Monday Music Update! (Week of 12/4/17)

Congrats, guys. We’ve made it to the last week of classes. Good luck with finals after this week! Enjoy this week’s vibes on 4E’s latest playlist:

  1. WinSiempre – Boge and a Backpack – Kaji Gray (prod. WinSiempre)
  2. Rajitheone – #WhiteGirlVoice
  3. 6LACK – Learn Ya
  4. Roy Woods – Say Less
  5. slenderbodies – amnesia
  6. blackbear – gucci linen (feat. 2 Chainz)
  7. blackbear – g2g ttyl (feat. THEY.)
  8. Mansionz – nobody knows – Soren Bryce
  9. Mike Stud – Lost Me
  10. D-Why – One Day

Enjoy your last week!


Monday Music Update! (Week of 11/27/17)

Short and sweet. Just like the past break. Enjoy this week’s 4E Monday Music Update!

  1. Flume – Free (Luude x Creepa Flip Remix)
  2. RL Grime – Reims (Enschway & Luude Flip Remix)
  3. MGMT – Kids (Aux Paris Remix)
  4. Loud Luxury feat. Brandy – Body

Knock those finals dead. Good luck, everyone!


Monday Music Update! (Week of 11/13/17)

We are all so ready to go home. Eat turkey. Catch up on sleep. Finally binge-watch Stranger Things 2. But until then, enjoy the latest 4E-approved tunes!

  1. 070 Shake – Honey
  2. Roy Woods – Instinct (ft. MadeinTYO)
  3. Big Sean – No More Interviews
  4. Pham – Movements (ft. Yung Fusion) 
  5. Kygo – Nothing Left ft. Will Heard (Trinix Remix)
  6. Kygo – This Town
  7. Shura – Touch
  8. Louis The Child – Phone Died (ft. Blaise Railey)
  9. Darci – Two Up
  10. Childish Gambino – Terrified (Zikomo Remix)

Thanks for reading! Time to get listening!


Monday Music Update! (Week of 11/6/17)

Midterms should be over. So relax and listen to some music!

Here is 4E’s latest ~Music Monday~ playlist to help you de-stress:

  1. Brent Faiyaz – Gang Over Luv
  2. Brent Faiyaz – First World Problemz / Nobody Carez
  3. Russ – Cherry Hill
  4. PARTYNEXTDOOR – Wus Good/Curious (NVR Remix)
  5. LLD – All That Matters (LiveMix)
  6. The Sun King – I Wrote This Song For An Ex (ft. Abbn0rmal)
  7. Roy Woods – What Are You On?
  8. dsvn – Don’t Choose
  9. H.E.R – Jungle
  10. Russ – Losin’ Control (Silver Waves Remix)


Monday Music Update! (Week of 10/30)

Hope your Halloweekend was everything you hoped and dreamed for it to be! Homecoming is next, so get your bodies ready.

Here is 4E’s latest Music Monday Playlist:

  1. Nurko ft. Misdom – With You
  2. Tove Lo & Branchez & Madeintyo Remix
  3. Shawn Harris – Uptown
  4. Amir Obe – Cigarettes
  5. Ty Austin – “Come Over”
  6. Jaden Smith – PCH
  7. JACK U & Post Malone – Where R U Now [Flosstradamus Remix]
  8. Frank Ocean – Wiseman [Portrait Remix]
  9. Russ – The Game
  10. Flume & Kendrick Lamar – Swimming Pools/You & Me [NOVABAD Remix]

See everyone on the weekend!


Monday Music Update! (Week of 10/23)

Halloweekend is coming upppp! Get pumped. For those still taking midterms, I’m sorry. Here’s your weekly update!

  1. Marvin Dolo – 3:23AM
  2. SAFE – Feel
  3. Amir Obe – WISH YOU WELL
  4. Thutmose – WuWu
  5. Flume/Galantis Remix – U/You and I/Me
  6. Jeremih – F*ck U All the Time [Shlohmo Remix]
  7. Just A Gent – Limelight ft. R O Z E S [NGHTMRE Remix]
  8. Emma Jensen – Closer
  9. Frank Ocean – Swim Good [Mills Remix]
  10. Drake & Flume – Best I Ever Had You & Me

Stay in the grind, and ~good luck~ with the midterms seizin’. Photos/Gifs/Music:,,

Why Frank Ocean’s Album is Taking So Long

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By now, most casual music listeners are aware that Frank Ocean is long overdue releasing his sophomore studio effort. By now, most hip hop fans have shed a tear over the wait. By now, most Frank Ocean fans are struggling to find their purpose in the world.

Three and a half years since his 2012 critically acclaimed Channel Orange, the world is wondering: What are you doing, Mr. Ocean???

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Luckily for you, I’ve got some ideas.

