Hook’d: January 27

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<span data-reactid=".6r.$mid=11422041793598=2935722fccc10f19d63.2:0.0.0.0.0.0.$end:0:$4:0" style="color: rgb(55, 62, 77); font-family: Helvetica, Arial, 'lucida grande', tahoma, verdana, arial, sans-serif; line-height: 15.3599996566772px; white-space: pre-wrap; background-color: rgb(246, 247, 248);">Are you all about looking for some new music? Here are a few standout songs that were released this week.</span><br data-reactid=".6r.$mid=11422041793598=2935722fccc10f19d63.2:0.0.0.0.0.0.$end:0:$5:0" style="color: rgb(55, 62, 77); font-family: Helvetica, Arial, 'lucida grande', tahoma, verdana, arial, sans-serif; line-height: 15.3599996566772px; white-space: pre-wrap; background-color: rgb(246, 247, 248);" />

<br data-reactid=".6r.$mid=11422041793598=2935722fccc10f19d63.2:0.0.0.0.0.0.$end:0:$7:0" style="color: rgb(55, 62, 77); font-family: Helvetica, Arial, 'lucida grande', tahoma, verdana, arial, sans-serif; line-height: 15.3599996566772px; white-space: pre-wrap; background-color: rgb(246, 247, 248);" />

<span data-reactid=".6r.$mid=11422041793598=2935722fccc10f19d63.2:0.0.0.0.0.0.$end:0:$8:0" style="color: rgb(55, 62, 77); font-family: Helvetica, Arial, 'lucida grande', tahoma, verdana, arial, sans-serif; line-height: 15.3599996566772px; white-space: pre-wrap; background-color: rgb(246, 247, 248);">1. &quot;Right Here, Right Now&quot; - Giorgio Moroder featuring Kylie Minogue</span><br data-reactid=".6r.$mid=11422041793598=2935722fccc10f19d63.2:0.0.0.0.0.0.$end:0:$9:0" style="color: rgb(55, 62, 77); font-family: Helvetica, Arial, 'lucida grande', tahoma, verdana, arial, sans-serif; line-height: 15.3599996566772px; white-space: pre-wrap; background-color: rgb(246, 247, 248);" />

<br data-reactid=".6r.$mid=11422041793598=2935722fccc10f19d63.2:0.0.0.0.0.0.$end:0:$11:0" style="color: rgb(55, 62, 77); font-family: Helvetica, Arial, 'lucida grande', tahoma, verdana, arial, sans-serif; line-height: 15.3599996566772px; white-space: pre-wrap; background-color: rgb(246, 247, 248);" />

<span data-reactid=".6r.$mid=11422041793598=2935722fccc10f19d63.2:0.0.0.0.0.0.$end:0:$12:0" style="color: rgb(55, 62, 77); font-family: Helvetica, Arial, 'lucida grande', tahoma, verdana, arial, sans-serif; line-height: 15.3599996566772px; white-space: pre-wrap; background-color: rgb(246, 247, 248);">At this point, Giorgio Moroder is an EDM legend. The 74-year-old DJ/producer has had this insane ability to pioneer trends throughout his career, and make music that sounds awesome. It&rsquo;ll be interesting to see how his upcoming 2015 album, <em>74 is the New 24</em>, will incorporate his personal style with modern day trends. His first album in 30 years will include contributions from big names like Sia, Britney Spears, and Charli XCX. </span><br data-reactid=".6r.$mid=11422041793598=2935722fccc10f19d63.2:0.0.0.0.0.0.$end:0:$13:0" style="color: rgb(55, 62, 77); font-family: Helvetica, Arial, 'lucida grande', tahoma, verdana, arial, sans-serif; line-height: 15.3599996566772px; white-space: pre-wrap; background-color: rgb(246, 247, 248);" />

<span data-reactid=".6r.$mid=11422041793598=2935722fccc10f19d63.2:0.0.0.0.0.0.$end:0:$14:0" style="color: rgb(55, 62, 77); font-family: Helvetica, Arial, 'lucida grande', tahoma, verdana, arial, sans-serif; line-height: 15.3599996566772px; white-space: pre-wrap; background-color: rgb(246, 247, 248);">For now, he has left us with this fantastic collaboration with Kylie Minogue. The abrasive, jumpy verses lead into to a chorus that is disco at its finest, with Kylie&rsquo;s voice soaring effortlessly over the smooth beat. But really, did we expect any less from Kylie after singles like &quot;Into the Blue&quot;? Overall, &quot;Right Here, Right Now&quot; is another example of Moroder carving his own path as opposed to trying to keep up with current trends. Maybe 74 is the new 24. </span><br data-reactid=".6r.$mid=11422041793598=2935722fccc10f19d63.2:0.0.0.0.0.0.$end:0:$15:0" style="color: rgb(55, 62, 77); font-family: Helvetica, Arial, 'lucida grande', tahoma, verdana, arial, sans-serif; line-height: 15.3599996566772px; white-space: pre-wrap; background-color: rgb(246, 247, 248);" />

