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
1. Waves - Normani feat. 6lack
Normani released another hit single, by the name of Waves, which features R&B newcomer 6lack (pronounced ‘Black’). This track is already climbing the charts! Being that this is the Fifth Harmony alum’s second single release from an upcoming album, of which admittedly, only a few know very little about: there is no release date or album title circling in the music social sphere, just yet.
This song is very electronic and yet, has a slowed down tempo. The vocals are pretty tame and give the song a very seductive feel. The lyrics explain a back-and-forth relationship between Normani and 6lack. The ‘waves’ metaphor comes from the fact, that Normani feels good about the relationship one hour and then, negatively in the next.
In the chorus, Normani explains this in better detail:
“First I blame you, then I want you
In the third verse, 6lack explains that he comes with the waves:
“I come with ups and downs, yeah, I know
Sounds like it could be toxic, but do you, guys.
Though, we have not received a non-featured single from Normani, what she has been releasing — in her now, solo career — has been nothing short of promising material. A very talented singer and performer, Normani is someone, that many are excited to see take off. She is set to open for Ariana Grande on her near to date Sweetener tour. However, fans are still wondering, opening with what (potentially some new stand alone records)? We hope to get more album information before the tour kicks off this upcoming spring 2019. Read about Normani's other new singles with Calvin Harris, on MUZEMONDAZE Week 33 here.
2. No Candle No Light - Zayn feat. Nicki Minaj
Zayn has been releasing single after single this year, and his newest, No Candle No Light, may just be the best one out of those few. With a solid Nicki collab, this one is sure to get the radio play it deserves, and possibly a soon to be music video (we are crossing our fingers).
The melody has an EDM style setup, featuring electronic sounds, a bass drop before the chorus, and a loud and light beat. Zayn’s sultry voice goes very well with the song, and Nicki gives her attempts at harmonizing, when not rapping; making this almost a duet, of sorts.
The lyrics are about a relationship that is losing its flame, and the situation needs to be faced. Nicki starts off the song by rapping:
“Tangled in bed
Read about Nicki Minaj's feature in a Little Mix track, on MUZEMONDAZE Week 31 here.
And Zayn continues in the second verse:
“I can't do it, no baby, I can't do it
At least they can be adults and acknowledge when things are not going as good, as they were before. We can also only hope that this is not about Zayn’s supermodel on-off girlfriend, Gigi Hadid. Nevertheless, sounds like some serious relationship conversations are to be had.
While we still have no idea when Zayn’s next album will be out, nor which, of the many singles he has released will be included on the new work; we have a decent assortment of his current and past songs to get us by, in the days leading up to the next release. Read about Zayn's other new single, on MUZEMONDAZE Week 32 here.
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.