Welcome to OUABeats! This column will be posted at the beginning of every other week and will 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!
Light Tunnels – Macklemore
After a three and a half year drought with barely any new music, save for a handful of singles and collaborations, Macklemore & Ryan Lewis have released a full length studio album, This Unruly Mess I’ve Made. iTunes describes the album as “startling, provocative hip-hop,” and Macklemore does not disappoint. Light Tunnels is the first song on the album, setting the tone. Chock full of societal call-outs, introspection, and name drops, the collection of 13 songs is reminiscent of The Heist with trumpet and string sections, but feels more raw and indulgent.
UGH! – The 1975
In true 1975 style, you can’t understand a single word of what they’re saying in this song off their new album, titled ‘I like it when you sleep, for you are so beautiful yet so unaware of it’ (we get it, your band is deep). However, that doesn’t take away from the fact that it is outrageously catchy, and the disco funk pop production style of the whole album is downright addictive. It’s a nice juxtaposition to their first album, which was all black and brooding.
That’s On You – Kid Ink
Kid Ink’s singsong rap style, catchy choruses and lyrics that roll off your tongue will make this song a prominent addition to your pregame playlist. It inevitably makes you want to dance, with the steel drum sounding synth pulsing in the background, heavy bass and a crisp back beat. The music video for this song was recently released and features Kid Ink dancing on a cop car and showing off his beautiful LA apartment donning a huge black and gold bathrobe.
Work From Home (feat. Ty Dolla $ign) – Fifth Harmony
Fifth Harmony is not the girl group the world deserves, they are the girl group the world needs. After their first studio album produced by SYCO Entertainment (the same label that signed One Direction) took the world by surprise and topped charts around the globe, the group has enjoyed the freedom to continue making self-empowering anthems, and Work From Home is the most recent installment of their upcoming album. No doubt the next radio bop that will involuntarily be stuck in your head for weeks on end.
Death of a Bachelor – Panic! At The Disco
Heavily influenced by Frank Sinatra, Brendon Urie wrote this last P!ATD album with heavily featured trumpet and saxophone sections, crooning vocals, and melodic hooks in his last year as a bachelor before getting married. This song features all of the aforementioned, along with a polished, electronic production style. Brendon Urie can really sing, and he made sure to show off his entire vocal range in this song. The closeted “I Write Sins, Not Tragedies” fan in you won’t be disappointed.
I Can Lift A Car (Live) – WALK THE MOON
OSU is no stranger to WALK THE MOON, and with their newfound mainstream success and fame, the group was able to recently able to release their first live album, recorded at their LA show date at the Greek. The uplifting lyrics of I Can Lift A Car combined with the full, big room sound of live instrumentals and Petricca’s strong vocals make this song a crowd favorite. This song was basically made for live performances, and the energy is really captured on the live album.
Keep It Mello (feat. Omar Linx) – Marshmello
Marshmello burst onto the music scene in 2015 with his instantly successful remixes of radio hits by other DJ’s such as Jack Ü’s Where Are Ü Now and Zedd’s Beautiful Now. Similar to Deadmau5 and Daft Punk, the new artist’s true identity is unknown–he preserves his anonymity with a huge marshmallow mask that covers his whole head during live shows. Keep It Mello features the rapper Omar Linx, along with heavy bass, synth, and an intricate back beat. The perfect addition to the playlist for your next banger, or grinding out a workout at the RPAC.
Written By: Olivia Maddox