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. Done For Me - Charlie Puth (feat. Kehlani)
Two of today’s most talented and rising singers, Charlie Puth and Kehlani, come together for a groovy - synth filled duet titled, Done For Me. The song poses the question, “What exactly have you done for me in this relationship?", and the two sing back and forth defending their stance. The sound is fitting for Charlie; still falling into what the current face of the Pop industry is shifting towards lately. Puth’s high voice accompanied the melody quite beautifully and Kehlani’s strong vocals add the tone perfection. Hopefully, these two make more music together in the future.
The first verse is sad, but honest. Puth is not asking this lover to stay around if they don’t want to be there:
What you thinking?
Then in the bridge, Charlie is clearly fed up with the failing relationship, and is tired of being the only one putting in 100%:
“I won't beg for your love, won't say please
It’s good to hear that Charlie Puth won’t let someone use and abuse his precious love. Kehlani Chimes in for the second verse:
“I never cheated
Clearly, both Puth and ‘Lani were the good ones in the relationships, and want us all to know it! Charlie is set to release his Sophomore album VoiceNotes on May 11th and has released three additional tracks (hits of their own) from the upcoming project: Attention, How Long, & If You Leave Me Now (feat. Boyz II Men)
2. Remind Me To Forget - Kygo (Feat. Miguel)
Our second Muze this week is the collaboration between R&B prince Miguel and EDM artist Kygo. Remind Me To Forget, is a light yet metaphorically deep story about how the scars left behind by an ex lover remind him to forget that used-to-be special someone. Ouch! The music is less EDM and more so Pop, but the influences from Kygo's repertoire are there. The lyrics – while a bit repetitive – really do make a statement. In verse one, Miguel sings:
“It never fades away, it's staying
Poor Miguel! The chorus is just as sad:
“Baby, it hit so hard, holding on to my chest
The leading single is actually up on Kygo’s latest album titled, Kids in Love. The 9 track setlist features great acts like John Newman and OneRepublic. While Kygo is a newcomer to the music industry, the EP as a whole is somewhat a breath of fresh air. We say, give this selection a chance!
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.