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
Honey - Robyn
Swedish pop star Robyn made her comeback debut after (what seems like) a long break from music; releasing Honey, as the first single from her upcoming album by the same name. Honey has a different sound from the high-energy dance club hits we are used to hearing from Robyn, while still hitting every danceable note along the way. With a synth based melody, a smooth beat and calming vocals, Robyn seduces you into a consistent groove. In an 80's adjacent mood, she gives you what you want; her Honey.
The word “honey” (as per usual in the music world) serves as a metaphor for sex, the female body, physical intimacy, and all three meanings coexisting at the same time. She is letting the listener know her honey is ready for harvest:
“I got your honey, baby
Subtlety is based on a thin line and I don’t think Robyn knows where that line is; and she knows it. Continuing with:
“And the waves come in and they're golden
Oh yeah, indeed.
An additional track, titled Missing U from the upcoming album, was also released in the beginning of August, 2018, as a non official single. It has since been confirmed that the song will be included in the full length album, due to hit in late October. The sound and overall vibe of it, is very similar to Honey; in that the entire album could fit into the same frame of reference. The remaining seven song titles from Honey, have also been officially announced and are set to be released on October 26th of this year. Take a listen for yourself!
Bottled Up - Dinah Jane feat Ty Dolla $ign & Marc E. Bassy
The second member (of the now split) Fifth Harmony to release solo music — Northern California’s own, Dinah Jane —teamed up with hitmakers Ty Dolla $ign and Marc E. Bassy for Bottled Up. It can be described as a ride-or-die anthem; it is less of a club song and more of a pop love letter, similar to the Fifth Harmony traditional sound. It carries a higher pitched keyboard progression, a simple-yet-soft beat and lyrical reference to the group's biggest hit: Work From Home. Has anyone else been patiently waiting for more solo work from the former members, as we have?.
In verse 1, we find out she’s down for her man:
“I don't need no diamond ring, baby, I got you
Ty Dollla validates that the love is the same, on both sides of the spectrum:
“Bottled up, yeah
Bottled Up is a safe fist card to play. It’s not too slow, not too fast and is very catchy. I’m sure it only helps when your ex-bandmate Lauren Jauregui is dating Ty Dolla $ign, and you just-so-happen to need a strong feature and guy with a steady production track record! Marc E. Bassy on the other hand — an up and coming singer/songwriter, who is also from the Bay Area — lends his background vocals and production talent into the mix. The trio comes together rather well, complementing one another with their biggest musical strengths. While there is no release date for Dinah’s debut album, surely there is one in the works by now. And we'll be waiting.
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.