A NEW EXCLUSIVE WEEKLY COLUMN BY ITEM MAGAZINE.
By Contributor Tre Florez
1. Halsey feat. Lauren Jauregui “Strangers”
The 80s esque, synthesized love story is the most recent release from Halsey’s album, “hopeless fountain kingdom.” “Strangers” features an almost relationship between two female lovers and a song is the result of how their flame burned out too fast. This sophomore album from Halsey is placed around a modernized version of Romeo and Juliet, "Strangers" being about when the two characters meet at a house party (reminds me of those early college days!)
The song was bound to be a hit from the get, with the featured Lauren Jauregui from Fifth Harmony. Jauregui adds a strong emotional scratchy pitch to the love song. We'll be playing this music along poolside all summer long.
2. Iggy Azalea feat. Anitta “Switch”
Iggy Azalea’s latest single continues to deliver the DJ sound we have come to expect from the Australian rapper. “Switch” is about, well, how much cool shit Iggy has. The chorus, sung by Brazilian superstar Anitta, is referencing how the stoplight switches from red to yellow, to green. It is not really about anything too deep, which is why we almost scrapped this, however we fully endorse the entrance of a trap remix. It could stunt even harder.
3. Nick Jonas feat Anne-Marie & Mike Posner “Remember I Told You”
This song sounds like a funky three-way eargasm that I cannot keep a secret. *Tells best friend.
It carried a light strum of beats that make you want to move your head from side to side. Featured Anne-Marie, a fresh British singer/songwriter who achieved her first hit with “Rockabye” by Sean Paul and Clean Bandit. And Mike Posner adds his own flare to the third verse, where it does not disappoint.
This song is sure to be a great first single from new Nick Jonas work, which we might be hearing about soon. This song has a for sure spot on our summer playlist that we will release June 21, 2017 as part of iTEM's #STATICSUMMER take over!
4. Chewii feat. GOVALES & KAYTRANADA “PuNoni”
“PuNoni” is infectious, sweet and rather addicting. *insert smirking emoji here.* Chewii, a Canadian singer/songwriter, uses her sultry voice to serenade us over a tropical drum beat and mariachi-esque trumpet. It is not an intricate song, but it stands out from the sounds of today.
PuNoni is something I want to hear as a club mix this summer. So if this is what we should come to expect from Chewii, then we cannot wait to hear more!
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5. Daniel Caesar feat. Kali Uchis “Get You”
R&B rejuvenation at its finest: “Get You” is the showstopper. Newcomer Daniel Caesar sounds like a subtle mix between Frank and Miguel, yet stands in a lane of his own. As a 100% love song, “Get You” is the background song to your summer fling, encapsulating those late summer nights alone on the beach rolling in the sand.
The also semi new to the scene Kali Uchis sings back a response oh so beautifully. The song wouldn't be the same without her, point blank. It is more than summer playlist ready– try sexy time playlist ready.
6. Fifth Harmony feat. Gucci Mane “Down”
The end of one era, and the beginning of another began with Fifth Harmony’s latest single, “Down” from their upcoming album. “Down’s” beat and rhythm are reminiscent of last summers hit “Work From Home,” but with a whole different take. The sure-to-be summer anthem is about holding your boo, down, down, down.
The girls get a little help from southern rapper Gucci Mane, who raps about marriage and monogamy to end out the song. Which ironically is cool since he just landed a gig with his wife, a new reality tv show on MTV. This song will surely be a hit, even if they took they took a hit of their own by losing Camilla Cabella. That just means more individual collaborations to come like other members of the group are doing. Can't wait ladies.
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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.