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We stayed on the IOW to find what tunes are Grit scooters team rider Kieran O’Reily favourites right now. Read on to find out just what they are and why.
Yonas – Can’t knock me down
The new York City native and Independent Hip Hop artists Yonas Mellesse who is more commonly know simple as Yonas has had an incredible few years by all accounts. By contrast his recent success’s can make the early days of his music career seem a lifetime away. Still it wasn’t all to long ago that he was releasing his first EP (The Golden Era) of which won a Billboard song writing award for the single “Banga.” Now Yonas is riding of the success of his second and most successful album “The Transition” which is the album that really put him on the map.
He’s produced some really great songs during his short career but the tune “can’t knock me down” is without a doubt my favorite tune of his. It came fresh off the heels of his massively acclaimed remix of “Pumped up Kicks” so had a lot to live up to. It’s safe to say that Yonas managed to smash it again with his strong lyrically presence laid down over yet another Indie-Rock favorite.
Overall it’s a really nice chilled song that’s great for when I’m having a more relaxed ride or just chilling out. You cant go too wrong with The XX’s “The Intro” but addition of Yonas’s flowing and insightful lyrics add another level to already quite deep feeling tune.
Calvin Harris – Blame It on me
Adam Wiles better known to you and me as Calvin Harris has announced his forthcoming and fourth studio album with the release of the single “Blame it on Me”. Featuring lyrics from the soulfully gifted John Newman, the new single takes a very similar route that has seen countless singles from his three previous albums that have help him achieve both a huge fan base and a very healthy bank balance.
Times are good for Calvin, for now he is the man with the magic touch and everything he produces seems to be an instant success. Although this tune is a slightly more laid back tune to the ruckus of a tune that “Summer Euphoria” was don’t be fooled into thinking it isn’t a classic Calvin Harris tune. The slow build-ups are still there that result in a full and hearty bass drop that keep you on your feet. It’s the lyrics of John Newman add a warmth to the bouncing beats that make this a feel good type of record.
Personally I love this tune as it always puts in in a good mood for whatever. I think you would be hard pushed to find many people who’s feet don’t start moving to this. It’s pretty much the perfect recipe for a dance floor hit of which I wouldn’t be too surprised to see in the charts.
Logic – set the tone
The American rapper Logic was Born and raised in Gaithersburg, Maryland. His skills behind the mic over four official mix tapes and an LP have speared his name globally. While he is now in the mists of promoting and pushing his first album “Under the Pressure” my favorite tune of his come from the mix tape “Undeniable”
“Set the Tone” does exactly that; he uses the tune to lay out the work ethic that has got him to where he is today. Set over a tune that both sets a strong beat from which Logic to structure his rhymes, the tune also has a epic quality to it. It really gets me quite pumped and I would not only advise you to download this tune but to also look up logics other work. The guy makes really good music, full stop!
Eminem – Lose Yourself
The 2002 hit “Lose Yourself” by American rap superstar Eminem was the lead single off the 8 Mile movie soundtrack that was released in the same year. It has been reported the tune was largely written during the actual filming of the movie, any spare time Eminem had was spent formulating the tune that would become the anthem of the movie. The song went on to win the academy award for best song in 2002, which was the first time a rap song, had done such a thing.
The song is a real driver, you cant but feel instantly motivated by the gut punching lyrics documenting the struggle to achieve better. Both the content of the tune and the fast choppy nature of how the lyrics are delivered make you feel really motivated. It wasn’t until I saw Eminem live that I really felt the power of this song, Marshall Mathers really conveyed the emotion behind this tune live.