Wednesday, June 29, 2011

Covering Your Wednesday: G. Love & The Avett Brothers

Most people associate G. Love with his usual backup band, Special Sauce. However, this time G. Love branched out and gathered the help of the Avett Brothers for his fourth solo album known as "Fixin' To Die." If that title sounds familiar to you then I am very impressed. A grim blues track originally produced by Bukka White in the 1930's, the song "Fixin' To Die" was then covered, and consequently made famous, by Bob Dylan in 1962. Well, now it's G. Love's turn to remake history.

Fixin' To Die - G. Love ft. The Avett Brothers: I'm obsessed with this cover. G. Love manages to keep it's blues origin and influence in tact while introducing a rock and roll feel. The stomp and clap introduction immediately emits the tone for the song's focus on pain and death. G. Love's rough voice only enlarges the feeling. This is clearly a powerful song and G. Love and The Avett Brothers do an incredible job at maintaining its emotional impact. Don't be fooled by the small break of silence around the 2:15 minute mark; it's part of the song. Enjoy

If you like this song, be sure to check out G. Love and The Avett Brother's album, "Fixin' To Die," on iTunes.

Tuesday, June 28, 2011

Matt Moberg

Listening to a song that immediately grabs your attention and takes you on a ride filled with varying emotions is one of the best parts of running this website. This month has easily been the most productive for Beat Dropping as we have managed to establish relationships with artists and music companies, greatly increase the number of followers via Blogger, Facebook, and Twitter, as well as take a quick step towards 15,000 page views. During all of this, we have been exposed to more music than ever, including a lesser-known singer songwriter by the name of Matt Moberg.

Sarah Girl - Matt Moberg

Simplistic, humble, and talented. Matt Moberg embodies the preceding words not only in his music, but in life. Coming from Matt directly, he reflects, "My music and it's successes and failures are merely places littered upon the story of my life, but they are not my life. My life - and yours too for that matter, are much too expansive and beautiful to be limited to our selective toys. So come join in me in this journey. Come chase after life, love, and everything in between."

Love On My Arm - Matt Moberg

Matt is from Minneapolis, Minnesota and has been playing music throughout his home-state for a while now. He's devoted to his fans, has an incredible talent for evoking a wide array of emotions through simple songs, and is always eager to begin the next challenge. He came out with a free five song EP known as "Bravery Songs" recently, which is how he caught Beat Dropping's attention. If you like Matt's music, help promote his new EP and his name via Facebook, Twitter, and iTunes!

Mike Stud's Summer Swag

I've known about Mike Stud and his music for a little over a year now, but never invested my full attention towards him, hence the lack of posting featuring his name. I realize this was a huge mistake, as his recently dropped track, "Summer Swag," is currently on repeat. On the first listen, I wasn't impressed with the beginning, but once the one minute mark came, I couldn't stop playing it through the headphones. Lesson learned: never judge a song until you listen to it completely. If you like "Band On The Run" by The Good Husbands (the post below), then I promise you will enjoy this track as well. Both have smooth flow and addicting hooks. If you hadn't heard yet, I'm a sucker for laid back hip-hop and especially during the summer. Visit Stud's website if you want more; enjoy.

Summer Swag - Mike Stud

Sunday, June 26, 2011

New Track from The Good Husbands

I've posted about The Good Husbands before a couple of times and to my pleasure, I get to post about them once more. Although it's only half the group this time with Zach LaRiviere and Tyler Roberts, they just released a new track called "Band On The Run" and it's an instant favorite in my library right now. They produced another laid back beat that flows so well. It may be a stretch to compare, but this group's style reminds me a little bit of Snoop Dogg. They're relaxed, continuous, and clever. I could easily listen to this track on repeat all day and night, and I hope you can too. Follow these guys on their myspace page and help support their music. Also, if you look for more of their music on Beat Dropping and can't seem to play or download a track, email me and I'll send you the mp3 as soon as I can. Enjoy

