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
Woman Like Me - Little Mix feat. Nicki Minaj
The UK’s most prominent girl group, Little Mix, released their newest single, titled Woman Like Me featuring Nicki Minaj. The track is a semi-new sound from the girls, but not a completely new take, altogether. With a heavy bass groove and the offset guitar strum, we get the feels of the chart smasher: Side to Side (with Ariana Grande and Minaj). The vibe here, has its roots in reggae and the R&B is tied in together, with pop vocals.
In this era of Little Mix, band members Jade Thirlwall, Perrie Edwards, Leigh-Anne Pinnock, and Jesy Nelson sound a little grown up, as their sounds continues to mature. This single, begins the cycle for their fifth studio album, since winning the UK X-Factor in 2011. With Nicki’s added verse, this song is sure to get some hot chart action and by default, heavy radio play. But the beat speaks for itself!
The girls sing of how they are outspoken and have made some mistakes, but that a new love interest has them wondering, if love is possible again:
“I made a few mistakes, I regret it nightly
It seems like things are pretty directional:
“And everytime we touch, boy, you make me feel weak
So what is the hold up? Hopefully, we get more of the full story from the next singles and album set to be released early next year.
Woman Like Me was written by singers Jess Glynne and Ed Sheeran, but did not work out for Glynne’s album. Obviously, this would have been just as fire of a song, if Jess had released it; but it seems to fit in perfectly with Little Mix, even more. The group is made of sassiness, portrayed through their vocal range and stage presence. So, we can only imagine what the music video might be like in the near future.
Good Bad - Ella Mai
The much anticipated self-titled debut album by Ella Mai, was finally released last Friday, and the R&B gods have been so gracious to our ears. There is not a single skippable track on the album; even Boo’d Up, which practically went platinum overnight, made it rather hard to choose exactly which song to write about. Seriously, it is all so compelling. Ella’s voice is velvety, smoothe and completely seductive. She is a beautiful storyteller. Her sound is confident, and though she has only few years of professional recording under her belt, Ella has been hitting the market with her feels since her early cover song days.
For now, our current favorite track is Good Bad; a tale about Ella and her man, who loves to hate on her attitude. The R&B cords of the song are simple: with a synthy-piano, a heavy drum beat and light horn. Produced by Nana Rogues (the same UK producer who did Drake’s hit, Passionfruit), Good Bad is sure to also be a fan favorite; where it may get released as a single very soon, due to its overall catchiness and subject matter.
Ella sings of how her man, may think of leaving her, because she may have an attitude. An attitude that contains the bad, but also knows her love is too good for their own good.
“So what if I wake up with a attitude?
Sounds like the relationship interest need a little more communication. In Verse 3, the story becomes a little more clear:
“I could go ahead and be good for you
Basically, her naughtiness keeps her man around and makes him put up with any issues that may arise within their relationship. That’s not so bad after all, right? Take a listen for yourself. And check out our other favorite tracks from the debut: Shot Clock, Everything (feat. John Legend), and Gut Feeling (feat. H.E.R).
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.