Mayhem’s Mix: New Music this week from Zedd, David Guetta, Skylar Grey, Paramore, Pharrell & One Direction Also Check Out The Rap Version of Achy Breaky Heart
Zedd, ‘Find You’
It’s no secret that Zedd harbors deep roots in classic musical training, and today, the recently Grammy-winning producer returns to basics with an acoustic rendition of ‘Find You’. Featured vocalists Miriam Bryant and Matthew Koma return for a bare bones performance and showcase their impeccably crisp and harmonizing chorus lines while Zedd takes his melody to the piano.
David Guetta ft Skylar Grey, ‘Shot Me Down’
Guetta’s return to Beatport alongside Skylar Grey was the superstar’s first original release since June’s ‘Ain’t A Party’ and it marked the seventh release for his Jack Back Records. The collaboration immediately shot straight to the top of Beatport and was reminiscent of the French star’s previous productions which weren’t geared towards the radio. Taking the original mix one step further, Skylar Grey’s vocals over a delicate guitar riff which builds momentum before cascading into a thunderous climax.
Paramore, ‘Ain’t It Fun’
Directed by Sophia Peer (who’s worked with acts like the National and Ponytail), this version of “Ain’t It Fun” follows Paramore as they attempt to set a series of increasingly ridiculous world records — everything from “fastest time to smash 30 clocks with guitars” and “most feathers caught in 30 seconds” to “most cartwheels in 20 seconds while wearing boots” and, of course, “fastest time to run backwards holding stuffed animals while blindfolded for 30 feet” — with the ultimate goal of breaking more records in a single music video than any other band.
Pharrell ft Major Lazer, ‘Aerosol Can’
Apocalypse Soon, the forthcoming EP from Diplo’s dancehall-centric Major Lazer project, is packed with guest appearances from Caribbean stars like Sean Paul and Machel Montano. But first single “Aerosol Can” works as a showcase for the underrated rapping skills of resurgent pop genius Pharrell. Over an insistently minimal beat, Pharrell gets all cartoonishly bouncy and breaks out the fake patois more than once. It’s a fun song, and you can hear it below. (And for another example of Pharrell rapping shockingly well, check out his 2006 mixtape.
One Direction, ‘Midnight Memory’
In the video, we see the group more laid back and having more fun than ever! The video starts with the guys at a party — “weird cast party with a crowded kitchen,” as the lyrics say. However, they then put on their song, and head out to go get some food. They jump behind the counter, start cooking food, and throwing flour at each other and everything else after that is pretty much eye candy for an OD fan.
RuPaul, “Born Naked” featuring Myah Marie
Ladies and ladyboys, RuPaul is back! Perfectly timed with “RuPaul’s Drag Race” Season 6 premiere, the most fabulous drag queen has blessed our ears with another serving of sonic bliss. She’s enlisted a slew of familiar faces, including Big Freedia,Frank Musik and My Crazy Girlfriend diva Myah Marie, who’s supplied her Spearitual vocals to some of smashes. Together, the two provide the perfect touch of with their sizzling club banga. “Can I get, can I get it to go?” Myah urges above the scorching beat. Work! (Sorry no video has been made for this single the link will take you to the audio.)
Billy Ray Cyrus,’Achy Breaky Heart’ Hip Hop Remix
Talk about unexpected! When we heard that Billy Ray was coming out with a hip-hop version of his 1992 country hit “Achy Breaky Heart I don’t know what to think, And now that I’ve seen the end result, well, not quite sure what to think.