Band On The Run - The Good Husbands

Rediscovering Dean Fields

Dean Fields first entered my musical queue two years ago via my sister's recommendation. Fortunately for you, I had forgotten about him and only recently rediscovered his music. I've been in possession of only two of his songs for two years and failed to realize how great he is. Fields hails from Mechanicsville, Virginia and has been pursuing music his entire life. Truthfully, he's a pretty simple guy who sees himself like so: "It takes a long time for me to wake up. Often I'll get up in the middle of night, change the cat box, and go back to bed with no recollection of it. I'm an over-thinker and an undecider. I make up words. I went to grad school to pursue music and left grad school to pursue music. I moved 7 times in 3 years between 4 states. I have 300 voices with 300 accents for 301 different moods. I cannot park a car. My wife is the coolest person I know. And she is not a horse."

Fields has had the privilege of playing alongside the likes of Hootie & The Blowfish, Rusted Root, Blues Traveler, and Eric Hutchinson to name a few. This comes to no surprise, however, as soon as you listen to his music. His songs have simple melodies with lyrics that describe his life's success and failures, but do so in a way that draws in any fan of folk music. Here is one of the songs that floated in my iTunes library without my full appreciation until now, as well as a new one. Enjoy

If you like what you hear, be sure to visit his website and iTunes page. In March, he came out with an EP called "Under A Searchlight Moon," which is home to the song "Forever Never Knowing" above.

Friday, June 24, 2011

Improved Dedication

As recent posts showcase, I've started making a better effort with my posting. I'm trying to be more critical with each song I promote in hopes that I provide you with either an interesting story, background information, or just my own opinion. I figure most people interested in music, as well as the artists I post about, will appreciate my new attention to detail. That being said, I'm adding to Beat Dropping's goals. Along with opening eyes to different types of music, we hope to develop followers' interest in artists beyond our website. We want to provide someone with not only their new favorite song, but an artist they choose to follow, and therefore extend such artists' fan bases. Feel free to comment with your own opinion on the matter below.

A Good Feeling With Flo Rida

I never thought I would post about Flo Rida, but here I am loving his latest track, "Good Feeling." He's been venturing into the club-styled head banging music lately and I personally think it was a wise decision on his part not only because the music industry is quickly becoming overwhelmed by electric and house music, but also because this is the first time Flo Rida has caught my attention. He goes in over Avicii's "Levels," which is already epic all by itself. According to Avicii, he "did not do any tracks with Flo Rida. Anything that is circulating the internet is completely unofficial..." Avicii's recent opinion continues and states that he is less than pleased with Flo Rida's decision to sample his music. On a lighter note, the track is a must download and is definitely going to be passed around the web whether Avicii likes it or not; you can't deny epic music like this. I hope you weren't hoping for a laid back start to your Friday, because this song is filled to the brim with energy. Let the weekend begin - enjoy.

Feel Good - Flo Rida

Thursday, June 23, 2011

Ben Taylor: A Refreshing Delivery

I know I've said that recent, featured artists on Beat Dropping have some pretty unique voices, but this is obviously one of the first qualities I look for in searching for new artists. Ben Taylor, the son of James Taylor, not only has a great voice, but his delivery is also original and refreshing. I've had the pleasure of seeing Ben in one of the most unique concert venues in the Charlotte area - The Evening Muse. It was there where I first discovered and fully appreciated his music. His style is filled with acoustic folk, and from time to time, shows traces of clever lyricism as many see in the rap community. I don't mean to say Ben raps; he doesn't. However, in certain songs, he tends to find a rhythm that emits a smooth flow and puts listeners in a state of awe. Every song he produces keeps listeners on their toes with either laughter or admiration, as comical to dramatic situations are recounted.

Wrong - Ben Taylor: Recorded during a stop at the Horseshack for a Daytrotter Session, Ben's track, "Wrong," is a great example of his unique delivery. Not much else to say, but Ben Taylor is a great singer songwriter that should be in everyone's library. Hope you enjoy, and if you do, visit his iTunes page and buy more of his music (My favorite song is "Digest").