<br data-reactid=".6r.$mid=11422041793598=2935722fccc10f19d63.2:0.0.0.0.0.0.$end:0:$17:0" style="color: rgb(55, 62, 77); font-family: Helvetica, Arial, 'lucida grande', tahoma, verdana, arial, sans-serif; line-height: 15.3599996566772px; white-space: pre-wrap; background-color: rgb(246, 247, 248);" />

<span data-reactid=".6r.$mid=11422041793598=2935722fccc10f19d63.2:0.0.0.0.0.0.$end:0:$18:0" style="color: rgb(55, 62, 77); font-family: Helvetica, Arial, 'lucida grande', tahoma, verdana, arial, sans-serif; line-height: 15.3599996566772px; white-space: pre-wrap; background-color: rgb(246, 247, 248);">2. &quot;At Your Best (You Are Love)&quot; [Isley Brothers Cover] - Frank Ocean</span><br data-reactid=".6r.$mid=11422041793598=2935722fccc10f19d63.2:0.0.0.0.0.0.$end:0:$19:0" style="color: rgb(55, 62, 77); font-family: Helvetica, Arial, 'lucida grande', tahoma, verdana, arial, sans-serif; line-height: 15.3599996566772px; white-space: pre-wrap; background-color: rgb(246, 247, 248);" />

<br data-reactid=".6r.$mid=11422041793598=2935722fccc10f19d63.2:0.0.0.0.0.0.$end:0:$21:0" style="color: rgb(55, 62, 77); font-family: Helvetica, Arial, 'lucida grande', tahoma, verdana, arial, sans-serif; line-height: 15.3599996566772px; white-space: pre-wrap; background-color: rgb(246, 247, 248);" />

<span data-reactid=".6r.$mid=11422041793598=2935722fccc10f19d63.2:0.0.0.0.0.0.$end:0:$22:0" style="color: rgb(55, 62, 77); font-family: Helvetica, Arial, 'lucida grande', tahoma, verdana, arial, sans-serif; line-height: 15.3599996566772px; white-space: pre-wrap; background-color: rgb(246, 247, 248);">It&rsquo;s been over two years now since Frank Ocean&rsquo;s fantastic debut album <em>Channel Orange</em>, and his recent string of one-off releases indicates that (hopefully) new music is coming our way. This Isley Brothers cover is a tribute to late R&amp;B singer Aaliyah, who also made a great cover of this song. Frank Ocean&rsquo;s version is a slightly different, as he croons over a more atmospheric arrangement. One thing&rsquo;s for sure though, that voice has been gone for too long, and I&rsquo;m definitely going to welcome it back with open ears.</span><br data-reactid=".6r.$mid=11422041793598=2935722fccc10f19d63.2:0.0.0.0.0.0.$end:0:$23:0" style="color: rgb(55, 62, 77); font-family: Helvetica, Arial, 'lucida grande', tahoma, verdana, arial, sans-serif; line-height: 15.3599996566772px; white-space: pre-wrap; background-color: rgb(246, 247, 248);" />

<br data-reactid=".6r.$mid=11422041793598=2935722fccc10f19d63.2:0.0.0.0.0.0.$end:0:$25:0" style="color: rgb(55, 62, 77); font-family: Helvetica, Arial, 'lucida grande', tahoma, verdana, arial, sans-serif; line-height: 15.3599996566772px; white-space: pre-wrap; background-color: rgb(246, 247, 248);" />

<span data-reactid=".6r.$mid=11422041793598=2935722fccc10f19d63.2:0.0.0.0.0.0.$end:0:$26:0" style="color: rgb(55, 62, 77); font-family: Helvetica, Arial, 'lucida grande', tahoma, verdana, arial, sans-serif; line-height: 15.3599996566772px; white-space: pre-wrap; background-color: rgb(246, 247, 248);">3. &quot;Tropic of Cancer&quot; - Panda Bear</span><br data-reactid=".6r.$mid=11422041793598=2935722fccc10f19d63.2:0.0.0.0.0.0.$end:0:$27:0" style="color: rgb(55, 62, 77); font-family: Helvetica, Arial, 'lucida grande', tahoma, verdana, arial, sans-serif; line-height: 15.3599996566772px; white-space: pre-wrap; background-color: rgb(246, 247, 248);" />