1) He is working on more than one album

Consider that Frank is actually planning to do a double album release, and that’s what’s taking him so long. One album probably took him a year, but that double album might have taken him another year! I suppose that still leaves a year I haven’t taken into account. Consider a ~TRIPLE ALBUM~. Don’t let me down, Frank!

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2) He is working on music for other artists.

We all know Frank Ocean is a busy songwriter even when he isn’t being featured as an artist. Maybe he’s been in the studio with frequent collaborators JAY Z, Beyoncé, and Kanye West, all of whom have gone a couple years since their last full-length projects. I’m looking for some more No Church in the Wild, but hurry it up and work on your own music, Frank!

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3) He is gathering life experience.

Perhaps the album’s delay is not Frank Ocean’s way of subtly flipping his middle finger at all of his eager fans. Maybe he is just trying to gain some more life experience so that he can give us the most interesting and authentic songs on his next project. The only issue is, one would think 3.5 years out of the spotlight would be enough time to gather experiences…

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4) His album is already out.

Almost a year ago, Frank Ocean hinted on his Tumblr that his album would be coming out July 2015. Over the course of the whole month, fans scoured the web searching all the popular music sites for his release, and as of now no one has heard it. What if it actually did come out back in July and we haven’t found it yet? Let the worldwide search begin!

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5) He was never real.

This may seem a little far-fetched, but bear with me. What if Frank Ocean is actually just an illusion the industry gave us a few years back to see how people would respond to experimental R&B? Maybe the soaring falsetto on “Thinking Bout You” was just computer engineering, and those stunning live performances just clever holograms and CGI.

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Okay, maybe that last one was a stretch. But seriously, Frank. Hurry up. It hurts.


Guide Grooves: Mumford & Sons and P!nk

Guide Grooves from September 28 from thehoya on 8tracks Radio.

I have the distinct pleasure of writing this week’s Guide Grooves, featuring my favorite band: the irreplaceable and unmatchable Mumford & Sons. My friends have expressed concern that I would be unable to eloquently verbalize my love for their new album Babel, but I intend to make an attempt at it in this post. Im my excitement about Mumford, I forgot all about the other new releases featured in last week’s issue of The Guide. I was pleasantly surprised selections from P!nk’s new album The Truth About Love, Frank Ocean’s new single “Blue Whale” and Missy Elliot’s triumphant return with “9th Inning” featuring Timberland.

Just Give Me A Reason — P!nk ft. Nate Ruess A really excellent change of pace for P!nk. This slower ballad begins with just a piano line and P!nk’s melancholy voice, but then breaks into a driving beat with the melodious voice of Fun.’s Nate Ruess (though I still refer to him as Nate Reuss of ‘The Format’). His entrance turns the song into a heartbreaking conversation between two lovers. I absolutely love this song; it adds a great contrast and color to the album.

Beam Me Up — P!nk So I made the decision to review the two very non-P!nk songs on this very P!nk album. Amid the angry and edgy tracks, I found the aforementioned ‘Just Give Me a Reason’ and this song, ‘Beam Me Up’. Tragic, passionate and fully equipped with swelling violins and twanging guitar lines, one could barely recognize this as a P!nk song. Which, in this case, is a good thing.

Babel — Mumford & Sons The titular song to an immensely epic album. This powerful and exciting banjo line, intermixed with Marcus Mumford’s unique crooning, is enough to make anyone a Mumford fan. I can’t lie though, my favorite part of the entire song is Marcus’s little “whoo!” about a minute into the song.

Below My Feet — Mumford & Sons The second to last song in this album, Mumford & Sons takes their time with this more ballad-like arrangement. The intense and quiet verses, interjected with nearly acapella choruses, create that classic Mumford drama that pulls you into the song just in time for the swelling bridge. Proceed to cry.

Reminder — Mumford & Sons This song gives me absolute chills. “A constant reminder of where I can find her light that might give up the way. It’s all that I’m asking for without her I’m lost, but my love don’t fade away.” ‘Nuff said. Beyond heart-wrenching. The effect doesn’t fade after 42 listens either (I speak from experience).

Lover of the Light — Mumford & Sons This song was released earlier than the rest of the album, and I have many fond memories screaming this at the top of my lungs with the car windows down, whether other people were in the car or not. As I write this, my roommate looks at me as though I’m psychotic as I dance around at my desk playing the air banjo during Winston’s little solo before the final choruses. Excuse me while I turn up the volume.

Blue Whale — Frank Ocean And now for a complete shift of musical styles. Frank Ocean’s slow and conversational rap style comes through in this new single. Rather repetitive, but you don’t find yourself waiting for it to end. The rhythmic pattering is actually quite comforting.

9th Inning — Missy Elliot feat. Timberland Oh haiiii Missy… where have you been? This song is more likely to be used in Georgetown locker rooms as an intense pump-up song before sporting games than it is to be used to excite drunken Hoyas on the laser-strewn dance floors of Brown House (yes, I did learn where it is).