Wednesday, June 22, 2011

Shining With Gabriel Stark and Brenton Duvall

I hate to take the spotlight off of "Covering Your Wednesdays," but I had to post this song via GMAD. Gabriel Stark teamed up with Brenton Duvall and produced a track this afternoon that recycles Duvall's original beat from one of his earliest gems, "That's All." Starky comes in and unleashes his laid back demeanor on top, and a sweet, summer song results.

The Good: Gabriel Stark is relatively new on the scene but he's making his presence heard in a way that's earning respect throughout the hip-hop community. His lyricism is clever, and his flow is laid back. Together, those two qualities make for very addicting tracks. Obviously the decision to team up with Brenton Duvall is a good one, and will always be as the kid produces mind-boggling beats. The instrumental in this track is my personal favorite from Duvall; it's simple and catchy.

The Bad: "That's All", in my opinion, is the best track Duvall has produced in his young career. That being said, I don't like seeing it being recycled.

The Verdict: "Shining" by Gabriel Stark and Brenton Duvall is a must download. Although I'm finding myself playing favorites with Duvall's "That's All," and don't like seeing the beat being reused, I can't deny that this track is golden. Start following Stark on twitter and his website if you like his style, because this kid is going places. His new mixtape is scheduled to release on July 4th. To download, click on the down arrow to the right of the player.

Shining (Produced by Brenton Duvall) by gabestarky10

For Comparison:
That's All (ft. Gucci)- Brenton Duvall

Covering Your Wednesday: Cornbread Red

There has been the occasional country-based post on Beat Dropping, but never any bluegrass. Well, that's about to change with the second post of "Covering Your Wednesdays." Cornbread Red is a bluegrass group based out of Alabama who pride themselves on their ability to recreate already great songs with their own banjo-infested style. This four member group (Stan Dailey, Dennis Clifton, Mark Scott, and Mark Whitehead) draws influence from bands such as The Allman Brothers, The Eagles, and Crosby Stills & Nash to name a few. If you like their music, visit their iTunes page where they have more covers, as well as original tracks. Hope you enjoy

Bob Seger's "Night Moves": The original is one of the most famous songs ever produced, and yet, Cornbread Red somehow manages to transform it into a bluegrass masterpiece. I've always thought you should never try and recreate seemingly already perfect songs, but Cornbread Red has made me reconsider with this song.

Blue Oyster Cult's "Don't Fear The Reaper": I never would have seen this coming: one of rock and roll's classics turned bluegrass? But to no surprise, especially after listening to the preceding track, Cornbread Red delivers a cover that will, at the least, make you appreciate their special abilities as musicians.

New Adventure Club Dubstep

Adventure Club's new track, which was released early tonight, starts off slow with some soothing female vocals, but soon builds into a heavy hitter. If you like dubstep, you like Adventure Club. The vocals are what bring this track to life, but of course I'm always a fan of the womp. Enjoy

Crave You - Adventure Club

Tuesday, June 21, 2011

Igniting Cherie With White Panda

Coming from the infamous mashup duo known as White Panda, this track has a lot of energy stuffed into its three and half minute time frame. Sampling R. Kelly's "Ignition" with Beatshaker's "Ma Cherie" and "Pon De Floor," this mashup has an awesome flow and is perfect for your summer parties. But then again, is anything White Panda produces sub par? They're at the top of their game right now, especially with this recent release and their upcoming Pandemonium Summer Tour. Enjoy

Ignite Cherie - White Panda

Street Corner Preacher

Amos Lee has always been a big name in my library, and for good reason. He has an incredibly unique voice with a folk rock style - my favorite combination. It's hard not to like Lee's music, which is exactly why you should visit his website and listen to more. The following song, "Street Corner Preacher," is a new one to me even though it's from his 2008 album, "Last Days At The Lodge." Lee just recently came out with an album this year called "Mission Bell," which should be a definite purchase if you like his sound. Hope you enjoy

Street Corner Preacher - Amos Lee

Monday, June 20, 2011

Southern Dreaming With The Sheepdogs

I like these guys a lot. They remind me of the Allman Brothers Band which creates a vintage appeal about them. They're from Canada but aren't afraid to showcase their southern rock style. "Southern Dreaming" is a testiment to this and comes from their latest album, "Learn & Burn." These musicians are a "beautiful blend of power and imagination, ranging from ferocious rockers to southern boogie and grooving psychedelia. Big guitars, stacked harmonies, vintage organ and piano skillfully colour [their music], proving that these boys are as dedicated to the craft of songwriting and album making as they are to playing a dynamite live show. The Sheepdogs are an old-school rock and roll revival." Hope you enjoy your summer afternoon with the Sheepdogs.

