A NEW EXCLUSIVE WEEKLY COLUMN BY ITEM MAGAZINE.
By Contributors Tre Florez and Sam Gagliardi
Don’t touch her weave, or call her Honey - Kesha’s second single “Woman” from her latest work “Rainbow” is thee feminist anthem of summer 2017. Kesha, who has evolved from her original debut Ke$ha, has her back fresh to the music scene from her self-taken hiatus based on her experience with Dr. Luke (and if you didn't hear about that situation, then you were likely living under a rock!)
“Woman” is the polar opposite from the Kesha we once knew, but you can tell with this track she has grown, with no desire to let a man tell her what to do. But just because she’s matured doesn’t mean she’s not the same wild child we love. The chorus makes that so clear, starting with the words, “I’m a mother-fuckin’ woman/ I don’t need a man to be holding me too tight/ Just having fun with my ladies here tonight!” Kesha is clearly not giving up her infamous party lifestyle (we hoped she wouldn’t) as the entire music video is shot in a dive bar to remind the people who she is. The second verse even ends with a hearty laugh and a “loosey as a goosey, they’ve been looking for some fun.” This song is sure to get your head boppin’ and your feet tapping, regardless of your gender. We’re digging this new sounding Kesha and hope to see this style as a trend in her new album; we praise the woman!
Every so often we get a Zedd song featuring a pretty big pop star and it is always ends up being one of the catchiest songs on the charts. “Get Low” is Zedd’s newest hit, featuring One Direction’s Liam Payne. The song is upbeat and easy to dance to with the traditional Zedd sound - soft but bold. While the lyrics are somewhat vague, the song is about a physical and metaphorical dance between two people, who are about to plunge lower into love. Liam adds his sultry voice, which is perfect for the track and manages to clean up the end with an impressive high note. We see you Liam, we see you.
The song is the ideal hit we need this Monday and is sure to get a lot of play by loyal directioners and Zedd fans, alike. Zedd’s new songs have been working so well lately and we are waiting to hear more about is next album drop. Keep it up man!
One of the newest singles from Lust for Life is actually not a bummer at all! In 2012, Lana Del Rey made a name for herself with her debut album “Born To Die” and its iconic sad-gangster-sugarbaby sound, she has yet to replicate the Summertime Sadness, until now. Summer Bummer, produced by A$AP Rocky, starts with Lana singing over a soft piano and mumbling by Carti, and then quickly turns into one of he most catchy trap singles this year with the hi-hat and heavy bass. Get it Lana!
While not a typical sound from Lana (as of lately), the rhythm of the song and her voice go together rather seamlessly. Rocky takes the middle verse and newcomer Playboi Carti gives a quick verse with some adlibs throughout. Take a listen:
A second A$AP produced song was released at the same time as this one, called “Groupie Love.” It has less of an intense beat and again sounds like the very classic Lana Del Rey. Her Lust For Life album is being released on July 21st and we cannot wait to hear how the rest of her album pairs with these releases. Stay tuned for a full album review fam.
If you’re looking for a song to swing your hips to, look no further! Tyrant is the first single off of up and coming artist Kali Uchis’ new work. This track has a verse from British artist Jorja Smith, who is also another singer on the rise and in our scopes. The combination of Kali’s soulful Amy Winehouse-esque voice and Jorja’s Island style vocals really gives this song a good summery feel to it (definitely one to add to the heavy roatation playlist!) The lyrics to the song are simple, but so addicting. A favorite line of ours is,“Word on the street you got hoes/ I disappear like El Chapo…” Same, girl, same.
"Supermodel", the opening track of SZA’s new album Ctrl that really sets the tone on how the rest of the album flows. This low-key track adds a soft guitar accompanied by SZA’s beautiful vocals, which then transitions into a light drum build up. She talks of heartbreak, but gives a different rendition of the same heartbreak story from your typical love song. Listen to when she says “Let me tell you a secret/I been secretly banging your homeboy/While you were in Vegas/All up on Valentine's Day...”, it not only shows both sides of the relationship but how we all want to be heartless when we’re heartbroken (when really, all we still want is the one that hurt us). That kind of vulnerability is really expressed throughout the entirety of Ctrl.
SZA takes you on the ride of love’s ups and downs, but in a way that is very honest. The melodies and compositions coupled with sound bytes of a conversation between her and her mom, keep your heart interested and entangled in her own love story. This album is beyond brilliant and we here at iTEM think you should add this one to your timeless music collection! When does the Vinyl come out sis? Other notable tracks worth checking out on Ctrl: Doves In the Wind, Love Galore, Drew Barrymore and 20 Something .
The Way You Used To by Queens of the Stone Age is surely for our fans of rock. This is the first single off of their upcoming seventh album, Villains, set to drop August 25th. QOTSA teamed up with DJ/Producer Mark Ronson on this album. Ronson has worked with huge soulful acts such as Amy Winehouse, Adele and Bruno Mars, just to name a few. So this project is most definitely a different direction for the band and so far, so good! It sounds like they are reinventing themselves and yet, still keeps the same sex appeal at the forefront of their tunes. Their music always has a groovy vibe to it and this song especially has got us looking forward to hearing whats next around the corner.
Tyler J. Drinnen, is the Founder and Editor in Chief of iTEM MAGAZINE,
a poet and freelance fashion writer, photographer and abstract visual content producer.
He holds a Bachelor of Arts in Communication and Media Studies from Sonoma State University, where he wrote a weekly Opinion Column For
The Star, dabbled with his own radio podcast format, titled Saturday Nite Scandal, and helped to create one of the first of 25 Professional Student Lead PR Firms in the USA.
From there on, he continued his work by interning with Sonoma Discoveries Magazine and then shortly after wrote and interned for Fashion School Daily, where he solidified his love for feature writing and working with emerging talents from around the world.
In December of 2016, he received an Honorary Master of Arts in Fashion Journalism from the Academy of Art University. And what an achievement that was, to be the first in his program to have graduated a full semester early. Bringing him to four degrees in a short five and a half years, nothing will stop him from bringing art to the eyes of many.
He has worked in the fashion industry for nearly a decade, from commercial retail management to corporate level ghost writing. Now - he the poet - T.J.D. takes his life public with the independent launch of the urban California lifestyle based fashion-art movement, iTEM MAGAZINE: A Platform For Rising Artists.