AN EXCLUSIVE WEEKLY COLUMN BY ITEM MAGAZINE, OFFERING AN ARRAY OF NEWLY SELECTED UNDERGROUND & MAINSTREAM MUSIC, TO BRING MUSE TO YOUR MONDAYS!
1. Midas Touch - Zacari
Zacari Pacaldo, a rising artist out of Southern California, released his second single, "Midas Touch". Slowly gaining traction since his appearance on Kendrick Lamar’s “LOVE.”, Pacaldo has also worked alongside some lesser known artists, like Chris Galaxy and Callum Connor, and has finally begun branching out into releasing his own work, with two solo singles in 2019.
Midas Touch, starts as off as one melody and slowly evolves into something else by the conclusion. From the very beginning to about the last minute, you get a very heavy and hazy bass; followed with a kick-drum and some psychedelic keys. The lyrics are about ice-cold, golden everything; and in how he is much different now, since moving to Hollywood. In the first verse he sings:
“I've never been afraid of bein' lonely
The track switches up its format here, as the beats main focus fades away. Leaving nothing behind, but the euphoric bassline and vocals to stand alone, he sings a sad verse until the songs closing. In whole, it’s strikingly different, within terms of what you would typically hear from R&B/electronic based rhythms. Predicting so, if Zacari can keep to this early momentum, he will have no problem blooming during the first round of his career.
There are some rumors of an EP/album in the works, but nothing concrete to back that up, quite yet. His first single, “Don’t Trip”, was the first to arrive earlier this year:
2. Stay Flo - Solange
Solange Knowles (almost out-of-nowhere) released a full album and a 30 minute visual titled, “When I Get Home”, where it has openly been received with praise, from the fans and the critics alike. The album is very diverse, non-traditional, and classical in nature. There are jazz and blues roots, nothing too provocative at large; yet, the difference found from within every sound transition to the next, makes the work feel complete.
One of our favorite tracks, Stay Flo, has a very light and airy feel. The beat is a simple bass guitar backed by a kick drum; there is a very light piano and Solange centered vocals fill in every void possible. The vocals are also minimized, but are not lacking. Lyrically, there is a carefree sense about dancing and drinking the night away.
She sings of how men show their drunk level on their face:
“N***** get fade and they feel it on they face
Stay Flo, is actually one of the more upbeat songs on the entire album. It makes you feel elated and calm at the same time.
Listen to some other notable tracks, including: Sound of Rain, Almeda, Dreams, and My Skin My Logo.
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.