The Tune In Crew's "Hey You"

Tune In Crew sent me their newest track the other day and it's one to make you move. The group entered a remix contest and decided to sample a French group known as Pony Pony Run Run (don't let the questionable name choice deter you). If you're a fan of anything electric or dubstep, you'll enjoy this remix. 

Hey You - The Tune In Crew

The Night Out - Martin Solveig

Starry Eyed ft. Theophilus London - Penguin Prison Remixes

Under The Sea With Timeflies

I didn't think I would be saying this, but Timeflies decision to remix with The Little Mermaid's "Under The Sea" was a good one. This freestyle came out a couple of Tuesdays ago but in a shortened version. I finally got my hands on the full track via DML. Hope you enjoy

Under The Sea - Timeflies

Sunday, June 19, 2011

A Long Love Letter From Tony Lucca

I've known about Tony Lucca for a while now and have always enjoyed his music. He just came out with a new album, "Rendezvous With The Angels," and it's a great one. Visit his website if you like the song below, which is from the preceding album (only $8 on iTunes). Hope you enjoy, and don't forget: you can click the song title and artist to download the track now!

Long Lover Letter - Tony Lucca

New System

Hulk Share, the file sharing website Beat Dropping uses to stream its music, can be a huge headache sometimes. I've been noticing lately that the download button off some tracks only says "HulkShare" instead "HulkShare Download." The problem, as some of you may have encountered, is that when you click the button, it takes you to their homepage instead of the file to download. I've checked the codes over and over and nothing is wrong, Hulk Share just screws up sometimes. 

Don't freak out; you are still going to be able to download every track. All you have to do now is click the song title and artist name above the streaming track and it will take you to the download page every time. I'm sorry for any inconvenience, but this should be easier anyways. See the picture below for clarification.

Don't Get Confused

I love stumbling on musicians who blow me away by complete accident. I was searching 'Beau Young' on Google images in search for the new "Reverse Effect" mixtape cover from Beau Young Prince, when I was pleasantly redirected towards Beau Young of Australia's website. Obviously not the same as Beau Young Prince, this guy lives the life: he's a professional surfer and musician, and lives on the coast of Australia. A simple guy with simple music, Beau Young is a source of envy for me. He reminds me a lot of Xavier Rudd, who also hails from Australia and is one of my personal favorites. I hope you enjoy; I'm posting a lot so be sure to keep up, or subscribe by email on the sidebar to make sure you don't miss anything.

Waves of Change - Beau Young

Peace Be With You - Beau Young

Just A Memory - Beau Young

Caleb Hawley and Rachel Platten

I helped out at the Tosco Music Party's Beatles Tribute Show last night and was fortunate enough to watch two great artists from back stage: Caleb Hawley and Rachel Platten. Hawley, pictured above, hails from Brooklyn, New York and, in my opinion, has one of the coolest voices around. He payed tribute last night by covering "We Can Work It Out," and did so with his own unique style, blowing away the audience. Check out his website to hear more of his music. Platten, from New York as well, is hard to explain with few words. She's "beautiful, but not brazen. Passionate, but never preachy. Populist, but definitely not prosaic. Singer-songwriter, pianist, and beat-boxer, Platten is by no means your average headliner-in-the-making." However, the preceding combination makes for some great music. Read more about her on her website and help support her music.

My Own Two Feet - Caleb Hawley

We All Got Problems - Caleb Hawley

Nothing Ever Happens - Rachel Platten

Beau Young Prince At His Finest

"The Reverse Effect" is finally here and it's living up to all of its hype. Having 26 tracks, this is a massive mixtape, and a good one. With producers like Brenton Duvall, Tim Gunter, and Peter Lee Johnson, it was evident before listening that this would take the Prince places. My favorites are below, hope you enjoy.