<br data-reactid=".6r.$mid=11422041793598=2935722fccc10f19d63.2:0.0.0.0.0.0.$end:0:$29:0" style="color: rgb(55, 62, 77); font-family: Helvetica, Arial, 'lucida grande', tahoma, verdana, arial, sans-serif; line-height: 15.3599996566772px; white-space: pre-wrap; background-color: rgb(246, 247, 248);" />

<span data-reactid=".6r.$mid=11422041793598=2935722fccc10f19d63.2:0.0.0.0.0.0.$end:0:$30:0" style="color: rgb(55, 62, 77); font-family: Helvetica, Arial, 'lucida grande', tahoma, verdana, arial, sans-serif; line-height: 15.3599996566772px; white-space: pre-wrap; background-color: rgb(246, 247, 248);">Track 8 of Panda Bear&rsquo;s new album, <em>Panda Bear Meets the Grim Reaper</em>, might be a bit confusing at first. At first, it&rsquo;s basically Noah Lennox singing over a hauntingly beautiful arpeggiated harp line. Then, you slowly realize that the song is talking about accepting death (more specifically, his father&rsquo;s battle with brain cancer). It&rsquo;s quite the juxtaposition, but nonetheless amazing. Here&rsquo;s the deal: death is inevitable, but coming to terms with it and making the most of life is what&rsquo;s important. The repeating chorus says it all: &ldquo;you can&rsquo;t get back / you won&rsquo;t get back / you can&rsquo;t get back to it.&rdquo;</span><br data-reactid=".6r.$mid=11422041793598=2935722fccc10f19d63.2:0.0.0.0.0.0.$end:0:$31:0" style="color: rgb(55, 62, 77); font-family: Helvetica, Arial, 'lucida grande', tahoma, verdana, arial, sans-serif; line-height: 15.3599996566772px; white-space: pre-wrap; background-color: rgb(246, 247, 248);" />

<br data-reactid=".6r.$mid=11422041793598=2935722fccc10f19d63.2:0.0.0.0.0.0.$end:0:$33:0" style="color: rgb(55, 62, 77); font-family: Helvetica, Arial, 'lucida grande', tahoma, verdana, arial, sans-serif; line-height: 15.3599996566772px; white-space: pre-wrap; background-color: rgb(246, 247, 248);" />

<span data-reactid=".6r.$mid=11422041793598=2935722fccc10f19d63.2:0.0.0.0.0.0.$end:0:$34:0" style="color: rgb(55, 62, 77); font-family: Helvetica, Arial, 'lucida grande', tahoma, verdana, arial, sans-serif; line-height: 15.3599996566772px; white-space: pre-wrap; background-color: rgb(246, 247, 248);">4. &quot;Doing It&quot; - Charli XCX featuring Rita Ora</span><br data-reactid=".6r.$mid=11422041793598=2935722fccc10f19d63.2:0.0.0.0.0.0.$end:0:$35:0" style="color: rgb(55, 62, 77); font-family: Helvetica, Arial, 'lucida grande', tahoma, verdana, arial, sans-serif; line-height: 15.3599996566772px; white-space: pre-wrap; background-color: rgb(246, 247, 248);" />

<br data-reactid=".6r.$mid=11422041793598=2935722fccc10f19d63.2:0.0.0.0.0.0.$end:0:$37:0" style="color: rgb(55, 62, 77); font-family: Helvetica, Arial, 'lucida grande', tahoma, verdana, arial, sans-serif; line-height: 15.3599996566772px; white-space: pre-wrap; background-color: rgb(246, 247, 248);" />

<span data-reactid=".6r.$mid=11422041793598=2935722fccc10f19d63.2:0.0.0.0.0.0.$end:0:$38:0" style="color: rgb(55, 62, 77); font-family: Helvetica, Arial, 'lucida grande', tahoma, verdana, arial, sans-serif; line-height: 15.3599996566772px; white-space: pre-wrap; background-color: rgb(246, 247, 248);">Charli XCX sure does a good job of playing by her own rules. Her December 2014 release, <em>Sucker</em>, was a fantastic conglomerate of punk rock, 80&rsquo;s synth music, and pop. Despite having this natural instinct for great chart-topping hooks (see I Love It, Fancy), Charli XCX has completely rejected the notion of going the standard pop route, and selects some great influences that fit her style to a T. As a part of the UK release of <em>Sucker</em>, which will be in February, a version of track 7, Doing It, has surfaced, and it features pop starlet Rita Ora. It&rsquo;s catchy and fun, but most importantly, it&rsquo;s authentic.</span>
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