AN EXCLUSIVE WEEKLY COLUMN BY ITEM MAGAZINE, OFFERING AN ARRAY OF NEWLY SELECTED UNDERGROUND & MAINSTREAM MUSIC TO BRING MUSE TO YOUR MONDAYS!
BY CONTRIBUTOR TRE FLOREZ
1. Pink Lemonade - James Bay
English musician James Bay had a very successful debut in 2015 and now he is back to begin his sophomore effort. His new single, Pink Lemonade, was released last week and is a huge change from what we heard just a few years ago. This track gives a nod to California surfer-rock, with it’s fast guitar strum and upbeat indie-pop-rock focal point. It seems like yesterday, that James was more into an acoustic tempo. 2015 carried more lyric-centrical notes on the borderline of a folky sound. Not only is his sound now a little different, but Bay has also changed his appearance - shedding back about a foot of hair and ditching the trademark hat for the new cut.
The song is about James and a lover, who he wants to – well – stay a lover. In the first verse, he sings:
“Don't fall into my arms
And in verse 2:
“Don't fall into my arms
Sounds like someone has some walls up - but at least he’s being honest about it. The message becomes a lot more clear at the chorus:
James Bay does not want to settle down and rightfully so! After the success of his first album, the momentum has him on the move, for now that is. In fact, Bay’s second studio album is titled "Electric Light", is due to be released on the May 18th. There are no visuals released for this first single yet, but they are in the works! Check out the man live in action, during this past weekend’s Saturday Night Live episode.
2. Forever I’m Ready - Jeremih
R&B artist Jeremih recently released a new EP by the name of "The Chocolate Box" this past week and it’s lead single is, Forever I’m Ready. The single likely features a slowed down sampled beat of Keep Ya Head Up by 2Pac with a softer and much more sensual sound. Got to leave it up to Jeremih to create those baby-making hits! That’s the vibe we caught from the entire EP and this single is no exception. While the lyrics are more like a lust letter than a beautiful song, Jeremih does brag about his own lifestyle, all while complementing his girl’s skills:
“Knockin boots up in the truck
*Insert the side eyes emoji here. We can tell this girl must be the real deal. Maybe, James Bay and Jeremih can learn a thing or two from each other.
While Jeremih has been featured on my personal favorite Rap and R&B songs playlist, this is his first collection of music since 2015’s Late Nights and 2016’s Late Nights: Europe, to give off that extra sex appeal. While a full-length album has not been announced, we are sure to expect more love-making rhythms from Jeremih later this year.
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.