The Reverse Effect Mixtape

Notes From My Travels (prod. Peter Lee Johnson) - Beau Young Prince

These Days ft. Sid Siriram (prod. B. Dolla) - Beau young Prince

So In Love (prod. Yala) - Beau Young Prince

Saturday, June 18, 2011

#ReverseEffect, Everyone's Doing It

The Good: Beau Young's mixtape, "The Reverse Effect" comes out tomorrow and should be one of the best this year. Real talent flows from this guy and he means business. The song below dropped this morning and is the title track from the mixtape. Oh, and it was produced by Brenton Duvall so you know it's going to be a crowd pleaser. Young spits over an original Duvall beat and everything seems to align in the universe (with the exception of a planet or two, which will be explained). Young's flow is undeniably smooth and consistent and tends to put you in a weird state of mind: relaxed yet hyped.

The Bad: I'm still waiting for a bigger drop in this song which keeps it from being legendary.

The Verdict: Young teaming up with Duvall is a game changer and I love it. "The Reverse Effect" is going to be a must download, too bad you have to wait until tomorrow. Until then, enjoy the title track and follow @BeauYoungPrince on twitter and join #thereverseeffect

The Reverse Effect (prod. Brenton Duvall) - Beau Young

Finally Some Pretty Lights

I haven't posted electric or dubstep in a while, but that's being quickly resolved as Pretty Lights is on the move. He just lit up the crowd at Bonnaroo, and I can't imagine how insane it was. The music just keeps getting more and more crazy. Turn up your bass and enjoy some Pretty Lights

I Know The Truth (Bonnaroo 2011) - Pretty Lights

Still Night (Gramatik Remix) - Pretty Lights

Friday, June 17, 2011

Follow The Leader And Just Relax

I first heard about Gabriel Stark last year with his track "Random Song That Doesn't Fit." To be honest, I wasn't completely sold on the guy. The song didn't blow me away or instantly grab my attention. Then I realized maybe that's the brilliance of this kid. Take a look at the above picture and you'll instantly understand his philosophy: just sit back, let the beat come to you, and enjoy life. After all, he's "destined for fame." To fully appreciate this guy, just follow his preceding philosophy for a day, let go of your worries, and let Gabriel Stark drop the beats. Enjoy

Random Song That Doesn't Fit - Gabriel Stark

Times Are Changing - Gabriel Stark

Good Night - Gabriel Stark

Thursday, June 16, 2011

Cory Chisel

Cory Chisel hails from Appleton, Wisconsin and fell in love with music as a young boy in church. He hasn't looked back as he formed the group known as Cory Chisel & The Wandering Sons who play "a blend of 60's soul, New Orleans swagger, and good old rock n’ roll. The Wandering Sons play with the kind of heart that’ll woo any crowd." Most recently, the band played at Bonnaroo this past weekend. If you like what you hear, head over to their website and check out his six-song EP "Cabin Ghost." Hope you enjoy

Home In The Woods - Cory Chisel & The Wandering Sons

Covering Your Wednesday Night

I love songs that are covered well; there is nothing worse than an artist's original being butchered by wannabes. However, here are a couple of beautiful covers of already great songs. I found the above video via GMAD and it prompted me to start posting great covers. Starting now, I'm going to try and post a worthy cover song every Wednesday night. If you have any that you feel should make the cut that haven't already been on Beat Dropping, feel free to email us at Hope you enjoy the first post of "Covering Your Wednesday Night."

The Scientist - Alex Cornell

Just Can't Get Enough - Boyce Avenue

Skinny Love - Birdy
I know I've already posted this, but what better way to start this theme than with one of the most beautiful songs out there. I'm sure you won't mind.

