[Downtempo] “Radio Retaliation” – Thievery Corporation

Thievery Corporation

It’s Monday, people. I know you’ve had long day at work, coming straight out of the weekend, making it that much harder to have patience for than the rest of the week days. But it’s almost over, and what better way to let is pass than some slow, laid-back, ambient music? Enter my all time favourite downtempo/electronic group, Thievery Corporation.

I was first introduced to Thievery Corp by my senior year Communications professor at Western (go Mustangs!) and he immediately went from 3 to 10 points (out of 10) on The Cool-ness Scale. He liked to play music before class started, and in came “Radio Retaliation” with its heavy, reggae beat and bass – I almost had to stop myself from throwing the lighters up. True story.

From this song, I became a huge fan and began listening to the rest of their tracks. I even met up with one of the members at SXSW in Austin, Texas while studying there and basically hogged the DJ booth with my friend so we could party with TC. Hashtag #groupies!

If you’re into lounge sounds with strong international vibes and influences (mostly Spanish and African sounds), this is right up your alley. Here are some of my favourite tracks, so hopefully you’ll enjoy them just as much as I do:

1. Lebanese Blonde

2. Originality

3. Lemon Tree

4. Habanos Days

5. Until the Morning

Happy Monday peoples!

[Pop] “Dress On” – Justin Timberlake

Justin Timberlake

Ladies and gentlemen… he’s baaaaaaaaack!

After 7 (very) long years of hibernation, Justin Timberlake has finally made his much anticipated come back. With the release of “Suit & Tie” earlier this year with the one and only H.O.V. (aka Jay-Z, my man), it is one of many to-be hits off the 20/20 Experience album.

Although there was some backlash about “Suit & Tie” not being “Justin-enough” with too much of a different, new/old school mix, this next little diddy should reaffirm your faith in the true Justified experience.

So wait until you hear “Dress On.” This is actually a bonus track off of JT’s 2013 album – and it will take you back to the days of Future Sex LoveSound, where you’ll hear a good amount of influence from his side kick Timbaland. It’s the type of JT/Timbo combination that will make you say “ahhhhh, now that’s the real Justin that we know!”

A few words of warning: be prepared to be seduced.