Best Beats: Five Songs You Should Have Heard This Week

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Michelle Williams’ gospel banger, Nick Price’s soulful second single and another groovy hit from JUNGLE were some of the best from this week’s crop of new tracks. BANKS also dropped a pining ballad from her upcoming debut solo project, and UK sirens JUCE returned with a great deal of sass for their first release since signing with Universal/Island Records.

Nick Price followed up the release of his debut song, “Naked Souls,” with the equally charming “Cabin Built For Two.” Singing of his adoration for his special someone, the track eases along with the help of its fussless production. Moonchild’s Max Bryk commands the keys while Price flexes his voice over dreamy harmonies. Oh, and the horn solo is perfection. Price’s EP will be released as a free download this summer.

Michelle Williams is finally readying the release of her long-awaited fourth studio album “Journey to Freedom.” And the project received an increase in hype this week thanks largely to the premiere of the Destiny’s Child-assisted “Say Yes.” Featuring Beyoncé, Kelly Rowland and Solange Knowles, Williams’ high energy take on the Nigerian gospel song bounces along to a lively beat. It’s definitely nice to have DC3 together again, following their appearance last year on the Kelly Rowland track “You Changed.” But I would have enjoyed hearing just a few more of those iconic harmonies the group is known for.

If you’re in need of another summer jam, look no further than JUNGLE’s funk infused “Time.” The London group’s latest single is taken from their upcoming self-titled debut album.

BANKS new single ‘Drowning’ also made its first appearance this week. The haunting ballad finds the singer longing for a lover who is no longer devoted to her. The song is from the Los Angeles artist’s upcoming debut album.

London lovelies JUCE released the soulful “(H)ours,” overflowing with attitude and their gorgeous harmonies. The song is quite the gem.

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Mister Brooks

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Sometimes my thrift store hunts lead to the discovery of some exceptional pieces, and this Brooks Brothers blazer is one my favorite finds.

The blazer’s gold buttons are what initially made it standout on the overstuffed rack of jackets. It dresses up a T-shirt or naturally pairs with a white button down and slacks, making it a malleable piece that adds a sophisticated edge to any outfit I wear it with. I must admit, I’m pretty obsessed with it!

Best Beats: Five Songs You Should Have Heard This Week

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As a huge music lover, I’ve decided to dedicate a post to some of the new songs releases you should check out each week. My “Best Beats” will drop every Friday. But seeing that I didn’t want to leave out the hot new tracks that came out last week, I backtracked a little with the first post.

Leading the pack last week was the soulful rebirth of Jazmine Sullivan with “Dumb” and the hard-hitting return of Danity Kane with “Lemonade.” Elsewhere, Teyana Taylor finally offered some new music ahead of the release of her long-awaited solo project, Blaq Tuxedo crooned on the sultry “Pinkberry,” and Bayou released his dreamy mixtape “Loopback.”

Danity Kane – Lemonade

Danity Kane made their official return with “Lemonade,” the group’s first new release in six years. Synths, layered harmonies and a sample of the Clipse’s 2002 hit “Grindin'” all combined to make a sweet comeback track for the girls.

Jazmine Sullivan – Dumb

Jazmine Sullivan ended her hiatus as well with the sassy “Dumb,” where she once again calls out a man in her life whose taken her for granted. With Jazmine’s full, husky vocals, and a feature from rapper Meek Mill, the track marches along as she declares her annoyance with the fella who continues to waste her time.

Teyana Taylor – Maybe

Teyana Taylor put the “THOTS” on blast with her new single “Maybe,” featuring Yo Gotti and Pusha T. The piano-dominated song finds the singer cooing about a man who just doesn’t seem to recognize her worth. The song is expected to be included on her upcoming album. 

Bayou – Loopback

London producer and songwriter Bayou released his debut mixtape “Loopback.” The album features previously released tracks “Thugs,” “Airlock,” and “Cherry Cola,” and three more unreleased songs. The project is an engaging meeting of pop and R&B that highlights both his distant, dreamy vocals and talent as a writer.

Blaq Tuxedo – Pinkberry

Ahead of the release of their mixtape “Red Flowerz,” Cali group Blaq Tuxedo released the smooth track “Pinkberry.” The lyrics make it pretty clear what they are looking forward to. So the song is ideal for setting a very specific mood.

Camo Blues

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I purchased this camo jacket toward the end of this winter season and it quickly became one of my go-to pieces. Camo is typically associated with more casual looks, but I wanted to make it part of a more dressy combo. I especially liked how the pattern paired with the texture of my favorite camel waistcoat and my navy knit tie.

With the temps warming up, I’ve tucked it away for now. But you can definitely believe it will triumphantly return from its hiatus this fall!

10 To Know: This Week’s Top Moments In Culture And Entertainment

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From the elevator brawl you couldn’t get away from to the 34-year-old Texas woman arrested for posing as a high school student, here are some of this week’s top stories.

1. Solange Knowles attacked her brother-in-law Jay-Z in a hotel elevator. And then to our surprise, Beyonce, Jay and Solo released a statement on the incident. [CNN]

2. A New York school board president resigned after being caught on a open mic calling a parent “chubby wubby.” [NYDN]

3. The wreckage of a Confederate ship used in a historical slave escape was found in South Carolina harbor. [The Grio]

4. New York Times Editor Jill Abramson was fired from her position. And reportedly it was possibly due to her complaints about pay discrimination. [Huffington Post]

5. Nylon Magazine’s has reportedly been sold without the knowledge of its co-founders Marvin and Jaclynn Jarrett and will merge with FashionIndie.com. [International Business Times]

6. A pair of New York City roommates found $40,000 dollars in a thrifted couch and returned the money to the couch’s former owner. [NYDN]

7. The Standard Hotel security guard that leaked footage to TMZ of Solange Knowles attacking Jay-Z in an elevator was fired. [Washington Post]

8. Danity Kane’s Aundrea Fimbres announced she will be leaving the group after the completion of the girls’ national No Filter Tour. [Us Magazine]

9. A 34-year-old Texas woman was arrested after successfully posing for months as a high school student. [CBS News]

10. Donald Sterling failed miserably during an interview with CNN’s Anderson Cooper. [YouTube]

Treye’s Picks May 2014: Days, Nights And Bomber Jackets

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[1. Giles & Brother’s Cuff, $55 at East Dane, 2. Bernard L. Schwartz’s Just Say Yes, $22 at Amazon. 3. Burberry Brit Hatcham Reversible Bomber Jacket, $365 at Nordstrom. 4. Daley’s Days & Nights, $10 at iTunes. 5. Vans LXVI Black and Yellow Segments, $90 at Vans]

It seemed like it would never come, but summer is officially upon us. That means farewell to frigid temps and a welcome greeting to warmer days and a new crop of summer anthems on the radio. As we savor the final weeks of spring, below I’ve gathered all the great things that have caught my eye this month. 

I’m wanting the Vans LXVI Segment kicks. I’m needing Giles & Brother’s Skinny Railroad Spike Cuff.  I’m reading “Just Say Yes” by Bernard L. Schwartz. I’m splurging on the Burberry Brit Hatcham Reversible Bomber Jacket. I’m listening to Daley’s “Days & Nights.” And my favorite May cover girls are the beautiful Solange Knowles for Essence and the timeless Naomi Campbell for a special edition release of Vogue Australia.