rumors swirled about the NFL offering the Brit icon the job.  Adele cited the fact she isn’t a dancer or performer, summing it up by saying, “I’m not Beyonce.” 

Since she slipped the word this past weekend, the NFL has denied their role in the incident, suggesting they never even offered her the role.  This is most likely a face saving gesture in order to preserve the awe that is the Super Bowl.