2014: A Year In Music – Youth & Hysteria’s Best of the Best

December 19, 2014 § Leave a comment

As 2014 comes to a close with only a few days to spare, I’ve taken the time to look back at all the music highlights from this year. To be honest, the past 12 months were very basic and there was not much to write home about. Nonetheless, I’ve somehow managed to gather the best moments of 2014. This is my most jam-packed post of the year, so get ready!

Pop Song of the Year: “Stay With Me” by Sam Smith

R&B Song of the Year: “New Flame” by Chris Brown feat. Usher Rick Ross

Hip-Hop Song of the Year: “Worst Behavior” by Drake

Rock Song of the Year: I honestly don’t have one.

Indie/Alternative Song of the Year: “Two Weeks” by FKA Twigs

Remix of the Year: “***Flawless” by Beyonce feat. Nicki Minaj

Electronic/Dance Song of the Year: “Hideaway” by Kiesza

Dancehall Song of the Year: “Everything Nice” by Popcaan

Reggae Song of the Year: “Here Comes Trouble” by Chronixx

Street Anthem of the Year: “Hot Nigga” by Bobby Shmurda

Keep reading!!

Jungle Doctors Return With New Single “Can You See It”: Listen

December 9, 2014 § Leave a comment

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Jungle Doctors is following up their upbeat “The Sea And The Rain” single with their latest track, “Can You See It.” Promoted as the second taste of their forthcoming, as-yet-untitled EP, the tune is surely a winner!

It kicks off with crashing percussion that immediately grabs your attention, and smooths itself out with velvety harmonies and fuzzy synths. Take a listen below, and be sure to download the track for free. Keep reading…

Dream Lake’s “Let Us Stay In The Light” Video: Watch

December 9, 2014 § Leave a comment

Swedish pop duo Dream Lake are back with a new video for their latest single, “Let Us Stay In The Light.” The romantic and ethereal tune gets an equally whimsical visual, as it displays friends and couples enjoying each other’s company. It is all glossed over with a charming filter that will transport you to the mid-’60s. Check it out up top!

Dream Lake caught the attention of the music world with their self-titled EP, released in December 2013. They are a Swedish synth-pop duo comprised of Isabella Svärdstam and Niklas Willar Lidholm. They describe their music as “expressing the emotional state that oscillates between dream and reality. Melancholic tones and lyricism, combine in serene beauty.”

Michael Weferling’s 3-D Celebrates Its 1-Year Anniversary: Revisit The EP

October 20, 2014 § Leave a comment

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Last Spring, I introduced Michael Weferling to Youth and Hysteria Artist Spotlight, a few months before the pop artist released his debut EP on October 20 – titled 3-D. Since then, Weferling has moved to NYC in dreams of making it big. He has performed at various shows in the city in hopes of catching the attention of music execs, and if he keeps up with his determination, that dream may come true sooner than later!

In my review of 3-D, “Soldier For Our Love” was my clear favorite: “…a power anthem that was first released back in April but is now remastered and free of the flaws that stopped it from becoming a solid pop tune. The synth-heavy production, which was once submissive, is now boastful and pairs well with Weferling’s strong vocals and continues the throwback ’80s revival sound. It’s perfect for a few spins at a downtown Manhattan bar.” A year later, and the song still packs a punch with its New Wave-esque sparkling synths and charming piano melodies. It’s still a great spin for a night on the town.

Weferling describes the EP as having “a Pop/R&B with influence from Aaliyah and Solange.” This influence is evident in “Mine,” a bright R&B-tinged tune filled with brass instruments that help to anchor the singer’s bold vocals.

Revisit the 3-D EP below, and see if any of your past favorites still ring true. « Read the rest of this entry »

Jungle Doctors Release New Single “The Sea And The Rain”: Listen Now

September 30, 2014 § 1 Comment

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Jungle Doctors follow up “Falling” with their latest single, titled “The Sea And The Rain.” The British boys spark up the energy on the new track, which is filled with punchy guitar riffs, bright vocals and an overall feel-g00d vibe.

There’s no doubt the upbeat tune will have you longing for the summer months!

Take a listen to “The Sea And The Rain” below. Keep reading…

Video Throwback Fridays! No Doubt – “Hella Good”

September 26, 2014 § Leave a comment

Gwen Stefani is about to make a serious comeback, from her new judge spot on The Voice to her new single ready to drop next month, so today’s video throwback is in honor of the singer’s roots – with No Doubt!

Their 2002 single “Hella Good,” from their fifth studio album Rock Steady, is one of my favorites. It’s super-fun, edgy and a classic tune from the band’s legendary discography.

Get into it below!

Happy Friday!

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