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. Talk - Khalid
The super talented new kid on the block, Khalid, has been non-stop releasing music, features, and remixes to his hit since summer of 2016. Keeping to that same momentum, he doesn’t plan on dropping off anytime soon. The raspy-voiced now twenty-year-old, recently released his newest single, titled "Talk". And as you may have already guessed; it’s literally, all we have been talking about.
In teaming up with Disclosure, Talk is a step into another realm, and is surely, one that Khalid needs to move on and around. The track itself, is super catchy and relatable, and give off an almost 90s driven sound. It’s all synthesizer and a basic drum beat, with untouched soothing vocals straight from Khalid's heart. It’s about having to DTR (determine the relationship) – which, can be a bit awkward – unless you are both, already on the same page.
In this song, Khalid is making sure the feelings he has found, are validated by his significant other. This is apparent in the first verse, at the beginning of the song. But this example is the chorus:
“Can't we just talk? Can't we just talk?
You have to admit, It’s good to establish healthy boundaries. He continues in the first verse with a little memory refresh for his special somebody:
“Yeah, started off right
Since his last mini-album – Suncity – dropped late last year, we have heard Khalid featured on other artists’ singles, but this is his first release from an upcoming third album due later this year. It's safe to say we are all readily on board with the Khalid package, in 2019. No complaints, here!
2. break up with your girlfriend, i’m bored - Ariana Grande
Pop-royalty, Ariana Grande, released her second album in six months called, "thank u, next", which is also her fifth album to date. Not only is she currently, one of Pop’s biggest names amoung women, but she also dropped her next single, in tandem with the midnight release of the album. And yes, the song is actually titled, “break up with your girlfriend, i’m bored.”
Following in the footsteps of the single, "7 rings", this particular track has a teapot beat; where it is full of ad-libs and a fast hi-hat centric beat. Ariana sings here, but some of it is part rap-singing, where she’s not using her pipes to their full potential. The lyrics are pretty scandalous and hard to make out fully; is she more interested in the guy or maybe the guy’s girlfriend? Let's watch the visual:
In the first verse, she sings to a man at a party:
“You got me some type of way
Which leads you to believe – huh – Ariana must not have seen that he has a girl. But at the end of the second verse, she sings:
“Then you realize she's right there (Yeah)
In its entirety, the “thank u, next” album, is up there with “sweetener”, of which Grande won her first-ever Grammy for Best Pop Vocal Album, this last Sunday. The current album features many intimate songs, with varying subject matter: from having the down days, to wanting a one night stand, all the way to understanding what the situation is. "thank u, next", as an album, should be equally as successful as sweetener was for her fans.
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.