Welcome to OUABeats! This column will be posted every other Monday and provide you with songs to get you through the week while also providing insight as to what the members of OUAB are currently listening to. Each post will feature tracks from varying genres and contain brief descriptions of the artist and why we chose to include that particular song. In addition, we will have an OUAB Spotify playlist that will feature all of the songs that we discuss here that are available on the platform as well as other tracks that we think you should check out!
U Mad By Vic Mensa ft Kanye West
When we first saw that one of Kanye’s latest offerings, “Wolves”, featured Chicago artist Vic Mensa, we applauded him for the hometown collaboration. Vic Mensa’s vocals shine on the laidback beat as he croons the bridge on “Wolves”, but “U Mad” is the track everyone was patiently waiting for. This summertime anthem oozes confidence and features production that impressively matches the high-energy lyrics of both Kanye and Vic.
My Way (Remix) by Fetty Wap ft. Drake
Fetty Wap burst onto the scene with his infectious track “Trap Queen”, but has since released a plethora of songs such as “Show You” and “Promises” that prove he knows how to make a hit. The original offering of “My Way” seemed to fall into this same category but Drake recently blessed the track with lyrics that have this song on repeat for us. Drake has popularized hits such as “Versace” and “Tuesday” over the past two summers as a result of his verses and we expect the same for “My Way”.
Goodbye by Sam Hunt
Sam Hunt recently sold out the LC Pavilion in Columbus on his latest tour and has all the makings to be country music’s next superstar. His debut studio album, Montevallo, featured summer 2014 hit “Leave The Night On” and “Take Your Time” which saw success during the winter months. “Goodbye” is not featured on the album but contains the relationship lyricism and guitar strung backdrop that has proven to be the winning formula in this genre.
Like You Ain’t Even Gone by Florida Georgia Line
Florida Georgia Line recently won Vocal Duo of the Year at the 2015 ACM Awards and has an impressive catalog with hits such as “Cruise”, “This Is How We Roll”, and “Sippin’ On Fire”. Their second studio album, Anything Goes, was released in October 2014 and is currently the main focus on their 46-date nationwide tour. “Like You Ain’t Even Gone” finds its home on this project and is a breakup song with powerful production.
How That Taste by Kehlani
Kehlani is a 20-year old R&B artist hailing from the Bay Area that has garnered attention with the release of two full-length works. Her latest project, You Should Be Here, was released in late April and has been deemed the year’s first great R&B album by Billboard. “How That Taste” is a boastful track with a chorus and production that will have you rolling down your windows and continuously replaying.
Ditmas by Mumford & Sons
Mumford & Sons started 2015 by announcing their return from hiatus with a new album and a headlining set at the 2015 Bonnaroo Music Festival. Their latest album offering, Wilder Mind, strays away from the banjo picking and can be seen as a revitalized folk-rock project. “Ditmas” is a track that showcases this transformation to electric guitars perfectly while also still featuring the crescendos of Marcus Mumford that we have come to love.
Forbidden Voices by Martin Garrix
The rise of electronic music has been evident over the past few years with the rise of Las Vegas residencies and Top 40 radio playing hits from the likes of Calvin Harris, Avicii, and Tiesto. Martin Garrix is the future of this genre though, as he has showcased his versatility with songs such as “Animals” and “Don’t Look Down”. “Forbidden Voices” is an uplifting progressive house track that lacks vocals but showcases the talent and bright future of Martin Garrix.
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