Wednesday, June 15, 2011

The Sun Is Shining Down On My Voice

Recently I've become obsessed with the Canadian-based television show, Flashpoint, which follows the lives and experiences of a strategic police response unit. One of the best parts about the show is its music. The show strays from mainstream hits, and in doing so, delivers surprisingly great songs. Here are two of my favorites through the first two seasons. Hope you enjoy them, and that you get hooked on the show as well.

Tuesday, June 14, 2011

More About Nothing

I'm a big fan of Wale's music, but specifically his older tracks. I'm also a big fan of Seinfeld, and the two happened to come together in his mixtape "More About Nothing," which I've had for a while now. But until today, I never fully appreciated it. A bunch of energetic tracks with a couple of samples from Seinfeld, this mixtape is a must download. Hope you enjoy

More About Nothing Mixtape

The Breeze Cool - Wale

The MC - Wale

The Cloud - Wale

Monday, June 13, 2011

Joe Pug

I'm a big fan of Joe Pug and his music. The above song is called "Unsophisticated Heart," and embodies the way he lives and works. "For the moment, Pug has it figured out, career if not life: Just write the songs that have to be written, play them for anybody who will listen, tour as if you had no home. Oh, and give your music away." He's just a simple guy with a simple goal: give people access to great music. "Unsophisticated Heart" and "The Sharpest Crown" are two of my favorites, I hope you enjoy them too. Be sure to visit his website and continue to spread his music to "anybody who will listen."

Unsophisticated Heart - Joe Pug

The Sharpest Crown - Joe Pug

Sunday, June 12, 2011

New Young Church Mashup

DJ Young Church from Mother Earth Remixes just came out with a new mashup featuring Kanye West and Jadakiss. We're used to seeing acoustics being blended into the hip-hop world with Young Church, but he took a slightly different route this time. With an upbeat tempo and an easy flow that rides throughout, this is still a great track and definitely worth the download. Hope you enjoy

April 29th 1992 - DJ Young Church

Hanging Out On A Summer Day

Two tracks for you today, but unfortunately only one download link. The good news, however, is that the video is a teaser for a full-length mixtape called "The Reverse Effect" by Beau Young Prince debuting June 19th. In other words, you'll get your download soon. For now, stream both songs and have fun on this sweltering summer day.

Just Relax - Quincy Kwalae [Ft. Loggy & Clifton Beef]

Saturday, June 11, 2011

A Beat Dropping Summer Mixtape

Today is a good day for a couple of reasons. First, I survived my first day and night working backstage for Vertical Horizon, although my body is pretty stiff at the moment. Secondly, a new header, which will replace the doodle above, is coming soon and will appear after I finish drawing it. Lastly, Beat Dropping's first of hopefully a couple summer mixtapes is finished. Instead of the usual 10-song playlist, we've decided to add five more tracks for each mixtape this summer solely for your enjoyment. Personally this is my favorite mixtape that Beat Dropping has put up, and I'm hoping everyone will agree. Some of the songs have already been posted, but for the most part you're going to be hearing all new tracks. So, do what you're supposed to do over the summer and sit back, get some color, and learn how to make a beat (everyone's learning how).

A Beat Dropping Summer Mixtape: Let's Make a Beat
1. Slow John - The Hood Internet
2. Forget Who You Are - New Linen
3. The Tallest Man I Like It - Sufjan Stevens ft. Grand Puba
4. Come & Go - Aer
5. Gone - Three Legged Fox
6. City Kids - OCD: Moosh & Twist
7. Good Girls Remix - Sucka Free CJ
8. How Long It Takes - Sunday Lane
9. Feel I Bring - Aer
10. Figure 8 Remix - Gigamesh
11. Sittin' On The Dock Of The Bay - Playing For Change
12. Fly Remix - Doug Bogan
13. This Shit ft. Sol - DJ Jacks Green
14. Two Step ft. DMB - Basic Physics
15. Heaven is a Bitch - Vico Ono

When you download the album, make sure to sort it by song names; the album cover is already attached to each track.

