A NEW EXCLUSIVE WEEKLY COLUMN BY ITEM MAGAZINE.
By Contributors Tre Florez and Sam Gagliardi
1. Charli XCX - “Boys”
Oh boy! Charli XCX’s latest single, “Boys”, is the latest catchy summer song to get us focused on what is most important: BOYS. The song has a soft beat focused in on the light trap elements throughout; the now typical of the charged up Charli XCX sound, as of recent. The music video is co-directed by Charli with help from Director Sarah McColga featuring 60 different boys - both Charli’s friends and crushes - and is basically a visual masterpiece of your everyday guys. All the ‘boys’ look great and are meant to be mocking how women are portrayed in music videos today.
The song’s chorus is Charli apologizing for missing out on a friend’s party, with good reason: “I was busy thinking ‘bout boys, boys, boys.” The sound is complete with a Super Mario-esque tone that keeps you focusing on your next power up *insert winking emoji here. The song is an anthem for all girls (and boys) who like boys and how often we get stuck thinking about them and their...faces... With the catchiness and the beautiful simplification of visuals to accompany them, we are feeling Charli and all her Boys, too!
2. Skrillex feat. Poo Bear “Would You Ever”
Skrillex is back, and better than ever. But then again, did he ever really leave? As one of the Dubstep founding fathers, Skrillex made big sound waves in 2010-2015 with his unique world DJ sound. With this new smash “Would You Ever,” he brings that same complementary electric sound back with a 2017 plot twist! We can't forget to pay mention to the iconic Poo Bear on the track, as well.
3. Boogarins-Foi Mal
Boogarins’ third album La Vem A Morte is by far this writer’s favorite rock album (so far) of 2017. Foi Mal (direct English translation meaning ‘my bad’) is definitely the best song off of the album. The Boogarins are from Goiânia, Brazil, and all of their lyrics are in Portuguese. So if you don't speak an ounce of the language you can really focus on the instruments and the melodies instead of what they’re saying, as we're sure they will forgive you. But if you just can't help yourself, we've attached the English version following the original; can you sense the political take away?
Something that’s so admirable about Boogarins is in their technical ability; they’re simply amazing live. They marry great rock music with chill melodies that will ultimately relax you. And if you haven't heard these guys yet, the time has come, because we think they’re gonna blow up soon (in the best way possible, of course)!
4. Billie Eilish-My Boy
Billie Eilish’s self titled EP features a few not worthy tracks, but this song right here stands out on its own. It starts off with a sultry filled vocal and jazzy beat, and then it just hits you with a full beat breakdown. Her ethereal voice mixed with chill beats makes for a very pretty melody. Her style is non copycat like, allowing her to shine at the top of other young pop acts right now.
Eilish's style reminds us of artists like Marian Hill and Lorde, but yet she keeps it rather fresh by mixing it up with her ear catching beats. Not to mention she’s a young talent at the age of just fifteen! That’s usually the age when the boy obsessions starts, right? We’re wondering what Charli XCX’s take on that is…
5. Billi Eliish - COPYCAT
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.