A NEW EXCLUSIVE WEEKLY COLUMN BY ITEM MAGAZINE.
By Contributor Tre Florez
1. Alex Aiono “Work the Middle”
Newbie Alex Aiono, a YouTube star with a rising career, has a hit on his hands with “Work the Middle.” With catchy pop lyrics and an electronic break, the song is about Alex and a lady friend dancing and meeting up later to...work the middle. It is catchy and fits in well with the subtle side of the electronic/pop sounds of today’s mainstream music. Listen to the way the slight whine to the mixed intrumental carries the chorus through the whole song; it might just have you moving your hips for the rest of the day.
2. Lorde “Perfect Places”
What are perfect places anyway? "Perfect Places" is Lorde’s second single from her upcoming album, Melodrama, (which we cannot WAIT to drop this week!) Lorde sings of the desire to find a “perfect place” with your close friends or a lover if your heart warrants it. The song basically Lorde’s young angst showing up in this song, singing, “Now I can’t stand to be alone - let’s go to perfect places,” and she touches “All the nights spent off our faces - trying to find these perfect places, what the fuck are perfect places anyway?”
A perfect place, to us, is totally what you make it. It could be at the beach, in your childhood home, or maybe your perfect place is just you cuddled up in sheets. No judgements!
3. Lost Kings feat. Ally Brooke & A$AP Ferg “Look At Us Now”
This song is a summer smash if we have ever heard of one! Remix gurus Rob and Nick of Lost Kings teamed up with Fifth Harmony’s Ally Brooke and rapper A$AP Ferg for this song; making it their best collab yet. The song is about a couple that can’t stay away from each other even though they know they should stay apart. “Said we shouldn’t talk but now we’re talking - said we shouldn’t touch but now we’re touching...look at us now” goes the bridge.
As the next girly summer anthem, this collaboration marks Ally Brooke’s first solo endeavor outside of Fifth Harmony was worth the wait. Ferg does well with his verse too, showing the softer side of the rapper.
Tyler J. Drinnen, is the Founder and Editor in Chief of iTEM MAGAZINE. His primary goal as a Fashion Creative, is to document fashion history in the streetwear and art sector.
From the lens of an 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 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 design oriented degrees in a short five and a half years, nothing will stop him from bringing art of the few, to the eyes of many.
He has worked in the fashion industry for just over a decade, from commercial retail visual management to corporate level ghost writing and consulting. Now, in this exact moment, T.J.D. takes his life public with the independent urban California lifestyle based fashion movement, iTEM MAGAZINE: A Platform For Rising Artists.