Thursday, June 9, 2011

Playing for Change: Connecting the World Through Music

I love this organization and what they're trying to accomplish. I posted about Playing For Change a couple of months ago, and they haven't stopped traveling and performing since. They've produced three more songs, covering the classics "Sittin' on the Dock of the Bay," "Gimme Shelter," and "Three Little Birds." In order to gain full appreciation for each song, you have to watch the production, so be sure to click on each preceding title. The tracks are part of the foundation's newest CD/DVD, "Playing For Change 2," which debuted on May 31st. The foundation's mission statement is below:
"Playing for Change is a multimedia movement created to inspire, connect, and bring peace to the world through music. The idea for this project arose from a common belief that music has the power to break down boundaries and overcome distances between people. No matter whether people come from different geographic, political, economic, spiritual or ideological backgrounds, music has the universal power to transcend and unite us as one human race. And with this truth firmly fixed in our minds, we set out to share it with the world." 
If you become a follower of Playing for Change, or just simply enjoy the music, you'll begin to develop favorites from around the world. Personally, I'm a fan of Grandpa Elliot. Hope you enjoy the movement

Sittin' On The Dock Of The Bay

Three Little Birds

Gimme Shelter

The Hood Internet

I'm a little late on the scene with this one, but better late than never I guess. Produced by The Hood Internet, a mashup group that's new to Beat Dropping and myself, "Slow John" features Lil' Wayne and Com Truise. The track samples an electric beat that develops nicely into a head bobber around the 1:04 mark. Enjoy

Slow John - The Hood Internet

Wednesday, June 8, 2011

Ryan Bingham & The Dead Horses

Ryan Bingham & The Dead Horses make some pretty great music. Bingham's voice is one of a kind and the band's sound is flawless. I may be a little bias since I just found out that Bingham's hometown is Hobbs, New Mexico, but I love this group. The song below, "Hallelujah," is off their last album from 2010, "Junky Star." I recommend you buy the album if you like this song, as it only gets better. You can buy it off his website or iTunes page. Also, if you're lucky enough to be going to Bonnaroo this summer, Bingham's band will be playing June 12th, and that's not a performance to miss. Great music, hope you think so too.

Hallelujah - Ryan Bingham & The Dead Horses

Tuesday, June 7, 2011

Getting Lost With The Head & The Heart

I use a website called The Hype Machine the way many use Pandora or Groove Shark. It's a music discovery engine that covers literally every genre you can think of. I found The Head & The Heart's "Lost In My Mind" via this website and became obsessed with it. Simple and catchy, this song is great to lay back and relax to. Hope you enjoy, and check out their iTunes page while you're at it.

Lost In My Mind - The Head & The Heart

Cris Cab's Debut EP "Foreward"

Cris Cab's debut EP "Foreward" is finally here, and it's a good one. Let's also remember that this kid is only 17, and he's already becoming a sensation on the East Coast. I don't think there are many out there who disliked his single "Good Girls," and there's something about his sound that keeps drawing you in. Personally, I think it's because every song makes you feel like you're sitting on the beach with your feet in the water. "Foreward" is no exception and had me with the first track. The full album is on Cab's website for free, so be sure to download it if you like what you hear.

Good Girls - Cris Cab

Better Off Running - Cris Cab

Black & Yellow Cover - Cris Cab

New Linen, New Group

I grabbed these guys off of GMAD this morning but don't know much about them. I do know they're based out of Pennsylvania, and the group is composed of members Neil Herring, Tim Pici, and Kevin Janiec. Be sure to support their music via Facebook and Twitter if you like their newest song, "Forget Who You Are," below. It's got a laid back feel with a feel good vibe, hope you enjoy.

Forget Who You Are - New Linen

Brand New Dean's List

I recieved a lot of positive feedback after posting The Dean's List most recent mixtape, "The Drive In," and specifically with their track "Dear Professor." Well, the group is at it again and working on a new album called "Generation X." Here's a leak from the project that they dropped tonight, hope you enjoy it.

Everything - The Dean's List

Monday, June 6, 2011

Kae Sun

I found this guy via a website called Southern Souls and immediately started liking his style. Born in Ghana, West Africa, Kae Sun moved to Canada to further his education, and soon found himself writing poetry and songs. If you enjoy his music, or are interested in reading some of his writings, be sure to visit his website.

When The Pot - Kae Sun

Falling Asleep with Ben Howard

This guy is quickly becoming my favorite singer-songwriter. I've posted about Ben Howard on multiple occasions and from the feedback I've received, it's my guess everyone else likes him too. Here's a song called "Soldier," which is perfect for 1:05 A.M.- slow and soothing. Keep supporting his music by visiting his iTunes page and website.

Soldier - Ben Howard

Sunday, June 5, 2011

The Bear Creek Music Festival

If you have some cash lying around and don't know what to spend it on, start planning a trip to Live Oak, Florida. On November 10-13, The Bear Creek Music Festival will showcase some of the best music around for four straight days. Think of it as a mini-Bonnaroo, but on a smaller scale. Just at a quick glance, my eyes caught three big names guaranteed to cause a frenzy when buying tickets - The Trey Anastasio Band, Big Gigantic, and The New Mastersounds. Click on the picture above to visit their website and find the full artist lineup, but for now, enjoy the tracks below. If you have the time and money, this is a festival you have to attend, but hurry up and get your tickets.

Big Gigantic is simply ridiculous. They're an instrumental, electronic/funk group that will make you lose control of your body; You can't help but let the head bob and the body sway. "Shine," which is the track below is my favorite.

The Trey Anastasio Band is probably the most well known appearance at this year's upcoming festival. An easy and entertaining listen, the group falls under the rock and funk genres. "The Cayman Review" is below.

I posted about The New Mastersounds last week, so I don't have much else to say. Great group, great songs. "Idle Time" is below.

Saturday, June 4, 2011

Late Night Beat from The Kidz in the Hall

I've posted about this duo before, but it's been a while. But as they always say, absence makes the heart grow fonder. That's exactly the case here, as The Kidz in the Hall just came out with this laid back track. I'm loving it, I hope you like it as well.

Break it Down - The Kidz in the Hall

Friday, June 3, 2011

My Girl Ignition

If you don't know who Eric Hutchinson is, you're missing out. Probably the best concert I have ever been to, Hutchinson engages the audience with every song, only enhancing his already great sound. I thought I had heard all of his songs until my sister brought one more to my attention: "My Girl Ignition." Hutchinson combines The Temptations' classic, "My Girl," with R. Kelly's "Ignition" to make a great track. Hope you enjoy, and be sure to visit his iTunes page

My Girl Ignition - Eric Hutchinson

The Tune In Crew

I was sent an Adele remix this morning by a mashup group from Strasbourg, France. I have no idea where that it is, but I have a feeling everyone soon will as The Tune In Crew continues to develop their sound in America. Before this track, I had yet to hear a "Rolling in the Deep" remix I genuinely liked. The difference here, however, is the group's "intention: bring this song into the club while remaining faithful to its soulful essence." In other words, the track gets your head bobbing while still keeping Adele's style in tact. Thanks for the track Xavier, hope everyone enjoys it. 

Rolling in the Deep Remix - The Tune In Crew

Thursday, June 2, 2011

Mac Leaphart's "Ooh La La"

I know two things about this song. First, it's performed by a friend of Josh McCaa (Six Fingaz) and his name is Mac Leaphart. Secondly, it's a great cover of The Face's song "Ooh La La." Maintaining the folk appeal from the original, Mac delivers big with his version of a popular track. If you like his style, visit his website and help support him. He's playing all around South Carolina and North Carolina this summer, and in particular in Charlotte at Puckett's Farm Equipment on June 10th.

Ooh La La (The Faces Cover) - Mac Leaphart

The New Mastersounds

Not a genre seen all too often on Beat Dropping, twice before to be exact, good funk is becoming a rarity in the music industry dominated by hip-hop, country, and rock. But, there is the occasional gem out there, and I'm doing everything I can to bring them to you. "Idle Time," by The New Mastersounds, is one of those gems. Not a new song by any means, I just stumbled across it in my library and had forgotten how good it is. Hope you enjoy it too

Idle Time - The New Mastersounds